Spence ponders Microsoft's Terminal velocity.Drat! Another error message. Spence was at his wits end, trying to figure out the online travel system his penurious publisher had instituted. The idea was to shave a few bucks off the bottom line by ditching the travel department and forcing staffers to spend hours trying to book the cheapest flights and hotels themselves. The bean counters, having wrested control of virtually everything in the wake of the dot-com bust, still had a stranglehold on business processes at the Puss publisher. The travel Spence was trying desperately to arrange was for the PeopleSoft Leadership Summit in Las Vegas May 18 and 19. Bill would be speaking. Not that Bill, the other one: President No. 42, William Jefferson Clinton. Of course, the fact that the ex-prez was on the agenda was no guarantee hed appear.
Despite his lifestyle, Spence still has plenty of good memory cells left, and they recalled that Bubba had bailed on Oracle and SAP in recent years. One of the previous cancellations was due to a Hillary book signing, of all things. Spence also remembered that Larry Ellison used to be an FOB (Friend of Bill)or maybe Bill was an FOLand the man from Hope did speak at the Oracle Apps user conference in 2001, one of his first paid gigs after handing the reins to W. In fact, Larry hired Joe Lockhart, Bills press spokesman, after Bill left office. Bill now has become a regular at PeopleSoft events, having appeared in 2002 as well. Wheres the love?