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change and excitement

The only thing constant is change1 (and death and taxes) and that quote seems very appropriate lately with Sun becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle.  But that is only the starter:

  • Oracle announced the Sun Strategy last week in a mammoth 5 hour presentation – of which you can grab highlights here.

I’ve only had a chance to review part of them but the one that most excites me is on Office Productivity centered around OpenOffice and StarOffice. The future OracleOffice suite will also include web and mobile versions, and integrate to EPM and content management, giving an integrated solution on Unix, Mac, Linux and Windows. All while embracing the ODF document standards.

I’m probably luckier than most Sun employees as I’ve seen the changes that occurred with the Hyperion acquistion into Oracle.  As a long time essbase and Hyperion user, I’ve  seen the transition, timetables and outputs that
occurred.  It was very gradual and there was much learning from both sides.

I’ve also seen how Microsoft Office focused the Hyperion product set has been, which hasn’t been easy working at Sun Microsystems and utilising UNIX. 

But one of the great things is that with an open platform such as OpenOffice anyone can develop extensions. Applied OLAP did just that and created an essbase plugin which mirrored the MSOffice equivalent.

Not only does this perform well, it’s actually a lot easier to install than the latest MSOffice version plugin from Oracle, which requires very large downloads and admin rights.  See here and here.

I’ve updated my blog design to reflect the new Oracle colours and will try to blog more about BI and EPM items, but also keeping an Oracle product focus.

As the Sun folks become more integrated with Oracle, there’s bound to be more change and learning along with it. I’m excited by it but also a little bit nervous.  We’ve all got a lot to learn.

1.From Heraclitus, "Nothing endures but change".


OpenOffice 3.2/StarOffice 9.2 around the corner

While it seems that in some respects the world has been standing still with the Oracle acquisition, there is lots of hard work being done by dedicated engineers inside and outside Sun Microsystems.

One more example is the soon to be released OpenOffice 3.2/ StarOffice 9.2 updates, this is both a feature and bug release with some of the key items that I’ve picked out are:

  • faster start up times
  • enhanced ODF 1.2 compliance
  • improved MS Office compatibility and support
  • over 750 bug fixes

For those of you who are really keen you can download the latest OpenOffice versions from OpenOffice.org. Note: OpenOffice Release Candidate 4 is currently being tested and will be available shortly.

One of the regular items I’m asked is what is the difference between OpenOffice and StarOffice?

They both use the same code base (at the binary level) however StarOffice is Sun’s professional distribution of OpenOffice.org (OOo) and has the following added features and benefits:

  • Hot fixes, patches and updates (OOo is full installation).
  • Extensions and mail/calendar functionality comes with StarOffice
    Software, with OpenOffice.org you have to download each extension
  • Sun warranty and indemnification.
  • Committed timelines.
  • 3 free warranty support calls (in retail).
  • Customization, if business opportunity is big enough.

Check out to see if OpenOffice or StarOffice can help you today!

UPDATE: Thursday 5th Feb, RC 5 has just been released. Available from the same link.

UPDATE: Thursday 11th Feb, The final version has been released, with 776 bugs fixed.  You can download it from the main page.