When Oracle took over Peoplesoft earlier this year, there was much doom and gloom in PropleSoft’s home town of Pleasanton, California because Peoplesoft employed 3000 people out of the total population of around 60000. It turns out that the end result has not been all bad for Pleasanton, other high-tech companies are moving in, taking advantage of the highly skilled workforce that Oracle laid off in its quest for acquisition-related efficiency and the overall impact on the community of the merger has been mild at worst.
In a major move, Oracle has released a vastly enhanced version of OCFS to the open-source community as a significant new entrant in the fully open-sourced cluster file system arena. To our delight, they’ve actually chosen the GPL as the release license!
At ITJungle.com we noticed this interesting article informing us that EMC subsidiary VMWare will not charge a premium for multi-core CPUs, opting instead to keep its licensing charges on a “”per-socket basis””. In his article, Timothy Prickett Morgan concludes that VMWare has decided to “”make it up in volume, as the old saying goes, and this straightforward approach as well as the rapid adoption of virtualization technologies on servers (and probably soon on desktops and workstations) should make it a lot easier for VMware to sell its wares.””
A survey by Yoh Services LLC reveals that there is little momentum in U.S. IT salaries through 2005 so far. Salaries have remained flat and although some momentum, so far it has not shown itself to be sustainable. However, costs are steadily increasing in a few fields, and among them is Oracle database administration.
Judith Hurwitz raises a red flag about Oracle’s new acquisition strategy. It appears Larry Ellison himself has now clearly articulated a plan that involves buying “companies with a narrow profit margin that have attractive maintenance revenue.” Ms. Hurwitz astutely points out that this type of strategy, coupled with neglecting cash cows, is exactly how Computer Associates faded to irrelevance at the same time that they saddled themselves with several thousand software products to maintain.
As the Oracle/SAP battle wages on, analysts eagerly anticipate each company’s next strategic move. For SAP, Forrester is predicting an acquisition of DemandTec, which would “allow SAP to offer a more comprehensive merchandise solution.” On the Oracle front, Forrester predicts Oracle will acquire Khimetrics “to gain traction in grocery and general merchandise,” as well as Zilliant “to provide non-retail price optimization.”
An interesting review of Oracle 10g for Mac OS X. Pros include much improved management over previous versions and a proven scalability. On the con side, optimal performance remains achievable solely in the hands of a highly skilled DBA. Additionally, the installer needs a lot of manual intervention and the Linux version is significantly ahead of other releases.
Oracle bought the technology and key personnel of Context Media earlier this month, in order to integrate Wnterprise Document Management (ECM) with its own software, officials said Tuesday. The acquisition closed July 15 2005, and officials did not release financial details.
Oracle execs acknowledge that the company slashes prices as much as possible in order to compete on the applications side, but holds firmer when it comes to its much stronger database business.
Oracle Chief Security Officer Mary Ann Davidson writes about the myths and misunderstandings surrounding security and how security researchers can actually become the problem. The three misguided notions Davidson focuses on are that fixes can be done in a matter of days, that researchers increase their business by finding more bugs, and that researchers deserve credit for every bug they find.