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Encyclopedia > Oracle Corporation
Oracle Corporation
Type Public (NASDAQ: ORCL)
Founded Flag of the United States California, USA (1977)[1]
Headquarters Redwood City, CA
Key people Lawrence (Larry) J. Ellison, CEO
Jeffrey O. Henley, Chairman
Safra A. Catz, President/CFO
Charles Phillips, President
Industry Software & Programming
Products Oracle BRM
Oracle Database
Oracle Rdb
Oracle eBusiness Suite
Oracle Application Server
Oracle JDeveloper
Oracle Application Framework
Oracle ADF
Oracle Collaboration Suite
Oracle Enterprise Manager
Oracle Application Express
Oracle Designer
Oracle Developer Suite
Revenue $17.996 billion USD (2007)
Operating income $5.974 billion USD (2007)
Net income $4.274 billion USD (2007)
Employees 68,236 (2007)
Website http://www.oracle.com

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQORCL) is one of the major companies developing database management systems (DBMS), tools for database development, middle-tier software, enterprise resource planning software (ERP), customer relationship management software (CRM) and supply chain management (SCM) software. Oracle was founded in 1977, and has offices in more than 145 countries around the world. As of 2005, it employed more than 50,000 people worldwide and is the world's second largest software company. Image File history File links Oracle_logo. ... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Redwood City is the county seat of San Mateo County, California. ... Lawrence Larry Joseph Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, a major enterprise software company and is the 11th richest person in the world [1] // Ellison was born in New York City to Florence Spellman, a 19-year-old... Jeffrey O. Henley is the Chairman of Oracle Corporation. ... Safra A. Catz is the Chief Financial Officer of Oracle Corporation since November 2005. ... Charles Phillips Charles Phillips is President of Oracle Corporation and a member of the companys Board of Directors. ... Computer software (or simply software) refers to one or more computer programs and data held in the storage of a computer for some purpose. ... Computer programming (often simply programming) is the craft of implementing one or more interrelated abstract algorithms using a particular programming language to produce a concrete computer program. ... The term Oracle database may refer either to the database management system (DBMS) software released by Oracle Corporation as Oracle RDBMS, or to any of the individual databases managed by such software. ... Rdb/VMS is a relational database management system (RDBMS) for the Hewlett-Packard OpenVMS operating system. ... Oracle Applications is a collection of business applications all based around a single database. ... Oracle Application Server 10g (g is for Grid), is an integrated, standards-based software platform. ... JDeveloper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Oracle Application Development Framework, usually called Oracle ADF, is a commercial framework for quickly creating enterprise applications. ... Launched in 2000, the Oracle Collaboration Suite was the first attempt by Oracle Corp to break the stranglehold of Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes on the Enterprise messaging system market. ... Oracle Enterprise Manager contains three releases. ... Oracle Application Express (Oracle Apex, previously named Oracle HTML-DB) is a free software development environment based on the Oracle database [1]. It was previously known as Project Marvel and Web DB. It allows a very fast development cycle to be achieved to create web based applications. ... Oracle Designer is Oracles CASE tool for designing an information system and generating it. ... Oracle Developer Suite is a suite of development tools released by the Oracle Corporation. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... USD redirects here. ... Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT), also known as operating income and operating profit, is a term used to describe a companys earnings. ... Net income is equal to the income that a firm has after subtracting costs and expenses from the total revenue. ... This article is about work. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... NASDAQ in Times Square, New York City. ... A database management system (DBMS) is computer software designed for the purpose of managing databases. ... This article is about computing. ... Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERPs) integrate (or attempt to integrate) all data and processes of an organization into a unified system. ... Customer relationship management (CRM) is a broad term that covers concepts used by companies to manage their relationships with customers, including the capture, storage and analysis of customer, vendor, partner, and internal process information. ... Supply chain management (SCM) is the process of planning, implementing, and controlling the operations of the supply chain as efficiently as possible. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... 2005 is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Forbes Global 2000 includes the following list of the worlds largest software companies. ...


Lawrence J. Ellison (Larry Ellison) has served as Oracle's CEO throughout the company's history. Ellison served as the Chairman of the Board until his replacement by Jeffrey O. Henley in 2004. Ellison retains his role as CEO. Forbes magazine once judged Ellison the richest man in the world. Lawrence Larry Joseph Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and the co-founder and CEO of Oracle Corporation, a major enterprise software company and is the 11th richest person in the world [1] // Ellison was born in New York City to Florence Spellman, a 19-year-old... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... Chairman of the Board redirects here. ... Jeffrey O. Henley is the Chairman of Oracle Corporation. ... For other uses, see Forbes (disambiguation). ...


