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(October 24, 2007)- Former JBoss maestro Marc Fleury has been considering the contenders in any race to counter-bid for BEA in the face of Oracle's $6.6BN bid. His conclusion: Most of the big players would be better off buying Red Hat. "Red Hat is a better, and potentially cheaper, option for many of the other players," he writes. Fluery's blogged remarks emerged in the context of a discussion about the consolidation of the software vendor market. "I do not see IBM going after BEA," Fleury opined. His reasoning? "A bidding war against Oracle is a money losing proposition although merging the two product lines would insure that IBM remains the leader." Then comes Fleury's alternative suggestion: that someone should buy Red Hat. "There is a cheaper alternative which delivers more bang: buy Red Hat. With JBoss replacing the dead and embarassing Geronimo efforts, IBM could r... (more)

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Ellison Gets $3.6M Pay Boost: Oracle Rewards Its Chairman & Chief Executive For Snagging PeopleSoft

In its latest SEC filing, Oracle Corp has duly recorded that Larry Ellison, who last year was paid $3.9 million in salary and bonus, received $7.5 million from the company in fiscal 2005, the year in which after an 18-month saga Oracle finally acquired PeopleSoft for $10.3BN Ellison was also given a hefty slice of 2.5 million stock options, compared to just 900,000 he received last year. Judging from this pay hike, the verdict on Ellison's performance in the fisal year ended May 31 was resoundingly positive. He wasn't alone either. Chairman Jeffrey O. Henley got $3.7 million in sa... (more)

salesforce.com's Benioff Says Oracle-Siebel Deal "Puts Investors out of Misery"

salesforce'com CEO Mark Benioff, a former Oracle executive, can be relied upon to provide provocative comments with respect to his company and competition, particularly so with respect to rivals Oracle and Siebel Systems. Below are initial comments he made in a note to employees in reaction to hearing that his two rivals have now combined into a single company by dint of Oracle aquiring Siebel for $5.85 billion. (It should be noted that Benioff has a home in Hawaii and is known for his wearing of Hawaiian shirts.) His comments follow: Marc Benioff "Oracle put Siebel investors out... (more)

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: 10g Release 3 To Be Unveiled This Week

Just as, in August, the big news from Oracle was all about Oracle Database 10g Release 2, this coming week at Oracle OpenWorld the big news will all be about Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3. And Rick Schultz (pictured talking to SYS-CON.TV earlier in the year) will be one of the key spokespersons for the company at next week's show. The latest release will be all about strengthening the links between Oracle's flagship app server and its goal of simplifying SOA. Aside from Application Server 10g Release 3, this year's event will highlight 18 key industries, with industry s... (more)