SAP Plans to 'Tuck' Pilot Software into NetWeaver

By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2007-02-20 Print this article Print

SAP seeks to bolster the appeal of its NetWeaver platform to C-level executives with its acquisition of strategic and performance management application producer Pilot Software.

Seeking to bolster the performance management analytics capabilities of its NetWeaver platform, SAP AG on Feb. 20 announced that it has acquired privately held Pilot Software of Mountain View, Calif.

Pilot Software has a 20-year history in the development of business analytics and online analytical processing. It specializes in developing applications that enable C-level executives to set their business strategies and goals so they can manage their businesses to meet the goals.

This is a process that is done at most companies "by people sending spreadsheets back and forth along with PowerPoints and e-mails without an analytic application" that can bring order and insight to the process, said Sanjay Poonen, SAP senior vice president and general manager of analytics.

SAP decided to acquire Pilot because "we saw something innovative" in Pilot's technology that leapfrogs competing applications in the market, Poonen said. He described the Pilot deal as a "tuck-in" acquisition that is relatively small and can be readily integrated with SAP's existing product line. SAP didn't disclose the terms of the acquisition.

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John Pallatto John Pallatto is eWEEK.com's Enterprise Applications Center editor. His near 30 years of experience as a professional journalist began as a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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