IBM and Oracle: Losers?

April 11, 2019

I found a bit of irony in the revelation that IBM and Oracle are big losers in the US government’s JEDI procurement. If there ever were an old school, doddering outfit, it is the New York Times. Yet without much self awareness, the dead tree crowd puts a jab at IBM and Oracle in their report that two horses are approaching the finish line. “Amazon and Microsoft Are 2 Finalists for $10 Billion Pentagon  Contract” makes this point:

IBM and Oracle had also bid for the project, known as the joint enterprise defense infrastructure, or JEDI. But the Defense Department concluded that they did not meet the minimum requirements for the program.

After looking at the NYT’s “Internetting” section, the newspaper, I asked, “What’s the minimum requirement for technology related information?” No one from Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, or Oracle would comment? Former employees out too? What about one of the Beltway Bandits? How about an IBM Federal Systems’ retired person? A former DoD officer?

What about IBM and Oracle? Any business impact of this negative information about these companies? A business school professor? A Beltway bandit?

Forget interviews.

What about the also ran when the US government goes with Microsoft and its cloud confection or Amazon with its bulldozer approach to online?

Which does one short? The NYT does the “Internetting” thing. Not even particularly well.

Stephen E Arnold, April 11, 2019


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