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RE: Oracle Vs SAP Round 1

From: Brady, Mark <Mark.Brady_at_Constellation.Com>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 16:49:21 -0400
Message-ID: <72AB68B424526641A8514835270C2EB5079BE2@EXM-OMF-21.Ceg.Corp.Net>

First, nearly every business is in business to steal customers from other businesses. Those which aren't are monopolies which involve a whole other ball of wax.  

The innovation could be utilizing the knowledge base more efficiently so as to offer BETTER service or CHEAPER service, not the SAME service. Who would switch to get the SAME service? Now people start switching and Oracle has an incentive to do it even better than SAP, all along the customers (even the ones who never switched) are benefited by SAP's theft - by having better service or cheaper service or both.  

Whether or not the facts are complete and accurate and whether or not the actions described will be adjudicated as illegal is yet to be seen. The question Charles posed is (to be so bold to rephrase) if society benefits from the outcome of this action should we seek to criminalize the activity. Our current IP laws are supposed to benefit both the individual AND society, but do the laws as they currently stand maximize the total benefit? When you start reading about this, it's less black and white then you think.  

From: Kerber, Andrew W. [] Sent: Friday, March 23, 2007 4:15 PM
To: Brady, Mark; oracle-l
Subject: RE: Oracle Vs SAP Round 1  

However, there is not really a debate here. If SAP copied all the oracle data as Oracle claims, it can have no other reason than to copy it to steal Oracle customers. There is no new development being done by SAP, no new technology that they can sell, they just stole the Oracle stuff and are trying to sell it as their own. There doesn't appear to be a grey area here.  

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I would be curious to know if SAP could offer better quality support. =) Not to knock Oracle Support too hard, but as you all probably well know, it is not unheard of to end up with a newbie Support Analyst or run up against undocumented features and/or unpublished information.

I may be naive, but if a 3rd party can offer competitive services, would that not drive better market conditions for clients? Yes, I understand that the principle of stealing is essentially wrong, but I am purposefully wondering about competitive services.

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