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Senior SAP managers resign amid copyright row

Antony Savvas

Several SAP senior managers at a firm at the centre of an alleged software copyrighting scandal against Oracle have resigned.

SAP has announced that several senior managers of TomorrowNow, including the company's chief executive, "have chosen to resign".

In addition, SAP said it is considering several options for the future of the TomorrowNow business, including a possible sale.

Earlier this year, Oracle issued a lawsuit against SAP over the alleged breach of its software copyright at TomorrowNow, a third party SAP customer support centre in the US.

SAP has already admitted that some Oracle files were inappropriately downloaded from Oracle servers by TomorrowNow, but it has said SAP itself has not benefited commercially. The Oracle lawsuit is ongoing.

TomorrowNow chief executive Andrew Nelson and several members of his senior management team are now leaving the company, said SAP. Mark White, who was appointed in July 2007 as executive chairman of TomorrowNow, will continue in that role, said SAP.

"Our primary focus is TomorrowNow's existing customers, who will be supported through this management transition," said White. "SAP is prepared to manage through these changes to ensure that TomorrowNow's obligations to its current customers are met."

White said he is putting in place programmes "to secure the delivery of continued support services and assure retention of key managers and support personnel".

"Over the next days, we will be communicating with TomorrowNow customers about these changes and our plans to support them going forward," said White.

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