Oracle was by no means fond of the JEDI cloud agreement course of action, that significant $10 billion, decade-prolonged Division of Defense cloud contract that went to a single vendor. It was permanently arguing to any one who would pay attention that that process was defective and favored Amazon.
Yesterday it dropped a different spherical in court when the U.S. Court docket of Appeals turned down the database giant’s argument that the procurement method was flawed due to the fact it went to a solitary vendor. It also didn’t invest in that there was a conflict of curiosity for the reason that a previous Amazon employee was concerned in creating the DoD’s request for proposal requirements.
On the latter point, the courtroom wrote, “The court docket tackled the problem whether or not the contracting officer experienced adequately assessed the impact of the conflicts on the procurement and identified that she had.”
Further more, the courtroom located that Oracle’s situation did not have merit in some conditions due to the fact it failed to meet up with specified simple contractual standards. In other scenarios, it didn’t uncover that the DoD violated any specific procurement guidelines with this bidding process.
This signifies the third time the company has tried to enchantment the system in some way, 4 if you involve direct govt intervention with the president. In reality, even in advance of the RFP had been unveiled in April 2018, CEO Safra Catz introduced grievances to the president that the bid favored Amazon.
In November 2018, the Governing administration Accountability Place of work (GAO) denied Oracle’s protest that it favored Amazon or any of the other factors in their complaint. The pursuing thirty day period, the enterprise submitted a $10 billion lawsuit in federal court docket, which was denied very last August. Yesterday’s ruling is on the attraction of that selection.
It is really worth noting that for all its problems that the deal favored Amazon, Microsoft really won the bid. Even with that perseverance, the deal continues to be tied up in litigation as Amazon has submitted several grievances, alleging that the president interfered with the offer and that they need to have won on advantage.
As with all factors relevant to this deal, the drama has under no circumstances stopped.