SAP CEO Chides Oracle

Baseline exclusive: Henning Kagermann said the database giant has stalled in the enterprise applications market and doubts a PeopleSoft acquisition will jumpstart it.

NEW YORK—With or without the acquisition of PeopleSoft, Oracle is "not a competitor which really could hurt" SAP AG, said the chief executive of SAP, the largest supplier of software that helps large enterprises manage their operations.

Oracle has not increased its share of the enterprise applications market in the past two years, said SAP CEO Henning Kagermann, in an interview with Baseline at SAP offices in lower Manhattan. He said SAP also is more focused on applications than is Oracle, which built its business on sophisticated databases that supply information to applications.

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