A bitter cup of Java in the Oracle-Google legal matter may trigger indigestion for publishers, information professionals, and their IT departments alike. Not surprisingly, the competitive pressure on Oracle and other vendors of proprietary information management solutions is increasing. The commoditization of hardware is making cloud solutions economically attractive. Open source software represents another threat to Oracle. The Oracle system is sufficiently complex to require dedicated engineers to manage the data management system. Adding to Oracle's challenges in open source is Google. Android is magnetizing developers, mobile device manufacturers, and telecommunication companies, pulling them to Google. Android depends in part on technology based on Java, a programming language developed at Sun Microsystems in the 1990s. Oracle has kicked off a legal action over Google's use of Java technology. Oracle now owns Java because it acquired Sun Microsystems, but it seems less open source-friendly than was Sun.
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