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“University of Oracle” Red Herring Cover

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I was sure the goofiest picture of me that would ever hit the press was in Fortune on November 13, 2000. I was seated behind Larry Ellison in the center-spread. Only problem was I looked like an adviser-turned-alien.

Well, I was wrong. Here I am 4th from the left (and trying to look cool) on the cover of Monday’s Red Herring. :)

It admit it was fun sneaking onto Oracle HQ to do the shoot. And it was a blast talking, even if for a few minutes, with other “graduates.”

To be sure, Oracle has produced a lot of talent over the years. It’s nice to be in such good company, even if a little pressure “to do great things” comes with it.

And just in case you’re wondering, I didn’t get advance copy of the article. So I’ll be understandably anxious this weekend as I wait to see whether anything I said seems to make sense in print.

Have a great wknd!

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Written by Dave Stephens

10/6/06 6:49 PM at 6:49 pm

Posted in Coupa

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  1. The article link above talks about vAudit’s decision to use Oracle over an open source alternative. And vAudit’s decision may make sense. Businesses value “1 throat to choke”. But then there’s Red Hat for Linux and mySQL for database. Support is available & less expensive than Oracle. So it goes back to product & what meets your requirements. You could build your products on a closed source stack if there was no other way.. But open source keeps right on chipping away. Why didn’t vAudit use Microsoft? After all, then the O/S, development tools, and database would all be supported by a single firm…

    Dave Stephens

    10/9/06 2:03 PM at 2:03 pm


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