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Autonomous and Innovations’ new romance

Whether it is speeding up your next rental car order or supporting scientists recreating the Big Bang that started our cosmos – Autonomous solutions can be a game changer at any company or institution tackling the on-going need for innovation.

Remember the last time you landed safely at your holiday destination, picked up your luggage and pictured yourself diving into the sea until you got stuck in the car rental counter queue? Luckily, some car hire firms such as Hertz are now working hard to speed up their data collection to avoid spoiling your good mood on your next holiday or business trip.

Hertz was among the first companies to introduce Oracle's fully autonomous database to tackle constantly rising data volumes, and ultimately cutting customers waiting times. Using artificial intelligence, the cloud service dramatically cut the time Hertz needs to get large data collections up and running, says Benjamin Arnulf, director of business intelligence and analytics at Hertz. "For us it is a big revolution."

While in the past Hertz's IT unit needed weeks to get a new database approved, installed and fine-tuned, it can now set up projects within minutes, Arnulf says. What particularly impressed him was that the autonomous databases "can take different types and sizes of analytic workloads and get better performance without any fine-tuning on our side,” he says.

Typical case of machines replacing people you may think. Not quite. Autonomous databases are more about transforming the data business, while redefining the role that database analysts (DBAs) have played, instead of making them obsolete: It frees them your staff up from generic operational tasks that can be monotonous tasks and an ordeal when approval processes drag on too long.

Autonomous databases are like smart ‘co-workers’ who leave you more time to focus on innovation, no matter if you want to drive growth at a small business with a few dozen employees or if you are one of thousands of scientists conducting high-energy particle physics as in the case of CERN: Based outside Geneva, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research houses the world’s biggest and most expensive time machine, the 17-mile-long particle collider.

Here, where protons collide at the speed of light, the Autonomous Data Warehouse provides reliable and secure computing capacity for data from 50,000 sensors. Boosting the performance for Internet of Things (IoT) data retrieval scenarios, the Oracle cloud solution cut "the storage required by important control systems by a factor of ten," according to Manuel Martin Marquez, Big Data Engineer and Data Scientist at CERN.

While recreating the Big Bang and trying to break the speed of light isn't most people's daily business, autonomous databases can boosts innovation at any organisation as it frees up IT departments, avoids human error and makes data collection more secure. And don't forget: It may even get you your next rental car quicker, raising the chances of your next holiday coming off to a good start.

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