Oracle's Strategery


Watching Oracle’s cloud strategy roll out has given me renewed respect for its approach to the market. As a company that has been public for a long time, Oracle has displayed all the warmth of an anaconda. I have friends there, and they are not anacondas, but I hope they know what I mean. Oracle knows its business and it’s making money, and it does it unabashedly, so I can understand criticisms of its pricing model or high maintenance fees. However, another side of the business is coming into sharp focus as the cloud rollout gains momentum.

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The Successful B2B Relationship: It's About Time


Respect is a vital ingredient in any mutually beneficial relationship, and that’s never truer than in the case of business-to-business buyers and sellers. The most elementary way a seller shows a commitment to a healthy customer relationship is through an ongoing display of respect. That doesn’t mean some single, impressive gesture, like giving a potential customer a pricey gift. It means an ongoing respectful relationship, one in which the seller shows an understanding of the buyer’s needs and appreciates the buyer’s approach to meeting them.

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Going Gold – IBM's Mainframe Turns 50


Longevity doesn’t get much respect in the tech industry, partly due to new technologies regularly entering and dominating industries and commercial markets. However, cultural factors play a part, too. Much of IT’s vibrancy results from the startup mindset and youthful employees who willingly embrace crushing 80-hour work weeks for a chance to become millionaires — or billionaires, if Mark Zuckerberg takes a fancy to you. That’s the IT equivalent of winning the lottery, but there’s a form of success that’s far rarer.

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