Oracle faces 'structural change': Former executive

Oracle's earning miss: Infor CEO
Oracle's earning miss: Infor CEO   

Software and database giant Oracle's disappointing earnings reflect a wider industry headwind rather than a temporary hit from a strong dollar, a former executive of the company said Thursday.

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Oracle on Wednesday partly blamed currency effects as its quarterly profit and sales came in below expectations. Its $10.71 billion in revenue—which marked a 5 percent decrease from the year-earlier period—would have risen 3 percent in constant currency.

A sign in front of Oracle’s headquarters is shown in Redwood Shores, Calif.
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A sign in front of Oracle’s headquarters is shown in Redwood Shores, Calif.

But the tech company and other established peers face a "structural change" as they shift to cloud offerings, said Charles Phillips, CEO of computing company Infor and a former Oracle president. They have to deal with losing sales of hardware like servers and databases that cloud systems no longer need, he said.

"You don't need all these individual infrastructure devices anymore. You've got this other business that's going to shrink for years to come," Phillips said in an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Alley."

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Oracle's hardware systems revenue was $1.4 billion in the quarter, down 4 percent from the year-earlier period. Its total cloud revenue, however, grew 28 percent.

The industry transition will challenge the company moving forward regardless of "painful" currency fluctuations, Phillips said.

Oracle shares were down more than 5 percent midafternoon Thursday.