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Mgmt World: Logan's Run to Oracle

7:30 AM -- NICE -- Management World 2010 -- One of the better-known names in the OSS world has been recruited by Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) to start a new business unit that is causing a bit of buzz here in Nice.

Brendan Logan made his name as part of telecom advisory and consulting group Logan-Orviss International, which was acquired by Patni Computer Systems Ltd. (NYSE: PTI) in 2007. But now both Logan and his former partner, Colin Orviss, have moved on. (See Patni Acquires Logan-Orviss and Patni Launches Consulting Biz.)

Orviss has set up by himself, but Logan was recruited by Oracle in late 2009 to essentially build a systems integration and consulting business within the software giant's Communications group, which sells Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) systems to network operators. (See Avail-TVN Scores World Cup VoD, Oracle Takes Sun to Nice, and Oracle Unveils Data Model.)

Oracle, to date, has been working with systems integrators to help deliver its systems and get them deployed, but it seems the operators are looking for Oracle to take greater ownership of the delivery and deployment of its software systems.

It's a natural move, says industry analyst Larry Goldman. "This is something they needed to do to support their product set in the telecom sector," says the Analysys Mason man.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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