One of the indirect consequences or Oracle’s Sun acquisition is that another sales rep with an Oracle business card may come calling on JDE accounts. Most of you just got used to seeing two reps – one for application products including JDE and one for technology products such as Red Stack middleware and database products.
For the 40 years ending the 1990’s it was a big deal whenever IBM introduced new hardware. These days, hardware announcements from any vendor rarely get much mindshare. This is partly because new generations of faster, smaller, cheaper, more efficient machines appear predictably every two years or less.
The new IBM Power 7 series does everything [...]
For Oracle, 2010 is off to a nice start. The same cannot be said for its arch enemy SAP whose CEO Leo Apotheker was just pushed out by its board following four consecutive declines in quarterly sales and a dramatic decrease in customer satisfaction. The worldwide recession was a major contributor to SAP’s troubles as [...]
It is commonplace for JDE customers to use only a fraction of available capability – sometimes because specific features do not fit the needs of a particular user. More often, a capability is not used because it is not understood or is hard to implement. This seems to be the case with the imbedded finance, [...]
As the reality of Oracle’s Sun acquisition sinks in a number of intriguing thoughts come to mind. The first is a déjà vu feeling that Oracle is trying to re-invent the AS/400. Let me explain. Oracle’s stated case for buying Sun is to become the “first” IT vendor to offer a highly integrated and optimized [...]
Oracle’s “Applications Strategy Update” is a series of presentations scheduled around the world in the coming months. A better name for the series might be “Topics of local interest to some of Oracle applications customers”. Each meeting seems very narrowly targeted such as the dinner event last week in Seattle that focused on Insurance. A [...]
The winter of Larry Ellison’s discontent is now made glorious summer by this Union of Europeans – or in modern English (not my badly twisted Shakespearian quote): the European Union (EU) has finally officially approved the acquisition of Sun by Oracle.
Those wanting to hear the king’s own interpretation of what this means can tune into [...]
A deal with the European Union (EU) that will allow Oracle to acquire Sun Microsystems seems to now be in place. Formal approval could come any time now. Oracle put on a full court press by having a large number of its largest European customers tell the EU that the deal was good for them. [...]
During 2009 the JDE community had the opportunity to attend around a dozen different events including Collaborate, Oracle OpenWorld, regional Quest events and local user group meetings. In virtually all of them attendance was down versus previous comparable events. My company was one a small number of organizations that participated in all of them. We [...]
Next week we will reach the point when days finally stop becoming shorter. Since the era when our ancestors lived in caves this has been a time of year to abandon pessimism and to celebrate the coming of better times. No time in my 40+ year career has been as frustrating as 2009, a year [...]