What You Should Do

By Larry Dignan  |  Posted 2003-07-14 Print this article Print

As Oracle and other enterprise software vendors pursue a course of acquisition, executives express wariness about the penchant for market domination; many prefer the advantages of a best-of-breed approach.

What You Should Do: If You're Forced to Move to New Systems

The acquiring company doesn't want to lose its newly acquired customer base.

Argue for extended support for your existing platform so you won't have to rush to something new.

Some executives begin evaluating new systems as soon as they break even on their current infrastructure.

Map out potential what-if scenarios for your key vendors.

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Larry formerly served as the East Coast news editor and Finance Editor at CNET News.com. Prior to that, he was editor of Ziff Davis Inter@ctive Investor, which was, according to Barron's, a Top-10 financial site in the late 1990s. Larry has covered the technology and financial services industry since 1995, publishing articles in WallStreetWeek.com, Inter@ctive Week, The New York Times, and Financial Planning magazine. He's a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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