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Oracle Users Say Database is Still King; Vast Majority Report Hype Matches Reality

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Oracle OpenWorld, SAN FRANCISCO – September 23, 2013 – In a recent survey conducted by TEKsystems Global Services®, Oracle users report that the Oracle Database still reigns supreme as a fundamental, mission-critical technology with 80 percent of respondents naming it the top product for which “benefit hype” matches “implementation reality.” At the same time, they name the Oracle Database as being the company’s number one “up-and-coming star,” acknowledging its essential role in enabling emerging applications like cloud and Big Data analytics. The survey also reveals that organizations’ lack of technical skills across the spectrum of Oracle technologies is a prevalent hurdle to deployment.

"The Oracle Database is a core solution, but its ongoing advancements, along with key software and hardware integrations, also make it a hot product enabling today’s trending and disruptive applications—in both on-premise and cloud environments," said Vikram Takru, Managing Director, FCS, a TEKsystems Global Services® Division.

FCS specializes in the design, build, deployment and production support of Oracle solutions, helping businesses to strategically apply technology, improve core processes and maximize ROI. FCS is attending Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2013, September 22-26, at Booth #3245, located in Moscone West.

Key Findings:

  • The vast majority of respondents (80%) believe the Oracle Database is the product for which the benefit hype most closely aligns with implementation reality.
  • Forty-eight percent of survey respondents also characterize the Oracle Database as the company’s foremost up-and-coming product. Oracle Exadata and Oracle Cloud solutions receive nods as next in line by 41 percent and 32 percent, respectively.
  • Respondents rank cloud (77%), Big Data analytics (63%) and security (46%) as the top three most “in-demand” Oracle technologies; social and mobile computing rank fourth.
  • The study reveals that the number one challenge organizations face in implementing Oracle technologies is lack of relevant technical skills. Budget constraints and poor upfront analysis of organizational requirements are also common problems.

"As demonstrated by this survey, the value of Oracle technology is widely recognized. However, deployments can be challenging because they are often global in nature, and organizations commonly suffer from a lack of centralized technical skills," added Takru. "Even if organizations do have the necessary domain knowledge to implement Oracle solutions, their IT talent is often scattered across the world. This hinders the process of vetting and identifying key project requirements and properly aligning business objectives. These are problems that we see and resolve for customers every day."