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Oracle buying spree may intensify integration issues
Oracle Corp.’s spate of acquisitions has, so far, failed to deliver the promise of significant financial gains and increased market leadership for the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company, according to an industry analyst. Oracle’s buying spree may also be spreading the company too thin, and causing uncertainty about its product roadmap, said Janet White, research analyst at London, Ont.-based Info-Tech Research Group Inc.

Making mergers matter
From a company that started out on the path of consolidation much earlier than their counterparts, here’s a piece of advice from ERP vendor SSA Global: “Don’t consolidate for the sake of consolidating.” The big danger a company can get into when consolidating is to lose sight of the whole business perspective.

Tech integration sparks vendor consolidation: Capellas
The emergence of vertical integration of voice, data and video over Internet Protocol (IP) is driving consolidation efforts among telecommunications and technology companies, according to Michael Capellas, president and CEO of telecom giant MCI Inc. The capabilities around IP technology will compel big telecom players to take the road of consolidation to provide customers with end-to-end, seamless applications, said Capellas.

Qualcomm-Flarion deal may rock wireless world
Qualcomm Inc.’s planned acquisition of mobile broadband vendor Flarion Techologies Inc. sets up a powerful competitor to the emerging mobile WiMax technology and its deep-pocketed proponents, such as Intel Corp. Alternatives to mobile WiMax have appeared to face futures as niche technologies even though mobile WiMax itself isn’t expected to hit the market until at least 2007.