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Overheard at Oracle OpenWorld

Morbhen Rattray
Communications Manager

With 60,000 attendees gathering in San Francisco and countless more watching online, Oracle OpenWorld 2018 really is the place to be to hear the latest developments in technology and innovation from Oracle. Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem was in attendance to showcase the startups in their program through a variety of talks, panels, meetings and demos.

Our team kept their ears to the ground during the 4-day event. This is what they overheard at Oracle OpenWorld:

  1. Founder advice to other founders: 1. Sell vision internally and externally. 2. You’ll regret what you don’t try. 3, Perseverance – It’s hard! via @lauriemccabe on twitter

  2. Oracle is a reasonably big customer of …Oracle! Oracle runs its own business on Oracle applications (‘we had a fairly short vendor selection process’) via @lucasjellema on Twitter

  3. Predictions from Mark Hurd, by 2025:

  • 80% of production apps will be in the cloud

  • SaaS suite providers have 80% of market share

  • Corporate owned data centers will decrease by 80%

  • 80% of IT budgets will be spent on cloud services

  1. "Our goal has always been, as we move from one generation of computing to the next, we want to protect your investment in data and applications and make it easy to lift and move that into the next generation. We did that with the Gen 2 Cloud." - Larry Ellison  

  2. “We don't see AI as an independent solution - we see it as a core feature embedded in every application - to drive productivity and innovation.” - Mark Hurd

  3. “It will take 217 years for the gender pay gap to close. We are moving into a pay transparency age - let’s use technology to accelerate progress!”  - Zara Nanu, GapSquare

  4. Important point from Larry Ellison’s keynote: layering voice on top of Oracle applications puts vital real-time data, once only accessible to those who knew how to craft a query, in the hands of decision makers, any time, anywhere – just by asking. That’s a huge advantage. Via @MarkVHurd on Twitter

  5. Producer and best-selling author, Nely Galán during the Inclusive Leadership Summit: “look like them, hire them, defend them, speak their language, do not marginalize them, value their authentic voice, be congruent”.

  6. On Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse “We're still 80 times faster than Amazon's data warehouse." - Larry Ellison

  7. Incredibly wise words from General Michael Hayden, Principal of The Chertoff Group: “The world has been more dangerous in the past, but it has never been more complicated than now. We are affected in meaningful & impactful ways in real time by events around the world. True in geopolitics. True in business.” Via @MarkVHurd on Twitter

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