There's an interesting subtext to this year's spate of acquisitions by Oracle, a sub-text that will shortly move front-and-center in the software industry. The subtext is the IBM connection, and in a fascinating case of opportunity creating strange bedfellows, Big Blue's latest romance is with none other than archrival Oracle.
This isn't yet a taking-a-trip-to-the-altar kind of romance, it's more in the dating and "seeing others" phase. But there's no doubt that things are starting to heat up between IBM and Oracle, and in a number of key ways, this relationship already has been successfully consummated. And it wasn't just a one-night stand.
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