March 17, 1997 1:30 PM ET

IBM, SAP in DB2 development pact
By Juan Carlos Perez

  IBM and SAP AG announced today at the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, plans to collaborate on a way to let DB2 Common Server running on Windows NT be a database for R/3 systems.

This announcement underscores the rising popularity of DB2 on NT as a platform for R/3 systems. It also gives R/3 users another choice for running R/3 on DB2.

A beta version of the product is slated to be available in May, with general availability expected for September. R/3 already runs with DB2 on S/390, AIX and AS/400 platforms.

The companies also will open a call-in center to support users of R/3 with DB2 Common Server on NT. Located at IBM's Santa Teresa Laboratory in San Jose, Calif., the center should be up and running in the second quarter, officials said.

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