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Salesforce.com/Siebel 2.0: Criticism and a Refutation

Some say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but that’s only for those who forget that a good rebuttal – or attempted rebuttal – is quite flattering as well. Jason Wood, a fellow Enterprise Irregular and blogger, has done me the courtesy of a well-written blog that attempts to refute my previous post on Salesforce.

May 25, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Siebel 2.0: The end of Salesforce.com

It’s finally time to call a spade a spade, or in this case, a soon-to-be has-been a has-been. Of course, doing so after the fact sounds too spiteful, so I’m going to do it well ahead of the curve.

May 23, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Hell Freezes Over: Oracle Buying Shares in SAP?

The rumor du jour hit the Reuters wire early this morning, and it's a doozie: SAP's shares are up in recent trading because Oracle has bought some eight percent of the company. Considering April Fool's Day is come and gone, one has to assume that this was reported not for its humor value but for some other purpose -- maybe even as a piece of legitimate news.

May 22, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Oracle buying Agile – Is it Time to Rethink PLM?

Here’s the skinny on Oracle’s acquisition of Agile: PLM is a three-letter acronym that has never lived up to its reputation as hot number either across the enterprise or in the eyes of the investment community. That hasn’t stopped companies like Siemens from recently paying a pretty euro to buy up Agile competitor UGS, but Siemens somewhat anomalous bid belies the fact that Agile, and others like it, have failed to live up to their promised hype.

May 16, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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SAP Does CPM: Et Tu, Oracle

SAP has fired back at Oracle, in rather short order, with the acquisition of OutlookSoft, a corporate performance management vendor based in Stamford, Conn. It looks like short order of course, as Oracle announced its Hyperion acquisition a scant two months ago.

May 8, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Fusion Is Coming, Sooner Than You Might Think

The eternal quest to come up with a definitive timeline, much less a definition, for Oracle's Fusion Applications may have just gotten a little easier. Step one was Oracle's release of its Application Integration Architecture, formerly known as Project X, which provides the glueware that can link different processes in the vast Oracle portfolio into well-orchestrated, super processes that span the different product families.

May 7, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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Bipolar Oracle

Outside the SAP user conference in Atlanta, the cameras were rolling. Looking for sound bites were Oracle operatives, trying to get SAP customers to say – on camera and with SAPPHIRE logos as a backdrop – that SAP’s software was expensive, hard to deploy, and helped make the world safe for global terrorism and $400 haircuts.

April 25, 2007 by Joshua Greenbaum

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