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Oracle to buy ATG for $1B

Posted by sweens on November 2, 2010

The business software provider Oracle says it has agreed to acquire e-commerce software maker Art Technology Group Inc. for US$1 billion in cash.

The purchase price works out to $6 per share. That is a 46 per cent premium over Cambridge, Mass.-based Art Technology’s closing price on Monday.

The deal needs shareholder and regulatory approval. Oracle said Tuesday it expects to complete the acquisition by early next year.

Oracle Corp., based in Redwood Shores, Calif., makes a wide range of business software.

http://www.obj.ca/Technology/2010-11-02/article-1918494/Oracle-to-buy-ATG-for-%241B/1

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Hyperion and Essbase in Ottawa

Posted by sweens on August 11, 2009

I (and many other firms in Ottawa) am currently on a search for candidates with Oracle Hyperion and Essbase experience.  This search has turned out to be fairly complex for myself but I would suggest that the Ottawa market is not flowing with this experience.  Perhaps my opinion here is biased – having worked at Cognos (now IBM) before – but Cognos arguably has the biggest chunk of the Business Intelligence (BI) market in Ottawa.

 Hyperion was acquired by Oracle in hopes of boosting their BI space worldwide.  From my brief stint in sales and having a father who is a sales manager for Cognos in Ottawa, I have seen much much much more Cognos BI tools sold into Ottawa then compared to Oracle.  This certainly does not mean that there are no Oracle BI tools in the Ottawa market, but I certainly have not seen a lot of companies who use these tools.

 This is the first search I have come across where a client has asked for resources with this tool set and so far it has been a slow process.  Is anyone else feeling this regional challenge?

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SAP vs PeopleSoft: Highest paying jobs?

Posted by sweens on March 30, 2009


Often times in my daily contact with candidates, I find myself engaged in conversations about what technologies are hot or what the high demand / big paying jobs are in the market today.  To those people who are willing to accept a new career path I suggest they look into two products – PeopleSoft or SAP.  Before we dive into these two products, I would say that if you lived in Ottawa and had a Secret level security clearance and experience with either PeopleSoft or SAP, you would be deciding which contracts you wanted and which ones you did not.

 

PeopleSoft and SAP offer both financial and human resources solutions to clients all around the world.  They are arguably the two biggest solutions on the market today and are found in many private and public sector clients in the Ottawa area.  What sparked this blog for me was that I was wondering how much certification for these positions cost.  This thought came to be as I worked on recruiting an SAP order and the person I was speaking to wanted to be paid $135 per hour.  Naturally I thought to myself “how can I get a job that pays as much?”

 

The answer is pretty simple – get a job in PeopleSoft or SAP.

 

But it comes at a price, a very large price.  Training for SAP and PeopleSoft is to say at the least ‘slightly’ on the expensive side.  Let us take for example someone who wants to train themselves as an SAP Netweaver MDM consultant.  You go to www.SAP.com, find the training you are interested in and register for each class.  The MDM training has 7 courses that are required in order to complete the certification – ranging from a 4 hours to a 5 day course.    With an average (estimated) cost of $3000 – Canadian – per course, you are looking at over $20000 in order to certify yourself. 

 

All of a sudden, these high bill rates are starting to make sense to me.

 

I did a quick search on PeopleSoft training and the prices are comparable.  What a smart business model by Oracle (owners of PeopleSoft) and SAP.  Not only do they get to make money via the sale of the software, they get to make money on the training.  The training is also expensive enough to deter anyone who is not serious about it, and therefore keeps the supply in the market reasonably low. 

 

And there you have your high bill rates – highly trained and overly demanded professionals.  So I continue with my usual suggestion in that if you are looking for a high paying job – get into SAP or PeopleSoft.  While the training will cost you a pretty penny, you will certainly have the ability to make your money back (and then some) in a very short time frame. 

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