Mysteries of the Seer

An Oracle staffer

Do you know what Oracle does, exactly?

The name Oracle is so ubiquitous in tech that you might be embarrassed to admit you don’t really know what they do. But it’s completely understandable.

The company lacks a consumer-facing product like Microsoft Office. CEO and co-founder Larry Ellison (America’s third-wealthiest person) is better known for his America’s Cup fixation, ownership of an entire Hawaiian island, and Iron Man 2 cameo than for his tech talks. And the company’s been around so long (founded in 1977), they’re hardly the hot young upstarts anymore.

So, what does Oracle do exactly? They make enterprise software, most notably a database management system, for UNIX, Linux, and Windows operating systems. And with their acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010, they also moved into the hardware business.

After recovering from financial missteps in the 90s, the company has come to dominate the database market. Valued at over $150 billion, they employ more than 115,000 people over six continents.

While Oracle’s presence in New York isn’t nearly the size of their Silicon Valley footprint, the company still has a sizable presence in the city.

Just consider the fact that there are a whopping 796 open jobs available in Oracle’s New York offices right now. You read that right – seven hundred ninety-six jobs.

Start the search here.

Now go forth (and think really, really big).

Nitty Gritty:

796: The sum of six consecutive prime numbers

796: Equals 2[squared] x 199

796: Dewey Decimal classification for athletic and outdoor sports and games