It should be a strategic decision rather than a tactical one, in other words.
"If Oracle is the right choice for a strategic partner, you've got to say that and make it happen," Jones said.
In general, large organizations tend to have a difficult time "getting their arms around all of the software licenses they own," said Frank Scavo, president of Strativa.
"I seriously doubt that the U.K. government can rid itself of Oracle completely, but it may make progress in reducing its dependence on Oracle, or at least negotiating more favorable terms on some of the larger contracts," Scavo said.
The degree to which Oracle's software is already embedded in some organizations is in many ways its "saving grace," Guarente agreed.
"Companies can chip away at its renewal base," he said, but "new purchases might be where Oracle is most threatened."
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