There is a podcast put out by the editors of www.allpointsblog.com that includes two stories from last week's GITA 30 in San Antonio, Texas, USA. The second of the two stories is an editorial on GE's announcement to move to a Java/Oracle architecture.
The podcast page is here. If you click on "Listen Now" you will have to wait until about 60% through the podcast to get to the editorial on GE. The story does not tell me too much new, but it is interesting to get a point of view from people that are not necessarily directly involved in the Smallworld community.