BEA has been under pressure from investor Carl Icahn to consider a sale of the company, according to this Wall Street Journal story.
Oracle Trying To Buy BEA Systems
Singing an off-key version of "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better" in the general direction of SAP, Oracle has made a $6.66 billion bid for BEA Systems. The move comes on the heel's of SAP's announcement this week that it is paying $6.8 billion to buy Business Objects. (So it's a couple of hundred million shy of SAP's deal. Who said Oracle's always careful about being accurate in its song choices.)