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OpenSourceIT: SAP Leaps Ahead in Linux ERP Market

Jul 20, 2000, 05:25 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Korzeniowski)

[ Thanks to Dan Orzech for this link. ]

"...SAP is an anomaly among top ERP suppliers. While the German application behemoth is delivering Linux applications, competitors Lawson Software Inc., PeopleSoft Inc., and Oracle Corp. are still only talking about supporting it, and have yet to set any firm delivery dates."

"We knew that we had to deliver more than just a Linux version of our software for companies to feel comfortable with it," says Dr. Peter Barth, director of corporate marketing at SAP. "We needed to put a comprehensive support infrastructure in place also."

"We've been quite pleased with acceptance of our Linux products; the market has evolved faster than we anticipated," notes Barth. The number of companies running R/3 on Linux has climbed steadily from 40 in September 1999, to 100 at the beginning of this year, to 400 at present. Most of these installations, according to sources close to the company, are in Linux-friendly Europe."

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