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.
because of changes in IRS laws. Oracle senior management called the extension a goodwill gesture to the Oracle Application Users Group (OAUG) to allow customers more time in their upgrade planning to the current versions of Oracle applications. More than a dozen members of the OAUG had reportedly petitioned Oracle in writing for an extension of the deadline. Moreover, the ongoing chasm between Oracle and its independent users group, which has hurt Oracle's perception of its service & support viability,