While I found it faintly amusing to read about Oracle’s CFO Safra Catz using a trip to Israel as the backdrop to take the low road and bash Microsoft, IBM and SAP, I was much more impressed by a post on the SAP developer network blogs by Nigel James entitled Three little words – ‘Change the World’. Check this (and I make no apology for blagging a LOT of this post:
I don’t need to tell you there are people starving every day. I don’t need to tell you there are child soldiers fighting wars. I don’t need to tell you that just a little contribution could make a massive difference.
I don’t need to tell you this.
We are about to go to a conference and spend a small fortune on fees, food, hotels and travel. What if you took a small portion of what you are going to spend on TechEd and made some contribution to help someone break out of poverty?
We could do it individually or we could all join in and do something together. We could all sing and dance about how great we are and how we raised a squillion dollars or silently in the middle of the night a charity (or several ) could get a significant contribution appear in there bank account with no idea where it came from with no one telling them how they have to spend it.
We are a community and we could really make a difference.
We might even change the world.
Want to know the difference between Oracle and SAP? Now you know. It’s called humility.
Want to know what inspired Nigel? Check this from PragDave entitled Paying Back.