Oracle today announced the recipients of its 2017 Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation Awards at an awards ceremony held at Oracle OpenWorld. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle Cloud Platform’s PaaS and IaaS to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity.
This year, 58 award recipients were selected from around the world, representing a wide range of customers from small and medium businesses to the largest enterprises, spanning a wide range of industries. Whether customers are evaluating starting their journey to the cloud or have already embraced cloud, Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure deliver a comprehensive, open, integrated, performant, highly available, and secure suite to accelerate their journey to, and adoption of, cloud. Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS services are being used by organizations on a number of journeys to the cloud, including moving on-premises and ISV applications to the cloud; integrating, extending and securing SaaS applications; modernizing application development with cloud native, API first, mobile-first digital innovation; optimizing IT operations and security; and gaining real-time insights from structured and unstructured data. With Oracle Cloud at Customer, some recipients leveraged the value of Oracle Cloud within their own datacenters since a public cloud could not be used due to data residency or compliance reasons.
Recipients include: a.i solutions, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, AICPA, Anthem, Inc., ARRIS, AS ONE Corporation, AT&T, Atradius, Australian Finance Group, Bajaj Electrical, Betacom Incorporated, BrightSource Energy, Calypso Technology, CoreLogic, Darling Ingredients, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Exelon, FireEye, FORS, Gluon, GTA Travel, Hrvatska elektroprivreda, Hub Group Inc., iCabbi, ILDONG Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Immofinanz, Jefferies, L&T Finance Ltd., LinkedIn, Mythics, National Pharmacies, New Hope, NHS Business Services Authority, NSW Government – Department of Finance, NTT Communications, NY MTA, Ooyala, Radius Payment Solutions, Rakuten Card, Rent-A-Center, Ricoh Global, Ricoh USA, Rogers, Rumo, Ryder System, Inc., Santander, State of California Department of Conservation, State University of New York, Subaru of America, Inc., Swiss Post, Turning Point, UBI Banca, Veritas Technologies, Veritone, VHI Group Services Ltd., W. L. Gore & Associates, Woodford Investment Management, and Zenotech.
“The Innovation Awards celebrate customers who are using Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS in new and unique ways to drive significant transformation within short timeframes by leveraging cloud,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president product development, Oracle Cloud Platform. “These customers have delivered significant value to their organizations by accelerating their journey to the cloud, and freeing up budget for even more innovation. We look forward to our continued partnership and their continued success.”
Part of the Oracle Excellence Awards, the Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation Awards, is an annual awards program that recognizes customers deploying revolutionary solutions. Recipients are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business impact from going live in the cloud, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of the implementation, and the originality of the architecture.
Oracle Cloud Platform is a comprehensive, standards-based, fully integrated combination of Oracle and open source technologies to build, deploy, migrate and manage a variety of different application workloads in the cloud. It provides a portfolio of innovative and accessible cloud-based services to capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, AI, and IoT.
A few of the 2017 recipients are:
Moving Applications to the Cloud
“We don’t need that much hardware all the time, so it would never have been cost-effective to purchase it all. When we started exploring Oracle’s cloud, everything just worked – it was easy to get our JAVA 8 streaming API and Ubuntu environment up and running in minutes. We started in March, and by June we demonstrated the live solution running in real-time, displaying spacecraft trajectories to the audience, selecting and modifying them from a tablet,” said Sean M. Phillips, Principal Software Engineer
Integrating, Extending, and Securing SaaS Applications
“We are honored to be recognized as a 2017 Oracle Excellence Award winner. My focus is to continually improve experiences for our members in the fast-paced world of retail and health. Working with Oracle Cloud and our key partner Rubicon Red, provides a platform for sustained Innovation. Oracle Cloud Platform gives us the flexibility to connect and extend our core systems, and deliver innovative services via a range of user interface—including website, mobile devices, or emerging Chatbot technology,” said Ryan Klose, general manager, Corporate, National Pharmacies.
Modernizing Application Development
“Speed of engine deployment enhances our client and partner satisfaction, particularly in markets like legal and compliance where fast integration of natural language processing engines can be important. For cognitive engine development, the Oracle Wercker solution allows us to deploy almost any engine as a containerized artifact from the more than 5,500 we currently track in as little as 48 hours,” said Al Brown, senior vice president of engineering at Veritone. “Before we engaged Oracle, it could take as long as four weeks to deploy a cognitive engine.”
“AT&T will migrate thousands of existing Oracle Databases containing petabytes of data plus their associated applications workloads to Oracle Cloud. This collaboration accelerates our network transformation and migration to the cloud to expand efficiency, performance, and reduce cost while improving overall customer service,” said Sorabh Saxena, CIO Network and Shared Solutions, AT&T.
Optimizing IT Operations and Security
“The major benefit that we are looking at right now is mainly monitoring the infrastructure, the user experience, the usage of our capacity and the compute centrally from one location using Oracle Management Cloud. Earlier we used to have people monitoring from 13 locations and now we have a central team to monitor. It’s the Oracle Management Cloud with its machine learning capabilities which is going to tell us proactively when there are any issues,” said Pavan Tsunduru, CIO at Adani Ports.
Gaining Valuable Business Insight
“We chose Oracle Analytics Cloud to help us leverage vast amounts of trip data for our customers around the world. Working with our Oracle Partner Vertice, we streamlined the project delivery and costs, deploying in just 12 weeks for overall project savings of 20 percent. The speed and ease of using Oracle Analytics Cloud means we can make operational and strategic improvements internally, as well as delivering on-demand analytics to transform taxi companies and other ground transportation businesses into more data-driven organizations,” said Shane McDonnell, Marketing Director, iCabbi.
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About Oracle OpenWorld
Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.