Oracle CloudWorld 2023 Highlights Rapid Innovation

Principal Analyst

Senior Analyst

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

During the 2023 Oracle CloudWorld Conference in Las Vegas, a spotlight was on Oracle Fusion Cloud Student for the estimated 300 higher education institutions that attended.

The conference provided insights into Oracle’s product strategy across its infrastructure, applications, and data and analytics products and its progress on Oracle Student. It was also an opportunity to hear directly from higher education institutions about their experiences implementing products on the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) platform.

Oracle’s Vision for a Comprehensive Ecosystem

Unsurprisingly, Oracle emphasized generative and traditional artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), advancements in its OCI platform, and enhancements to its mature finance and human capital management (HCM) application suites.

Oracle demonstrated how its continued innovation and investments are making a complete technology ecosystem that can simplify higher education institutions’ technology footprint. This rapid innovation is partly due to Oracle’s use of its Apex product to generate all new Java code. Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison reported that Oracle does not code directly in Java but in Apex, as Apex generates secure code faster than developers ever could. Oracle Student fits into this ecosystem as it’s built in the same environment as Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP and Cloud HCM. In addition, data management solutions are progressing quickly on the advancing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) capabilities, making them an option for an institutional data lakehouse and analytics solution.

Oracle Product Updates and Enhancements Announced at CloudWorld 2023

Oracle Student

Oracle is progressing towards a mature solution, with the initial cohort of institutions beginning their Oracle Student implementation planning. These institutions are aligning their activities with Oracle’s product roadmap, and Oracle is focused on delivering the overall product and the key functionality these early adopters require. The company continues to highlight the configurability of the Oracle Student solution with its purpose-built, rule-based frameworks.

AI and ML

Oracle announced a new partnership with Cohere, which will provide the primary large language models (LLMs) for Oracle applications. When training LLMs, Oracle’s approach allows customers to refine the model locally, and customer data is never used to train LLMs. The company also continues to make progress with ML predictive models across many applications.

Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP

As part of its “Oracle B2B” offerings, Oracle announced adding HSBC and Mastercard card purchasing and payment processes directly into the Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) product. These partnerships allow joint customers to use the innovative native process and transaction integration.

Other highlights include:

  • Generative AI functionality will be added to Oracle Fusion applications this year.
  • Automated, ML-assisted cash forecasting, allowing institutions to fine-tune their cash reserve and short-term investments to maximize yield.
  • Improved accounts payable (AP) automation and queue management, allowing large institutions to manage their payables more efficiently.
  • Streamlined data architecture through the Fusion Data Intelligence Platform (an evolution of the Oracle Fusion Analytics Warehouse product), allowing enterprise performance management and analytics applications near real-time access to transactional data via a read-only semantic layer and business object inquiry service that directly accesses the production data.

Oracle Cloud HCM

Oracle announced new generative AI capabilities for its HCM product, including auto-generated job descriptions, which pull data from the responsibilities to produce a narrative description.

The company also announced auto-generated performance reviews and affirmations, which received mixed customer reactions. Although humans can review the generated performance reviews and affirmations, it will likely lead to less meaningful and personalized assessments.

Insights from Institutions at CloudWorld 2023

Institutions attended the conference seeking a clear path to modernization as they considered moving to SaaS solutions. There’s an immense need in higher education for better reporting, analytics, security, and performance, and Oracle demonstrated its focus on advancing solutions to this end. The conference also allowed early adopter institutions to share insights and their experience with implementations.

Overall, institutions reported that early adopter implementations across the Oracle Fusion suite are going smoothly. It is clear that the progress Oracle has made in the last two years would have been a benefit to some earlier implementations as the products and the ecosystem have matured. As institutions move into Oracle Student implementations, they are cautiously optimistic, noting the cultural sensitivity and importance surrounding migrating to a new student system. Smaller institutions, most of whom are aligned to the HESS Consortium Collective Program in partnership with Drivestream and Mythics, are making significant progress, with several institutions live on Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP and HCM with Student implementations beginning.

Key Takeaway

Oracle has vast depth and breadth of technological experience and innovation across various industries. It is now applying its investment in these technologies to its cloud higher education systems, which could greatly benefit institutions looking to leap forward into the modern ERP world. We will keep an eye on how Oracle progresses with Student and hope to see continued innovation to create a combined transactional and analytical data management ecosystem (centered on students) based on the expanding capabilities of the Fusion Data Intelligence Platform using the Oracle Autonomous Database on OCI.

Share Article:

Principal Analyst
Dave Kieffer spearheads research focused on finance, and HCM applications, data management and other critical higher education technologies at Tambellini Group. He brings more than 30 years of creating, implementing, and managing enterprise-class applications in higher education. His experience includes all levels of applications development and management in higher education. Among other things, he has been responsible for ERP implementations, mobile, and web development, application architecture and integration technologies.

Additional Authors:

Senior Analyst
As a senior analyst, Dr. Matt Winn focuses his research initiatives on academic administration, LMS, and other teaching and learning technologies. He has led numerous modernization and implementation projects within the SIS, LMS, and CRM landscapes. Passionate about using technology to serve and improve education, he seeks to help institutions integrate disparate systems, create automations, and improve various processes across campus. 

Other Posts From this Author:

Realize Your Institution's Goals Faster with The Tambellini Group®

Higher Education Institutions


Solution Providers & Investors

market insights

Become a Client of the Tambellini Group.

Get exclusive access to higher education analysts, rich research, premium publications, and advisory services.

Be a Top of Mind Podcast featured guest

Request a Briefing with a Tambellini Analyst

Suggest your research topics

Subscribe to Tambellini's Top of Mind.

Weekly email featuring higher education blog articles, infographics or podcasts.