Dobler effect: Spinnaker Support snaps up rival database consultant

Sets sights on third party support and managed services for Oracle, SAP and Microsoft

SAP and Oracle services firm Spinnaker Support has launched into database management with the purchase of Dobler Consulting.

The buy, which adds 50 full-time staff to the ERP support specialist, will allow Spinnaker to extend its horizon to include support and managed services for Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and SAP Sybase database technologies, as well as so-called NoSQL databases.

Spinnaker, which also supports JD Edwards (acquired along with PeopleSoft by Oracle in 2003) and Salesforce, has also taken on board around 45 new consulting customers with the deal.

Dobler – a SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft gold partner – offers overlapping and new services to Spinnaker, according to the firms. In terms of the latter, it will allow the ERP support biz to offer new services such as Microsoft SQL Server and NoSQL support, and more than triples the size of its managed services group.

Before the merger, Spinnaker employed 559 employees globally of which 394 are part of the global support delivery team. Other relational databases Dobler manages include PostgreSQL and MySQL. It supports NoSQL databases MongoDB and Cassandra, as well Hadoop, a distributed file system.

The move risks signalling something of a trend among enterprise software support providers. Another ERP support specialist, Rimini Street, has also announced it is expanding into open-source databases including MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, and MongoDB.

Open-source databases now make up around 51.1 per cent of the installed base globally as of this month, according to DB-Engines.

The Register has asked Spinnaker if it intends to move into open source. ®

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