Tech Scorecard: Oracle Continues Its Acquisitive Ways

Nov. 6, 2008
Oracle Corp. has acquired 50 companies in the past four years.

Software giant Oracle Corp. has acquired 50 companies in the past four years, which averages out to slightly more than one company every month. In that light, Oracle's pickup of ClearApp, a provider of composite application management software, and Primavera, a vendor of portfolio management solutions, can be chalked up to "business as usual." Financial terms were not disclosed for either acquisition.

The other big news in recent weeks has been Elliott Associates' equity offer for ERP vendor Epicor Software. Elliott has offered $529 million to acquire the company, which Epicor subsequently rejected as insufficient. However, at press time, Elliott has not backed away from the deal. Stay tuned.

The following scorecard highlights significant corporate moves in the information technology sector since our last update in the October 2008 IW.

Company/Product Parent Company Transaction Type Technology
Amitive Inc. Mitrix Inc. name change community supply chain management
Amphire Solutions Inc. iTradeNetwork Inc. merger supply chain solutions for food industry
ClearApp Oracle Corp. acquisition composite application management solution
Epicor Software Corp. Elliott Associates acquisition (offer) ERP
IRM Corp. AFS Technologies Inc. acquisition business intelligence
ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. CMGI Inc. name change supply chain business process management
Motek Information Systems Inc. AFS Technologies Inc. acquisition warehouse management systems
Primavera Software Inc. Oracle Corp. acquisition portfolio management solutions
Prophesy Transportation Software Inc. Accellos Inc. acquisition fleet management software
Vue Technology Inc. Sensormatic Electronics Corp. acquisition RFID software

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