Oracle Trial Raises Mid-Tier Market Questions


The government’s lawsuit to block Oracle’s (Quote, Chart) acquisition plans is focused on the impact on the top-tier market, but the judge in the case raised concerns Wednesday about how smaller niche companies would be affected as well.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker said he was concerned about the connection between the government’s market definitions of enterprise resource planning (ERP) tools — human resource management or financial management services — and Oracle’s traditional database products.

While the Judge did say he was about ten years behind the times when it comes to how software vendors are identifying themselves these days, he did want to make sure that certain aspects of the market were not being negatively impacted.

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