The Sap/Oracle battle is as fierce as ever. Who will emerge victorious
It used to be that the EPM market had an 800-lb gorilla, SAP, and a number of smaller competitors. Then Oracle went on a shopping spree, gobbling up companies like J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, Retek and others. Suddenly, there are two gorillas in the market, along with a whole bunch of customers who now find themselves under the Oracle umbrella. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? So far, customers have been courted by sales reps from both sides and often benefited from having aggressive reps compete over who can offer up the sweetest deal for going all-SAP or all-Oracle.
But the larger issue is: what does the future hold for the EPM market? What good is a bargain today if you have to jump ship again in a few years? More specifically, is Oracle's vision of Project Fusion a pie in sky dream that will only lead to disaster for customers? Or perhaps SAP should be more concerned about issues like TCO and flexibility than they appear to be?