Oracle Cloud Day was held in Bryanston on 24 November. Kathy Gibson reports

New leaders needed for digital business

A new type of leader, and a new leadership model, is needed for digital businesses.

Abbie Lundberg, president of Lundberg Media and contributing editor of the Harvard Business Review, defines digital business as the ability to exploit information at speed.

“Information is what it’s all about; about what your customers want; what’s happening in your operations; how you can do things differently – and how you can exploit it to add value.”

One of the fundamental dilemmas of digital business, she says is that there is a need for high-end, mature technology that is secure; with a simple, intuitive and pleasurable experience for customers on the other hand.

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Digital transformation vital for business

IT is being used to conduct true business transformation in companies of all types around the world.

Just about any industry can use technology like cloud and big data to transform their business, says Andrew Sutherland, senior vice-president: technology and systems at Oracle EMEA.

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New country leader for Oracle SA

The new country leader at Oracle SA has been announced: Kholiwe Makhohliso will take up the position from 1 December.

She joined Oracle five years ago, beginning as head of public sector.

“Leading Oracle in these exciting times is phenomenal,” Makhohliso says.

Kevin Attard, who has led the local operation in an acting capacity for the last nine months, will take up a new position within the Oracle EMEA organisation.

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