"Old software never dies"

"Old software never dies"

Summary: Software analyst Judith Hurwitz makes an interesting point about Oracle's aggressive acquisition strategy, which has moved the company front and center into the middleware and enterprise applications business:I have to give them credit for swooping in and buying their way into a leadership position. While it is hard to buy companies and keep them going, in the packaged software arena it isn’t as hard as it looks.

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Software analyst Judith Hurwitz makes an interesting point about Oracle's aggressive acquisition strategy, which has moved the company front and center into the middleware and enterprise applications business:

I have to give them credit for swooping in and buying their way into a leadership position. While it is hard to buy companies and keep them going, in the packaged software arena it isn’t as hard as it looks. For example, customers who buy a PeopleSoft HR application are not going to dump it just because the company was purchased by Oracle. Software is a funny thing — it lingers for decades after everyone assumed that it would be dead. As I always say, old software never dies.

Funny thing about enterprise software: it's expensive and painful to deploy, so it's shelf-life tends to measured in units of many years.

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  • Old Software Lives

    This is so true.
    See my small cartoon:
    http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2007/11/old-software-li.html

    Bye,
    Oliver
    oliver.widder@...