Oracle Corporation announced Monday that is has acquired data integration specialist Sunopsis for an undisclosed sum. Sunopsis, which offers data integration products for heterogeneous IT environments, is expected to bolster Oracle's "hot-pluggable" commitment to serve IT environments that support multiple brands and lines of software and hardware. A spokesman for Oracle says the acquisition has already been completed.

Rick Schultz, vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware, tells DM Review that Sunopsis will "significantly" expand Oracle's data and middleware capability to support customer requirements across areas of business intelligence, service-oriented architecture (SOA) and master data management (MDM). "Customers have increasing requirements for high performance, agnostic data integration solutions that span a broad range of data sources and targets," Schultz says. "Sunopsis has a broad range of support for both data sources and data targets, including non-Oracle systems and also delivers a high performance data integration solution due to its unique extract/load/transform [ELT] architecture."

Sunopsis has positioned its ELT product as an improvement over familiar ETL (extract/transform/load) products. ELT performs the "load" function before the transform function, which is performed in the database itself. The companies say this results in a faster and more effective function by taking middle tier, proprietary transformation engines out of the picture. "We use a similar architecture for our Oracle Warehouse Builder product, which is the leading tool for loading data into an Oracle data warehouse, Schultz says. "The products are complementary; over time we plan to bring them together into a single offering."

Schultz says the companies have been in touch with customers of Sunopsis and plan further interaction in coming days with the message that the acquisition will benefit both customer communities. "Sunopsis customers benefit from Oracle's significant R&D investment, our global reach and also the integration of the products into broader solutions for BI, SOA and MDM. The Oracle customers will benefit from the high performance heterogeneous capabilities of Sunopsis and complement what we already provide with Oracle WarehouseBuilder."

Schultz also affirmed that the deal will not affect partnerships with other data integration provider partners such as Informatica. "The goal here is optimizing middleware technologies for very mixed IT environments," Schultz says. "We have many strong partnerships with companies that we also compete with in the space, and we plan to continue those relationships."

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