Oracle has had quite a journey. From being a Database Organization to being a force to reckon with in the Cloud and Security domain, Oracle has evolved.
How has Oracle evolved from a simple Database Organization to being what it is today?
Classically, Oracle has been a very strong database organization. Slowly Oracle navigated its way into the enterprise application (ERP) side and got good success on the application side. We realized that you need a technology platform because a lot of people wanted to innovate beyond what you can do in your applications because applications are out of the box. So the providers set for functionalities. But the moment you say, I want to innovate and bring in some bit of differentiation from my competition; you need a technology stack which can provide you all the flexibility to do integration, to develop mobile applications, web application, web portals and those kinds of things. That’s how Oracle got into more and more things. And then, security always was important. It was actually a security project that Oracle was doing for the Department of Defense. That is how Oracle came into being. We are the custodian for data, we make sure that we put in all the checks and balances for ensuring that data is secured at all times. So, irrespective of where the data is located, security is paramount.
What is Oracle’s relationship with its customers?
Today, Oracle has thousands of production. It becomes difficult for us also to visualize how the customer sees us because we help customers in so many different ways. But one thing Oracle has been consistently working towards is making sure that they meet their solutions for the enterprise. So, they have always been an enterprise organization providing IT solutions for large enterprises. We have been very good at that because we know what the expectation is. Large enterprises need solutions which can scale, are highly secure and manageable, which can run in a distributed as well as centralize fashion globally in multiple data centers of customers.
So, the enterprises’ needs are different from those of SMB customers. An SMB customer care about say, ‘Can you give me this function? If you can do that, give me a CRM system, my work is done’. They don’t look at scalability because it is not the need of the hour for them. But for enterprises, they would say, ‘I need it on all the operating systems. I want compatibility with all the other systems, which I am running in my environment’. So that’s the good thing about Oracle, that we understand the intricacies of what the enterprise needs.
What has Oracle’s journey with Cloud been like?
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