In today's episode Robert draws on personal experience of Oracles acquisition of Peoplesoft and subsequently J.D.Edwards. Robert was part of J.D.Edwards global leadership at the time so watched this deal evolve from the inside. And whilst his career suffered as a result (Oracle removed the J.D.Edwards leadership team) Robert has to admire the brilliance of Ellison's strategy and execution.
This was Larry Ellison at his finest. He saw Peoplesoft and J.D.Edwards agreeing-to merge and pounced one week later with a hostile takeover bid. Despite protestations and legal challenges from Peoplesoft's Board, the deal went through.
So why does Robert see this deal as particularly brilliant? Well in a nutshell, the deal was a true reflection of Ellison's brilliance. In one very clearly executed vision he:
So bottom line, this was a very clear vision that was swiftly executed by stealth and surprise with immediate benefits flowing straight into Oracles coffers.