Oracle Ireland regional directorsays no huge rush to the cloud in Ireland

Firms should take opportunity to leapfrog competitors, says Oracle executive

This week’s OpenWorld annual conference heard about the importance of digital leadership

Authors of new book on how businesses use technology say an inflection point has arrived

Modern, highly automated factories are already saturated with things that could be networked – sensors, controllers, switches, machines – but which, for the most part, aren’t. Photograph: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Networking companies are focusing on the creation of systems for the neglected manufacturing sector

PayPal and eBay flags fly in front of the company’s headquarters in San Jose, California. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Opinion: online payments platform has firm customer base on which to build

Mark Hurd, co-chief executive officer of Oracle Corp, speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Technology company announces new products and strategies at annual user event in US

Billionaire Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle, gestures as he speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld 2014 conference in San Francisco, California yesterday. Oracle said its cloud service will match rival Amazon.com’s pricing as it competes to help companies operate databases and software over the internet rather than at their own data centres. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Move will address German concerns about potential surveillance of its business and citizen data

“The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do”

Journalists knew Ellison was practically a guarantee of lively copy

Bruce Schneier: “So much surveillance is piggy-backed on corporate servers. I think it’s funny when someone like [Google chairman] Eric Schmidt is complaining about government surveillance.”

Bruce Schneier believes governments, driven by fear, are going the wrong way about tackling terrorism

Never have the issues of data protection and personal privacy had such high profile

Helen Dixon takes on new role at a pivotal time for data protection and personal privacy

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