Two years ago, I featured an issue about the two giant business software makers(Oracle and SAP) fighting over copyright infringements “Oracle sues SAP over ’stolen’ software“. The details of the matter is that SAP has stolen propreitary algorithms from Oracle and used it to gain at least 400 new clients.
And today, it is all over the news that Orcale won the case and SAP will pay Oracle $1.3B in damages. You can read the rest of the story here. Copyright infringement is a serious offense in the IT Industry. You can see the reason and explanation why it is so in my previous post entitled “Copyright Infringement in the Software Industry“. Enforcing copyrights is vital to maintaining a healthy technology industry and funding innovation.
The effect of the Jury’s decision is very devastating to SAP’s reputation and a golden moment for Oracle. So who do think will reign as leader in the Business Software Industry particularly Accounting Software? Despite this issue, innovation, existing support industry, competency of the consultants will still be the name of the game…I am not sure if people in the industry should look at this issue seriously.