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Jul 1 2009   11:14PM GMT

Oracle prez Phillips gets off good one liner

badarrow Barbara Darrow Profile: badarrow

Charles Phillips, one of the few black high-tech presidents around, kicked off today’s Oracle Fusion middleware launch with an offhand reference to another high-profile black president.

Stepping on stage at the Washington D.C. event, Phillips who is tall and lanky, said: “I know what you’re thinking….and I’m not him.”

Oracle schlepped its president and various other luminaries (excluding, apparently, CEO Larry Ellison) to Washington D.C. for the big debut.

Oracle’s had a very busy start of its fiscal year. Two weeks ago, it hosted its virtual sales kickoff for internal staff. Next week, it’ll re-do it for the Oracle Partner Community. And today, it’s doing its biggest middleware launch ever–including all the goodies it got from BEA Systems.\

And it’s gearing up a big VAR specialization push now that will continue through the year at Oracle OpenWorld in October and beyond. The goal is to push more of its nichey products like product lifecycle management, identity management, high-end middleware.

Thanks to’s Ed Scannell for his updates on today’s event.

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