Posts Tagged ‘battle’

Larry Ellison’s War

Friday, June 4th, 2010

“We’re after their people, their customers and we’re after money.” So says Oracle’s hyper-competitive Chief Executive, Larry Ellison. One of the world’s richest men, Ellison is infamous for his ultra-aggressive approach, legendary killer instinct and his decade’s long devotion to Sun Tzu’s Art of War.”

Ellison’s insatiable desire to win has led to the surrender and acquisition of some of the software industries biggest and boldest names. Hyperion Solutions, Siebel, PeopleSoft, Sun Microsystems, all have fallen to Ellison and his never ending drive to topple his rivals.

Now Ellison is up against a different type of enemy, basketball Hall-of-Famer Magic Johnson and Mark Mastrov, the founder of 24-Hour Fitness, amongst others, in a competition to finally acquire a prize that has eluded him for years: the NBA’s Golden State Warriors.

Will Ellison win this battle as well? Many seem to think he has already won, certainly Ellison must believe this, otherwise, as Sun Tzu demands, he would not have waged this war in the first place.

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Sun Tzu Say:

Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is destined to defeat first fights and afterwards looks for victory.

Apple Forces Web Designers to Retreat From Adobe

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Web designers have been sucked into the fog of Apple’s war with Adobe and the battle over who will control the future of online video. As more companies demand their applications and websites are compatible with the iPhone and iPad, design firms will be forced to distance itself from Adobe’s Flash and work more extensively with Apple’s design tools.

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Sun Tzu Say:

Drive a wedge between the enemy’s front and rear to prevent co-operation between his large and small divisions; to hinder the good troops from rescuing the bad, the officers from rallying their men.