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By Akash Sriram
Sept 12 (Reuters) - Oracle Corp met Wall Street targets for first-quarter revenue on Monday as the enterprise software maker started to reap the benefits of buying healthcare IT firm Cerner.
Demand for its cloud services also remained strong, driving segment revenue up 45% to $3.6 billion, including contribution from Cerner.
With hybrid work gaining traction worldwide, Oracle has been looking to bolster its cloud offerings in a bid to catch up to bigger rivals Microsoft Corp's Azure and Amazon.com Inc's Web Services.
"Oracle's advantage is their reliability. I see opportunity there for Oracle to preserve its customer base as they move processes to the cloud," said John Freeman, vice president of equity research at CFRA Research.
Cerner contributed $1.4 billion in the quarter, months after Oracle bought it in a deal that unlocked troves of data from one of the biggest U.S. healthcare IT firms and attracted more clients to its cloud platform..
The boost from Cerner helped cushion the impact from a slowdown in business spending, as companies turned thrifty in the face of high inflation and an advancing U.S. dollar.
On a constant currency basis, Oracle forecast revenue would grow between 21% and 23% in the second quarter.
It reported adjusted profit of $1.03 per share, compared with a Refinitiv IBES estimate of $1.07, but said the figure would have been 8 cents higher without a "significant impact" from the strong greenback.
Total revenue rose 17.7% to $11.45 billion, in line with estimates. (Reporting by Akash Sriram and Eva Mathews in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath)