OK... And officially my first Oracle related post.
So, today was the first day of Oracle Open World. I'm rather impressed!
First, this morning, at the SaaS / Cloud computing session of the partners' track, I learned that Oracle has a new SaaS focused sales model where you pay as you grow. Let's SaaS providers buy a (from a limited number of Oracle products) licenses in volumes that grow with their business. They can buy small, when they have small numbers of customers... and then, when they grow their business, they can increase the number of licenses... this is a great step in the right direction, and probably a response to the open source "pay at the point of value" model where you don't pay at all to begin... but only pay for support when what you have becomes mission critical and you need to be sure that it works... Let's see how far Oracle pushes that model... but I like the beginning.
Next, this evening, was the general keynote session. What a blast! It felt like the good old days of Sun Microsystems. All the keynote was done by Scott McNealy except a small part by Larry Ellison. Scott even did 2 of his top-10 lists. Lots of laughs in the room. Many serious points. Great review on Sun's track record at innovation... and James Gosling even came on stage. Then Larry stepped up and talked about his plans for the future, more investment in Sun's key technologies (SPARC, Solaris, MySQL) and how the combination Sun + Oracle is a fantastic opportunity for changing the IT world. We're going to kick serious ass. In particular IBM's, which seems to be very (legitimately) afraid. Competition is going to get very fun. In particular given the performance numbers we're announcing when we put our strenghts together.
I'm impatient to see how this will all evolve, and I have to say, I'm keeping very attentive to what Oracle's strategy for pushing (or just using) open source will be. Sun's a big advocate of open source. I hope Oracle will be just as active an activist! But I'm optimistic!
Let's go kick some big iron ass in the IT world!