"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.
Simply named as the Accenture Oracle Business Group, the two tech companies are taking an industry-specific approach with an initial focus on public, financial and hospitality services verticals.
"It's always hard for me to talk about Oracle because Larry Ellison is a good friend of mine," said Benioff.
The new solutions are designed to drive retail growth through cloud technology.
Oracle Australia and New Zealand is hurtling headlong into a 'fundamental shift' in its business model, with the company's cloud services portfolio gaining the upper hand in its regional product revenue mix.
Priv, a mobile app company that serves as a beauty and wellness matchmaker, is out of the gate early with a Salesforce Service SOS implementation. Here are some points to ponder.
Salesforce added an "intelligence engine" to the Service Cloud to make it easier to assign customer support cases across multiple channels.
Oracle highlights its industry-focused strategy, launches financial services cloud and says that the engagement model will become much easier with fewer consultants and simplified pricing.
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.
The service has out-of-the-box integration with Microsoft SharePoint; support for Microsoft OneDrive for Business and Google Drive is slated to arrive in the coming months.
Fresh off its acquisition by EMC, the data backup provider continues to extend its data recovery and backup services beyond Salesforce and Google Apps.
The company is unveiling an option for developers to add extra strength and intelligence to the login process with policies, second-factor authentication and other techniques.
Kicking off the announcements less than a week before Dreamforce, the CRM giant has plotted new directions for its cornerstone Sales and Service Clouds.
Oracle to open two cloud datacentres for customers who want their applications and data to stay on European soil.
Oracle said it plans to integrate TOA with its Service Cloud, which is part of the company's customer experience suite, as well as its ERP apps.
LiveLOOK co-browsing technology is used to resolve customer issues through the web and mobile channels.
MySQL Fabric is designed to make scaling and the managing of MySQL databases simpler for the enterprise.
Oracle will utilize Nuance Cloud Services to give speech recognition and synthesis to a range of Oracle enterprise mobile apps.
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