About six years ago I was sitting in a conference room overlooking Central Park listening to Oracle President Charles Phillips describe the merging of Oracle's Fusion middleware with a bunch of semiconnected products from Oracle, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards -- and whatever else was used around the enterprise.

The mission he described was to create uber-suites of "hot-pluggable" big-module software for finance, HR and the rest with Siebel analytics, reports, alerts and dashboards for business intelligence and performance monitoring.

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