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“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 is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?“
We’ll make cloud computing announcements. I’m not going to fight this thing. But I don’t understand what we would do differently in the light of cloud computing other than change the wording of some of our ads. That’s my view.”
The above quote is from Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s keynote at the last at Oracle OpenWorld. It was a notable speech, albeit not one to be taken seriously. Some of us made fun of it, we pointed out that for all the Cloudy Cloud-talk Oracle is offering what they call Oracle Cloud Computing Center, and that Ellison is still majority owner of NetSuite, a pure-play SaaS provider.
First, Oracle really is positioning this solution as a true SaaS offering that companies pay for on a monthly subscription basis. The list pricing is $850 per user per month with a minimum of 20 seats (and a set up fee of $5,000).
… coming from an ERP vendor, the pricing appears very attractive.
Of course Jason goes further, diving into the functionality and integration to Oracle ERP – to get the details head over to his blog.
In the meantime, let’s welcome Oracle to the SaaS world. Hey, SAP, anybody home?
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