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Digesting The Deals

Can Oracle Be Small?

September 08, 2010

Way, way back in 2004, your correspondent covered a small Tennessee software company, SiteWorks Solutions. Oracle bought it and, uncharacteristically for Oracle, wanted to discuss the purchase. We interviewed executives at Oracle and SiteWorks. It seemed like a sound strategy. In the years afterward, we would periodically ask Oracle how that deal had worked out. Were Oracle customers experimenting with the SiteWorks applications? The answer? Silence. We have no idea if the SiteWorks solution (which offered clinical trial management for sponsors and sites) was a success, failure, or somewhere in the middle. The SiteWorks founder, as far as we can tell from LinkedIn, does not currently work for Oracle. Are there lessons here for Oracle's acquisition of Phase Forward? By adding the top electronic data capture (EDC) supplier, Oracle can regain its bragging rights to the No. 1 position. The Redwood Shores, California database goliath is not backing out of the…more...

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