Oracle has just bought Sleepycat a supplier of open source database software for developers of embedded applications.
Larry Ellison quote is, "We are moving aggressively into open source. We are embracing it. We are not going to fight this trend. We think if we're clever, we can make it work to our advantage." Which if you compare against Peter Graf, SAP's executive vice president of marketing, "We believe that open-source business applications do not have enough time to mature before this huge consolidation wave matures,"
Oracle and SAP have very different views about the threat/opportunity that open source has within the ERP software market .For Oracle it could be a way to manage Open Source within ERP and trying to make sure the tiger does not bite you in the arse .SAP has a reputation of being a bit arrogant and they will tell you how to manage your business process the SAP way. I can see their point about Open Source being great for non critical business functions but there is one way to get a financial director to pucker up and that is to tell him that his core back office system does not have a strong reliable roadmap.
It will be interesting to see what impact open source has within the ERP software industry.