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Microsoft Making SAP Stronger Against Oracle

Microsoft continues to lend a helping hand to SAP, as the battle grows fiercer between the German software maker and Oracle. In releasing Service Pack 1 this week for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft drew a bit closer to SAP by adding to the database Reporting Services that work better with SAP's NetWeaver Business Intelligence, a data store for SAP's business applications.

Microsoft continues to lend a helping hand to SAP, as the battle grows fiercer between the German software maker and Oracle. In releasing Service Pack 1 this week for SQL Server 2005, Microsoft drew a bit closer to SAP by adding to the database Reporting Services that work better with SAP's NetWeaver Business Intelligence, a data store for SAP's business applications.In addition, Microsoft is supplying a NetWeaver-ready business intelligence tool, and a Query Designer for the SAP Business Warehouse.

While drawing closer to SAP, Microsoft is also beefing up its database. SP1 makes data mirroring a part of SQL Server, which pushes the system into the same level of high-availability as rival products from IBM and Oracle. This is also good news for SAP, which has a multiyear licensing agreement with Microsoft to embed the database with SAP's enterprise applications platform.

So it's been a good week for the SAP/Microsoft partnership. But Oracle also isn't sitting still, and is working quickly to integrate all the technology acquired in the purchases of PeopleSoft and Siebel. This kind of competition can't be anything but good for companies negotiating deals with either of these two sides.

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