Now Oracle Really Is Your Father's IBM
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With the Sun Microsystems buy now all but behind it, Oracle is looking ahead. And for some clues on where the enterprise software -- and now, hardware -- giant is going, one need only look to the past. That is, the past of its great rival, IBM. Datamation has the story.
It took Oracle 30 years to cobble together all the component pieces it needed to become the modern equivalent of IBM at its technological and entrepreneurial peak in the 1960s. With the Sun Microsystems acquisition finally completed, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has now built the company he always envisioned and he isn't wasting any time putting it to work.
Today Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is holding a daylong event for customers, partners and press detailing its strategic vision now that it has added Sun's operating systems, servers and storage components to its existing business applications, middleware and database software.
"We've been talking about this for years," Oracle president Charles Phillips said during the presentation. "We've extended it down to more and more layers."
"One upside of this transaction taking so long to close was that it gave us plenty of time to work on the details," he added. "We have a complete system that's engineered to work together and be delivered faster across domains."