At the recent D10 Conference, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was in rare form once again while outlining his company's vision for the cloud. He seemed rather self-assured that Oracle's six-year absence from the cloud software market would be worth the wait and even included a few less-than-subtle jabs at industry counterparts. But while Ellison has every right to believe in the merits of his own technology, his view of the competitive landscape may be somewhat misguided.
According to CNET, Ellison's wide-ranging D10 interview touched on everything from yacht racing to the painstaking process of "rewriting everything for the cloud." He also stumbled into controversial territory on several occasions by implying that he was the original brains behind NetSuite and that SAP will have "nothing new" before 2020.
"As usual, you can tell who Oracle is most worried about by the competitors they criticize most," SAP officials responded in a prepared statement. "With 17 million users, SAP's SuccessFactors business has the largest user base of any cloud apps provider."
Interestingly enough, according to InformationWeek, Oracle's Project Fusion strategy that Ellison spent so much time discussing is not unlike the SAP Business ByDesign suite that has been on the market for several years.