Mixed Message for Oracle Users
Ellision delivered his keynote while sailing.When Oracle CEO Larry Ellison delivered his OracleWorld keynote this month via satellite while sailing off New Zealand, it suggested a desire on his part to be the center of customers attention without going out of his way to be in touch with them. We hope some of the other developments we noted during that conference turn out to be a more accurate signal of his and his companys intentions. Oracle has long been floating on the rising tide of demand for database capacity and performancewhile giving more attention to doing well than doing good, as infamously demonstrated last summer in scandals that involved overselling and that spanned the continent from California to Toronto.
To its credit, the company has built a solid record of reliability in large-scale applications, a record that makes its vision of defining the enterprise IT platform not absurd but merely ambitious. Even so, a technology enterprise cant succeed indefinitely by doing what it has always done. Leadership requires engagement with customers changing ideas about the role that a technology should play.