Larry Ellison, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, kicked off by delving deeper into why Oracle has made cloud a priority, and the...

larry ellison oow14Larry Ellison, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, kicked off by delving deeper into why Oracle has made cloud a priority, and the benefits the company is trying to bring to customers. “It wasn’t sufficient simply to move off premise and into the cloud,” he said. “There had to be, obviously, a bunch of benefits associated with that.”

He spoke about the platform Oracle developed in order to create its cloud offering, and how that same platform is sold as-a-service (PaaS) to customers – unlike competitors including Salesforce.com and SAP, who build applications on Oracle’s database, yet sell customers a different solution.

Ellison demoed Oracle’s Database-as-a-Service (DaaS) offering and new HCM Suite, before talking about Oracle’s Big Data SQL language – which will allow queries to be run very quickly across multiple data sources, including Hadoop and NoSQL.

In closing, Ellison said Oracle is “just getting started” when it comes to the cloud. “Moving to the cloud is easy, and there are huge benefits,” he added. “We really didn’t throw away everything that we learned over the last 30 years when we moved to the cloud.”

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