Oracle — Cloud Strategy: Humorous Comments Shielding Enterprise Strategy

Oracle does provide entertaining commentary re: the Cloud, somewhat harmless, unless taken too seriously.

Back in 2008, Oracle seemed to be a bit antagonistic to the Cloud or at least other providers offerings in the Cloud.  At Oracle OpenWorld 2008, Larry Ellison called these cloud computing initiatives “fashion-driven” and “complete gibberish”.   Fast forward three years, and Oracle is revealing a comprehensive Cloud Strategy, providing colorful commentary by calling the “Roach Motel of Cloud Computing.”

Is this an about face for Oracle? I don’t believe so for a few reasons…

  1. Mr. Ellison does understand the potential for applications in the Cloud, an early and current investor in NetSuite — an early cloud based ERP provider.
  2. Perhaps initially unprepared, Oracle likely needed to buy time for their Cloud strategy; recently, at Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle revealed a fairly comprehensive Cloud offering, not so dissimilar from what you may hear from  Amazon, HP, Microsoft and at OpenWorld
  3. Extending their application offerings with the Cloud, late last month, Oracle announced the acquisition of RightNow, a cloud based customer management solution
  4. The Cloud is creating a shift in infrastructure architecture, much like what we have seen moving from mainframe to minis, and minis to PC’s; with Oracle’s leading position in enterprises, they have much to lose to other providers and much to gain by slowing the trend and attempting to catch up / get ahead of the market.

To the last point, Oracle does provide colorful commentary suggesting other vendors have been over-reaching with Cloud computing, requiring further scope and definition and prematurely ascerting unfounded capabilities.   Oracle will likely take advantage from other players missteps, providing a thoughtful methodical approach consistent with what Oracle customers would expect from an enterprise software company.  Time and technology innovation will likely shake  Oracle’s aversion for multi-tenancy solutions.  As well, the Cloud may provide Oracle with alternatives for an already stretched Fusion strategy.

This entry was posted in Big Data, Cloud Computing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Oracle — Cloud Strategy: Humorous Comments Shielding Enterprise Strategy

  1. Jay Spangler says:

    A formidable share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he actually bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I really feel strongly about it and love studying more on this topic. If doable, as you become experience, would you mind updating your blog with extra details? It is extremely helpful for me. Huge thumb up for this weblog submit!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s