Dawar Ghaznavi Oracle Cloud Expo Europe
NAYOKA OWARE [00:00:10] Hello and welcome to the London Tech show 2020. I am Nayoka Oware hosting for Disruptive Live. And I’m joined by my co-host.
NICKY PENNYCOOK [00:00:17] Hi, I’m Nicky, hosting alongside with Nayoka.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:00:20] We’re also joined by the very amazing Dawar Ghaznavi, who is the Master Principal Solution Engineer at Oracle. Dawar, how are you?
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:00:29] I’m good, thank you. Good afternoon.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:00:31] Welcome. Thank you for joining us today.
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:00:33] Thank you. Thank you for saying my name right as well. I’m really impressed, it’s good to be here.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:00:37] I rehearsed in my head.
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:00:38] I can imagine.
NICKY PENNYCOOK [00:00:41] So please tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:00:45] Okay firstly, listen, thank you for having me here. I work in Oracle. I work I’ve been at Oracle since 2010. Since the Sun Microsystems acquisition. And my role is really to work with our customers, with our enterprise customers, to try and help them with their transformational journey that’s why I interact directly with the customers. All aspects of their business requirements and try and deliver on their on their strategy and try to help our customers on that front.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:01:11] Wonderful, thank you for that.
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:01:11] I enjoy it.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:01:13] That’s important. Dawar, what’s are the more, what are the important areas to consider when customers and businesses are at their next generation data strategy?
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:01:25] So, you know, if you if you look today, we were facing a massive change in the market space. It’s almost chaotic, the amount of change that’s happening. And a lot of the change at the heart of their changes is data. It’s the importance of getting that data strategy correct or right. And you know, you’ve got these emerging technologies and trends in the marketplace. You’ve got IoT, 5G, artificial intelligence. Blockchain. And if you look at all of these emerging technologies, it’s really at the heart of all of that is data. And I think it’s important for organizations and businesses and enterprises who are affected by that change to look at what the what the demands are on the data by these emerging technologies, because there’s dependencies for the for the for these technologies to become viable, for them to be adopted to for them to be used by the industry and to get the full potential out of them. We know that customers have to have a data strategy, strategy that delivers and meets those those demands. And I think it’s really important to to take a holistic view of when coming up with the data strategy.
NICKY PENNYCOOK [00:02:30] So what exactly are Oracle doing in that space?
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:02:33] That’s a good question. So like I said, you know, if I go back to go back to change when I started in this industry, one of the most one of the constant thing in this industry is change. That’s not a bad thing. Benjamin Franklin puts it really eloquently when he says, when you have finished changing, you have finished. So it’s good to learn, it’s good to evolve and it’s good to keep, you know, keep moving forward. Having said that, it just feels like it’s it’s chaos out there. But the interesting thing is within this chaos, there’s an opportunity. And where there’s an opportunity, there’s risk. Joel Weinman who’s a senior V.P. at a company called Telex. He’s also an author of a book, a best selling book called Cloudnomics where he looks at the business benefits of cloud about these emerging technologies. And he says ultimately, cloud computing and these emerging technologies are an example of gale of creative destruction, creating wealth for those that utilise it and leading to demise for those that don’t. So what he’s saying is really that organizations and businesses don’t become successful and sustained that success and profitability just by selling products and services. They do that by changing. So Safra Katz, the Oracle CEO here right here at Excel not too long ago at the Oracle Open World, Europe talked about Oracle’s own journey on transformational journey that we had to take. We were faced we were that position where if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. But it’s no longer the question. The question is, you know, we really have to change if we want to move forward and sustain that success. So we’ve been through that transformation journey and that’s what we do. We help our customers with their transformation journey to help them change and to take advantage of all of this. All of these emerging technologies, which seems like a chaotic amount of change. Well, like I said in that is an opportunity and we’re know ideally positioned to help our customers to to take benefit, to try to optimise on their opportunity.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:04:17] Thank you for that Dawar. Lastly, right now, some customers are moving to cloud and some are remaining on prem. What is Oracle doing for customers that want to remain on prem and for those who want to move onto the cloud?
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:04:30] So that’s a brilliant question. Again, you know, Oracle is in a very strong, very good position when it comes to flexibility and choice. You know, Oracle owns the IP, too, to the Oracle through the whole stack, and where our customers. What we’re seeing is that a lot of the enterprise customers generally are retaining their enterprise applications on prem because of flexibility, because of bandwidth, because of latency, because of security in certain industries, for example, finance being one of them. Government is another one. Certain aspects. They don’t want to let go of their data. They don’t want to leave. You know, they don’t see the data move from their own data centres to some remote cloud systems, that’s those certain enterprise. So they want to retain their other customers who want to move into the cloud. And you have other customers then want a hybrid, a bit of both. They want to move certain services into the cloud, but retain the other services on prem. So, you know, we’ve we’ve seen that. We’ve realised that that’s what our customers want. So what we have done is we’ve spent a lot of time, a lot of effort in engineering our products and services and our offering to give that choice to the customer. So we have the same technology. You know, you look at Oracle database. You look at the best platform for that Oracle database to be deployed on Exadat, which is Oracle’s engineered systems. Our customers have a choice. You know, if they want to run that in their prem, in their data centres, they can do there exists exactly the same technology, the same technology stack if they want the benefits of the cloud. But to deploy behind their firewall in their data centres, we have cloud of customers that allow our customers to do that. And if the customers want to move into the public cloud, we have the Oracle public cloud. It’s exactly the same technology stack. So you can imagine. And of course, the hybrid as well in in between all of that. So you can imagine the flexibility, the ability to run the same technologies that we know where our customers choose to choose to do that. So, you know, it’s about helping our customers. It’s about helping them transform their business, to align their business with their business strategies, align the technology, rather, with their business strategy.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:06:29] Thank you so much for joining us Dawar.
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:06:30] Thank you for having me here.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:06:31] It’s been a pleasure speaking to you.
DAWAR GHAZNAVI [00:06:32] Likewise. Thank you.
NAYOKA OWARE [00:06:34] Thank you for watching.