Ellison was inspired by the paper written by Edgar F. Codd on relational database systems named A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks. He had heard about the IBM System R database from an article in the IBM Research Journal provided by co-founder Ed Oates, also based on Codd's theories, and wanted Oracle to be compatible with it, but IBM stopped this by keeping the error codes for their DBMS secret. He founded Oracle in 1977 under the name Software Development Laboratories. In 1979 SDL changed its name to Relational Software, Inc. (RSI). In 1983, RSI was renamed Oracle Systems to more closely align itself with its flagship product Oracle Database with Robert Miner as senior programmer. Edgar Frank Ted Codd (August 23, 1923 – April 18, 2003) was a British computer scientist who made seminal contributions to the theory of relational databases. ... A database management system (DBMS) is computer software designed for the purpose of managing databases. ... International Business Machines Corporation (IBM, or colloquially, Big Blue) (NYSE: IBM) (incorporated June 15, 1911, in operation since 1888) is headquartered in Armonk, New York, USA. The company manufactures and sells computer hardware, software, and services. ... System R is a database system built as a research project at IBM San Jose Research (now IBM Almaden Research Center) in the 1970s. ... The term Oracle database may refer either to the database management system (DBMS) software released by Oracle Corporation as Oracle RDBMS, or to any of the individual databases managed by such software. ...

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History

  • June 16, 1977: Oracle Corporation was incorporated in Redwood Shores, California[1] as Software Development Laboratories (SDL) by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates.
  • June 1979: SDL is renamed to Relational Software Inc. (RSI), and relocates to Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California. Oracle 2, the first version of the Oracle database software runs on PDP-11 and is sold to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The company decides to name the first version of its flagship product version 2 rather than version 1 because it believes companies may hesitate to buy the initial release of its product (and, or IBM would not divulge to render the original take).
  • October 1979: RSI actively promotes Oracle on the VAX platform (the software runs on the VAX in PDP-11 emulator mode)
  • 1981 Umang Gupta joined Oracle Corporation where he wrote the first business plan for the company, and served as Vice President and General Manager of the Microcomputer Products **
  • February 1981: RSI begins developing tools for Oracle, including the Interactive Application Facility (IAF), a predecessor to Oracle*Forms.
  • Bruce Scott was one of the first employees at Oracle (then Software Development Laboratories). He co-founded Gupta Technologies (which later became Centura Software) in 1984 with Umang Gupta, and later became CEO and founder of PointBase, Inc. Bruce was co-author and co-architect of Oracle V1, V2 and V3. He created the sample schema "SCOTT" (containing tables like EMP and DEPT) with the password defaulted to TIGER (apparently named after his cat).
  • March 1983: RSI rewrites Oracle in C for portability and Oracle version 3 is released. RSI is renamed to Oracle to more closely align with its primary product. The word Oracle was the code name of a CIA project which the founders had all worked on while at the Ampex Corporation.
  • April 1984: Received additional funding from Sequoia Capital.
  • October 1984: Oracle version 4 released, introducing read consistency
  • November 1984: Oracle ports the database software to the PC platform. The MS-DOS version (4.1.4) of Oracle runs in only 512K of memory. Oracle for MSDOS version 5 was released in 1986 running in Protected Mode on 286 machines using a technique invented by Mike Roberts, among the first products to do so.
  • April 1985: Oracle version 5 released. It is one of the first RDBMSs to operate in client-server mode.
  • 1986: Oracle version 5.1 released with support for distributed queries. Investigations into clustering begin.
  • March 12, 1986: Oracle goes public with revenues of $55 million USD.
  • August 1987: Oracle founds its Applications division, building business management software closely integrated with its database software. Oracle acquires TCI for its project management software.
  • 1988: Oracle version 6 is released with support for row-level locking and hot backups. The PL/SQL procedural language engine was embedded in the database but no provision was made to store program blocks such as procedures and triggers in the database - this capability was added in v7. PL/SQL blocks could be submitted for immediate execution in the server from an environment such as SQL*Plus, or via SQL statements embedded in a host program. Separate PL/SQL engines were included in various client tools (SQL*Forms, Reports).
  • 1989: Oracle moves world headquarters to Redwood Shores, California. Revenues reach US$584 million
  • 1990: In the third quarter, Oracle reports its first ever loss, hundreds of employees are laid off. Ellison hires Jeffrey O. Henley as CFO and Raymond Lane as COO.
