IBM about to buy SAP?

A few days ago some vague rumors occured that Big Blue might want to buy the German business-software vendor SAP. Both companies, as usual, did not comment on these speculations. Probably there's not much behind it.
But in my opinion, this acquisition would make some sense. IBM sees itself as a technology-company, but in times of SOA, integration and standardization, will they be able to grow with this strategy? Other vendors (Oracle, Microsoft, SAP) have middleware-stacks comparable to WebSphere too, but they also deliver the applications based on the infrastructure, especially the market-leader in business-applications SAP. With IBM and SAP forming one company, SAP could concentrate on it's strength, building applications and services to support business processes, and IBM could deliver the technical infrastructure. Integrating NetWeaver and WebSphere should be much easier than integrating/migrating NetWeaver to the Microsoft-world. One year ago there have been negotiations about an acquisition of SAP by Microsoft…


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