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What do you think the digital future will look like?

I’m guessing flying cars (will everyone need a pilot’s license?), driverless trucks, products at your fingertips, and virtual reality vacations! We are getting close to the intersection of machine intelligence and human intellect, and in the not so near future we will see the rise of machines. As I walk through the halls of Oracle contemplating the complexity of this enormous change, I can only believe that Terminator, aka James Cameron, did actually travel back in time to warn us in the movie “The Terminator” in 1984 (some scenes of which were actually shot at Oracle Headquarters!).

The boundaries of what is possible and impossible are beginning to merge, and what is happening overall is innovation. Companies are pushing each other to drive change and adopt new technology. Businesses that neither challenge the status quo nor take risks will no longer be in existence (think Blackberry, Polaroid cameras, Blockbuster). Don’t they say, “Adapt or die?”

In this digital era that undeniably means a revolution in which humans must converge with technology and machinery—or at the very least, learn how to co-exist.

According to Mark Hurd in the Forbes Magazine article “Oracle’s Mark Hurd: Innovation Challenges Point to the Cloud” by Michael Hopkins, Adaptive Intelligent Applications and Infrastructure are “scaled and optimized, built on standards, cost less, [enable] more innovation, [and are] more secure with all sorts of new features and capabilities that are going to get integrated directly into the capabilities of Oracle Cloud”. What companies are finding is that with cloud and intelligent applications, they can decrease complexity, work more effectively and efficiently, and innovate faster – a necessity for business survival!

What we are seeing at Oracle is that organizations that are utilizing our end-to-end architecture in the cloud and connecting Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) into the Supply Chain (SCM) are innovating quicker and getting to market faster. The beauty of Oracle PLM and SCM in the cloud is that it allows companies to be agile enough to adapt to the pace of business – pivoting when necessary. With the addition of adaptively intelligent and IoT applications, we are leading the charge on this converged infrastructure. Because today is the era of disruptive technology, the rise of the supply chain is now. It’s time to adopt or get left behind.

For other interesting reads, check out Oracle Leads the Way in SCM Cloud and The Expanding Influence of PLM in Supply Chain Excellence .

Kirk Carlsen is a Product Marketing Manager at Oracle, you can follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn

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