Oracle: We Don’t Pay Attention To IBM And SAP Anymore

Oracle has called out the likes of IBM and SAP as it says its nearest rivals have completely changed over the past few years.

Company founder Larry Ellison described how a “stunning change” in the development of the cloud market recently means that Oracle’s main competitors are now completely different to a decade ago.

Speaking during his keynote at the Oracle OpenWorld 2015 event in San Francisco, Ellison revealed that the company really only sees Microsoft as a competitor due to its ability to provide three tiers of cloud services.

“Only Oracle and Microsoft is in every level of the cloud – applications, platform, and infrastructure,” he said.

All change

“The world has changed,” Ellison said, noting that the two companies Oracle previously watched the most closely over the past decade (SAP and IBM), are no longer worth its attention.

“We do not watch them at all anymore,” Ellison said with relish, “They’re nowhere in the cloud.”

Instead of SAP, who Ellison says “you never see in the cloud”, Oracle is now paying close attention to the likes of Salesforce.com and Workday in the SaaS apps space, as both have shown successful growth, although they are still unable to offer a full cloud package (as Salesforce.com has two tiers of cloud, with Workday only on one).

In the PaaS space, it is Microsoft (not IBM) that gains Oracle’s attention, as Ellison noted that it is “the only one of our traditional competitors that has moved across effectively,” thanks to its major investment in Azure cloud.

Finally, in the infrastructure/IaaS space, it’s now Amazon, not IBM and EMC, which Oracle watches, which Ellison said was “another stunning change.”

“We compete with Amazon in cloud infrastructure and never, ever see IBM – this is how much our world has changed.”

Ellison highlighted how Oracle’s ability to offer a complete suite of cloud services has led the company to continue to grow and succeed in recent years. In particular, he noted that the company is now selling more SaaS and PaaS products than Salesforce.com (including an industry record $426m sold in the fourth quarter of its 2015 financial year), and is aiming to sell more than £1.5bn in SaaS and PaaS in the entirety of this year.

“I think we’re doing pretty well actually,” he concluded.

Take our cloud quiz here!

Mike Moore

Michael Moore joined TechWeek Europe in January 2014 as a trainee before graduating to Reporter later that year. He covers a wide range of topics, including but not limited to mobile devices, wearable tech, the Internet of Things, and financial technology.

Recent Posts

US DoJ Charges Six Russian GRU Officers For Cyberattacks

Hackers also targeted this year's delayed Olympic Games in Tokyo says UK, as the US…

2 hours ago

Google Discloses Biggest-Ever DDoS Attack

Google says it successfully fended off a 2.5 Tbps denial-of-service attack in 2017, making it…

1 day ago

Microsoft Issues Two Emergency Windows Patches

Microsoft publishes out-of-band patches for bugs in Visual Studio Code and Windows Codecs Library that…

1 day ago

Zoom Introduces Paid Events, In-Meeting Apps

Zoom aims to capitalise on its massively increased user base with platform for paid events…

1 day ago

European Telecoms Trade Group Warns Against Banning Chinese Vendors

Banning Chinese telecoms equipment vendors for political reasons will increase costs and delay network upgrades,…

1 day ago

Twitter Changes Policy On Blocking ‘Hacked Materials’

Twitter will no longer block links to articles containing hacked materials, following criticism over treatment…

1 day ago