The possibilities from a newly formulated Oracle Corp. raise the question of what Oracle's new profile will look like from a vertical industry perspective. According to a new study from IDC, which defines PeopleSoft and Oracle Corp. in terms of North American vertical industry penetration, differences in vertical industry segmentation may already exist between Oracle and PeopleSoft that make this acquisition attractive for Oracle. These differences could also ultimately impact the solution set offering from Oracle, from an applications perspective, as well as impact how Oracle develops solutions for specific industries and which industries it may attempt to excel in the future.

"While the Byzantine acquisition process finally plays itself out, a current vertical dissection may answer some immediate questions regarding how these two companies compare in specific industry strengths," said Scott Tiazkun, IDC program manager, U.S. IT Opportunity, Healthcare. "In fact, analyzing their vertical profiles may clarify certain outcomes. At the very least, the glacial pace of this acquisition has allowed for analysis of the two companies, creating a precise picture of just which vertical industries these companies have been able to penetrate."

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