SAP Shows Up In The Same Prom Dress As Siebel
Oops...it's always amusing to watch two large companies in a competitive space react to one another like two teenage girls showing up at the prom in the same poufy strapless gown. Hard on the heels of SAP's announcement about the next generation of mySAP CRM, Siebel felt the need to issue a statement. I faithfully reprint it below:
"Siebel Systems is the market leading provider of customer-facing solutions. The vast majority of leading companies in vertical markets such as Life Sciences, High Tech Manufacturing, Communications, Government, and Financial Services use Siebel for their customer-facing systems," said David Schmaier, Executive Vice President at Siebel Systems. "Every year, SAP releases the next version of its CRM product that is supposedly going to cut into Siebel's marketshare. But 9 - 10 years after their first product introduction, the reality is that SAP has at best 160,000 seats of its CRM in use while Siebel has more than 3.2 million 'live' users."
Whew. Siebel has no problem keeping mum when we ask them about their own developments or Salesforce.com-related news, but hopped to the press conference table in microseconds after the SAP release.
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