Friday, April 24, 2009

Light side or dark side?

Oracle Corp. signs a definitive agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems Inc. for $7.1 billion in cash or $9.50 per share. Sun’s core software offerings (including its Java programming language and MySQL database) are closely linked to the open source community. A key question is the extent to which Ellison would actively support these offerings. (Popular websites such as Facebook utilize MySQL.) Will Oracle build on Sun's software popularity with young programmers or will the software be undermined to protect Oracle’s current products/business model?

Will Oracle's purchase be on the light or dark side of M&A?

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