Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) is the world's leading supplier of software for information management, and the world's second largest independent software company. With annual revenues of more than $10.1 billion, the company offers its database, tools and application products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Oracle is the first software company to develop and deploy 100 percent internet-enabled enterprise software across its entire product line: database, server, enterprise business applications, and application development and decision support tools.

Oracle is the only company capable of implementing complete global e-business solutions that extend from front office customer relationship management to back office operational applications to platform infrastructure. Oracle software runs on PCs, workstations, minicomputers, mainframes and massively parallel computers, as well as on personal digital assistants and set-top devices. As more and more companies transform themselves into e-businesses, Oracle's Internet-enabled solutions provide a cost-effective way to expand market opportunities, improve business process efficiencies, and attract and retain customers. By replacing expensive, unwieldy client/server computing models with the efficiency and reach of the internet, companies can deploy a wealth of innovative applications that can be accessed with a Web browser.

The only software company to offer a full suite of e-business products, Oracle provides:
• An Internet-ready platform for building and deploying Web-based applications
• A comprehensive suite of Internet-enabled business applications
• Professional services for help in formulating e-business strategy, as well as in designing, customizing,
   and implementing e-business solutions

Oracle: Past, Present and Future

The beginnings.

When CEO Lawrence J. Ellison and a few associates formed
Oracle in 1977, they were out to prove wrong the prevailing
theory that relationship databases could not be commercially

Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates found Software Development Laboratories. Inspired by a research paper written in 1970 by an IBM researcher titled " A Relational Model of Data for Large Shared Data Banks", the three decide to build a new type of database called a relational database system. Their orginal project is for the government and is titled Oracle. The founders believe that Oracle, meaning source of wisdom,
would be an appropriate name for their project and receive permission from the CIA to use it.

What's in a name?

In 1978, Software Development Laboratories moved from their office in Santa Clara to a new one on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, the heart of Silicon Valley. In an attempt to explain what their company does, they changed their name to Relational Software Inc., or RSI. The newly-christened company shipped its first commercial SQL-based database, V2, in 1979 (V1 was never officially released). In 1982 RSI changed its name to Oracle Systems Corporation, which later become Oracle Corporation.

Tapping the Internet.

In 1983, Oracle decided to make RDBMS portable, and introduced V3 - the first portable database to run on PCs, mini computers and mainframes. Today, Oracle targets high-end workstations and mini computers as the server platforms on which to run its database systems. Along with few others, Oracle has long been a champion of network computers. It now boasts that is was the world's first software company to develop and deploy 100 percent Internet-enabled enterprise software across its entire product line: database, server, enterprise business applications, applications development and decision support tools. In fact, CEO Ellison has said, "If the Internet turns out not to be the future of computing, we're toast. But if it is, we're golden."

A phenomenal success story.

Today, as proof of their success, they've parlayed an initial $2,000 investment in the company into an annual revenue exceeding $10.1 billion. Based in Redwood shores, California, it has more that 43,000 employees worldwide and does business in over 150 countries. Oracle (ORCL) is publicly traded on the NASDAQ.

Little known facts about Oracle

Oracle is ranked among the 10 best companies for a six-month return on equity.

Oracle's relational database was the world's first to support the Structured Query Language, now an industry standard.

Today, the Oracle DBMS is supported on over 80 different operating environments, ranging from IBM mainframes and DEC VAX minicomputers, to UNIX-based minicomputers and Windows NT platforms.

Oracle spends nearly 13% of their revenues for research and development.

Oracle V1 ran on PDP-11 under RSX, 128 KB max memory and was written in assembly language.

Oracle created the first database to run on a massively parallel computer.

All 10 of the world's largest Web sites- from to Yahoo! - use Oracle.

65% of the Fortune 100 use Oracle for e-business.
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