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Mar 14 2006   6:25PM GMT

SAP vs. Oracle: Round two


We recently asked two prominent experts to argue their respective cases for SAP vs. Oracle. These follow-up columns are their official rebuttals each other's positions.

Greenbaum readily concedes that Oracle's eBusiness Suite performs well, installs relatively easily, and has good middleware and analytics built into the product. But the main issue, he points out, is what the future has in store for the ERP market, and that's where SAP has the upper hand. Furthermore, he dismisses deHenry's historical "misconceptions" about SAP implementation challenges as outdated and flat-out untrue in many cases. Besides, who in the ERP space can claim a 100% success rate across the board? All things considered, he concludes, it's a much better bet to go with SAP's thought-out NetWeaver strategy than jump on Oracle's half-baked Fusion bandwagon and hope for the best.

deHenry, on the other hand, points to adaptability as a key feature of ERP winners — and that's where Oracle shines, she says. If Netweaver is such a wonderful technological innovation, she asks, why isn't the adoption rate higher? In contrast, many of Oracle's Applications customers (the company claimed over 26,000 in September 2005) are already using Fusion technology. In fact, deHenry argues, you can see the difference in the corporate DNA right away — SAP is "seen by many" as an "innovative-free" company, she claims, while Oracle appears to value adaptability to economic and market forces.

Who's right? You be the judge! Click here to read SAP vs. Oracle: Round two, then click here to submit your comments, opinions or anecdotes on the SAP vs. Oracle battle. One random contributor from and one random contributor from will receive a $100 gift certificate!

Matt Danielsson

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