  • June 1992: Oracle 7 released with performance enhancements, administrative utilities, application development tools, security features, the ability to persist PL/SQL program units in the database as stored procedures and triggers, and support for declarative referential integrity
  • 1993: Releases Oracle's Cooperative Development Environment (CDE) which bundles Oracle Forms, Reports, Graphics, Book
  • 1994: Oracle acquired the database-product DEC Rdb (now called Oracle Rdb) from Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) and development is still going on. Oracle Rdb is only available on the OpenVMS platform (also a former product of DEC).
  • June 21, 1995: Oracle announces new data warehousing facilities, including parallel queries.
  • November 1995: Oracle is one of the first large software companies to announce an internet strategy when Ellison introduces the network computer concept at an IDC conference in Paris
  • April 1997: Oracle releases the first version of Discoverer, an ad-hoc query tool for business intelligence.
  • June 1997: Oracle 8 is released with SQL object technology, internet technology and support for terabytes of data
  • September 1997: Oracle announces its commitment to the Java platform, and introduces Oracle's Java integrated development environment, which will come to be known as Oracle JDeveloper.
  • January 1998: Oracle releases Oracle Applications 10.7 NCA. All the applications in the business software now run across the web in a standard web browser.
  • May 1998: Oracle Applications 11 is released.
  • April 1998: Oracle announces that it will integrate a Java virtual machine with Oracle Database.
  • September 1998: Oracle 8i is released.
  • October 1998: Oracle 8 and Oracle Application Server 4.0 are released on the Linux platform.
  • May 1999: Oracle releases JDeveloper 2.0, showcasing Business Components for Java (BC4J), a set of libraries and development tools for building database aware applications.
  • 2000: OracleMobile subsidiary founded. Oracle 9i released.
  • May 2000: Oracle announces the Internet File System (iFS), later rebranded as Oracle Content Management SDK.
  • June 2000: Oracle9i Application Server released with support for building portals.
  • 2001: Ellison announces that Oracle saved $1 billion implementing and using its own business applications
  • 2004: Oracle 10g released.
  • December 13, 2004: After a long battle over the control of PeopleSoft, Oracle announces that it has signed an agreement to acquire PeopleSoft for $26.50 per share (approximately $10.3 billion).
  • January 14, 2005: Oracle announces that it will reduce its combined workforce to 50,000, a reduction of approximately 5,000 following the PeopleSoft take over. 90% of PeopleSoft product development and product support staff will be retained.
  • March, 2005: Oracle extends its Middle East operations by opening a regional office in Amman, Jordan.
  • September 2005: Oracles announces that it has agreed to acquire Global Logistics Technologies, Inc. (private company), a global provider of logistics and transportation managements software (TMS) solutions through a cash offer.
  • September 12, 2005: Oracle announces it had agreed to buy Siebel Systems, the global leader in CRM technologies and a key player in the BI realm, for $5.8 billion.
  • April 12, 2006: Oracle announced that it has agreed to acquire Portal Software, Inc. (OTC BB: PRSF.PK), a leading global provider of billing and revenue management solutions for the communications and media industry, through a cash tender offer for $4.90 per share, or approximately $220 million.
  • October 25, 2006: Oracle announces Unbreakable Linux
  • November 2, 2006: Oracles announces that it has agreed to acquire Stellent, Inc. (NASDAQ: STEL), a global provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software solutions, through a cash tender offer for $13.50 per share, or approximately $440 million.
  • December 15, 2006, a majority of MetaSolv stockholders approved Oracle’s acquisition of MetaSolv Software, a Leading Provider of Operations Support Systems (OSS) Software for the Communications Industry.
  • March 1, 2007: Oracle announced that it has agreed to buy Hyperion Solutions Corporation (Nasdaq: HYSL), a leading global provider of performance management software solutions, through a cash tender offer for $52.00 per share, or approximately $3.3 billion. The acquisition officially ended on July 1, 2007.
  • March 22, 2007: Oracle filed a court case against its major competitor SAP AG in the Californian courts for malpractice and unfair competition. The full text of the filing can be found on the claimants web site under the heading newsroom.
  • October 12, 2007: Oracle announced that it had made a bid to buy BEA Systems for a price of $17/share, an offer that was rejected by the BEA board who felt that the company was worth more than that.
  • October 16, 2007: Oracle confirms impending departure of John Wookey, senior vice president for application development and head of its applications strategy, raising questions in the planned release and future of Oracle's Fusion Applications strategy.[1]
  • January 16, 2008: Oracle announces it is buying BEA Systems for $19.375/Share in cash for a total of '$7.2 billion net of cash.' [2]

