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Oracle as an Agent of Social Change

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Together with my colleague JB Brock I've spent the past week in South Africa. Last year, with Andrejus Baranovskis from Oracle partner Red Samurai Consulting, I did something similar—introducing Oracle's new modern vision on application development and user interface design to a range of Oracle partners and customers, including to Oracle staff in the the local Oracle offices, too. 

A pic of a few of them is below, taken in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Pretoria. Just like the last trip, we had 4 or 5 engagements per day, for a week, covering partner visits, workshops, and internal Oracle knowledge sharing sessions.

We visited Oracle partners and customers involved in a variety of industries, including insurance, finance, education, and logistics. In each case, we introduced Oracle's application development vision, focusing on Oracle JET, Visual Builder Cloud Service, and Developer Cloud Service, while also referring to related PAAS technologies, such as Mobile Cloud Service, Java Cloud Service, and Application Container Cloud Service.

What struck me more than anything is that, in South Africa, IT is seen as an agent of social change. For example, we spent time with Steltix and Project codeX, who have done great work raising the skills level of South African youth:

Also, did you know that ten years ago, Nelson Mandela asked Oracle to build a school in one of Johannesburg’s poorest townships? Take a look here:

Isn't that inspiring? Really amazing to be working in an organization that makes such an impact in South Africa.

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