(October 24, 2007)- Former JBoss maestro Marc Fleury has been considering the
contenders in any race to counter-bid for BEA in the face of Oracle's $6.6BN
bid. His conclusion: Most of the big players would be better off buying Red
Hat. "Red Hat is a better, and potentially cheaper, option for many of the
other players," he writes.
Fluery's blogged remarks emerged in the context of a discussion about the
consolidation of the software vendor market.
"I do not see IBM going after BEA," Fleury opined. His reasoning? "A bidding
war against Oracle is a money losing proposition although merging the two
product lines would insure that IBM remains the leader."
Then comes Fleury's alternative suggestion: that someone should buy Red Hat.
"There is a cheaper alternative which delivers more bang: buy Red Hat. With
JBoss replacing the dead and embarassing Geronimo efforts, IBM could r... (more)
In its latest SEC filing, Oracle Corp has duly recorded that Larry Ellison,
who last year was paid $3.9 million in salary and bonus, received $7.5
million from the company in fiscal 2005, the year in which after an 18-month
saga Oracle finally acquired PeopleSoft for $10.3BN
Ellison was also given a hefty slice of 2.5 million stock options, compared
to just 900,000 he received last year. Judging from this pay hike, the
verdict on Ellison's performance in the fisal year ended May 31 was
He wasn't alone either. Chairman Jeffrey O. Henley got $3.7 million in sa... (more)
salesforce'com CEO Mark Benioff, a former Oracle executive, can be relied
upon to provide provocative comments with respect to his company and
competition, particularly so with respect to rivals Oracle and Siebel
Below are initial comments he made in a note to employees in reaction to
hearing that his two rivals have now combined into a single company by dint
of Oracle aquiring Siebel for $5.85 billion. (It should be noted that Benioff
has a home in Hawaii and is known for his wearing of Hawaiian shirts.) His
"Oracle put Siebel investors out... (more)
Just as, in August, the big news from Oracle was all about Oracle Database
10g Release 2, this coming week at Oracle OpenWorld the big news will all be
about Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3. And Rick Schultz (pictured
talking to SYS-CON.TV earlier in the year) will be one of the key
spokespersons for the company at next week's show. The latest release will be
all about strengthening the links between Oracle's flagship app server and
its goal of simplifying SOA.
Aside from Application Server 10g Release 3, this year's event will highlight
18 key industries, with industry s... (more)