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Oracle CIO Mark Sunday is laid-back with his head in the cloud

For somebody with responsibility for IT at one of the world’s biggest IT companies, Mark Sunday gives off a laid-back, low-key vibe.

Maybe it’s the ski-resort tan, from his years living in a Utah mountain town close to his company’s Salt Lake City offices: “I’m the envy of Fortune 500 CIOs” he jokes. Maybe it’s the collar-length hair, still windswept from an afternoon spent sailing round the harbour with Sydney to Hobart race winner Paul Clitheroe.

Or maybe it’s the fact that being Oracle’s chief information officer is a lot easier than you might think. “But that’s just between you and me,” he winks.

Sunday was appointed IT chief at Oracle by then CEO (now CTO) Larry Ellison in 2006, following the acquisition of Siebel Systems, where Sunday had been CIO for more than six years.

Since Sunday started in the role, Oracle has been on an acquisition spree. After Siebel (a customer relationship management software maker) the company has bought around 100 companies including Sun Microsystems for $7 billion, BEA Systems, Taleo, RightNow and BigMachines, and in 2016 paid $9.3 billion for cloud-based ERP software giant NetSuite.

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