Eye on Oracle

Dec 22 2008   8:40PM GMT

Larry Ellison speaks 2008

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

If there’s one thing that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is known for, it’s his willingness to share what’s on his mind.

The last time we looked at some of Ellison’s most quotable moments, we found he was candid on everything from business to parenting to being filthy rich.  And since 2008 was such an eventful year for Oracle, one can only imagine what the always entertaining Ellison had to say about the unveiling of Exadata,  Oracle’s leap into cloud computing and the rest of the software giant’s 2008 happenings. Here’s a look back at some memorable Ellison quotes from the past 12 months:

-“The customer will be de-installing Salesforce and replacing it with Oracle Sales on Demand, so we’re very excited about that.” –Ellison shows his confidence on a new cloud computing deal that he thinks will put Oracle on top of Salesforce.com.

-“This holds a lot of songs. It’s 1,400 times larger than Apple’s largest iPod.” –Ellison jokes about the size of Oracle’s new Database Machine at Oracle OpenWorld.

-“I don’t understand what we’ll do differently in light of cloud computing, other than change the wording on some of our ads.” –Ellison on the new cloud computing “fad.”

-“They are copying us. Others would be foolish not to try.” –Ellison on why Microsoft and other software companies are turning to acquisitions as a growth strategy.

-“We loaned them half a machine each instead of a whole machine because we’re really cheap.” –Ellison on the beta versions of the Exadata machines that Oracle offered early to some customers.

-“It’s crazy to say you will only grow through innovation. It’s bizarre that there’s a stigma to buying something rather than building it yourself.” –Ellison on why he sees nothing wrong with hostile takeovers.

-“The computer industry is the only industry that’s more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. I remember I was reading W — the fashion magazine — and I found out that orange is the new pink… We’ll make cloud computing announcements because if orange is the new pink, we’ll make orange blouses. I’m not going to fight this thing.”  –Ellison continues to deride cloud computing (and admits he reads women’s fashion magazines?)

-“We’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” –Just one more of the many notable excerpts from Ellison’s anti-cloud computing rant.

There’s also one that couldn’t make the list, as there was no direct quote, but certainly deserves a mention. Last March, Ellison “bagged a $3 million tax break after arguing that his flamboyant Japanese-style estate in Woodside is functionally obsolete.” For Ellison to argue that he and his 23-acre, 8,000-square-foot estate deserves a tax break more than San Mateo schools need funds — and win — there must have been some pretty good quotes in there, right? 

Let’s see if he can outdo himself in 2009.

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  • Lawrence Cumber
    Well, if his quotes have stood the test of time, then lets expect more to come from him. Believe me or not, before he utters he must have had a deep thought about it. Its not a coincidence. Is It ?
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