IBM and SAP join forces against Oracle

IBM and SAP have snuggled up that bit closer with the announcement of two technology initiatives that clearly have the aim of rattling their common foe Oracle.

First up, IBM showed off the first results of Project Harmony, an initiative similar to SAP’s Duet offering with Microsoft. The IBM version features Notes and Workplace software to tighten integration between its front-end collaboration products and SAP AG's back-end enterprise applications. In addition to prebuilt templates, Notes access for SAP includes workflow integration which is missing from the first release of Duet.

IBM has been working on Project Harmony for the past year with the aim of more closely integrating Notes with a wide range of enterprise applications. SAP is the first of many planned integrations although moves towards the Oracle portfolio would appear to be the next logical move.

Further cementing their relationship, IBM and SAP also announced that they are recommending that midmarket users run SAP applications on IBM's upcoming DB2 database code-named Viper. Viper, which will be optimised for SAP software, is due sometime this summer. The two vendors will offer a year's free maintenance for new SAP midmarket customers looking to run their SAP All-In-One applications on Viper.

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