Best-of-Breed Software Lives!

Steve Hamm

Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison has been the high priest of consolidation in the software industry. His pitch: customers want a few large software makers that offer them a wide array of products and services. They don't want to mess with a bunch of small fry. That made all the more interesting something that happened at Oracle's recent briefing for analysts in New York. Mike Jones, CIO of electronics retailer Circuit City and a major Oracle software customer, made a presentation that, in part, extolled the virtues of dealing with a handful of major tech suppliers. However, when he put up a slide listing Circuit City's strategic tech partners, it included StreamServe, a $50 million privately held software company. Looks like there's still a role for the so-called best-of-breed software company.

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