SAP CEO Henning Kagermann has some advice for how Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer should spend $45 to $50 billion.
"I'd encourage him to spend it on Yahoo. For Microsoft, the challenges are more on the side of the consumer space, not the enterprise space," said Kagermann.
While Ballmer walked away from Yahoo over the asking price and other issues, he might be back if Yahoo fails to show that it can gain momentum.
Kagermann was speaking at SAP's Sapphire conference in Orlando, Fla. ZDNet's Larry Dignan captured the action. Kagermann speculated that Microsoft wouldn't have made the offer if it didn't have a good handle on how to integrate the two companies.
In 2004, Microsoft and SAP were in talks to merge but nothing came of it. It could be that Kagermann hopes that Microsoft acquires Yahoo so it will be distracted with the merger and not get any ideas about trespassing on SAP's enterprise software territory.