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SAP may sell TomorrowNow

SAP announces it may sell embattled third-party support and maintenance company TomorrowNow; subsidiary's founder and several executives have resigned effective immediately.

SAP announced Monday its third-party support and maintenance company TomorrowNow, which is embroiled in a legal battle with archrival Oracle, may be put up for sale. TomorrowNow's founder and several executives have resigned effective immediately.

SAP acquired TomorrowNow as a means to woo away maintenance and support customers from Oracle. TomorrowNow provides third-party support and maintenance for PeopleSoft and JD Edwards, two companies that Oracle acquired.

But earlier this year, Oracle filed a lawsuit against TomorrowNow and SAP, alleging the company went beyond its former customers' contracts and downloaded proprietary Oracle software and materials.

SAP and Oracle have been in the process of seeking documents and depositions from each other and are scheduled to give the court an update in February on that process.

In the announcement, SAP said it is exploring its options for TomorrowNow's business, including the possible sale of TomorrowNow. An SAP spokesman declined to comment on whether these options are currently being explored because TomorrowNow has seen a drop-off in customers since the controversy erupted, or whether it may be part of any potential settlement negotiations with Oracle.

Mark White, TomorrowNow executive chairman, will continue in his role in running the company.