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IT-Director: IBM Backs Linux for the ERP Market

Aug 19, 1999, 18:50 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"IBM announced yesterday that it is partnering with SAP to implement a version SAP's R/3 on Linux on IBM's Intel based Netfinity servers. IBM also announced the opening of LinuxLab with SAP, a new development centre in Germany, which is an extension of IBM's global International Competency Centres."

"ERP is a new departure for Linux. At the moment Windows NT dominates the low end server market for ERP with, the AS/400 forming the scalability migration path when IBM is involved. By moving to Linux IBM is helping to undermine Windows NT in this market. Windows NT will be squeezed between Linux at the bottom and the AS/400 or high-end Unix at the top. If other ERP vendors follow suit then this is the beginning of the end for Windows NT in the ERP market."

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