Oracle to buy Sun

Well, I always believed that Sun would be able to survive without being bought by another company.

We have great products, hardware as well as software, and we only have done poorly in making money with the products, or with service contracts for our (open source) software products...

Now it seems I will never figure it out, since Oracle will by Sun.

We have just been informed about this some hours ago, and its in all news now.

Right now, I don't know enough about Oracle to make me a picture whether or not this is (for me) better than IBM buying us. IBM is interested in OpenOffice.org, so probably also in Sun's OOo team here in Hamburg.

What about Oracle?


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Sun was never going to survive alone in the aftermath of the IBM rumours. I have no idea how Oracle will work out, but it was inevitable that somebody was going acquire Sun, sooner rather than later.

Posted by guest on April 20, 2009 at 12:23 PM CEST #

http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/StrategyLetterV.html

Reevaluate that rant by an Ex-Softie for the Office market with these players: Oracle&Sun on the one side and Microsoft on the other.

Also keep in mind that bussiness databases, BPM, workflow, ERP, CRM and consulting on one hand and the client OS/productivity suite combo on the other side are complement products.

This is why Microsoft attacked with some cheap-to-get-them-hooked offering of Sharepoint (the first one is always free - for more see 1) ). Actually, I imagine this not to have gone unnoticed in Redwood Shores, CA.

So strategically Oracle would be wise to keep OOo going strong. It might actually be an essential move: Not doing it might not only leave this playing field to IBM (if the MS Office cash cow gets beaten) or put Oracles core business at risk (if the MS Office cash cow is left alone and feeds attacks via Sharepoint/MSSQL etc.). Also, you can upsell a OOo-Shop to use a Oracle BPM, just as well as you can upsell a MySQL customer to an Oracle DB.

OTOH, I might be be wrong and Oracle was just shortsightedly interested in not allowing Sun go to IBM that cheap. In that case, there might not even be a strategy ;-)

1) http://news.cnet.com/8301-13505_3-9761138-16.html

Posted by A fellow Sunnie on April 20, 2009 at 02:59 PM CEST #

Hi fellow Sunnie :)

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this - I will try to read the referenced articles soon :)

I think this step from Oracle will result in clearly repositioning their position/role in the market.

Might become interesting...

Posted by Malte on April 21, 2009 at 02:13 AM CEST #

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