A look at Oracle’s 10 biggest acquisitions

A brief history of Oracle’s biggest cloud acquisitions


Oracle is back at it again today, announcing one of the largest acquisitions in company history with the purchase of enterprise resource planning (ERP) company NetSuite for $9.3 billion.

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Larry Ellison and crew are no strangers to acquisitions. The company has made many over the past few decades. For Ellison though, cloud acquisitions are particularly noteworthy, given that not too long ago he derided the market as a fad.

The NetSuite purchase is the second-largest in Oracle history, and marks the company’s sixth acquisition this year. Last year Oracle only acquired five companies, its fewest in more than a decade. In 2005 and 2006 Oracle acquired 13 companies each year.

Here’s a look back at some of Oracle’s largest acquisitions.

  • Peoplesoft: $10.3 billion in 2005. SaaS platform for human resource, finance, supply chain and customer relationship management
  • NetSuite: $9.3 billion in 2016. SaaS platform for enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • BEA Systems: $8.5 billion in 2008. Application development and middleware software platform.
  • Sun: $7.4 billion in 2010. Java, MySQL database, servers, storage and networking.
  • Siebel Systems: $5.85 billion in 2006. Customer relationship management
  • MICROS Systems: $5.3 billion in 2014. Retail and hospitality hardware/software systems
  • Hyperion Corporation: $3.3 billion in 2007. Enterprise performance management software
  • Acme Packet: $2.1 billion in 2013. Networking hardware for telecommunications providers
  • Taleo: $1.9 billion in 2012. Talent management software
  • RightNow Technologies: $1.5 billion in 2011. Customer relationship management SaaS
  • Datalogix: $1.2 billion in 2014. Digital marketing and data services
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