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Oracle OpenWorld Day Two: Partners React To Oracle’s Cloud Strategy, CEO Mark Hurd Makes AI Predictions

A look at the top news from the second day of Oracle OpenWorld 2018.

On Tuesday, partners told CRNtv that Oracle’s cloud strategy is paying off. This comes after Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison touted Oracle Cloud’s cyberwar defenses and autonomous robots that he says will keep data safe in a way other cloud providers fail to do. He unveiled Oracle's Gen2 infrastructure, which he says is impervious to hackers by being the first to correct "a fundamental problem with the architecture of the cloud.”

Technology partner FireEye said Oracle’s autonomous database that powers its cloud is a key differentiator. “We really like that because that value of self-repairing and self-healing plays very with our security message,” said Rich Stegina, vice president of global strategic partnerships at FireEye. “First of all, it saves costs and, second, it speeds that time to value for the customer.”

On Tuesday, Oracle continued its investments in AI and machine learning. The tech giant acquired the AI-generated data specialist Data Fox. It also unveiled the Oracle Digital Assistant, describing it as the next generation of enterprise chatbots. The Oracle Digital Assistant can be trained to support domain skills from multiple applications like HR, ERP, CRM or CX. It comes as CEO Mark Hurd predicts that AI will change the global and tech industry so fast that 60 percent of IT jobs that we’ll have in 2020 haven’t even been invented yet.

For a full recap from Oracle OpenWorld Day Two, watch the video included in this article.

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