Thursday, October 9, 2008

Psst: SAP buying Teradata. Pass it on...

The New York Times posted some speculation today that German megavendor SAP might be considering yet another BI company to go along with its recent purchase of Business Objects.

See Ashlee Vance's blog in the October 9th BITS section (Business, Innovation, Technology, and Society). Now somebody is really climbing the laddder of inference here if the only fact upon which this rumor is based is the upcoming retirement of SAP's Klaus Kreplin. More than likely, there is also an inside leak happening here.

Somebody is guessing that SAP wants to buy a data warehouse vendor such as Teradata or Netezza.

Teradata people in Dayton, Ohio, are sure to be nervous about this. Many are just now regaining their balances after the 2007 spin-off of Teradata from NCR. Their big concern then was that Teradata might leave the Midwest and send employees to a development site on the West Coast. But hey, it's time for a new perspective: El Segundo is a lot closer to family than Waldorf.

This is a logical next step for SAP/Business Objects in order to have a full stack of BI offerings. Today, they can provide BI for their SAP operational and Business Warehouse products, but they probably want to expand into more generic BI data warehouses; purchasing a vendor like Teradata or Netezza makes sense.

If SAP does get Teradata, watch for them to try to swap out competitive databases (e.g., those from IBM and Oracle) at their customer sites.

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