"Ellison emphasized that the way to beat SAP in applications was in industry specific applications around banking, healthcare, retail, and the like. It's a smart strategy given SAP's current preoccupation with retrofitting its current software for mid-sized businesses-- a project that's getting mixed reviews so far."
IBM does not want ORCL to have the footprint below..
“Ready for IBM Rational Software” is the offering through which IBM business partner products are validated for integration with the IBM Rational Software Development Platform. The Eclipse-based IBM Rational Software Development Platform is the most complete, open, modular, proven and integrated cross-platform solution for enabling organizations to develop innovative software that sets them apart from their competitors.
“Actuate BIRT allows Java developers to easily integrate Business Intelligence and reporting capabilities into enterprise Java applications and commercial products,“ said Pete Cittadini, CEO and president of Actuate Corporation. “The ‘Ready for IBM Rational Software’ validation means that Actuate BIRT has met the standards for a solution that is well integrated with the IBM Rational Software Development Platform. The validation is a signal to developers that they will be able to speedily embed reporting and analytical capabilities into applications.” http://www.actuate.com/company/news/press-releases-resources.asp?ArticleId=9210
Kayvon.....I agree with you & glad you are still here....Just think....If ORCL bought ACTU , then ORCL would be an "IBM Rational Vendor".....I do not think IBM would like that....If SAP was thinking long term , then, it should buy, ACTU in order to stop ORCL from getting it ....Because ORCL wants to put SAP out of biz......what are your thoughts, as to how this could play out...also none of us know on what "time frame" the super big players , want to be intergrated & up & running , with all tuck in aquisitions in place....that is going to be the real pressure...that MSFT, IBM ORCL, SAP, T, VZ, RIMM, NOK,AAPL, JAVA, are under right now....