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Oracle OpenWorld (OOW), one of the largest IT conference in the world, always makes waves. For instance, the CEO bailed on his own keynote speech to watch his World Cup team sail. But while OOW 2014 doesn’t start until Sunday, the company’s biggest news came last week when founder Larry Ellison announced he’ll step down as CEO of the enterprise software giant. He’s not going far, though. The 70-year-old Ellison will chair the board and also take on the chief technology officer role.
But don’t worry, Ellison isn’t feeling bad about his self-imposed demotion―or poor. The man’s fifth-richest man just bought the island of Lanai Hawaii. Not a beach house on the island, but a whole island. He has an interesting vision for the island of about 3,000 inhabitants, complete with photosynthesizing algae and advanced irrigation techniques designed to make Lanai self-sustaining.
The second-most-interesting news also began before the conference, when new co-CEO Mark Hurd, formerly chief of HP, announced that Oracle will go after Microsoft’s cloud business. It seems that Oracle is getting serious about the cloud, with a new platform-as-a-service on which Java developers can build new apps. Tune into the conference for more details.
Attending Oracle OpenWorld 2014? Visit TEKsystems' booth at No. 2012, Moscone South. There will be some cool live demos of manufacturing equipment talking to Oracle in real time. And our BI, EBS and Fusion Middleware experts will be on hand to talk about some of our Oracle skills and implementations, like a recent Big Data engagement or when we unified 25 legacy systems and added Oracle BI on top.
Happy gorgeous September weekend!