Oracle CloudWorld, Munich – As one of its three key strategies, cloud computing will be a major focus for Oracle over the next few years, with more and more of its annual $5-billion R&D spend being allocated to it.
Mark Hurd, president of Oracle, told delegates at its CloudWorld Munich event that the IT industry is going through a dramatic change, and that this change is set to continue into the future. The event is part of a 10 city global tour by Oracle to outline its strategy and offerings in the cloud.

“There are going to be a lot of secular changes in the next seven years that will completely change our game,” Hurd says. “The whole customer experience, the way the customer engages with, connects and transacts with you is going to change our IT.

“Our job is to continue to invest in R&D to maximise your choices, ensure your flexibility and to give you access to the most advanced applications that you can leverage with your existing IT,” he adds.

Hurd says Oracle will spend $5-billion on R&D this year and that it has acquired, and will continue to acquire, companies it feels fit in with its cloud strategy.

“Think of these acquisitions as supplementing our $5-billion in R&D because technology comes along with these acquisitions,” he says. “There is a lot of technology inside of them.”

Hurd says that there are three key elements to the company’s cloud strategy – platform, infrastructure, and applications and services – which will be available on Oracle Cloud (public), private cloud or on-premise.

“Why is Oracle doing this?” Hurd asks. “Because we are trying to give you ultimate choice. We’ll take everything off the table except IP. If you want your cloud as Opex, we’ll do it; if you want it as Capex, we’ll do it; if you want to mix private cloud with Oracle Cloud, we’ll do it.

“All of this is designed so that you don’t have to face a generation of rip and replace and can easily transition into the next generation of IT that is emerging,” he says. “So that you don’t have to worry about what is public, private or hybrid cloud – so that you can optimise and get maximum flexibility from all of them.”