Oracle Puts Up $400M For Sales Automation Co. BigMachines

Law360, New York (October 23, 2013, 5:11 PM ET) -- California tech giant Oracle Corp. on Wednesday breathed new life into a two-year buyout blitz when it announced plans to acquire venture-backed BigMachines, a sales automation company that will flesh out its cloud-computing offerings, in a deal reportedly worth $400 million.

The purchase adds to the billions already spent by Oracle in an effort to close the gap between it and a slate of fast-growing rivals that includes Salesforce.com Inc. and Google Inc. With the BigMachines buy, Oracle will have expanded its sales and pricing offerings...
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