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HP-Oracle Itanium Trial: Why Oracle Can't Lose
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User Rank: Apprentice
6/12/2012 | 2:04:09 AM
re: HP-Oracle Itanium Trial: Why Oracle Can't Lose
You call Oracle (a.k.a. Kimono Larry & Company) Gǣbrilliant?Gǥ Every definition of the English language word, GǣbrilliantGǥ carries with it the notion of it being a desirable quality. As we all know, corporate culture filters down from the top. If you understood OracleGs origins and followed OracleGs behavior in the business and technology community or the behavior of both senior and middle management at Oracle, you would see what the press has seen for years and better described with words like, unscrupulous cunning, deception, dishonesty, a place where political and personal expediency is placed above morality and the use of craft and deceit to maintain and further policies of domination. Larry is not alone. He has a lot of company in US corporate Gǣleadership.Gǥ When these qualities become GǣbrilliantGǥ weGre done.
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6/12/2012 | 6:32:56 AM
re: HP-Oracle Itanium Trial: Why Oracle Can't Lose
I think this article encapsulates the situation well. It should have been obvious to HP's management team that they needed to buy the Sun hardware assets. Even if Sun's hardware was completely worthless, just keeping Oracle, their most important enterprise software partner, as a partner would have made the acquisition worthwhile. Instead they decided to spend that cash and $7 billion more acquiring Autonomy which doesn't have any strategic importance or synergies with their hardware businesses. Larry pulled out some Art of War and determined that Oracle has won this battle before it is fought. The only scenario in which Oracle loses is if a substantial number of people decide that they are moving to IBM DB2 and middleware instead of Oracle. If people keep Oracle's software and move off of HP to alternative systems, that is a net wash for Oracle... moving from one hardware platform they don't own to another they don't own. It doesn't have any impact of their bottom line. If people start migrating off of Oracle software, then it will have backfired.

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