Oracle today announced plans to expand its global AI development hub in the UK. Strengthening its commitment to the region, Oracle intends to double the size of the AI development team based at its Reading offices. The company will take advantage of the strong local talent pool to hire highly skilled data scientists and architects to extend its leadership in AI and machine learning.
“Our expansion in the UK reflects the region’s strong technology talent,” said Oracle CEO Safra Catz. “The global AI development hub in Reading accelerates innovation and helps customers take advantage of these critical emerging technologies by making them pervasive throughout our cloud offerings.”
UK Government Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said: “We are already Europe’s leading tech hub, with global firms and thriving startups choosing the UK as the place to grow their business and create high-skilled jobs.
“I’m pleased that Oracle recognises our unique combination of talent, business environment and entrepreneurial spirit and is expanding its development hub here.
“We are a world leader in artificial intelligence and our modern Industrial Strategy puts pioneering technologies at the heart of our plans to build a Britain fit for the future.”
Oracle’s growing AI development team in Reading is at the forefront of the industry in delivering innovative AI and machine learning technology. Embedded across Oracle’s suite of cloud applications, AI is helping customers compete more effectively, solve their most complex problems, and drive business transformation.
For example, Oracle AI technology is being used to by the National Health Service (NHS) England to identify nearly £600m of savings, and in a pioneering project to conserve declining global honey bee populations.
In addition to the expansion in Reading, Oracle will continue to invest annually to support emerging UK technology companies as part of its Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem Program.