Also, he said "Oracle can afford to drag this out. The rivalry motivates Oracle to keep SAP on the defensive, and prolongs the agony for SAP, which just wants to put this case behind it," he said.
IT executives should take note of Oracle's actions and be careful when entering into contracts with third-party software service providers, Scavo added.
"Organizations that are currently looking at third-party maintenance should have their legal counsel take a careful look at the proposed contracts to ensure that their interests are adequately protected," he said.
In a statement, SAP said it was "disappointed that Oracle has passed up yet another opportunity to resolve this case. We will continue to work to bring this case to a fair and reasonable end."
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