Oracle Embraces the IoT in its Cloud Platform

At its OpenWorld conference, Oracle announced updates to its Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration, a suite of services designed to help companies create integrations between their cloud and on-premise applications.

Using the Cloud Platform for Integration, companies can connect to all their applications, design integrations and establish data mappings between applications through a visual interface, and monitor integrations. Cloud Platform for Integration features native adapters for a number of Oracle services, including Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Messaging Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud. Other SaaS services, such as Salesforce, are also supported out-of-the-box.

According to Oracle's SVP of Cloud Platform and Integration products, Amit Zavery, "The IT architectures that organizations have relied on for decades do not provide the business agility demanded by the digital present." With that in mind, Oracle has ensured that the suite of services under the Cloud Platform for Integration umbrella can help all the stakeholders within an organization who have integration needs. For example, the Oracle Integration Cloud, with its visual interface, is appropriate for "citizen integrators," while the Oracle SOA Cloud, with its API management features and infrastructure and management tools, is appropriate for developers.

Embracing the IoT

Oracle is also focused on the growing number of use cases enterprises enterprises need to support.

With Forrester estimating that 65% of enterprises have deployed or are implementing IoT initiatives, it's no surprise that Oracle is paying particular attention to IoT use cases.  

To that end, Cloud Platform for Integration includes the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud, which it bills as "a fast and simple on-ramp for merging IoT into [a] business." Using the Oracle Internet of Things Cloud, companies can collects data from connected devices, store it securely in the cloud and analyze it in real-time. With Cloud Platform for Integration, that data can be made available to any of an enterprise's cloud and on-premise applications.

Given that opportunities that enterprises in a variety of industries, from manufacturing and transportation to utilities and healthcare, increasingly have to capitalize on data from connected devices, the ability to meaningfully use and integrate this data with other applications could prove crucial to the success of IoT initiatives.

Oracle's Cloud Footprint is Growing

While Amazon AWS has become the poster child for the cloud, and for good reason, Oracle has been using its enterprise muscle to grow its cloud platform. Oracle touts that Oracle Cloud now supports more than 70 million users and over 34 billion daily transactions, and says that it's home to more than 800 petabytes of data.

By focusing on facilitating and easing complex integrations and supporting IoT applications, there's no reason to believe that Oracle's cloud can't continue to grow alongside Amazon's.

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