No longer byte-sized: Oracle's big data revolution

VP sketches road map for enterprise info-growth

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No longer byte-sized: Oracle's big data revolution Michaca: Where we are finding most traction right now is with mid-size companies.
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 21, 2012

As smartphone penetration rates rocket across the Middle East - greatly exceeding those of Western markets in countries such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia - and tablet revenues gain ground on PC sales, CIOs inevitably discuss the implications of so many mobile data creators.

The top global players in the region continually present statistics about the exponential growth of information stores. HP and Intel forecast that by 2015, 15bn devices will be connected to the Internet and IDC predicts that by 2020 the data volume within the enterprise market will be 44 times what it is today.

SMBs and enterprises with a presence in the region are reaching for a fitting technology solution that will crack the data nut and pour out actionable business intelligence. Oracle Inc spent much of GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK 2012 talking about big data, a subject close to its corporate heart and much on the mind of those businesses.

"Any customer who has a large amount of databases that they wish to consolidate in order to reduce OPEX [operational expenditure], should consider going down the big data route," Jean-Claude Michaca, VP of Engineered Systems, Oracle, told

"What we have been discussing," he said, "is, how do you build big data infrastructure without having to start from scratch?"

Oracle believes it is about using the assets a business has in place, in order to move from a structured data space to a coveted semantic model. However, Michaca explains, it is the lower rungs of the data ladder that the majority of business is found.

"Where we are finding most traction right now is with mid-size companies who cannot afford to have all the IT staff of, for example, a large corporate bank," he said.

Michaca described an enterprise evolution path where large SMBs with data warehouses, or even disparate corporate databases, can move towards richer and richer info-centric data environments by bolting on more advanced capabilities.


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