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Oracle Supply Chain Software Review

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An Independent Supply Chain Software Review

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ: ORCL) is headquartered in Redwood Shores, California and employs 108,000 employees. Larry Ellison co-founded Oracle in 1977 and has been the only CEO throughout Oracle’s history. Oracle’s original name was “Software Development Laboratories”, but in 1982, the name was changed to Oracle Systems and in 1995 to Oracle Corporation.

The inspiration behind the Oracle initial product, their relational database management system, is based on Edger F. Codd’s research on database systems. In 1979 Oracle released their second version of their database and their first customer was Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Through organic growth and acquisition, Oracle has expanded into several different lines of IT technologies, including hardware, operating systems, middleware, business application software and software utilities. Oracle has a broad array of application software for manufacturing, retail, financial services, healthcare, communication and media, construction and engineering, and government and non-government organizations.

Oracle’s application software suites include Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Human Capital Management (HCM), Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Business Intelligences (BI). Virtually all business application software customers use Oracle’s database product, which is also a primary database choice for UNIX and LINUX based Supply Chain Management software products sold by Oracle’s competition.

Significant acquisitions contributing to Oracle’s Supply Chain Management suite of offerings are: PeopleSoft in 2004 (PeopleSoft had just recently acquired JD Edwards and both suites included SCM offerings); Global Logistics Technologies (provider of transportation management systems TMS) in 2005; Demantra (Demand Management and Sales & Operations Planning Solutions) in 2006; Agile Software (provider of product lifecycle management systems) in 2007, and Siebel (customer relationship management CRM) in 2005.

A sample of the more significant non-supply chain software vendor acquisitions were Hyperion Solutions in 2007 (a developer of business planning and business intelligence software); BEA Systems in 2008 (a developer of enterprise application integration middleware); and Sun Microsystems in 2010 (a developer of Java programming language, Solaris operation system, Sun servers, Sun storage systems and Sun engineering workstations).

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