Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle

Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle

By Matthew Symonds

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Written with exclusive and unprecedented access, journalist Symonds brings readers the definitive portrait of the computer company Oracle, and of Larry Ellison--complete with Ellison's own commentary and criticisms on Symonds' reporting.


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Book Information

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 09/07/2004
Pages: 512
ISBN-13: 9780743225052
ISBN-10: 0743225058
Language: English

Full Description

In a business where great risks, huge fortunes, and even bigger egos are common, Larry Ellison stands out as one of the most outspoken, driven, and daring leaders of the software industry. The company he cofounded and runs, Oracle, is the number one business software company. Perhaps even more than Microsoft's, Oracle's products are essential to today's networked world.
In Softwar, journalist Matthew Symonds gives readers exclusive and intimate insight into both Oracle and the man who made it and runs it. As well as relating the story of Oracle's often bumpy path to industry dominance, Symonds deals with the private side of Ellison's life. With unlimited insider access granted by Ellison himself, Symonds captures the intensity and, some would say, the recklessness that have made Ellison a legend.
With a new and expanded epilogue for the paperback edition that tells the story behind Oracle's epic struggle to win control of PeopleSoft, Softwar is the most complete portrait undertaken of the man and his empire -- a unique and gripping account of both the way the computing industry really works and an extraordinary life

About the Author

Matthew Symonds is the editor of Current Archaeology magazine and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. He has published widely on Roman frontiers.

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