IBM and SAP are taking aim at Oracle's user base with the announcement of a technology, sales and marketing alliance, spearheaded by a new version of the DB2 database optimised for SAP customers.
An IBM spokeswoman said the partnership also set the stage for IBM’s DB2 database to grow market share within the installed SAP base at Oracle's expense. More than 60% of SAP customers currently use an Oracle solution.
The SAP-optimised version of DB2 uses autonomic computing technologies tuned to help SAP users streamline installation, improve performance and increase availability, significantly lowering total cost of ownership.
The pair have integrated new features into this latest release of DB2, version 8.2.2. It is the first time that IBM has ever tailored DB2 for a particular application provider.
“SAP has worked closely with IBM around DB2 to give our customers a competitive edge,” said Karl-Heinz Hess, SAP senior vice-president for active global support.
“IBM’s latest release of DB2 is a substantial step in our joint integration efforts. This tighter integration will allow our customers to enjoy more enhanced performance of SAP solutions,” he said.