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Don’t Forget About Licensing

M&A…oh, yeah, don’t forget about licensing. There are increasing concerns about the complex support issues needed for Oracle’s acquisition activities over the past few years (not to mention the support strategy needed for Oracle’s upcoming acquisitions).   As with any M&A activity at any company, there are a few hurdles to be jumped.  In the last few years, the issue of Oracle support stemmed from the number of different groups and specialists needed to deal with each application. As with anything, […]

TomorrowNow

TomorrowNow: Better Luck Tomorrow With the woes faced by SAP and its TomorrowNow unit, it’s was no surprise to see today’s board statement on Bloomberg that the unit is “not sustainable.”  Since the resignation of TomorrowNow’s CEO Andrew Nelson last month and the Oracle lawsuit, it’s all gone downhill for the rising young company.  TomorrowNow was being bandied about as a hero.  A real David and Goliath story.  It’s too bad the hero is turning out to be a bandit.  […]

Post-OracleWorld

Alas!  It’s the end of Oracle Open World 2007, but the band played on and news from the event keeps on coming.  From the Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond’s impression of Larry himself to Charles Phillips’ outline of the company’s acquisition strategy (dubbed ‘acquired innovation’), Oracle outdid itself this year.  So, what did Oracle offer this year……..  Phillips unveiled the new virtualization server software for Linux and additions to Oracle’s application integration products. The premiere of Oracle’s new Application Integration […]

Fine Dining in San Francisco

We had an amazing dinner at Gary Danko’s, located near Fisherman’s Wharf in SF. A must dining destination next time I’m in SF. Deciding the forego the Billy Joel concert, we took a cab ride to the downtown SF hotel, Clift, buying a table there and finishing a large bottle of Grey Goose vodka and Moet Chandon champagne. We would have gone on further, were it not for the club’s closing at 2 am (privately, I was relieved it did). […]

Greetings from OracleWorld!

Greetings from Oracle OpenWorld in SF. Well…the weather’s been great all in all. There are swarms of Oracle attendees here! Here, there, everywhere. The conference attendees’ have taken over downtown SF, which is remarkably clean and has a very good feel to it. The dining experiences so far are pricey but on the disappointing side. (And I’ve eaten at some expensive one’s thus far). Many veteran attendees say the conference has gotten too unwieldy and that Oracle should break the […]

Nearly 30 Years of Oracle

So, we’re off to the races and Oracle World is looking mighty fine. Ellison’s eloquent walk down memory lane on Sunday evening was the topic of much discussion today both in the media as well as on and off the show floor. Can you believe that Oracle is nearly 30? And, with age comes mellowness. It seems that Mr. Ellison has been getting kudos for his speech and media pundits are publicly acknowledging his newfound mellowness.

It’s a great day: No airport delays and we made IT Week

Remarkably, my flights to Chicago and from Chicago to Palm Springs left on time today. One is always advised to bring either work or plenty of surplus reading in anticipation of delays. You still get drinks for free on the flight (American Airlines) but you pay for the mediocre food offerings. This week IAITAM; next week Oracle World. I couldn’t be more thrilled. Miro’s Eliot Colon was featured in IT Week on Sept 17, 2007 (UK edition).

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