November 28, 2018
Into the looking glass
By: Adam Burden

Following a great experience at Oracle OpenWorld, I wanted to share some of my highlights with you …

Future trends

I had a unique opportunity to share the stage with Andy Mendelsohn, Executive Vice President of Oracle Database Server Technologies. Andy talked about Oracle’s Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud and what’s next for this autonomous technology. It’s an impressive example of database systems, and overlaps well with our discussion around Future Systems. We have already charged into the era of boundaryless, adaptable, and radically human systems. And, instead of focusing on the future of applications, there’s a shift to a more holistic look into future systems. Oracle’s autonomous database uses AI and machine learning to self-configure and optimize many of the routine and monotonous tasks of managing the database system. And as Andy mentioned, it showcases how clients are building their next-gen application landscapes. Notably, Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison cites it as “probably the most important thing Oracle has ever done.”

Future talent

I also had an opportunity to catch up with Julian Dontcheff, Accenture Global Database Lead, Oracle ACE director, and renowned database guru. He filled me in on his own OpenWorld presentation on database administrators (DBAs) vs. autonomous databases. Consider this: Database administrators now spend almost 75 percent of their time doing repetitive, administrative tasks, instead of focusing on higher-level work. In other words, it’s time to get out of the log files and into business value!

This new relationship between human and machine, exemplified by Oracle’s Autonomous Data Warehouse, is critical to Adaptable Systems—a topic we will cover in a future blog. My group, Intelligent Software Engineering Services, is rethinking how software engineering roles will evolve in the future. When you think about the impact the autonomous database on the profession of DBAs, it will shift the definition of DBA to Database Architect.

I’ll leave you with a reminder from Oracle CEO Mark Hurd: “By 2025, all cloud applications will include AI, 85 percent of customer interactions will be automated, and 60 percent of the IT jobs will have not been invented yet.” The good news? The industry is already evolving to accommodate these fast-paced trends in support of companies as well as their workforce.

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