Beyond potential job loss, the BEA employees are also concerned about what would happen to both the BEA employees who remain and the BEA strengths they offer. Oracle has absorbed so many companies that it misses individual opportunities with each company it buys, the employee said. "It's not clear that they're integrating the companies as efficiently as they could," said the employee.
"Sometimes they lay off the right people, sometimes they lay off the wrong people," the employee said. When the wrong person is let go, products and services suffer, the employee added.
As far as the fate of BEA products, the employee said BEA's WebLogic Server application server is an obvious choice to stay because of market leadership. "For the rest, it’s really up in the air," the employee said.
Oracle declined to comment for this article. But a Frequently Asked Questions section on Oracle's BEA acquisition Web page states that BEA products are "expected to evolve into components of [Oracle] Fusion middleware" with Oracle and BEA development teams to jointly develop new products based on open standards and SOA.