Oracle’s Q4 results disappointed in a few areas. Despite Oracle’s assertion that SaaS and engineered hardware sales were up, overall sales just missed the target. Commentary from Information Week can be found here.
Much of Oracle’s earnings update was taken up by Larry proclaiming that he was going to make a series of announcements this week that would reshape the cloud. The first of these is a deal which makes Oracle Linux, Database, Weblogic and Java available on Microsoft’s Azure public cloud. For two companies that have competing database products to come to a deal like this is a real surprise – and a closer partnership than many had predicted.
Steve Boese charts the progress of Mary Barra. Mary is currently General Motors Chief Product Officer, and previously held the post of HR Director. She’s being tipped as a future CEO of the company. The path from HR to CEO isn’t a well trodden one, so what makes Mary different?
This is a great blog that was pointed out by Succeeder Dave. It has a list of bookmarklets – you can save these to your browser like bookmarks/favourites – which take you to a particular component (regardless of which environment you’re in).
Larry Dignan (Editor in Chief of ZDNet) postulates that automation and cloud computing may just undo the outsourcing boom of the early 2000s. Can some of the tasks that have been offshored be accomplished via automation instead?
Eric Kimberling on the IT Toolbox blog talks about the effect of customisation. Although the title sounds pretty damning, the article treads the balance nicely between “customization can create problems during implementation” and “Vanilla ERP systems can create strategic disadvantages”.
Bob Warfield on the Smoothspan blog discusses Google’s move to can its Reader product (which seems bizarre as many other companies are building RSS Reader products). Why is Google doing it, and will it be a strategic error?
They build them much, much better. In an interesting experiment in car safety, a modern Chevy was crashed into one from 50 years ago. The difference in occupant protection is astounding, spotted by Rands.
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