Are Oracle and SAP friends again? Well, maybe not friends (in fact, this article goes so far as to suggest they kind of still hate each other), but they seem to have accepted that end-users are going to want to integrate their products from time to time, and are willing to work together when that needs to happen.
A few months ago, the buzz was that SAP might just do the unthinkable and license certain applications for use to Oracle. Since Oracle and SAP are kind of sort of kind of mortal enemies at this point, it seemed pretty shocking at the time.
Well, no more wondering when and if such a thing is going to happen for real, since it just did.
As of Monday, April 30, Oracle announced that SAP applications are now certified for use with Oracle SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, and SAP infrastructure and applications based on the SAP NetWeaver technology platform 6.4 and above and certified with Oracle Database 11g Release 2, such as the SAP ERP application and SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, can now be deployed using the SPARC SuperCluster T4 4. Oracle also made sure to point out that “…the SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 provides an optimized platform for SAP environments that can reduce configuration times by up to 75 percent (1), reduce operating costs up to 50 percent(2), can improve query performance by up to 10x(3), and can improve daily data loading up to 4x(4).”
Long story short- While SAP and Oracle might not be BFFs just yet, they do seem to realize that their software has the potential to integrate very well. It will be interesting to whether this ushers is a new era of cooperation between Oracle and SAP… or not.