After famously mocking cloud computing
back in 2008, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison changed his tune significantly as he announced the availability of Oracle Public Cloud, a suite of more than 100 cloud apps spanning ERP, CRM, HCM and other software categories.
Ellison confirmed many details about Oracle’s cloud offerings, including their per-user, per-month pricing. As expected, Ellison also said enterprise customers would be able to choose whether to deploy their Oracle applications on premises or in the cloud and move their apps between the two. He also made sure to call out rival SAP’s cloud prowess, or lack thereof, saying SAP won't have anything “for real” in the cloud until 2020, and that “All SAP’s got is SuccessFactors.” Oracle, for its part, acquired cloud firms Taleo, RightNow and Vitrue.
Yankee Group Senior Analyst Chris Marsh comments
“Oracle’s Ellison likes to be confrontational in criticizing competitors’ cloud portfolios but I think in some ways he is being rather narrow-minded. Being big in cloud but not in mobile is a big mistake. as the value of each will ultimately reside in
their synergistic relationship. SAP and cloud-born competitors like Infor are arguably making a bigger splash in mobile, which actually makes Oracle look a little more like the laggard.”