|Oracle is a pure play on business software.|
The ContendersThe four current, large enterprise software makers squaring off in this article are: Oracle ( ORCL - Get Report): Oracle is about as pure a play on business software as there is. The company's biggest business is selling database software, although it has also acquired its way into middleware (server software), business process applications such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM), and so forth. With the 2010 purchase of Sun, Oracle is also getting into the hardware business, delivering a closed-loop solution for data center integration. BMC Software ( BMC): BMC produces software that helps companies manage, automate, and respond to IT infrastructure challenges. Revenues are split almost cleanly between mainframe and non-mainframe structures. BMC sells to 90% of the Fortune 100.
Business Metrics ComparisonLet's first compare the core business metrics of each of these firms: