The heads of four of the world\u2019s top technology vendors, citing the need for "a simpler, cheaper IT" for CIOs everywhere, announced that they would merge effective April 1. The new company, comprising IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Sun Microsystems, would be worth nearly $450 billion. It would be the biggest business deal ever and would need to win both regulator and shareholder approval.The four chairmen?(clockwise from top left) IBM\u2019s Samuel J. Palmisano, Microsoft\u2019s Bill Gates, Oracle\u2019s Larry Ellison and Sun Microsystems\u2019 Scott McNealy?said at a joint press conference in Paris that meeting CIOs\u2019 call for simpler licensing fees, uniform and open technology standards for hardware and software, and superior customer service made the merger a must."We have to do this for the good of technology customers everywhere," said Gates, standing in the glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum. "It\u2019s finally time to bury the hatchet. Besides, I love Java?.Net, dot-shmet."The new entity will be called Mona Lisa, Ellison said, "because this will be a work of art. Way better than that AOL Time Warner thing." The executives said that instead of one CEO, they would put their egos in a blind trust and share the helm. "We\u2019re thinking of ourselves as the Gang of Four," Palmisano said.Mona Lisa was most preferable, McNealy said. "We used one of those anagram engines on the Web, but the best we could come up with was \u2019Mom Stirs on a Crucible of Microsystems.\u2019 That sounds too much like an April Fool\u2019s joke, don\u2019t you think?"