Oracle chief Larry Ellison attributed the company's financial success to moving customers from the core database offering to the full suite of applications, eschewing expensive integration projects that come with the mix and match approach. Application software sales increased 66% to £279 m, while database software sales grew 18% to $775 m.
Ellison said: "Our applications business is strong and getting stronger. All the applications in our suite are designed and engineered to work together, so customers buying the entire suite don’t need to do any systems integration."
"Customers buying a part of the suite are doing systems integration to connect our applications with applications from other vendors,” Ellison continued. "This quarter’s results prove that we’re winning more and more of these best-of-breed battles against Ariba, i2, Siebel and other niche specialists. And once a customer uses one of our applications, it’s just a matter of time before they move into the entire suite. Systems integration is so complex and expensive that nobody really wants to do it."