For the decades its been on the planet, Oracle has been known as a company providing enterprise-grade products — databases and ERP systems — that required a very particular set of skills to fully master. Lately, however, the vendor has been seeking to emphasize its ease of use to a more non-technical crowd, and not necessarily with the large organizations which form its core base. Can Oracle pull this off and become a platform of choice within the startup culture? I recently sat down with Steve Daheb, senior vice president of Oracle’s Cloud Business Group, to discuss Oracle’s intentions in the effervescent small business, startup and low-code space. The Oracle Cloud platform is the vehicle that the vendor is targeting at new, less IT-centric digital sectors. Essentially, Oracle positions its cloud stack at all three levels of delivery – Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service. Oracle’s IaaS offerings are directly competitive with those of Amazon Web Services, though it’s unclear how many non-Oracle customers are running non-Oracle apps on the IaaS portion of Oracle Cloud as an alternative to AWS. At the same time, Oracle Cloud is already attracting new types of customers — even startups, Daheb says. “Cloud is the great equalizer — it has democratized access to technology,” he says. “Startups can’t afford staffs of DBAs or data scientists. They need to be able to only pay for what they use.” The company even maintains nine startup incubators across the globe…. [Read full story]
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