SAP AG's enterprise resource planning software, R/3, is now available on Microsoft's latest version of its relational database software, SQL Server 7.0. the companies announced this week.
The two companies have also signed a worldwide licensing agreement that allows SAP to directly sell the SQL Server 7.0 database software to its customers, according to a joint statement.
This is the only database product for which such an agreement has been struck, according to SAP spokesman Gerhard Rickes. One reason is that so many of SAP's customers are deploying both Microsoft's Windows NT, as well as the SQL Server, he said.
More than half of SAP's new customers choose Microsoft's Windows NT as a platform, and more than 1300 customer installations run Microsoft SQL Server with R/3, according to the joint statement. More than 100 SAP customers have begun to deploy SQL Server 7.0, the companies also said.
The joint agreement will also make it easier for customers to deploy R/3 on the SQL server, the companies said. SAP has also developed tools which let R/3 customers quickly and easily upgrade from previous versions of Microsoft SQL Server to the new version.
Microsoft unveiled the latest version of its SQL Server in November, promising considerable improvements over the earlier version, SQL Server 6.5.