Oracle may not grab the sexy headlines that Apple and Google command, but it might indeed be the tech industry's true, unsung heroes.
And the company's first quarter earnings report, out tonight, should go a long way toward reaffirming that.
The company's acquisition hunt continued, of course, with its big, $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems , and while that deal continues to undergo European Union scrutiny, it highlights Oracle's interest in growth, organic or otherwise. In fact, that deal garnered enormous press coverage, as Oracle tries to come up with a more effective database software assault on rival IBM . And then there's the hardware side of that deal, with Oracle unveiling a new, Sun-based PC. Oracle seems to have enough arrows in its quiver to mount attacks against IBM and Hewlett-Packard on a variety of fronts and that's why the deal is being followed so closely.
But the nuts and bolts of Oracle's day to day business is far more compelling and certainly worth investor interest.