Niel Robertson probably has the best (at least the most amusing) take on Oracle’s state of the union address.
As a SAP employee, that’s certainly funny to read. But fun aside, there are some interesting tidbits if you’re a customer of one of Larry’s many businesses:
- â€œWeâ€™re half way there!â€ Well, I guess that really depends on where you want to go today, but I find it hard to buy that. Anyway.
- â€œLet me dispel the myth that we have 4 different languages to integrate â€“ weâ€™re not doing that.â€ You’re not? That’s great. I guess you have a magic wand to transfer your customers custom code to whatever you’re doing now?
- â€œWe are leaving [Oracle EBS] Forms and PeopleTools behind.â€, â€œWe are using a completely new toolset based on JDeveloper, BPEL, and open standards.â€
- â€œOur next generation of applications is based on the Oracle EBS data model.â€ Oh, you’re not even keeping the data model? Your customers will love that. And your customers partners who wrote all that crappy code depending on that model.
- â€œFor customers who customize, the reality is, on a case by case basis, this may cause some challenges.â€ That’s probably a good summary of the whole event.
- â€œWe recommend you retire customizations.â€ No need to – you’re doing it for them already.
- â€œWe looked at the all the applications we had [PeopleSoft, EBS, JDE, and Siebel] and took the best requirements from each. Weâ€™re rewriting applications based on these requirements.â€ If that is really true, you’ll probably be finished by 2050.
Excellent. In the name of all SAP employees, let me say this: thank you ;)
Or, in Tom Peters’s words:
“I guess I can tolerate the Big Mergers more if I just think about them as unassisted suicide.”