Oracle's Acquisition of Sun Microsystems

Oracle's Acquisition of Sun Microsystems
Case Code: BSTR336
Case Length: 18 Pages
Period: 2009
Pub Date: 2009
Teaching Note: Not Available
Price: Rs.300
Organization: Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems
Industry: Information Technology and Related Services
Countries: US
Themes: Mergers and Acquisitions
Oracle's Acquisition of Sun Microsystems
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The case discusses the acquisition of Sun Microsystems (Sun) by Oracle Corporation (Oracle). It examines the growth strategies of Sun and Oracle over the years, their product lines and their major competitors. The case then highlights the problems faced by Sun post the dotcom crash and examines its inability to monetize its products. The case also briefs about the negotiations between IBM and Sun for merging Sun with IBM. It analyzes the possible synergies between Sun and Oracle post-merger and the challenges that Oracle may face after the acquisition.


The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives

  • Analyze the synergies resulting from the merger between hardware and a software company
  • Appreciate the importance of successfully commercializing innovative products
  • Study the Oracle-Sun deal and determine whether the deal was fairly valued or not
  • Discuss the challenges facing Oracle after the acquisition of Sun



Sun Microsystems, Oracle Corporation, Acquisition, Oracle's Acquisitions, Middleware, Enterprise Solutions, Enterprise Computing, Database Management Systems, Database Solutions, Merger Synergies, Java Programming Language, MySQL, RDBMS, Open Source, Dotcom Burst, IBM, Solaris, Virtualization, Cloud computing, Sub-prime crisis, Cross-selling, IT industry in the US

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