Oracle is nominated for four awards at the V3 Technology Awards, and will no doubt hope to walk away with as many as possible.
Ahead of the event V3 spoke to John Abel, head of technology and cloud for the UK, Ireland and Israel at Oracle (pictured), to hear more about the firm's busy year and what it has in store for 2017.
How does it feel to be nominated at the V3 Technology Awards?
It is always a pleasure to be nominated for a V3 Technology Award. Oracle has been working to continue helping customers transition to the cloud. The number of nominations in cloud-related categories is reflective of this, and something we’re really proud of.
In the coming year we’re going to see cloud adoption continue to grow in the enterprise and small to medium sized businesses.
What have been some of the biggest highlights of Oracle's year?
There are so many to share, but for me it was the release of our IaaS Generation 2.0 Cloud. It takes everything that was great about Generation 1.0 and builds on it to help our customers realise even more value from the cloud.
Providing software, platform and infrastructure in the cloud is key for us. Many enterprises still haven’t moved their workloads to the public yet, and this means with our new generation of solutions we can remove barriers and accelerate the adoption of cloud technology.
What are some of the big challenges facing your customers that you are focusing on?
My personal focus is on making sure customers know how they can benefit from cloud adoption.
Many customers I meet need to understand the value that the cloud will deliver to their business, which is much easier now we have lowered the bar to entry and can drive further accelerated growth.
What are some of the main areas of focus you expect to see in 2017?
Accelerating adoption of cloud technologies, in particular our IaaS Generation 2.0. This is a key technology that provides all customers (old or new) with exceptional levels of service, performance and availability.
I spend every day considering what we can do to help our customers further benefit from cloud technologies, and will continue to focus on this in the coming year.
One thing I think we can expect is that we will soon move from an infrastructure lead discussion to a platform level as the innovation can now be faster at even lower levels of cost.
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