Oracle and Sun and the key question from many technologists

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Oracle and Sun and the key question from many technologists

You can’t step inside an RSS reader or Twitter today without reading about the Oracle/Sun acquisition, so I’ll assume for a moment that most everyone knows that Oracle plans to buy Sun for $7.4B or $9.50 per share in cash.  I’ll also assume that everyone has heard Ellison’s definite (and somewhat foreboding, especially if you’re

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Report from Dreamforce

Jeff Kaplan: Despite the economy, election and lingering questions about whether Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is enterprise-ready, this week’s Salesforce.com Dreamforce conference drew nearly ten thousand energnetic attendees and exhibitors to celebrate the power of the ‘cloud’. The event not only dispelled any questions about whether the SaaS movement can withstand today’s economy, it also helped to

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Larry Ellison on Cloud Computing

Say what you want about him, but Larry’s never been one to mince words: "The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that

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Debunking SaaS Debunking

Businessweek recently published a surprisingly negative article about SaaS, saying that its hype can be largely undeserved for a number of reasons.  Now, I like BS-calling as much as the next guy (maybe a bit more, actually), but I found Gene Marks’s reasoning to be too generalized and all-encompassing. Marks says: Myth 1: SaaS is

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