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Oracle's OpenWorld Announcements: What should we be excited about?

From Oracle OpenWorld, October 2015

“The world is changing,” said Abid Ali Neemuchwala, group president and COO at Wipro Technologies at the Tuesday morning Oracle OpenWorld keynote session.

Of course, it’s true that the world is always changing, but this statement seemed to be a very appropriate way to preface the announcements made during the keynote. The idea Neemuchwala was driving at is that the way people digital products and services is changing. People are paying to receive these goods instantly and in a simple format, referencing the way people buy music from online stores like iTunes – no more needing to buy a CD player to listen to music, it’s delivered to you with the click of a button.

“People want to pay for the light, not the lamp,” said Neemuchwala. He added that enterprises need to jump onboard with this idea of a “digital experience as a service,” and that “enterprises have no choice: they either accept this model or perish.”

How does this fit into Oracle’s plans? It seems to be exactly what they’re trying to do.

Meet Oracle Cloud – the one stop online shop for Oracle’s enterprise products and services. Even though it could be argued that they are late to the cloud party, they appear proud of this offering, which includes the availability of things such as:

  • Storage cloud services
  • A DevOps pipeline
  • Docker container services
  • Network access services
  • Application development cloud services for Java EE, NodeJS, etc.
  • Mobile cloud services

Another interesting development is their offering of 200 new open source stacks made possible by a partnership with Bitnami. According to a press release from Bitnami:

“Oracle Cloud users will be able to launch Bitnami applications in one click via a new, easy-to-use Bitnami Cloud Launchpad, or via the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The combination of Bitnami and the Oracle Cloud offers users a simple, consistent way to develop and test applications in the cloud.”

From an application development standpoint, it was somewhat impressive that Oracle is providing accessible support for new languages and toolkits including PHP, Python, Node.JS, JavaScript, JavaSE and .net, showing what appears to be real, tangible support for developers and perhaps a response to ease growing concerns over developer shortages. This would also have to be soothing to developers who believe that Oracle is not doing much to support the use of Java.

For hardcore developers, Oracle’s Tuesday morning keynote may have been a little underwhelming, but it was interesting to see first-hand how Oracle’s cloud-based application development services allow developers to simplify the creation of native apps on a Docker infrastructure that even lets you click-and-choose the language you want to create the app in. Consumers will appreciate the fact that you can define capacity and scalability requirements from the get-go, share the code easily for QA and use a continuous build environment to perform testing mid-production.

That was just a few of my takeaways from this year’s keynote. What did you take away from this year’s announcements – and are you happy with the direction Oracle is going or not? Let us know with your comments.

Thomas Kurian, president of product development at Oracle

Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s president of product development, introduces the new DevOps pipeline

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