An overall positive mood under a business-friendly government has reassured software major and leading cloud services provider Oracle to expand its base in India via its diverse portfolio of integrated cloud platforms and new-age Java.
Responding to an IANS question on the second day of the Oracle's Open World 2015 conference on October 26, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said that he is committed to expanding Oracle's reach in the burgeoning cloud and software market in India.
"We are seriously working on the expansion plans in India. It is really a good time for this," he told IANS, adding that LoicLe Guisquet, Oracle's president for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and Asia Pacific, has already initiated the expansion plan.
In a latest media interview, Guisquet was quoted as saying that Oracle has initiated a huge recruitment drive for cloud in India to expandits base as the demand for information technology is growing faster in India than other regions.
India has always been at the forefront for Oracle and its bouquet of innovations. With new initiatives like "Digital India" nowin place, the thrust is likely to get bigger.
Oracle has 12 development centres in India, including facilities in many emerging cities like Vijayawada, Thiruvananthapuram, Noida and Ahmedabad.
India is home to Oracle's second largest workforce of developers and engineers and accounts for its largest research and development investment outside the US.
In an another question to whether Chinese cloud firms can pose any threat to Oracle's global expansion plans, Hurd said that we do not view Chinese firms as competitors at all.
"Some of those Chinese cloud firms can become our partners though," he added.
"Currently, we want to win the space in Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) and Platform-As-A-Service (PaaS) and then the entire focus will shift to Infrastructure-As-A-Service (IaaS) platform,"he announced.
India is home to more than 700,000 members of Oracle's online and developer community.