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New Articles Roundup
August 11, 2005
Mark Rittman

A few Oracle articles that I bookmarked over the past couple of weeks and meant to take a look at.

"Why is Oracle really buying TimesTen?" asks the Philip Bloor for The Register, who thinks that the aquisition is less about Oracle buying technology or customers and more about defending their core RDBMS business from new competitors. In a similar vein, Paul Murphy for ZDNET asks ""Does Oracle have a demographics problem?", writing that "Oracle likes to hire people in their late twenties or early thirties who combine attitude with some sales skills, but do you know anyone in that age bracket who doesn't work for Oracle and nevertheless favors the company's database products? I don't."

"Oracle: the Yankees of software" writes Paul R. La Monica for CNN Money. "Oracle CEO Larry Ellison must feel an awful lot like New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner right now. He's spent a lot of money to organize an All-Star caliber team, if you will. But he has little to show for least in the eyes of Wall Street. Oracle finally won a long takeover battle for PeopleSoft late last year. The $10.3 billion purchase eliminated a tough competitor for Oracle in the lucrative applications software market, selling software that helps automate routine business tasks like payroll and supply chain management. The deal also helped to bolster Oracle's efforts against applications industry leader SAP. In addition, Oracle (Research) won a bidding war with SAP earlier this year for Retek, a software company that caters mainly to retailers. But Oracle's stock remains stuck at about the same level it was at when it first announced its hostile bid for PeopleSoft nearly two years ago. Shares of SAP (Research), on the other hand, are up nearly 50 percent." I don't know about "Yankees" (is that some sort of football team ;-)) but what he's talking about certainly sounds like Manchester United over the last couple of years.

"Ellison's Next Target?" by W.D. Crotty for Motley Fool suggests that Lawsons' might be Oracle's new ERP aquisition after Peoplesoft and Retek, whilst eWeek's "Oracle Fusion Evolution" features an interview with John Wookey, Oracle's senior vice president of application development.

Looking away from Oracle Corp. now, "Can SQL be Saved from XML?" looks at the current vogue for XML Query and asks why it's so neccessary to replace SQL, whilst "IBM Unleashes 'Hawk' and 'Serrano' Information Integration Tools" takes a look at the first fruits of the IBM - Ascential Software takeover. Finally, if you're a Joel On Software reader, you might be interested in a new book that Joel has edited entited "The Best Software Writing I: Selected and Introduced by Joel Spolsky", a collection of software writing essays that I'll certainly be ordering in the next few days.

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