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Oracle General

How Oracle Weaponizes the US Legal System

Executive Summary

  • Oracle uses the US legal system in a pernicious manner to intimidate customers and to extract far more than they contribute to the system.
  • We analyze how they do this.

Introduction

In the article How Accurate Are Oracle's Criticisms of Rimini Street?, I described how Oracle was using the US courts to try to invalidate a legitimate business...

Will Thomas Kurian Bring Oracle’s Sales Sleaze to Google Cloud?

Executive Summary

  • Thomas Kurian, the head of Oracle Cloud, took the reins at Google Cloud.
  • The WSJ covered Kurian’s plans at Google Cloud. We ask a specific question from this coverage.

Introduction

The Wall Street Journal wrote an article (What’s Been Lacking at Google’s Cloud? Enough Humans), where the WSJ delves into Thomas Kurian’s plans as the recently named head of...

How Appealing is the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem?

Executive Summary

  • Oracle developed a program to push Oracle Cloud for startups specifically.
  • We review the logic of this program.

Introduction

Oracle came up with the idea to increase cloud sales by marketing to startups. This story illustrates both the disorganization within Oracle and a misunderstanding on the part of Oracle regarding Oracle Cloud's capabilities.

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How to Treat Oracle Sales Reps as Passive Order Takers

Executive Summary

  • Customers frequently overestimate the helpfulness of Oracle sales reps.
  • We propose treating Oracle sales reps not as advisors or as a friendly entity but as passive order takers.

Introduction

Oracle sales reps are set up as the go-to source for information about Oracle products, pricing, terms, and conditions. In this article, we will explain why frequent interactions with Oracle...

Teaching Oracle About Hypocrisy on Lock In

Executive Summary

  • Oracle resources have the nerve to talk about the "lock-in" of cloud service providers like AWS.
  • The problem with trying to explain hypocrisy to Oracle resources.

Introduction

Oracle's article titled Amazon and SAP Will Never Get Off the Oracle Database, and Why That's Good News for Them, Matthew O'Keefe proposes that essentially these companies are locked into Oracle.

Companies Cannot...

How Vendors Get Customers To Buy Immature Applications

Executive Summary

  • Vendors consistently push their customers to purchase immature applications.
  • Considering the implications of implementing immature applications.

Introduction

IT buyers often fall into the lab rat trap. They adopt new technology too early and end up with a test lab for vendors and a training course for consultants.

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How to Understand The Central Role of Exadata to Oracle’s Cloud Strategy

Executive Summary

  • Exadata is central to Oracle’s cloud strategy.
  • Learn why this is a severe problem as Oracle is betting on proprietary designs to defeat open source.

Introduction

This article will cover the major modalities of computer hardware.

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SAP and Oracle Versus AWS and GCP

How to Understand Thought Leadership Transition from SAP and Oracle to AWS and Google Cloud

Executive Summary

  • AWS and GCP have taken over thought leadership from SAP and Oracle.
  • What this transition means for the cloud.

Video Introduction: How to Understand Thought Leadership Transition from SAP and Oracle to AWS and Google Cloud

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For a time, Oracle provided a distinctly differentiated product to the market in its Oracle database....

How to Respond to SAP’s Arguments Against AWS and GCP

Executive Summary

  • SAP makes continuous arguments against AWS and GCP.
  • How valid is this argument against the cloud from SAP?

Video Introduction: How to Respond to SAP's Arguments Against AWS and GCP

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  SAP consulting partners usually will only know how to repeat the arguments that come from SAP. SAP consulting partners intend to denigrate both...

How to Respond to Oracle’s Argument on Whether Oracle Can Complete with AWS and Google Cloud With Far Fewer Data Centers?

Executive Summary

  • Does Oracle make a curious argument that Oracle can compete with AWS and Google Cloud with far fewer data centers?
  • How valid is this argument against the cloud from Oracle?

Video Introduction: How to Respond to Oracle's Argument on Whether Oracle Can Complete with AWS and Google Cloud With Far Fewer Data Centers?

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How AWS and Google Cloud Speed the Implementation of SAP and Oracle

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud offer the capabilities to speed implementations for both SAP and Oracle.
  • Using external cloud services is far better for implementation speed versus methodologies.

