SL among Asia’s fastest adopters of cloud computing

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By 2017-10-19

By Charindra Chandrasena

Technology giant Oracle Corporation's Asia Pacific chief has commended Sri Lanka's rapid adoption of cloud computing, calling it one of the fastest growing countries for Oracle's cloud services in the Asia Pacific region.
"Sri Lanka is very interesting because, for Oracle, it is one of the fastest growing Software as a Service (SaaS) countries. Customers are moving rapidly to the cloud," said Oracle Senior Vice President – Asia Pacific François Lançon.

He made these comments to Ceylon FT at Oracle's recently concluded flagship conference, Oracle OpenWorld 2017, in San Francisco USA. Lançon is responsible for managing Oracle's Asia Pacific business, which includes over 80,000 corporate customers.
SaaS, one of the major aspects of cloud computing, is where software is licensed to a user, allowing it to be accessed via the internet without the need for installation and maintenance. The application runs on the servers of the SaaS provider, which is responsible for security, performance, and software maintenance.

Lançon attributed the rapid adoption rates in Sri Lanka to a relatively low prevalence of on-premise infrastructure and 'legacy systems', which are outdated computer systems, programming languages or application software used instead of available upgraded versions.

"Part of the reason may be that the country doesn't have as much on-premise infrastructure as some of its peers and part of it is that the companies want to cut costs and innovate quickly," he said.
He added that Oracle, which also offers the rapidly emerging blockchain technology and a range of products and services powered by artificial intelligence, is increasingly focusing on Sri Lanka due to its potential for the adoption of these latest offerings, as well as established cloud services.

"I am looking at Sri Lanka as one of my leading countries in cloud adoption. We are well and truly focused on it, especially because it's moving so fast into the cloud."

Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Oracle serves 430,000 customers in 175 countries and 25,000 partners, and employs over 138,000 people. In the 2017 financial year, it recorded total revenue of US$ 37.7 billion. Oracle's customer portfolio in Sri Lanka includes leading organizations such as Etisalat Sri Lanka, Virtusa, and MAS.

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