-- ClearApp: Oracle in September announced plans to buy this maker of software for managing the performance of composite applications in SOA environments. Oracle said the software would work alongside its own Enterprise Manager offering, which was recently upgraded.
-- Global Knowledge Software: Oracle announced in July that it was buying this developer of enterprise software-training automation tools. Oracle, a long-standing GKS customer, used the company's tools to build its Oracle User Productivity Kit as a complement to its Oracle Tutor software. It plans to provide training content modules for all its application products using GKS tools, it said.
-- SkyWire Software: Oracle in June announced the purchase of this maker of applications for connecting insurance agents, brokers, and carriers. Oracle said the software would complement its own insurance and CRM software, as well as that of earlier buyout AdminServer.
-- AdminServer: Oracle in May said it was buying this vendor of insurance policy administration software. At the time of the deal, Oracle stated: "AdminServer's product offering will become a core component of Oracle's existing insurance industry software footprint that is already used by more than one thousand insurers including 20 of the top 20 global insurance companies."
-- Empirix's e-TEST suite: Oracle in March said it was buying these Web-application testing products and would make them "a core component" of its Enterprise Manager product.
-- Captovation: The buyout of this document-capture vendor got overshadowed in a big way by the announcement of the BEA deal on the same day. Oracle aired plans to plug this company's document capture software into Oracle's existing content-management suite.
-- BEA Systems: Oracle in January announced its $8.5 billion deal to acquire BEA and its middleware technology, a key component for IT shops moving to a SOA. Oracle said BEA's products will "significantly enhance and extend" Oracle's own Fusion middleware. The buyout process was not pretty on this one, with BEA earlier rejecting a $6.7 billion bid by Oracle.
Want to go further back? Here's a recap of about a dozen Oracle deals in 2007.
IDG News Service and Network World staff contributed to this article.