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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Oracle buys G-log, a logistics and transportation management software company

I thought Oracle had bought enough companies this year, evidently not. They’ve just announced the purchase of G-log which will provide a Comprehensive Logistics Management Platform to Complement Oracle’s Supply Chain Applications. According to the press statement:

Redwood Shores, Calif   20-SEP-2005   Oracle announced today that it agreed to buy G-Log, a privately held provider of logistics and transportation management software. The parties anticipate closing the transaction by the end of 2005, subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary conditions. Financial details were not disclosed.

Globalization, increasing fuel costs, outsourcing, increased security and regulation, and transportation capacity shortages are driving the need for sophisticated logistics and transportation applications. G-Log delivers a single platform to plan, optimize, execute, analyze, and react to every aspect of supply chain flow. By bringing together logistics processes, data, knowledge and analysis in a single business engine, G-Log’s products allow companies to lower the total cost of ownership while giving them the ability to drive an integrated, information driven enterprise.

“The acquisition of G-Log will allow Oracle to offer a comprehensive supply chain and logistics management solution through which companies can better manage their global supply chains,” said Oracle Senior Vice President of Applications Development Rick Jewell. “With G-Log’s proven transportation management platform and Oracle’s leading technology infrastructure, ERP and supply chain applications, customers will now have an integrated offering for the lean enterprise.”

Over 50 percent of G-Log’s customers have Oracle applications and after completion of the acquisition, it is expected customers will recognize immediate benefits from the combination. G-Log’s customer base includes industry-leading shippers and logistics service providers such as Big Lots, Brown Shoe, DuPont, Exel, Family Dollar Stores, Giant Eagle, Halliburton, Kuehne & Nagel, Rohm and Haas, Tesco, Toll Solutions, UPM and Volvo.

“By combining the talents and products of both organizations, Oracle will be better able to address evolving customer needs and effectively respond to industry trends that are driving the demand for complex logistics solutions,” said G-Log Chief Executive Officer David Cairns.

This is an interesting deal, according to an AMR Research article, entitled Oracle Buys G-Log, Potential Top Slot in SCM:

If Oracle can execute and all other market assumptions stay the same, the acquisition has the potential to propel Oracle past SAP to the No. 1 slot in 2005 Supply Chain Management (SCM) market share.

Looks like Oracle is definitely turning up the heat on SAP! I read with great amusement this ITtoolbox article entitled SAP executive knocks Oracle-Siebel deal, says Oracle will fail which outlines how Bill McDermott, chief executive of SAP’s North American unit, told participants at a recent mergers-and-acquisition conference,  Oracle “continues to fail, will continue to fail, and we’re going to help them in every way we can.” Looks like things are getting nasty!!

Monday, September 12, 2005

More Enterprise Software Consolidation - Oracle buys Siebel

Big news. Oracle has bought Siebel for $5.85 billion. There’s been speculation about this deal for quite some time now and personally I was certain it was going to happen. It just makes sense for Oracle to do this if they want to compete effectively with SAP.

According to the press release:

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.,  12-SEP-2005 Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) announced today that it agreed to buy Siebel Systems, Inc (Nasdaq: SEBL) for $10.66 per share. The offer is valued at approximately $5.85 billion, or $3.61 billion net of Siebel’s cash on hand of $2.24 billion.

“In a single step, Oracle becomes the number one CRM applications company in the world,” said CEO Larry Ellison. “Siebel’s 4,000 applications customers and 3,400,000 CRM users strengthen our number one position in applications in North America and move us closer to the number one position in applications globally.”

“Today is a great day for Siebel Systems’ customers, partners, shareholders, and employees,” said Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman of Siebel Systems. “The combination of Siebel applications with the development capacity of Oracle to enhance our CRM product set assures our customers continuing success. This is a very beneficial business combination that will allow us to be even more effective in delivering high quality, leading edge solutions into the hands of satisfied customers.”

“This is a customer driven event. Our joint customers have consistently recommended this transaction to both companies for over a year,” said Oracle President Charles Phillips. “We will embrace Siebel’s best-in-class CRM products and make the features of those products the centerpiece of our Project Fusion CRM.”

Friday, September 09, 2005

Oracle to Podcast from Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2005

In a recent press release, Oracle has announced they will be podcasting at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco. This means Customers, Partners and Developers will be able to download and listen to valuable content anytime, anywhere

According to the press release:

For the first time ever, content will be available via podcasting at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco conference, Sept. 17 - 22, 2005 at Moscone Center. The Oracle OpenWorld podcasts will deliver news and information about each daily theme including Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Applications and Oracle Database and Grid technologies. Attendees will be able to download audio programming and store content for future use and those who are not able to attend the show benefit from access to valuable, relevant information.

Oracle already offers a series of podcasts on its OTN (Oracle Technology Network) website - called Oracle OTN TechCasts - as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its developer and DBA community on a variety of current and technical topics. Interviews with executives such as Vice President of Product Strategy Ken Jacobs and Senior Director of Product Management Roel Stalman are currently available via podcast through the Oracle OTN website or audio portals such as iTunes.

During Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle will conduct interviews with technology experts that will be syndicated through the OTN TechCasts RSS feed. By subscribing to this feed, users will be able to download these podcasts in the common MP3 audio format via iTunes 4.9 or podcast clients such as iPodder or Doppler to portable music players free of charge. Users can subscribe to the OTN TechCasts feed - or download standalone MP3 podcasts- from the OTN website at

“Oracle is one of the first companies to bring podcasting to a conference to reach audiences who may not have been able to attend,” said Senior Vice President Oracle Worldwide Marketing Judy Sim. “Also, the breadth of information available at Oracle OpenWorld will be extensive. By podcasting, OpenWorld attendees will be able to listen to relevant content long after the show is over.”

More on this announcement at the official OTN Blog.

Since I’m not going to be at the conference this year, I’m looking forward to monitoring as much as much of the activity as I can online and this announcement is a really good one.

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