Oracle OpenWorld not so open to Salesforce.com CEO

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Oracle OpenWorld not so open to Salesforce.com CEO

Doesn't look like Oracle's OpenWorld event in San Francisco is all that open after all. What else are we to think of the bizarre story that Salesforce.com CEO Mark Benioff has had his keynote speech, due to be presented at the event today (5 October), cancelled. And on the day before it was scheduled too.

The redoubtable Benioff has arranged to present his keynote anyway, but in a nearby restaurant. "Larry just cancelled my keynote tomorrow," Benioff tweeted yesterday (4 October)."Join me @ St.Regis AME restaurant."

"Larry", in case you haven't twigged, is Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

Of course, the story isn't quite as clear-cut and "open" as Benioff would have us believe. Oracle had actually rescheduled his speech to 8am tomorrow (6 October). Both Oracle and Benioff probably knew not many people were likely to attend, especially as there's a big party tonight, but it stills leaves a little room for argument as to whether the speech was "cancelled" or "rescheduled".

In any case, it's great publicity for Benioff's keynote and it's likely to be even more popular than normal as a result. 

This was first published in October 2011

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