SAN FRANCISCO---As Oracle prepares to kickoff its annual expo this weekend, attendees, shareholders, and analysts alike are going to be keen on seeing how the tech giant's new leadership dynamic plays out.
For anyone (in business and enterprise IT) who has been under a rock, the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based corporationthat founder Larry Ellison would be stepping out of his CEO role he has held for decades.
He is being replaced by Oracle stalwarts CFO Safra Catz and president Mark Hurd, the pair of which will lead the Exadata maker as co-CEOs, effective immediately.
Ellisonthat he will still be chairman as well as chief technology officer.
But between the sudden bombshell about the internal switcheroo amid updates about Ellison's most recent Hawaiian island developments, the whole scenario has many people talking about what Oracle's future entails.
Despite what some immediate doomsday sayers might profess, that future isn't really bleak --(seemingly swept under the rug amid the executive shuffle news) were shaky, to say the least.
will comment divulge much about the leadership changes, even if Ellison is known for .
As of Thursday, Ellison was still scheduled to present the opening keynote this Sunday as usual, with Hurd picking up the baton the following morning. Ellison is also scheduled to deliver his keynote as company chairman on Tuesday.
So what we can expect, at least on a product front, is to learn more about Oracle's ongoing cloud agenda as well as routine updates to its cornerstone Exalogic and Exadata database lines.
Oracle's Marketing Cloud should garner at least some attention, especially following a recent integration with. and about successes with their own cloud-based marketing products for months now, and Oracle is likely going to want to do the same.
Oracle has also been beefing up both its cloud and big data portfolios through a number of multi-million and billion-dollar deals this year, notably, hospitality and retail-based enterprise solutions firm , and most recently
When the doors open this weekend, Oracle expects roughly 60,000 attendees to descend upon San Francisco's Moscone Center starting this Sunday. That's in addition to a projected 7.1 million additional watchers online, all in all covering representation from 145 countries.
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