The cloud accounts for 5% of Oracle's business, and recent acquisitions and investments have Oracle on a path toward cloud growth, FBR Capital Markets' Daniel Ives says. "While it is still early days in the cloud, our discussions in the field point to Oracle's ability to provide a comprehensive cloud foundation as a key determinant for customers signing on the dotted line," Ives wrote in a report.
Oracle says its SOA Suite 12c is a means to integrate cloud, Internet of Things and mobile on one platform. "By enabling significantly simplified integration, Oracle SOA Suite 12c helps organizations speed time to market, increase productivity, and lower costs," Oracle's Amit Zavery said. Separately, the company is revamping its partner resources and incentives.
The Australian state of New South Wales is looking to Oracle's Exadata Database Machines and Exalogic Elastic Cloud to update its health care system. "This initiative will provide a significant increase in capacity for NSW Health to support Australia's largest corporate program in government," said HealthShare NSW's Greg Wells. HealthShare NSW also utilizes Oracle's E-Business Suite with Oracle Fusion Middleware and Database for HR and payroll.
Dell and Oracle are increasing their partnership efforts and plan to push out business products with Dell hardware and Oracle's software this year. The strategy will help Oracle cut its product-integration costs, President Mark Hurd says. Dell said the move will give it greater traction in the data-center market.
The Defense Department plans to expand the number of civilians and troops assigned to its Cyber Command to nearly 5,000, a quintupling of personnel. "The department ... is working with a sense of urgency to put the right policies and structures in place to enable us to carry out our role," an unidentified Pentagon official said.