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Oracle support prices are set to rise by 8 percent in the US, and the company will also impose increases commensurate with inflation in other regions. US consumer prices hit annual inflation of 8.8 percent in June, another 40-year high, prompting Big Red to look again at its support pricing. Craig Guarente, founder and CEO of …

  1. DJO Silver badge

    That's nice.

    Obviously they will be increasing the salary for all their staff and contractors by the same amount.

    OK, I have no evidence they will but Shirley they wouldn't want to be though of a hypocrites or exploitative would they?

    1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

      Re: That's nice.

      If they wanted to have money for salaries, surely they would have to increase by much more considering the 8% gross raise will actually still be a pay cut.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: That's nice.

      I see your mistake.

      "Obviously they will be increasing the salary for all their staff and contractors by the same amount"

      No increase for the staff and contractors - just the PHBs.

    3. rick_ws

      Re: That's nice.


  2. VoiceOfTruth Silver badge

    The bill is coming in

    -> US consumer prices hit annual inflation of 8.8 percent in June

    The USA's trade war against China (and other attempts at maintaining its hegemony) is coming home to roost. Don't worry, the 1% will be OK. The rest of you can be happy knowing you can't afford medical insurance. Enjoy your food stamps. For those who thought you were middle class, you can prepare a list of dollar stores while you can still afford an internet connection.

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "in line with inflation"

    Yes, of course. Perfectly logical.

    Because it is Oracle that is paying for the electricity that makes their clients' servers run, right ?

    What ? No ? The clients have their servers hosted locally, or with a Cloud contract ?

    So, basically, Oracle is just using an economic excuse to increase its revenues without any expenditure whatsoever ?

    My, I would like to able to print money like that.

    1. DS999 Silver badge

      Re: "in line with inflation"

      If it is in the support contract like the article says then no one has any room to complain, regardless of whether Oracle's costs are going up by that amount.

      You really think that support is provided "without any expenditure whatsoever"? No people (who have salaries that will increase if Oracle wants to keep them from leaving for another job) and electric bill for Oracle servers they use for that support etc.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "in line with inflation"

        Yes, but as others here a have pointed out, and as you may well believe yourself, it is likely that Oracle is (like so many others) dipping in for a fair bit extra.

        One of the big reasons we are seeing this runaway spike in inflation is that the greed cycle has started. Early on in the pandemic prices were held partly in check by concerns over getting called out for price gouging. Companies tested the waters by wailing "supply chain" loudly and when it became clear that the press wasn't checking their math they started double dipping.

        This is a studied problem, and if it's not nipped in the bud, tends to lead to a 2nd phase, a "Panic cycle" that can readily tip into hyperinflation. Notably, the efforts to cool off the markets that are killing the labor market like raising interest rates super aggressively and allowing the workforce to lose real wage power make the 2nd cyle MORE likely not less. The consumer class is holding up the world economy via spending. If they are cornered in the labor market, discretionary spending crashes and set of a layoff/austerity/interest rate death spiral.

        Funny how they keep blocking tying workers wages to the rate of inflation and cost of living. Funny how just after a bunch of minimum wage bumps are once again being erased by aggressive inflation and end up being a pay cut. That's not the Ha-Ha kind of funny. More like an unpleasant smell that showed up.

  4. trevorde Silver badge

    Oracle to hike support fees in line with super yacht price rises


    1. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: Oracle to hike support fees in line with super yacht price rises

      Inflation make everything more expensive, so it you don't own a bunch of houses and yachts then you are poorer, but when you own lots of houses and yachts then inflation makes you a lot richer.

  5. OhForF'

    >Oracle might take the opportunity to pitch cloud deals and give concessions on support increases<

    and Oracle's customers might take the opportunity to evaluate if continuing with Oracle or other partners is best value for their money.

  6. fidodogbreath Silver badge

    Oracle to hike support fees to further boost inflation

    It's important that we all do our part. In this together, etc.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Got to pay for new data centre cooling somehow

  8. Surrey Veteran


    Things that are always on the rise with Oracle: Maintenance fees and the usage of SGA memory.

  9. emmawaston79

    It is good news for employees who are working in that company. Oracle made a good decision because employees deserve the increment in the form of inflation. Everyone is aware that the global inflation rate is increasing at an alarming rate when compared to previous years. The oracle's decision will inspire an employee to work harder and make him want to do a better job.

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