Will Oracle appeal

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-02-26 Print this article Print

?"> Of course, Oracle can always appeal. The battle may still drag on. The company hasnt publicly called it quits, instead issuing this defiant statement from Oracle Spokesman Jim Finn:
"The Department of Justice decision follows an aggressive lobbying campaign by PeopleSoft management. It is inconsistent with the overwhelming evidence of intense competition in the markets we server, and we believe it is without basis in fact or in law. A combined Oracle/PeopleSoft will significantly benefit all customers and shareholders involved."
First, its just a tad hypocritical to call PeopleSofts lobbying campaign "aggressive" and to phrase that in a negative way. Yes, of course PeopleSofts lobbying is aggressive. So is Oracles, right? Considering the companys crusade to convert PeopleSoft shareholders, its like the pot calling the kettle black. With regards to the DoJs take on the anti-trust nature of the merger, Oracle probably has a point. Theres plenty of competition in this market, between Microsofts recent entry and the morphing of the industry itself. But for the sake of PeopleSoft customers and employees, Im hoping the DoJ wins on this one. When it comes to bosses, I wouldnt wish Larry Ellison on anybody. Congratulations, PeopleSoft supporters—youve won the battle. What are your thoughts on winning the war? Write me at lisa_vaas@comcast.net. eWEEK.com Database Center Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at http://database.eweek.com for more database news, views and analysis.
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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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