Oracle Launches Next-Generation Cloud Program to Help Partners Accelerate …

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Burning question for Oracle: What’s your response to Amazon?.

Live from the newly dubbed “Oracle Cloud Plaza,” John Furrier and Jeff Frick, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, initiated the team’s full coverage of Oracle OpenWorld 2015 event.The Oracle Excellence Awards for Specialized Partner of the Year encourages innovation by Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) members, who use Oracle’s products and technology to create value for customers and generate new business potential.

The awards reflect Mythics’ success in adopting OPN’s Specialized approach which is aimed at enabling partners to establish industry recognition by following a formal process to become Specialized in key Oracle solution areas. For the past year, Oracle ORCL 0.74% has talked a big game in cloud computing, although details on how exactly it intends to combat incursions by Amazon Web Service remain unclear. As Frick pointed out, Oracle’s renaming of Howard Street to “The Oracle Cloud Plaza” is indicative of the overall theme for the show to be the cloud and cloud services. Anderson Cancer Center using virtually the entire suite of Oracle Business Analytics solutions including Oracle Hyperion Profitability and Cost Management Oracle Enterprise Performance Management, Oracle Data Relationship Management (DRM), Oracle Hyperion Planning, Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Foundation Suite, and Oracle Exalytics. interRel’s solution has enabled MD Anderson to drive process improvement, reduce costs, improve patient care, and most importantly, save additional lives. Oracle has offered big bucks to lure top talent from cloud competitors; that it claims customer wins against companies like Salesforce CRM 2.60% and Workday WDAY -0.05% at least when it comes to software applications delivered as a subscription service.

As Furrier put it, “It will be the battle of the heavyweights.” He described Oracle as a big company that is in transformation, with strong management building teams to move the company into developing integrated end-to end systems in a full cloud world. Saab stated that Oracle is “investing in Java in the cloud environment.” In addition, Oracle is attempting to predict “future hardware trends” so that Java can run smoothly on today’s devices, as well as future hardware. They had more than 25 Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud customers go live, and used the Oracle Cloud Platform (PaaS) to create and implement a recurring billing solution for one Oracle ERP Cloud customer. These achievements are a testament to their dedication to excellence and to providing customers enterprise modernization services that drive real business value and results.” Mythics is an award-winning Oracle systems integrator, consulting firm and Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (GSA# GS-35F-0153M & TCPN# R141801) representing Oracle product lines across cloud, software, support, hardware, engineered systems and appliances. Saab feels that Java is a cornerstone of coding because it is “easy to get started with” and is “easily understood,” whereas some languages become “unmaintainable soup” after a while.

Mythics delivers technology solutions serving the Federal Government, State and Local Governments, Commercial, Higher Education, Utilities and Healthcare sectors and is a trusted partner to organizations worldwide. These resources run in massive Amazon (or Google or Microsoft or IBM) data center farms and are shared by the customers, which makes them more affordable than the customer having to expand its existing data center or even build additional facilities. He is expecting Larry Ellison, Oracle’s executive chairman and chief technology officer, to throw a huge counter punch at AWS by saying that it is not as viable as Oracle. IBM, Microsoft Azure and Dell/EMC are also competitors in the space, and Furrier believes, “It’s all going to come down to power, execution and management team.” Frick recognized that Google and Microsoft are also competing in this space. “But AWS, from a competitive standpoint, is a completely different animal,” he said. Last year, it hired Peter Magnusson, the former Google GOOG 7.70% App Engine guru as senior vice president of cloud, but has kept quiet otherwise except for broad statements about how the company is taking on Amazon AMZN 6.23% Web Services.

Tens of thousands of in-person attendees and millions online gain valuable product and industry-specific insight to help them transform their businesses with Oracle. With a rich understanding of Oracle technologies, DAZ continues to deliver mission critical Oracle based solutions to Fortune 1000 and medium-sized enterprises across North America and the world. The hosts believe that there will be tweaks to some of the company’s pricing models and sales tactics to deliver a counter punch to the competition’s approach, and they expect more information about Oracle’s IoT offerings.

OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Home to four Oracle ACE Directors and one Oracle ACE Associate, interRel frequently participates in Oracle Technology Network international tours in developing markets. Unclear but given the presence of Magnusson, Ketkar, and the addition of other cloud techies from Nimbula and Nebula over the past few years, it seems inevitable. One thing is sure: Amazon is focused on Oracle customers and there is opportunity there given that many of those accounts are irked by Oracle’s pricing, licensing and software audit policies. And at AWS Re:Invent a few weeks ago, Amazon announced a database migration tool to help customers move their database tables more easily from on-premises servers to one of Amazon’s RDS database options.

Whatever you think of Amazon’s claims, they clearly got Oracle’s attention as evidenced by Thomas Kurian’s comments on Bloomberg Markets Friday. Asked about Amazon’s database forays, Kurian, who president of product development for Oracle, was dismissive. “The database underlying their new announcement is MySQL and it’s been around for 20 years. It’s very hard to do technically.” Kurian also noted that 70% of the customers now using Oracle cloud products had never bought from Oracle before.

So, here’s hoping that this week Ellison, Hurd, Catz and Kurian will shed more light on what AWS-like services are available now from Oracle and what’s coming down the pike. Because, much to the chagrin of traditional tech companies like Oracle, AWS is leading the pack and it’s time for the pack to respond with actual services.

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