#Oracle cutting in inspiration and new business?


Over the many years Oracle has been leading the database world, I guess they are now taking something of a wrong turn.
Let me briefly fill you in on my thoughts.

Basically I see two “minor” shifts that are significantly indicative of this:

  1. Oracle Standard Edition 2
  2. Oracle ACE Program

Okay, so you might think I am crazy, but let me try to explain.

Oracle Standard Edition 2

Sometime last year, the long expected, anticipated…, dreaded perhaps even, change to the Oracle database licensing strategy was there.

Oracle Standard Edition (SE) and Oracle Standard Edition One (SE1) licenses were addressed.
There was A LOT of debate on this, I mean, A LOT. Discussions which ran all the way back to HQ, and were driven by passionate people inside and outside of Oracle, inside and outside of the Oracle community… To no avail.

It had been very clear for quite a long time that the SE / SE1 strategy was nothing short of unsustainable inside the Oracle licensing realm. Even though, Oracle SE and SE1 enabled many projects and customers to adopt the phenomenal Oracle technology for their projects. It has some limitations, but with smart thinking and smart planning, a lot of projects could be run with Oracle SE(1). “I am such a good DBA, I can even do it with Oracle Standard Edition!”
Alas, we now have Oracle Standard Edition 2 (SE2) with a new and upgraded price of US 17k (!!) making this solution rather out of the question for many of the projects meant in the above. Please note that SE1 already was a significant investment for some of the projects I have learned to know over the years in regions as the Baltics and Africa.
Yes, of course, I know you can do all of this “In the cloud”. But with the limitation that there are hardly any CSPs (Cloud Service Providers 😉 that enable you to make use of the “cheaper” Oracle license. If you want to leverage your local cloud vendor (mind my word-choice here) it’s BYOL (Bring Your Own License) and, voila, you’re done in for anyway.

Hence, the first significant “shift” in Oracle’s span of attention for new business, creativity and growth…

Oracle ACE Program

More recently there was also a change in the Oracle ACE Program. Which has also led to much debate. But… that bit of the change I am not referring too, I am referring to the bit that does not affect me directly…

Oracle has a small number of very highly appreciated and “industry leading” community advocates called “Oracle ACE Directors”. These people not only have a deep knowledge of everything that is happening in this corner “of the industry”, but are also very passionate about sharing this knowledge. Sharing with Oracle Users, sharing with stakeholders within the Oracle organization, basically, with everyone with a hunger for knowledge around the technology.

For this, these Directors had a few privileges. When the invested their time and their energy in traveling this globe to share, Oracle would support them in some of their travel expenses. This always had the air of “wow, they are paid”. Believe me, it was bare minimal support, just a flying ticket and a hotel-bed to a previously approved conference, when they actually were accepted to do a talk. Nothing shiny, nothing business-classy…

Until now. With the changes to the system, also these modest privileges for the Directors have seized to be.

There was my second significant “shift” in Oracle’s span of attention for new business, creativity and growth…

It has me worried… I should not worry, as it does not affect my day-to-day business… yet.

Albeit we have this cool tech, with PL/SQL, with APEX, with all the features, options and what not, to create solutions that could really better the word (I also firmly believe this).

Oracle is just closing this door, and my toes were still in the doorway, so that hurts.

This was my rant, hope it helps.


5 thoughts on “#Oracle cutting in inspiration and new business?

  1. Hi Jan,

    Happy New Year to you, my friend!

    I’m curious, to what change in the ACE program are you referring? What door is Oracle closing?

    Best regards, Stew

    1. Hi Stew,
      Happy New Year to you too!!
      The change I am referring too, as described, is the cutting of the travel expenses for ACED’s. This will significantly limit them in their contributions to Oracle conferences around the world.
      Best regards, Jan

  2. Hi Jan

    Happy New Year
    Where have you read about the change in ACED support? What I hear is that more and more advocacy programs will come

    Best wishes
    Horia

    1. Hi Horia,
      Happy New Year to you too!!
      The changes in the ACED support I have learned from first hand, and though it doesn’t affect me personally, immediately. This will limit the possibilities of an ACED to share their passion, I guess.
      Advocacy programs are usually vendor-driven and do not resonate within the community as much as the independent vision that the ACE-program always stood for.
      Happy to share a beer discussing this, though!
      Cheers,
      Jan

  3. Hi Jan – nice article. I agree with you that what Oracle has done with SE and the ACE program will both reduce the appeal of Oracle to customers.
    SE2 is now more expensive and a little more constrained, so it will appeal less to the smaller customers that used it. I suspect the bean counters in Oracle looked at the direct revenue it generates compared to EE and decided it was both trivial and not as “good” for them. So they changed it. I suspect they expect all the small customers to move to cloud services, but Oracle just don’t seem to be able to get that right.

    As for the ACE Director program, I’m on it and have not left the program like some have. However, I currently care very little about it. The funding for travel/hotels was theoretically nice but other than for OOW, its quite a bit of admin effort to get it and now it is strictly limited to those doing cloud advocacy. There have been other changes that push us towards cloud advocacy, ie being an unpaid marketing team for them. I don’t like feeling like I’m being used to do marketing. It’s not stopping me doing the conferences and stuff but I have to question where the program is going.

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