January 15, 2010, 4:10 PM — The battle and competition in the enterprise software market between SAP and Oracle has fast become one of the hottest rivalries in high-tech. And while it might not have the pop-culture pizzazz of Red Sox-Yankees or Coke-Pepsi, the passion of the thousands of the combatants involved makes it no less fervent or important a battle.
As it stands now, these companies are big. Not only in revenues, customers and market cap, but also in the number of employees who call each vendor "my employer."
Oracle has approximately 83,366 employees wearing the red and swearing allegiance to Larry Ellison. At last corporate count, SAP has 47,804 workers, who probably can speak a little German (Danke!).
But I've wondered this lately, especially as the Great Recession still works its way out of the global economy's system and enterprise software vendors struggle to sign on new customers and license agreements: At what point do vendors of this magnitude, with their various lines of businesses, traditional product portfolios, competing in-house personalities with vested interests of their own, and inherent aversion to real change, start interfering with the overall efforts of trying to serve their current and future customers?