Despite its inclination to traditionally thrive on a moderate amount of controversy and to fly a number of trial balloons, Oracle, has also been a practical company, often modifying its strategy and adopting a tack that would work better. Thus, while Oracle's declining revenue and profit are painfully noted, the company has been taking some long overdue moves to appease its customers and to play fair with the competition. Time will only tell, however, whether Oracle has used these slower economic times to get its act together and to position itself for the its future revival.
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its development network as free downloads, may promote its applications server sales. Oracle, however, needs to embrace more profusely the emerging Web services in order to close the gap behind IBM and Microsoft, and to use it to the advantage to further open its applications. Oracle's endeavor to deliver software as a service through its application service providers (ASP) Oracle.com offering (a.k.a. Oracle Business Online) has recently been bolstered by a management service provider (MSP) option,