Thursday, February 14, 2013

Fused to the Graveyard

Antone Gonsalves over at Readwrite has a good writeup of a new Forrester report on Oracle.  Apparently, its acquired customers from JD Edwards, Peoplesoft, Siebel, etc., aren't lining up to spend more money and take more risk on upgrading to the new Fusion Apps:

Forrester's numbers are sobering. The survey of Oracle clients found 65% had no plans to move to Fusion Applications and another 24% were on the fence.

Dang, an 11% success rate.  Well, at least the customers are happy with the value they're getting from their beloved vendor.  Oh, wait:

Making matters worse, Oracle is in danger of losing business from some of its customers. Forrester found 29% of the companies it polled were planning to move to another vendor's SaaS product or packaged application. The main reasons for their unhappiness with Oracle were high licensing costs, high maintenance costs and difficulty in upgrading.

What to do, if you're Oracle?  Keep buying.


  1. Haven't they done the same thing with MySQL.... instead of competing, buy and then slowly kill it

  2. As a PostgreSQL partisan, I'm inclined to agree with you. Of course, it was Sun that originally acquired MySQL, presumably for different purposes...

    Interesting to see that several Linux distros have replaced MySQL with the MariaDB fork started by MySQL co-founder Monty Widenius.

  3. and it also includes LibreOffice