Mark has made a tradition of sharing his forecasts for the industry in his OpenWorld keynotes, sparking discussions year after year. In 2014, he predicted that “the world in the next 10 years is going to be all about people… Employees are going to work the way they want to work; customers are going to buy the way they want to buy.” Speaking with the CIOs of seven leading companies, Mark focused on how all of them were facing the same fundamental issue: “How do I transform with the backdrop of all the secular change and budget constraints?”
During his 2015 keynote, Mark made five predictions about the way the cloud will work in 2025. He stated that 80% of all production apps would be in the cloud, compared to the 25% in the cloud today. Mark also said that just two software-as-a-service (SaaS) would cover 80% of the cloud enterprise application market, and that all enterprise data will be stored in the cloud.
In 2016, he predicted that the cloud would allow enterprises to finally move beyond maintaining legacy systems, and that IT budgets would dramatically flip, with 80% spent on the cloud by 2025.
In his 2017 Oracle OpenWorld keynote address, Mark shared his prediction for the future of enterprise cloud and the increased pressure on companies to have secure systems. Mark stated that enterprise cloud will be the most secure place for IT processing, 100% of application development and testing will be conducted in the cloud and all enterprise data will be stored in the cloud.