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Like the tarot, oracle cards are great tools you can use to learn more about yourself on a deeper level, gain a better understanding of a situation that’s troubling you, or get advice on what to do moving forward. According to Dawn Marino, expert tarot and oracle card reader, these cards can be inspiring, motivational, and insightful. “The messages from an oracle card allow the reader to contemplate a scenario, and can even offer the opportunity to shift one’s perspective,” she says. If you’re new to oracle cards, experts share some key things to look out for in the best oracle card decks for beginners.
While you can use both oracle cards and tarot to ask similar questions, they’re structured very differently. In fact, Tasia White, EdD, intuitive coach and tarot reader, says that’s the biggest difference between the two.
“Oracle cards don’t follow the traditional tarot structure,” White says. “There aren't any major or minor arcana oracle cards. The number of cards is less (or sometimes more, but that's less common) than the 78 cards in a tarot deck. They typically don't have the five suits (majors, cups, swords, and pentacles) like a tarot deck. However, some oracle decks might use some variation of a tarot deck. For example, the Work Your Light Oracle Deck has five suits with different names and meanings.” Oracle cards are designed by individual artists, and will follow the theme of the artist’s choosing.
While some readers may use both tarot and oracles in their readings, White says oracle cards can actually be a great substitute for tarot cards. “I know several people who find traditional tarot decks to be too dark, so they only use oracle cards. You can use the same spreads you’d use in a tarot reading.”
One key thing to know about oracle cards is they’re typically themed, says White. For example, there are decks for angel messages, animal spirit messages, love, and so on. When you’re trying to decide which oracle deck is best for you, consider what kinds of questions you’re looking to answer. Like tarot, it’s important to choose a deck that resonates with you.
Since you don’t have to be familiar with what specific cards mean before you start reading, unlike with tarot, oracle cards can be great for divination newbies. You can use them to get better at listening to your intuition and picking out the messages that are for you.
Once you have your deck, start shuffling the cards while thinking of your question, situation, or area of focus. Once you feel like you’re ready, draw a card from the deck. Flip the card over and observe the imagery, and any text written on the card.
“Use your intuition as well as the overall message of the card,” Marino says. “Notice the colors, the symbols, and the feeling the oracle card has evoked within you. Connect to the card and gain your own personal understanding of the message. You may even journal about the reading to reference and reflect on afterward. You may also pull more than one card, such as three, to supply additional insight into your query.”
When you’re a beginner, the most important thing is to find a deck that you’re most comfortable with. “For most people, the main requirement when choosing an oracle deck is to have it be visually appealing,” Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, tarot readers and creators of the best-selling The Enchanted Tarot, tell Bustle. “The deck you choose should resonate with you in some way and stimulate your imagination.”
If you look at the images on an oracle deck and start daydreaming, that’s a good sign it may be the one for you. According to Zerner and Farber, “Daydreaming is a good thing when you’re trying to listen to your intuition.”
With that in mind, here are the best oracle card decks for beginners.
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If you feel like you aren’t living the life you truly want, this oracle card deck by Rebecca Campbell may help you figure out what you need to do to get unstuck. As White mentioned above, this deck features five tarot-like suits with different purposes. There are confirmation cards, inquiry cards with more in-depth guidance, activation cards for healing, and transmission cards that connect you to supportive energies. It also comes with a guidebook so you can get more meaning out of each card.
Helpful review: “I’m very pleased with my first deck of oracle cards. They’re very sturdy yet easy to shuffle. The backside design is stunning and each card has a lot of helpful information on it, the illustrations are calming and encouraging. The booklet is very informative and includes several different ways to lay the cards as well as additional information about the cards that you pull. I think this is a wonderful first deck because it is positive and affirming.”
If you’re someone who uses the moon to manifest, this oracle card deck can be a great addition to your ritual. This oracle card deck by astrologer Yasmin Boland gives you the opportunity to “work with the moon’s power to gain clarity and make better decisions.” The cards themselves have images as well as a short messages for you to interpret. It also comes with a guidebook that can help you make the most out of the deck. Over 100,000 copies of this deck have been sold, and it has over 20,000 five-star Amazon reviews.
