Should Oracle Create the Larry Ellison Institute to Counter the Hasso Plattner Institute?

Executive Summary

  • The Hasso Plattner Institute is routinely used to support SAP’s marketing contentions.
  • How valid is the concept of vendor-controlled institutes on university campuses?


Hasso Plattner created the Hasso Plattner Institute years ago at the University of Potsdam in Germany. Through this institute, he now is a “professor of computer science” even though he has no degrees in computer science. He also has a fake or honorary PhD from the University of Potsdam.

This means that the University of Potsdam is one of the only universities in the world to have a professor “working” there who’s PhD is honorary. In the article How Accurate Was Hasso Plattner About SAP HANA Publications? we pointed out that Hasso Plattner has moved on to what appears to be the final stage of academic falsification by to pointing to fictitious peer-reviewed research to support various contentions around HANA, that were reviewed by his Hasso Plattner Institute.

Hasso claimed that 200+ peer-reviewed publications supported the statistics and assertions made in this slide. 

How Oracle Can Copy the HPI with the Larry Ellison Institute

What is the point of an entity connected to an academic institution that is used to generate PR and marketing support for a software vendor? What I recommend is that Larry Ellison start up the Larry Ellison Institute (LEI), and it with enough money, Larry Ellison can also become a professor of computer science and can then refer to fictitious 200+ peer-reviewed studies about the autonomous database and 200+ peer-reviewed studies how you can cut your AWS costs in half if you use Oracle as we covered in Calling Total BS on Oracle’s “Cut Your AWS Bill in Half”​ Guarantee.

The HPI is a degree-conferring entity (the University of Potsdam confers the degree as they have the charter), that can only publish research that supports SAP’s marketing contentions. AWS can then start up the Jeff Besoz Institute (JBI) that says Larry Ellison is wrong…..and so on. We could have a conflicted “institute” for every significant entity in software, all pretending to be part of the academic system, all pointing to fictitious research.

Theranos and Faking Peer-Reviewed Studies

Here is the published paper that describes how the Theranos blood testing machine worked.

Notice that the paper is focused on a product rather than performing a test. This paper is a fraud.

Look at all of those parts! Theranos spent 13 years and $900 million on private investment on a machine that any person well versed in the topic of blood diagnostics could have known would not work before the company was started. But with a failing machine, Theranos needed some academic type of authority. And hence this paper was published. Elizabeth Holmes and those that wrote this study knew that it was a misrepresentation, but they went ahead and published it, and then referred to it later. 

The blood machine never worked, but this paper was repeatedly referred to by Theranos to investors and the press. I believe this journal where the article was published is a journal posing as an academic journal and will publish anything for money.

Some journals act as parasites on the academic publication system by pretending to be part of the system.


Financial conflicts ruin research. The more software vendors that create institutes associated with universities, the less reliable will be the information produced by the university system. The experiences with medical research have clearly demonstrated that corporate funding of education and research is entirely corrosive to objectivity. We now have a medical system in the US that is in great part controlled by pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

The Problem: A Lack of Fact-Checking of SAP

There are two fundamental problems around SAP. The first is the exaggeration of SAP, which means that companies that purchased SAP end up getting far less than they were promised. The second is that the SAP consulting companies simply repeat whatever SAP says. This means that on virtually all accounts there is no independent entity that can contradict statements by SAP.

Being Part of the Solution: Fact-Checking SAP and Consulting Firms

We can provide feedback from multiple SAP accounts that provide realistic information around SAP products — and this reduces the dependence on biased entities like SAP and all of the large SAP consulting firms that parrot what SAP says. We offer fact-checking services that are entirely research-based and that can stop inaccurate information dead in its tracks. SAP and the consulting firms rely on providing information without any fact-checking entity to contradict the information they provide.

If you need independent advice and fact-checking that is outside of the SAP and SAP consulting system, reach out to us with the messenger to the bottom right of the page.

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