Vinnie Mirchandani's note that Oracle Fusion will be delayed drew anonymous responses from Oracle IP addresses. Example:
No major enhancements were planned for the acquired products? This is not true, Why you are commenting on something that you don't have all the facts to comment on? This is not true. Oracle is investing heavily (maybe in the same proportion as in Fusion) in all the acquired products: Siebel, PeopleSoft, Retek, etc.
Vinnie addresses this in comments:
3 out of 4 of the comments above came from Oracle IP addresses. In our world of transparency, not sure why they do not feel comfortable engaging in an open dialog with real names. What I write on this blog every one of Oracle's sales people and consultants hears in the field from customers - so not sure why the debate cannot be more transparent.
Here's why. Check Jeff Nolan's thoughts on the BEA bid:
Oracle just announced a significant delay in Fusion Apps to 2009, and this coming just a month before their annual shindig in SF, OpenWorld. This is not news that would be met with enthusiasm in the company...History shows that whenever Oracle has bad news coming they divert attention through some action is fundamentally more interesting to the broader market. It’s like billion dollar three card monty...to those that will suggest there is nothing in this for customers, well let me just acknowledge that this isn’t about customers, it’s about the self interests of shareholders.
Speaking of the annual shindig, some at Oracle have tried to get a blogger's program together. Around 30 people have been invited, including yours truly. Sadly I won't be able to make it. I hope that those who do will address the issues Vinnie and Jeff raise. Customers have a right to know what they're getting for their money. At present, it all seems to be one way traffic. Into Oracle's coffers.