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Technology timeline

  • 1979: Offers the first commercial SQL RDBMS.
  • 1983: Offers a VAX-mode database.
  • 1984: Offers the first database with read consistency.
  • 1986: Offers a client-server DBMS.
  • 1987: Introduces UNIX-based applications.
  • 1988: Introduces PL/SQL.
  • 1992: Offers full apps implementation methodology.
  • 1995: Offers the first 64-bit RDBMS.
  • 1996: Moves to an open standards-based, web-enabled architecture.
  • 1999: Offers its first DBMS with XML support.
  • 2001: Becomes the first to complete 3 terabyte TPC-H world record.
  • 2002: Offers the first database to pass 15 industry standard security evaluations.
  • 2003: Introduces what it calls "Enterprise Grid Computing" with Oracle10g.
  • 2005: Releases its first free database, Oracle Database 10g Express Edition (XE).
  • 2006: Oracle becomes the global leader in CRM technologies by virtue of its takeover of Siebel Systems.

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RDBMS release timeline

  • 1978: Oracle version 1
  • 1979: Oracle version 2
  • 1982: Oracle version 3
  • 1984: Oracle version 4
  • 1986: Oracle version 5
  • 1989: Oracle version 6
  • 1993: Oracle version 7
  • 1997: Oracle version 8
  • 1999: Oracle version 8i
  • 2001: Oracle version 9i
  • 2003: Oracle version 10g
  • 2007: Oracle version 11g

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Oracle acquisitions

Made obvious with Peoplesoft in January 2005, Oracle has made acquisitions an important component of its growth strategy.

Company Date Industry Valuation
millions USD
Thinking Machines Corporation 01999-06 June 1999 Darwin, Datamining technology N/A sm=n
Toplink 02002-01 January 2002 Object relation mapping technology N/A sm=n
NetForce 02002-01 January 2002 Adverse Event Reporting System N/A sm=n
Steltor 02002-06 June 2002 Enterprise calendaring system N/A sm=n
Phaos 02004-05 May 2004 Identity Management N/A sm=n
Collaxa 02004-06 June 2004 Business Process Management N/A sm=n
PeopleSoft 02005-01 January 2005 Enterprise Software $10,300
Oblix 02005-03 March 2005 Identity Management N/A sm=n
Retek 02005-04 April 2005 Retail Industry Solutions $630
TripleHop 02005-06 June 2005 Context-sensitive Enterprise Search N/A sm=n
TimesTen 02005-06 June 2005 Real-time Enterprise Solutions N/A sm=n
ProfitLogic 02005-07 July 2005 Retail Industry Solutions N/A sm=n
Context Media 02005-07 July 2005 Enterprise Content Integration N/A sm=n
i-flex (Oracle Financial Services) 02005-08 August 2005 Banking Industry Solutions $900
G-Log 02005-09 September 2005 Transportation Management Solutions N/A sm=n
Innobase 02005-10 October 2005 Discrete Transactional Open Source Database Technology N/A sm=n
Thor Technologies 02005-11 November 2005 Enterprise-wide User Provisioning Solutions. N/A sm=n
OctetString 02005-11 November 2005 Virtual Directory Solutions N/A sm=n
Temposoft 02005-12 December 2005 Workforce Management Applications N/A sm=n
360Commerce 02006-01 January 2006 Retail Industry Solutions N/A sm=n
Siebel Systems 02006-01 January 2006 Customer Relationship Management Solutions $5,850
Sleepycat 02006-02 February 2006 Open Source Database Software for Embedded Applications N/A sm=n
HotSip 02006-02 February 2006 Communications Infrastructure Solutions N/A sm=n
Portal Software 02006-04 April 2006 Communications Industry Software Suite $220
Net4Call 02006-04 April 2006 Communications Industry Service Delivery Platform N/A sm=n
Demantra 02006-06 June 2006 Demand-driven Planning Solutions N/A sm=n
Telephony@Work 02006-06 June 2006 IP-based Contact Center Technology N/A sm=n
Sigma Dynamics 02006-08 August 2006 Real-time Predictive Analytics Software N/A sm=n
Sunopsis 02006-10 October 2006 Enterprise Integration Software N/A sm=n
MetaSolv Software 02006-10 October 2006 Communications Service Providers Solutions $219
Stellent 02006-11 November 2006 Content Management Solutions $440
SPL WorldGroup 02006-11 November 2006 Revenue and Operations Management Software N/A sm=n
Hyperion Solutions 02007-03-01 1 March 2007 Enterprise Performance Management $3,300
AppForge
(intellectual assets only)
02007-04 April 2007 Cross-platform handheld development N/A sm=n
Agile Software Corporation 02007-05 May 2007 Product Life Cycle Management Software $495
Bharosa 02007-07 July 2007 Identify Theft $495
Bridgestream 02007-09 September 2007 Enterprise Role Management N/A sm=n
LogicalApps 02007-10 October 2007 Compliance software N/A sm=n
NetSure Telecom Ltd. 02007-11 November 2007 Network intelligence and optimization software Undisclosed sm=n
Moniforce 02007-12-06 6 December 2007 End-user experience management software N/A sm=n
BEA Systems 02008-01-16 16 January 2008 Middleware software Company $8,500
Captovation 02008-01-16 16 January 2008 Document capture software N/A sm=n
Empirix (Web) 02008-03-27 27 March 2008 Web application testing software N/A sm=n

