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All Quotes by author - Safra A. Catz
" A core focus of our effort is based on the recognition that our customers have varying needs, and one of their most important needs is to have choice. "
" At Oracle, silver medal is first loser. "
" Common sense will always prevail. America will advance the agenda for the greatest minds. "
" Digital India is about empowering the citizen - it's mobile, it's cloud, it's storage - we are in all those areas. "
" If you are in this business long enough, you hear about a thousand things that are going to kill you. Open source? Yeah, we are not dead yet. Cloud? That's not new; it's a new name. "
" I know firsthand the complexities of leading an enterprise through business and technology transformation. It takes intense focus, a strong drive, and a clearly communicated vision to inspire and take an organization from where they are, to where they need to be - or where they want to go. "
" I like to say it's an attitude of not just thinking outside the box, but not even seeing the box. "
" It is not a coincidence that Fusion middleware and applications have the same name. We knew what we needed it to be. "
" It's critical to simplify and run the business in such a way that resources are released to invest in your main business. "
" Let your customers be your partners; let your vendors be your employees. What's necessary in this transformation more than anything else is courage and a willingness to change. "
" Managers used to say, 'I have a gut feeling.' Do you know what a gut feeling is for a professional manager? It's a pattern that they recognize. But if your system can recognize that pattern, if it's not just a couple of managers who know that pattern, then the system's gut feeling can tell you which way to go. That's really liberating. "
" My best decision was to choose to go to Wall Street over law. I learned a lot and focused on the expanding software industry at a time when the independent software industry was just beginning. "
" My dream job was to work in an ice cream shop. Two weeks and five pounds later, I realized it wasn't for me. For many years, I had planned to be a corporate lawyer. As luck would have it, other than a summer internship, I didn't end up doing that either. "
" My greatest inspiration is my mother, the bravest person I ever knew. She overcame incredible odds, worked while raising two kids, and made it all look incredibly simple. Even in her final days succumbing to cancer, she fought like a champion. "
" Netweaver was going to be the number one middleware player in the world. We heard about Netweaver day and night. Oracle became number one. No one talks about Netweaver. "
" Oracle is my second job ever that did not involve waitressing. But I still have my waitress apron just in case this does not work out. It's just that I fell in love with software when I was programming in college. When I was an investment banker, there were mostly mainframe companies and very few software ones. "
" SAP is a great company, but they have their work cut out for them if they want to compete in databases. "
" The demographic of young people... in each hand is a phone, more powerful than a computer. It's a doorway to the digital nation, to education. "
" The fact is that our business is fundamentally really strong. We have a platform and a depth that no one in the tech industry has. This means we have competitors at every layer. "
" The most significant barrier to female leadership is the actual lack of females in leadership. The best advice I can give to women is to go out and start something, ideally their own businesses. If you can't see a path for leadership within your own company, go blaze a trail of your own. "
" The truth is that technology is only valuable if it helps you run your organization better. "
" The worst decision, hands down, was wearing bright yellow when I was 9 months pregnant. I looked like a bumble bee. I have not worn yellow since. "
" What happened in the past can help you know what's going to happen in the future. That insight brings a next level of intelligence not just to sales and marketing but to ERP, where you can save more money in procurement or figure out whether the people you recruit are going to be successful in your organization. "
" What we need to do is run our business. We need to come up with a value prop that is so compelling that customers have to go for it. "
Go For It
" When we do acquisitions, we decide what we want. We decide what fills a hole. And if the price is too high, our alternative is the $5 billion we spend on R&D every year. We're not well-known for overpaying, because at Oracle we always have an alternative. "
" Whether you're a government entity, a large enterprise, or a startup, a true digital transformation takes advantage of technology to focus on the customer, automates work that does not need manual interference, and unleashes your people to truly make decisions that change the path of your company. "
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