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Or­a­cle India has wit­nessed a growth of 11% as the com­pany is bet­ting big on gov­ern­ment-pro­pelled ini­tia­tives such as Dig­i­tal India, Smart Cities and Make-In-India. Or­a­cle’s global lead­er­ship fre­quently paid vis­its to the coun­try ey­ing on op­por­tu­ni­ties in var­i­ous ver­ti­cals. The com­pany has in­creased its India pres­ence through sales and mar­ket­ing teams as well as engi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties. As of now, the com­pany em­ploys about 40,000 peo­ple in the coun­try which is largest out­side the US. Safra Catz, global CEO, brought India to her core fo­cus mar­kets and in­creased com­pany’s strength in the re­gion.

The com­pany brought is global event Or­a­cle OpenWorld to India this year where it en­gaged with cus­tomers, gov­ern­ment and part­ners at a larger level. The gov­ern­ment pro­grams like smart cities and Dig­i­tal India have at­tracted Or­a­cle’s fo­cus as it sees a big­ger op­por­tu­nity in these pro­grams. If the com­pany’s claims are to be be­lieved, the com­pany is en­gaged in some of the smart city projects in the coun­try. The com­pany has al­ready an­nounced en­gage­ments with the gov­ern­ment of Jhark­hand for im­prov­ing cit­i­zen ser­vices, trans­parency in gov­er­nance along with set­tin­gup of strat-up in­cu­ba­tion hubs and data cen­ters.

To fur­ther its cloud pres­ence, Or­a­cle also an­nounced that it would set up dat­a­cen­ters in the coun­try. The de­ci­sion is ex­pected to in­flu­ence its pen­e­tra­tion in the gov­ern­ment and BFSI sec­tor that deals with strict reg­u­la­tions for data res­i­dency within the coun­try lim­its. Its ri­vals in the cloud busi­ness – Mi­crosoft, IBM, Sales­force and Ama­zon – do have their dat­a­cen­ter pres­ence in India.

The com­pany has also re­al­ized the im­por­tance of en­gag­ing with young star­tups and nur­tur­ing in­no­va­tion. Hence it has ex­panded Or­a­cle Startup Ac­cel­er­a­tor Pro­gram in cities like Delhi and Mum­bai.

OR­A­CLE INDIA IS EM­POW­ER­ING THE MASSES WITH DIG­I­TAL LIT­ER­ACY, PRO­MOT­ING DIG­I­TAL SER­VICES FOR THEM

What is your ap­praisal of FY 17 from an in­dus­try and Or­a­cle India’s per­spec­tive?

Or­a­cle’s jour­ney in India has ex­pe­ri­enced tremen­dous change in the year 2017. India has been at the brink of a com­plete dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion, open­ing up new av­enues and op­por­tu­ni­ties in the mar­ket. The launch of Or­a­cle Open World for the very first time in India was driven with the ap­proach to re­new the fo­cus on India. The gov­ern­ment pro­grams like Smart cities and Dig­i­tal India are chang­ing the dy­nam­ics of tech­nol­ogy in the coun­try. While lead­ing this jour­ney, the gov­ern­ment has pro­moted ex­ten­sive op­por­tu­ni­ties for tech­no­log­i­cal com­pa­nies in India. Or­a­cle’s Data Cen­tre plans in 2017 for ex­pand­ing its cloud ser­vices in India will in­clude re­view­ing pro­pos­als from gov­ern­ment and busi­ness part­ners to pro­vide cus­tomers with the ca­pa­bil­ity to build and move work­loads to an India-based cloud. The growth map set out for the coun­try has led to ex­pan­sion of Or­a­cle Startup Ac­cel­er­a­tor Pro­gram in news cities like New Delhi, Mum­bai. Or­a­cle’s ded­i­ca­tion to make Dig­i­tal India dream a re­al­ity has in­deed taken the next step by sign­ing the MOU with the gov­ern­ment of Jhark­hand, ex­pand­ing in­te­gra­tion of­fer­ings with the avail­abil­ity of Or­a­cle API Plat­form Cloud Ser­vice, and tak­ing key mea­sures val­i­dated to de­velop ap­pli­ca­tions us­ing India stack ser­vices.

How would you place Or­a­cle India right now given the dis­rup­tions hap­pen­ings in the tech space?

The tech­no­log­i­cal space in India is un­der­go­ing a mas- sive rev­o­lu­tion in terms of ex­pand­ing dig­i­tally. India is a crit­i­cal mar­ket for Or­a­cle, hence, the next steps have trans­formed while keep­ing in mind to work in uni­son for build­ing India’s new dig­i­tal econ­omy. Or­a­cle India is em­pow­er­ing the masses with dig­i­tal lit­er­acy, pro­mot­ing dig­i­tal ser­vices for them, fo­cus­ing on dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture to play an in­te­gral role in this dig­i­tal land­scape. The ag­gres­sive­ness with which Or­a­cle is driv­ing its strate­gi­cally planned growth for India has re­sulted in an­nounc­ing new Data Cen­tre plans for India. The path­way is de­cid­edly fo­cused on im­prov­ing trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity in the coun­try. Or­a­cle India is driv­ing change and ef­fi­ciency in the In­dian econ­omy while in­cul­cat­ing broad in­no­va­tion in the tech­no­log­i­cal space. Or­a­cle India is driv­ing change in the econ­omy while in­cul­cat­ing broad in­no­va­tion within the In­dian in­dus­try.

What would be the di­rec­tion for Or­a­cle India in FY 18: the key fo­cus ar­eas and the growth driv­ers and your In­dus­try out­look?

The ad­vance­ment in dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy along with the un­pre­dictable op­por­tu­ni­ties lay­ing ahead has made the in­dus­try sub­ject to dy­nam­ic­ity. In or­der to stay ahead of times and drive growth with ef­fi­ciency, the fo­cus of Or­a­cle India has de­vel­oped over time. Our recog­ni­tion of a cen­tral tax­a­tion sys­tem tak­ing lead in India has suc­cess­fully re­sulted in GST so­lu­tions for the mar­ket. Our align­ment with de­vel­op­ments across the coun­try is ba­sis the be­lief in the core com­pe­tency of India’s growth in this sec­tor.

—SHAILENDER KU­MAR Man­ag­ing Direc­tor

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