In June 2003, Oracle launched its takeover bid for PeopleSoft Inc., just days after PeopleSoft itself had entered a merger agreement with J.D. Edwards. Three years later, Oracle had fended off PeopleSoft's board of directors and the U.S. Department of Justice, and gone on to buy 20 companies as part of a massive acquisition spree aimed at overtaking SAP as the leader in enterprise business applications. In 2010, the European Commission approved Oracle’s $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems, bringing the software giant into the hardware business.What follows is a timeline of every transaction, beginning with the close of the PeopleSoft deal.
PeopleSoft: Oracle acquires PeopleSoft, a CRM and human resource management systems (HRMS) software provider, nearly two years after the software giant first launched a hostile takeover bid for the company.
Retek: Retail technology vendor Retek Inc. finally decides between its two suitors and selects Oracle, which outbid rival SAP with a $670 million total offer.
Oblix Inc.: Oracle’s purchase of the computer security company is a sign of its dedication to its identity management strategy, including Web services management capabilities. Oblix will be integrated into Oracle Identity Management and will serve as the security foundation for Fusion Middleware.
TripleHop : Looking to extend its content management arsenal, Oracle buys up TripleHop's MatchPoint technology, a context-sensitive enterprise search tool.
TimesTen: Oracle has bought TimesTen Inc., a provider of high-speed software for managing customer data and transactions, which will beef up its offerings for its database and Fusion middleware products.
G-Log: During its annual OpenWorld conference, Oracle reveals it has bought G-Log and its logistics and transportation management and supply-chain software. It will later become part of just an effort to disrupt MySQL AB.
TempoSoft and 360 Commerce: Oracle acquires French workforce-management vendor TempoSoft just before the New Year to add workforce scheduling to integrate with PeopleSoft Enterprise, its E-Business Suite and Oracle Retail applications. Oracle also adds retail management software vendor 360 Commerce to capitalize on point-of-sale systems integration with customer interaction data.
Siebel Systems: Oracle closes its buyout of Siebel Systems, which it announced it would acquire in a deal valued at $5.8 billion. With the deal comes 4,000 CRM customers and 3.4 million user licenses, positioning Oracle to becoming the world’s largest CRM provider.
Sleepycat: The CEO changes his tune, and the Berkeley DB open source database product line, with an estimated 200 million deployments, becomes the latest target in Oracle's buying spree. By May, Oracle releases an update to the Oracle Berkeley DB .The revenue management software vendor provides Oracle a quick way to take on Amdocs and other order management vendors and build a billing infrastructure to reach into the telecom, cable and media markets.
Net4Call: A provider of Parlay/OSA service delivery components for the telecommunications industry, Net4Call will be combined with Oracle SDP to help customers turn siloed network investments into a service-oriented architecture.
Telephony@Work: Oracle dials up the hosted contact center market and buys the underlying platform of its existing Siebel Contact OnDemand, its SaaS customer service application. Together, the acquisitions are intended to provide a full hosted contact center from one vendor.
Sigma Dynamics: Bulking up its Business Intelligence business, Oracle adds a real-time and predictive analytics vendor that will be offered standalone and as part of Oracle BI and Fusion Middleware.
Sunopsis Inc.: Oracle says the purchase of data integration vendor Sunopsis will enhance its Fusion Middleware offering by providing greater support for both Oracle and non-Oracle data sources.
MetaSolv Software Inc.: Oracle is planning to purchase MetaSolv, a telecommunications software provider whose products cover areas such as provisioning, network inventory and service activation and includes customers like T-Mobile.
SPL WorldGroup Inc.: Oracle announced plans to purchase the seller of revenue and operations management software to take on SAP in the utilities and public sector industries, heating up the continual Oracle vs. SAP battle.
Stellent Inc.: Oracle receives U.S. antitrust approval to acquire the content management software vendor in a cash offer worth about $440 million.
Oracle to acquire Hyperion, claims BI supremacy: Oracle will pay $3.3 billion to acquire Hyperion, a business intelligence and corporate performance management vendor.
Oracle announces Tangosol deal: Oracle's Tangosol acquisition will allow the database giant to enter the emerging Information-as-a-Service (IaaS) market, experts say.
Oracle to buy Lodestar: Oracle announces plans to purchase Lodestar Corp., a provider of meter data management and competitive energy software for the utilities industry.
Bharosa to give Oracle users transaction security: Oracle's acquisition of Bharosa Inc. will fill a key hole in Oracle's security lineup, according to experts.
Moniforce: Oracle acquires Moniforce to fill a gap in their monitoring technology lineup, use with its Oracle Enterprise Manager product and also help booster Oracle’s business intelligence (BI) efforts.
Captovation: Oracle’s enterprise content management (ECM) lineup will get a boost with the acquisition of Captovation, which is to become a key part of its Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite.
BEA Systems: After pushing for a deal for more than three years, Oracle announced its acquisition of BEA Systems, in a move designed to enhance Oracle’s Fusion Middleware stack and encourage use of service-oriented-architecture (SOA).
Admin Server: Oracle makes a move into the insurance market with the acquisition of AdminServer, an insurance policy administration software provider that will make Oracle a direct competitor with SAP and other vendors in the insurance market.
Primavera: Oracle’s project portfolio management (PPM) offerings will expand with its acquisition of Primavera, a PPM software provider, and combine its software with their own to create one global business unit targeting project-intensive industries.
Relsys: Oracle could move up in the health services industry with the purchase of Relsys, a drug safety and risk management analysis software provider, whose products it plans to make part of its Health Sciences Global Business Unit.
Virtual Iron: Server virtualization becomes a focus for Oracle as the software giant acquires Virtual Iron, a maker of server virtualization management software focused on small and medium-sized companies.
HyperRoll, Inc.: Oracle acquires HyperRoll and adds financial reporting acceleration software to its existing Enterprise Performance Management Suite, which already includes products from the Hyperion acquisition as well.
Sun Microsystems: After nearly nine months of waiting to gain approval from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, Oracle makes its biggest acquisition -- the $7.4 billion buyout of Sun Microsystems -- in a move that would change the whole IT landscape.
Silver Creek: Oracle gives its data quality lineup a boost with the acquisition of data quality management software maker Silver Creek., after an OEM partnership with the data quality vendor. Silver Creek’s main product, DataLens, aims to simplify product descriptions and help users better manage product data.
Amberpoint: In an effort to expand its SOA offerings, Oracle buys Amberpoint, an SOA management company. Oracle says that Amberpoint’s products -- which help companies diagnose application performance problems – will enrich its lineup of middleware.
Convergin: Oracle buys a telco services startup, Convergin, which offers solutions for communications service providers (CSPs). Oracle says Convergin’s products will complement the software giant’s communications suite.
Secerno: The software giant makes a purchase that will enhance its database security lineup. The addition of Secerno, a U.K.-based company, will bring new products -- such as those involving database monitoring, data protection and data auditing and compliance -- to Oracle’s own security software, including Database Vault and Audit Vault.