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

WALLDORF, Germany, and SOMERS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 7, 1999--

SAP Adopts DB2 Universal Database

As Strategic Development and Production Platform

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 mySAP.com(TM) 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(TM) 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 mySAP.com, a collaborative business environment of personalized solutions on demand. Through this support, mySAP.com 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(TM) (SAP BW(TM)), such as parallel database support for full scalability. With mySAP.com software solutions supported by IBM DB2, the mySAP.com offerings such as the Workplace server, SAP Business-to-Business Procurement(TM), SAP Customer Relationship Management, SAP Strategic Enterprise Management(TM) and SAP Knowledge Management(TM) are scheduled to be available for first customer shipment on all DB2 platforms this month.

"With the opening of the mySAP.com Marketplace in October, customers are already realizing the productivity, cost-savings and competitive gains facilitated by the total e-business environment that mySAP.com 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 mySAP.com 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.

About SAP

As the market leader of inter-enterprise software solutions, SAP is leveraging its strength in industry-focused business software and the world's largest enterprise software customer base to deliver mySAP.com. mySAP.com provides an open collaborative business environment of personalized solutions on demand. This enables companies of all sizes and industries to fully engage their employees, customers and partners to capitalize upon the new Internet economy.

mySAP.com allows people to harness the power of the Internet to work smarter, better and faster by optimizing supply chains, managing strategic relationships, reducing time to market, sharing virtual information, and increasing productivity and shareholder value.

SAP is listed on several exchanges including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." The SAP World Wide Web site can be found at http://www.sap.com.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM software home page at http://www.software.ibm.com.

About DB2 Universal Database

As the foundation for e-business, DB2 Universal Database is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small businesses. DB2 Universal Database combines power for business intelligence (data warehousing and data mining) with industry-leading performance and reliability to drive the most demanding industry solutions. DB2 Universal Database together with Internet technology makes information easily accessible, available and secure.

With more than one million DB2 server licenses and 40 million users, IBM is the market share leader in the worldwide database industry according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of GartnerGroup, Inc. More information on IBM data management can be found at http://www.software.ibm.com/data.

SAP, mySAP.com, SAP Business Information Warehouse, SAP Business-to-Business Procurement, SAP Strategic Enterprise Management, Knowledge Management and all SAP product and service names herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG.

DB2, RS/6000, AS/400 and S/390 are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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