By WendyL-Oracle on May 05, 2015
As we all know, innovation in IT continues to accelerate exponentially, so how do you deliver these improvements to your business? A business who wants their ideas delivered faster and believes that without them they may not be able to stay ahead of the competition!
Using an analogy from another industry. When you last bought a car what convinced you to buy one car over another? I guess it was because one had an innovation that the other didn’t. Maybe it was engine efficiency, maybe new styling or simply that it had a DAB radio and you could listen to a clearer signal on your drive to work each morning.
But what do you think happens to cars and manufacturers that do not deliver innovation?
Back to the IT industry, how are IT vendors and integrators reacting to this demand for greater innovation?
- Most are trying to convince you that to innovate with speed you need to move to a single, integrated platform.
- Whether it is based on Oracle’s Digital Business Platform Reference Architecture or a solution from one of Oracle’s partners, it is well documented that migrating to such a platform is the only way to deliver an environment that supports the speed that a Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Digital Officer or Chief Operating Officer demands.
Now that there is broad agreement amongst vendors and integrators that a common platform is needed, what is important is that you engage with a partner who can deliver a complete platform. Whether On-premise or in the Cloud, whether application, platform or infrastructure driven, you need to decide if your partner can deliver such a solution with minimal points of failure. Put simply, a platform in which you have to manage and integrate multiple vendors and products is incompatible with delivering innovation at speed.
Now is the time to reduce the number of vendors and consider if you have the right partner to help you deliver Digital Innovation.
From a business perspective, Customer Experience (CX) is changing and improving the levels of service that you can provide to your customers, Social is changing how you interact with your customers, Mobile is providing customers with 24/7 access to your organization and enabling you to develop new customer interactions, Big Data is providing access to analysis that you never thought was possible and Cloud is enabling your organization to divert IT costs to other areas of the business.
While some organizations, like the UK retailer Tesco, have publically facing Labs looking at these and other IT innovations, many do not. So how do you get started?
Oracle’s Digital Business Platform Reference Architecture takes all of these innovations and shows how they are integrated, not just with other innovations, but also with more traditional solutions, like ERP, HCM, SOA, BI and Document Management. Oracle’s own Consulting team is using this same reference architecture to build prototypes for customers, so not only can you see how innovation can be faster on a common platform, but you can see these innovations in practice.
Remember, to innovate fast, now and in the future – choose a vendor that provides a common Digital Platform, with few points of failure and a team who can help showcase your innovations and importantly help you to rapidly move them into production.