With over 2,000 sessions and dozens of big company announcements, Oracle OpenWorld 2019 was jam-packed full of new developments and exciting headlines. So, what happened, who said what—and most importantly—what are the key takeaways from the four-day event?
Don’t sweat it—we’ve got you covered. Here’s your round-up of the top news.
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Redefines Innovation for Customers
In his first keynote presentation, Larry Ellison, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, set the stage for the future of Oracle Gen2 Cloud Autonomous Infrastructure. These were the key points:
- Delivering the first autonomous operating system. Autonomous Linux is the first and only autonomous operating environment that eliminates complexity and human error to deliver unprecedented cost savings, security, and availability for customers.
- Adding cloud services to detect, hunt, and kill cyber threats. While security-first has been a core operating tenet for Oracle Gen 2 Cloud, our new approach to security introduces massive changes in the way that public clouds address protection of critical workloads.
- Accelerating global expansion of cloud regions. Our plan is designed to be responsive to the needs of our customers, and include “in country” dual region strategy to help customers address disaster recovery and compliance needs.
- Expanding partnerships. As part of our philosophy of building an open cloud, we’ve forged alliances with leading vendors, like VMware and Microsoft that make our cloud platform more flexible and give customers the freedom to use what they want, without sacrifices in compatibility.
The Industry’s Most Integrated Cloud Delivers Even More
Safra Catz, Oracle CEO, explained how our latest developments for Oracle Cloud go far beyond that of any other cloud provider.
“Our goal is to deliver innovation in a way that simplifies IT and business functions, and we believe the best way to do this is to engineer all our products to work together from the beginning, each piece benefiting from the capabilities of its underlying platform.”
Safra was joined on stage by several senior leaders who broke down exactly what this means for customers. For example:
- Creating the most integrated cloud. “Oracle Cloud is the most integrated cloud, both vertically from infrastructure through database up into applications and analytics. We're also horizontally integrated with Microsoft, our new cloud marketplace, and our VMware Cloud Solution. The result is that customers can feel confident they can bring their most demanding workloads to Oracle Cloud,” said Clay Magouyrk, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
- Building cutting-edge tech into one converged database. Juan Loaiza, Executive Vice President of Oracle Systems Technology, illustrated the customer benefit, “You can use blockchain with JSON. You can use machine learning with XML. You can run SQL and transactions across all the different data types. You don't have to fragment your data. You don't have to distribute your data. And you don't have to integrate all these databases.”
- Unlocking endless possibilities from data. Andrew Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President of Oracle Database Server Technologies, explained how we're going to extend the concept of Autonomous Database to be more of a data platform, to really empower business analysts and data scientists to do what the business wants.
- Leveraging our full technology stack in SaaS applications suite. Steve Miranda, executive vice president, Oracle Applications Development, further highlighted how machine learning makes applications better, and announced availability of its AI-trained voice Oracle Digital Assistant, as an alternative user interface.
- Unveiling end-to-end analytics for SaaS applications. “This is a perfect example of Oracle Cloud working integrated end-to-end. This solution is built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. It uses Oracle Autonomous Database for managing all of its data. And it's tightly integrated with the Oracle SaaS Applications,” announced T.K. Anand, Senior Vice President, Oracle Analytics.
Leading the Cloud
Larry Ellison's final keynote emphasized the big Oracle advantage: our unique combination of cloud apps and infrastructure.
Basically, he said:
As the #1 provider of cloud-native ERP and human resources apps and the #2 provider of cloud-native customer experience, Oracle has more than 31,000 cloud application customers—and is uniquely positioned for growth.
He described how Oracle’s main application competitors—SAP and Workday in financials, Workday in HR apps, and Salesforce.com in CX—are limited by their lack of a robust cloud infrastructure layer, while on the flip side, of Oracle’s four main cloud infrastructure competitors—Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, and IBM—only Microsoft has a portfolio of cloud enterprise applications.
Oracle, on the other hand, is unique in being able to provide customers with the best of both worlds.
A Whole New User Experience
Innovation at the application and infrastructure levels were not the only focal points of Oracle’s evolution. One of the most visible markers of our transformation springs from our renewed focus on customer experience.
We provided a first look at how we are elevating the user experience with a brand new state-of-the-art design system: Redwood. Hear more about this journey from Hillel Cooperman, Senior Vice President of User Experience Design, and see a sneak peek below.
One thing’s for certain: Oracle OpenWorld 2019 has game-changing implications for the future of technology—and for how the world does business. Want to become part of our incredible transformation? Explore our career opportunities and create the future with us.