By Antony Reynolds-Oracle on Apr 29, 2008
Today the EU gave approval for the Oracle acquisition of BEA and so completed the acquisition.
Now that the bean counters have had their fun it is the engineers turn. Although individual products will continue to be supported it will be exciting to see a convergent road map for Fusion Middleware, WebLogic and AquaLogic. Both companies invested heavily in standards based computing and so there are lots of opportunities for convergence and synergies between the product stacks.
The acquisition of BEA also gives Oracle access to a whole new set of contacts within their customer base. Although Oracle and BEA have a large overlap in their customer base they tend to talk to very different parts of the business. The combination of both companies will open up new opportunities for existing Oracle product lines as well as for the newly acquired BEA product lines.
The next few months will be very interesting times.