Monday, April 20, 2009

First thoughts on Sun/Oracle

Wow. There's a lot to consider here. On the macro level, I can't see this as a bad thing for Oracle. A hardware stack, ownership of Java, Solaris...

On the other hand, there would appear to be some significant overlap, databases, ERP, IdM...

I think there's going to be a lot of CIOs, CFOs and CEOs who are going to be looking at where they should go now. Taking a very high level look from the IAM/ERP perspective, is this the right time to ditch the current infrastructure and:
  • Embrace their ERP vendor and solidify the environment
  • Embrace their OS vendor and get everything on one OS
  • Embrace their hardware vendor and get everything on one platform
  • Embrace Open Source and junk the whole corporate nightmare
  • Embrace individual point solutions and get best of breed solutions

There's lots of ways to look at this. The one thing I know for sure is that it's way too early to make any determinations. I agree with Jackson Shaw's thoughts on this in that it is indeed a dog's breakfast and will take at least 18 months to figure out. Also kudos to him for coming up with a quick and witty one liner to describe the situation.

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