Direction Mag offers an update on Oracle and spatial.
From the article: "I met with Steiner later in the day and challenged him to share with me three ideas he wanted our readers to know about Oracle in 2012. Here’s his list:
Spatial is in everything we do. It’s in the context, that is, in the very fabric of the Oracle technology.
Oracle solutions scale. Oracle is literally working at a different scale from other IT and database companies. The support of some of the largest geodata sets, LiDAR point clouds, is testament to that.
The technology and data are accessible and consumable. Oracle ensures this by supporting standards, working with partners and having a commitment to simplification. Spatial technology should be presented to both developers and end users as “less of a professional GIS person’s thing” and more of a “just like other technology” kind of thing. This idea relates back nicely to “spatial is in everything,” above.
Oracle is innovating. The company innovates not only in its databases and proprietary software but in hardware and open source as well."
We mentioned Oracle Spatial tons of times before.