Since SAP's announcement of its single tier Enterprise Support plan last July, customers have continued to express dissatisfaction. In response to such complaints, the SAP User Group Executive Network (SUGEN) of 12 SAP user groups and SAP have been engaging in discussions around the value derived from this new offering. This morning SAP and SUGEN announced an agreement on three key areas of the Enterprise Support offering:
Oracle announces a $7.4B deal for SUN just a few weeks after the IBM deal fell through. Oracle now controls a significant major open source alternative and a nice piece of the high end computing business. These open source components have been viewed as the alternative to the dominance of the Big 4 or MISO (Microsoft, IBM, SAP, and Oracle). Oracle also gains an innovation engine with the assets of Sun's Labs groups which pioneers a series of innovations that include potential enterprise solutions for the virtual world. The deal puts Oracle on a continued path to acquiring deeper components of the enterprise computing stack. Here's how the stack looks:
Middleware - While Java and Solaris may appear to be the crown jewels in the deal, Oracle has managed to slowly buy out other stack competitors (i.e.
I am writing this blog on my way back home from www.himss.org show in Chicago, while a tingly chill crawls down my back. It’s a creepy feeling of déjà vu. Even worse, it feels like the movie Groundhog Day where the main character keeps waking up on the same day, same date, never able to get to tomorrow. Everything he was able to achieve during the day is erased, and he has to do it over, and over, and over again. This was the feeling I got as I walked the show floor and kept asking myself questions such as:
Where are the open technology standards?
Where is the transparency?
Where is the common sense that business requirements, not vendors, dictate the rules?