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Posted by Holger Kisker on May 13, 2010
SAP today announced an agreement to acquire Sybase, Inc. for $5.8billion. Sybase has a broad portfolio of solutions, so the question comes to mind: what is the strategy, the driving force behind the deal? What are the Sybase crown jewels that SAP is after?
The main three assets Sybase brings to SAP are obviously a database, a mobile infrastructure and real-time analytics. Is it the combination of all of these assets or is there a distinct difference between those portfolio elements? Here are some first thoughts from my side on SAP’s strategic intention for the deal:
This deal is not focused on Sybase’s database assets. Why?
This deal is partly driven by SAP’s mobile strategy.
A large part of the deal is about real-time analytics.
The Sybase deal is not the big, strategic acquisition that will prevent SAP from getting boxed in by competition in the long run (e.g., see my recent blog ‘What recent acquisitions mean to SAP?’ and ‘SAP Changes Continue – 10 Predictions for 2010’), but it’s definitely a strong step into the right direction, a commitment to innovation and demonstration of leadership of the new board: Thumbs up, SAP!
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