Oracle began as Software Development Laboratories, founded in 1977 by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner and Ed Oates. Since their original innovation in relational database management systems, Oracle has expanded to offer products in a wide range of technologies and currently reports to be the second largest software company in the world, behind only Microsoft. Their product portfolio has been bolstered by significant acquisitions over their 30+ year history, such as Sun Microsystems, MICROS Systems, BEA Systems, and PeopleSoft.
Oracle reports that their customers include: 10 of the 10 top aerospace and defense companies, 20 of the 20 top airlines, 20 of the 20 top automotive companies, 20 of the 20 top banks, 20 of the 20 top governments, 20 of the 20 top universities, and 10 of the 10 top utilities, among others.
Oracle has demonstrated their commitment to data management and security, staying at the forefront of Silicon Valley, and will undoubtedly continue to innovate long after Larry Ellison's retirement.