Oracle may slow down in terms of giant acquisitions, but the company still needs to remain competitive.The company is currently weak in a number of areas, specifically mobile and social networking software and I could see acquisitions in these two areas.Another area I can see Oracle making an acquisition or investing internally would be on what is becoming the standard in enterprise-ready cloud computing technology, Hadoop.Hadoop is an open source project by Apache, which encompasses a framework for processing and querying incredibly large amounts of data on large clusters of computers.We’ll see what Oracle will do, but I don’t see them sitting still on the acquisition front.
I still think though they're in a lull at the moment, they'll manage to wade through the waters of the moment and stay strong. They hold alot of patents and the IP behind alot of good innovations yet to be seen.
I think I would agree with Oracle's opinion here that technological companies are somewhat overvalued. Given Oracle's experience in acquisitions and their considerable success, the opinion becomes more credible. However, it would be interesting to know what measures and principles they use to determine the right value of a company. I think that information can be very useful in evaluating other companies as well.
I agree with Larry Ellison view that assets are wildely overpriced. We have seen how some of the recent IPO's listed at very high premium and how everyone is concerned about another tech bubble. I am sure these prices will correct once investment dries up.
Oracles stock price hasn't gone up for many years. Although the company is doing well and has alot of cash, it really means nothing for shareholder to own the stock. I would think twice when it comes to investing in the high tech stock such as oracle
I guess it's all relative when it comes to stock price. I don't think there are any real 'steals' nowadays when it comes to tech stock picks. I have alot of friends that jumped on the tech bandwagon after the economic downturn banking on the fact that the tide would turn and make some nice returns. Most have been surprised to find that if any dividends were earned, they were significantly less than projected. So Oracle is in that bubble as well. In time, once the investor/consumer fears and paranoia subsude more and become more bullish, you will see Oracle ticker going up again.
@t.alex - Oracle has many competitors, but it depends on the business and application, since Oracle is involved in many business activities (databases, servers, appliances, software applications, etc.).But from an overall competitive landscape, I would say that the top three competitors are: IBM, Microsoft and SAP.
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