Monday, April 20, 2009

Oracle Buys Sun Microsystem - Oracle the next and only Webgiant !!!!

Announcement of Oracle buying Sun Microsystems( Monday Apr 20 , 2009 ) is one of most important news in IT market in 2009 as this announcement that may help in guessing who will be the next Web Giant. Oracle is on a spree to gain as much share of the Web as possible Last year Jan 2008 Oracle acquired Bea ( Weblogic ) , No 1 player for middleware for web applications and now its Sun which seeded the growth of Internet and had a major contribution in the growth of Internet and web applications.

Oracle acquiring Sun will have a large impact on the IT market and may trigger a hope of revival in the recession hit IT market but there are many areas and things which are still unclear in this acquisition and may impact many IT providers / products in a big way.

Some good things that may be coming ahead:
1. Now since Oracle , Bea, Sun are together any client developing Web applications may benefit on costs and time as all the products required for Web Application development may be bundled together and come with a lower price tag.

2. Less support cost - Having one provider can significantly lower the support cost.

3. May help in reviving the sinking Sun server market - Oracle can give a shot to revive sinking share of Sun server market and can provide service provider Software and hardware bundled together.

Things which may impact many IT providers :

There are multiple things which may impact many IT providers and fate of many great software's developed till date and thousands of IT man hours has come to stake from this acquisition.

1. Netbeans : Oracle has been supporting Eclipse , Now whats in future for Netbeans ( Sun ) .
2. MySQL: Oracle is database Giant , now whats in store for a opensource database MySQL ( Sun ) .

This acquisition will for sure have a large impact on the IT Industry as a whole and on many products , Lets see how Oracle predicts the future.

Android - Will it kick the age of Smarter Phones and intelligent devices

Android - 'Having human like features' is the next gen open source Operating System , Middleware and Application Framework from GOOGLE which is based on Linux 2.6 and can be ported to run on any memory and processor constrained device like Mobile phones , Small gaming systems etc.

It is gaining momentum as it is open source and based on Linux which has grown and had proven its potential with time and is giving tough time to Microsoft Windows ( All time leader in Desktop OS ) .

Benefits for Device Manufactures:
Following are some of the benefits that device manufactures ( eg Motorola, Samsung , Nokia , TMobile to name a few ) will have :
1. No or very less cost for system software for Mobile and will help in reducing costs.
2. More stable platform so the users will be happy to adopt phone and users concern will only be Hardware and services it provides, Today many people base their decision on the stability of the software.
3. Wider support from development community ( world wide and many working almost on no cost ).
4. Less customer maintenance cost - As the device is based on framework available widely users can upgrade the system themselves and don't have to ping the manufacturer/ service provider back and can save couple of $'s which would have been used for customer service etc.

Benefits for Developers:
It's a big hit among the developer community as it has numerous benefits for the application developers
1. First and most important , Earlier than this developers have to build an application for various platforms like Symbian , Java , Iphone etc and this tool large amount of time and money and constrained the developer limits.
2. Developers can be sure that the system they are working on is stable and has a huge community support.

Benefits to End Users:
1. Stable system - Have to worry less about the bugs , software issues as the software has been tested thoroughly.
2. Less cost to end users as the Manufacturer doesnt have to pay licensing fees etc.
3. Support from wide community of developers.
4. Frequent and Low costs applications that can help in day to day activities.

In all Android can churn the next revolution and is a win win situation for all.