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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 co-founded 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780743225052
ISBN-10: 0743225058
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 536
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Australia
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Matthew Symonds

Matthew Symonds is the Technology and Communications Editor of The Economist. His past titles include Editorial Director and Executive Editor of The Independent, a newspaper which he co-founded, and Director of Strategy at BBC Worldwide. Symonds lives in London with his wife and three children.