A cloud of uncertainty swept through school IT departments and business offices Dec. 13 as hundreds of administrators wondered what Oracle Corp's $10.3 billion takeover of rival PeopleSoft Inc. might mean for their schools. Though there is some concern as to how long Oracle will continue to support PeopleSoft's software, some educators see the merger as an opportunity for the companies to combine their resources in hopes of providing a better business enterprise solution for schools.

Ending 18 months of bad blood, Oracle raised its takeover bid by 10 percent to seal the deal that...

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