old DEC, new Oracle

The news that Oracle is to acquire Sun Microsystems sent my mind back over 10 years to a company I used to work for that had many of the attributes that the new Oracle/Sun business will have.

I am referring to DEC, aka Digital Equipment Corp, aka Digital. Look at what Digital had and what Oracle will now have:

Technology DEC Oracle
Relational database Rdb Oracle
Operating system VMS Solaris
Middleware MessageQ BEA
Hardware VAX Sun

There was a belief about Digital that it became too difficult to manage so many different technologies, and that contributed to the company’s demise. So I can’t help wondering how Oracle will manage.

The difference between the two is that Digital developed its products through innovation, Oracle has been getting them by acquisition.


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