A few of my favorite things …
November 14, 2017
I realize OpenWorld has been and gone but I have to say, this year is up there as one of my favorite OpenWorld’s of all time. I think that’s because it brought together a few of my favorite things:
- Catching up with dear friends, past colleagues, partners and customers from around the globe
- Learning about the latest Cloud capabilities and how they will drive new ways of doing business and deliver value for our customers
- Hearing some exceptional use-cases and lessons learned along the way
- And of course, enjoying the yummy culinary delights San Francisco has to offer!
I was lucky enough to spend “Five Minutes with …” some wonderful people who are thought leaders in their industries and organizations, and I wanted to share their insights – it paints a bright future for all of us, in terms of projects delivering real value to our customers and the people who work on them.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing posts and podcasts from my chats with Oracle folks including Thomas Kurian, Amit Zavery, Steve Miranda and Vikas Anand and some Oracle Partners - Gary Buffington, AVIO Consulting, Luis Weir, Capgemini, Lucas Jellema, AMIS and our own, John Deeb. I also had a chance to catch-up with some customers including Andy McGee (Australian Finance Group) and Ryan Klose (National Pharmacies).
Interestingly, across our chats, some common threads became apparent:
- Organizations are moving, or have already moved, to the cloud to get the infrastructure benefits as well as the nimbleness it brings;
- Companies are innovating today on top of systems and apps they already have. They are connecting these systems and with their business partners to establish new channels leveraging APIs/mobile/bots/IoT/AI/Machine Learning, to automate/optimize processes and drive analytics. Importantly, they also recognize there is a lot of value in the data itself – mining, analyzing, identifying patterns in the data, and learning from the data.
- There are some excellent examples where organizations are seeing significant value – a coffee company delivering exceptional customer service through a revamped loyalty program, telematics for autonomous cars, more collaborative financial and banking models, and high quality customer experiences in HR functions such as job hunting, that we are typically only used to seeing in retail.
- Guidance in terms of starting small, leverage existing investments and surrounding yourself with an eco-system that can help you.
- And when it comes to favorite places to eat … Mortons Steak House and Amber are very popular, among others, in the Bay Area!
I hope you’ll join me as we spend “Five Minutes with” some very interesting people over the coming weeks!
Stay tuned …
Jules @ Rubicon Red
Manager, Marketing and Events