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  • October 24, 2018

Did You Hear? The Latest and Greatest News from Oracle OpenWorld 2018

Amber Danno
Communications Manager, Alliances & Channels

If there’s one thing you can count on at Oracle OpenWorld every year, it’s a flurry of exciting new announcements and bold industry predictions (with Oracle at the leading edge, of course!). The 2018 conference has proved no less. Here’s a quick recap of the latest breaking Oracle news out of San Francisco this week.

Cloud Generation 2 – Autonomous, Autonomous, Autonomous!

As usual, Larry Ellison’s opening keynote on Monday morning did not disappoint. The Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO shared his vision for a next-generation enterprise cloud with unmatched security, performance and cost savings. Most importantly, Ellison highlighted that Oracle Cloud is built to run Oracle Autonomous Database, the industry’s first and only self-driving database. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out the super cool video where he (literally) unfolds how Oracle Autonomous Database leverages machine learning to eliminate human error and keep your data safe. Ellison also ran an impactful demo where he directly compared running workloads on Oracle Cloud vs key Amazon offerings. It was pretty amazing to witness the undeniable performance gap between Amazon’s 99.95% reliability and Oracle’s 99.995%.  

“Cloud is irrefutable; it’s foundational.”

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd joined the fun on Tuesday with a keynote focused on accelerating growth in the cloud. He welcomed customers AT&T, Cisco, Cummins, and Eurasia Group to the stage to share their real-world successes with Oracle Cloud’s performance advantages and cost savings. Adding to his already-colorful history of industry predictions, Hurd also created a lot of buzz around the coming era of artificial intelligence. By the year 2025, Hurd predicts:  

  • 100% of cloud applications will include artificial intelligence (AI)
  • 85% of customer interactions will be automated
  • 60% of IT jobs that will exist in the future have not been invented yet (Mind boggling!)

An interesting takeaway from Hurd’s message was that automation will not replace jobs, but create them. Hurd sees a future filled with new careers that include robot supervisors, smart city tech designers, AI-assisted technicians, data professionals, and more – all fueled by the use of AI and other emerging technologies. So start thinking about all the possibilities of what the near future may hold for you!  

Cyberspace: The New Battlefield 

Throughout the week, we’ve been hearing that partners and customers alike are impressed with Oracle’s head-on approach to the topic of security and IT. That trend continued with the Wednesday morning keynote as Oracle’s Mark Hurd and Ed Screven, Chief Corporate Architect, hosted three former heads of US and UK intelligence and security agencies. The panel tackled the complex and immediate threat of cyberspace becoming the new battlefield, where the ability to respond quickly to cyber security attacks is paramount. Hurd and Screven revealed the answer to this modern threat: Oracle Cloud. Oracle’s Generation 2 cloud provides impenetrability, the ability to patch with no downtime, and perpetually encrypted data – giving customers no choice BUT to be secure. If you weren’t able to catch this keynote live, we’d definitely prioritize watching the replay.

Edward Screven (Chief Corporate Architect, Oracle), General Michael Hayden (Former Director of the CIA and NSA), Jeh Johnson (Former Secretary of Homeland Security), Sir John Scarlett (KCMG OBE Former Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service), and Mark Hurd (Chief Executive Officer, Oracle)


We hope you’ve been enjoying OpenWorld 2018 either in-person or virtually. Can’t wait to see what the final days of the conference bring!

-The OPN Team

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