Oracle CEO Larry Ellison joins Twitter, takes jab at SAP

8 Jun 2012

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has joined microblogging site Twitter and his first tweet took a pop at rival company SAP.

"Oracle’s got 100+ enterprise applications live in the #cloud today, SAP’s got nothin’ but SuccessFactors until 2020," read the tweet by Ellison, which was posted on 6 June.

The Washington Post reported that Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger confirmed the Twitter account is real and that Ellison is tweeting.

At time of writing, Ellison’s Twitter account had amassed 24,727 followers. He has yet to post a second tweet.

SAP got wind of Ellison’s first tweet, and issued a statement in response.

“As usual, you can tell who Oracle is most worried about by the competitors they criticise most. In this case, Larry’s crystal ball is cloudy,” SAP’s statement read.

“SAP’s strategy offers customers a long-term road map of innovation without disruption. Oracle customers face a difficult upgrade challenge with Fusion, and we invite them to see who can provide the most business value for their investment.”

Oracle is a developer and marketer of computer hardware systems and enterprise software products.

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