Oracle becoming No1 acquirer in OpenSource Space

After having acquired InnoDB in 2005, Oracle is shopping for the next opensource companies in order to boost their software products. Last week, Business Week and others reported that Oracle is watching out for three open source plays, namely JBoss, Zend and Sleepycat. This week, Oracle announced already the acquisition of Sleepycat.

Oracle’s Ellison stated at a recent conference: “We are moving aggressively into open source. We are embracing it. We are not going to fight this trend. We think if we’re clever, we can make it work to our advantage.”

Takeaway: The shopping tour of Oracle is a clear endorsement, that the space is hot and that traditional ISV need to be proactive in embracing the advantages of the open-source community. The recent OSBC show in San Francisco has highlighted that an early trend is becoming main-stream and that open-source is covering not only edge computing or horizontal applications but steadily moving into vertical apps and mission critical products and services.  

Recommendations: Acquisitions like this will fuel the activities in this sector. What was formerly a “geeky” sector is now becoming reality. Much more to come in the future! 


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