Slow Oracle Merger Leads To Outflow of Sun Projects, Coders
Sun Microsystems might have had a chance if the Oracle merger had gone through quickly, but between the DoJ taking its time and the European Commission, which seems to get off on abusing American firms, just plain dragging its feet
, that won't happen now.
As Sun twists in the wind, unable to defend itself, and Oracle is unable to do anything until the deal closes, IBM is pretty much tearing Sun to shreds
. By the time this deal closes, there may not be much left for Oracle. This is not how a Silicon Valley legend should end.
The summary places a lot of blame on regulators. But in fact, the article quotes IBM claiming the announcement
of the acquisition is what drove people to IBM; that obviously has nothing to do with subsequent delays.
As for talent leaving, the article provides one example of 3 employees who left because they were unsure of Oracle's commitment to their work. However, there is no reason to assume the EU or DOJ have anything to do with this. Oracle could have reassured them at any time, if they knew, and cared, which isn't a very realistic expectation for a small team in a big merger.