The battle of software giants Oracle vs SAP continues


Oracle is said to ‘vigorously oppose’ SAP’s recent appeal against the huge $1.3bn (£808m) damages it has been ordered to pay out – Oracle is firmly against a retrial and, understandably, want the verdict to stand. In fact as SAP drag the trial out, Oracle could push for more compensation.

The jury worked out the final, rather staggering, amount by presuming that if SAP had downloaded the IP legally, then the full value of Oracle licenses would have been paid for. SAP has felt the outcome unfair as they always accepted responsibility for the actions of TomorrowNow – and claim they would never have sought to buy the Oracle software, and so the jury’s basis for the fine should not stand.

The case is coming up to nearly four years old now as Oracle originally sued SAP back in March 2007 for the alleged theft by TomorrowNow, (a subsidiary of SAP) of Oracle software and support materials.

Oracle’s analysts originally estimated a $408.7m fine pre the intellectual property-theft trial, but obviously, they do not want to give up the larger amount. A hearing is set for 13th July as the two software giants continue to go head to head.

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Chris Baker is the Global Sales and Marketing Director responsible for the expansion of Calsoft Enterprise Solutions internationally. Formerly co-owner of acquired business, Inatech, Chris has been responsible for developing and promoting the company’s position as a specialist in Oracle solutions within the global IT industry. Chris co-founded Inatech in November 2002 merging with Calsoft in 2008. In a career spanning 23 years, Chris has held influential positions at Accenture, Easams, and Marconi. He was a Member of the Oracle UK Consulting Board during his time at Oracle Corporation UK, where he spent 15 years. Chris has a Higher National Diploma in Computing Studies from Farnborough College with distinction.