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The Re-rise of Vertical Integration: Mega or Dead Supply Chains?

Posted by: Farid Harche | July 19, 2010

Outsourcing has been prospering since the 90s for various reasons such as cost reduction, focus on core competencies and a long list of others. But if you have been following the news lately, it is hard to overlook the shift to ‘vertical integration’ by a number of leading companies such as Oracle, Apple, Arcelor Mittal, GM, Boeing, Pepsi, Tata to name a few. Oracle has been on a spending spree over the last few years by acquiring just about any maker of software, computers, and computer components. The intent is to sell ‘complete systems’ made of chips, computers, storage devices and software from Oracle.