Rivals SAP, Baan to team

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San Jose, Calif.--A subsidiary of enterprise software developer SAP AG said Tuesday that it has entered into a strategic alliance with arch rival Baan to provide Web links between the two computer software platforms. The unexpected bedfellows are SAP Portals Inc., San Jose, Calif., which provides Internet information portal and analysis software, and Baan's iBaan Portal division. Both companies have long developed proprietary software code that does not easily work with the other's software, but SAP and Baan have lately been pushing to open their systems that enable collaboration.
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