More than three and a half decades ago Larry Ellison saw an opportunity other companies missed: a description of a working prototype for a relational database. No company had committed to commercializing the technology, but Ellison and co-founders Bob Miner and Ed Oates realized the tremendous business potential of the relational database model—but they may not have realized that the company they formed would change the face of business computing forever.
Throughout its history Oracle has proved it can build for the future on the foundation of its innovations and its intimate knowledge of customer challenges and successes analyzed by the best technical and business minds in the world. The company has leveraged its immense size and strength to serve its customers, and to implement key technology and business decisions that upend conventional wisdom and take its products and services in new directions.
Today Oracle is the gold standard for database technology and applications in enterprises throughout the world—the company is the world's leading supplier of information management software and the world's second largest independent software company. And Oracle's complete portfolio of servers, storage, software, and networking products are engineered to work together to deliver record-breaking performance, simplified management, and cost-saving efficiencies.
Now, more than ever before, Oracle technology can be found in nearly every industry and in the data centers of 100 of the Fortune Global 100 companies. Oracle is the first software company to develop and deploy 100 percent internet-enabled enterprise software across its entire product line: database, business applications, application development, and decision support tools.
Innovation is the engine of Oracle's success. Oracle was one of the first companies to make its business applications available through the internet—an idea that is now pervasive. Oracle has introduced Oracle Fusion Middleware products and functionality that connect all levels of enterprise technology, ensuring customers access to the knowledge they need to respond to market conditions with speed and agility—and now Oracle Fusion Middleware is the #1 middleware software.