Buying Into A Big Time Brawl

When Computer Associates International acquired Applied Data Research and Cullinet Software in the late 1980s, it was more than just another step in Chairman Charles B. Wang's expansion plan. By taking over two leading makers of mainframe data-base programs, CA stepped up in class--from a specialist in esoteric software that manages the inner workings of mainframes to a supplier of the key software that cuts to the heart of most big businesses.

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