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