Oracle invests in the future of Canada’s cloud network
At a time when many companies are ramping down operations to weather COVID-19 disruption, Oracle has decided to invest in enterprise cloud services
Taking stock of the palpable market demand for augmented network capabilities, the company has introduced its Gen 2 cloud region in Montreal, which comes following a similar 2019 offering established in Toronto.
This development aligns with the company’s stated goal of introducing 36 infrastructure regions by the end of 2020.
Oracle’s full suite of cloud-based applications will be available to customers in these regions, including Oracle Autonomous Database and Oracle Autonomous Linux.
The demand for innovation
Although Oracle is providing the technology and infrastructure, the company recognises that the demand for cloud-based solutions stems from the voiced needs of its customers, who, as a growing community of tech innovators, require its utility.
"Oracle's Canadian customers and partners are at the forefront of cloud innovation,” said Don Johnson, Exec VP of Product Development at Oracle.
“Our investment in the region reflects unparalleled demand for our Gen 2 Cloud, built to run customers' most important business applications securely.
"The new Montreal Region coupled with the Toronto Region enables Oracle to provide multi-region deployments in the country to address Canadian organizations' disaster recovery and compliance requirements."
The company also stated that praise for its cloud systems couldn’t be awarded to it alone; Microsoft has been collaborating with Oracle in a cloud interoperability partnership, a global customer service boost combining Oracle Cloud with Microsoft Azure.
In addition, the company has been providing a boost to local innovation via investment in startup entrepreneurs and its own Oracle University, a software training and certification programme.
A worldwide expansion
In addition to Gen 2 cloud regions in Canada, Oracle has also established several worldwide as it undertakes a global expansion. Cities affected include Melbourne, Jeddah, Amsterdam and Osaka.
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Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.