CHAPTER 29

Acquired Companies: From Competitor to Collaborator

As databases and hardware and software code evolve to be more compatible with each other, it has become more attractive for software vendors to build their functionality offerings by acquiring other software companies. The radical changes and uncertainty facing the companies that have been acquired will have a huge impact on the implementation.

From Competitor to Collaborator

I have been at companies that have been acquired twice: once by PeopleSoft and once by Oracle. Both experiences were totally unique and amazingly stressful. We were expected to go from sworn enemies to best friends overnight, all the while not knowing if we had a job from one day to the next. Also, one of ...

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