Re: Project management melee

From: Mladen Gogala <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:27:51 +0000 (UTC)
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On Fri, 15 Jun 2012 15:45:50 +1000, Noons wrote:

> Mladen Gogala wrote,on my timestamp of 15/06/2012 12:19 AM:

>> attack and beat Oracle. Oracle has recently had several marketing
>> disasters and high RDBMS costs help them pay for all of that. They're
>> not invulnerable but they have been very, very lucky so far.

> You mean the "cash cow" - used to cover the disasters - could dry up?
> Wonders will never cease...

Let's list some of the disasters:

  • NC: "network computer", innovative concept, marketing was good, ended in abysmal failure.
  • Database appliance was also a failure
  • Buying Peoplesoft for $9.5B. New competitors are emerging daily and carving up their share of the COTS applications building. And then there are SAP and IBM.
  • SUN keeps losing market on the server side, now more than ever.
  • BEA was also an expensive purchase of the player who was essentially already dead. Tomcat and JBoss have devoured the app server market.
  • Jury is still out on the Exadata. They have sold quite a few pieces, but this is a specialized DW equipment and I don't believe that it will make a big splash. There are other noteworthy competitors in the specialized DW equipment, like Teradata, Vertica, EMC with the Greenplum and Netezza, among others. NoSQL products like MongoDB are also carving their slice of the DW niche.
  • Buying InnoDB. They have just annoyed everybody, without much any commercial effect.

I plan on learning DB2 this year, maybe even get certified for DB2 on Linux. Oracle used to be a user friendly company. These days, they're not very likable. It's the company that only her father may love.

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