Wednesday, 29 August 2007

Oracle and SaaS


Oracle, who has trumpeted their on-demand capabilities for quite some time, doesn't appear to 'get it'. Phil Wainewright has an excellent review and commentary on some recent remarks made by Oracle president Charles Phillips. Definitely worth a read. You can check it out here.

For those of you out there that are wondering. Users of SaaS:

1. Do not want to replicate data behind their own firewall (though they definitely want to know their data is being replicated)
2. Do want to leverage and benefit from multi-tenancy
3. Do not want to own software (who wants to make a huge upfront commitment for sw)
and
4. Don't look at saas as just a 'hosted' option

Of course, most of the comments made by Phillips are self-serving. If I had the kind of revenue that Oracle has tied up in perpetual licenses and if I felt I couldn't iterate my company to adjust to the new model of software delivery I'd be saying the same thing.

Watch out Oracle...you are headed for the land of dinosaurs. While unfortunate at least you can feel comfort that you'll be remembered as a T-Rex.

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