Larry Ellison Quotes (88 Quotes)


    Every application we make works with the Mac today,

    The growth of corporate intranets and the World Wide Web is driving demand for both the Oracle8i database and our applications.

    Greg has told us he's looking at a terrific professional opportunity. We wish him well.

    You can't conform in business, ... If you adhere to conventional wisdom, if you do everything everyone else does, you're going to lose, The only way to get ahead, to really get ahead. is to be different.

    We think Microsoft is a very serious competitor going forward in the applications business. It's not simply going to be Oracle versus SAP.


    A year from now, we'll have over 4,000 customers live on the e-business suite.

    everyone's going online, all the time, everywhere.

    Apple needs to worry about doing something different. It's back to innovation and creativity.

    All of Tom's experience will be very valuable to Oracle for the next couple of years, ... I have no problem with him saying not-nice things about me in the past. I might have said some things about him. I forget. That's all water under the bridge. We're on the same team again.

    My first reaction is not if I live to a thousand years. But who knows

    Bill Gates wants people to think he's Edison, when he's really Rockefeller. Referring to Gates as the smartest man in America isn't right... wealth isn't the same thing as intelligence.

    We think this year, this wonderful year, was our period of adjustment, ... We think that transition is behind us and top-line growth will look a lot better this coming year. Our pipeline is just over the moon.

    Rather than try to fight the open source trend, we think it's important to find ways to make it work to our advantage.

    Bill Gates is the pope of the personal computer industry. He decides who's going to build.

    There's only one program that's really important on your PC and that's an Internet browser. Once you have access to the Internet, you have everything computing has to offer,

    I will continue to offer my advice to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and the executive management team at Apple, but my schedule does not currently allow me to attend enough of the formal board meetings to warrant a role as director,

    A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.

    In the last few days, Oracle executives have had the opportunity to speak with the holders of a majority of PeopleSoft shares, ... Many of those shareholders indicated the prices at which they would tender their shares.

    The Association for Competitive Technology didn't exist until the Microsoft antitrust trial began, ... It purports to be an independent group that is supporting America, but it was bought and paid for by two Americans -- Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer Microsoft's CEO.

    While BEA is a less attractive candidate, it doesn't mean we are running out of targets,

    I have had all of the disadvantages required for success.

    These days, many companies are cutting back on their technology purchases. Oracle's alternative service for 10 a month will do all your accounting, all your human resources, all your customer relationship management ... all you need is a cheap PC with a Web browser, ... The customer saves money and it's much easier for the customer not to deal with the technical details.

    Our goal is very simply to become the desktop for e-businesses.

    Siebel is the categorical leader in CRM and understands it better than anyone else on the planet, ... This action makes building Fusion products easier not harder.

    My impression is that we're gaining share, ... More and more people are using Oracle.

    The real highlight of our most recent quarter was the 57 percent growth in our applications business, and this merger is going to make that applications business bigger and stronger,

    I hope they can amend the constitution to let Bill Clinton run again... I'm very fond of Bill Clinton personally... the world's going to miss him. He's gifted, bright, charming and charismatic.

    When you innovate, you've got to be prepared for everyone telling you you're nuts.

    If you want to place blame, look at plunging profits, sagging demand and uncertain outlooks. Just today, for example, Adobe dropped sharply after the company lowered its profit outlook for the next quarter. Most tech companies have limited visibility as it is, and the uncertainty brought about by last week's attacks won't help. We don't think things are recovering, ... and in light of the latest events in New York and D.C., we're anticipating things to be slightly worse.

    Joe brings perspective and experience not commonly found in Silicon Valley companies, ... In the last few years we have transformed Oracle Corporation into the leader in e-business. Joe will help us clearly and broadly communicate the benefits of e-business and e-government.

    I have been working more, ... That's true, and the reason I'm working more is this is an extraordinary opportunity. My industry and in fact, every industry soon is going through this tectonic change.

    He's always thought I was taking too much of a risk by holding on to my Oracle (stock).

    Last quarter we got through it with record profitability record margins, ... In light of Sept. 11, it will be very difficult for us to do that again this quarter.

    We are optimistic about becoming number one in the middleware business,

    I think the applications space will be diverse and complex five years from now,

    Guys were knocked down time and time again, but kept getting up to do what had to be done to keep us alive. It's a tough crew, but the guys were choked up. We were learning of people dying.

    At one time we highlighted BEA for a possible acquisition, but less so now. We have passed them up...and they don't really want to be bought.

    We think of Microsoft as our major competitor in the database business, not IBM,

    In a single step, Oracle becomes the number one CRM customer relationship management applications company in the world,

    We are clearly not No. 1 in middleware. You will see us do a number of things in that space, including acquisitions.

    My biggest concern is the stock market coming down,

    As the Internet grows, that's driving our top line, ... Last quarter, our software business grew 30 percent.

    The Oracle salesperson gets credit for the Sun sale. I think the Oracle salesperson will appreciate the help of the Sun sales force in making quota.

    An appropriate setup for some businesses might be to use midrange servers for the database and smaller servers for their applications, he said. However, in a couple of years it's not inconceivable that we could be recommending Intel-based servers for everything, ... It's not out of the question.

    We used to be friends a long time ago, ... a good deal of social time with Bill. Less so recently.

    While that may underscore our database growth in the fourth quarter, it bodes extremely well for database sales in the first quarter, and the second quarter and the third quarter, ... It's because we didn't sweep the table in the fourth quarter and we will never sweep the table again.

    It's Microsoft versus mankind, with Microsoft having only a slight lead.

    If we had made less than 12 cents in operating income, we would have had to warn. We didn't warn.

    No one has ever done this before. We think it will be a huge market and we think it will help drive database growth for years to come.

    Oracle applications are ideally suited for rapid implementations because our e-business suite is complete and integrated -- no application customizations are required,


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