International shippers from Bloom Energy, FedEx, and Gapjoined Oracle CEO Mark Hurd on stage at this week’s Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco to share predictions on how “the Cloud” will reshape supply chains.
“Ten years from now we expect one hundred percent of application development to be conducted in the Cloud,” said Hurd.
Furthermore, he added, 80% of production apps will be in the cloud.
Supply chain managers were especially keen on learning how enterprise clouds will be made more secure for IT processing.
Hurd reinforced the success of Oracle’s cloud strategy to build the applications, platform and infrastructure that will enable customers to either move to the cloud or start in the cloud. He highlighted the significant expansion of Oracle Cloud, noting that in the last five years, Oracle released 3,500+ SaaS services and 125+ PaaS services making Oracle the most complete cloud in the industry.
“It’s important to have great apps, but great apps that work together, the most complete suite of PaaS services and the next generation of infrastructure as a service that all work together to complement each other,” said Hurd. “That’s what we’ve built out, and that’s what we now have.”
Chris Wood, Vice President, Business Services & Transformation, FedEx Services, said his company is trying to figure out ways to deliver more functionality.
“And to support what we need to do with the business and be more nimble, but at the same time, reduce our costs,” he added. “And Oracle Cloud is a big part of that.”
Paul Chapman, Gap CIO, said he had “I had never seen such a thought leadership, a collective wisdom, and the drive to accomplish what we have accomplished this year.
“And that is the delivery of Oracle Retail to the Cloud,” he said.
“With Bloom, we help customers pay as they grow,” said Randy Furr, Bloom Energy CFO. “And this is very much akin to the Oracle Cloud. Now Bloom, from the early days, we’re the largest fuel cell provider out there. We’ve kind of had to create an industry. And we’ve been fortunate in that we picked early the Oracle ERP, EPM, and Supply Chain, and it’s helped us grow and scale our business.”
Hurd then highlighted third-party research that didn’t come from “the Mark Hurd research team” that appeared to validate his previous predictions, like one in which he said that 80% of corporate data centers will be gone by 2025.
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Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]
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