It seems everyone wants to partner with SAP AG, even its former archrivals. Once SAP AG's biggest obstacle to dominating the enterprise software market in North America, Dun & Bradstreet Corp. on Feb. 8 announced plans to integrate its business database with SAP's R/3 system to speed credit decisions. The joint product, called D&B for SAP R/3, integrates D&B's business information with R/3. The idea is to help companies streamline and consolidate their supplier base, leverage purchasing power, and identify bad debts at an early stage. "Integrating D&B information into SAP R/3 via D&B for SAP R/3 allows us to enhance our own customer information with valuable business intelligence that results in better, faster, more cost-efficient risk-management decisions and a more streamlined customer management process," says Martin Kraemer, financial accounting director at DyStar, a joint venture of Hoechst and Bayer in Frankfurt, Germany. Adds Steve Schaefer, enterprise reference data manger at Monsanto Co., St. Louis, "D&B has helped Monsanto create master records with high-quality data that flow through our SAP R/3 solution. In the end, better business decisions are made." In the early 1990s Murray Hill, N.J.-based D&B went head to head against SAP with its Dun & Bradstreet Software unit based in Atlanta, now part of GEAC, a business-software firm in Toronto.