New Developer Updates to Build Intelligent Applications

March 25, 2024 | 5 minute read
Maywun Wong
Director, Product Marketing
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Developers are often first to embrace new technologies. At Oracle, we believe in providing developers the technology to help them do what they do best – build applications to meet their organizations’ business requirements.

Last week, at the Oracle DevLive event in London, we shared a number of recent innovations that help developers use data and artificial intelligence (AI) to build powerful, intelligent applications to propel their organizations into the future. We also shared brand new resources to enable developers to discover the potential of generative AI and build real-world applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) that can help meet their organizations’ business needs today.

AI services and capabilities

Oracle offers a collection of AI services with prebuilt machine learning models, making it easier for developers to apply AI to applications and business operations. The newest updates help developers add machine learning to apps without slowing application development.

  • OCI Generative AI service: Now generally available, OCI Generative AI is a managed offering to seamlessly integrate large language models (LLMs) into a wide range of enterprise use cases. The service supports Meta’s Llama 2 and Cohere’s Command, Summarize, and Embed models, together with a multilingual embeddings capability for over 100 languages. We’ve also added improvements to make it easier to work with LLMs.
  • OCI Vision: Enhancements to OCI Vision offer new features designed to analyze stored video files for label detection, object detection, text detection, and face detection, and are detailed in our blog.
  • Oracle Digital Assistant (ODA): With ODA, developers have more flexibility to use different LLMs, natural language, and expanded platform support as they build new applications.  Notably, they can now support more robust integration with LLMs using Large Language Model Block, translate natural language more easily into SQL, ask questions from unstructured data, and provide users access via Apple Business Messaging and WhatsApp channels.
  • OCI Speech: In OCI Speech, real-time speech transcription gains customized vocabulary support, catering to use cases such as dictation and live captioning. The addition of Multilingual Whisper model support enhances the capabilities of asynchronous file-based transcription. Learn more about the new support in our blog.  
  • OCI Language: OCI Language added document translation for various file formats, multilingual models, and natural language processing (NLP) for Healthcare to help advance AI and language processing capabilities to meet evolving developer needs. For more information about OCI Language 3.0, please see our latest blog.  

Extend applications with our latest low code integration capabilities

Oracle offers a comprehensive integration and business automation platform for quickly modernizing applications, business processes, APIs, and data.  

Oracle Integration helps developers focus more on functionality and less on connectivity to rapidly extend applications, orchestrate OCI AI services, and automate end-to-end processes such as lead to invoice or recruit to pay.  We were recently recognized by Gartner when Oracle was named a Leader in the 2024 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) for the seventh consecutive time. Prebuilt integrations and low-code automation help developers iterate faster in distributed cloud environments.  


AI capabilities in Databases

Oracle, as a database leader, offers a plethora of choices in databases so developers can work with various types of data, transactional and analytical workloads, and development styles. We have several recent innovations, especially in AI, to help developers build innovative applications where their data wherever their data happens to be.

AI Vector Search in Oracle Database: A collection of semantic search features, called AI Vector Search, includes a vector data type, vector indexes, and vector search SQL operators which enable the Oracle Database to store the semantic content of documents, images, and other unstructured data as vectors, and use these to run fast similar queries. These capabilities also support Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG), a leading generative AI technique that combines LLMs and private business data to deliver more accurate responses to natural language questions.

New Autonomous Database for Developers: The new Autonomous Database for Developers is a free version of Autonomous Database specifically intended for Developers to build and test applications on Dedicated Exadata Infrastructure and Exadata Cloud@Customer.  Current Oracle customers who have subscriptions to either Exadata Database Service or Autonomous Database on dedicated infrastructure or Cloud@Customer can now use Autonomous Database to develop and build applications with no additional cost. Learn more about Autonomous Database for Developers in our recent blog.

Autonomous Database Select AI: Autonomous Database simplifies the development of scalable AI-powered apps with any data. With Select AI, a built-in Autonomous Database capability, developers can build or extend applications that get answers about their organization’s private data through conversational interactions.  Autonomous Database automatically translates natural language questions into queries, using their choice of LLMs, including those from OCI Generative AI, without having to go through extra installations or complex integration steps.  Learn more about the announcement in our blog.

MySQL HeatWave innovations: Developers have embraced MySQL HeatWave. It is the only MySQL cloud database service that combines transactions, real-time analytics across data warehouses and data lakes, and machine learning. We recently announced more details about Generative AI and vector store capabilities in MySQL HeatWave (private preview) , along with real-time analytics on JSON documents and native support for JavaScript in HeatWave Lakehouse. For more information about how easy it is to become an AI developer using MySQL HeatWave, read our latest blog.

Updates to open source databases on OCI: Oracle supports open source databases as managed services running on OCI, including Redis, PostgreSQL, and OpenSearch.  With the newest update to OCI Search with OpenSearch, we are upgrading the underlying version to 2.11 to provide the latest open source innovations, including an array of AI-powered features. To learn more, see this blog post.

Powerful cloud native capabilities to build and deploy at scale

OCI offers cloud native capabilities to help you build your applications and deploy them at scale to handle  AI workloads.

Over a hundred OCI services run on OCI Container Engine for Kubernetes (OKE), including the latest Generative AI and other AI services. OKE is a managed Kubernetes service which simplifies the operations of enterprise-grade Kubernetes at scale. Thousands of our customers use millions of CPU and GPU cores on OKE.  With the newly announced Oracle Cloud Guard Container Governance capability, Oracle increases security for OKE by providing detection and guardrails for OKE deployments.

Enabling you with the resources to innovate using Oracle AI

Finally, we continue to build resources to help you innovate with AI. Check out the the new AI Solutions Hub which we just announced to help developers discover the potential of generative AI and build real-world applications that can help meet their organizations’ business needs today.

If you are in Bengaluru, São Paulo, or New York City, please join us at the upcoming developer events, Oracle DevLive: Build with Data and AI and speak with our experts.

 

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Maywun Wong

Director, Product Marketing

Maywun Wong has over 20 years of experience in marketing, product management, and engineering for technology and cloud companies of all sizes.  Currently, she is Director of Product Marketing in the Cloud Business Group at Oracle with prior experience at Cisco, Nokia, Siebel, Motorola, and AT&T.

Maywun holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University.


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