Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Book Review: Softwar by Mathew Symonds

If you have ever worked with Oracle or competed against them; this book is a must read. It captures the competitive spirit of Larry Ellison and the resultant culture of his firm. The book highlights the "Perfect Storm" of Oracle's infamous encounter with the State of California and details Ellison's gamble in shifting the company from a vendor of client-server software to the E-Business Suite. Whether or not Symonds intended to draw analogies between Ellison's yachting "hobby" and his business pursuits it makes for a very interesting read.

After reading about Oracle's battles against Microsoft you can't help rooting for Ellison and his warrior leadership style.

As a salesperson in the software industry I found it a great read!

James Gingerich