"Experts say the business software industry will consolidate as
companies try to increase their range of products to better compete
for tight IT budgets. That pressure is prompting midsize firms and
the industry's largest players to consider combinations that might
have been dismissed only a few years ago.
"Sun Microsystems' chief operating officer and president,
Jonathan Schwartz, created a stir earlier this month when he
disclosed that Sun has considered buying Novell. Although the
notion of a Sun-Novell merger was dismissed as unlikely by many
industry analysts, the hint of the discussions in Sun's executive
suite demonstrates the dramatic moves that technology suppliers are
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