Thursday, December 11, 2003

SAP, Microsoft draw battle lines | CNET News.com

SAP, Microsoft draw battle lines | CNET News.com: "They may also constitute a new battleground for Microsoft and companies it has long considered allies. When it entered the software niche known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) two years ago through a series of acquisitions, Microsoft made a pledge that it would steer clear of longtime partners SAP, PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems. The giant said that instead of selling its wares to the world's largest corporations as SAP and its traditional rivals do, it would target a largely untapped market: millions of small and medium-size businesses.
But with Microsoft expanding the scope of its applications and SAP looking to challenge Microsoft for small, high-volume contracts, the gloves are about to come off. "
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