Oracle’s UK user group (UKOUG) president says that the strong focus on customer testimonials at OpenWorld 2014 will give others the confidence to adopt the vendor's growing portfolio of cloud services.
Oracle announced a large number of product launch at its annual user conference, as it continued last year’s theme of positioning itself as a leader in cloud computing.
According to UKOUG president David Warburton-Broadhurst, the presence of more customers discussing their experiences with software as a service (Saas) and platform as a service (Paas) tools will encourage its members to start moving away from on-premise products.
“OpenWorld 2014 was perhaps the first time we have seen so many customers talking about their experiences with Oracle products,” he told ComputerworldUK.
“This will give customers more confidence in new applications.”
He added: “The numerous additions to the Oracle SaaS applications portfolio announced at OpenWorld 2014 will be of significance to our members, many of whom are considering their options with their existing applications products and Oracle Cloud (Fusion) applications.”
Warburton-Broadhurst also welcomed the ability for customers to save money by moving on-premises Java applications to Oracle's cloud database and WebLogic server cloud with a push of a button.
“The Platform as a Service announcements about moving Oracle databases between on premise and Oracle Cloud “with one click” is good news for Oracle customers,” he said.
“As Larry Ellison promised, Oracle’s Cloud is more efficient, and will “gracefully co-exist with your data center”, meaning that customers can make substantial savings.”
However he noted that amidst the flurry of cloud announcements, customers are still awaiting vital information for the new services.
“Of course, the technical and commercial details of how Oracle Cloud will work in practice is still to come and UK Oracle User Group looks forward to further announcements in the coming weeks.”