SAP scoops up Yasu Technologies

Enterprise software giant SAP is in the process of acquiring privately held Yasu Technologies for an undisclosed amount, SAP said today.

Yasu sells business rules management systems, software that assures that automated organizational routines meet with the business rules and regulations that govern the operation. SAP expects to complete the acquisition this month.

The announcement comes a week after SAP competitor Oracle said it was offering to buy BEA Systems from that company's shareholders for $6.7 billion. Like Yasu, BEA offers business process management capabilities among its software offerings.

SAP plans to use Yasu's software to extend the BPM capabilities in its own NetWeaver enterprise software platform. The company plans to embed the software in the NetWeaver Composition Environment, the platform for developers to compose new business processes.

SAP lists smart acquisitions as one of its three pillars for growth. With this approach, SAP targets strategic fill-in acquisitions for specific technologies that expand or enhance its existing offerings.

Yasu, with U.S. operations based in Santa Clara, Calif., was formed in 1999 and now has 120 employees. Government customers have included Jefferson County, W.Va., and Ireland's National Training and Employment Authority.

Joab Jackson writes for Government Computer News, 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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