Oracle’s acquisition of Apiary fuels development of cloud-ready applications. With deep API security and analytics opportunities, Apiary connects existing assets and services to new clients and utilities through tight API integration. Mark Hurd has repeatedly emphasized the need for strong infrastructure support for a full cloud suite. Apiary’s strong API management and design capabilities offer existing Oracle customers a streamlined approach to product development and access for cloud-based systems, allowing them to focus on building what’s next instead of maintaining what they already have.
At Oracle OpenWorld 2018, Mark Hurd’s keynote highlighted more automation, greater reliability, and tighter integrations throughout Oracle’s numerous cloud products. Hurd’s discussions with executives from several major Oracle customers also reinforced the points that Oracle’s future is in the cloud and that Oracle’s strength in the cloud depends on its software working well with a wide range of applications.
Offering more access points and options will help new and existing customers leverage Oracle technology. Managing connectivity complexity with API lifecycle governance and advanced control solutions across offerings, Apiary and Oracle offer industry-leading tools to lower barriers of entry to obtaining robust and secure cloud applications.
Mark Hurd serves as Oracle Corporation’s chief executive officer and holds membership on the Board of Directors. Hurd was appointed as Oracle’s president in 2010 and became Oracle CEO alongside Safra Catz in 2014 when founder Larry Ellison announced he would step down to become the company’s chief technology officer. At Oracle, Hurd directs corporate strategy and long-term growth, using his decades of experience in the technology industry to plot Oracle’s course.
Mark Hurd recognizes cloud computing technology as, “foundational to modern business,” and he helped spearhead Oracle’s leadership in the cloud space through application suites for all business needs. Under Hurd’s direction, Oracle has developed industry-leading Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings
Hurd has also driven Oracle’s acquisitions strategy, and he was instrumental to the company’s 2016 integration of NetSuite. After the NetSuite acquisition, Hurd outlined his plans for cloud growth at SuiteWorld, where he stated, “We are going to invest in international expansion. That means leveraging our data centers, leveraging our distribution, leveraging everything we have got to accelerate our strategy.” Hurd’s cloud strategy focuses on the re-emergence of vertically-integrated technology stacks, which replace the diverse hardware and software products stitched together by corporate IT departments with an interoperable and optimized range of solutions for numerous business needs. He discussed this realignment in a podcast interview with Forbes, during which Hurd also identified the three key benefits of the cloud: “It costs less, it’s more secure, and you get more innovation at the same time.”
Hurd often discusses the benefits of cloud computing and other rapidly advancing technologies on Twitter, where he regularly shares his first-person perspective from the top of one of the world’s largest companies.
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Prior to his Oracle tenure, Hurd served as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 2005 to 2010. He was recruited to Hewlett-Packard from NCR Corporation, where he served as Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2003 and CEO from 2003 to 2005. Hurd presided over a near-tripling of NCR’s share price during his time as CEO, and he led HP to a doubling of its share price.
Hurd has earned many accolades in his nearly two decades as a chief executive. He was named to CRN’s 25 Most Influential Executives list three times and secured placement on their annual Top 25 Executives list twice. In 2009, Barron’s recognized Hurd as one of their Best CEOs and Forbes named him one of the Top Gun CEOs in the tech industry. Hurd was also named CEO of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and was recognized as one of the 50 Who Matter Now by Business 2.0.
Beyond business, Hurd is active in the community of Baylor University, his alma mater. Hurd serves on the Baylor Board of Regents and is Vice Chair of the Executive Committee. Hurd has contributed expertise and financial resources to the university, with a focus on supporting the Baylor tennis program. Baylor’s tennis center was renamed the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011 to recognize the Hurd family’s generosity. In 2015, Tennis magazine ranked the Hurd Tennis Center as the number 1 college tennis facility in the country. In 2018, the Hurd family contributed the lead gift to Baylor University’s Give Light campaign, which will assist in the creation of the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center. Hurd has also received the Baylor Meritorious Achievement Award and the Baylor Business Legend Award.
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