Who's a SAP? Software giant not interested in BlackBerry

Who's a SAP? Software giant not interested in BlackBerry
The CFO of software giant SAP, Werner Brandt, has shot down reports that his company has an interest in purchasing beleaguered manufacturer BlackBerry. In a published report out of Germany, Brandt said, "Blackberry doesn't fit with our strategy." Even though the Canadian handset OEM has agreed to a $4.7 billion buyout from its largest stockholder, Fairfax Financial, there are questions about financing which has left the door open for a non financial firm to buy the company.

Besides SAP, companies like Cisco, Microsoft, LG, Samsung and Google are believed to have some interest in all or parts of BlackBerry. Others interested in the company include former Apple CEO John Sculley, BlackBerry co-founder Mike Lazaridis and Chinese manufacturer Lenovo.

The offer from Fairfax expires on November 4th and so far, there has been no sign that the company has been able to secure financing for its bid. Is it possible that Fairfax, having much to lose as BlackBerry's largest stockholder, decided to start the ball rolling with a bid it never intended on fully follow through on? The idea would be to temporarily put a halt on the share's decline and at the same time, generate interest from others for a buyout of BlackBerry.

source: Reuters

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14 Comments

1. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

I'm not intresred in BB tooo *_*

9. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Lenovo's interested.

2. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

What Is BB.? Lol .... rip blackberry :)

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

So sad it is, imagine if tomorrow this is the fate of Google, MS or Apple. Said company is going down and will never recover, vultures are fighting over pieces of the company. No one knows what will become of it...that kind of thing.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17085; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Let's hope not. SAP makes about the least user friendly software in the world. If they took over BB, you'd probably have to enter a different 16 digit alphanumeric code to launch each app.

10. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Thanks to my TimeSheet..I confirm that.. :D

4. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I've heared of this 'software giamt' SAP for a while now but i've never actually seen any of their produts. What sort of sw does it make?

6. tedkord

Posts: 17085; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't know all their products, but they make software that integrates into many systems and ties them together. At a previous job, I had to learn to use it. It tied together our inventory, maintenance, ordering, etc... systems. It was a nightmare to use. We called it Hitler's revenge. You literally couldn't search anything by keyword, you had to use a long alphanumeric string. That was years ago. Maybe they've gotten better. I just know everyone hated using it.

14. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

Thanks man

5. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I've heared of this 'software giamt' SAP for a while now but i've never actually seen any of their produts. What sort of sw does it make?

7. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I am a SAP developer, SAP makes software for big companies, not final users, it's most famous system is the ERP, which (how tedkord has said) integrates the whole company's process into one software

8. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

I like blackberry though, I had previously get blackberry for my brother in-law, blackberry curve 9315 version of T-Mobile. Besides android, blackberry is my option, rather than other os.I used wp for a month, I'd tied apple, but blackberry is second to android in my opinion .

13. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Allan F I thought you are the one that reports any news about Blackberry but, you let Micheal H to report about BBM no longer requiring waiting list. You my friend is a true hater that reports only bad news about Blackberry. As always you have to much time @your disposal. One day you will report blackberry's comeback. Via My Blackberry Q10

16. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

lol, thats a reeeeally funny reply

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