Oracle-Linked Industry Group Says DOJ Misses Mark in Case

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-06-04 Print this article Print

As it heads to court next week to try to stop Oracle's hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, the Department of Justice lacks a "basic understanding" of what's happening in the market for HRM and FMS software, an industry lobbying group charges.

As it heads to court next week to try to stop Oracles hostile takeover of PeopleSoft, the U.S. Department of Justice lacks a "basic understanding" of whats happening in the market for HRM and FMS software, an industry lobbying group charged Friday. The SIIA (Software & Information Industry Association)—of which Oracle Corp. has been a member for more than nine years—issued a report, here in PDF form, that outlines what it considers the DOJs mistaken assumptions about the market for human resource management and financial management services software. Namely, the DOJ assumes that purchases of HRM and FMS software happen in isolation from other decisions when, in fact, competition occurs between vendors offering pieces of the enterprise "stack"—i.e, operating systems, databases, middleware software, applications and services, according to the SIIAs report.
The report lists companies that it considers representative of the different slices of this enterprise stack, all of them being part of a much richer competitive landscape than the DOJ has set forth in its market view.
Oracle and the DOJ have laid out their court strategies. Click here to read more. The SIIA sees the stack as lining up this way: As systems integrators, it lists IBMs Global Services, BearingPoint Inc., Capgemini SA and Accenture. In enterprise applications, it names Oracle; SAP AG; PeopleSoft Inc.; Siebel Systems Inc.; Lawson Software Inc.; The Sage Group PLC; SSA Global Technologies Inc.; AMS, now owned by CGI Group Inc.; SunGard SCT Inc.; and Microsoft Corp.s Business Solutions. In the middleware space, the SIIA lists BEA Systems Inc.s WebLogic, IBM WebSphere, Oracle 9iAS, the Apache Software Foundation, JBoss Inc. and Microsofts .Net. For databases, the group names Oracle, IBMs DB2 Universal Database, Sybase Inc., MySQL AB and Microsofts SQL Server. In the server operating system space, it lists Hewlett-Packard Co.s HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Sun Microsystems Inc.s Solaris and Windows Server 2003. Next Page: Group says customers are the ones calling the shots.

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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