Oracle Corp.’s $9.3 billion bid for cloud financial software provider NetSuite should help boost Oracle’s lagging cloud business. But Oracle is paying a high price, particularly as NetSuite is too small to really move the needle for Oracle. Another big issue: NetSuite plays in a software category—financial management systems—whose mojo is being sapped by newer apps.
There’s no question Oracle needs to expand in cloud: That part of its business accounted for around $2.9 billion in revenue during its fiscal year ending May 31, only 8% of its total. Its biggest cloud rival, Salesforce, had close to $6.7 billion in sales during its fiscal 2016.