This rumor is constantly spreading in SAP consulting waters for years. There is a trader’s whispering saying that something was started between one of major shareholders of IDS Scheer – Professor August-Wilhelm Scheer and SAP AG. Professor’s intention might be to sell his share in his company to SAP AG. Both companies are partnering between each other for very long time. They have reciprocal representation in theirs boards. Mr. Scheer was involved in initial database design of SAP products. He is very familiar with SAP’s co-founder Mr. Hasso Plattner. What would be a reason for SAP to buy IDS? IDS is more less SAP consulting company plus they are developing professor’s pride product called ARIS for business processes optimization. IDS is using it prior SAP implementation to map organization’s processes to optimize them and afterward to implement them in SAP software. For sure SAP doesn’t needs another consultancy. They have their own SAP Consulting division. There was another rumor spreading last year that SAP is considering to sell out this division to EDS this was really rumor, it never happened and there is no reason for that. So back to question; why would be IDS interesting for SAP? It is definitely ARIS. As it seems this product is also attractive for SAP main competitor – ORACLE. And finally why professor would like to sell it? For him as a person who achieved everything that he dreamed about there is a time get deserved rest finally. So that would be reasons for both sides? Future is going to prove it or not.
- update 20/07/2009 -
After approximately a year since talks about professor Scheer’s share sell started everything has changed. Software AG a big German's software company known for its ADABAS database system and middleware platform for B2B called webMethods announced acquisition of professor’s shares.