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Watch: Larry Ellison Tests Out New Voice Assistant At Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle’s Larry Ellison laughed it off when Amazon Alexa didn’t respond during a demo on stage at Oracle OpenWorld. Amazon Alexa is compatible with the new Oracle Voice Assistant.

Oracle Founder Larry Ellison might not be a fan of AWS, but when it comes to Amazon Alexa that’s a different story. Ellison told customers and partners gathered at Oracle OpenWorld on Wednesday that he has an Amazon Alexa in every room of his house. He then went on to demonstrate how Oracle’s new voice assistant is compatible with the device.

The Oracle Voice Assistant is one of many ways the tech giant is incorporating more AI and machine learning into its suite of business applications. Companies can use the AI-powered chatbot to quickly build their own personalized virtual assistants with conversational interfaces and built-in machine learning to understand interactions. Ellison showcased how it can make it easier for companies to do every from filing expenses to making phone calls. But an Alexa demo can be tricky at large event. Be sure to watch CRNtv’s video for funny moments during the demonstration.

Wednesday marked the third day of Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Executives told CRNtv that Oracle has separated itself in the market with a modern approach to technology. “I think of some of these other competitive cloud platforms that are out there that were built so long ago,” said Bill Swales, Group VP and North America Channel Chief at Oracle. “We have a great portfolio. We know innovation will continue to come to market. The future is really about helping our customers move off the old and move onto the modern,” added Iain Urquhart, Group VP and Channel Chief of North America Applications at Oracle.

Oracle unveiled the Second-Generation Cloud Infrastructure during the show. Execs say it’s unmatched in reliability and performance. CRNtv got reaction from technology partners, who didn’t disagree.

“Gen 2 really allows Oracle to be experts in the infrastructure-as-a-service, which is pretty cool and very important. But, also to layer those value-added services on top with the autonomous database and new capabilities that’s not available to us as a technology producer outside of something like OCI,” said Sean Elliott, chief technology officer at High Jump, a global provider of supply chain solutions based in Minneapolis.

Oracle OpenWorld 2018 wrapped on Thursday. Watch CRNtv’s video for more show highlights.

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