You'll take what we give you, and you'll like it. eWEEK: Ellison's 'war' perplexes some:

Ellison's declaration of a "war on complexity" urges enterprise users to end application customization by changing their business processes to fit Oracle's technology—in other words, no customization, particularly with applications in the company's year-old 11i e-business suite.

"You shouldn't be writing C code. You shouldn't be writing custom sets of programs and, my God, you shouldn't be changing our computer programs," Ellison told an auditorium packed with Oracle customers at the Oracle AppsWorld user conference in New Orleans this spring.

Now there's a contrary notion in today's open-everything-driven software world. Perhaps they're going for that submissive CIO niche.