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Kagermann wants SAP to remain independent

Kagermann wants SAP to remain independent

SAP intends to remain independent and sees no reason to grow through acquisitions as its closest rival Oracle has done, according to CEO Henning Kagermann.

SAP CEO, Henning Kagermann, said the company intends to remain independent and sees no reason to grow through acquisitions as its closest rival Oracle has done.

Merger rumours swirled after SAP cofounder and supervisory board member, Hasso Plattner, said earlier this month that only three companies were capable of buying the German business software vendor: IBM, Microsoft and Google.

"We are independent and we are pretty strong so there's no reason why we should not continue," he said ahead of the company's European Sapphire customer event in Paris, according to published reports. His comments were confirmed by a company spokesperson.

To expand into the market for business software, database maker Oracle has made a string of acquisitions including JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and most recently Siebel Systems. The company is working on a new product, Fusion, which aims to unite the products from its takeovers.

Kagermann has said repeatedly that SAP will make smaller acquisitions to fill gaps in its product portfolio but has no intention of buying market share through any large company purchases.

That policy, however, could be put to the test in China and India, where SAP aims to establish a stronger position.

At the company's Sapphire event in Orlando earlier this month, Plattner and SAP board member and president of customer solutions and operations, Leo Apotheker, signalled their growing concern about Chinese rivals and their interest in expanding in this crucial Asian market.


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