Video Introduction: How AWS and Google Cloud Speed the Implementation of SAP and Oracle

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Both SAP and Oracle rely upon an ecosystem of consulting partners...

AWS and Google Cloud Versus SAP Cloud with HTTP 2.0

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud are distinct from SAP Cloud in many ways.
  • This article explains the differences regarding HTTP 2.0.

Introduction

SAP Cloud attempts to appear competitive, but under the covers, the SAP Cloud is far behind AWS and GCP. In this article, we will focus on HTTP 2.0.

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AWS and Google Cloud Versus SAP Cloud and Oracle Cloud Containers

Executive Summary

  • AWS and Google Cloud are distinct from SAP Cloud and Oracle Cloud in important ways.
  • This article explains how the cloud innovators differ from SAP and Oracle in the cloud.

Video Introduction: AWS and Google Cloud Versus SAP Cloud and Oracle Cloud Containers

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SAP has been trying to jump on the cloud bandwagon...

How to Understand SAP and Oracle Versus AWS and Google Cloud Pricing

Executive Summary

  • SAP and Oracle have very different pricing than AWS and Google Cloud.
  • This article covers how this pricing is so different and what it means.

Video Introduction: How to Understand SAP and Oracle Versus AWS and Google Cloud Pricing

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AWS and Google Cloud offer good pricing transparency and the ability even to...

Oracle Sales

Preparing Your Mind to Deal with Oracle and Indian Recruiters

Executive Summary

  • Dealing with terrible entities requires preparation of the mind.
  • We cover how to deal with two of the worst entities in software.

Introduction

This article is a response to a question received regarding dealing with swarms of Indian recruiters.
I am an SAP SD Consultant in California. I have been contacted by five different recruiting agencies for a local contract....

What Percentage of Revenues do SAP and Oracle Get from Audits?

Executive Summary

  • Audits are big business for both SAP and Oracle. However, they hide the percentage from customers and Wall Street.
  • In this article, we discuss the percentage of revenues obtained from these audits.

Introduction

Neither SAP nor Oracle can achieve their revenue objectives using reasonable means -- and this is where the software audit comes in. Oracle is taking the...

How Accurate is Oracle’s Mark Hurd?

Executive Summary

  • Mark Hurd displays weak arguments in his articles.
  • Let us see what his article on a defensive mindset; IT says about his concern for accuracy.

Introduction

Mark Hurd of Oracle wrote the article How to Ditch the Defensive Mindset in Business Technology on April 18, 2019. This article showed features of being written by someone with very average intelligence. We...

The Ready to Use Oracle Sales Script for Cloud

Executive Summary

  • This sales script is to help Oracle salespeople, so they don't have to think.
  • This sales script was developed after countless interactions with Oracle resources.

Introduction

As a person who debates Oracle resources, I feel as if I can provide a reasonable facsimile of their trenchant commentary. See an example in this following quotation.

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Why is Advisement from Oracle Consulting Companies so Dishonest?

Executive Summary

  • There are plenty of firms that perform Oracle advisement, but the advice ends up being rigged due to financial incentives.
  • Large companies use advisement to provide advice that leads to other businesses.

Introduction

Many consulting companies provide advice and perform anything from software selection assistance to supporting various analytical initiatives. However, none of the larger and very few...

Oracle Database

Larry Ellison on SAP and Salesforce Paying Oracle for DB Licenses

Executive Summary

  • Larry Ellison enjoyed observing how SAP, Salesforce, and Workday pay large amounts of money for Oracle database licenses.
  • We cover how PostgresSQL is an Oracle replacement.

Introduction to Oracle’s’s Outrageous Statements

On Jun. 17, 2015, Business Insider published the article Larry Ellison: SAP and Salesforce pay Oracle a LOT of money. In this article, we will review the article for...

SQL Server is About to Pass Oracle as the Most Popular Database

Executive Summary

  • According to DB-Engines, a site that ranks the popularity of databases, MySQL and SQL Server are about to pass Oracle as the most popular databases.
  • The decline in Oracle’s database will cause a decrease in purchases of add-on applications and negatively impact its overall profitability.

