TechnologyOnline software rival targets SAP

Online software rival targets SAP

SAP could lose customers if clients are lured away to use its competitor's NetSuite online product

Analysts believe accountancy software provider SAP could lose users when a
competitor – NetSuite – launches an ‘add-on’ enabling clients to use
internet-based software instead.

David Bradshaw, an IT analyst for technology researcher IDC, said SAP could
lose customers because clients could be lured away to use NetSuite’s online – or
software-as-a-service (SaaS) – product.

Bradshaw expects NetSuite to target the subsidiaries of SAP’s larger clients.
He said: ‘There is a possibility that companies with lots of subsidiaries, such
as SAP clients, will use other technology that is a lot less heavy-weight, such
as NetSuite.’

A spokeswoman for SAP said: ‘NetSuite’s only hand to play is to say that it’s
SaaS or bust.’

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