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Products and services

Technology products

Oracle Databases

As of 2004, Oracle Corporation shipped release 10g (g: grid) as the latest version of Oracle Database. Oracle Application Server 10g using Java EE comprises the server part of that version of the database, making it possible to deploy web technology applications. The application server is the first middle-tier software designed for grid computing. The strong interrelationship between Oracle 10g and Java has enabled the company to allow developers to set up stored procedures written in the Java language, as well as those written in the traditional Oracle database programming language, PL/SQL. 2004 is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The term Oracle database may refer either to the database management system (DBMS) software released by Oracle Corporation as Oracle RDBMS, or to any of the individual databases managed by such software. ... Oracle Application Server 10g (g is for Grid), is an integrated, standards-based software platform. ... Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition or Java EE (formerly also J2EE) is a programming platform — part of the Java platform — for developing and running distributed multi-tier architecture applications, based largely on modular components running on an application server. ... WWWs historical logo designed by Robert Cailliau The World Wide Web (commonly shortened to the Web) is a system of interlinked, hypertext documents accessed via the Internet. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Multitier architecture. ... Grid computing is a phrase in distributed computing which can have several meanings: Multiple independent computing clusters which act like a grid because they are composed of resource nodes not located within a single administrative domain. ... Java language redirects here. ... A stored procedure is a subroutine available to applications accessing a relational database system. ... PL/SQL (Procedural Language/Structured Query Language) is Oracle Corporations proprietary server-based extension to the SQL database language, and emulates the Ada programming language. ...


Oracle Rdb is a relational database system running on OpenVMS platforms. Oracle acquired Rdb in 1994 from Digital Equipment Corporation. Oracle has since made many enhancements to this product and development continues today. Rdb/VMS is a relational database management system (RDBMS) for the Hewlett-Packard OpenVMS operating system. ... OpenVMS[1] (Open Virtual Memory System or just VMS) is the name of a high-end computer server operating system that runs on the VAX[2] and Alpha[3] family of computers developed by Digital Equipment Corporation of Maynard, Massachusetts (DIGITAL was then purchased by Compaq, and is now owned... Digital Equipment Corporation was a pioneering American company in the computer industry. ...

Main article: Oracle Database

The term Oracle database may refer either to the database management system (DBMS) software released by Oracle Corporation as Oracle RDBMS, or to any of the individual databases managed by such software. ...

Oracle Fusion Middleware

Oracle Fusion Middleware is a portfolio of standards-based software products, produced by Oracle, that spans multiple services, including J2EE and developer tools, integration services, business intelligence, collaboration, and content management. ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) used by database administrators (DBAs) to manage the DBMS, and recently in version 10g, a web-based rewrite of OEM called "Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Control". Oracle Corporation has dubbed the super Enterprise Manager used to manage a grid of multiple DBMS and Application Servers as "Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control". Oracle Enterprise Manager contains three releases. ... A database administrator (DBA) is a person who is responsible for the environmental aspects of a database. ...

Oracle Enterprise Manager contains three releases. ...

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search

Oracle Collaboration Suite contains messaging, groupware and collaboration applications. Launched in 2000, the Oracle Collaboration Suite was the first attempt by Oracle Corp to break the stranglehold of Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes on the Enterprise messaging system market. ...


Oracle Corporation's tools for developing applications include Oracle Designer, Oracle Developer - that consists of Oracle Forms, Oracle Discoverer and Oracle Reports, Oracle JDeveloper, and several more. Many external and third-party tools make the Oracle database administrator's tasks easier. Oracle Designer is Oracles CASE tool for designing an information system and generating it. ... Oracle Developer Suite is a suite of development tools released by the Oracle Corporation. ... Oracle Forms (part of the Oracle Developer Suite - formerly Developer 2000 or D2K) is an easy to use Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment for developing database applications. ... Oracle Reports is a tool to developing reports against data stored in an Oracle database. ... JDeveloper is a Java IDE from Oracle. ... A database administrator (DBA) is a person who is responsible for the environmental aspects of a database. ...


Application products

Besides databases, Oracle also sells a suite of business applications. The Oracle eBusiness Suite includes software to perform financial (Oracle Financials), manufacturing, enterprise resource planning and HR (Human Resource Management Systems) related functions (Oracle HR). User access to these facilities is provided through a browser interface over the internet or corporate intranet. Oracle Applications is a collection of business applications all based around a single database. ... This article or section should be merged with Oracle Corporation The core applications which make up Oracle Financials includes Oracle General Ledger, Oracle Purchasing, Oracle Payables, Oracle Inventory, Oracle Receivables and Oracle Assets. ... Enterprise Resource Planning systems (ERPs) integrate (or attempt to integrate) all data and processes of an organization into a unified system. ... Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS, EHRMS), Human Resource Information Systems (HRIS), HR Technology or also called HR modules, shape an intersection in between human resource management (HRM) and information technology. ...


