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Oracle’s Peter Fisher on Future-Proofing Cloud

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By Peter Fisher, Master Enterprise Cloud Architect, Public Sector, Oracle

What emerging technology has the most power to change the game in addressing government’s biggest challenges?

The cloud is transforming government. The cloud offers tremendous opportunity for lower cost, modernized systems, and improved adoption of new techniques and services. One of the biggest challenges facing today’s government is its ability to keep up with rapidly changing and disruptive technologies, which is creating a skills gap. Government workers spend most of their time on O&M, and therefore don’t have the time to invest in innovation or new technologies. In order to solve this problem, agencies need to remove the burden of maintaining systems, and adopt low code application platforms.

How? First, by moving applications to the cloud now, it enables agencies to take advantage of PaaS services, which can reduce the patching and maintenance task. Services like Autonomous Database which eliminates complexity, human error, and manual management, help to ensure higher reliability, security, and more operational efficiency at the lowest cost. Autonomous Database is the world’s first autonomous data management offering in the cloud. It delivers automated patching, upgrades, and tuning—including performing all routine database maintenance tasks while the system is running—without human intervention. This new autonomous database is self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing, which helps to eliminate manual database management and human errors. Autonomous Cloud Services like Oracle Autonomous Database can give “much needed relief from patching and actually give time back” to federal workers. The time savings from the cloud can be used for better things like innovation. Digital Assistants, Blockchain, AI/ML and Low Code Application Development can all become a workforce multiplier. By using these new technologies, agencies can reach more citizens, automate inefficient workflows, and build better cloud-native applications that will leverage all the benefits of the cloud. It’s a win – win for governments.

How does Oracle see this technology evolving over the next few years?

The cloud has already become the development platform for new products and innovation services.

Technology vendors are now developing in the cloud, and that will continue to evolve from offering new products to the cloud first, then to on-premise. Many new services are offered only in the cloud. Technology providers are differentiating their cloud services by adding artificial intelligence/machine learning to make ‘smart’ services that are easier to deploy, automate, patch, and secure. Oracle Autonomous database is a ‘smart’ service that automates the functions of a DBA.

These new ‘smart’ services will offer government customers incredible cost and time savings, that will radically change the way governments leverage new technology. Currently most governments are afraid of “vendor lock-in” and are reluctant to embrace vendor specific products and services. Agencies will find that with the advent of ‘smart’ technology, cost savings, automation, and tremendous ROI will far outweigh the risks of vendor lock-in. Cloud technology is already at a tipping point, and new cloud ‘smart’ services are going to dramatically transform how technology will be consumed, deployed, and reduce customer anxiety about vendor lock-in.

You know the saying “many hands make light work.” Why is collaboration among technology partners so important in addressing government’s toughest challenges? Can you share an example where you saw this in action?

Helping governments make the transition and the transformation to the cloud requires a team approach. Each agency, each program, and even individual applications require a personalized strategy to move to the cloud. Some applications are easier than others to move the cloud. It is important to listen to our customers and determine how much change can they absorb, and to balance that with what cloud services, or cloud techniques that they should embrace and adopt.

Continue the conversation and hear Oracle’s insight during the “Accelerating Cloud Investments – Strategic Partner Spotlight – Oracle” session at GDIT Emerge on April 23. Register today.