While the planned partnership could bring Google and SAP closer together, it's not clear if the relationship will ever be something approaching exclusive. For one, Google already has a high-profile partnership with Salesforce.com, which has been becoming a closer competitor to SAP of late. Salesforce.com recently announced the acquisition of startup Rypple as the first step in building a human-resource software division. The move came shortly after SAP's high-profile, $3.4 billion acquisition of HR vendor SuccessFactors.
Still, the move makes sense for both SAP and Google given the broad opportunities for cross-selling it provides. SAP claims some 88,000 small to medium-sized business customers, while Google says 4 million businesses use Google Apps.
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