I thought I’d put together a little montage of Oracle‘s fearless leader Larry Ellison talking about cloud. It’s not that Larry has been wishy-washy – he’s never wishy washy – but he has certainly changed his tune over the years as the business imperatives for cloud became more obvious to him.
When cloud started taking off, it was pretty clear it took Ellison by surprise. Now his company is playing catch up, which is something he is comfortable with and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Oracle make a few acquisitions, bring a few lawsuits and any other late-to-the-party shenanigans they do. But will it work this time? Will people that feel trapped by their Oracle licenses want more of the same from their cloud operations?