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CIOs Strike Back on High-Cost of Oracle 11i Upgrades
May 12, 2004

In the article by Alorie Gilbert for, Andrew Black, the CIO of graduation memorabilia maker Jostens, talks about a new co-op which will focus on business tools and applications and ways to improve IT effectiveness by collaborating or sharing intellectual property.
One simple way to improve effectiveness is to upgrade.  Many companies are turning to lower-cost Oracle11i upgrades from third-party experts to specialize in 11i upgrades, like this service:"

In Gilbert's article, Black revealed his frustrations with commercial software,
 "For example, something as simple as an upgrade on one of your applications. You are forced to upgrade when your vendor drops support on something. But it could be that you have got something more important going on that year, like a strategic investment in customer relationship management (programs) that you would rather be devoting your resources to. But you are often forced to upgrade to a newer version of software.

Worse yet, if you have committed some portion of your company to run on a piece of software and that vendor changes direction, you are suddenly kind of out in the dark and, again, forced to go through, in this case, a re-platform, not even an upgrade. You are going to be forced to move and it just might not be your strategic priority at that time."

On the check in process and using commercial software,

"Obviously you cannot contribute software that you purchased from Oracle, SAP or IBM. The focus here would be around custom-developed applications that corporations have built.

 Our thought is that Avalanche should make it easier for corporations to use software from these companies. For example, there are thousands of shops across the country that use Oracle or SAP or Siebel, and each of these shops are writing interfaces between them. So if you are running, you know an Oracle General Ledger and you want to connect your SAP application to it, everybody is writing the same bloody interfaces. It is ridiculous to have hundreds of organizations writing the same interfaces."



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