June 6, 2012 – Oracle CEO Larry Ellison introduced 100 applications in the cloud and its database Platform as a Service – along with a few digs at the competition – during a presentation Wednesday that served as the culmination of a seven year “forced march” toward cloud offering development.

Ellison said the suite of enterprise sales, personnel management and collaboration offerings and the Oracle-backed database PaaS are an extension of its Fusion campaign, the somewhat maligned but wide-reaching development and acquisition push toward “being an on-premise software provider and a cloud provider.” The effort to this point has involved “thousands” of developers and $5 billion in annual R&D, not to mention billions spent on acquisitions big and small, Ellison stated.

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