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RE: SAP Hands SAP DB over to MySQL

From: Boivin, Patrice J <>
Date: Thu, 29 May 2003 11:19:58 -0800
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They don't want the choice to hardware, OS and software to be a "technical decision"?

Why not? TCO is part of technical decision-making, is it not?

Sometimes they decide before input from below then try to force a solution on the tech people.

In that kind of world, the firm which is best at marketing to non-technical people wins.


-----Original Message-----
Sent: Thursday, May 29, 2003 2:25 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list ORACLE-L

Everybody is under cost pressures these days, right? Recently my boss required
that I attend a few "webinars" hosted by Microsoft to hear their line on TCO because he didn't want the choice of our next platform to be a "technical decision" (we're on Tru64 unix). I don't think I'll be encouraged to consider
MySQL, postgre sql, linux, etc anytime soon for mission critical apps but who

SAP has been sparring with Oracle for at least the past 10 years. SAP's success has helped Oracle sell their product which I guess is irksome to SAP since they see Oracle as a competitor. At one point, SAP was encouraging new
customers to select Informix. Now it seems to be DB2 and/or "SAP DB"... At

sapteched this year, their analysis of the database market was that it was at
a point where features had become a commodity but commodity pricing hadn't happened yet...but that it would. They were calling Oracle/IBM/Microsoft the
dominant options and then comparing them with SAP DB. I don't recall any talk
about MySQL, postgresql...


|Okay, I've got a question for you people knowledgeable in SAP. Who would
|trust their financial and payroll data to MySQL? I'm not saying this to
|knock MySQL. It is just that your financial and payroll data is among your
|most valuable data in the corporation. Only recently was a transaction
|capability added to MySQL, and that was more of an "add-on". I manage
|several databases and my company even makes modest use of MySQL. But of
|those databases, the financial and payroll data would be the LAST database
|would convert to something like MySQL. I'm just curious what is the big
|incentive in MySQL is.

|Dennis Williams
|DBA, 80%OCP, 100% DBA
|Lifetouch, Inc.

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