Oracle Defies the Naysayers

The company has done a better job of digesting its PeopleSoft acquisitionand holding on to customersthan expected

In 2003, when Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison announced his intention to buy PeopleSoft, he was declaring war on a number of fronts. Not only did he have to contend with PeopleSoft CEO Craig Conway, who railed against the deal for more than a year, but he was also stepping up a battle with his counterparts at SAP, the largest seller of so-called software applications, which run everything from businesses' accounting to their call-center operations.

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