SAN FRANCISCO -- With all the fervor of a sold-out rock concert,
thousands of Oracle faithful packed the Moscone Center here at the Oracle
Open World conference to hear CEO Larry Ellison's keynote. Earlier on
Monday, Oracle co-president Charles Phillips kicked off the
event with a major announcement of the database giant's plans to work
with IBM (Quote, Chart) on compatibility between their respective middleware offerings, Oracle's Project Fusion and IBM's WebSphere.
Ellison didn't have any blockbuster announcements to make, but he kept the
attendees' attention riveted, covering a wide range of topics from Oracle's
recent high-profile acquisitions to business intelligence and security.
And, of course, a few digs at rival Microsoft (Quote, Chart), a staple of almost any Ellison speech.
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