Oracle has announced aggressive expansion plans with a recruitment drive for junior and senior sales staff to be based in six cities across EMEA.
The cloud software giant is now actively headhunting for 1,400 new cloud sales staff to work out of sales HQs in Amsterdam, Cairo, Dubai, Dublin, Malaga and Prague. Oracle will be investing in two new cloud sales centres in Amsterdam and Cairo and new offices opening this year in Dubai, Dublin and Prague.
The new initiative follows a multi-billion dollar investment in a new portfolio of cloud computing services which Oracle claiming it now has ‘everything from secure computing infrastructure to enterprise cloud applications’. It currently offers 600 cloud applications to complement its on-premise hardware and software offerings. As enterprises move to hybrid cloud computing models, Oracle says it is now placed to help them manage their overall enterprise computing environment while simplifying the potentially difficult transition to the cloud.
Oracle claims that in the six months since June 2015 it has added nearly 1,500 new software as a service (SaaS) customers and 2,100 platform as a service (PaaS) customers.
Oracle president Loic Le Guisquet, said that though these are ‘exciting times’ for the software giant it will be very cautious about who it selects. “I want socially savvy, switched on individuals who can help customers respond to the digital imperative and make their businesses future proof,” said Le Guisquet, “we’re looking for people who want to be relevant to the biggest trends shaping business and technology.”
Experienced cloud sales staff may soon come at a premium as Oracle admitted it may try to attract staff from other operators. “Recruits may well come from a sales organization within another cloud technology provider,” said a spokesperson.
Other stated targets will be “people with experience in the lines of business we sell to like finance, marketing and HR,” according to Oracle.
Cloud Asia Awards
24th November 2015
The Mira Hong Kong
The Cloud Asia Awards are now OPEN for submissions!
The Cloud Asia Awards are back for the 2nd year, taking place at The Mira Hong Kong on the 24th November 2015 as part of the Cloud Asia Forum. In a constantly evolving industry, with so many cutting-edge Cloud providers and new entrants to the market, competition at this year’s awards is set to be the most fierce yet!
Our independent panel of judges are committed to recognising excellence, and assessing the best regardless of size, stature and reputation, so put your company forward!
Submit your entry here!
The 2nd Annual Cloud Asia Awards is a celebration of the drive, innovation and hard work in the APAC cloud computing industry, with three categories recognising services from across the ecosystem. The Awards will bring together the industry leaders and experts who have driven developments in Cloud over the past year.
The drinks reception will open with a lively lions dance performance, before leading into the ceremony, which will take place at the Cloud Asia Forum in The Mira Hong Kong on the 24th of November 2015.
The Awards will be judged by world class experts in Cloud Computing, who will independently select the shortlist and also select the winners. This year’s panel:
- May-Ann Lim, Executive Director of the Asia Cloud Computing Association
- Michael Mudd, Secretary General of Asia, Pacific and Middle East, the Open Computing Alliance.
- Aman Neil Dokania, Vice-Chair, Asia Cloud Computing Association
We’re excited to announce this year’s categories:
- Best Cloud Computing Solution
- Best Cloud Security Solution
- Best Enterprise Mobility Solution
Good luck and we hope to be celebrating with you in Hong Kong this coming November!
Software as a service is expected to grow 29.1 per cent in 2014 to $126 million
The public cloud services market in the Middle East and North Africa is set to grow 21.3% in 2014 to total $620 million, a Gartner report has revealed.
The public cloud services market in the Mena was estimated at $511 million last year and is expected to reach $1.1 billion in 2017.
Predictions for 2013 through to 2017, indicate that $3.8 billion could be spent on cloud services in MENA, $1.1 billion of which will be spent on business process as a service (BPaaS).
Software as a service is expected to grow 29.1 per cent in 2014 to $126 million compared to $97 million last year and is expected to reach $253 million in 2017.
SaaS benefits such as ease of use, low management overheads and the fact that it requires low upfront licensing investment, resonate with many Chief Information Officers in the region.
Growth in the adoption of these applications can be attributed to the fact that providers such as Salesforce.com, Google, and Microsoft have only recently been actively promoting these services in the region.
You can her more on the topics of public cloud services and SaaS benefits and challenges in the MENA region at the 4th Annual Cloud World Forum MENA, taking place from from 14-15 April in Dubai.
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