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SAP claims lead over Oracle in some markets

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SAP claimed the lead in a specific enterprise software vertical, enterprise performance management (EPM) based on data from a report by IDC with a market share of 20.3 percent.

"We are pleased to see IDC, one of the leading industry analyst firms, validating our leadership in the combined performance management and analytic applications market and showcasing how our growth rates display the incredible momentum of customers flocking to enterprise performance management solutions from SAP," said Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager, SAP BusinessObjects Performance Optimization Applications, in a statement.

The author of the IDC report, Dan Vesset, explained to InternetNews.com that IDC does not track a vertical called EPM but confirmed SAP's lead over Oracle in two enterprise software markets, performance management and analytic applications. He added that the market share data in the report is for 2008.

"Oracle is the leader in the overall Business Analytics market," Vesset said.

The report, called "Worldwide Business Analytics Software 2009-2013 Forecast and 2008 Vendor Shares," delivered mixed auguries for the prospects of the business analytics market in 2009.

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