Its hot and its happening! There is an all-out war going on between software majors like Oracle, IBM, MSFT, SAP et al to grab the largest market share in the Enterprise Software market. Talk of products like databases, application server suites, development tools, business applications etc., and we are talking about lots and lots of dollars!!! Oracle has swallowed 11 companies in the last 24 months including PeopleSoft and Siebel. Open Standards and 'information-age' apps are the buzzwords for this company. SAP is tying up with MSFT to leverage MSFT's installed base of proprietary technology. MSFT, inturn, sees this as a gamble to get a foothold in the business segments, where its weak. IBM- Well as they say- "Nobody ever got fired for recommending IBM." Apart from the giants, there are loads of pureplay small firms like BEA, Cognos, Business Objects and many others. Every one is fighting for the dollars of the IT departments of companies across the globe. Who do you think will be the winner at the end of it?