Oracle's Acquisition of Sun Microsystems


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Themes

Mergers and Acquisitions
Case Length : 18 Pages
Period : 2009
Pub Date : 2009
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems
Industry : Information Technology and Related Services
Countries : US

Abstract:

The case discusses the acquisition of Sun Microsystems (Sun) by Oracle Corporation (Oracle). It examines the growth strategies of Sun and Oracle over the years, their product lines and their major competitors. The case then highlights the problems faced by Sun post the dotcom crash and examines its inability to monetize its products. The case also briefs about the negotiations between IBM and Sun for merging Sun with IBM. It analyzes the possible synergies between Sun and Oracle post-merger and the challenges that Oracle may face after the acquisition.

Issues:


Analyze the synergies resulting from the merger between hardware and a software company.

Appreciate the importance of successfully commercializing innovative products.

Study the Oracle-Sun deal and determine whether the deal was fairly valued or not.

Discuss the challenges facing Oracle after the acquisition of Sun.

Contents:

  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
The Acquisition 5
The Synergies 7
The Challenges 8
Exhibits 10

Keywords:

Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation, Acquisition, Oracle's Acquisitions, Middleware, Enterprise Solutions, Enterprise Computing, Database Management Systems, Database Solutions, Merger Synergies, Java Programming Language, MySQL, RDBMS, Open Source, Dotcom Burst, IBM, Solaris, Virtualization, Cloud computing, Sub-prime crisis, Cross-selling, IT industry in the US

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