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Forbes article about ERPs moving to the cloud is, according to Oracle’s Ellison, gibberish by Jon Hansen

March 6, 2014

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Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder if anyone remembers what they said in the past and how it comes across today. For example, back in 2008 Oracle’s Larry Ellison said that “we have redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do.”  Dismissing it with the fashion industry analogy that […]

SAP: No Longer an ERP Company? by Jon Hansen

November 1, 2013

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When I was speaking before what I can only describe as being a great audience at Virginia’s Forum 2013 earlier this week – it has to be something in the water there because these people are remarkable in terms of their enthusiasm for procurement and desire for information – I touched on the decline of […]

Why Mickey North Rizza can’t go home again . . . or can she?

June 21, 2013

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On my way to writing Part 2 of yesterday’s post in which I wrote about Jason Busch’s proclamation that he is moving on in terms of his “thinking,” I was posed with an interesting question. If after spending years with a vendor, a journalist/analyst may not necessarily possess the required objectivity in terms of effectively […]

The Prognosticators Series: 2013 Predictions by Jon Hansen

January 16, 2013

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Editor’s Note:  As is often the case when the hands of time tick relentlessly forward into another new year, we take this opportunity to look ahead to what the next 12 months might hold in store for us both personally as well as for the purchasing industry as a whole. In this third installment of […]

Is this the beginning of the end of the improbable long run of “one hit” Larry?

May 24, 2012

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It is no secret to my regular readers that I am not a big fan of Oracle’s Larry Ellison. The origins of my disenchantment go all the back to the vendor’s early days when Ellison was forced to lay off approximately 10 percent of the company’s workforce due to questionable accounting practices. Specifically Oracle sales […]

Gartner’s Take on Cloud Contracting (Part 1, and probably the last in this series): All Roads Lead Back To Larry!

September 30, 2011

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You know you live long enough on the earth you start to develop an instinct, a sense when something isn’t quite right.  It’s similar to that carton of milk in your fridge where you are around or perhaps a day after the expiration date.  The milk doesn’t smell bad, it just has a whiff of […]

Larry ‘s Ellison Nightmare About SaaS Vendor Zombies (UPDATE)

February 21, 2011

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POST UPDATE (October 27th, 2011): Oracle’s Larry Ellison used to have nightmares about cloud-based SaaS Zombies. With the purchase of RightNow Technologies is he now one of them! Over the next few weeks we will be profiling leaders from the business world who have and continue to leave a indelible impression on the face of Corporate […]

Will the real Daffy Duck(s) please stand up!

January 21, 2011

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“Let me explain it to you this way Jon,” offered one of my lecturers in a course I was taking . . . “it’s like you are a passenger on the Titanic and after striking the iceberg you run to the Captain’s deck to let him know what happened and discover that the Captain is […]

Jury Orders SAP to Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion: A Discovery Channel Special?

November 24, 2010

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This past Sunday on Discovery Channel the first in a series of shows on dinosaurs aired much to the delight of my daughter who, like any child her age, has an active interest (and imagination) regarding these mammoth beasts. In the opening segment, the show focused on the day that the cataclysmic chain reaction of a […]

TomorrowNow Lawsuit Underlines the Fact that to SAP and Oracle, Customers are Nothing More than Chess Pieces in A Wall Street Game

November 9, 2010

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TomorrowNow was founded in December 1998 by Andrew Nelson and Seth Ravin, to provide upgrade and technical service to PeopleSoft licensees with large, complex environments. In March 2002, the company changed its business to focus on providing third-party maintenance and support service to companies licensing enterprise software. In January, 2005, TomorrowNow was purchased by SAP […]

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