Helpful review: “From revealing the box, to reading the booklet cover to cover, I was blown away by the artistry in the pictures, quality of cards, and profoundness of the wording...The cards have brought me comfort, foresight, and preparedness in response to my inquiries, both long term and short term.”
If you love the aesthetic of the Work Your Light oracle deck above, you’re going to love this other deck by Rebecca Campbell. The Starseed Oracle deck features 53 gorgeous cards with imagery and messages made to connect you with the cosmos. It’s a deck that’s focused on your soul’s purpose and the journey you’re meant to take in this lifetime. It’s very imagery-heavy, so it’s perfect for anyone who prefers using their imagination to interpret the cards.
Helpful review: “The imagery drew me in and immediately I was able to see the story within them, beckoning me to soar higher. Anyone who consistently uses this stunning deck will sharpen their intuitive abilities and elevate their vibration and frequency levels. I applaud Rebecca Campbell and Danielle Noel for creating a deck of this calibre for this new decade!”
One question that’s commonly asked during readings is “When?” When will my ex come back? When will I start to see positive change in my life? Any reader will tell you that timing questions are hard to pinpoint exactly and that nothing is set in stone. However, if you want to some peace of mind, the Angel Answers oracle deck has specific timing cards like “within the next few months” or “a year from now.” It also has quick answers like, “yes” and “no.” There’s even a guide book that gives you further information on each card.
Helpful review: “This deck gives off of a sense of love and warmth, and the messages are very easy to interpret and understand. I would recommend this deck for both beginner and seasoned oracle readers or intuitive empaths that utilizes card decks for clients.”
If you’re looking for guidance on a big decision that you have to make, the Prism Oracle by Nicole Pivirotto was made to help you tap into your intuition to find the answers you’re looking for. The deck features 45 colored cards that each have “unique energetic states.” You can pull a card, meditate on the color and word provided, and then read the guidebook for further insight. It’s a very straightforward deck that’s perfect for beginners.
Helpful review: “Color is light and vibration, which is what everything is made of. This deck taps into that energy in a simple and highly effective way. I love the concept. The graphics are beautiful, simple, clear, clean, concise and modern. The guidebook is also straightforward, simple and to the point. Very easy to use. The cards themselves are high quality; very nice weight card stock, vibrant colors, gilded edges, and easy to shuffle.”
This 60-card oracle deck is described as not-so-typical. It’s straightforward, to the point, and offers unfiltered tough love advice you won’t find in other decks. Think of it like a friend who’s just giving it to you straight, not being negative. It is meant to be empowering and helpful, with a lot of positive affirmations.
Helpful review: “I love this deck for its raw and honest truth. It shakes me up and puts me in my place right when I need it to. I am a tarot reader and I like to use this deck in conjunction with my tarot cards, to helps pull a little more insight into my readings. This especially works well when you are looking for a specific answer, but the cards are trying to tell you something else. I have worked with a lot of decks, and the cards are sturdy and easy to shuffle. The deck works well with my personality because I am not overly sensitive to direct messages. I appreciate a kick in the butt, and the truth.”
The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit Deck and Guidebook works great on its own or as an accompaniment to The New York Times best-selling The Wild Unknown tarot. It features 63 full-colored cards with animals representing the messages you need to hear. The guidebook is also hand-lettered and easy to understand while providing deeper insight into the questions you have.
Helpful review: “I read the guidebook and was surprised at how much I understood the cards. The first card I ever drew from this deck is possibly the most beautiful card in the whole deck. The Dragon. I looked up the dragon in the guidebook and read ‘seeing ones true self,’ ‘to not forget to see the beauty in the world,’ and I was almost in tears. I have been going through a rough time with my mental health for some years now. This is exactly what I needed to hear. I was so moved by my first interaction with this deck. Highly recommend.”
Dawn Marino, expert tarot and oracle card reader
Tasia White, EdD, intuitive coach and tarot reader
Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, tarot readers and creators of the best-selling titles include The Enchanted Tarot and The Wild Goddess Oracle
Let’s talk about Oracle’s successful and expanding investment in cloud infrastructure. The company just celebrated its 45th anniversary, beat Wall Street’s estimated revenue in its fiscal fourth quarter, and showed its highest organic revenue growth rate in over a decade. The company is clearly doing a lot of things its customers like.
