Or­a­cle launches new hub

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THE FIRST in­no­va­tion hub that Or­a­cle has opened on the con­ti­nent is set to drive the adop­tion of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies across South Africa’s cor­po­rates, pub­lic sec­tor and academia.

Or­a­cle opened the fa­cil­ity in Joburg on Tues­day.

It is aimed at fur­ther­ing dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion in South Africa by rais­ing aware­ness about the im­pact of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies such as the In­ter­net of Things (IoT), blockchain, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI), bots and ma­chine learn­ing (ML) to help drive eco­nomic growth and sup­port the de­liv­ery of in­no­va­tive and trans­par­ent ser­vices to ci­ti­zens and cus­tomers.

This is in line with South Africa’s Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan (NDP) 2030.

Ni­ral Pa­tel, man­ag­ing direc­tor and tech­nol­ogy leader Or­a­cle South Africa, said there was now wide­spread recog­ni­tion that a dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion was an im­per­a­tive for South Africa’s so­cio-eco­nomic growth.

“As a lead­ing cloud so­lu­tions com­pany, we are fo­cused on sup­port­ing South Africa’s pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor, and drive im­pact­ful trans­for­ma­tion with the lat­est dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies,”

Pa­tel said.

“Or­a­cle’s new in­no­va­tion hub in Joburg will act as a cat­a­lyst to help drive aware­ness, ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and the im­ple­men­ta­tion of trans­for­ma­tional ini­tia­tives that will be cus­tomised to ad­dress lo­cal chal­lenges and cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Market re­search com­pany For­rester pre­dicts that busi­nesses that lever­age AI, big data and IoT to un­cover new busi­ness in­sights will out­per­form less in­formed peers by $1.2 tril­lion (R16.7 tril­lion) per an­num by 2020.

Or­a­cle re­search also shows an in­creas­ing in­ter­est in AI ca­pa­bil­i­ties, with nearly a third (29%) of cloud users cit­ing the in­clu­sion of AI as a key re­quire­ment of cloud.

Derek Bose, se­nior ap­pli­ca­tions direc­tor for South Africa and the South­ern African re­gional clus­ter, said mak­ing AI easy to adopt was cru­cial and a key chal­lenge for or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“The Or­a­cle in­no­va­tion hub will seek to ad­dress this chal­lenge by en­gag­ing with key South African au­di­ences in rais­ing their aware­ness lev­els, help­ing drive an in­no­va­tive ap­proach and also sup­port­ing the skills de­vel­op­ment of the next gen­er­a­tion of African lead­ers,” Bose said.

The in­no­va­tion hub is based at the com­pany’s Joburg of­fice.

It will re­lo­cate to the new Or­a­cle build­ing, which is ex­pected to be ready by the mid­dle of next year. |

News Agency (ANA)

OR­A­CLE’S NEW in­no­va­tion hub, based in Joburg, is set to drive emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies in South Africa.

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