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SAP and IBM Expand Global Partnership to Provide Solutions with IBM's DB2 Universal Database

SAP Adopts DB2 Universal Database As Strategic Development and Production Platform

WALLDORF, Germany, & SOMERS, N.Y. - 07 Dec 1999: - SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), the leading provider of inter-enterprise software solutions, and IBM, the worldwide leader in data management solutions, today announced an agreement to expand their global sales, marketing and development relationship. As part of this agreement, the two companies will work together to provide expanded choices for customers that wish to implement Internet business solutions and IBM's DB2 Universal Database on a variety of hardware platforms.

These platforms include Windows 2000, in addition to the already available solutions for Sun Microsystems, Linux, Windows NT and IBM's RS/6000, AS/400 and S/390 platforms. Through this expanded partnership, customers can now take advantage of broader flexibility for a wider choice of hardware platforms when using IBM DB2 with SAP solutions. In addition, customers will not have to incur the time or expense of changing their existing hardware platforms when porting to DB2 databases for SAP solutions.

The broader platform support using DB2 helps ease and strengthen the use of, a collaborative business environment of personalized solutions on demand. Through this support, software solutions can gain all the benefits of heterogeneous and multiplatform support provided by one database product as well as special unique functionality for the SAP Business Information Warehouse (SAP BW), such as parallel database support for full scalability. With software solutions supported by IBM DB2, the offerings such as the Workplace server, SAP Business-to-Business Procurement, SAP Customer Relationship Management, SAP Strategic Enterprise Management and SAP Knowledge Management are scheduled to be available for first customer shipment on all DB2 platforms this month.

"With the opening of the Marketplace in October, customers are already realizing the productivity, cost-savings and competitive gains facilitated by the total e-business environment that provides," said Karl-Heinz Hess, member of the SAP extended executive board. "Together with IBM, we are pleased to offer customers extended platform support to leverage the power and flexibility of Internet business solutions together with the IBM DB2 Universal Database across their enterprise."

SAP also announced that the award-winning DB2 Universal Database will replace Oracle as the primary database on IBM, Sun and Linux platforms for internal development and production systems within SAP.

"The combination of DB2 Universal Database and SAP solutions provides our customers with a competitive edge," said Janet Perna, general manager, IBM Data Management Solutions. "This is especially significant in today's environment, where Web-integrated companies require a robust, scalable, available database and applications to run their e-business solutions."

Today's announcement builds upon the strong relationship between SAP and IBM, which already includes DB2 and SAP joint product development and customer support, a joint marketing fund, a dedicated IBM DB2 sales team for SAP, dedicated SAP DB2 sales executives and sponsors worldwide, and integrated solution support centers in Walldorf, Germany; Toronto, Canada; and San Jose, Calif. In addition to DB2 Universal Database, IBM's data management portfolio of products provides SAP with support for business intelligence, multimedia asset and e-commerce applications.

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