I couldn't agree with Jon and Susan more about Oracle finally being a company that see's the light in a vast darkness of out-of-control technology foisted off on the world by IBM, and many other vendors today.
Oracle is the only company that is focused on selling business application software to medium and large companies with a complete end to end solution including both hardware and software. Jon and Susan lamented the fact that IBM has not recognized that they too have solution like this (the IBM i based Power System).
Well, not exactly true folks. While the IBM i is an excellent operating system it is far from being a complete solution for a business. IBM has not addressed application software since IBM unbundled in 1969 after losing a major anti-trust lawsuit. IBM has tried to provide applications to run on its hardware by attempting to attract business partners (vendors of application software) who developed software that ran on their machines.
Microsoft takes the same partner strategy but backs up there partner program with thousands to millions of dollars worth of support to assist partner in development, sales, and marketing initiatives.
IBM has failed to provide much of any support to the IBM i partners and while there are still many applications built for OS/400 aka IBM i they are old using old technologies and operating on support revenue.
Oracle systems run on lightweight Linux and Unix based machines that can scale from about $1500 to about $1.5 million for a high performance machine. Oracle owns the software solutions and can deliver a complete turn key product that solves business problems.
IBM seems to support old time partners like SAP, CSC, and others who have supported IBM hardware for years. IBM's total number of dedicated business partners is declining as vendors move to LINUX, various open source technologies, or Windows.
IBM's WebSphere Division of Software Group is probably in its last days of glory as vendors and customers realize that they don't need to spend a fortune on middleware software from IBM when they can obtain software that is every bit as good free in the open source community. Quite often you can run on open source software in a cloud based environment and let the cloud based provider maintain all of your middleware for a fraction of the cost of implementing IBM recommended solutions in-house.
Oracle has chosen to continue to support Java and MySQL as if they were Open Source (they are not -- they are owned 100% by Oracle when Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, Inc.). Oracle leverages open source software stacks and eliminates dependancies on costly middleware while making their money on complete business solutions.
It is a sad, sad, day, but it appears as if IBM has lost all focus on the market and is fumbling around operating on the sheer power of its size and the fear of customers to abandon old IBM technologies like IBM i...
It is only a matter of time. IBM has clearly demonstrated its cost reduction profit generation motivation with the next quarterly statement driving the company. Hey Sam Palmisano should well be remembered as the man that drove IBM to total ruin.
Read the original at Bob Cancilla on IBM i.