Never likely to miss an opportunity to make life difficult for the competition, Oracle chose the eve of the Sybase International User Group in Orlando to offer its rival?s customers a cut price database swap deal until the end of May.
The "Sybase Swap" intitiative has been in place for some time, but Oracle used this week?s Sybase user gathering to extend the offer until at least the end of next month. Oracle says the scheme offers Sybase customers incentives to switch allegiance, including product discounts, rebates on Sybase purchases, simplified payment schedules and migration toolsets.
The company hopes to lure away Sybase customers who are concerned about the long term viability of their supplier following its recent losses and canned technology projects. Oracle did not provide details of how many Sybase customers have taken it up on its offer to date, saying only that ?many customers and partners? have moved to the Oracle platform.
Sybase chief executive Mitch Kertzman admitted that there had been a credibility issue surrounding the company?s long-term survival, but said that those days were over with the unveiling of its new ImpactNow product architecture. ?We have done everything we said we were going to,? he said, commenting on the company?s restructuring programme. ?We are now where we expected to be at this stage. It is clear that Sybase has returned to stability.?
Sybase chief information officer and co-founder Bob Epstein was bullish in his dismissal of Oracle?s rival offering. ?Oracle has a incredible amount of things that are just so confusing,? he claimed. ?What we have lacked against Oracle over the past two years is a vision. We now have that vision and one that is more accepting of Microsoft than Oracle?s.?
Sybase is implementing Microsoft?s DCOM and ActiveX standards for distributed object computing as well as the Object Management Group?s rival CORBA standard. Oracle is backing CORBA in its Network Computing Architecture. ?We?ve got a headstart in the ActiveX world,? said Kertzman.
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