Oracle to enhance Fusion with Sunopsis buy

Oracle has announced the purchase of yet another software company -- data integration vendor Sunopsis.

Oracle tossed another company into its giant bag of acquisitions yesterday.

This time the database and business applications powerhouse, which has been on an acquisition tear in recent years, announced the purchase of Limonest, France-based data integration vendor Sunopsis Inc. for an undisclosed sum of money.

Oracle says Sunopsis' ETL (extract, transform, load) architecture will enhance Fusion Middleware by providing greater support for both Oracle and non-Oracle data sources.

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"We plan to incorporate Sunopsis' high-performance data integration technology into the Oracle Fusion Middleware product family and make the technology an integrated part of service oriented architecture, business intelligence, and master data management solutions from Oracle," Thomas Kurian, Oracle's senior vice president of server technologies, said in a statement.

Sunopsis, which already offers integration support for applications from Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft, among others, is one of 21 acquisitions Oracle has made over the past few years that include the high-profile purchases of customer relationship management stalwarts PeopleSoft Corp. and Siebel Systems Inc. Oracle is currently working to port the spoils of its various buys to its Oracle Fusion Middleware platform.

Industry experts point out that Oracle is now moving away from purchasing larger software vendors and instead focusing on smaller players that can help them fill "technology gaps" or meet the needs of specific industry verticals.

"[Oracle has] done most of their acquisitions, I think, for the time being, but there may be some other things that they'll pick up over the rest of this fiscal year," Gene Phifer, Stamford, Conn.-based Gartner Inc.'s lead analyst for Oracle, said in a recent interview. "I would say that they're going to focus on infrastructure software."

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