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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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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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Oracle is starting the buzz early this year for its annual Oracle World Event in San Francisco. This ad ran in the Wall Street Journal this past week. Looks like we'll being getting a good dose of performance information on October 14th.

I'll be covering the event so watch for updates and interviews in October.

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Posted September 8, 2009 5:46 AM
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On the news of the Oracle / Sun acquisition many people questioned what would happen to the extremely popular open source database MySQL. Would it conflict with Oracle's business strategy? Where would it fit into the ever growing Oracle stack?

In the past Oracle has made advances in open source, the largest being the Unbreakable Linux operating system. I was happy to see that they added a feature to protect the customer from any open source licensing litigation. I thought this was a great move on their part because even at the time of the announcement litigation was one of the only remaining hurdles for most enterprises to look closely at Linux as an enterprise wide solution.

With that said I found it interesting that Oracle is hosting a web event on the 28th titled "Lower Total Cost of Ownership with Oracle: Comparing Oracle to MySQL"

The event blurb reads "....Learn why choosing an Oracle technology platform lowers the total cost of ownership for your company during this live, interactive one hour program. Tony Tarone, the Director of Operations at Cedar Document Technologies, will discuss how he gained a reliable, scalable, secure, and cost effective platform by moving from MySQL to Oracle. Here is the agenda for the session:

    * Oracle Database Overview
    * Cedar Document Solutions
    * The Move to Oracle for Cedar Documents
    * Oracle comparison to MySQL
    * Live Q and A with Tony Tarone, Cedar Documents Director"

This doesn't bring about a warm cuddly feeling for the future of MySQL. I realize this event was scheduled well in advance of the acquisition announcement but the fact that Oracle is still doing it may give us a little insight into the future.

Link to event

Posted April 22, 2009 8:28 AM
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