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ZDNet: Oracle's Jarvis: Unplugged--But Not Unarmed

Nov 14, 2002, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Farber)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"As OracleWorld transpires this week, Oracle Chief Marketing Officer Mark Jarvis hopes to give Microsoft some grief with version 2 of the Oracle Collaboration Suite. In addition, Jarvis is calling OracleWorld a Linux festival, and touts the cost benefits of Linux/Intel solutions over Wintel and Unix platforms.

"The sniping by tech titans does provide some bit of color in an industry full of acronyms and technical jargon, but in the end buyers are more interested in which companies are the best partners and provide product solutions with a measurable ROI advantage.

"If it turns out that migrating from Microsoft Exchange to Oracle Collaboration Suite delivers the goods, then Oracle deserves crowing rights. It is the nature of this competitive industry to play a continuous game of leapfrog until someone drops out of the game. If beating Microsoft is what motivates Oracle to offer more value in its products, and the end result is bringing more benefit to customers, so be it. But I don't think Microsoft will stand by while Oracle or the open-source movement tries to eat its lunch..."

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