"Now that it has called off its marriage with Corel, some
analysts are questioning whether Inprise can survive on its own.
Software maker Corel and software development toolmaker Inprise
ended a planned billion-dollar merger last week, throwing into
question the future of both struggling firms."
"Inprise "can't survive as an independent business,"
said John Rymer, president of Upstream Consulting. "They need
to find another home. Unfortunately, they may be viewed as damaged
goods at this point."
"Inprise has struggled in the past several years as the software
development tools market has consolidated and profits have
decreased. Bigger firms, such as Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and
IBM view tools as an important piece of their strategy, but not
necessarily a big money maker."
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