Special Report: Innovation

September 2017

Talk about innovation at work. According to Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison, Oracle plans for the forthcoming cloud database to have 99.995 percent system availability, which translates to less than 30 minutes of planned or unplanned downtime per year. To achieve that level of reliability, he said, Oracle’s database will have to automatically tune, patch, and upgrade itself while the system is running.


“But perhaps the most interesting aspect of autonomous systems, like self-driving cars and our new self-driving database, is the economics that surround total automation,” he said. “Self-driving cars eliminate the labor cost of driving, plus the high cost associated with human driving errors. Self-driving database eliminates the labor cost of tuning, managing, and upgrading the database, thus avoiding all of the costly downtime associated with human error.”

Here, read more from Ellison’s announcement. Plus, learn more about innovative technology that is in turn letting companies develop new products and processes—and what you need to know before you get left behind.

Larry Ellison Reveals “Self-Driving” Database as Oracle’s Cloud Business Soars
Incorporating machine learning, this new version will not “require human beings either to manage the database or tune the database,” said Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison.

Oracle OpenWorld to Showcase IT’s Bold Future
IT pros will find a balance of cutting-edge emerging technology, such as chatbots and artificial intelligence, and practical, expert-rendered advice at Oracle OpenWorld 2017.

Creating an Ecosystem of Startup Innovation Within the Enterprise
Oracle’s global startup program is focused on smaller, peer-to-peer interactions, where collaboration can truly thrive.

Bending the Curve
Oracle’s Chuck Hollis talks cloud-based innovation, the development investments cloud vendors need to make, and the way cloud serves as a great innovation equalizer for small and midsize businesses.

Break the Mold
Cloud-based Carbon Inc. has the strategy and technology to adapt to change.

Disrupt Yourself
A grand plan and innovative cloud services help Hitachi Consulting Corporation transform itself—and its clients.

The Right Questions
Here’s a starting point for considering the big implications of the work we all do—because the future is always closer than we think.

Rush of Ideas
“A good idea is a good idea. It doesn’t really matter where it comes from,” says Oracle’s Jon Chorley, chief sustainability officer and group vice president of supply chain management product strategy. “You want to be able to capture it, evaluate it, and fold it back into your innovation process and into your product portfolio.”

Pillars of Innovation
At both a national and corporate level, innovations don’t just happen by chance. Here are the 10 factors that matter most.

Five Ideas: Innovation
Moving from on-premises technology to cloud solutions can make a difference in how quickly you can spin up new innovations—and how much budget you can designate for their development.

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