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Oracle Makes Its Case to Move Legacy Mountains to Cloud

October 26, 2018 / Chris Preimesberger

If you didn’t know Mark Hurd by sight, you might think he is the premier of a sovereign nation. At this week’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, the sharply besuited executive was escorted wherever he went by some rather large bodyguards, and he travels—even if the destination is a block away—in a large and serious black SUV, followed by his handlers in a similar vehicle. If a place he is to meet someone somehow doesn’t look airtight secure, people start talking into their wrists, and the location is immediately changed. While he doesn’t exactly run a country, Hurd, 61, is one of two CEOs of Oracle Corp., one of the oldest and most successful database and enterprise IT providers in the world for more than 40 years.