Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Making Sense Of It All

"To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher." - Blaise Pascal

Most of us would agree that life can be pretty confusing at times...it can be tough to figure out what's going on and how the pieces of the puzzle fit together. And, as big a fan as I am of roadmaps that attempt to make sense of it all, most of those roadmaps confuse me even more (check out Blaise Pascal's "Pensees" for an outstanding example of how an explanation of the human condition can be even more confusing than the human condition itself). So I'm very appreciative when I find a roadmap, an explanation, or any type of tool that lays out a clear explanation of a complex condition.

With that thought in mind, the IOUC's Debra Lilley pointed me to a nifty web page today that is well worth sharing. I don't know about you, but I have a tough time keeping track of Oracle's acquisitions and how the acquired products fit in with Oracle's offerings...I'm pretty confused about some aspects of Oracle's execution of the "Innovation Through Acquisition" strategy. It turns out that Oracle has a web page that lays it all out; you can find it here. Check it out - it's a great clarification of the acquisitions over the past three years. Even better, the page and it's links lead you to an explanation of how acquired products fit into Oracle's various product lines and suites. Great tool for making sense of it all - try it out and let me know what you think.


Ted Simpson said...

Thanks for highlighting this resource Floyd (and Debra). I wonder how much has been written already for 2009 & 2010 -- THAT would be a good read. Thanks again.


justadba said...

Great Stuff! Thanks.