While the decision to have two in-memory database products running side by side may seem excessive, Constellation Research analyst Ray Wang said that the Sybase product is a tactical move to challenge Oracle in China.
"HANA is the future for the core of SAP's applications, whereas Sybase is a has-been database," said Wang. "However, Sybase has made its way into China as the standard to counter Oracle, and the Chinese government was quick to adopt that.
"I think the benefit to SAP long term is that Sybase gives SAP a chance to sell to Red Chip companies," he added. "SAP is the Gucci of software. Chinese want the status of being an SAP company. While the street looks at the Sybase acquisition as mobile, it's more about China."
SAP has already shown its commitment to expansion in China, announcing a $2 billion investment in the region at its Sapphire conference earlier this month. According to SAP co-CEO Bill McDermott, the investment will help to "drive sustainable growth through informatisation".
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