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 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.

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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.

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