Oracle-Linked Industry Group Says DOJ Misses Mark in Case
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 yearsissued 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.