This morning I read this post about Oracle Cloud from Tuula Fai.
What really annoys me about this post is I was at Oracle OpenWorld (about 3 years ago) when Larry was on stage telling us that Cloud was a meaningless fad. Fast forward to OOW 2012 and it would be easy to believe that Oracle invented the cloud, as I mentioned here. At OOW 2012 he openly stated Oracle started to write Fusion Apps for the cloud 7 years ago. Dude! That is not true. You initiated a program to rewrite Fusion Apps to be a browser-based replacement for EBS, which then happily coincided with the whole cloud thing at a later date. At least this post acknowledges that could have been an accident…
I know companies, especially Oracle, like to spin things, but it really gets on my tits when they release posts like this that basically mock all of us who were present and actually witnessed the events as they unfolded.
This is not a criticism of Oracle’s current cloud offerings. If the post had just been one discussing the current and future cloud offerings that would be fine. It’s the mocking tone, suggesting we are all idiots for believing that Oracle were never anything but at the forefront of the cloud scene. Trying to spin Larry as a godfather of the cloud with statements like, “an industry segment he helped to create and in which he’s been immersed for 14 years”, is extremely disappointing.
Of course, history is written by the winners. We all know that Apple invented the MP3 player, smartphone and tablet. Likewise, Oracle invented the cloud. Anyone who says different is a moron… 🙁