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October 2009 Archives

We get to attend some very interesting events through the BeyeNETWORK as a matter of fact I am typing this blog post from the 37th floor of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where I am attending the IBM Information On Demand Event and the SAS Premier Leadership Conference both are great events.

In a couple weeks the Network is helping to sponsor a very unique event in Boulder Colorado called the Defrag. The event focuses on topics such as:


Business Intelligence
Business Process Management
Social Computing and Analytics
Next-level Discovery


Enterprise 2.0
Next-Gen Email
The Semantic Web
Social Media Monitoring and Engagement

The list of topics and speakers is fantastic and I have 1 Free Conference Pass to give away. So.....if you are interested and can guarantee that you are available to attend send me an email and I will do a random drawing on Friday of this week. (This pass doesn't include airfare or hotel) The event is November 11th and 12th and the free pass is valued at $1,495

Email me and I'll see you at Defrag 2009!!!

Posted October 27, 2009 5:11 PM
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Wow! the day just blew by and I didn't manage to get anything online so brace for a string of news updates because the information flowing from Oracle OpenWorld is streaming at high speed.  Lots of great announcements. I have four interviews scheduled for the morning so look for coverage there as well.

I have to say my favorite announcement this week was the $10 Million Dollar Challenge issued by Oracle to IBM. Here's the deal:

Your Company Could Win $10 Million!

If your Oracle database application doesn't run at least twice as fast on SUN hardware as on IBM's fastest computer, your company could win $10 million from Oracle. Even IBM is welcome to enter the $10 Million Challenge!

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My favorite part is the where they say IBM can enter too. Larry Ellison gets knocked around a lot for being aggressive and ultra competitive but I have to admit I am really liking it. I'm tired of the same old tired CEO speak littered with phrases like "we have our heads down and are riding out the tough economy" or giving guidance to Wall Street on expected soft performance etc. Ellison has the attitude of GAME ON!! lets be competitive and do battle, the heck with the economy I'm buying Sun and GoldenGate and I'm getting in to the hardware business too. Leadership like this is what makes winners and Mr. Ellison doesn't like to lose.

I think the attitude is well timed, and has added a level of energy to an event like OpenWorld that can only come from a charismatic CEO. It will be entertaining to see what the responses are from Oracle competitors especially IBM.

Posted October 14, 2009 5:28 AM
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oracleworld.jpgI am happy to be at another Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco. Hanging out with 37,000+ customers and partners. The morning session was kicked off by the Co-Presidents Charles Phillips and Safra Catz. The theme today was two fold and focused on reminding people that over the years Oracle has acquired over 50 companies and has a positive track record of keeping the technology and improving it. They spend 3 Billion a year on R&D updating and improving the stack of technology they have brought together. The message was clearly aimed at the SUN deal that has become bogged down over concerns around the MySQL database product and community and weather it competes with the Oracle database.

The team then demonstrated how well integrated and "open" the solution stack is. Safra Catz said "We are slavishly devoted to open standards..." and the team showed off how well the various stack components work together starting out with project planning jumping to integrated budgeting with the PeopleSoft and Hyperion technology then to the Retail solutions and CRM.

Overall a nice beginning to the day. I am off to sessions....

The Twitter tag for the event is #OOW09 its a lot to consume but many good items are coming through. @Merv Merv Adrian is also here and he's doing a great job covering things.

Posted October 12, 2009 11:26 AM
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Posted October 9, 2009 5:17 AM
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Larry Ellison speaking at the Churchill Club in CA discusses the lack of competition between Oracle and MySQL.


Watch the entire interview here.

Posted October 7, 2009 5:11 AM
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