Consequent to a number of high-value acquisitions beginning in 2003, especially in the Applications domain, Oracle currently maintains a number of product lines:

  • Oracle eBusiness Suite
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise
Main article: PeopleSoft
  • Siebel
Main article: Siebel Systems
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
Main article: J.D. Edwards
  • JD Edwards World

Development of applications commonly takes place in Java (using Oracle JDeveloper) or through PL/SQL (using, for example, Oracle Forms and Oracle Reports). Oracle Corporation has started a drive toward 'wizard'-driven environments with a view to enabling non-programmers to produce simple data-driven applications. Oracle Applications is a collection of business applications all based around a single database. ... PeopleSoft, Inc. ... Siebel is a brand name of Oracle Corporation. ... J.D. Edwards was a software company founded in March 1977 in Denver, Colorado by Jack Thompson, Dan Gregory and Ed McVaney. ... JDeveloper is a Java IDE from Oracle. ... Oracle Forms (part of the Oracle Developer Suite - formerly Developer 2000 or D2K) is an easy to use Rapid Application Development (RAD) environment for developing database applications. ... Oracle Reports is a tool to developing reports against data stored in an Oracle database. ...


Services

  • Oracle Consulting
  • Oracle University
  • Oracle On Demand
  • Oracle Support
  • Oracle Financing

Competition

In 1990, Oracle laid off 10% (about 400 people) of its work force because of a mismatch between cash and revenues. This crisis, which almost resulted in Oracle's bankruptcy, came about because of Oracle's "up-front" marketing strategy, in which sales people urged potential customers to buy the largest possible amount of software all at once. The sales people then booked the value of future license sales in the current quarter, thereby increasing their bonuses. This became a problem when the future sales subsequently failed to materialize. Oracle eventually had to restate its earnings twice, and also to settle out of court class action lawsuits arising from its having overstated its earnings. Ellison would later say that Oracle had made "an incredible business mistake." In law, a class action is an equitable procedural device used in litigation for determining the rights of and remedies, if any, for large numbers of people whose cases involve common questions of law and fact. ...


Although IBM dominated the mainframe relational database market with its DB2 and SQL/DS database products, it delayed entering the market for a relational database on UNIX and Windows operating systems. This left the door open for Sybase, Oracle, and Informix (and eventually Microsoft) to dominate mid-range and microcomputers.


Around this time, Oracle fell behind technically to Sybase. In 1990-1993, Sybase was the fastest growing database company and the database industry's darling vendor, but soon fell victim to its merger mania and technical issues with System X.[citation needed] Sybase's 1993 merger with PowerSoft resulted in its losing its focus on its core database technology. In 1993, Sybase sold the rights to its database software running under the Windows operating system to Microsoft Corporation, which now markets it under the name "SQL Server." Sybase Inc. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), (founded 1975), headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA, is the worlds largest software company (with over 50,000 employees in various countries, as of May 2004). ...


In 1994, Informix Software overtook Sybase and became Oracle's most important rival. The intense war between Informix CEO Phil White and Ellison was front page Silicon Valley news for three years. Ultimately, Oracle defeated Informix in 1997. In November of 2005, a book detailing the war between Oracle and Informix was published. "The Real Story of Informix Software and Phil White" provides a detailed chronology of the battle of Informix against Oracle, and how Informix Software's CEO Phil White landed in jail because of his obsession to overtake Ellison. Later in 1997, Ellison was made a director of Apple Computer after Steve Jobs came back to the company. Ellison resigned in 2002, saying that he did not have the time to attend necessary formal board meetings. Informix is a family of relational database management system products from IBM, acquired in 2001 from a company (also called Informix or Informix Software) which dates its origins back to 1980. ... Apple Inc. ... Steve Jobs (born Steven Paul Jobs February 24, 1955) is the CEO, chairman and co-founder of Apple Inc. ...


Once Informix and Sybase were defeated, Oracle enjoyed years of industry dominance until the rise of Microsoft's SQL Server in the late 90s and IBM's acquisition of Informix Software in 2000 to complement their DB2 database. Today Oracle's main competition for new database licenses on UNIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems is with IBM's DB2 and with Microsoft SQL Server (which only runs on Windows). IBM's DB2 still dominates the mainframe database market. SQL Server may refer to: Microsoft SQL Server, a specific relational database management system (RDBMS) from Microsoft Sybase SQL Server, a DBMS developed by Sybase (and, for a period, jointly with Microsoft) that was the precedessor to Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise and Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server Magazine, a publication...


In 2004, Oracle's sales grew at a rate of 14.5% to $6.2 billion, giving it 41.3% and the top share of the relational-database market (InformationWeek - March, 2005), with market share estimated at up to 44.6% in 2005 by some sources [3]. Oracle's main competitors in the database arena are IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server, and to a lesser extent Sybase and Teradata [4], with open-source databases such as PostgreSQL and MySQL also having a significant share of the market. EnterpriseDB, based on PostgreSQL, has recently made inroads[5] by proclaiming that their product delivers Oracle compatibility features at a much lower price point. DB2 is one of IBMs lines of relational database management system (or, as IBM now calls it, data server) software products within IBMs broader Information Management Software line. ... Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) produced by Microsoft. ... Sybase Inc. ... Teradata Teradata Corporation (NYSE: TDC) is the global leader in data warehousing and analytic technologies. ... For other uses, see Open source (disambiguation). ... PostgreSQL is a free software object-relational database management system (ORDBMS), released under a BSD-style license. ... MySQL (pronounced (IPA) , my S-Q-L[1]) is a multithreaded, multi-user SQL database management system (DBMS)[2] which has, according to MySQL AB, more than 10 million installations. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


In the applications arena, their main competitor is SAP. On March 22, 2007 Oracle sued SAP, accusing them of fraud and unfair competition.[2] SAP AG (ISIN: DE0007164600, FWB: SAP, NYSE: SAP) is the largest European software enterprise and the third largest in the world, with headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. ...


