Oracle OpenWorld 2009 started today and it appears to be an exciting event. Larry Ellison in his keynote today spoke about Sun and Oracle and how that combination would beat out IBM. At the same time, Oracle has other systems vendors as partner — especially the very important HP, which also owns EDS, crucial for Oracle deployment. At the same time, HP and EDS, along with Oracle, have IBM as major competitor.
Looking at the sponsor list for Oracle OpenWorld 2009, there are also many other consulting sponsors. These major consultancies’ businesses do have a big dependency on Oracle. So to some extent, Oracle has systems and storage vendors, along with consulting companies, all aligned against IBM.
IBM has moved its business more and more into services and consultancies, with IBM software being a major component. Could IBM, being nearly 4X bigger than Oracle, put Oracle at bay, even when Oracle has many folks with common interests supporting it?
Copyright (c) 2009 by Waiming Mok