Ellison wants to model new Oracle after T.J. Watson Jr.'s IBM

Ellison wants to model new Oracle after T.J. Watson Jr.'s IBM

Summary: At a Churchhill Club event, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison talked to former Sun Microsystems President Ed Zander about Oracle's recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems. He said he’d like to pattern the new Oracle after T.

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At a Churchhill Club event, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison talked to former Sun Microsystems President Ed Zander about Oracle's recent acquisition of Sun Microsystems. He said he’d like to pattern the new Oracle after T.J. Watson Jr.'s IBM, combining both hardware and software systems.

Ellison said that he wanted Oracle to be Watson's IBM because that version of Big Blue was the dominant software company relative to the versions run by Lou Gerstner and Sam Palmisano. IBM in Watson's heyday used software to create a hardware giant. Simply put, IBM was the backbone of Corporate America. "IBM was the environment you worked in," said Ellison. Ellison said Oracle wants to do the same and be the dominant systems environment for enterprises, running airline, banking and telecommunications systems.

It's an interesting take worth watching as you put the Oracle-Sun deal into perspective. Ellison's riff on how Sun is a national treasure is a bit of a stretch, but you can see what Oracle's master plan is.

Topics: IBM, CXO, Oracle, IT Employment

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  • Applicance Vendor

    While setting up Oracle RAC or the rest of their software stack isn't too difficult, it is beyond the skill set of many in house IT departments. If Larry (who is no Watson) may want to remake his software product into a stack of hardware, storage and software that you just roll into a customer and plug it in. Many large customers buy hardware in rack sized clumps already.

    But the one problem I've seen from Oracle over the years is they seem to misjudge where the customer wants to go. I can see them create an entire stack of software, all Oracle of course, set it up to run on their hardware with their storage, and it won't sell well because it won't be flexible enough to fit more than a small subset of customers.

    If they make a bunch of small single purpose appliances, that can mix and match with a bunch of other software in the stack, then maybe they have something.
    jcschweitzer
  • RE: Ellison wants to model new Oracle after T.J. Watson Jr.'s IBM

    Until Sr. Management at Oracle start to put 'Oracle' first - this goal cannot be achieved. I would love to see Oracle attain the level of IBM but I don't see it happening.
    kingCross