"We never comment on these kinds of things," the co-chief executive responded. "We've never had a deal leak."
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Salesforce has a gawdy market cap so the field of potential acquirers is limited. Nevertheless, a handful of tech giants led by Oracle could pull off a deal.
"It's always hard for me to talk about Oracle because Larry Ellison is a good friend of mine," said Benioff.
Google Chrome, Oracle Solaris and Gentoo Linux all beat Microsoft's Internet Explorer in having the most vulnerabilities last year, according to Secunia, while IBM software took 40 percent of the Top 20 places.
Oracle takes a cloud victory lap as analysts and investor cheer the second quarter. CTO Larry Ellison lays out plans to pass Salesforce.
Ellison speculated that not only would Oracle catch up with partner/rival Salesforce.com next year -- but that it would eventually surpass the CRM giant in the cloud market.
Oracle to open two cloud datacentres for customers who want their applications and data to stay on European soil.
Here are some thoughts on how I see the CRM market moving and various tech companies and projects that I think you'll find to your liking.
Monday morning opener: Adobe rates high on our survey of enterprise software vendors being used or considered. Microsoft dominates and Salesforce, Workday and others sneak up on giants like SAP and Oracle.
Rimini Street rolled out a services designed to mix, match and migrate legacy SAP and Oracle applications with cloud tools from the likes of Workday and Salesforce.
Cloud company Salesforce.com makes it into the ranking of the top 10 enterprise software companies for the first time.
The award-winning partner of IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, EMC, TIBCO and Salesforce.com buys ForwardThink Group, a financial services consulting specialist.
On balancing HP and Oracle as infrastructure partners, Salesforce's co-founder quipped, "It's not just an Internet of Customers but Internet of Partners."
Microsoft is showing the best growth and remains the No. 1 software vendor. Oracle is No. 2 followed by IBM and SAP.
An earnest argument for NoSQL...from an RDBMS veteran of IBM and Oracle.
By integrating each other's apps, both companies are capitalizing on their shared "mutual customers." It also brings Workday a step closer to Oracle, which already has a nine-year cloud pact with Salesforce.
Much like Box and Salesforce.com in the last few weeks, IBM is stepping up its own productivity offerings with a pair of new cloud-based, word processing apps made in-house.
Salesforce is putting some big guns behind its enterprise sales efforts as it aims for revenue growth.
If you thought the new bromance between Benioff and Ellison was unbelievable before, just find out what he said at TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday.
Firm buys SAP, Oracle and software-as-a-service implementation firms to boost growth.
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