Dissecting Oracle's Bid for Siebel

September 13, 2005


The status of CRM legend Siebel has been the enduring question of the post-Oracle-acquisition-of-PeopleSoft era. I've been asked it a hundred times, and have tried to answer it at least that many. So now we know: Siebel is finished, relegated to that increasingly large industry sector known as “Oracle-bait.”

I have to admit I never thought Oracle or any other large vendor (SAP and IBM, primarily) would bother buying this ailing, and drifting, former juggernaut. It seemed a lot easier to just pick off the customers one by one as they figured out that connecting to their in-house Oracle or SAP suite was more important than running last century's best-of-breed CRM product.

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