Oracle CEO Larry Ellison must be feeling the heat, Forbes reports that the world’s highest paid CEO lost $1.9 billion of his wealth last year.
There, there Larry, no need for crocodile tears, you’ve got your very own Hawaiian island, an America’s Cup winning yacht, a 23 acre estate that is worth $200 million, as well as a dozen other homes in places like Malibu, Calif., Lake Tahoe, Newport, R.I. and Kyoto, Japan. Never mind the fleet of exotic cars and the golf tournament you own.
It’s no wonder that your company isn’t the market-maker it once was. With all those toys and an estimated $49 billion of wealth, who wouldn’t be just a little bit distracted?
The Microsoft team that builds Microsoft SQL Server and the company’s other big data offerings such HDInsight, AzureML and PowerBI probably doesn’t have your problems, so they’ve had their noses to the grindstone innovating solutions that power a cloud-first, mobile-first world.
And your customers, Larry, like what they see so much that they’re jumping ship.
The Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group did this before SQL Server 2014 even came out, and they report that they’ve saved $135,000 annually in running their rental car engine. Sumitomo Rubber company, which owns 16 companies, among them Dunlop and Goodyear, cut costs in half when it migrated 21 mission critical systems from Oracle to Microsoft. And then there’s G+T Conveyor which makes the baggage-handling equipment most of us, who don’t have private jets, see in airports -- they saved 83 percent by moving from Oracle to SQL Server.
A Little Help With the Move
Needless to say, Microsoft is seeing a great deal of interest from your customers -- so much so, in fact, that they’ve built a migration tool to help companies move from Oracle databases to SQL Server. The SQL Migration Assistant tool (SSMA v6.0) is free and it just became available.
Now, if you’re planning on mocking out Microsoft, saying the cloud doesn’t exist, or whatever, think first. Check out what Gartner has to say. Or, there’s always Microsoft’s SQL, Cloud and big data revenue which is growing by double digits to consider and the fact that SQL Server 2014 was built in the Cloud.