SAP’s acquisition of Sybase was one of those deals that just makes sense on so many levels for both parties.

SAP is of course one of the dominant brands in enterprise applications, and it also has strong business intelligence (BI), data integration (DI), business process management (BPM), and service-oriented architecture (SOA) offerings. But, until this bombshell announcement, SAP had been lacking some key solution components that it will need to compete more effectively with the other dominant IT brands—specifically, with Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft.

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