Cloud vs Java

Oracle focuses on cloud revenue, distracts from Java evangelist drama

Natali Vlatko
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Oracle has put an end to its Java evangelism, instead focusing on its growing cloud business. Meanwhile the rest of the Java community laments the departure of those who were most enthusiastic about the language.

After the hoopla caused by the sacking of Java evangelists, Oracle is now looking to redirect attention toward their work in the cloud with first-quarter revenues postings. The report focuses big-time on Oracle’s cloud operations, in the midst of further expected cloud growth, as cash continues to be spent on building cloud infrastructure.

Revenues of $8.4 billion USD have been announced: Total cloud revenues have increased 29% and cloud SaaS together with PaaS is up an impressive 34%. Cloud IaaS is also up, bettering its previous quarter’s total by 16%. These figures have helped Oracle to beat expectations, with profits and revenues slightly higher than analyst estimates.

SEE ALSO: Can Java survive without its evangelists?

Following the news that Oracle was letting go of its Java evangelists, it makes sense for Oracle to distract from the panic and shine a positive light on where it wants to plug in more resources and effort. And yet even if its cloud revenue is up, there’s been drops in other areas of Oracle’s revenue, such as software license updates and product support.

Cloud first, Java later

The kind of message that killing off your evangelism team sends has been picked up by Sean Phillips, who commented on our earlier story about the lay offs and the timing that this presents with the JavaOne conference:

I will be speaking at three sessions this year, as I do each year and the only reason I submit these proposals is for the people (the evangelists) and the buzz and energy they infuse into the Java community. This effect is what keeps Java alive, breathes new life into the language each year.

Most importantly: Many of them helped keep Java alive and strong during the dark ages of Java, ie the transition from Sun to Oracle. This tells me Oracle doesn’t care anymore. So why should I?

The impact that this could have on their JavaFX work was highlighted by commenter Bob Namestka, who sees the decision as a huge blow to JavaFX viability and the use of Java in IoT. It may be worth remembering the business aspects that these outcomes are influenced by – certain Reddit community members haven’t forgotten:

In posting their first-quarter financial results, Oracle emphasised the non-GAAP adjustment to their cloud and platform as a service revenues, with the adjustment said to be “useful to investors as a measure of the ongoing performance of our business”.

Natali Vlatko
An Australian who calls Berlin home, via a two year love affair with Singapore. Natali was an Editorial Assistant for (S&S Media Group).

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