While all the hubbub last week was around Oracle OpenWorld, where vendors nattered on about increasing application agility and clearing out clutter in the middleware stack, NetSuite -- a software-as-a-service company in which Larry Ellison is a major investor -- made an interesting announcement .
NetSuite's new OneWorld for Oracle combines cloud computing with Oracle's enterprise apps, letting users manage business at the division level with NetSuite's offering, then roll the data up to Oracle's E-Business Suite. For example, a restaurant chain could use NetSuite's software at individual restaurants, then feed all the financial data into Oracle's software for corporate-level financial aggregation. In this way, individual stores get a lightweight solution to manage their operations, while the corporate level gets to use its Oracle apps for an enterprise-wide view of business operations.
[ In other Oracle news, the company's long-awaited Fusion apps will launch in 2010. ]
NetSuite's play is to piggyback on Oracle's installed base by augmenting Oracle apps. And with Larry Ellison as a backer, it may well succeed.