[IBM could be a loser in the deal. The company has a longstanding partnership with Siebel, hosting its on-demand software, which also runs on the DB2 database platform. IBM senior VP Steve Mills acknowledged in a conference call last week that Oracle won't be warm to that arrangement, but IBM hasn't said whether it will ditch its relationship with Siebel. Mills downplayed the impact on IBM, saying there are thousands of apps vendors looking to align themselves more closely with the company.] The ecosystem readjusts itself, ... For every action, there is a reaction.
- Steve Mills
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