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More Oracle Price Hikes

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Chris Kanaracus has written an interesting article titled Experts: Oracle Database Option Price Hikes No Accident. In this article, he talks about Oracle’s recent decision to raise the price of some Oracle Database add-ons by as much as 40 percent. Of course, these price increases are in addition to the Oracle price hikes from just last year: Oracle increases prices 15 to 20 percent: The joys of pricing power.

Kanaracus speculates that this is a calculated move by Oracle, intended to extract as much money as possible from its installed base. One might interpret this as Oracle showing disregard for its customers, and taking advantage of the fact that they are “locked in” to using Oracle Database. As you might imagine, an Oracle spokeswoman declined to address the company’s rationale for the price hikes.

Oracle executives have openly said that revenues from its Database business help drive its profitability and fund its acquisition activity. Are Oracle biting the hand that feeds them?

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Written by Conor O'Mahony

July 20, 2009 at 10:29 am

Posted in Cost, Oracle Database

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