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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison used to shun large mergers. Now he embraces them -- declaring this the era of consolidation in the enterprise-software business. After more than a year of struggling, he finally closed his $10.3 billion acquisition of rival PeopleSoft in early 2005. The deal is designed to provide Oracle with a steady stream of maintenance revenues and a shot at selling more corporate applications and databases to PeopleSoft's base of customers. Now, Ellison is signaling he's ready to make another sizable acquisition, and many observers expect it to be Siebel Systems, the leader in customer-relationship-management software.
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