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Mar 3 2010   9:27PM GMT

Should SAP buy Sybase?

CourtneyBjorlin Courtney Bjorlin Profile: CourtneyBjorlin

Bill McDermott and Jim Hagemann Snabe fielded a few questions about acquisitions during Tuesday’s CeBIT press conference.

With the importance SAP said it’s placing on mobile and in-memory, we can make a guess on at least one possible acquisition target.

SAP made a big deal out of its partnership with Sybase last year. Big press conference in New York, presided over by none other than McDermott himself.

Since then, they’ve moved away from highlighting their own mobile platform. SAP has been integrating NetWeaver with Sybase’s middleware, creating a 50-50 middleware mix, SAP said in a previous interview. As SAP provides the back end, partners are doing the coding on the actual device itself.

And just this week, SAP announced the first fruits, as my colleague Barney Beal reported, of that Sybase partnership. Customers can now access SAP CRM software on iPhones and Windows Mobile devices, as well as select SAP business processes through familiar email inboxes like Gmail and Outlook. Sybase is also taking over development of SAP CRM “on-device.”

Now, consider that Sybase, which made its name in databases, announced last week that its flagship database can now run entirely in-memory, according to an article in Network World.

Hasso Plattner is hot on the in-memory database, and, from what I’ve heard from analysts, wants it incorporated into SAP software development faster than Apolo Anton Ohno can cross the finish line in short-track. Plattner wants to apply the principles and technology of in-memory to running the SAP Business Suite.

Seems like SAP and Sybase would be a nice fit.

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