Stories by Stacy Cowley

Oracle brings SMB suite to North America

Oracle Corp. is finally bringing to the North American market its Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition, a midmarket-aimed package of pre-installed, preconfigured software from its 11i suite of business applications.

PeopleSoft's Conway maintains defiant tone

With 15,000 attendees at PeopleSoft's Connect user show waiting to hear how the company would address Oracle's lingering hostile takeover bid, PeopleSoft Chief Executive Officer Craig Conway tackled the issue early in his opening keynote on Tuesday.

PeopleSoft, IBM strike middleware alliance

PeopleSoft is deepening its ties with IBM, announcing on Tuesday a sales and development partnership it called the most significant enterprise applications alliance in the companies' history.

Oracle shows sales and earnings growth

Oracle reported revenue and earnings growth in its latest quarter, with its revenue from new software licenses rising 7% from last year to $US563 million. However, revenue from its applications business, which includes the ERP E-Business Suite, was down significantly.

PeopleSoft fracas could spark software M&A

Last Thursday's pro-Oracle decision on the US Department of Justice's attempt to block Oracle's proposed takeover of PeopleSoft could have ramifications for the broader software market: Most software stocks rose in Friday trading as investors and analysts viewed the DOJ's loss as a signal for Oracle and other software companies to go shopping for acquisitions.

Appeals court revives Oracle shareholder case

While Oracle awaits a judge's decision on whether it can continue in its quest to acquire PeopleSoft, the company faced a setback in an unrelated case. An appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a three-year-old shareholder lawsuit charging Oracle and several of its top executives with misleading investors about Oracle's performance may proceed, overturning a lower court's dismissal.

IBM shuffles business-unit heads

IBM is playing an executive version of the musical chairs game this week, shuffling around a number of its business-unit leaders.

PeopleSoft misses lowered revenue forecast

PeopleSoft fell short of its reduced revenue targets in the second quarter, a result the company blamed on hoopla surrounding the ongoing legal battle between the U.S. Department of Justice and Oracle over Oracle's attempt to acquire PeopleSoft.