Forbes article about ERPs moving to the cloud is, according to Oracle’s Ellison, gibberish by Jon Hansen

Posted on March 6, 2014


Sometimes you just have to shake your head and wonder if anyone remembers what they said in the past and how it comes across today.

For example, back in 2008 Oracle’s Larry Ellison said that “we have redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do.”  Dismissing it with the fashion industry analogy that “orange is the new pink,”  Ellison said much of the talk surrounding the emergence of the cloud was gibberish.  In short we were in 2008 according to Ellison, already in the cloud.

So when I read today’s Forbes article by Louis Columbus “Why Cloud ERP Adoption Is Faster Than Gartner Predicts,” in which he writes about a Gartner report indicating that beyond the 2% of companies that already have their core ERP in the cloud, a total of “47% of organizations surveyed plan to move their core ERP systems to the cloud within five years,” I thought move from where?  Aren’t they already in the cloud as Ellison claimed in 2008.

Maybe there is another cloud that until now has been a secret.  You know, kind of like Animal House’s Dean Wormer’s double secret probation concept.  A secret dual cloud.


Columbus then went on to write that the expected move would focus on the administrative ERP functions such as financials, human capital management and procure-to-pay.  Hmmmmm . . . procure-to-pay!

Given that the majority of procure-to-pay vendors are already cloud-based, and can be easily integrated with current ERP systems – wherever they are located, to what procure-to-pay solutions is Gartner referring? 

While I must admit that I was tempted to blindly follow Larry’s lead and stop reading the article because it was obviously more gibberish, I pressed ahead anyway.

So here is my question to you . . . to what cloud was Larry referring back in 2008, and how is this “new” cloud any different?