When Oracle purchased JD Edwards and company some years back, I knew that would be the “end” to JDE. The customer base was huge and loyal, but Oracle does not like loyal followings or people or cult groups hanging arounds it’s doors. Somehow in the doc com age they grew into a large unbalanced powerhouse with a semi-decent database that in my opinion is a lot more work than it’s worth.
Oracle has money, from where I don’t know but they do, and the like to buy companies. Funny thing was SUN was on sale and a good but. So good in fact everyone in Silicon Valley passed on them and Oracle decided they would throw them a bone. Personally SUN had ruined it’s own company from the inside. The management was living in a dream world and while IT changed, SUN went the wrong direction with Solaris and it’s hardware offering and it’s been a long downhill slide into nothing-ness.
With that said now Oracle, the lest loved tech company, now owns SUN, Java, OpenOffice, and a few other products and is slowly running them all into the ground. All this while the people who have maintained these products leave the company a dozen at a times. Apple announced last week that they will not be using JAVA anymore on Mac and when Apple parts ways with you it’s time to worry. Steve Jobs does not menace words. The “C” level idiots at Oracle had better figure out no one likes them in IT and they are running a few companies into the ground all this because they can. While I don’t say they don’t have the right to destroy these products and companies I have to wonder what the motivation is?