One of my favorite side trips from 40 years of having an airplane seat strapped to my back was leaving a vendor conference in Scottsdale AZ to spend a few days in November 1987 wandering around southern Arizona, including a morning in Tombstone. For those of you from outside the U.S., or for Americans too young to remember Western TV shows and movies, Tombstone is called Tombstone for the reason you think. It is also the site of the OK Corral. The OK Corral is arguably the site of the most famous or infamous shootout in U.S. Wild West history.
The beauty of the gunfight at the OK Corral, unlike most U.S. Wild West events that are mostly mythical and dependent only on the say-so of the winner, is that at the OK Corral in Tombstone, AZ on October 26, 1881 there were reporters and witnesses. There was a subsequent court proceeding to see if Wyatt Earp and his brothers should be tried for murder. We can--and many love to--analyze it.
I thought of Tombstone when I read Netsuite's (N) self-serving January 5th news release about its recent" shootout" with SAP Business by Design (BbD) and compared that account with "shootout judge" Vinnie Mirchandani's initial description of the December 8 event.
Comparing Vinnie's initial account with NetSuite's later version, it sounds like the demo was an ambush, not a shootout. So round up a posse. Bring in the Professor from Potsdam, the judge who also ran what Vinnie says was perceived to be an "anti-SAP" conference (because it was!), whomever wrote the script of the demo (NetSuite was a sponsor of the event at which the demo was held), and all the other players.
Let's see who was hiding behind the trough.
-- Dennis Byron