What do you know about Oracle’s history, its software, its founders and its controversies?
Oracle’s annual OpenWorld conference is one of the biggest technology events of the year, with tens of thousands of attendees flocking to San Francisco to hear about the company’s latest work.
The company’s growth owes much to its dominance of the database software market, a platform from which it has extended its tentacles into just about every other part of the IT industry since it was formed in 1977.
This year at Open world, in between bashing Amazon at every opportunity, founder Larry Ellison (now CTO rather than CEO) detailed the company’s ongoing cloud push, new developer tools and updates for its wide-ranging portfolio.
It may face huge competition from AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform in the public cloud space, and some wonder whether its efforts have come too late, but the influence and power of Oracle cannot be overstated.
Over the years, Oracle has been praised and maligned, swallowed up numerous companies, and has never been far away from a legal battle or two, but what do you know about the house that Larry built?