Bryan-Based Technology Biz Shut Down

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NEW YORK -- German software maker SAP is closing its TomorrowNow.

The subsidiary provided support for Oracle software -- and was accused of stealing information from Oracle.

Bryan, Texas,-based TomorrowNow was formed by former engineers at PeopleSoft, with the idea of providing less expensive software support to PeopleSoft customers.

SAP bought TomorrowNow in 2005, around the same time Oracle completed its eleven billion dollar purchase of PeopleSoft.

Oracle later alleged TomorrowNow employees hacked into Oracle's
computer network to steal information about its software. The lawsuit is scheduled for trial in 2010 in San Francisco.

SAP Chief Executive Henning Kagermann has acknowledged TomorrowNow made "inappropriate downloads" of Oracle's software coding.

But Kagermann has maintained its rival "wasn't significantly harmed" by the breach.

An Oracle spokeswoman declined comment.