Oracle wants to be your best friend

Want to lower your IT bill? Don't buy everything from one vendor.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Oracle makes a picture-perfect suggestion as to why consolidation is creepy. I'm not sure whether would-be buyers are supposed to be encouraged or dismayed by this advertisement that I found in the Wall Street Journal:

Oracle wants to be everything to you

Seriously, why would you want one vendor to service all needs? It's the absolute best way to ensure that you get stuck with an ever-increasing maintenance bill . The best way to keep costs down is through choice. It's what a free market is all about.

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