Front-and-center to Oracle’s success is Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) growth. Over the past year there has been a steady stream of OCI-related announcements. These have included plans to grow from 30 to 44 public cloud regions by the end of 2022 (39 are already in place), smaller Dedicated Region configurations, plans for Sovereign Clouds, new Cloud@Customer offerings, and expansions of OCI’s already impressive portfolio of services. This is perhaps the fastest expansion of cloud services by any service provider, and it helped drive Oracle’s 49% year-over-year IaaS growth and 108% growth in Exadata Cloud@Customer (Q4 FY22 earnings report).
And, if those aren't enough to make you consider OCI for your public cloud, what about the new Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure that Larry Ellison and Satya Nadella announced at Microsoft Inspire on July 20th? This new service allows Azure customers to choose where to run Oracle Database for their Azure applications. Azure users can easily set up and use Oracle databases running on optimized OCI infrastructure directly from Azure, without logging into OCI.
The Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure is an Oracle-managed service currently available in 11 pairs of OCI and Azure regions worldwide. It uses the existing OCI-Azure Interconnect to offer latency between the two clouds of less than 2 milliseconds over secure, private, high-speed networks. This means that developers and mission-critical applications running on Azure can directly access the performance, availability, and automation advantages of Oracle Autonomous Database Service, Exadata Database Service, and Base Database Service running on OCI.
Oracle’s growth numbers represent a great metric to measure its overall success. However, most IT architects and developers want to understand why Oracle's cloud offerings are better than the likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS) for their Oracle Database workloads.
The answer is simple. While Oracle is undoubtedly a strong competitor when matched head-to-head against nearly every public cloud offering, it offers clear advantages for Oracle Database applications. For example, organizations that use Oracle Database in their on-premises data center can more easily move workloads to OCI because it provides extreme levels of compatibility with on-premises installations and offers organizations the same or greater performance, scale, and availability. You won't find a better example of this than Oracle’s cloud-enabled Exadata X9M platform that’s available natively in OCI or for Azure users through Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure.
Last year, Oracle delivered what may be the fastest OLTP database machine with the Exadata X9M. This machine is engineered to do only one thing: run Autonomous Database Service and Exadata Database Service faster and more efficiently than anything else on the market, delivering up to 87% more performance than the previous generation platform.
Wringing every ounce of performance and reliability from a database machine such as Oracle Exadata requires thinking about system architecture from the ground up. It requires a deep knowledge of Oracle Database and the ability to optimize the entire hardware and software stack. This is a job that only Oracle can realistically take on.
Exadata X9M’s employs a flexible blend of scale-up and scale-out capabilities that support virtually any workload by separately scaling database compute and storage capabilities. Of particular note is how the Exadata X9M provides high performance for both transactional and analytics workloads and efficient database consolidation.
Let’s start with analytics. At the highest level, Exadata X9M enables fast analytics through parallelism and smart storage. Complex queries are automatically broken down into components that are distributed across smart Exadata storage servers. The storage servers then run low-level SQL and machine learning operations against their local data, returning only results to the database servers. This allows applications to use 100s of gigabytes to terabytes per second of throughput—something you won’t find on your typical cloud database.
For OLTP, Exadata X9M breaks out some additional secret sauce in the form of scalable database server clusters, persistent memory (PMem) in the smart storage servers, and remote direct memory access over converged Ethernet (RoCE) that links them together. Databases run across hundreds of vCPUs to provide high performance and availability and read data directly from shared PMEM on the storage servers. The end result is that Oracle Database achieves SQL read latencies from shared storage of under 19 microseconds, which is more than ten times faster than traditional flash storage.
However, Exadata X9M in OCI doesn’t forego the use of flash memory, it embraces it. Without applications having to do anything, Exadata storage servers automatically move data between terabytes of PMem, tens or hundreds of terabytes of NVMe 4.0 flash, and terabytes to petabytes of disk storage to provide the best performance for different types of workloads. This results in a level of performance that isn’t possible with a traditional on-premises or cloud architecture built using generic servers and storage.
