Subject RE: [IBDI] Re: Comments on IBDI article I just posted...
Author Tim Uckun
At 02:06 AM 1/17/2001 +0100, you wrote:
>As I work at SAP, I am very surprised in hearing, that SAP owns a database.
>We use DB2 and MSSQL mainly in our products, and maintain Oracle for older
>customers, but SAP doesn't have any own database-technology except an old
>ISAM-system from old R/2 and mainframe-days...
>can you elaborate??

Originally SAP had a database which it bought from Adabas. I believe that
R/3 was written on it and according to there are still seven to
eight hundred businesses running R/3 on SapDB. I downloaded it and played
with it for a very short time and it seemed like a decent database with all
the expected goodies (ODBC driver, client tools, installers etc). There was
also extensive documentation at the site which I liked.

It seems to me like after SAP had their falling out with oracle and started
kissing up to MS they decided they did not want to keep maintaning the
database (sound familiar?) and opened up the source. The support listserve
is not very busy so I gather the user base is rather small.
Tim Uckun
Mobile Intelligence Unit.
"There are some who call me TIM?"