When Oracle announced that it was buying cloud ERP company NetSuite last month for $9.3 billion, few observers expressed great surprise -- for one thing, Oracle's founder Larry Ellison provided the initial backing for NetSuite back in 1998 and held over 40 percent of its shares at the time of the acquisition.

However, there's plenty to chew over with this latest in a long line of Oracle acquisitions, as the database giant seeks to pivot from being a supplier of traditional on-premises software to a key player in the cloud computing market, alongside rivals such as Salesforce, SAP and Microsoft.

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