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SAP Buys Into the Confusion That Is Covisint

Published: 16 June 2000

ID: G00191756

Analyst(s): Kevin Prouty


Laying out the relationships in Covisint is like reading a soap opera script. It's full of intrigue, love triangles, affairs, fights, and more publicity stunts than a Hollywood premiere. SAP's $250M equity stake in Commerce One is just what AMR Research predicted; SAP would find some way to horn in on Covisint. Now, not only do Ford and General Motors (GM) own stakes in Commerce One, but now SAP owns a significant share of the founding technology member for Covisint. Oracle and DaimlerChrysler are the only ones left out. If we step into the way-back machine to the end of last year, it was rumored that GM offered a startup spot to Oracle for a GM stake in Oracle. GM went with Commerce One after Oracle refused the offer. If Oracle and GM had teamed, and Covisint had still been formed, SAP would have had to buy a stake in Oracle to get into Covisint. Now that would have been interesting. Either way, SAP, Oracle, and Commerce One partnering will be like three angry pit bulls tearing each other apart in a fenced yard. Everyone wants to stop and help, but at the same time they're caught up in morbid curiosity. Of course, they also know that the first person that steps in will get the attention of all three.

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