Heads in the cloud as Oracle hires hundreds

Published on the 02/07/2015 | Written by Oracle

Over 800 salespeople hired to support growing demand for cloud across the region…

Cloud computing might deliver the ultimate remote computing experience, but people still buy from people. That much is clear as Oracle reveals it has added over 800 salespeople to its Asia Pacific (APAC) workforce. Their task? Help make Oracle the world’s largest enterprise cloud company.

The announcement comes just three months after the company launched a campaign to increase its sales workforce by 1,000 to capitalise on the growth of cloud computing across APAC.

Oracle’s fiscal fourth-quarter results announced on June 17th showed cloud revenue already above a $2.3 billion annual run rate. Oracle sold $426 million in new Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) business this quarter. That’s more than any cloud services company has ever sold in a single quarter, it said in a statement.

“We are seeing significant momentum in our cloud business in APAC as more companies embrace cloud computing,” noted Loic Le Guisquet, Oracle president, EMEA & APAC. “Cloud is transforming businesses [and] this requires not only the best technologies, but also the best people. [We’re] expanding our sales force to help guide more companies through their cloud transformations.”

The salespeople are drawn from a wide array of backgrounds, from established IT companies to newly founded start-ups. New recruits also come from line of business positions in a wide variety of industry sectors such as finance, manufacturing, telecoms and utilities,’ so they already speak and understand the same language as customers in those industries’, said Oracle.

Tim Ebbeck, regional MD for Oracle Australia said, “Cloud is helping Australian and New Zealand businesses to grow, become agile, and innovate. Our recruitment campaign has enabled us to hire employees who can help our customers in achieve their business goals.”

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