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July 14, 2010  8:41 AM

Oracle announces BI 11g

imurphy Profile: imurphy
Business Intelligence, Oracle

Last week, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Business Intelligence 11g. This is a major release for Oracle and comes at a time when Microsoft and SAP have both made major announcements of their own.

The emphasis at the launch was on Integration with Charles Phillips, President,...

April 23, 2009  12:50 PM

IT procurment needs a rethink – industry consolidation changes the game

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
EMC, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun, Symantec, ukoug

Oracle's acquisition of Sun shows that everything is up for grabs Oracle has spent $35 billion since 2005 on major software acquisitions including Peoplesoft, Hyperion and Siebel. In 2008 HP bought EDS for $13.9 billion....

April 20, 2009  4:50 PM

Oracle buys Sun…now what will happen to Sparc

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Java, Oracle, Solaris, SPARC, Sun, WebLogic

Oracle is buying Sun for $7.4 billion a move which Oracle CEO Larry Ellision says, will give Oracle two key Sun software assets: Java and Solaris.  He says, "Java is one of the computer industry's best-known brands and most widely deployed technologies, and it is the most...

December 3, 2008  9:12 AM

Oracle users: Are you really that happy?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Oracle, ukoug

I have known Ronan Miles of the UKOUG  for several years. He's a good contact of Computer Weekly. Under his leadership, I believe Oracle users in the UK have benefited - especially given the huge change within Oracle itself over the last few years.


Ronan Miles sees the...

July 2, 2008  10:03 PM

Where next for Aqualogic?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Aqualogic, BEA, Oracle, Portal

It's been a good and bad day for businesses running BEA products. Oracle unveiled its strategy for BEA, following its $8.5 billion acquisition of the company.


June 20, 2008  2:41 PM

Oracle database price hike

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
Licensing, Oracle

Users of Oracles database products could see their licence fees rise by 20%, The company has increased the price of a number of products  in its June 2008 price list. Users of Oracle Standard One Edition will see an...

May 19, 2008  4:13 PM

Oracle readies Web 2.0 for business

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran

Charles Phillips, Oracle's president, was in London earlier this month at a meeting for bloggers. He was over meeting Oracle's customers, talking to them about their plans for Web 2.0.

Not surprisingly few companies see a genuine business benefit of Web 2.0. Oracle is looking at Web 2.0...

May 2, 2008  6:35 AM

Software must be made green

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
data-centre, Database, Green IT, Oracle

Last year I met with Charles Phillips, president of Oracle and asked him about whether the company's flagship database was green. As I recall, his response was that green IT was something the hardware guys had to deal with. This was not the answer I expected since efficient software design goes...

February 28, 2008  8:37 PM

Oracle/Peoplesoft licensing and maintenance #1

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
BEA, Fusion, Licensing, Maintenance, Oracle, Peopelsoft

I met a former employee of Peoplesoft yesterday who had an interesting story about Oracle. Oracle has generously offered users of Peoplesoft 8 a free upgrade to version 9. But this generous offer seems to have strings attached. The upgrade was only free if you were prepared to make a hefty...

January 18, 2008  8:20 PM

If Fusion was the glue that welded together Oracle’s acquisitions where does BEA fit?

Cliff Saran Profile: Cliff Saran
BEA, Fusion, Oracle

Oracle's $8 billion acquisition of BEA can mean only one thing. Fusion has failed. Let's face it, if its Fusion middleware was on track, Oracle would have no need to speed billions of dollars buying the market-leader in Java application server middleware - particularly given that the economy looks...

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