Monday, April 27, 2009

Swallowing Sun, Oracle Casts a Longer Shadow Over the Tech Industry

As the sun sets on one of the companies that created the technology industry as we know it, the landscape has changed forever

Oracle's purchase of Sun, while hardly a record-breaking deal in pure financial terms, is nevertheless among the most transformational events the technology industry has ever seen. With it, Oracle has just advanced its already-considerable credentials as a heavy-hitting titan of the technology industry.

The deal also represents a landmark move towards greater industry consolidation as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and the eternal wild card - Google - slug it out in their ongoing efforts to emerge as undisputed leader of the industry.

What specific developments does the deal portend for Oracle, and for the industry at large? Read my opinion here.

I can't help feeling a certain sense of loss as one of the companies that created the industry as we know it rides away into the sunset. However, as I have observed before, the tech industry is no place to be sentimental.

And so, as the technology landscape is transformed by this mammoth union, times get more interesting than ever.