Why pussyfoot around if you're serious about getting into enterprise software? Buying SAP would give HP a huge start. HP could treat the company as a standalone unit, much as SAP is handling its recent Sybase purchase. HP already has a team onsite at SAP's labs in Waldorf, Germany. The two companies have been working together for years to deliver optimized configurations and systems, including SAP BW Accelerator and SAP BusinessObjects Explorer, and tighter integration would position HP to go toe-to-toe with Oracle and IBM in the single-stack play.