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The Ministry of Defence taps into new technologies to embrace data at scale.London, UK—September 23, 2020
Today Oracle announced that Defence Digital, a department in the UK’s Ministry of Defence, is making Oracle Cloud Infrastructure available within the MODCLOUD Multi-Hybrid suite of secure services, meeting the rapid demand for real-time information advantage. Oracle’s flexible hybrid cloud infrastructure enables the choice and scale of technologies to manage data in a highly compliant environment.
The MOD Defence Digital application services and dev ops head Brigadier Sara Sharkey said: ‘The real opportunity of digital transformation—which includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, blockchain, and human interfaces—is to embrace data on a scale we’ve never seen before. Selecting Oracle Cloud Infrastructure within our MODCLOUD Multi-Hybrid suite of services offers new technologies that are reshaping how we approach IT and using this information, allowing us to focus on innovation and outcomes for both business and importantly, people.’
Digital Defence will enable cloud infrastructure, integrated suite of business applications and platform services to be made available to the wider Defence community under a pan-defence Oracle enterprise agreement, and through Oracle’s integrated suite of services under a ‘single-sign on.’ The Ministry of Defence will be able to access emerging technologies such as digital assistants, data visualisation, mobile hub, and low code development tools.
“By adopting Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, the Ministry of Defence will be one step closer to realising its wider transformation strategy,” said Richard Petley, senior vice president and country leader, Oracle UK. “The Ministry of Defence will capitalise on the choice and economic benefits Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can provide, all of which will help meet challenges that lie ahead. It joins a whole host of public sector organisations, such as the Home Office, Western Sussex Family Assist, Lambeth Borough Council, Croydon County Council, The Office for National Statistics and Scottish Water, which are already using Oracle Cloud.”
The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.
Led by the Chief Information Officer (CIO), Charlie Forte, the Ministry of Defence’s digital organisation Defence Digital brought together and replaced a number of organisations, including Information Systems and Services (ISS) in 2019. Defence Digital has an annual budget of over £2 billion and a team of around 2,400 personnel including military, civil servants and contractors. The organisation is responsible for making sure that effective digital and information technology (D&IT) is put into the hands of the military and business front line. It is guided by the D&IT Functional strategy.