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CEO Larry Ellison delivered an ambitious 24-month roadmap of priorities for the nearly 35,000 attendees at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco yesterday afternoon. From open standards and security to industry functionality, business intelligence and automation, Oracle has the scale to invest in meeting customers' most-demanding requirements. "Scale is very important in the software business," Ellison said. "As we get larger, we're able to invest more money." Oracle's focus starts with supporting open standards in order to provide customers with flexibility in their software investment. Oracle was founded on support for industry standards, according to Ellison, when it introduced its first relational database based on SQL rather than a proprietary language. Now, open standards are at the heart of the company's development of Oracle Fusion Middleware with "Hot-Pluggable" cap... (more)

Oracle-PeopleSoft: Conway Testifies He Never Called Ellison a "Sociopath"

Related Links: PeopleSoft's Now "Open to Discussions" With Oracle Oracle Seeks to Revoke PeopleSoft's Poison Pills Calling Ellison Genghis Khan Cost PeopleSoft CEO His Job Craig Conway vs Larry Ellison - The Story So Far Is Mergermania Back? PeopleSoft "Terminates" Conway; Oracle Takeover Nearer? PeopleSoft Watch: EC Won't Block Oracle Takeover PeopleSoft Hangs Tough, Refuses to Meet Oracle Oracle Wins Who Shot PeopleSoft's Craig Conway? It remains to be seen whether or not Delaware Chancery Court Judge Leo Strine, pictured here entering the courtroom for this afternoon's session, ... (more)

Oracle to PeopleSoft Shareholders: "The Choice Is Yours"

Here is the full text of the letter to PeopleSoft Inc. shareholders sent today by Oracle as part of the tender offer to buy PeopleSoft's common stock filed on June 9, 2003, as amended and restated on November 3, 2004. November 18, 2004 Dear PeopleSoft stockholder: It is now time for you, PeopleSoft's stockholders, to decide whether to accept our tender offer. Oracle's best and final $24.00 per share offer for all of the outstanding shares of PeopleSoft is set to expire at midnight EST on Friday, November 19. Our offer represents a 60% premium to PeopleSoft's share price at the tim... (more)

Will Oracle Go Back to Buying BEA?

SYS-CON Live Coverage of PeopleSoft - via Google News SYS-CON Live Coverage of Oracle - via Google News SYS-CON Live Coverage of BEA - via Google News In the course of its antitrust trial back in June, when the US Justice department was still trying to block any merger between his company and PeopleSoft, Oracle chairman Jeff Henley was happy to reveal to anyone who asked that Oracle's board had compiled a list of potential "Plan B" takeover targets. The list included Siebel Systems, Lawson Software, and BEA Systems. So, five months from that revelation, is Oracle about to walk from ... (more)

Oracle Has New .NET Tools

Touting a 20-year commitment to Microsoft platforms, Oracle joined the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner (VSIP) program in May, and has now announced Oracle Developer Tools for Visual Studio .NET, a free plug-in that enables developers to use Microsoft Visual Studio .NET to develop and deploy Oracle Database 10g applications on Microsoft Windows. This plug-in integrates Oracle Database 10g and Visual Studio .NET and reinforces Oracle's commitment to meet the needs of the Windows development community. "Oracle's participation in the Microsoft Visual Studio Industry Partner ... (more)