2004: The big events of the past year
||Oracle wins PeopleSoft
In December, the battle for PeopleSoft ended and Oracle won.
Now the question becomes: How will Oracle's pending $10.3 billion acquisition of PeopleSoft affect both companies' customers?
Sun bury the hatchet
In April, Steve Ballmer, CEO at Microsoft Corp., and Scott McNealy, chairman
and CEO at Sun Microsystems Inc., agreed to bury the hatchet after many
years of hostility.
In February, a declaration of independence was issued for the Eclipse Platform
with the announcement that the IBM-sponsored consortium for the open-source
tools framework initiative is now a not-for-profit corporation.
Sun, rivals celebrate J2EE 1.4
In May, Sun Microsystems marked the advent of Version 1.4 of Java 2 Enterprise
Edition (J2EE) at an event that featured most of the big names in Java tools
and application servers, who gathered to discuss the impact of J2EE 1.4 on their
products and markets. The app server panel included representatives from BEA,
IBM, Oracle and Sun; open-source vendor JBoss Group; and two pure-play vendors:
India's Pramati Technologies and Denmark's Trifork.
Eclipse 3.0 released
On June 21, the Eclipse Foundation announced the availability of the latest
version of the Eclipse Platform -- Eclipse 3.0 -- which added an enhanced version
of its Java IDE, a new rich-client platform, and the integration of Java Swing
with the Eclipse Standard Widget Toolkit.
CA names new CEO, restates
In late April, the fallout over several years of accounting misdeeds at Computer
Associates (CA) International Inc. culminated as the Islandia, N.Y.-based software
maker restated more than $2 billion booked in 2000 and 2001 revenue and shuffled
its management team.