My opinion is that this is a loss for the i platform.
When software companies start buying up other companies, they land up
killing the opposition and competition. Take Infor as an example, they own
most of the ERP solutions today and there is now absolutely no competition
to keep Infor in check. Infor has lost a few potential sales caused by poor
sales performance, a loss for all of us in the i-space.
Whilst the merging of software companies may be good in the sense that after
the merge, a gap is left open for new competitors, the nature of the
industry is such that new entrants cannot make it in this market.
Where has the entrepreneurship of the midrange systems gone?