When Kurian’s development organization set out to develop software, platform, and infrastructure cloud services that could be used to build virtual data centers, the ultimate goal was something with far-reaching impact.
“We believed we could transform every company and every institution in the world,” Kurian told thousands of business and technology professionals during his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco.
And that included changing not just the way people thought about information technology, he said, but the way they used IT “to make the world a better place.”
Here’s a reason to believe that vision is coming to fruition: A few minutes before Kurian stepped onto the stage, Oracle announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the government of Maharashtra, India, to accelerate a smart cities program that aims, with the help of cloud computing, to improve the lives of the state’s 113 million citizens.
Earlier this year, Maharashtra launched a program to develop 10 “smart cities,” part of a wider government initiative, called Digital India, to modernize 100 cities through investments in infrastructure, digital technologies, and cloud services.