Shai Agassi, president of SAP's products and technology group said yesterday that he expects MySQL to be certified to run SAP applications by the end of the year. This is an excellent endorsement not only of MySQL, but of open source technology in general. SAP R/3 is the benchmark when it comes to the most sophisticated and demanding enterprise application and the testing process is exhaustive (if not exhausting!) And even for users who may never need to run SAP, it's good to know that MySQL will be able to standup to all the testing.
It's something we've been working on for quite some time with SAP and it's nice to see that the top execs are aware and supportive of our efforts. Agassi has sometimes been misunderstood in his comments on open source, but in our view, they've always been a huge supporter.