SAP is about to enter another protracted stage in its ongoing battle with Oracle for dominance of the ERP and business software space.
Oracle laid down the gauntlet with the launch this week of Oracle Financial Analytics for SAP—a suite of business intelligence tools specifically designed to pull data from SAP systems and provide analytics around that.
The suite will be in direct competition with SAP’s own business analytics products--NetWeaver Business Intelligence and BusinessObjects.
Launched as part of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Release 7.9.7, the solutions provide analytics aimed at improving decision-making and increasing efficiency in cash flow processes for companies that have instances of SAP running within the organization.
The system includes an integrator application to pull data directly from SAP Financial Accounting into the analytics solution.
Execs at SAP must find it particularly galling to see their arch-rival muscle in on their space after just getting whacked with a record-breaking fine in their copyright infringement court case—in which they lost to Oracle to the tune of $1.3 billion--in late November.
The court battle involved a dispute over how much SAP would recompense rival Oracle when an SAP service maintenance unit—now defunct—was found guilty of making thousands of copies and illegal downloads of Oracle software to evade licensing fees and lure away customers.
The court case award was the largest-ever copyright infringement award in the US, and was equivalent to SAP’s forecast net income for the last quarter of 2010, according to data from Bloomberg.
SAP is looking at its option in terms of appeal, meanwhile Oracle has asked for an additional award of $211 million in interest. The original copyright infringement case was launched by Oracle in 2007.