Week of May 28, 2018
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Editor’s Note
Chuck Hollis
Understand Context and Intent
Cloud services have already shown that they deliver vast time, quality, and cost improvements over traditional IT approaches. But those cloud services are essentially “dumb”—they know very little about their context or intended use. Specialized human skills are still required to put them to work effectively.

A new generation of smart (or autonomous) platform services is redefining this familiar equation. Such services use machine learning to better understand context and intent. As such, more people will be able to easily put these smart cloud services to work, creating even more value across the enterprise. It’s important to understand the sharp differences between dumb cloud services and smart ones and why those differences are so important.

— Chuck Hollis, Senior Vice President of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
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