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Oracle pulls the trigger on BEA deal

Just when you thought Oracle might be settling down, the company makes a $6.6 billion bid for BEA Systems, the app server power.

Such a move has been rumored on and off for some time, but apparently it finally got the stamp of approval up on the eleventh floor in Redwood Shores.

Bloomberg others report that Oracle has contacted BEA’s board with a $17-a share offering—a 25-percent premium over BEA’s closing price of $13-and-change yesterday.

Financier Carl Icahn has upped his stake in BEA over the past few months and has been agitating for action.

Oracle and BEA share a Java-centric focus, but in the past few years Oracle has been building its own app-server business. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison used to boast of the progress his middleware was making at the expense of BEA share.

Several solution providers, some of whom support both Oracle and BEA wares have long speculated about whether or not the pairing would make sense.

This gives Oracle a very strong Java middleware share, said the CEO of one large system integrator who works with both companies and did not want to be named.

”BEA has been under pressure from Oracle, open-source, IBM for awhile and doesn’t have a diverse enough software portfolio to beat the other guys on every deal,” he said. Oracle has the complete solution—database, application server, tools but BEA has retained a better market presence in application servers, he noted.

He said his company tends to sell BEA and Oracle into different accounts. “It’s hard to sell a non Oracle app server into an Oracle account,” he noted.

Should the purchase go through, BEA will join PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Siebel Systems, and a handful of other companies in Oracle’s portfolio. It also follows, by just a few days,  SAP’s announced plan to buy Business Objects, a business intelligence power. SAP and Oracle are the two largest providers of business applications.

Barbara Darrow, a Boston-area freelance journalist, can be reached at

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I work for many years as a software developer, but have never seen any single developer who does not demand a huge salary, before he even enters the door of the company ...

So, money DOES NOT matter ?

It matters a lot, it is THE only thing that matters.

Just try to convince a developer to work 24 hours for a minimum salary and you will see ...

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Oracle developer
I agree that salary isn't prime for most devs, but it is inextricably linked to happiness and satisfaction.  Yes a dev may not like to be bored, but there are times when that may actually be good for a dev.   new challenges more than new tech are what really drives most devs I know about.  Now often they come together but I still say at least for junior devs, once they realize the mint you are making off their efforts, it will be the beginning of the downhill for most of them.  Companies should pay their employees a worthy wage and if not its no surprise that retention can be hard at times.
It’s really more of a package deal. Salary may not be someone’s biggest concern, but companies will be paying more for the person that is capable of handling the extra responsibility, exhibits mastery in their craft, and can work autonomously because they are typically going to be more professionally developed with more experience.
"The real reason software developers say they don't care about money is that they make a lot of it".

I notice (especially, as a tester) that people are frequently very imprecise with what they mean. Of course, salary matters a lot. Money is the key to satisfaction of many needs. It's after those needs were taken care of something else comes on top.