Feeds

Oracle All-in-One: price cuts or not?

Count fingers - Gartner

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Oracle last week introduced All-in-One, a one price package for Oracle apps. Application licenses, installations and upgrades are all included in the deal. The enterprise software vendor sets out its stall here.

Sounds good? Anything that introduces transparency and predictability to Oracle prices is to be welcomed.

The software vendor's historic approach to licensing - think of a number then double it or, if it's the state of California, tentuple it, has shown that anything CA can do, Oracle can do better. CA is showing a kinder, gentler face to the world with FlexSelect Licensing. Now its Oracle's turn.

But will All-in-One actually save companies any money? Err, not sure, says Gartner, while making the reasonable point that pricing predictability is not the same as price cuts.

Gartner, nevertheless, rates Oracle's All-In-One programme as "promising". Which is nice.

However, there are some pitfalls that Oracle will have to avoid. By bundling services in its own professional services arm, Oracle could, for instance, annoy its partners. They could view All-In-One as an aggressive move.

But there are many more potential pitfalls for Oracle customers. Here is Gartner's suggested checklist for enterprises contemplating Oracle All-in One.

  • Benchmark current and planned internal costs against proposed All-In-One costing. This is most important in a heterogeneous application environment.
  • Determine how differentiated an All-In-One implementation can be, considering non-Oracle integration and application customization.
  • Check the terms carefully: inability to contain business within contract terms will likely lead to additional costs.
  • Understand how much control you will have over the deployment of patches and releases.
  • Understand the process for future enhancements, development and customization.
  • Develop a contingency plan as this is a new strategy for Oracle. Gartner believes that without measurable revenue growth (10 percent to 15 percent year over year), Oracle will likely shy away from All-In-One by year-end 2006 (0.6 probability).
  • ®

Related stories

Oracle cleans up pricing act
How Oracle screwed California

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS
AppleSIM 'ware to allow quick switch of carriers
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.