Oracle announces formal launch of digital hub and datacentre in UAE
Reinforcing its commitment to the Middle East, Oracle announced opening of a state of the art Oracle Digital Hub and its first datacenter in the region, which is expected to go online in mid-2017. This follows the regional expansion news where Oracle outlined plans to continue its extensive infrastructure investments and expands its cloud footprint in the US, UK and Turkey.
Both capabilities are designed to advance rapid cloud growth and provide seamless support to Oracle customers and partners in the Middle East. Growth rates for Oracle cloud adoption including Saas, Paas, Iaas, are continuing in high double digit numbers, QoQ, and crossed the $1 billion mark globally in fiscal Q2 2017.
The Oracle Digital Hub, which is targeted to employ 400 cloud sales professionals, is located in Dubai’s Knowledge Village and equipped with future technology to deliver an exceptional customer experience. It will also deliver an unparalleled employee experience and has been designed specifically to align with the modern buying journey using future proof technology to better support our customers in their digital transformation.
Features include virtual meeting labs, interactive customer meeting rooms, modern collaboration spaces, and Oracle’s first social media hub in the region. The social media hub will enable digitally native Oracle team members to engage with customers using the most modern communication tools and channels.
“The opening of the Oracle Digital Hub underscores our commitment to continuously enhance our local capabilities and service offerings in the UAE,” said Giovanna Sangiorgi, Vice President, Oracle Digital EMEA. “The hub was designed to support the remarkable demand for our complete cloud portfolio across the Middle East. We now have the ability to engage with our customers anytime, anywhere and on their terms.”
“The Oracle Digital Hub and the Abu Dhabi datacentre are evidence of our commitment to UAE and the wider Middle East region,” said Abdul Rahman Al Thehaiban, Senior Vice President, Middle East and Africa, Oracle. “Cloud adoption is on the rise, and with an unmatched portfolio of solutions and support infrastructure, Oracle is poised to lead the regions’ digital transformation movement.”
Oracle also announced fiscal 2017 Q2 results. Total global revenues were $9.0 billion, flat in US dollars and up 1% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service SaaS and platform as a service PaaS revenues were $878 million, up 81% in US dollars and up 83% in constant currency. Total cloud revenues, including infrastructure as a service IaaS, were $1.1 billion, up 62% in US dollars and up 64% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.2 billion, up 2% in US dollars and up 3% in constant currency.
Oracle hosted a series of events in Dubai, including a Digital Economy Summit attended by more than 400 customers and partners. Todd Buchholz, former White House economic advisor and Harvard professor, delivered keynotes at the event. Key government and private sector leaders including Mir Dawar Ali, Head of IT, Acwa Power International; Manoj Nakra, Director Strategy, Apparel Group; Prateek Vahie, SVP and Head of Customer Lifecycle Management and Digital Marketing, Emirates NBD and Trevor McFarlan, CEO, Emir discussed digital transformation in the UAE on a panel.