Oracle aims for regional cloud leadership

Oracle's Mark Hurd says the company will lead in cloud in Middle East

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Oracle aims for regional cloud leadership Hurd: Oracle is investing in the region.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 15, 2013

Oracle is aiming to be the leader in cloud computing in the Middle East, according to president and board member Mark Hurd.

Speaking to press on the sidelines of Oracle CloudWorld, Hurd said that Oracle was investing heavily in both cloud technologies, and the resources to deploy them in the region.

"We are going to lead in the cloud in this region. We are a first mover in the cloud in this region, we are investing in the cloud," Hurd said.

The Oracle president pointed to the company's "tremendous portfolio of technology" including hardware and software solutions for both public and private cloud, and its range of cloud services, including SaaS, PaaS and the newly announced IaaS.

The company had chosen Dubai as the first city on its ten stop CloudWorld tour, to highlight its commitment to cloud in the region, he added. The event brought together around 1,500 Oracle partners, customers and staff.

Hurd also highlighted that the company is investing in the region, in terms of presence and staff. Oracle has expanded its Oracle Academy curriculum, which aims to improve technical skills among students, and is opening a new direct sales office to promote SaaS to SMEs. The company is also looking to hire in the region he said.

"The number one issue that we have in the region is finding great people. We are investing heavily in the region, we are hiring now. We are hiring technical people, from an architecture perspective, we are hiring in pre-sales, we are looking for people who can help us in service and support, we are looking for people who can help us from a sales perspective."

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