Oracle calls upon its

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own"> The other Oracle employees who will testify include Kevin Fitzgerald, who will testify about federal, state and local government procurement dynamics; competition; and recent procurements and results. Lisa Pope will weigh in on commercial procurement dynamics, competition and use of mixed-vendor applications solutions. Bob Greene will testify about the HRMS market, procurement dynamics and functional comparisons of HRMS products. Keith Block will testify on Oracle pricing procedures and strategies and on the feasibility of price-discrimination strategies proposed by the plaintiffs—i.e., the DoJ and the states that signed on to the lawsuit. Oracle President Safra Catz will testify about Oracle pricing procedures and strategies; the feasibility of the plaintiffs proposed price-discrimination strategies; PeopleSofts earlier overtures for a combination with Oracle; the rationale for the proposed acquisition; and the efficiencies that are expected from the transaction. Oracles Ron Wohl, executive vice president of applications development, will testify about drivers of technology innovation; absence of technological barriers to expansion or repositioning; and technologies that facilitate mixed-vendor applications solutions.
The remaining witnesses represent many of the big names in the industry, including SAP AGs Richard Knowles, Novell Inc.s Debra Anderson, Lawson Software Inc.s John Coughlan, Microsofts Cindy Bates, AMS Donna Morea and Siebel Systems Inc.s David Schmaier.
Also present will be representatives of enterprise users such as Emerson Electric, Fidelity, Bank of America and ADP. Analyst firms will also be represented, including Accenture and Meta Group. The entire slate of witnesses will be book-ended by two witnesses from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley—Tom Campbell and David Teece—who will give expert economic testimony. PeopleSoft has dug in its heels and resisted the takeover every step of the way, with the companys board going so far as to craft a so-called "poison pill"—a stock-related maneuver that could cost Oracle billions in money paid through a software assurance plan. Many, if not most, analysts think that Oracles takeover is doomed at this point. Even Oracle Chief Financial Officer Jeff Henley recently remarked that he thought success was highly improbable. Still, some see Judge Walker, who will hear the case in the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, as something of a wildcard. Walker, a former antitrust attorney at the San Francisco law firm Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, in his most recent antitrust case regarding the sale of the San Francisco Examiner, declined to block the sale. According to, Walker at the time accused the Justice Department of practicing "cronyism" in the case. Check out eWEEK.coms Database Center at for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

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Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for 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, 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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