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May 18 2006   10:27AM GMT

SAP admits role in bouncing NetSuite from Sapphire hotel


SAP spokesman Bill Wohl confirmed that SAP played a role in getting a NetSuite event ousted from a nearby hotel during the Sapphire and America's SAP User's Group  conferences this week. NetSuite CEO Zach Nelson told reporters invited to a press and analyst cocktail hour that it was quashed through some pressure from SAP executives. Nelson was scheduled to speak Wednesday at The Rosen Centre, a hotel and conference center located directly across from the SAP Sapphire user conference. NetSuite sells on-demand software suite for small and midmarket businesses. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison owns the majority of NetSuite.

Wohl said SAP is responsible for filling many of the hotels close to the Orange County Convention Center, where the Sapphire conference is being held. Events sponsored by competitors in a hotel, completely booked by SAP personnel and press covering the event is considered "poor sportsmanship."

Meanwhile, a group of about a dozen taxi cabs emblazoned with rooftop Oracle ads were devoid of passengers,  but circled around the drop off area of Sapphire earlier this week. Convention center personnel ordered the cabs to leave the premises, according to Wohl.

-Rob Westervelt

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