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November 12 , 2007

Vinnie Mirchandani

The Trouble with Software M&A

Software companies continue to rely on M&A to create shareholder value. Time will tell how long customers will continue to support that strategy.

By Vinnie Mirchandani, Deal Architect

I’ll be at Oracle OpenWorld this week. Undoubtedly, much of the conversation will surround Oracle’s numerous acquisitions and how the “Fusion” of these products will be a great thing for customers.

But will it? What if software vendors took into account customer perspective before they entered into an M&A deal? A long shot, sure, but a day that may come in the future.

By no means is Oracle the only offender. But Oracle has long been the poster child for trying to achieve growth and drive shareholder value through M&A.

Oracle’s recent failed bid to buy BEA brings to light many of the issues surrounding vendor consolidation. M&A is simply not the only way to create tech shareholder value and in the long term, customer demands may force vendors to rethink their acquisition strategies.


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Parting Thought

“A project is complete when it starts working for you, rather than you working for it.”
–Scott Allen

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