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An Oracle-BEA Combo: How It Will Affect You

October 16, 2007


  • By John R. Rymer,
  • Mike Gilpin,
  • Alex Cullen,
  • Matthew Brown,
  • Larry Fulton
  • with Andrew Parker,
  • David D'Silva

Why Read This Brief

By acquiring BEA Software's wealth of large corporate customers and well-respected middleware products, Oracle would be second only to IBM in that key market. Oracle's Larry Ellison has long threatened to acquire BEA Systems, finally making an offer on October 12, 2007. Oracle's unsolicited bid, valued at slightly less than $6.7 billion and rejected by BEA's board, is likely the opening move in a contest for BEA. BEA's thousands of customers should start understanding their options now, with the assumption that if the acquisition succeeds, Oracle is likely to use both carrots and sticks to move them to its competing products.

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