Bringing X9M to the Cloud
There's no question that cloud resources are integral to nearly every enterprise's IT infrastructure. The cloud offers a flexible and scalable consumption model with economics that can be superior to traditional on-premises deployments. While cloud infrastructure can be easily scaled to meet many growing application needs, this is not necessarily true for databases that support mission-critical applications. It's common for organizations to have to refactor applications and redesign databases when they move to the cloud to provide the same levels of performance and availability they had premises, such as when moving Oracle Database to AWS. However, by deploying Exadata X9M in OCI, Oracle eliminates the expensive and time-consuming need to refactor applications for the cloud.
Oracle Exadata X9M in OCI shines for enterprise applications by delivering an elastic cloud database experience. For example, when running Autonomous Database Service or Exadata Database Service on dedicated X9M infrastructure in OCI, you can use 2 to 32 database servers and 3 to 64 smart storage servers in any combination. This means you can deploy platforms with more database servers for heavy OLTP workloads, more storage servers for data warehouses, or an even mixture of each when consolidating both types of workloads.
You can get the raw numbers for CPUs, storage, and memory for Exadata X9M in OCI from the Oracle website. Still, the critical thing to know is that all configurations deliver the database capabilities that enterprises require. For instance, the “entry” Exadata X9M configuration in OCI supports 19 microsecond SQL Read IO latency, 5.6 M SQL Read IOPS, and 135 GB/second of analytics throughput. Furthermore, with the ability to scale database servers by 16x and storage servers by 21x, we expect that no organizations will run into performance limitations.
Oracle tells us that by putting Exadata X9M into OCI, it now delivers the world's fastest OLTP cloud database performance, and they have the data to back it up. Latency is critical for OLTP workloads, an area where the X9M has no equal. Exadata X9M’s 19 microsecond SQL IO latency is 25x better than when running Oracle Database on AWS Relational Database Service (RDS). The analytics throughput numbers from shared storage are even more impressive, with Oracle claiming that Exadata X9M in OCI delivers up to 384x the analytics throughput of Oracle Database running on AWS RDS.
Oracle has conquered the performance challenges for OLTP and analytics in the cloud and delivers this level of performance with attractive economics. Oracle makes the Exadata X9M for OCI available with a true consumption-based model where you only pay for the size of platform you need and the consumption you use. One key feature of Oracle Autonomous Database running on Exadata X9M is that it can auto-scale consumption by 3x based on the demands of the queries executing at every point in time. This helps you meet peak requirements by scaling up database consumption when needs grow and minimizes costs by scaling it back down later. Oracle cites global customers using these scaling capabilities to economically meet seasonal demands for retail companies and end-of-quarter financial closes for any business.
Running business workloads in the cloud is popular and continues growing at impressive rates because it solves practical problems for IT practitioners and business users. However, generic cloud infrastructure hasn’t delivered the same level of performance and availability for mission-critical OLTP and analytics workloads that many customers achieved with on-premises platforms.
If your enterprise depends on Oracle Database technology—and 97% of the Global Fortune 100 companies use Oracle Database, with 88% relying on Oracle Exadata for business-critical workloads—you need to seriously consider running your cloud database workloads on Exadata X9M in OCI. Oracle's expanding portfolio of OCI services and delivery platforms, coupled with its unique ability to integrate optimized database platforms like Exadata X9M into OCI redefines what it means to run mission-critical databases in the cloud.
The Exadata X9M is built by the same people who build the Oracle Database, best positioning Oracle to optimize the performance, reliability, and automation required to get the most out of Oracle Database in the cloud. Oracle Exadata X9M is a stellar piece of engineering, bringing together compute and storage in an optimized architecture that delivers levels of throughput and reliability that deserve the superlatives I'm throwing around. And, it's not just me saying it; Oracle's momentum in the cloud bears this out as customers continue to make Exadata their preferred option to run Oracle Database.
When combined with the new Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure, Exadata X9M in OCI should cause organizations to rethink strategies focused on using generic cloud infrastructure for critical database applications.
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This business guide shares how CFOs from mCloud Technologies, Pact and Quatris Healthco are raising their finance teams’ profiles and shaping future business decisions
It’s not exactly news that finance execs have taken on more strategic roles and earned prominent seats at the decision-making table. But what does that look like in practice? What challenges are they facing, and how are they coping with current business conditions?
And how are today’s forward-thinking CFOs driving their companies and careers forward?
