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Choose an acquisition that is currently underway and based on the firm's characteristics, experiences and stated rationale, do you believe its completion will lead to more strategic competitiveness -- why or why not?

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Choose an acquisition that is currently underway and based on the firm's characteristics, experiences and stated rationale, do you believe its completion will lead to more strategic competitiveness -- why or why not?.

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Oracle has acquired Cupertino-based Oblix, a developer of identity management software that manages the way users log on to multiple corporate applications.

The deal will give Oracle more clout in offering identity and SOA management options, according to an Oblix release.
Specifically, the company's software will complement the Oracle Identity Management feature found in the Oracle Application Server 10g.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Together But Separate
Founded in 1996, Oblix has developed software that allows Web access control with user provisioning and identity administration. The company also provides security and regulatory compliance products.
In an open letter to customers, Oblix vice president of North American field operations Rick Simmons wrote that there will be a focus on continuity during the transition.
He emphasized that that all contacts for support, professional services and sales will remain the same. And although some Oblix capability will be folded into Oracle products, several major Oblix products will continue to be available on a stand-alone basis.
Cash Ready
Oracle has the spending power to extend its acquisition spree, said IDC analyst Evan Quinn.
"Even with the PeopleSoft acquisition, Oracle can afford to keep acquiring, especially smaller companies that give it a foothold in certain areas," Quinn noted.
Recent earnings reports show that Oracle has more to spend than it did last year as well. Earnings for the company's fiscal 2005 third quarter showed an 18 percent increase, to US$2.95 billion.
"Oracle is not going to sit back and relax at this point," ...

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