Oracle Seeks Microsoft's Help in Fending Off DOJBy Renee Boucher Ferguson | Posted 2004-03-02 Email Print
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As it continues its attempt to acquire PeopleSoft, Oracle is appealing to Microsoft and other players to provide the Justice Department with information regarding their plans in the ERP market.Oracle Corp. will indeed turn to Microsoft Corp. for help in fending off the U.S. Department of Justice as it attempts to acquire PeopleSoft Inc.just as it will turn to others it has named as competitors in the enterprise resource planning applications market.
Oracle spokeswoman Jennifer Glass confirmed that Oracle will appeal to archrival Microsoft to provide the Justice Department with information regarding its plans to expand its small and midsize applications business to larger enterprises. But, Glass said, Oracle will seek similar information from others in the ERP sector.
"We intend generally to take discovery from major players in the industry," said Glass, in Redwood Shores, Calif.
The Justice Department did not consider midmarket players in its investigation, according to Pate.