Oracle gives sneak peek at its plans for OpenWorld

Database 12c, the cloud and big data will be three areas of focus

  • Dreamforce 2013 may also see the appearance of a previously unthinkable guest: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. Benioff and Ellison ended their famous public feud earlier this year when announcing a partnership that will include committing to using Oracle technology for a long time. Ellison also accepted Benioff's invitation to Dreamforce, although it's not clear whether his plans have changed since then.

  • Ellison's love of sailing is no secret, but this year his Oracle Team USA racing team reached new heights of glory with an unprecedented come-from-behind victory over New Zealand, taking home the America's Cup. The CEO was so eager to see his team's climactic races that he ended up skipping a keynote he was supposed to deliver at Oracle's OpenWorld conference, to the irritation of many customers.

  • Larry Ellison at the launch of SPARC servers on March 26

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