viernes, 22 de diciembre de 2017

4.100 millones de personas hacen uso de las aplicaciones de mensajería




Mucho ha llovido desde que, en 1950, Alan Turing propuso que cuando pudiera producirse una conversación entre hombre-máquina y no se distinguiera cuál es cuál, podría hablarse de inteligencia artificial.

Imparables, las técnicas de inteligencia artificial –IA- continúan sofisticándose. Hace solo unos días, Alpha Zero (sucesora de AlphaGo Zero) necesitó solo 24 horas para alcanzar el máximo nivel en los juegos de Ajedrez, Shogi y Go, aprendiendo a jugar por sí misma, sin intervención humana más allá de la introducción de las reglas, y batiendo a los mejores programas existentes hasta el momento (Stockfish, Elmo y AlphaGo Zero, respectivamente).

En este contexto, bots e inteligencia artificial extienden cada día su presencia y su poder, erigiéndose en herramientas de enorme utilidad para todos los sectores de actividad, y en especial, para la hostelería, la educación, los servicios, los seguros, o las finanzas, etc.

En un mundo  ‘Mobile First’, como el actual, 4.100 millones de personas hacen uso de este tipo de aplicaciones, y seis de las 10 apps más usadas son de mensajería. Orientadas a la conversación o impulsadas por el dato, estas nuevas apps que, combinan lo mejor de la tecnología chatbots y de la IA, se están abriendo un hueco en el mundo empresarial, en donde tienen por delante un largo recorrido.

De hecho, según datos de Oracle, las apps de mensajería son el canal perfecto para el 65% por ciento de las personas cuando entablan un relación comercial y más del 50 por ciento espera que la atención se extienda 24x7, siendo 10 horas el tiempo medio en atender un mensaje.  El trabajo indica que el 90% de las empresas usan Facebook para responder a los requerimientos de servicio, y el 58 por ciento indica que reduce los costes.

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lunes, 18 de diciembre de 2017

ORACLE RESULTS: Q2 FY18 Cloud Revenues Up 44% to $1.5 Billion and Total Revenues Up 6% to $9.6 Billion


Q2 FY18 GAAP EPS UP 8% TO $0.52 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 14% TO $0.70




Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) has announced fiscal 2018 Q2 results. Total Revenues were up 6% to $9.6 billion, compared to Q2 last year. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were up 9% to $7.8 billion. Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) revenues were up 55% to $1.1 billion. Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) plus Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) revenues were up 21% to $396 million. Total Cloud Revenues were up 44% to $1.5 billion.

GAAP Operating Income was up 1% to $3.1 billion and GAAP Operating Margin was 32%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was up 10% to $4.2 billion and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 44%. GAAP Net Income was up 10% to $2.2 billion, while non-GAAP Net Income was up 16% to $3.0 billion. GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 8% to $0.52, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 14% to $0.70.

Short-term deferred revenues were up 9% to $8.1 billion. Operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was up 2% to $14.6 billion.

Overall cloud revenue growth of 44% drove our quarterly revenue and earnings higher,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz.With non-GAAP Cloud SaaS Applications growth of 49% leading the way, Oracle delivered 14% non-GAAP earnings per share growth and 6% overall revenue growth. Our success in the quarter was based on the increasing scale and the gathering momentum in our cloud business. I expect the business to continue to grow and strengthen over the coming quarters.”

Our Fusion ERP and Fusion HCM SaaS applications suite revenues grew 65% in the quarter,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “We are now the clear market leader in enterprise back-office SaaS applications with over 5,000 Fusion customers. And we expect to extend our lead by selling around $2 billion in new enterprise SaaS application cloud subscriptions over the coming four quarters. That’s more new SaaS sales than any of our competitors.”

Oracle will soon deliver the world’s first autonomous “self-driving” database,” said Oracle CTO, Larry Ellison. “The new artificially intelligent Oracle database is fully automated and requires no human labor for administration. If a security vulnerability is detected, the database immediately patches itself while running. No other system can do anything like this. Best of all, we guarantee the price of running the Oracle Autonomous Database in the Oracle Cloud is less than half the cost of running a database in the Amazon Cloud.”

The Board of Directors increased the authorization for share repurchases by $12 billion. The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on January 10, 2018, with a payment date of January 24, 2018.