Although end-user companies should continue to track the financial health of their vendors to possibly discern if the vendor will be a collector or one of the collected, the latest torrid 'love triangle' affair involving Oracle, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards may prove that even a seemingly stable vendor can involuntarily end up being acquired. If your vendor is acquired, do meet the new owners, given their motivation in buying your vendor was the install base and that is you. Showing interest is your part in keeping the relationship the way you want it.
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applications, such as database, application server, email/collaboration server and middleware, all of which Oracle competes in, and is hoping to use as fertile ground for excellent up- and cross-selling to PeopleSoft's customers. Figures 5 Figures 6 However, Oracle should not gloat much over its possibly shrewd move to instill FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt), given it has yet again drawn the market consternation and has likely proven to be a less customer-friendly vendor (if not necessarily a product).