Oracle at London Tech Week 2019—A 360-Degree View

July 24, 2019 | 3 minute read
Neil Cattermull
Director – Frontier Technologies
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During the first week of June, London celebrated a tech extravaganza that spanned the entire city, and Oracle was there to demonstrate some of the most memorable DevOps, cloud, and blockchain products and services.

At the TechXLR8 event, held at London’s Excel Centre, Oracle seemed to be everywhere—from the opening keynote of the Cloud & DevOps World Summit, to the Business for Blockchain Summit, to its major presence in the exhibitors’ hall (aptly placed directly across from Microsoft’s booth—more on this later).

DevOps Developments

Oracle surprised me with a demonstration of voice recognition process automation via an Amazon echo device and API integration to a test platform provisioning environment (via a mobile 3G connection) that simply automated the building and provisioning of a complete database environment. The demonstration was impressive and made a great advert for the company’s Autonomous Database initiatives. This, coupled with an excellent explanation of the 3x D’s (domain-driven design) from John Abel, VP of Cloud and Innovation at Oracle, gave developers insight into a hot topic. 

"Domain-driven design refers to the rise of microservices and data scaling, with the ability to thrash out the scalability, where the data is stored (data behind services) and does not need to be repatriated." - John Abel, VP of Cloud and Innovation, Oracle

A Surprising Cloud Partnership

There were many cloud technology developments that Oracle shared during the week. However, in my view, the biggest development was the tie up with Microsoft. This is a smart move by Oracle (and Microsoft). The partnership now allows for total interconnectivity between Microsoft Azure and the Oracle Cloud that caters to Oracle customers. It allows them to house some environments within Azure whilst still running other critical applications/services from the Oracle environment. This major announcement should serve as a wake-up call for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and others, as it will be difficult to compete against, especially with hefty stealth contractual lock-ins and egress charges from most of the competitors. With unified identity and access management via a unified single sign-on experience and automated user provisioning to manage resources across Azure and Oracle Cloud, active directory integration for your Oracle environments is now possible!

Blockchain Goes Supply Chain

The Blockchain for Business Summit occurred at the same venue, and the event included several announcements. Oracle was a dominant force at this event, too, announcing the release this year of four supply chain management applications using blockchain technology. The first one was announced on the opening day of the event: Oracle Intelligent Track and Trace. This application is designed to track assets throughout the supply chain. And the best part? You don’t have to be a developer to set up this easy-to-use product; you just have to provide your information—no code.

I sat down with Oracle’s Michael Richter, director of product marketing for emerging technologies to learn about all four new supply chain management applications using blockchain technology. Hear what Michael had to say.

It was also a  pleasure to catch up with James Allerton-Austin, Senior Director of Product Management at Oracle, on a break from his schedule to hear about the Oracle Blockchain strategy, and he didn’t disappoint. With the layered applications that Oracle is producing to leverage blockchain, it’s clear that it follows suit from the other vertical initiatives that Oracle has previously released (vertical cloud models)—but this time at a more granular level.  Watch my interview with James to learn more:

From London Tech Week to Oracle OpenWorld

To highlight Oracle’s presence at London Technology Week 2019, I would like to say this: Enterprise technology initiatives that require flexibility will find it with the Microsoft/Oracle tie-up, and both firms have their unique offerings to bring to the digital table. Both firms have the breadth of applications and experience that together will make a large dent in the growing number of AWS die-hards in the industry. Yes, AWS offers a mammoth set of development tools, but do you really need them? Also, once you are committed to the AWS tool set, it is very hard to come away from it. This is where Oracle and Microsoft will win over the sceptics and offer flexibility not unlike the Amazon model—but without any hidden costs.

I am sure there are more developments to come over the next few months, especially with the lead-up to Oracle’s flagship event: Oracle OpenWorld Sept 16-19 in San Francisco. We will have to wait and see what these may be! For more information, visit Oracle Blockchain on the web.


Neil Cattermull

Director – Frontier Technologies

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