Oracle World Thomas Kurian Keynote

October 13, 2009 at 9:13 pm | Posted in Oracle | Leave a comment

Integration is good.  But you can’t really demo it.  Thomas’s keynote was a runthrough of the wonders of vertical integration, from UI down through applications, database, and (for the database appliance) even hardware.  When all your systems can work together and speak to each other, wonderful things can happen. 

The problem is that integration is not a yes/no question, but a matter of difficulty.  A systems integrator could also show how a dozen different systems can produce miracles when integrated properly.  Of course, it would cost a lot more to do it that way.  But short of showing the check in the demo, that part doesn’t come across.

There are also two issues that have always prevented integration nirvana.  One is that few organizations start from scratch, so you need to integrate with another vendor’s products at some point.  Second is that mitigating vendor risk is often accomplished by spreading one’s IT eggs across many baskets.

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