The company has also updated its Business Intelligence Cloud Service with new tools to visualize data. This feature "is designed for the line of business user, rather than for the IT guy," Singh said.
Although previously quiet on the cloud front, Oracle has slowly becoming acclimatized to being a cloud service provider, said Charles Eschinger, Gartner vice president of research. The company got an early start, given that its Java-based Fusion provides an easy way to move applications into cloud environments.
Over the last 18 months, the company has hired a number of "cloud-native" executives, Eschinger said, including Shawn Price, who formerly worked at SAP, and Peter Magnusson, who worked at Google and SnapChat.
In 2012, Oracle was "barely in" the software services, Ellison admitted in the webcast. Today, Oracle has over 1,000 organizations using the Oracle's enterprise resource planning services. "We are winning big time in ERP in the cloud," Ellison said. "We are growing a lot faster" than rival Salesforce.com, he asserted.
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