Oracle OpenWorld is an exciting showcase event for leading cloud technologies from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.
Percipient has attended many Oracle events over the years but due to the distance, we had never previously been to the annual Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. When Oracle announced that they were taking the OpenWorld event global, with a two-day showcase in London, it ignited great excitement in the industry and Oracle partner community.
As an award-winning Oracle Gold Partner, we have worked closely with Oracle since we first started back in 2003. During this time, we have seen Oracle transform from a traditional on-premise business to the leading cloud company it is today.
Percipient’s Managing Director, Chris Stock attended the two-day event in London along with Operations Director, Dan Clibbens, and were delighted to have also been invited to attend an exclusive Partner Executive Summit the day before.
The whole experience gave us plenty of opportunity to network and digest the latest Oracle insights, as well as experience their leading technological innovations first hand.
Artificial Intelligence Insights
The opening keynote was delivered by data scientist and futurist, Imma Martinez.
Outlining the challenges that lie ahead in the current landscape, Martinez made some interesting points around the accelerated rate of digitalization. With more inventions measured in the past 14 years than the previous 100, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is truly taking over.
Summarizing her keynote, Martinez quoted: “AI can only be a force for good if it allows for a future fit for humans to live and flourish.”
A very insightful and engaging start to the event.
Cloud is a Strategy
Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd, appeared via video link to discuss Oracle accelerating growth in the cloud, during the second day keynote.
Hurd addressed how cloud adoption is moving faster than predicted and that adopting Cloud as a strategy will enable businesses to take advantage of the innovative technologies that are driving the next wave of growth.
Some key points and predictions to highlight from Hurd’s keynote:
- AI will be integrated into all cloud applications by 2025
- 60% of required IT jobs in 2025 don’t exist today
- Jobs will include data professionals, robot supervisors and human to machine UX specialists
A big ‘battle ground’ moving forward will be around data, AI and security. Most of the data in the world today is owned by two companies, Google and Facebook. As people want greater ownership of their data moving forward, the cloud will almost certainly play a fundamental role in this shift
In summary one of Hurd’s closing points echoes our own Percipient view, in that customers adopting the use of cloud technology will be able to innovate and grow quicker than those who do not.
Customer Journey To The Cloud
Throughout the conference various sessions focused on the different entry points available to customers in their journey to the cloud. Oracle offers the customer choices as to where they want to start that journey with the breath of cloud solutions available.
As we recognize from our own experiences, cloud projects are fundamentally different to the traditional on-premise approach. Deployments are carried out in a phased approach and the benefits are realized much more quickly.
This is one of the key reasons why cloud is being viewed as a generational transformation in how businesses are deploying technology. Data is the lifeblood of business. If you can harness it, you can gain competitive advantage and leveraging the next generation cloud solutions will put your business at the forefront of the next wave.
Borrowing Confidence From Your Future Self
The first Oracle OpenWorld Europe closed with an eagerly anticipated keynote from comedian, actor and author, Eddie Izzard.
Izzard entertained the packed hall with an intriguing talk through his life experiences. Nobody can forget his phenomenal achievement in running 43 marathons in 51 days for Comic Relief in 2009. Throughout the enlightening hour it was clear just how positively motivated Izzard is as he spoke about borrowing confidence from your future self.
Eddie Izzard was an inspired choice by Oracle as a speaker to close the event. This wasn’t just about a comedian, but someone who is incredibly driven and has great courage.
Creating Your Tomorrow
The Percipient team thoroughly enjoyed their time at Oracle OpenWorld Europe and we’re already looking at applying what we’ve taken away from this event for both ourselves and our customers.
If you’d like to know more about how we can help you to transform your business using Oracle Cloud solutions, get in touch or call us on 01606 871332.