Let the countdown begin. In a few days, Oracle will kick off its annual user conference in San Francisco. As the world’s second-largest software company, developers and decision-makers worldwide are anticipating some big announcements this year, focusing on the intersection of cloud, social, and mobile opportunities.
Let’s begin by taking a look at some of the insights from Open World 2014 conference.
Insights from Open World 2014
During its 2014 fiscal year, Oracle’s top-line revenue grew 4%, while software and cloud revenue rose 7% in constant currency. However its well known that Oracle hopes to become a Leader in Cloud Migration, and during the last fiscal year, total cloud revenues are up 28% but would have been up 34% in constant currency.
At last year’s OpenWorld, Oracle explained that it would be unveiling a litany of new PaaS services, so the expanded Oracle Platform would fall within reach of small to mid-size enterprises that cannot afford on-premise licenses. This development also allows for partners to offer reusable extensions and integrations deployed on the Oracle PaaS environment through the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.
The importance of the big data capabilities on Oracle’s platform to decision-makers has been underlined in years past, but in 2014, they worked to make these features more accessible. For developers who are more or less fluent in OSQL, big data analytics were finally in reach, thanks to non-relational data on a Hadoop HDFS that can be accessed from within the Oracle database.
Company leadership also stressed the importance of security at Oracle. Since so many enterprises entrust data to Oracle cloud computing services, the public cloud must be very secure. Security is evaluated at every stack level in the public cloud, which helps customers of the same stack in their private cloud.
What to Expect at Open World 2015
Oracle intends to expand their share of the cloud services and market, so conference goers can expect a fair amount of keynotes dedicated to the company’s effort to capture this opportunity. In fact, the opening Keynote given by Larry Ellison himself “will announce a broad set of new products and highlight why integrated cloud will deliver the most innovative and cost-effective benefits to customers.”
Immediately following Ellison will be a presentation by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich on “Transformation and Innovation in the Data Center: Driven Competitive Advantage for the Enterprise” This keynote will address some of Intel’s newest solutions to data center challenges, and how top notch enterprises are integrating them.
These opening remarks will set the tone for the 5-day conference, an immersive look into how Oracle is changing the cloud computing landscape to shape the future of business.
In addition to these speakers, you can also expect to see the world’s Enterprise-Class online guidance and engagement platform, WalkMe, who will have a booth (No. 3228) and live demonstration at the event.
I’ll see you there!