Analysts believe Oracle could be having problems

Oracle is a company which has led a very up-and-down past. Actions perpetrated by the company have been vilified in the past, although this is a recurring theme for many giant corporations. For whatever reason though, Oracle has always reserved a special spot in people's list of disliked companies. Now, it seems Oracle had better get itself ready for some more close scrutiny from analysts.

Something at the company doesn't add up. Reuters feels the same way. Back in December, Oracle set a record for itself: it was the first time in a decade they missed earnings estimates. They blamed an unpredictable global economy. Granted, the economic climate is quite unstable at the moment, so that does make sense - but evidence is mounting that the economy is not the only thing challenging Oracle's position in the market.

The company lost a valuable partner in Hewlett-Packard, and their long-time rival SAP is slowly gaining more traction. Oracle's hardware business, Sun Microsystems, was bought in 2010 for $5.6 billion. Now, there are beliefs Sun is becoming a pain in Oracle's sides, with declining sales figures causing the company further issues and difficulties. Pressure from SAP is mounting as well, since they also produce database software, which has historically been Oracle's main strength.

It makes sense Oracle may have run into economic issues last year, but none of their competitors reported the same misses in their earnings. Oracle's next quarterly results are scheduled for March 20th, but opinions from the industry aren't going too well for the company. Nomura Securities analyst Rick Sherlund said: "Oracle is a company with some issues right now."

Sun's acquisition in 2010 could be one of several issues plaguing the company since. While it means Sun Microsystems now ties even more closely with Oracle it could also cause further competition and rivalry, since the company placed itself in direct competition with the hardware sellers that helped make Oracle strong in the first place. Almost a year ago now, the company also made the choice to drop OpenOffice. The software could have acted as free promotion for Oracle and Sun, but the company's future could change in just four days' time.

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Although I find the article's promotion of SAP over Oracle somewhat disturbing too! SAP has got to be The Emperor's New Clothes of the software industry! It costs a absolute fortune and you're essentially buying nothing particularly special above and beyond adherence to the concept of modular ERP. Once you've bought it you immediately have to customise it at which point you are introduced to the weird and wonderful world of ABAP - it's at this point you realise you've just been sold a pipe dream. ABAP is essentially carrying a lot of the spaghetti coding 'feel' of COBOL. Recently they tried to re-jig it to bring in object-orientation to try to meet the needs of the modern developer but it's a car crash - no elegance like C++, Java, or C#. The concepts of relational integrity that you would expect to find in a normal relational database supporting an operational system are non-existent too which inevitably makes for very very broken data within your average SAP installation... It's a joke. SAP have been desperately trying to re-jig their software to work well in hosted cloud environments over the last few years and have been failing miserably at it because their oroduct is carrying 20 years worth of horrific baggage. No ... Make no mistake... Buying SAP is not about buying good well-designed modern software... It's about buying a membership card to an exclusive millionares club.

This is what happens when you kill off products that don't appear to be making money for you directly such as, the community version of OpenSolaris etc. Customers want complete solutions from software companies - Microsoft get it, IBM get it, HP get it but unfortunately Oracle like Sun still don't get it and quite frankly given the power of the reality distortion field at Oracle I'm not surprised the sh-t is hitting the fan.

You forgot to mention the split over Jenkins! You don't think this has something to do with nosql and commodity hardware out-moding their pricey hardware/ database...

This will hopefully set ZFS free and Apple finally gets a deal on it.
HFS is aging, I'd love the more mature ZFS.

Probably one of the few things they still get right.


Oracle have been in decline for years. They have a really great database engine... Granted. But all their other products are just the biggest pile of ****. They made a mistake over a decade ago whenever they chose to promote the J2EE route where they immediately suffered from lack of ECMA standardisation around Java. Hence, their developer tools are just clunky and horrible. Used to be a time whenever Oracle Forms was comparable to VB6, and Sql Server 6.5 sucked. Let's fast-forward to 2012. Microsoft SQL Server today and it's surrounding development suite leaves Oracle standing in terms of total-cost-of-ownership, performance, security, and very importantly developer and analyst productivity. Microsoft has continually improved and invested in its own competing technologies and made sure to cover all the smaller gaps like allowing ECMA to standardise c#, and provide unified database and application developer tools while Oracle has been drifting with little or no clear direction. Oracle buying Sun Microsystems has been a disaster. Their treatment of MySql at the outset was pretty woeful too. I was sitting yesterday hacking a tnsnames.ora file to get connections opened up to Oracle from SSIS and it occurred to me that the process is just as glitchy and clunky as it was back in 2007 when I was doing the same thing via Microsoft Access 2007 and an ODBC connection. Their developer experience sucks while their competitors have just gone from strength to strength. Oracle is a lumbering old dinosaur staring up at a sky full of falling meteors!

If oracle does fail, I don't think anyone's likely to miss much; an extremely overpriced insecure system resource intensive database system with stupid propietry syntax commands...

n_K said,
If oracle does fail, I don't think anyone's likely to miss much; an extremely overpriced insecure system resource intensive database system with stupid propietry syntax commands...

aw you don't like PLSQL?.... I always hated Oracle when inner joins had to be done with astrix on the table name... think that was 6i when that was the syntax? its been a while