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SAP Takes Swipe at Oracle

The president of U.S. operations for German software giant SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP) says the company will not copy its archrival Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) by snapping up a slew of other vendors.

At a conference of financial analysts today, Bill McDermott said SAP will opt for organic growth rather than go on an M&A tear. "Were not interested in acquisitions to gain market share.”

However, the exec would not rule out the possibility of what he described as “smart,” or “fill-in,” acquisitions, but he said they would only be made where "it makes sense” for the company.

McDermott did not say which areas these are likely to be in, although SAP has been in the market for specialized retail software, recently losing out to Oracle in a bidding war for Retek (see Sap Comments on Its Retek Offer, Oracle Acquires Retek, and Oracle Gets German OK for Retek).

SAP, which sells a range of business software, from enterprise resource planning to supply chain and asset management, is clearly circling its wagons ahead of a renewed assault from Oracle.

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