Oracle considered buying RIM or Palm and then ultimately decided against it

By Bla1ze on 17 Apr 2012 08:53 pm EDT

While Oracle is in a hefty battle against the likes of Google now, there was once a time when they had played with the idea of seeking to purchase RIM and even Palm to take on Google and Apple. As noted by Oracle Corp Chief Executive Larry Ellison, Oracle spent quite a bit of time weighing out their options only to ultimately decide that it was a bad idea.

An interesting situation to say the least especially when you consider this all supposedly happened before HP took over Palm. We know now that RIM is open to options but it makes you wonder what would have happened if Oracle approached RIM back when Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie were still heading up the day-to-day operations. Probably for the best anyway. In this case Oracle doesn't know all and OracleBerry just doesn't have a nice ring to it.

Source: Reuters

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Oracle considered buying RIM or Palm and then ultimately decided against it


This was very interesting to hear today. Although oracle had been named a suitor for rim before, it was never clear if oracle would be interested in buying rim. Being very close friends with steve jobs adds another twist to the story. They (Larry and steve) must of discussed the possible purchase of palm and rim. I know in the 90's Larry talked to Steve about doing a takeover of apple and put Steve back in charge. Steve had told Larry that he could run apple without having to buy it. Now considering steve success with the Iphone Larry probably wanted a piece of that pie. What is interesting is Larry said palm wasn't competitive and rim was expensive. So he must of thought that rim was a contender. So steve and Larry believed that if he were to buy a cell phone company rim would be the right choice for the right price. Now unless I've missed something, we have rim at the right price, so where are the buyers?? Once again it doesn't make sense. No matter how you measure it. The only way this makes sense is if rim is being manipulated from the inside out. Something is wrong and reeks like sh*t. I'm a bargain hunter and if i smell a deal (even if i dont need it) im buying. Its pure B.S. to believe with all the public money floating around out there that no one is interested in rim. An absolute bargain by any metric or measurement. bull sh*t

Could've should've would've....who cares? I hope Rim pulls through with bb10. If not I guess ill be stuck with a scary monster Google device :O

If Oracle ever bouys Research In Motion you might want to abandon ship before it sinks into the icy cold North Atlantic Ocean. Oracle bought Sun Microsystems and where are those products now?

Oracle is only in it for one reason -- Oracle. The Sun Microsystems purchase was for SQL customers and patents and they scrapped everything they weren't interested in. If they were to purchase RIM, they would take what they want and scrap everything else.

There was an advantage to the breakup of Sun, at least for me. We were given one of the platforms Oracle didn't want and have continued to develop it. Sun put $10M into the platform and because Oracle didn't want it, we ended up with it for nothing. I'm pretty happy with the deal. :)

Interesting. I think it's safe to say that RIM is going to be bought up (hopefully after proving marketability for BB10 and thus building value), and my favorite candidates are ones who wouldn't have a vested interest in gutting the product lines.

Yes, Oracle is a tantalizing idea. So is Cisco. Microsoft? Not so much; it has its own mobile platform (though would likely find a way to integrate BIS/BES/NOC into its own infrastructure).

One thing this would've meant (when considering that with each acquisition Oracle has poured more Research& Development into the acquired products than the previous vendor), was that there would've been a solid roadmap for BlackBerry. Solaris, SPARC, PeopleSoft &Siebel are but some of the reminders that Oracle has made good upon its Applications Unlimited promise from way back, with each acquisition.

A Blackberry Lover & User of a Playbook & Torch9800!!

That actually makes some sense, in culture and customer-base terms. The issue, if you could call it that, is that IBM would probably junk a lot of the BlackBerry ecosystem and cherry-pick certain enterprise- and government-friendly products and services.

IBM? You mean the company that has worse marketing than RIM? The company that was too big and stupid to see the home PC market right under their nose? The company that continually hires and fires groups of people because the idiots at the top can't seem to figure out what is going on?

Sure, that would be great for RIM.