Introduction: The Logic for a Changing...

How Accurate Was Bob Evans on Oracle’s 2018 Q4 Being Due to the Autonomous Database?

Executive Summary

  • Bob Evans runs a PR firm that promoted the idea of Oracle gaining traction with the autonomous database.
  • We review the accuracy of this article.

Introduction

This article we will review was a paid placement by Oracle on a website called Cloud Wars. It was paid for by Oracle. Let us see how much of it is true or...

What Percentage of Oracle Customers are on What Oracle Database Version?

Executive Summary

  • What percentage of Oracle database customers are on which version of their database?
  • We cover the implications of these percentages for Oracle customers.

Introduction

Oracle has been introducing increasingly sophisticated versions of its flagship database products in the past few years. Garnering little attention in the technology press, unfortunately, is the resistance of many large enterprises to migrate to those...

How Accurate Are SAP and Oracle on Using One Giant Database?

Executive Summary

  • Both SAP and Oracle have proposed that their customers place all data for applications and analytics on one of their database instances.
  • How accurate are the claims of the benefits of such a design?

Introduction

In the article Exadata and data consolidation, the breakthrough towards successful transformation! Published on April 28, 2019, Oracle re-proposed the concept of a single...

Forbes Allows SAP to Vent Against the Oracle Autonomous Database for Money

Executive Summary

  • SAP paid Forbes to allow it to run an editorial as if it were an article.
  • SAP finally found something it thinks is false, the Oracle autonomous database.

Introduction

SAP has an eight-year history of lying about HANA. And SAP resources take great offense to being called out as lying. In fact, many SAP resources defend lying as exaggerating...

Why is AWS a Bigger Threat to Oracle than SAP and Microsoft?

Executive Summary

  • Oracle has long-term competition from SAP and Microsoft.
  • Find out why AWS is the biggest threat of all to Oracle.

Introduction

Oracle is obsessed with AWS. Over the past couple of years, Oracle’s marketing machine has been completely fixated on Amazon’s cloud business. I knew something was up when Larry used most of his hour-long keynote at Open World...

Forecasting Statistically

What is Statistical Forecasting?

Executive Summary

  • A statistical forecast is a distinct way of creating a forecast.
  • We cover what it is and why they are called statistical.

Introduction

What is statistical forecasting is a common question.

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Most statistical forecasts, in developed countries at least, are generated by systems. They are the...

What is a Forecasting Method?

Executive Summary

  • Understanding a what is a forecasting method is critical to understanding statistical forecasting.
  • We cover how to differentiate a forecasting method from a model.

Introduction

The question of what is a forecasting method is a relatively common question around forecasting. For this article, we will limit our topic of statistical forecasts. See our references for this article and related articles at...

How to Get Around The Problems with Forecasting in SAP ERP

Executive Summary

  • Few companies use forecasting functionality in SAP ERP.
  • We cover how this functionality can be used by performing external forecasting analysis.

Video Introduction: The Infrequently Used Forecasting in SAP ERP

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For anyone focused on advanced planning, the forecasting functionality in ERP is so limited that there often seems to...

How to Understand Best Fit Forecast Model Selection

Executive Summary

  • We cover best-fit functionality in how it works and the implementation steps in best-fit.
  • Why the best fit historical accuracy is lower than generally proposed.

Video Introduction: How to Understand Best Fit Forecast Model Selection

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Best fit forecasting is a procedure within most supply chain forecasting applications. It is a procedure that:
  • Compares...

Getting Around the US Government’s Fake Economic Statistics

Executive Summary

  • Why is a causal forecasting a missed opportunity?
  • How to get the right data for causal economic forecasting?

Introduction

One of the missed opportunities in forecasting I have discussed in the past is using macroeconomic trends to adjust forecasts. This type of adjustment would be performed at the top-level of the hierarchy, and in fact, could be done for all...

How to Make Sense of The Natural Confusion with Alpha Beta Gamma

Executive Summary

  • The jargon-heavy core statistical forecasting parameters known as “Alpha, Beta, and Gamma” could just as easily be called by the more descriptive names of “Base Factor, Trend Factor, and Seasonality Factor.” 

