Larry Ellison: “That’s really depressing”

Ed Zander: “Did you know you had a Larry Ellison Fanclub on Facebook? There’s 181 members”

Larry Ellison: “181?”

Ed Zander: “That’s it.”

Larry Ellison: “We have 105.000 employees after the SUN acquisition! … That’s really depressing.”

OK, I’m sure there’s more substantial stuuf in there, so take your time and watch the discussion. Well worth it.

Corporate Blogger Relations: SAP vs. Oracle

Vinnie has a great summary of Oracle’s recent announcement to invite bloggers to OpenWorld. Dennis also has valuable comments.

Reading the discussion, it seems quite clear that their intention isn’t to facilitate open discussion (look at comment #8 here). They want to ride the train, but keep a strong hand at the steering wheel, and keep the doors and windows shut.

I’ll follow technorati on OpenWorld – this might be interesting.

SAP Breaks away

Without comment, quoted from Dave Stephens:

“And speaking of irony, Oracle has been plastering print and net media with ads saying “no matter how you measure it, we’re gaining on SAP.” Well, most of us measure by license revenue thank you very much. And by that measure, you are getting toasted.”


Enterprise Courtesy

In the beginning of this week, Oracle announced their quarterly results, which were quite good.
That same morning I arrived on a customer site, and one of the employees there greeted me with a big grin, waving the latest Oracle Ad at me:


My first thought was “why do they do such a stupid ad?”, and the impulse was to defend SAP. Even the customer looked through it immediately, so a cheap joke on my expense was all that was left.

Over the course of the week, I was reading some of the blogs debunking the claims, and tought of forwarding them to my customer.

Luckily, before I could do that, Thomas reminded me of my manners

“Larry Elison has built an awesome company from nothing. Respect. He has some super people, and several excellent products. Respect. He has lots of customers who have made him rich.

He would have been better served by not mouthing off about SAP. Instead he should have thanked his customers and his people for a good quarter.

I also wish SAP wouldn’t stoop down into this unseemly slagging match. If Larry wants to sprout drivel about what SAP is or isn’t doing, that is his business, the market is clever enough to realise that, surely?

I don’t think we should rise to the bait. We should leave speculating about Fusion to the analysts, and focus on making our customers happy.

As my mother told me when I was small and skinny, the best way to handle the playground bully is to ignore him.

Can the leaders of the software industry please treat each other with some common courtesy, please?”

I’m really happy for that wake up call – thanks Thomas! We all try to make our customers happy, and badmouthing each other won’t make a single customer’s life easier.

Talking IT strategy with SAP’s Jeff Nolan

ZDNet has a 3 part interview with SAP’s Jeff nolan:

“Mr Nolan has an interesting job. He runs the Apollo Group, it is a strategy and communications organization within SAP, that is sometimes referred to as the “Attack Oracle” group–because Oracle is SAP’s largest competitor in enterprise applications. And with Oracle’s acquisitions of PeopleSoft and Siebel, Oracle is getting serious about its so far lackluster applications business and is eyeing SAP’s huge 32,000+ customer base.”

You may want to subscribe to Jeff’s blog, too.

Oracle buys Sleepycat

One down, two to go?

Frankly, that makes sense. After all, Oracle is a database company.

Oh, and I like the first comment on this blog ;)

UPDATE: Phil Windley has an excellent analysis of the deal, with lots of thoughts about the consequences of using Open Source in your products.

Oracle to buy three OSS companies?

According to Business Week, Oracle is looking into several open source companies:

“Oracle is in talks to buy at least three open-source software companies in deals that could be valued at more than $600 million, BusinessWeek Online has learned. The transactions would extend the 18-month, $18 billion spending spree by Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison that has engulfed PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems. They would also put Oracle in control of some of the most sought-after open-source projects.
The largest of the three targets is Atlanta-based JBoss, which specializes in so-called middleware, the software that serves as a connection between disparate programs. JBoss competes with traditional software companies like BEA Systems (BEAS), IBM, and, to some degree, Oracle.
Also in Oracle’s crosshairs: closely held Zend, based in Cupertino, Calif. Zend’s PHP software language is one of the most prevalent on the Web, present in more than 18 million Web sites.
The third is Emeryville (Calif.)-based Sleepycat Software, which makes technology used in many of the open-source databases that handle reams of digital data. “

Larry says this means “embracing open source” – to me this looks more like the Microsoft way of embracing things (i.e. get rid of / disturb the competition). I still can’t see clearly how this is supposed to be a move that’s good for Oracle’s shareholders, and I’m not even trying to understand what this means for Oracle’s application strategy. Any takers?