Oracle and SAP: Growing rivalry

Oracle Corporation and the German SAP AG have had a decade-long history of cooperation. This cooperation began in 1988, with the integration of SAP's R/3 enterprise application suite with Oracle's relational database products. Their products were considered to be complementary to one another, rather than substitutes. Despite the current SAP partnership with Microsoft, and the increasing integration of SAP applications with Microsoft products (such as SQL Server, a competitor to Oracle Database), Oracle and SAP continue their cooperation, and according to Oracle, the majority of SAP's customers use Oracle databases.[3] SAP AG (ISIN: DE0007164600, FWB: SAP, NYSE: SAP) is the largest European software enterprise and the third largest in the world, with headquarters in Walldorf, Germany. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... SAP R/3 is the former name of the main ERP software produced by SAP. Its new name is mySAP ERP. // SAP R/2 was a mainframe based business application software suite that was very successful in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... SQL Server may refer to: Microsoft SQL Server, a specific relational database management system (RDBMS) from Microsoft Sybase SQL Server, a DBMS developed by Sybase (and, for a period, jointly with Microsoft) that was the precedessor to Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise and Microsoft SQL Server SQL Server Magazine, a publication...


In recent years, however, competition between Oracle and SAP has increased, and as a result, the rivalry between the two companies has grown, even developing into a feud between the co-founders of the two companies, where one party would frequently voice strong negative comments about the other company.


In 2004 Oracle began to increase its interest in the business of enterprise applications (in 1989, Oracle had already released Oracle Financials). A series of acquisitions began, the most notable being the acquisition of PeopleSoft and Siebel (and most currently, Hyperion). Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... PeopleSoft, Inc. ... See also: Siebel Systems Siebel, originally Flugzeugbau Halle, was a German aircraft manufacturer. ... Hyperion Solutions Corporation is a business performance management software company, located in Santa Clara, California, USA. Many of its products are targeted at the Business Intelligence and Business performance management market. ...


SAP recognized that Oracle was becoming a competitor in a market where SAP had the leadership, and saw an opportunity to lure in customers from those companies that had been acquired by Oracle. It would offer those customers special discounts on the licenses for its enterprise applications (Safe Passage Program). Oracle would resort to a similar strategy, by advising SAP customers to get "OFF SAP" (a play on the words of the acronym for its middleware platform "Oracle Fusion for SAP"),[4] and by also providing special discounts on licenses and services to SAP customers who chose Oracle. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Backronym and Apronym (Discuss) Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations, such as NATO, laser, and ABC, written as the initial letter or letters of words, and pronounced on the basis of this abbreviated written form. ...


Currently, Oracle and SAP are also competing in the third-party enterprise software maintenance and support market (the latter through its recently acquired subsidiary TomorrowNow). On March 22, Oracle filed a suit against SAP. The complaint alleged that TomorrowNow, which provides discount support for legacy Oracle product lines, used the accounts of former Oracle customers to systematically download patches and support documents from Oracle's website and appropriating them for SAP's use.[6] [7] Some ERP market analysts suggested the suit could be part of a strategy by Oracle to decrease competition by SAP in the third-party enterprise software maintenance and support market.[8][9] is the 81st day of the year (82nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On July 3, SAP admitted that TomorrowNow employees had made "inappropriate downloads" from the Oracle support web site. However, it claims that SAP personnel and SAP customers had no access to Oracle intellectual property via TomorrowNow. SAP's CEO Henning Kagermann stated that "Even a single inappropriate download is unacceptable from my perspective. We regret very much that this occurred." Additionally, SAP announced that it has "instituted changes" in TomorrowNow's operational oversight.[5] is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Controversies

Trashgate

In 2000 Oracle drew attention from the industry and the eyes of the press after hiring private eyes to dig through the trash of organizations involved in the Microsoft antitrust trial[6]. Oracle Corp. Chairman Larry Ellison staunchly defended his company's hiring of an East Coast detective agency to investigate groups that supported rival Microsoft Corp. during its antitrust trial, calling the snooping a "public service." The investigation reportedly included a $1,200 offer to janitors at the Association for Competitive Technology to look through the organization's trash. Asked how he'd feel if others were looking into Oracle's business activities, Ellison said: "We will ship our garbage to Redmond, and they can go through it. We believe in full disclosure."[7]


"Can't break it, can't break in"

Oracle markets many of its products using the slogan "Can't break it, can't break in", or "Unbreakable". This signifies the increasing demands on information safety. Oracle Corporation also stresses the reliability of networked databases and network access to databases as major selling points.


