"The business software market is going through greater turmoil
than it has experienced in more than two decades.
"This includes a major consolidation among the enterprise
resource planning (ERP) suppliers at the top end, the latest being
Peoplesoft's acquisition of JD Edwards for $2,8bn, which makes it
number two to SAP in this market segment...
"At the same time, open-source software, especially the Linux
operating system, is gaining momentum as companies strive to
contain IT costs..."