re: Salesforce, Benioff Must Beware Oracle's Embrace
I can only assume that this deal was purely business on Salesforce's part. In other words, they got a discount on Oracle products and Oracle promises to help send customer's their way. Costs go down and revenue goes up, which means profit goes up, too. That's important to the stockholders and the board. I agree and suspect they will offer private cloud deployments, too. Good analysis, my customer-side view of things agrees with what you wrote. That said, I too would have liked to see Salesforce instead announce use of a different database technology and either partnering with other "cloudies" or buying/merging with one or two. Would have been better for the market. Too bad Larry was on the BOD otherwise things might have gone differently. I prefer an Oracle that has to scramble and do things like reduce prices and/or make better software, actually compete on product price/performance instead of salesman ability. While we're at it, I really hope they'll fix things with Java, bummed that it's taking such a beating and the tech is getting stagnant.