SAP Challenges Oracles Air Force Contract

Updated: After being passed over for a contract in favor of Oracle, SAP has filed a formal complaint with the government, arguing that its software fit the evaluation criteria better.

SAP Public Services Inc., a division of SAP, on Monday filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Government Accountability Office regarding the ECSS contract.

SAP, it seems, doesnt believe the Air Force did its due diligence before awarding the bid to Oracle.

"SAP firmly believes that the Oracle proposal does not reflect the best value and lowest risk solution, and that the SAP offering is the superior solution for the U.S. Air Force," Steve Peck, president of SAP Public Services Inc., said in a statement.

"We look forward to a formal review of the process, procedures and selection criteria for this award."

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According to a release sent out by SAP, the evaluation criteria from the Air Force stated that it wanted the best value software packaged based on some specific criteria it defined as "mission capability and low risk."

The two factors combined, according to SAP, are more important than price.

SAPs contention is that after it reviewed the written evaluation issued by the Air Force, it was clear that SAPs bid exceeded Oracles in providing the required mission capability criteria.

SAPs bid was rated the lowest risk offer, according to the companys statement.

"The Expeditionary Combat Support System (ECSS) is an extraordinarily important program to the Air Force. We are excited to be the product platform selected for ECSS after the Air Forces exhaustive evaluation," Oracle spokesperson Bob Wynne said in an e-mail to

"Were looking forward to working successfully with the Air Force and their implementation partners to achieve the programs vision. We are eager to begin work and continue to build and expand on our long-standing relationship with the Air Force."

Editors Note: This story was updated to include a response from Oracle.

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