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Is Oracle spreading itself too thin?

I came across an article by Edmon Begoli at ITtoolbox entitled Oracle is Spreading Itself Too Thin. The conclusion of the article states:

I am afraid that Oracle will find itself in a position where their market share will just shrink due to their over-reaching product line. In their core competencies they will find DB2 and open source databases catching up with them, and taking away the data base space, and in the other areas they will have hard time keeping up with a more focused competition (Novell, IBM, Microsoft, SAP).

Certainly, Oracle is going to have its hands full with Project Fusion over the next couple of years so they will to have to ensure there is a strategy in place to maintain and build their competitive advantage. What do you think? I’d be interested to hear your comments and have your votes in the poll.

Posted by Richard Byrom on 06/06 at 07:41 PM
  1. Couldn’t the same argument be made of Microsoft?  They also have a large product offering, and don’t exactly have the best track record for quality control and bug free software.

    Oracle was also (and still is) my first professional skill.  Although I’d agree that the breadth of even just the database has increased significantly since my first exposure (6.0.36 in 1989), I’d argue that the expansion has been the result of requirements from Oracle’s customer base and the evolution of the software industry. 

    Oracle has had to move into other areas as the database market matured.  Microsoft (and others) have done the same, expanding from operating systems, to office suites, even into the ERP space.  Fusion will certainly keep our friends at Oracle busy, but if they do their jobs correctly it will ensure the success of not only the ERP product, but also the ongoing success of the database and tools.  By integrating them all together, Oracle is attempting to ensure customers at multiple levels.

    Posted by Michael Siebert  on  06/06  at  10:10 PM

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