Oracle OpenWorld 2013 European update: Oracle extends cloud

Oracle is continuing to drive forward its cloud operations in Europe

Oracle is continuing to drive forward its cloud operations in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Speaking at Oracle's OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco, Loïc le Guisquet, vice president of Oracle EMEA, said Oracle would make major investments to serve its EMEA customers in their specific geographies.

He said Oracle has a strong stance on cloud in the region, as well as analytics and big data. These “fast moving trends” are transforming how countries operate their businesses, he said.

Le Guisquet said Oracle’s datacentre in Scotland will serve customers in Europe. It also operates another in The Netherlands for those who want to keep their data on the continent.

“All these infrastructures are key to help EMEA jump into the future,” he said.

European troubles

While the unstable economy has had a knock-on effect on IT budgets in recent years, Le Guisquet claimed that Oracle has reaped financial benefits from the difficulties facing the European economy.

He said that last year Oracle did very well in Southern Europe, because its technologies can help customers reduce their IT costs.

“You need to be able to reduce your storage bill,” he said. “With our Exadata compression, we can compress the customers’ data and tremendously reduce their storage needs.”

Data science skills gap

Meanwhile, the company has also been working to improve the European skills gap.

He said that the EU is worried about the shortage in skills that is developing. It is concerned that it will not have enough IT professionals in the next four to five years, which in turn will hinder European growth, according to Le Guisquet.

“We must find the data scientists of the future,” he said. “And we must empower the entrepreneurs that will launch new businesses.”

He said that Oracle is an active member of the European Commission’s Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs which aims to ensure that there are enough IT specialists for the future, by encouraging students to pursue technology careers.

Additionally, the Oracle Academy continues to “educate the educators in IT”. Launched in 1993, the scheme provides an IT curriculum to 3,200 institutions, training 800,000 students in 64 countries on Oracle software.

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