Fool Me Once...

Please don't say manana if you don't mean it,
I have heard your lines for so very long"
-Jimmy Buffett

I think everyone remembers the old Peanuts episodes, where Charlie Brown trys to kick the football. Lucy is always the holder and she always pulls it away at the last minute. Then, in the future, she promises once again to hold the ball, only to pull it away at the last moment. Unfortunately for Charlie Brown fans, he never gets to kick it.

When you see this as a child, you are sad, yet hopeful that he will one day kick it. As an adult, you look at it and say "why in the world would he ever believe that she is going to hold it?". It harkens the old line, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice...". I think you get the picture.

I almost fell off my chair this weekend when I read through Oracle's recent earnings call. The first thing that came to mind was the Jimmy Buffett song...the second thing that came to mind was the Peanuts. Let me share a sampling of quotes/headlines from the past 5 years:

Exhibit A
"I think the merger integration is complete. I'm not concerned with the development of PeopleSoft 9, J.D. Edwards 8.12 or Oracle 12," Ellison said Tuesday at a press conference to launch the newly merged company. "My biggest focus is on Project Fusion. That is where my focus will be for the next several years." - Larry Ellison

Exhibit B
"Ellison announced that the first Fusion applications would come out early in 2008, focusing on salesforce automation, with pre-built integration packs for Oracle’s E-Business Suite ERP."

Exhibit C
"Final comments by Ellison indicated that Version 1 of Fusion Applications will be released in 2010."

Exhibit D
"As I watched the live webcast of the Keynote tonight at the Oracle Openworld 2010, Larry finally announced the launch of Fusion Apps."

Exhibit E
"The other thing is Fusion is right around the corner, and our customers are seeing us to deliver this new technology. "-Larry Ellison

Now, let me give you the dates on each of these headlines/quotes:

Exhibit A - January 18, 2005
Exhibit B - November 14, 2007
Exhibit C - October 14, 2009
Exhibit D - September 19, 2010
Exhibit E - Last week (12/16 to be precise)

Seriously, does Oracle think that we are all Charlie Brown?

1 comment:

  1. Excellent post!!!! You are right on the money!!