Oracle Team USA In Full Flight

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Oracle Team USA wins the 34th America’s Cup

I’ve been a sailor since 1972, and I’ve done a fair amount of racing along the way. So you can understand my excitement about the America’s Cup when Oracle Team USA tied it all up at 8-8 after coming back from an 8-1 deficit.

When I arrived in San Francisco last night, I called my old friend Jack Dally. Jack graciously invited me to watch today’s final, “winner take all” race from his boat, and he even suggested that I bring a few friends. So I invited Brad Salmon and Paritesh Sharma from the data governance team at Zebra Technologies, as well as Martin Boyd, senior director of product strategy for Oracle’s Enterprise Data Quality (EDQ) solution.

I checked in this morning as a speaker and blogger, and then caught a great session on Oracle EDQ hosted by Martin Boyd, which included a strong case study on Zebra’s success by Paritesh Sharma.

I’ll be co-presenting tomorrow with Brad Salmon on “Zebra’s Data Governance and Data Quality Experience” at 3:30-4:30 pm in Moscone West 3018. It’s in the very last time slot of this year’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, so please come by and see us if you’re attending OOW. 

Earlier in my career, I was working for a large consulting firm, and had to make a choice between the enterprise software players of that time, which were known as JBOPS (JD Edwards, Baan, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and SAP). I remember thinking at the time that I liked Oracle’s long term chances best. So for a long time, I specialized in Oracle technology.

Along the way, Oracle acquired JDE and PeopleSoft, and Baan faded from the scene. At Hub Designs today, we partner with all of the major players in MDM and data governance. But I still have a lot of friends and contacts at Oracle, and many of our clients over the past 6+ years have used Oracle technologies.

So today, I headed out to watch the final race of the 34th America’s Cup. And Oracle Team USA did not disappoint.

It’s easy to forget that behind everything else in business, it’s the relationships that count. People I’ve known for many years constantly refer business to Hub Designs, because they know they can trust us to do a good job for that client. And today’s experience on the water reminded me of the incredibly high value of teamwork and persistence.

It didn’t hurt that Oracle Team USA worked incredibly hard. That boat was throwing off some serious “big data” (30,000 data points per second).  Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill over the past few days credited the hard work of the Oracle shore team, fine-tuning the boat. There must have been some incredible analytics done on all of the different parameters influencing their boat speed.

But I think in the end, it came down to two things: teamwork and persistence. Oracle didn’t let themselves get down when they were trailing 8-1. They refused to give up and they kept working, on and off the water, to get better as a team every day.

Congratulations on a great effort by Emirates Team New Zealand. But today, Larry Ellison’s vision for the America’s Cup looked awesome out on the water. I was proud to be a sailor today, and very proud of Oracle Team USA. Thanks for an amazing ride, Larry!

Oracle Foils Team New Zealand

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