Oracle was by no means keen on the JEDI cloud contract course of, that large $10 billion, decade-long Division of Protection cloud contract that went to a single vendor. It was endlessly arguing to anybody who would pay attention that that course of was defective and favored Amazon.
Yesterday it misplaced one other spherical in court docket when the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals rejected the database big’s argument that the procurement course of was flawed as a result of it went to a single vendor. It additionally didn’t purchase that there was a battle of curiosity as a result of a former Amazon worker was concerned in writing the DoD’s request for proposal standards.
On the latter level, the court docket wrote, “The court docket addressed the query whether or not the contracting officer had correctly assessed the influence of the conflicts on the procurement and located that she had.”
Additional, the court docket discovered that Oracle’s case didn’t have benefit in some instances as a result of it failed to fulfill sure fundamental contractual standards. In different instances, it didn’t discover that the DoD violated any particular procurement guidelines with this bidding course of.
This represents the third time the corporate has tried to enchantment the method ultimately, 4 in case you embrace direct govt intervention with the president. In reality, even earlier than the RFP had been launched in April 2018, CEO Safra Catz introduced complaints to the president that the bid favored Amazon.
In November 2018, the Authorities Accountability Workplace (GAO) denied Oracle’s protest that it favored Amazon or any of the opposite factors of their criticism. The next month, the corporate filed a $10 billion lawsuit in federal court docket, which was denied final August. Yesterday’s ruling is on the enchantment of that call.
It’s price noting that for all its complaints that the deal favored Amazon, Microsoft truly gained the bid. Even with that willpower, the deal stays tied up in litigation as Amazon has filed a number of complaints, alleging that the president interfered with the deal and that they need to have gained on benefit.
As with all issues associated to this contract, the drama has by no means stopped.