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Oracle in the Cloud


According to IDG News Service, “Oracle is now the industry’s second-largest SaaS vendor after” As well, “Oracle is also seeing traction increase for its cloud ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software, adding 120 new customers in the fourth quarter alone”.

This was news to us, so I contacted Oracle directly to get the inside scoop on their ERP cloud offering. Oracle Fusion has been rebranded as Oracle ERP Cloud and there are a couple of hundred implementations across North America with many new opportunities keeping the Oracle sales team hopping. Oracle ERP Cloud is so far targeted to organizations providing professional services, financial services, construction and engineering. Later the system will also include functionality for manufacturers.

Oracle has now jumped on the cloud not only to compete with other cloud vendors but also because it is a more profitable method of software delivery. They won’t make as much at the start of an implementation but will more than make up for it as the years roll by and the annual payments pour in through the clouds.


Microsoft and to link wares in global partnership


May 29, 2014 from Computerworld – “Microsoft and have become corporate buddies, pledging to integrate their flagship products in what they’re calling a “global, strategic partnership.”

The agreement calls for’s CRM (customer-relationship-management) software to be integrated with Microsoft’s Windows OS, Azure cloud computing platform and Office suite, the companies said Thursday…”

180 View – If Salesforce and Microsoft can become partners, there should be hope for world peace. Or are there other forces at work? One possibility is that the various divisions/profit centres at Microsoft don’t need to worry so much about their colleagues in another division when making deals which indicates a lack of a cohesive Microsoft strategy. It could also be just a case of projected revenues – Microsoft has more to gain financially with the Salesforce deal. Another theory is that Microsoft has given Salesforce a Trojan horse.