"Oracle (ORCL) looks like it got the best of the Salesforce (CRM) partnership," says ZDNet's...

|About: Oracle Corporation (ORCL)|By:, SA News Editor

"Oracle (ORCL) looks like it got the best of the Salesforce (CRM) partnership," says ZDNet's Larry Dignan after reviewing the details. Not only is Salesforce set to buy plenty of Oracle hardware/software over 9 years, it won't be easy for it to dismiss Oracle's cloud apps when it's using them, and (given integration plans for Oracle's cloud HR/ERP apps) the deal will alienate Salesforce partner Workday (WDAY). Cowen offers similar views, but also sees the deal "as an admission on Oracle's part that its salesforce cloud offering can't compete." BI's Julie Bort, noting Salesforce just hired former Oracle exec Keith Block to be its sales chief, suspects Salesforce got a good deal from Oracle, which was likely hungry for a big hardware reference win.