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The French daily Le Figaro published at the weekend a report that French-American software group Business Objects is in play and has commissioned Goldman Sachs to find a suitor. Shares in the company, which has large market share in the Business Intelligence/Analytics market, rose strongly in trading on the Paris exchange. Le Figaro's sources were not named, but it was enough to send shares up over 4%.  Neither Bernard Liautaud, BOBJ's Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, nor CEO John G. Schwarz has yet made any public comment. The company's  applications - which include data integration, performance management, query and analysis, and reporting functions - are used to measure profitability, determine marketing and sales effectiveness, automate human resources functions, and analyze customers and vendors. ... (more)

How Unlike SAP, With Its Talk of Doing Only "Tuck-in" Acquisitions and Organic Growth

(October 13, 2007) - Proving the rumor mill right, the well-shopped Business Objects is getting acquired by SAP, which agreed to pay $6.8 billion for it over the weekend. In euros that's 4.8 billion, a 20% premium, 32% if you look at Business Objects' performance the last three months, to be paid for in cash, two-thirds of it borrowed cash. How unlike SAP, with its talk of doing only "tuck-in" acquisitions and organic growth. It immediately paid for the move, its single largest acquisition ever, by losing over 5% off its share price in New York because Business Objects' prelimin... (more)

SAP Targets iPhone with Its Web 2.0 Move

SAP, in a Salesforce-beware move, has Web 2.0'd its next-generation CRM 2007 kit so it'll work on Apple iPhones and load business contacts, info on prospects and account data. It told Reuters, which was in Boston for the unveiling, that it was responding to demand and that businesspeople prefer the iPhone to the Blackberry, Treo or Microsoft-based devices. The widgetry, which uses a drag-and-drop interface adapted from Google's iGoogle, is due out later this month. SAP will do the hosting. CRM 2007 also runs on more conventional devices like PCs. ... (more)

SAP Takes Big Strides in Small Business and Midmarket Segments

SAP announced growing adoption of its business software among small businesses and midsize companies across all regions, and in particular from  growing economies as Brazil, China, India and Russia. The company's portfolio of business software for small businesses and midsize companies -- comprised of SAP Business One, SAP Business ByDesign and SAP Business All-in-One -- continues to attract an increasing number of customers from the small and midsize market. Currently at about 75 percent of the company's overall customer base, the number of small and midsize enterprise (SME) c... (more)

The SAP Rises, Fueling Web Services Boom

(November 12, 2001) - IBM, Microsoft, and BEA face a new contender in the fast-emerging Web services market: German software powerhouse SAP. The giant European software maker has this week taken its first step into Web services by announcing it will be introducing a new version of its Web Dynpro application server. The new version will enable companies to build Web services using their own proprietary technology or using Java - but not using Microsoft's proprietary development language. SAP announced in New York this week, as already reported by, that it... (more)