SAP to Help Transition TomorrowNow Customers
SAP says it will work with TomorrowNow's remaining 225 customers to transition them to Oracle support or to other third-party support services. "We will look at each customer's needs and work with each of them to help them choose their best options" for application support, said SAP spokesperson Saswato Das.SAP expects that shutting down TomorrowNow will have no material effect on SAP's financial results, Das said. SAP acquired TomorrowNow in February 2005 after Oracle completed its acquisition of PeopleSoft, one of the top makers of ERP application software. SAP saw an opportunity in providing an alternative third-party application support service to PeopleSoft customers who didn't want to buy support services directly from Oracle. Oracle warned SAP at the time of the acquisition that it would be watching to make sure that TomorrowNow didn't violate any of its intellectual property rights. Oracle filed suit in March 2007, saying that it had observed TomorrowNow accessing its servers to download massive amounts of its copyrighted documentation. SAP started winding down TomorrowNow's operations in November 2007 when it warned TomorrowNow customers that they had to move their support applications off TomorrowNow's computers in its data center and shift them to their own computers or some other data center.
"We intend to have all of them transitioned by Oct. 31," which is SAP's target date for winding down TomorrowNow's operations, Das said.