On a related note, see “Oracle Execs Engage in Some Competitive ‘Trash Talk’ at Oracle OpenWorld”
Update: Well here’s an interesting wrinkle. It seems that when CEOs speak at these conferences, often, but not always, they pay a fee for the privilege to do so. In this case, as Benioff has told Quentin Hardy at The New York Times, Benioff had paid Oracle $1 million for stage time at Oracle’s conference, and would have likely delivered some variation of his “false cloud” speech that he’s been giving of late. Someone at Oracle may not have been doing their homework vetting speakers carefully enough, and gave Benioff a slot. He did have one last year. Ellison, I’m told got wind of it, and being aware that Benioff has been slamming Oracle in his speeches lately cancelled the date.