(Bloomberg) -- SAP SE has become the latest big technology company to throw its weight behind open-source data-sifting software called Spark as it tackles information streaming from industries such as retail, telecommunications and transport.

The German company is releasing software this month called Hana Vora, which lets customers combine business data stored in SAP’s Hana database with information from industrial sensors, phone networks and other sources stored in Spark. SAP joins companies including International Business Machines Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. in supporting Spark, which can quickly process data using groups of low-cost servers.

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