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CRN: ERP giants slow to join Linux club

Apr 14, 1999, 00:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Tiazkun)

"When SAP AG, Walldorf, Germany, the world's largest ERP vendor, moved to support Linux, competitors and observers wondered if this was merely a vanity project or the first salvo in a bigger war with Microsoft Corp., heretofore a huge ally of SAP.

SAP's investment in Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based Red Hat Software Inc.'s version of Linux came with the promise SAP would deliver Linux versions of R/3 applications in the third quarter. SAP did not disclose the size of its investment, but it was 'in the seven-figure range,' said Howard Lau, executive vice president of the SAP Venture Fund."

"With the exception of Oracle Corp., Redwood Shores, Calif., which revealed limited Linux applications support last fall, other top ERP vendors are staying away."

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