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Oracle closes conference doors to Salesforce cloud talk

Hey you, get off of my cloud
Wed Oct 05 2011, 16:27

ORACLE CEO Larry Ellison has decided to show who's the boss at the Openworld show in San Francisco by pulling a session by rival Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.

Benioff was due to speak on Wednesday morning at the show and is on the official schedule, listed as an Executive Solution Session. However, on Tuesday evening Benioff tweeted that Ellison had thrown his weight around.

"Larry just cancelled my keynote tomorrow! Sorry #oow11! Join me @ St. Regis AME Restaurant at 10:30AM! The show must go on! Sorry Larry!," he wrote.

Benioff followed that up by saying he did not know the reason for the cancellation, but that Salesforce would be going ahead with a session on the social enterprise.

However, Oracle said there was nothing underhanded about the cancellation.

"Due to the overwhelming attendance at Oracle OpenWorld we had to make several session changes. The Salesforce.com Executive Solution Session was moved to Thursday at 8:00am in the Novellus Theatre," Oracle told The INQUIRER.

At last year's Openworld show, Benioff's speech was a highlight of the event. He revelled in pulling apart Oracle's sudden interest in cloud computing with the launch of Exadata and Exalogic, pointing out that clouds don't come in boxes. He was also joined on stage by Michael Dell, who unveiled the Streak 7in tablet. But Ellison also got in on the action, telling Openworld delegates last year that Salesforce's approach to the cloud was all wrong as it wasn't secure, elastic or virtualised.

However this year, Ellison used his keynote to instead take digs at firms such as IBM and SAP, and Salesforce has been a notable absence. The INQUIRER can only think that the lover of black turtle necks got fed up with being upstaged by his former employee at his own show.

As the Openworld show kicked off, Benioff leapt at the chance to take a swing at his old boss, tweeting, "Toto, I have a feeling we're not at Dreamforce anymore", in reference to Salesforce's user event in the summer.

The INQUIRER will be attending the Salesforce session later on Wednesday, where no doubt Benioff will have a few choice words to add about the whole affair. µ

 

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