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Jim Manico

January 16, 2008

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Three months after Oracle?s unsolicited multibillion-dollar bid for BEA Systems, the middleware maker has announced that it is, indeed, being acquired by Larry Ellison?s software powerhouse.The $8.5 billion acquisition?nearly $2 billion more than Oracle?s October offer?won unanimous approval from BEA?s board and marks the end of ?one of the few independent, midsize software companies left in Silicon Valley.?

Middleware enables one application to communicate with another that either runs on a different platform, comes from a different vendor or both. Oracle already sells similar products, but analysts say BEA's Weblogic and IBM?s WebSphere are generally considered to be the standards among this type of integration software. "BEA sells some great glue, and everyone needs glue," said Eric Johnson, director of the Center for Digital Strategies at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Given BEA's brand name and expertise in integration software, the acquisition will also enable Oracle to better compete with SAP, said Nucleus Research analyst David O'Connell.bMighty.com, Yahoo News, Web 2.0 Journal

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<https://2015.appsecusa.org/c/> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<https://2015.appsecusa.org/c/?page_id=534>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Clad-Java-Building-Secure-Applications/dp/0071835881> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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