Oracle cancels Saleforce.com CEO Marc Benioff's keynote

Salesforce.com chairman and CEO Marc Benioff will speak at a restaurant in San Francisco on Wednesday after Oracle cancelled his keynote speech at OpenWorld 2011.

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Salesforce.com chairman and CEO Marc Benioff will speak at a restaurant in San Francisco on Wednesday after Oracle cancelled his keynote speech at OpenWorld 2011.

"Larry just cancelled my keynote tomorrow!" Benioff Tweeted, inviting people to join him at a local restaurant instead. "Beware of the false cloud," he added. In another message on Twitter, Benioff said "The show must go on! Sorry Larry!"

Benioff also sent a message to Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, saying that he looked forward to seeing him and hearing him talk at Dell World. "OK, please don't cancel me like #oow11." The Dell event is scheduled for October 12 in Austin, Texas.

"Due to the overwhelming attendance at Oracle OpenWorld we had to make several session changes," an Oracle spokeswoman said.  The Salesforce.com Executive Solution Session was moved to Thursday at 8:00am in the Novellus Theatre.

Benioff was scheduled to speak on the topic "Welcome to the Social Enterprise" today at 10.15am local time in the Novellus Theatre near the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, according to an earlier statement from Salesforce. He will now speak at 10.30am at Ame Restaurant in the St Regis Hotel.

Benioff had earlier re-tweeted a number of comments critical of Oracle and the speech on Sunday by its CEO, Larry Ellison. He also holds that Salesforce is a real "cloud" company while Oracle is not.

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