[EN] We make in India for the world: Oracle CEO Safra Catz
"Our entire product lines are done out of here, India is our front office...it is from where were we serve the world," Catz said.
Close to 40K of the Oracle's global employee base of 130K people are stationed in India.
10 Feb, 2016
MUMBAI: Emphasising that India is a great source of intellectual capital for the company, Safra Catz, global co-CEO of Oracle Corporation announced a further expansion of the India operations. On her maiden visit to the country post her elevation as the CEO, Catz said that close to 40,000 of the Oracle's global employee base of 130,000 people are stationed in India. "We have nine regional development centres and over a week or so, we will announce an expansion" said Catz.
She was speaking at the Nasscom India Leadership Forum, which kicked off in Mumbai on Wednesday. Catz said that the reason behind the company's focus on the country was the strong developer skill set. "Our entire product lines are done out of here, India is our front office...it is from where were we serve the world," she said.
Catz who shared the CEO's position at Oracle along with Mark Hurd focused a significant part of her address on the future of the technology which lies in cloud. "Moving to the cloud is the single largest opportunity we have to face it in our careers," she said. Catz equated the disruption being caused by cloud to the one caused by the Internet at the turn of the century.
By moving to the cloud Customers have the opportunity to acquire what they need quickly, pay for what they use, scale up quickly in case of peak demand, turn capex into opex and change their mind and do different things at the same time, she said. "Move in the Y2K brought them here (customers) and this (cloud) should carry them into the future, she said.
Though Catz didn't spell out the India expansion plans she said that it is an unbelievable source of intellectual capital. "The technology knowledge is so deep and we are making it in India for the world." Catz also called Prime Minister Narendra Modi's make in India and Digital India project not just ambitious but also inclusive.
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Oracle CEO Safra Catz met with Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi
Oracle Expands Commitment in India
New Delhi, India—12 February, 2016
Today, Oracle CEO Safra Catz met with Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and announced three major investments that support the country’s global digital leadership. Catz unveiled a massive, state-of-the-art campus centered in Bengaluru, 9 incubation centers throughout India, and an initiative to train more than half a million students each year to develop computer science skills.
“Oracle has been in India for over 25 years and during that time we’ve grown our investments tremendously,” said Catz. “In fact, India now represents our second largest employee base outside of the United States, with nearly 40,000 current employees and an additional 2,000 current job openings. We are investing over $400 million USD in Bengaluru, opening 9 incubation centers, and training half a million students each year during this expansion phase to support India’s tremendous growth. We ‘Make in India’ for the rest of the world.”
“I’m particularly excited about the incubation centers which will house substantial software and technology capabilities, tools, and training to help launch new technology startups built utilizing Java and the Oracle platform,” said Catz.
“Increasing diversity and creating opportunities for women in technology starts with investing in STEM and computer science education for girls,” said Catz. “Student learning and training has been a focus at Oracle for more than 20 years, and we are expanding our curriculum to include girls-only programs.”
Spread over 2.8-million-square-feet, the cutting-edge campus will be Oracle’s largest outside of its iconic headquarters in Redwood Shores, California. Expected to be the epicenter of its operations throughout India, more than 11,000 employees from diverse fields, including engineering, sales and marketing, global support, finance and consulting, will converge at the high-tech site.
Currently, Oracle engineers in Bengaluru are developing next-generation software that powers some of the world’s most successful and innovative businesses and brands. The team plays a critical role in advancing the capabilities and functionalities of Oracle Cloud. Today’s announcement underscores Oracle’s support of the prime minister’s “Make in India” program aimed at strengthening the country’s position as a world-class design and manufacturing hub.
Tailored for Oracle’s growing millennial workforce, the buildings will include collaboration centers, vibrant workstations, and large spaces to foster creativity and teamwork. In addition, employees can take advantage of entertainment lounges, gyms, a basketball court, open green spaces, and an array of cafes and eateries. The design will focus on reducing Oracle’s carbon footprint and reinforce the company’s commitment to the environment.
Nine Incubation Centers
To contribute to India’s “Start-up India” and “Make in India” initiatives, Oracle is opening nine incubation centers throughout the country. These centers will support entrepreneurship and development of innovative start-ups by providing software, tools, and training to new software and technology companies utilizing Java and the Oracle platform. These centers will be located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Noida, Pune, Trivandrum and Vijayawada.
Oracle Academy Expansion
In support of the prime minister’s “Digital India” and “Skill India” programs, Oracle Academy plans to engage with local schools and universities to train more than half a million students throughout India in computer science each year.
Oracle Academy currently partners with more than 1,700 educational institutions in India, to advance computer science education and drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. Through these collaborations, more than 3,000 India-based teachers were trained in Java and database last year alone. With today’s announcement, Oracle Academy aims to expand its partnerships to another 1,000 institutions in India, with a goal of reaching 500,000 students annually.
Worldwide, Oracle Academy trains more than 2.6 million students in 106 countries. In the past fiscal year, the program delivered nearly US $3.3 billion in resources globally to help prepare students for life and work in today’s modern technology-driven economy.