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Oracle VP Peter Doolan: Governments Boost Services While Resources Dwindle

How can government become more efficient and effective in the twenty-first century? Peter Doolan, group vice president and chief technologist, Oracle Public Sector, offers his insights into this question and the latest innovations that can help government leaders create successful solutions.

Q: What were the biggest take-aways from the recent 6th Annual Oracle Federal Forum?
A: The main message is that government is in a catch 22—at a time when resources are dwindling, government is being asked to deliver more services to citizens. In the technology space this is driving tremendous consolidation in terms of data, applications, and platforms. This trend also creates a great opportunity for IT to drive synergies in the IT portfolio.

Q: What’s Oracle’s overall strategy for helping the public sector meet these challenges?
A: If you look at Oracle’s initiatives over the past 18 to 24 months, you will see a push with Oracle engineered systems, which can achieve two goals for government. One is the ability to compress and optimize data beneath the application layer for the myriad applications that support the business of government. Number two is security. With Oracle’s engineered systems, government can encrypt all the data at rest and in motion to protect citizens and the content they have provided to government.

Q: What else should governments understand about Oracle’s solutions?
A: Oracle’s government customers have tremendous investments in Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management, and other solutions. Oracle stands by its Applications Unlimited strategy. It is continuing to invest in the applications that fall under that portfolio. For example, using Oracle’s Endeca solutions, Oracle now has prebuilt interfaces into major components of Oracle E-Business Suite for rapid searching of information in a holistic way that the current generation of IT users finds very comfortable.

Q: How are cloud computing and big data impacting governments today?
A: Governments are looking to leverage the cloud model for applications as quickly as possible. Oracle’s acquisitions of RightNow and Taleo play into that strategy very well. The launch of Oracle Fusion Applications is also very important—governments are looking to leverage the social component of Oracle Fusion Applications to better engage with citizens.

Regarding big data, government is on the cusp of a data revolution. That’s because they are now bringing sensors online for everything from traffic management to energy consumption, supply chains, and interacting with smart networks and smart grids. Oracle’s solutions for big data, including Oracle Big Data Appliance and its partnership with Cloudera, are very important. We are seeing tremendous opportunities for leveraging these technologies, including fraud discovery, managing revenue collections, and helping justice and public safety organizations with crime prediction. For countries that have managed healthcare, big data creates tremendous opportunities for a far more efficient healthcare delivery capability going forward.

Read more about Oracle Public Sector and big data and Oracle Public Sector cloud solutions. Follow Doolan on Twitter, and visit the Oracle Public Sector solutions resource center.

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