To answer those questions, Oracle NetSuite spoke to three finance chiefs at fast-growing companies in diverse industries. They occupy highly strategic roles in their organizations, but their contributions don’t stop there. They have become multiskilled resources for colleagues, bringing a valuable, numbers-driven perspective to HR, IT, marketing and more.
The latest version of Oracle’s Fusion Sales customer relationship management (CRM) application wants to automate the most repetitive sales tasks by providing users with automated recommendations to increase productivity and close more deals.
The new look Fusion Sales tool looks to build on the data Oracle has collected for over 40 years and remove several manual steps in the B2B sales process.
“Traditional CRM systems were designed to be a system of record for planning and forecasting, versus a tool to help sellers sell more. As a result, sellers spend countless hours on data entry and administration that stunts sales productivity,” said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president for Oracle Fusion Cloud Customer Experience.
The updated sales application already comes bundled with Oracle’s Cloud Customer Experience CRM suite, which also includes marketing, customer service, finance, and HR modules.
The updated sales application offers a step-by-step guide that helps sellers onboard faster. These steps can be based on the custom recommended practices of an individual enterprise, and can help automate the process of qualifying and converting marketing leads into opportunities.
“When connected to Oracle Fusion Marketing, Fusion Sales automatically creates highly qualified leads and then passes them to sellers for follow-up,” the company said in a statement.
Sellers will be able to see quotes, proposals, and implementation schedules once new opportunities are created inside the CX cloud.
These quotes are automatically updated throughout the sales process as a deal progresses and are enriched with historical data that includes prior successful deals, the customer’s industry sector, and other key account attributes.
The application can also surface content recommendations for sellers that can be fed in from the marketing team. These approved pieces of information, such as commonly asked questions, can be used to quickly answer buyer or customer queries, easing the time taken to complete the sales process.
The updated version of Fusion Sales also includes a new Digital Sales Room, where an enterprise can create personalized microsites for its customers.
These sites can include resources such as quotes, past contracts, reference stories, and details of past or upcoming Zoom meetings to help move buyers closer to a purchasing decision.
These sites can also track certain customer signals or behavioral patterns based on their interaction with the website, and these signals can be used as further sales insights for training and future deal-making strategies.
With these product moves, Oracle is looking to keep pace in what is becoming an even more competitive cloud CRM space, alongside the likes of Microsoft, Salesforce, and SugarCRM.
Salesforce has been looking to leverage AI to make recommendations to users since it launched its Einstein product back in 2016, and Microsoft has added its own Sales Insights for Dynamics CRM.
“In 2021, many companies continued to pivot toward the more digital world that we now live in, including the procurement of technologies that would help them Strengthen their level of engagement with their customers and the experience that customers receive,” said Alan Webber, program vice president for customer experience management strategies at the analyst firm IDC.
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Oracle Fusion Sales provides sellers with AI-powered recommendations and guided steps to close deals faster
AUSTIN, Texas, July 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Oracle today announced the next generation of Oracle Fusion Sales, a sales automation application that identifies high-quality sales opportunities and guides sellers to close deals faster. Part of Oracle Fusion Cloud Customer Experience (CX) and powered by artificial intelligence (AI), Fusion Sales automatically provides sellers with quotes, proposals, and recommended steps to help them increase productivity, close more deals, and instill confidence among buyers.
Nearly one third of sellers struggle to close deals and meet quotas, according to a exact study conducted by CRM analyst firm Beagle Research Group in partnership with Oracle. The study, "Does Your CRM Leave Money on the Table," highlights the struggles that sellers face with customer churn and archaic sales processes. In turn, sellers have noted that they are open to greater automation and trust AI to take on greater responsibilities, including qualifying leads (70 percent), identifying priority deals (60 percent), and tracking deal progress (80 percent).
"Traditional CRM systems were designed to be a system of record for planning and forecasting versus a tool to help sellers sell more. As a result, sellers spend countless hours on data entry and administration that stunts sales productivity," said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president and general manager, Oracle Fusion Cloud Customer Experience (CX). "Applying 40 plus years of data and business process expertise, we have done the heavy lifting to engineer the next era of CRM. Oracle Fusion Sales removes the manual steps in the B2B sales process to help sellers close more deals faster and more efficiently."
