If you are lucky, and curious enough, Oracle can be the best place to learn
the enterprise software market. I have worked at Oracle for about seven years
and, in my entire career, it is where I have learned the most about
enterprise software. When Oracle announced it was buying Sun, I was actually
not that surprised, and I thought it was to be expected after the IBM escape.
Oracle is in a self-fulfilling prophecy to consolidate the enterprise
software market and, after IBM turned down what could have been a great match
for open source and Java, Oracle had to jump in. Larry Ellison and Safra Catz
are great market strategists, and Sun should have been on their radar for a
long time. Larry has also been good friends with Scott McNealy, and this
topic must have come up many times over the years.
Anyway, now that this merger is almost done, the big question everybody has... (more)
Ok, so, here are my thoughts on Ulitzer...
As a blogger, I focus on traffic and I spend quite a lot of time optimizing
Since the target audience of my articles is much greater than the reach of my
blog, Ulitzer is actually helping me increase my content reach.
Moreover, Ulitzer does it in a very fair way since links back to my posts or
other locations are without the evil "nofollow" - providing a nice SEO boost.
It also gives me some good metrics that are very useful data points on the
effectiveness of my blog articles.
And last but not least, it allows my article to appear... (more)
Mysterious, comforting, scary, and attractive are all possible adjectives to
describe a cloud. Interestingly enough, this is true of all kinds of clouds,
from the meteorological to the computing. During the last few years, we have
a seen a proliferation of clouds forming from every corner of the Internet.
Nowadays, it is very rare to see any Internet technology presentation without
at least a few clouds.
So is cloud computing simply vaporware, or something tangible?
While the name might be “buzzy”, cloud computing is in fact a real
phenomenon and does create great technological ... (more)
At JavaOne, Larry Ellison has made some very encouraging statements about
Oracle’s commitments to Java, JavaFX, and the mobile developer market. It
is certainly good news that Oracle (i.e., Larry) sees the significance of the
Java platform in its integrality. However, there are many misunderstandings
about the relationship between Java, JavaFX, and Android that even confuse
the new Java owner. Here are some clarifications.
1) JavaFX is NOT Java
Obviously, from a marketing standpoint, JavaFX is branded as Java; however,
technically JavaFX is a language by itself, which happens to be... (more)
In the software industry, and probably in other industries as well, there are
two types of startups: the scale-first type and the monetize-first type
(sometimes called lifestyle business). Any organization needs to eventually
do both, but in the beginning, a startup needs to decide to focus on scale or
monetization. Seesmic and Balsamiq are great 2008 examples of each type of
For those who do not know yet, Seesmic is a typical Web 2.0 Silicon Valley
startup, with a famous founder, a vision to revolutionize something on the
Internet (in this case video conversation), ... (more)