On April 19, SAP announced upbeat results for Q1 2001, contradicting thereby the current market malaise. However, flat currency adjusted license revenue in the US and expected cascading economic slowdown from the US to other markets, may feel like a cutthroat competition, a loss of market share and the fact that not all troubles have been overcome.
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solution. It only exemplifies how fragile partnerships in the market can be, and it leaves the existing customers confused and disconcerted. Prospective customers face the following choices: go for a currently inferior arrangement, wait for SAP's native functionality to be delivered, or opt for some other product at this stage. Nonetheless, during its recent European Sapphire user conference, SAP articulated a sound e-business strategy that will have to be substantiated in the forthcoming period though.