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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Sensible Value Accretive Acquisitions

Some friends/associates wrote to me that I might have been a liitel hard in assessing the success of Oracle's acquistions. No, I am not is my submission. Upon seeing this move by he giant, I want to refer back to an earlier post of mine wherein when the acquisition announcement came, I wrote that this acquisition has more value for Oracle in that it is acquiring an entity operating in a space where Oracle is at best seen to be having a light presence. Oracle’s horizontal acquisitions may be seen to be a ploy to eat competition – but this one like the acquisition of Retek can be seen as better fit .With this proposed acquisition of GLog, Oracle gets stronger on paper with a compelling, comprehensive offering for supply chain and logistics management. Oracle and GLog have complementary products with a shared focus that information and adaptive business processes are key to achieving corporate supply chain goals.The point to note here is – acquisitions made to supplement and complement existing offerings generally are sensible and in few cases can provide disproportionately better results. Acquisitions made to kill competition and gain marketshare by bruteforce would only be seen as little value adding & potentially depress stock prices.

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