SAP completes e-procurement company takeover

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SAP completes e-procurement company takeover

German enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor SAP has folded e-procurement services company Emaro into its operations.

"After purchasing Deutsche Bank's 60% share of Emaro last month, we have fully integrated the company into SAP. With Emaro employees now working at SAP, we have one more hosting solution," said SAP spokesman Hilmar Schepp.

Emaro was launched in July 2000 as a joint venture between Deutsche Bank and SAP. Schepp declined to disclose any financial details of the latest deal. The company is now part of SAP's Application Hosting and Global Operation Services, a division overseen by Thomas Besthorn, managing director of SAP Hosting.

SAP's hosting services include implementation hosting, application hosting, remote application management and hosted learning. This range will be enhanced by Emaro's electronic purchasing services such as its electronic platform for the procurement of catalogue-based articles, and technical integration of catalogue- and travel-management systems.

The acquisition of Emaro is the latest step in SAP's efforts to bring the development and marketing of e-procurement services in-house. In January, SAP ceased selling the e-procurement software of Commerce One. Though the companies denied they were ending a partnership launched in June 2000, they did divide their e-procurement efforts.

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