I’ve been invited to attend an SAP-Sybase executive briefing tomorrow in downtown Boston. It has been just over three months since SAP announced its intentions to acquire this database technology provider at a price of $5.8 billion. The initial reactions to this acquisition were mixed, and this author had some reservations relative to the long-term benefits of the acquisition given the hefty price.  At the Sapphire customer conference in May, SAP executives made context to the acquisition as a strategic move to take advantage of user needs for greater interaction with enterprise systems through mobile devices.  The transaction itself was formally closed at the end of July, so perhaps this is the time to unveil some tenets of Sybase as an SAP subsidiary.  I’ll be especially interested in hearing the go-forward strategy along with any implications to business analytics or more enhanced supply chain business intelligence, so stay tuned for further commentary.

Bob Ferrari