esofto: Database Problems behind Salesforce’s Woes: Fun snapshot of the Oracle/Salesforce.com relationship, via Next Build. Excerpt:
"In public, the two companies have squared off directly against one another. During an autumn conference call with investors Marc Benioff dismissed Oracle as a competitive threat saying:
'They have created a culture of acquisition instead of innovation. It's a lot easier just to write big checks than it is to innovate…. Now, the same thing that happened to PeopleSoft will happen to Siebel; it will die.'
Not surprisingly, Larry Ellison has been no less vocal. At Oracle OpenWorld in September, he said to reporters:
'We want to go after Salesforce.com as much as we can. I'm an investor in Salesforce, and I want to see my investment go to zero.'"
With business partners like these, who needs competitors?