Oracle Fusion Sales provides sellers with:
Step-by-Step Guided Processes: Sellers can onboard faster and Strengthen productivity with a guided step-by-step process to help engage with accounts, progress opportunities, and close deals faster. Customers can choose to base the processes on best practices set by leadership or customizable, industry-specific templates.
Conversation Ready Opportunities: Sellers can automate the process of re-qualifying and converting marketing leads into opportunities. Connected to Oracle Fusion Marketing, Fusion Sales automatically creates highly qualified leads and then passes them to sellers for follow-up.
Automated Quotes and Proposals: Sellers automatically receive initial quotes, proposals, and implementation schedules when opportunities are created. The quotes are automatically updated throughout the sales process as a deal progresses and are based on historical data that includes prior successful deals, a customer's industry, and other account attributes.
Intelligent Content Recommendations: Sellers can automatically receive marketing-approved content that is most likely to progress the sale. This saves sellers' and buyers' time at each step in the sales process and puts the right offers and answers to commonly asked questions directly in the seller's hands.
Digital Sales Rooms: Sellers can Strengthen the buying experience and better engage buyers by building personalized microsites. Helpful resources like quotes, past contracts, reference stories, and details for past or upcoming Zoom meetings are aggregated to help move buyers closer to a purchasing decision. As buyers use Digital Sales Rooms, sales operations can capture buying signals and other customer engagement data that can inform sales insights, internal training and enablement, and drive future deal success.
Advanced Revenue Intelligence: Sales leaders can easily access and report on business trends, spot outliers, and monitor customer sentiment and sales performance with Oracle Fusion CX Analytics. Fusion Sales provides a complete view across the business being able to pull in data from sales, marketing, service, finance, and HR all without support from IT.
What Customers and Partners are Saying About Fusion Sales
"CRM is an integral tool especially as we sell complex and expensive equipment and software solutions in 180 countries across the globe. We used to stitch together sales insights from an array of applications, Excel spreadsheets, and post-it notes. It wasn't an efficient process," said Samantha Mohr, vice president, inside sales, Ricoh. "Oracle Fusion Sales provides our sellers with a guided experience that focuses their time and improves deal success by delivering better insights to help us adapt to market shifts faster."
"Our customers are always searching for new approaches that drive real value and instill confidence in buyers. Oracle Fusion Sales helps solve significant challenges of the B2B selling environment with a boundaryless, adaptable, and radically human engineered architecture" said Andrea Cesarini, Europe Oracle business group lead, Accenture. "Having partnered for over 30 years now, Accenture and Oracle bring unparalleled innovation, industry, and technology acumen to our joint clients."
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Cloud computing has allowed Red Bull Racing to run billions of race simulations each weekend.
Future projects born from race-day analysis include designing a new F1 powertrain for 2026.
At a critical point in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix race in June—with fan-favorite Max Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing car slightly leading Carlos Sainz Jr., who drives for Ferrari—Verstappen’s team had a key decision to make. Just eight laps in, the virtual safety car came out to slow the race cars down, leading to the pivotal question: to pit, or not to pit?
In Formula 1 races, it’s mandatory for drivers to take at least one pit stop. The real question is when to take it. If Red Bull pitted under the virtual safety car, it could reduce time lost during a stop. On the other hand, it would force the team to supply up the lead, and keeping Verstappen out on the track could also introduce the risk of deteriorating tires later in the race.
To decide what to do, the team ran simulations. Plenty of them. And in real time.
“If we pit under the virtual [safety] car, we’d supply up the lead, but the simulations were confident we would get the lead back again,” Will Courtenay, chief race strategist for Red Bull Racing, tells Popular Mechanics. “We took the pit stop, Sainz stayed out. Now we are 10 or so seconds behind, but then as the simulations correctly predicted, Sainz struggled on tires, and we got the lead back later in the race.” Verstappen won the Canadian Grand Prix on June 19, continuing his lead in the 2022 F1 standings, the same standings he dominated in 2021. (Teammate Sergio Pérez remains in third). Verstappen’s latest win, the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 31, was also thanks in part to some smart decision-making on which tires to choose.