However, two weeks after its introduction in 2002, David Litchfield, Alexander Kornbrust, Cesar Cerrudo and others demonstrated a whole suite of successful attacks against Oracle products.[8][9]. The slogan was widely criticized as unrealistic, and as an invitation to crackers. But Oracle chief security officer Mary Ann Davidson says the criticism is unfair. Rather than representing a literal claim that Oracle's products are impregnable, the campaign refers to fourteen independent security evaluations[10] that Oracle's database server passed. David Litchfield is a renowned security expert, who focuses on the discovery and publication of computer security vulnerabilities. ... Alexander Kornbrust is the founder and CEO of Red-Database-Security GmbH, a company specialized in Oracle security. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into black hat. ... Mary Ann Davidson is the Chief Security Officer of Oracle Corporation, the second largest software company in the world. ...


Relationship with John Ashcroft

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft sued Oracle in 2004 to prevent a contract acquisition. Then, in 2005, Oracle hired Ashcroft's recently created lobbying firm, The Ashcroft Group, LLC. Oracle, with Ashcroft's lobbying, then went on to acquire the contract, a multi-billion dollar intelligence application.[11] John David Ashcroft (born May 9, 1942) is an American politician who was the 79th United States Attorney General. ...


Headquarters

Oracle HQ.
Oracle HQ.

Oracle Corporation has its world headquarters on the San Francisco Peninsula in the Redwood Shores area of Redwood City, adjacent to Belmont, near San Carlos Airport (IATA airport code: SQL). Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 683 pixel, file size: 408 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I am the author of this work and license it under CC Attribution. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 534 pixelsFull resolution (1024 × 683 pixel, file size: 408 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I am the author of this work and license it under CC Attribution. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Redwood Shores is an upscale and desirable [1] waterfront neighborhood on the San Francisco Peninsula in California. ... Redwood City is a suburb located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. ... Belmont is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... San Carlos Airport (IATA Airport Code: SQL) is a small general aviation airport located in San Carlos, California, off Highway 101. ... An IATA airport code, also known an IATA location identifier or simply a location identifier [1], is a three-letter code designating many airports around the world, defined by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). ...


Oracle HQ stands on the former site of Marine World Africa USA, which moved from Redwood Shores to Vallejo in 1986. Oracle Corporation originally leased two buildings from the site, moving its finance and administration departments from the corporation's former headquarters in Davis Drive, Belmont, California. Eventually, Oracle purchased the complex and constructed a further four main buildings. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Six Flags Discovery Kingdom#History. ... Vallejo (pronounced in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... Belmont is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States. ...


The Oracle Parkway buildings were prominently featured as the futuristic headquarters of fictional company "NorthAm Robotics" in the Robin Williams film Bicentennial Man (1999).[12] This article is about the American actor and comedian; for other people named Robin Williams, see Robin Williams (disambiguation). ... Bicentennial Man is a 1999 film starring Robin Williams based on the well-known novella of the same name by Isaac Asimov. ...


The Oracle Arena

On October 20, 2006 the Golden State Warriors and the Oracle Corporation announced a 10 year agreement in which the Oakland Arena would be known as the Oracle Arena. is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Golden State Warriors are a professional basketball team based in Oakland, California. ... The Oracle Arena also known by its former name of The Arena in Oakland is an indoor arena in Oakland, California, United States. ...


Trivia

  • Oracle was referenced in a Saturday Night Live skit on May 14, 2005. The skit involved Will Ferrell as a team leader at an Oracle summit/convention. Ferrell's character did song parodies that reflected Oracle.
  • Part of Oracle's early success was due to the fact that they used the C programming language to implement their products such that they could be ported to different operating systems (most of which support C). This gave them an advantage over companies that used operating-system-specific languages.[citation needed] Oracle wrote the first C compiler for the IBM mainframe platform in order to be able to port to that platform.
  • The closest airport to the Oracle World Corporate Headquarters has the call sign of "SQL". The airport is San Carlos Airport. This is purely a coincidence and has nothing to do with the SQL Language and the airport was named well before the founding of the Oracle corporation.

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See also

Oracle OpenWorld is the premier Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, and line of business end users. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... On October 25, 2006 Oracle Corporation announced their Unbreakable Linux. ... A Oracle User Group is a private, generally non-profit or not-for-profit organization that provides support and/or education for users of Oracle Corporation technology, particularly for professional users, however student user groups have also been established. ... Oracle Technology Network (OTN) is Oracles official, interactive online/offline community for Oracle technical professionals. ... Configurable Network Computing or CNC is JD Edwards®s (JDE) client-server proprietary architecture and methodology that implements its highly-scalable enterprise-wide business solutions software that can run on a wide variety of hardware, operating systems (OS) and hardware platforms. ...

Notes

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