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SAP’s bid to keep what it called “highly confidential” information pertaining to the Oracle lawsuit over TomorrowNow has been blocked in a California courthouse. Of course, there’s no telling just what that information is, but it might reveal strategic insights into TomorrowNow’s operations and/or intellectual property. Coming just after the news that Rimini Street won’t buy TomorrowNow, this latest twist is another headache for SAP, which may well be wishing it had never bought TomorrowNow in the first place.
It’s easy to forget that the idea of third-party ERP service was very hot in 2005. However, the fate of TomorrowNow indicates the potential for litigation that can arise when one company services another company’s product. Support and service offer big profit margins, and it’s no secret that enterprise applications companies will work hard to keep these functions close to the vest. In any case, given that SAP and Oracle have tens of thousands of customers, but only a few hundred opt for third-party support, it doesn’t seem to be a very viable domain in the first place.
Demir Barlas, Site Editor