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Oct 3 2008   11:24AM GMT

What will SAP get Business Objects for its anniversary?

JackDanahy Jack Danahy Profile: JackDanahy

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of SAP’s last major acquisition – Business Objects. The deal was announced over a sleepy Columbus Day holiday weekend in the United States.

There’s been a bit of buzz (no pun on Oracle’s new Beehive collaboration platform intended) over the last few months that since Business Objects worked out so well, is it time for another deal?

A couple of weeks ago, the rumor that SAP was interested in acquiring Teradata started floating around the Web. The Miamisburg, Ohio-based company is a data-warehousing vendor.

“Teradata could help SAP expand its offerings to better compete against Oracle and could complement SAP’s Business Objects acquisition,” Patrick Walravens, enterprise software analyst at JMP Securities, told Tech Trader Daily.

The market liked it, and Teradata’s share price rose. And it excited the blogosphere, with Deloitte consultant and blogger Vincent McBurney saying it would give SAP “a hell of a data analytics platform.”


Well, it got even more interesting when Oracle announced this new Oracle-HP appliance at OpenWorld last week.

And in revealing it, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison took some shots at Teradata, saying, in effect, that Oracle’s new product was far superior to Teradata’s. Teradata fired back.

Given the buzz around Teradata before OpenWorld, and the never-ending drama that is the SAP vs. Oracle storyline, could SAP be planning its own special “October Surprise” on Oracle?

SAP exec Bill McDermott told this summer that growth through acquisition was possible. Might Teradata make a nice anniversary present for Business Objects?

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