Oracle has acquired data integration products supplier Sunopsis to
integrate into its forthcoming SOA-based Fusion middleware product family.
The purchase of the France-based company for an undisclosed sum is Oracle’s
tenth this year, following on from its acquisition of Siebel Systems, retail
package supplier Retek and logistics applications start-up G-Log.
Sunopsis’ database extract, transform and load (ETL) offerings already
worked against its buyer’s applications as well as a range of other data
sources and target systems. But such support will now be expanded to include
integration with Oracle’s business intelligence and master data management
software. The tools will also be packaged up and sold as SOA-based services
or application components.
In an open letter to partners, Doug Kennedy, Oracle’s vice-president of
worldwide alliances and channels, explained the rationale behind the move.
“The Sunopsis product is complementary to Warehouse Builder as it offers
enhanced solutions for loading heterogeneous target systems, including IBM DB2,
Teradata and Microsoft SQL Server,” he said.
Warehouse Builder is Oracle’s own ETL offering, which handles data from
multiple sources, but only works against its own database. Kennedy indicated,
however, that the supplier was committed to ensuring that the Sunopsis product
set continued to support Oracle and non-Oracle data sources and targets.