Michael Johnson, Principal and leader of our Technology Consulting practice recently attended Oracle OpenWorld 2017, one of the biggest tech conferences in the industry. Oracle’s flagship conference attracted over 60,000 people and was packed with keynotes, technical sessions, hands-on labs and demos. We sat down with Michael to learn about the emerging trends coming out of the conference and what these new developments mean for the future of business and technology.

Why did you attend Oracle OpenWorld?

My role as a technology practice leader is to help determine our strategic direction. A key component of that responsibility is understanding emerging technologies and how they are being used to improve operational efficiency. Oracle OpenWorld is one of the world’s premier technology conferences. It is attended by tens of thousands of customers and partners spanning 175 countries. Thought leaders from Oracle, their customers and partners are all there to share what is working and not working in the real world.

Were there any major trends or big announcements?

From the opening keynote through the many sessions, it was clear that Oracle is laser focused on the cloud. Oracle also made some big announcements, such as their Autonomous Database and Highly Automated Cyber Security, emphasizing the importance of using our technology to fight hackers.

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