Oracle remains a true IT powerhouse with fingers in many pies other than databases, such as application servers, and development tools, which ranks it as an enterprise infrastructure provider, together with SAP, IBM at a higher and, and Microsoft at the lower end of the market. However, Oracle may be getting very uncomfortable with how its protracted disappointing revenue results (possible the worst in a decade) jeopardizes its No. 2 position in the applications market. It seemed all but inconceivable over a year ago that PeopleSoft could be so close to snatching the No. 2 position from Oracle.
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suite (as reflected by an enormous number of bug fixes released so far), and problems with product service & support, muddled pricing models, and not very feasible integration to other products. Indeed, Oracle's third quarter sales and net income are down compared to the previous quarter, in contrast to many rivals (e.g., SAP , Siebel , PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards , Baan , Manugistics , Intentia , IFS , etc.) that have not only stemmed sequential declines in sales (if they had it at all), but are also antici