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Mendocino: The Reason Microsoft Should Buy Siebel

Prospects, customers and investors must have a lingering question in their minds with the announcement of a new CEO at Siebel: “Since George Shaheen was already on the board and capable of major influence, why haven’t things changed already?” Putting a board member into the CEO slot seems like window dressing and let’s be honest — just perpetuates the inward-centric view this company has of itself.

Now contrast this with the announcement this week of Project Mendocino, where Microsoft Office users will be able to access SAP’s extensive enterprise applications and both companies have pledged to use these applications internally, and Siebel has an entirely new global competitive dynamic to deal with. You can find the Microsoft – SAP Web site here. The press release defining Project Mendocino is

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