Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s president of product development, has clashed with his boss Larry Ellison over the company’s cloud software sales strategy, according to this report from Bloomberg. Mr. Kurian, a 22-year Oracle veteran in charge of shifting Oracle’s traditional software business to the cloud, recently took an extended leave of absence from the company.
Oracle’s slowing cloud revenue growth could be one reason for the friction between Messrs. Kurian and Ellison. Oracle’s transition to the cloud has gone slower than expected because many of its customers aren’t ready to move their computing outside of their own data centers.
Mr. Kurian, who reportedly wants Oracle to sell more of its software through rival cloud providers like Amazon Web Services, may have grown frustrated by Mr. Ellison’s reported resistance to the idea. Last year, Oracle hiked the price of its database software for customers that run it on AWS.