NetSuite has long used Oracle technology and Ellison remains an investor in the company, but it and Oracle have still remained somewhat at arms-length until this week, when the companies announced a partnership based on integrating NetSuite's cloud ERP software with Oracle's cloud HCM application. Deloitte is also involved, planning to work with Oracle and NetSuite on a consulting practice for related SaaS implementations.
NetSuite has sought to position its software as ideal for "two-tier" ERP deployments, where NetSuite is used in a new company subsidiary and tied back into an existing core ERP system, whether from Oracle, SAP or another vendor. SAP has taken a similar approach to marketing its own Business ByDesign cloud ERP software.
Oracle mentioned the two-tier ERP concept only in passing in its announcement this week. But it wouldn't be surprising to see NetSuite and Oracle place more focus on jointly marketing such deals over time.
Larry's new foil
One thing is for sure about Ellison: He likes a good fight. But with the hatchet buried between himself and Benioff, Ellison is without a ready foil for his ample reservoir of competitive jabs, jibes and jokes.
Moving forward, expect Ellison to ramp up the trash talk on rivals such as SAP and IBM.
SAP, for one, seems ready to take off the gloves, and not just against Oracle. "This partnership ends any vestige of Salesforce's claims of independence from [Oracle]," SAP spokesman James Dever said via email. "All the past squabbling about false clouds and keynotes now appears as sincere as a professional wrestling match. The kid was just rebelling against his parents to appear cool."
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com