Sometime in the next two years, three at the most, Oracle will acquire Salesforce.com. These two masters of PR really are friends and mutual admirers. In one of my long-ago conversations with Larry Ellison, we talked of Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle. In it, the emperor and his best friend have a stagnate society. To get things jump started again, the emperor (Ellison in this analogy) suggests to his best friend (Benioff) that the friend start a "religion of meaningless lies." The emperor will declare practice of the new religion a crime punishable by death (wink, wink). The friend agrees, starts the religion, and Voila! Suddenly they don't have a stagnate society anymore.If this data exhaust says anything, it confirms a much bigger game is afoot. Time has passed. But three years won't be up until October 11, 2014 (about a year and a quarter). Stay tuned.
I bring up this analogy, because two masters of the game are having some very public fun. So get some popcorn and enjoy the show.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Data Exhaust Prediction: Oracle Will Acquire Salesforce.com.
The press conference where the two charter members of my Cyber Privateer Fantasy League, Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff, explain why Oracle and Salesforce.com are combining for a "limited reconnaissance in force" (ie, tabling their rivalry for world domination to project joint power - see story here) is taking place as I write this. One thing no media maven has reported is the undercurrent of genuine friendship and mutual admiration that exists between Ellison and his protege Benioff. And one thing that NOBODY BUT ME is suggesting is the acquisition of Salesforce.com by Oracle. I predicted this on October 11, 2011 (see my post here). Quoting myself:
Posted by Destroying Angel at 6/26/2013 03:55:00 PM