Via Tom Peters:
I am at least aware that I'm a broken record ...
News item today about 1,000 layoffs to be announced at Oracle, pursuant to Siebel acquisition. Buried in the story: Oracle has now spent about $20 billion on PeopleSoft and Siebel (synergy, synergy, synergy) ... and its stock price is down about 15% from 2004.
Not to mention one of Friedman's flateners is the ability to NOT be saddled with legacy technology. If you don't have to accomdate that old mainframe, you can be more nimble. But Oracle has taken on all the legacy code from Peoplesoft and Siebel. I think it's going to be a mess to truly get synergy.
Even Great Plains struggles with this at a micro level when it buys and integrates a 3rd party product. It's always multiple generations before a product is truly integrated.