Oracle is 30 years old. You've heard a lot about it and know that it's a global giant, of course. It is today the big company that is known for cloud computing, database, and engineered systems. It is also the international firm with a number of strategic acquisitions. Are those big words you don't understand? Well, you do know them or have heard them, at least.
Still, there are a number of things you do not know about this amazing company. Here are a few.
1. How it started
The Oracle company started small. It was initially a small database management firm but soon grew into a major player in the cloud industry. It played a big role all over the world.
2. Who started it
Larry Ellison co-founded Oracle Corporation in 1977 with Bob Miner and Ed Oates. Have you heard of them? If you haven't, well, you have, now!
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3. Who the CEO was
Larry Ellison was the only CEO of Oracle till 2014.
4. What it was called
In the beginning, the company didn't have such an exciting name. It was first called Software Development Laboratories (SDL). Does that ring a bell? It wouldn't, not like 'Oracle'.
5. Where it is located
Oracle Corporation, the global computer technology corporation, is spread all over the world. But its headquarters are in Redwood Shores, California.
6. What is its purpose
Software, of course. It's a creative organization and Oracle's use of cloud computing is used in a number of creative ways - for innovation.
7. What it does
Oracle gives you easy access to business data anywhere - and at any time! Now that is something you probably knew but it didn't strike you that way...
8. Client service
Oracle is quite a favorite with clients for a number of reasons. It offers the best customer experience through social collaboration.
9. Hospitality hero
Oracle's cloud hero in the hospitality industry is a cool cat. It recruits and retains the best services anywhere.
10. Financial hero
In the ﬁnancial services industry, Oracle Cloud assists in powering innovation and offering top class solutions. This finance industry is actually banking on the Oracle Cloud to generate solutions.
11. Financial solutions
Thanks to Oracle, the finance industry can deliver the best payment solutions for both clients as well as their partners. This is one solution that is a great draw among a lot of people.
12. Services to car makers
A manufacturer of cars can easily use the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud to service clients who have engine problems.
13. Travel industry hero
In the travel industry, the Oracle Cloud Hero uses the best-of-breed applications in order to deliver a superior client service.
14. Liberal donations
Oracle has donated liberally to more than 1,000 non-profit groups that have aided health, education, environment and food banks.
15. Educational services
Did you know that Oracle has a magic wand related to education and teaching? About 2.2 million students around the world are gaining due to Oracle's educational donations.
16. Funding education
In 2013 and 2014, Oracle donated almost $5 billion for educational initiatives. Combining skills with design thinking has helped to take education forward. Education is the big draw for this giant company.
17. Energy savers
Did you know that Oracle's data centers are high currency energy savers? And its figures for energy saving are higher than the average industry figures? Exploring and conserving energy is a pretty big high in this company.
Data center energy conservation is this global leader's USP. The company's flagship data centers have bagged plaudits from the US Environmental Protection Agency as well as Technology Awards for using innovative energy-saving tools and technologies.
19. Innovative energy devices
Check out this company's airflow containment and evaporative cooling are innovative energy devices. For instance, its Utah Computer Facility has a super cooling system harnessing open air that keeps the system cool for most times of the year.
20. Reducing energy use
Oracle's commitment to energy and conservation are evident through its various acts, big and small. It has brought down its own energy and potable water use and increased landfill waste. The focus is on bringing down energy use by every employee as well as increasing the overall energy use.
21. Alternative energy
There is another point to note in Oracle's service to energy conservation. Oracle is examining solar energy alternatives.
22. Carbon footprint
Oracle has an awesome carbon footprint record. There was a 25 percent fall in energy use and 41 percent reduction in natural gas use from 2000 to 2013.
23. Reduced quantity of waste
Between 2012 and 2013, the quantity of waste to landfill plummeted by 10.5 percent, while potable water decreased by 9.5 percent per employee. And even though Oracle showed a significant increase in its workforce and facilities, the company brought down its Scope 1 emissions by 10 percent and Scope 2 emissions by 3 percent.
About 21 tons of plastic, cans, paper, and bottles are recycled every year in the company's buildings.
25. Human rights index
Human rights campaign's equality index has given Oracle 100%.
26. Funds for disaster relief
Oracle contributed more than $770,000 to disaster-relief efforts between June 2012 and June 2014.
27. Employee donations
Oracle matches employee donations to disaster relief dollar-for-dollar. Donations are channeled to one or two humanitarian organizations on the ground, such as the Red Cross.
28. Funds for typhoon victims
In 2013, Oracle contributed to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, floods, and landslides in North India, the earthquake in China's Sichuan province, and the floods in Calgary and southern Alberta province in Canada.
29. Fresh recruitments
Oracle has recruited hundreds of fresh graduates, instead of poaching from other companies. It believes in creating a fair, equal and flexible environment for the growth of employees.
30. Second largest software maker
So there you have it. After Microsoft, Oracle was found in 2015 to be the second-largest software maker by revenue alone!