In an effort to save money in a struggling economy MTL Vacations decided to switch from proprietary UNIX servers to IBM servers running Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The result was a potential savings of $1 million over 5 years, in addition to increased reliability.
SAP has increased incentives for North American customers to switch over from PeopleSoft or J.D. Edwards. As part of the Safe Passage program, customers will receive a 75 percent trade-in credit for any existing software replaced by SAP. During the migration phase, customers can also receive support for both the SAP product and the software it is replacing for an additional fee.
Tip of the hat to Pete Finnigan’s blog for this great link to a huge potential vulnerability in any poorly written application running against Oracle.
Oracle announces enhanced strategic sourcing capabilities including, complex bid management, bid award optimization, and integration and workflow advances for Oracle sourcing. Estimated savings from strategic sourcing range from 5 to 50 percent over tactical buying.
With Oracle merging left, right and center, questions have arisen as to whether CEO Larry Ellison is actually practicing what he preaches. SAP Exec Shai Agassi does not seem to think so.
Oracle Marketing Executives sit down to discuss newly automated functions of Oracle 10g’s upcoming release 2, as well as, grid computing and the companies attitude toward open source technology. Link to article.
Oracle’s first Oracle Spatial Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting was a success. The company made it clear they are committed to improving their spatial product and wants ensure that everyone, from the Oracle sales force to consumers, are aware of its potential.
MySQL has released a beta version of MySQL 5.0 database to provide users with increased enterprise functionality, making MySQL a more viable option for corporations and users.
Oracle has become the place for up-and-coming execs to stop in and gain some experience before landing top jobs elsewhere. Why is this happening and will it continue?
Oracle has announced its intentions to purchase Oblix, a small security software specialist, that is considered a key player in the relatively new field of identity management solutions. Many are considering this move by Oracle as an attempt to push ahead of SAP in enterprise applications.