Courtenay says the power of simulations, due to the new partnership with Oracle, has given the Red Bull team access to more data and better decision-making, both before and during a race. Red Bull went on a search for a cloud-based solution with a global reach, leading to Oracle joining the team in 2021. The partnership went so well that Oracle became a title partner in 2022. That continues to lead to beneficial results, both on the engineering side and in race strategy, according to Zoe Chilton, head of partnerships for Oracle Red Bull Racing (the full name Red Bull is currently competing under).
Every F1 team runs simulations. But Red Bull runs billions of them per weekend. Under F1’s budget cap, introduced in 2021, moving those simulations off-premise and into the cloud as teams traveled to 22 different countries not only saved Red Bull money it could be spending elsewhere, but sped up the process. “It is not just agility and efficiency,” Chilton tells Popular Mechanics. “By not running on-premise all week, it is a massive savings for us.”
“What we are trying to do is create a simulation of what a real race might look like,” Courtenay explains. “We feed in the model various factors—how tires perform, pace of all the cars, how long it takes to make a pit stop, a good or bad race start—and model as many aspects of the race as we possibly can.”
Then, the team tweaks a variable and runs the simulation again. And again. And again.
“Effectively, we end up doing this over the course of the weekend literally billions of times, generating billions of races and averaging results of all the simulations,” he says. Then, the team experiments with differing strategies. Once the race starts, the simulations don’t stop. The live simulations are where the value add has really come in, according to Courtenay. “Maybe suddenly you have a bad start and dropped six positions and now you’re in a completely different race scenario,” he says. “Our simulations have the capability of constantly updating at every overtake, a finish of a lap, updating predictions and recommendations based on how the race is unfolding. The live simulation is really existing in that situation.”
Take Miami as an example. A new track for the circuit in 2022, uncertainties about tire performance existed well before the race. Once the it started, the team quickly saw the tires were holding better than previously thought. With that data fed into the simulation, Courtenay says they were quickly able to pivot to a one-pit strategy.
“You haven’t got the time to sit down and have a good think,” he says. “What is the best thing for me right now? And I need the answer straightaway. The data quickly converged to a one-stop [strategy] and that gave us the confidence we could sit it out and go to a one-stop rather than having to panic. In a lot of uncertainty, it really helped us come to a good conclusion as quickly as we could.” On May 8, Verstappen won the Miami Grand Prix, and teammate Sergio Pérez came in fourth.
Moving to Oracle’s cloud-based system allowed Red Bull Racing to increase the number of simulations 25 times while accelerating speed 10 times over. “I get better results when I get them quicker,” Courtenay says. “When the safety car comes out, you need an answer straightaway. You can’t wait 30 seconds.”
Come 2026, F1 moves into the next stage of regulations, and Red Bull has embarked on the process of building its own powertrains. Chilton says they’re starting from scratch, so when thinking of engineering engine parts or car design, having the power of continuous simulation is paramount. “It is a very bespoke product for quite the niche,” she says. “If we use Oracle’s cloud infrastructure, we can test what kind of hardware and software run best. We can demo a lot of things. As we go forward, we are hoping to use more cloud resources for more fundamental business processes as well as the strategy simulations.”
The unique demands of F1 have benefits for others. Chilton says pushing the boundaries of what companies can do sets the team up for future success and can help a business explore new strategies.
“Oracle Red Bull Racing is our most demanding customer in terms of short-term demand,” Taylor Newill, senior director of motorsports engineering at Oracle, tells Popular Mechanics. “It has worked out really well and the infrastructure that Will and his team are driving us to build can service customers in financial and healthcare better as well.”
Already, the hardware Oracle used to speed up the race simulations has successfully translated to health sciences customers that require faster data.
Oracle projects don’t stop at simulations and engineering. From small tasks, such as Oracle’s image-recognition system—with machine learning classifying images of rival cars to free up a staff member for more important work—to using AI technology to support the young driver training program, expect the reliance on computing speed to reach every aspect of Red Bull Racing’s business strategy.
Courtenay, though, remains focused on his task: race strategy. He’s already got plans for taking Oracle’s simulations up a notch. “We want to add more complexity, so we get a more accurate model of the race,” Courtenay says. And he needs it all right now. Life in F1 demands it.
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