A new research report out of Forrester titled Which Has The Better Apps Strategy: Oracle Or SAP? (subscription required) was recently published.
The last time Forrester published a comprehensive strategic review of the vendors was in 2006 and as noted in the new research report, much has changed since that time. Back in 2006 they called it a “battle of the architectures” and SAP was given the nod by Forrester.
Since that time however Oracle has closed the gap in terms of enterprise apps revenue (with a 33% compund annual growth rate versus SAP’s 13% ignoring currency fluctuations) and out of eight criteria for success identified by Forrester, Oracle has the advantage in 4 and SAP only 3 (one resulted in a tie).
More importantly, the criteria where Oracle is considered the leader shows that we have the focus on the most important aspects of our customer’s businesses. For example we lead in Vision, Support for Openness and Standards and the Path to Dynamic Business standards – all of which point to a better future for our customers with Oracle than with SAP.
The traction we’ve gained since 2006 is starting to pay off and the momentum will continue going forward. I can’t wait to see what Forrester thinks in 2010!