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Oracle president Mark Hurd made some news on the Oracle front today, announcing during a press conference in San Francisco that the company has launched a new version of its human capital management software.

HCM has been kind of a hot topic during the last few years, especially since a spate of acquisitions of companies like SuccessFactors by Oracle’s rival SAP a few years ago, and the IPO of Workday. Oracle got into the act too, acquiring Taleo for $1.9 billion in 2012.

Oracle calls these its HCM Cloud and Talent Management Cloud and put out a press release on it all while Hurd was speaking, saying that the new features would be available to customers immediately.

Hurd spoke in connection with Oracle Openworld, the company’s massive annual conference which is said to have attracted some 60,000 people to San Francisco today. CEO Larry Ellison spoke last night. Of course it wouldn’t be an Oracle press conference without a few digs at the competition, which Hurd delivered. The target in this case was Workday, which, having built a decent business in cloud human resources software, is now also building up its capabilities in corporate finance.

Asked to compare Oracle’s latest offering to Workday’s, Hurd said companies want their HR software to work readily with their corporate finance software. “It isn’t just important to have these HR applications, they also have to work with your financial information,” Hurd said. “That is why Workday has what I think is a fledgling operation to get their HR application working with the accounting system.”

He didn’t stop there. This same desire among big companies to have their applications working together has a lot to do with why Workday and Salesforce.com announced a broad alliance last week.

“Customers want to know how does this work with that,” Hurd said. “They are thinking about how to run the company horizontally.” His reason for making this point, he said, is that this tight integration between HR and finance is something that Oracle does out of the box.

On another topic, I took the opportunity to ask him about the state of the general IT environment, especially in the wake of Oracle’s weird quarterly results last week, in which it announced both a solid beat to the consensus on the bottom line, but outlook that really rattled shareholders the next day. (Maybe they overreacted, because the results weren’t really so bad after all.)

“Our view would be that in Q1 of 2013, we grew our software license business 17 percent, and we followed that with six percent in 2014,” he said. “Many of big cap competitors just have negative numbers. We rolled in with 17 and then six. Our overall software business, including support, grew eight percent, and to be clear, that’s almost all organic. So we’re gaining share and we know that we are.”

So what about that guidance for Oracle’s second fiscal quarter that so freaked out the markets? Hurd reminded everyone in the audience that Oracle grew by 18 percent in the second fiscal quarter last year. “So when you see the paltry forecast numbers for other companies, it tells you how we’re doing relative to the market.”

One other point: However the year may look in January in terms of the outlook for IT spending, it rarely gets better from there. “Most big companies plan their budgets in October and November. Usually they maintain that course during the calendar year. The real pressure is coming up right now, when companies sit down and plan next year. That is the question they’re answering right now. How do they feel about this economy? How do they feel about next year?”

His comments didn’t come in time to move the needle on Oracle shares, which feel by 11 cents today to $33.94. The shares have risen by about two percent this year.

Bloomberg has documented that a federal government jury- in the minute phase connected with an intellectual-property trial- has found this Google didn’t infringe on patents used by Oracle. On August 12, The new year, Oracle had charged Google for copyright laws and obvious infringement in excess of Mountain View’s enactment of the Java-like Dalvik online machine, an integral technology made use of by the Operating system operating system. Just how of the test, which wrapped up May Several, dealt with no matter if Google had infringed in Oracle’s copyrights. A court found that they had, but had been deadlocked on if thez infringement constituted truthful use. On Wednesday, your second part of the tryout wrapped up having a jury discovering that Google did not infringe about any patents. Consequently, the third part of the trial, wherever damages to the patent infringements might have been determined, won’t be necessary.The net/net is that Google is on the hook for the paltry $150,1000 for two copyright infringements. For comparison as well as a little schadenfreude , Oracle obtained first noted the value of your infringements worth up to $6B, proceeded to produce a accommodate at a $2.6B valuation, and finally visited trial using a $30M price tag. Naturally, this may not be no more it; although one would ought to question Oracle’s perception of experiencing any more legal fees at this stage. Mark Love, a strong Intellectual Property attorney sat down with by Bloomberg, portions it up quite succinctly “This case can be maybe something such as a near disaster with regard to Oracle”.

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Hit the break for any little more historical past on the Oracle/Sun/Java fable and why Oracle called “shenanigans” with Google.On 04 20th, 09, Sun Microsystems — the owner along with developer from the Java-branded suite involving products- announced that it had signed a definitive agreement using Oracle by which the latter would attain Sun with regard to $9.50 the share. Over our next year, the deal would be stuck by global antitrust concerns plus high-profile resignations. By the time purchasing was finish, Sun experienced lost Caffeine creator David Gosling, the entire JRuby company, and most of it is executive supervision team. Eric Schmidt experienced, of course, been recently a key staff member at Sunshine, rising to steer the software massive as its president before leaving in the late 90′s, finally becoming Google’s CEO.Fundamentally of the instance was Google’s utilization of the Dalvik Virtual Machine. Google has detailed the DVM as a clean-room implementation on the Java code-based digital machine, seo’ed to amass and execute byte code while in the Android system. DVM uses a register-based design, retrieving details and code from placed values through execution. The following results in a lower amount of information required to function (but a smaller amount code density) when compared to the bunch machine architectural mastery used by the actual Java Digital Machine. Dalvik doesn’t use Coffee ME class libraries, opting rather to use the actual open-source Apache Harmony inclusion. Oracle’s beef seemed to be that they assumed elements of Dalvik burned how the proprietary J2ME software interpreted in addition to executed the particular Java program code.

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