Oracle and Salesforce inked a major, nine-year-long deal this morning to combine their cloud computing offerings.
Reactions online are already pouring in, and it's mostly shock.
Ten of our favorites:
Offerpop Director of Content Marketing Jesse Noyes swears he just saw pigs fly:
— Jesse Noyes (@noyesjesse) June 25, 2013
Computer scientist Roni Leibovitch is just not buying it:
CRM consultant Mark Reuter just gives up:
Reuters reporter Jim Finkle is already shopping for a baby shower gift (we recommend a miniature yacht):
IT director Dominic Sayers smells blood in the water:
This is Salesforce confirming it has abandoned the SME http://t.co/N8y7f1DI95— Dominic Sayers (@dominicsayers) June 25, 2013
Meanwhile, Addvocate CEO (and former Salesforce-r) Marcus Nelson is thrilled:
Thomas Wailgum, a vice president at ASUG, the SAP customer organization, is waiting for a sign:
haven't seen much actual customer response to Oracle-Microsoft-Salesforce news, except use of the term "cloudwashing."— thomas wailgum (@twailgum) June 25, 2013
Tech PR queen Brooke Hammerling thinks the whole thing is totes adorkable:
Datacenter don Mark Thiele thinks Oracle's recent dealmaking is about as stable as a house full of The Bachelorette contestants:
Oracle & Microsoft http://t.co/8QUfGshW1z < cats and dogs living together total chaos. MSFT & Oracle, Salesforce & Oracle, what next— Mark Thiele (@mthiele10) June 25, 2013
And finally, Wall Street Journal reporter Shira Ovide asks an extremely pertinent question:
Oracle getting cozy with frenemies. Salesforce is the latest. (Can Benioff and Ellison agree for 9 years?) http://t.co/YPuCi7bWZ0— Shira Ovide (@ShiraOvide) June 25, 2013
A fair point: we wouldn't want to force them or anything.
Photo illustration inspired by this, of course.