Cloud Foes To Cloud Allies: Ellison-Benioff's Greatest Hits
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the co-founder of the database software market leader, and Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff, a one-time 13-year Oracle veteran, have taunted and trash talked each other's companies often through the years. The barbs turned to praise this week as Salesforce.com inked a nine-year pact to standardize on Oracle's database software, Linux operating system, Java middleware and Exadata Database Machine servers. The one-time foes also agreed to integrate Salesforce.com's CRM and other cloud applications with Oracle's Fusion HCM (human capital management) and Financial Cloud software-as-a-service applications. Here's a look at some of Ellison and Benioff's biggest trash-talking hits in the last four years.