Video Introduction: Translating Alpha, Beta & Gamma

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The jargon-heavy core statistical forecasting parameters known as “Alpha,...

The Missed Opportunity of Causal Forecasting?

Executive Summary

  • Causal forecasting is a method of forecasting based upon tying the forecast to a variable.
  • Causal forecasting is little used in statistical forecasting.

What Is Causal Forecasting?

Causal forecasting is forecasting one value by another value. There are various forms of complexity concerning causal forecasting. However, the most simple mathematical explanation is the following:

Forecasted Variable =...

Oracle ERP Cloud

How to Understanding Oracle ERP Cloud Invoicing

Executive Summary

  • In this article, we cover some common areas of Oracle ERP Cloud invoicing.

Introduction

In this article, we will cover some basic topics around Oracle ERP Cloud invoicing. Oracle ERP Cloud has a great deal of functionality in invoicing, and this is just coverage of a few important areas.

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How Much Have Oracle and SAP ERP Mislead on Speeding the Month End Closing Process?

Executive Summary

  • Oracle and SAP have both sold their ERP systems based on a much faster month-end closing process.
  • We analyze how accurate these vendors have been on this topic.

Introduction

For whatever reason, both SAP and Oracle promised far faster a month-end closing process to their ERP customers. These claims have not born themselves out on SAP or...

The Realities of Upgrading and Updates for SAP S4HANA and Oracle Cloud ERP

Executive Summary

  • Upgrades for cloud ERP applications are not very straightforward.
  • Not all vendors are equal in the Cloud.
*Disclaimer. This article makes statements that apply to SAP S/4HANA Cloud and Oracle Cloud ERP. It does not generalize to NetSuite (an acquired cloud ERP by Oracle) or SAP’s acquired cloud applications....

SAP and Oracle Support

The Inventory Production Demand Report Booster

Executive Summary

  • This article explains a Booster related to the production demand.
  • We cover the fields and what the Booster does.

Introduction

The Inventory Production Demand Report uses PPDS to evaluate days supply outside of interactive planning.

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This report is a robust and flexible method of viewing...

The Supply Chain Model Graphical Display (SDP94) Booster

Executive Summary

  • The SAP APO Supply Chain Engineer is a highly problematic tool.
  • Our Booster provides a way to graphically display the Supply Chain Model of a Product in APO.

Introduction

Supply Planners often need to check a host of transactions to verify the supply chain model of a product at a Location, usually...

The SAP APO Master Data Mass Maintenance Booster

Executive Summary

  • The MASSD and WUF T-Code provides a minimal set of functions and capabilities for maintenance and review of Master Data.
  • Our Booster provides an exhaustive set of capabilities for maintenance and review of Master Data in SAP APO.

Introduction

The MASSD interface is fundamentally limited in the sense that one can only change a set of...

The APO Analytical Demand Planning with Navigational Attributes Booster

Executive Summary

  • In APO, demand planners are often unable to make a distinction between the products in terms of its importance to the Business, especially when there are too many SKUs.
  • We cover how our Booster improves this.

Introduction

Creative use of Navigational Attributes can help demand planners get more insights into the nature...

The APO ATP Booster Alternative to the GATP Rules Based ATP Check

Executive Summary

  • SAP’s ATP functionality is tough to manage.
  • We cover an alternative to the GATP ATP check.

Introduction

The following is a brief list of the common problems with the GATP Rules Based ATP check.

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  • The Rules Based ATP check requires maintenance of...

The Booster for Central Maintenance of Authorizations and Roles in SAP APO

Executive Summary

  • Maintaining master data in APO is a headache for APO customers.
  • This article lays out the problems and how to account for these issues.

Introduction

Maintaining Authorization Activities and Roles is a high maintenance activity. The Authorization Objects and values have no documentation from SAP. Making Authorization Maintenance guesswork, wasting valuable consulting time. Roles in APO continue to be grossly...

The Planning Master Data Evaluation Booster

Executive Summary

  • Maintaining master data in APO is a headache for APO customers.
  • This article lays out the problems and how to account for these issues.

Introduction

Master data issues hold back nearly all APO projects that have experience working with or to which we have had exposure. In this article, we will cover the common master data issues with APO, as...