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Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for Ten Billion Dollars

PeopleSoft has agreed to Oracle's takeover deal in which Oracle will pay $26.50 per share which is higher than that originally offered by Oracle.

"Their maintenance revenue was higher than we thought and their expense number was lower than we thought. It showed their maintenance business was more profitable than we thought," Larry Ellison, Oracle's chief executive, said in a conference call early Monday with analysts.

With this takeover, Oracle has also acquired J.D. Edwards.  Oracle projects within 12 to 24 months, upgrades to PeopleSoft 8 and J.D. Edwards 6.  Oracle also expects an integrated product of Oracle and PeopleSoft within 30 to 36 months.

The merger has caused concerns among PeopleSoft customers in terms of the support level they will or will not continue to receive as a result of the merger.  However, Oracle President Safra Katz had this to say:

'the company would "oversupport" PeopleSoft's existing 12,750 customers to help keep their business if a merger were clinched.'


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