Global CIO: At Oracle Open World, Oracle Commits To Cloud Computing
Oracle EVP Thomas Kurian's keynote was initially focused on forthcoming Fusion apps but is now called "Oracle and Cloud Computing."
"In applications, SAP is the leader. But their technology that they use for applications is a proprietary technology—a German programming language called ABAP. That's a 25-year-old technology that's still the center of their architecture and strategy for applications going forward, this ABAP," Ellison said.
"The center of our strategy going forward is Java and a modern service-oriented architecture. And during this calendar year we will deliver our Fusion applications—we're been working on them for a while and we have rewritten, or written, in Java all of our accounting software, all of our supply chain software, all of our HR software, our sales automation, our service-automation software—has all been rewritten in Java with a modern service-oriented architecture. And we're gonna go compete with SAP's 25-year-old technology."
Ellison then described how Oracle's portfolio of applications with industry-specific functionality—some built internally, many acquired and integrated—allows Oracle to tap into new revenue streams unavailable to SAP.
"We think SAP is vulnerable and we can take them on in a variety of industries. The other thing that we're doing is SAP is not doing is emphasizing industry functionalities. So it's not just technology where we're competing with SAP—we're also competing with them on functionality," Ellison said. (End of excerpt.)
So my take on the flip in Kurian's keynote topic is that Oracle has chosen to leverage the huge momentum it has in the market following its blowout first-quarter results by explicitly adding cloud computing to the list of its top priorities: Fusion apps; the Exadata Database Machine and related new-product launches that will debut this week (possibly this evening in Ellison's first keynote); Oracle's stance on open-source technologies within its stable, primarily Java and MySQL; and its ongoing surge into not just the world of systems but also storage.
I'm glad to see the cloud move become official via Kurian's keynote. In a Global CIO column I wrote late last week as a preview to this week's event, called Global CIO: Larry Ellison's Top 10 Priorities At Oracle Open World, I predicted that Oracle would this week announce the formation of a formal cloud-computing business unit within the company.
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