This eWEEK: June 9, 2003
Cut open a fish; find a smaller one inside.Cut open a fish; find a smaller one inside. The software industry is like that. Seldom has there been a more perfect example of this Darwinian phenomenon than Oracles bidding for PeopleSoft late last week, in the wake of that companys bid for J.D. Edwards earlier in the week. The ERP market is consolidating, but its not headed for legacy irrelevance. Its reaching a plateau in advance of the next generation of ERP, which will be based on Web services. While SAP is the No. 1 vendor for now, Oracle et al. are jockeying for the lead in the next race, which will feature Microsoft and its Great Plains applications as a far-more-significant player than at present.
After Sept. 11, 2001, everyone wanted to talk about backup. But while the fad of two years ago has worn off, the need remains. Labs Analyst Henry Baltazar finds that the vendors have not been idle in the interim. In fact, theyve cooked up some useful products.