Feeds

Oracle eyes Business Objects from afar

Acquisition of hit-list target a remote possibility

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Following the revelations over Microsoft's merger discussions with SAP, speculation is rife about over the next wave of M&A activity in the enterprise applications software field. Business Objects was among those named on Oracle's potential takeover list, though an acquisition by the Californian firm in the near future is nothing more than a remote possibility.

Shares in Business Objects rallied up by as much as 4 per cent following the publication of the list and subsequent takeover speculation among investors. The Franco-US company was one of nine companies included as "potential targets" in a memorandum document presented to Oracle's board in April 2003.

Other companies mentioned in the list included JD Edwards, Cerner and BEA Systems. The 48-page document was released publicly this week as evidence in a US antitrust suit over Oracle's $7.7bn hostile takeover of archrival PeopleSoft. Regulators are seeking to block this move claiming it would stifle competition and drive business application software prices skywards.

The publication of the 'Oracle Nine' comes at a time when mega-merger hype in the enterprise applications software sector is at its peak. Earlier this month Microsoft revealed it had held discussions with German business software giant SAP about a possible merger. Two companies on Oracle's list have also merged with bigger companies: PeopleSoft acquired JD Edwards last summer for $2bn and EMC swallowed up Documentum at the end of last year for $1.8bn.

With California-based Oracle currently fighting tooth and nail to buy PeopleSoft, the list may not seem so far-fetched after all, although the companies targeted are quite different in the products they offer.

Oracle's list once again puts Business Objects in the merger and acquisition spotlight. Last summer the company made a $820m swoop for rival BI software maker Crystal Decisions, which sparked off a mini-wave of consolidation in the BI sector.

However, Oracle has its hands full at the moment with the PeopleSoft lawsuit while Business Objects is going full throttle to integrate Crystal's technology into its BI suite, making a takeover between the two unlikely in the short term at least.

Source: ComputerWire/Datamonitor

Related stories

Oracle - Microsoft sales battles revealed in court
Larry Ellison's shopping list
Oracle closes year with modest revenue run
Business Objects makes Crystal Decisions

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
'People have forgotten just how late the first iPhone arrived ...'
Plus: 'Google's IDEALISM is an injudicious justification for inappropriate biz practices'
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.