Oracle buys Thinking Machines

By Craig Stedman, Computerworld |  Business

Trying to fill a hole in its data analysis product line, Oracle Corp. yesterday
said it's buying the assets of Thinking Machines Corp., a Burlington, Mass., vendor of
data mining software.

Oracle has hired all 33 Thinking Machines employees and will initially market the
company's Darwin software as a stand-alone product for use with its databases. Later,
Oracle plans to integrate the data mining package with its Oracle CRM line of sales,
marketing and support applications.

Thinking Machines originally was a maker of massively parallel supercomputers, but
several years ago it got out of that business, downsized sharply and focused instead on
data mining. The purchase price paid by Oracle wasn't disclosed in the company's
statement.

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