Oracles past with Retek
At the same time, the two companies have a common technology base. Most of Reteks applications are built on Oracles technology platform, using Oracle Forms.SAPs earlier applications are developed using the companys proprietary ABAP programming language. Over the past several years, SAP has opened up its application server to encompass Java as well, enabling programmers to develop newer applications in either ABAP or Java. Should Oracle succeed in acquiring Retek, it would be essentially be a two-for-one deal, according to Joshua Greenbaum, principle of Enterprise Applications Consulting in Berkeley, Calif. "Oracle gets to take a shot at two competitors at onceobviously SAP, but IBM as well," said Greenbaum. "[Retek and IBM] are long established partners; there is a long connection there. Taking Retek away from SAP also means taking them away from IBM." Click here to read more about SAP Americas plans to acquire Retek. In a letter to Reteks board of directors, Ellison put forth the same terms to acquire Retek as those put forth by SAP. That merger agreement is not publicly filed. At this point, not even Oracle is sure what the next steps will be, Ellison said. "Weve had a lot of discussions at our own board," said Ellison, in Redwood Shores, Calif. "Will SAP walk away? Will there be an auction [for Retek]? We dont know. Its late at night in Germany, where these decisions are made. "Its anybodys guess what [SAPs] going to do and how theyre going to react. We will evaluate our next move once we know what theirs is." SAP is based in Walldorf, Germany. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
At the same time, Reteks latest software suite, Retek XI, has been recently re-architected and based on open forms and Java, a technology standard approach Retek shares not only with Oracle, but with SAP as well, to some degree.