Oracle Academy Tech Chat podcast episode 16 discusses the benefits of Oracle Cloud in teaching and learning

November 16, 2023 | 2 minute read
Denise Hobbs
Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, North America
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What is cloud computing and how does cloud computing work? What is the difference between public and private cloud? 

In the latest episode of the Oracle Academy Tech Chat podcast, host Orlaith Lawton, Senior Marketing Manager, Oracle Academy EMEA, addresses these questions with Cormac Watters, Executive Vice President of Applications for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA), who is responsible for cloud strategy and growth of the applications business across the EMEA region.

To begin, Cormac chats about his background and explains how he became a student interested in technology and came to work at Oracle.  He talks about the evolution of computing from mainframe to personal computers and now to computing in the cloud.

Cormac details uses of the cloud and its many applications, and relates them to everyday use including in healthcare. He reviews the concept of data sovereignty and how that relates to different types of clouds as well as the notion of generative AI and the importance of data sets.

During the podcast, Cormac articulates his desire to help empower today’s students, encouraging them to seize opportunities and be as innovative as possible.  Finally, Cormac provides advice for students interested in learning about cloud: stay curious, ask questions, don’t be deterred by computing jargon, and level up knowledge by exploring all technology possible.

His message: We live in a very connected world. Discover the good side of technology!

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Denise Hobbs

Senior Regional Director, Oracle Academy, North America

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