"We love people to come to our annual meeting," Ellison said by way of apology. "We even have cookies." Oracle will make sure information about the meeting is posted to its website, he added.
Ellison steered clear of saying anything controversial when asked about Oracle's involvement with the troubled Healthcare.gov website.
"As an information technology company we are doing everything we can to make it a highly performant, highly reliable [system]," he said. "I will refrain from editorial comments about what has happened there. I think most of us want our government to operate efficiently."
But Ellison revealed which rivals Oracle watches most closely. IBM, EMC, SAP and Salesforce.com "are four competitors we spend a lot of time thinking about," he said.
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