When his part was over Marc Benioff could look back on a keynote that was fresh and interesting for OpenWorld but without a great deal of the controversy that had been expected. There are definite differences between Benioff and Larry Ellison and their respective companies. Benioff preaches openness, cloud, social, mobile and other modern technologies that will constitute the infrastructure of the future. “We’re not here to sell another mainframe,” he said at his impromptu keynote.
Ellison on the other hand, has a huge legacy installed base to convert and his options may be more limited than Benioff. IT doesn’t help that Salesforce has been executing on its vision for several years while Oracle is in some ways just getting out of the starting gate. Ellison will speak today at 2:45 PM PDT and will no doubt have some answers to Benioff’s speech. Stay tuned.