Why Oracle

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-03-01 Print this article Print

/PeopleSoft would ditch J.D. Edwards"> After all, J.D. Edwards is a late and, in Oracles eyes, unwelcome addition to the PeopleSoft trophy. Such a move would obviously help to maintain the competitive marketplace. In addition, there are reasons why Oracle has no interest in supporting J.D. Edwards customers, some 60 percent of which run their applications on IBM databases. Oracles not interested in supporting a population of customers running on its competitors databases. Hence, spinning off J.D. Edwards to a company thats more IBM-centric would both satisfy the DoJs antitrust concerns and get a bunch of IBM loyalists off Oracles hands. Dominy suggested imagining a company such as SSA as a potential acquirer. As an ERP software maker for manufacturing and the public sector, it has robust assets in the ERP landscape, from manufacturing to procurement. Its also obviously on a buying spree. In July it closed its acquisition of Baan, a division of Invensys. Before that, in 2002, it purchased the supply chain management, financial management and human resource management product lines of InterBiz, the e-business applications division of Computer Associates International Inc. For its part, J.D. Edwards, when it was acquired by PeopleSoft, had some $700 million to $900 million in revenue. Take that amount of revenue and put it together with SSA/Baan, which has some 16,500 customers. That scenario alone creates a third power in the ERP space. Then theres Microsoft, already in the ring with its acquisitions of Great Plains Software and Navision.
With Microsoft gaining momentum, with SAP remaining the top gun in the marketplace, and with Oracle/PeopleSoft as a clear No. 2, the SSA/Baan/J.D. Edwards/InterBiz entity would be a $1.4 billion to $1.7 billion company and a clear player in a marketplace that wouldnt be overly consolidated.
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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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