It's easy to get stuck on the ongoing SAP vs. Oracle smackdown thinking it's the only game in town. Sure enough, with Oracle's rapid growth through acquisitions (Siebel, PeopleSoft etc.) the two 800 lb. gorillas tend to hog the ERP stage while smaller fry are merely viewed as bite-sized morsels waiting to be gobbled up. That may not be entirely true, as reported by News editor Mark Brunelli in his recent article SAP, Oracle challenged by smaller ERP vendors.
A study by Aberdeen Group reveals that Infor Global Solutions and QAD Inc. may in fact be gaining ground in some sectors of the ERP space, primarily through lower TCO. Infor in particular, with its recent purchases of SSA, Extensity and SU, is set to step up considerably. InfoWorld's China Martens reports that Infor is gunning for becoming a $3B business next year. Nothing to sneeze at for sure.
Meanwhile, Oracle's course-correction regarding its Fusion initiative is beginning to have an impact, as described by SearchSAP expert Josh Greenbaum last month. Does this spell trouble for SAP, or is the German Giant far enough ahead in this race that its ERP crown remains untouchable?
For the next couple years, sure — but what will the situation be like, say, around 2010? Please take a moment to reply to this post or send us an email with your take on what the future will hold for SAP. One random reader will receive a neat book bundle:
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