SAP acquires IDS

E-business software provider SAP is to acquire all Infinite Data Structures’ trade relationship management software.

E-business software provider SAP is to acquire all the intellectual property, software, customer relationships and solutions from Infinite Data Structures, a provider of trade relationship management software based in Lawrenceville, NJ.

As part of the agreement, key employees of Infinite Data Structures (IDS) will join the newly created SAP Global Solution Centre at SAP’s US headquarters in Newtown Square, PA. The team will work to further enhance and integrate the trade relationship management software with the mySAP Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM) solution. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

In the agreement, SAP takes ownership of the IMHC software suite of client-server solutions developed and currently marketed by Infinite Data Structures primarily to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries.

As a result of the transaction, a new Contracts, Pricing and Chargeback component will be added to SAP’s e-business platform, This will be initially targeted to customers in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical and surgical supplies, and healthcare wholesale and distributor industries.

Future integration of this component with the mySAP CRM solution will make this functionality available to serve the needs of other industries requiring trade relationship management capabilities.

In an unrelated move, the company also disclosed that The Kellogg Company is to implement a range of solutions from SAP, including mySAP Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM), mySAP Business Intelligence (mySAP BI), mySAP E-Procurement and mySAP Customer Relationship Management (mySAP CRM), to 5,000 employees in North America.

Kellogg’s selection of SAP follows the completion in March of its acquisition of the Keebler Foods Company. A user of a variety of solutions, Keebler recently implemented and went live with mySAP E-Procurement in less than six weeks.

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