Monday Sep 14, 2015

Oracle Consulting at OpenWorld 2015

Oracle Consulting at OpenWorld 2015

by Wendy Leslie, Director, Oracle Global Cloud Customer Success

Oracle OpenWorld is the place to learn, share, and network about the latest Oracle solutions. It's a smart move to get a jump on planning your Oracle OpenWorld schedule for October 25-29 in San Francisco.

This year, let the planning include Oracle Consulting sessions and demos. In our sessions, you will hear directly from your peers about how they are leveraging Oracle Consulting for faster adoption and return on investment to help them succeed across the Oracle stack.

At OpenWorld 2015, Oracle Consulting will be showcasing our latest thought leadership in each pillar and sharing customer successes as Oracle’s customer base migrates to the Oracle Cloud. Our current session profile spans all cloud pillars. Session highlights include:


  • Effectively Migrating from to Oracle Sales Cloud ( CON9694)
  • Maximize Your Investment in Oracle Sales Cloud ( CON9705)
  • Maximize Your Investment in Oracle Service Cloud ( CON9700)


  • Transform Your Application Backbone with Oracle ERP Cloud ( CON9696)
  • Take Manufacturing Computing to the Cloud ( CON9698)
  • Maximize Your Investment in Oracle ERP Cloud ( CON9699)
  • Best Practices for Upgrading to PeopleSoft 9.2: University System of Georgia ( CON7968)


  • An Evolutive Approach to HCM Cloud That Benefits Your #1 Asset ( CON9697)
  • Maximize Your Investment in Oracle HCM Cloud ( CON9701)

We encourage you to attend these sessions to obtain the leading practice insight that only Oracle Consulting can provide.

Once you understand our value, we encourage you to visit us at the Oracle Services Center. The Oracle Services Center at Oracle OpenWorld provides the best venue for you to meet with Oracle executives and product experts. The Oracle Services Center is conveniently located in Moscone West on Level 3 adjacent to the Lobby escalators. You can plan ahead and schedule time to meet with one of our experts. For more details, contact your local CSM directly or engage us via

Register now!

Thursday Jul 23, 2015

Top 5 Things to Know for a Successful Oracle Sales Cloud Implementation

By Scott Falconer – CX Cloud Functional Lead Oracle Consulting Services EMEA.

Contributions from Deepak Thuse , Mike Della Ripa and George Dimitriou

Oracle Consulting have delivered numerous successful

Top 5 Things to Know for a Successful Oracle Sales Cloud Implementation

Oracle Sales Cloud projects globally. Below is a very useful summary of the key things our experts believe you need to be aware of for your Oracle Sales Cloud implementation to be a success.

Tip #1 - Get Educated

A common perception is how much easier it is to implement cloud solutions. This is true in many areas – no hardware or backups to worry about, no need to maintain or host internally, no need to manage upgrades, etc. But you still need to take this key business system seriously to be sure of a successful implementation. Oracle Consulting believes you need to clearly understand the project scale and organise and plan accordingly. Also, learn about the product you are buying; its processes, key components and underlying entities. You will need this knowledge to plan your project. Remember it is still a key business system for your organisation and it needs your very best attention to make it successful.

Also compare it to buying a new car. Don't continue to drive it like your old car; you need to adapt your driving style! People often make the mistake of just doing the same thing they did with their old system but with a new shiny paint job and then wonder why they are not getting the results they expected. Remember as Mark Twain said "If you always do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got". You are innovating with Cloud technology so think differently!

Tip #2 - It’s a Journey not a Shopping Trip

As opposed to how an on-premises application is deployed, with Oracle Sales Cloud, you are consuming a service. This service has a fixed Release Schedule where the application gets an upgrade and a monthly patch cycle for bugs and fixes. You become part of this schedule when you provision Oracle Sales Cloud and part of the journey with Oracle as the product evolves. Customers need to be mindful that changes are coming and plan these in.

Think about your iPhone IOS updates where new features are added and you need to learn new ways to use your phone – same concept here.

Tip #3 - The Buck stops here!

You will need a strong sponsor within your organisation to prevent individuals or group demands de-railing and taking the service into non-standard areas. This sponsor needs to be able to communicate the future vision and help with the education of the business to adapt.

A key member of any Oracle Sales Cloud Implementation is the Application Administrator. This person needs to be identified and trained by Oracle University early in the project as they will be the contact person for all release schedules and general day to day running of the system. This person also needs to be someone who can champion both the solution and product within their business. You will need to become self-sufficient and self-serving in this new cloud environment and require a strong Application Administrator to help your business understand the changes presented by the cloud.

As with all things in life, if you are in control you can change your destiny.

Tip #4 - Bang the drum

Successful Oracle Sales Cloud implementations are a series of small controlled explosions not a big bang. You have bought a service and a solution and a good implementation partner such as Oracle Consulting are essential. They should rightly push back on any extreme requirements that move the application away from standard. While customisation is something to be avoided, Oracle Sales Cloud comes with the most advanced configuration tools available in the cloud. What would have been a difficult customization for an on-premises application is now simply configuration, enabling custom objects to be easily created. With our new Oracle Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment innovating with your cloud applications are easier and better than ever.

Fast and slow….are you as an organisation going to be able to respond fast enough to a rapid cloud implementation? This can be a problem as Oracle's Rapid Implementation approach, which has been tuned like a high performing engine, can be way too fast for some customers to keep up with. For example, you will be required to provide cleansed and ready to load data in the initial first few weeks of the project. Be ready!

You wouldn’t run a race with your work boots on so get your running shoes ready to compete effectively with cloud technology!

Tip #5 - Chicken and Egg planning

Sometimes you don't know what you don't know and this is very true around reporting requirements. We have found that a customer is better making reporting a Phase 1.1 activity rather than right at the start of the project. This is because it is easier to understand your reporting requirements once you have your initial core Oracle Sales Cloud implemented but do think about reporting requirements early on, as these drive the business processes and data you will need.

Once you know you know but not before it’s too late in the process…

And finally…

1. Work with an Implementation Partner who has experience. For example: Oracle Consulting have proven methodologies for implementing cloud solutions.

2. Don’t underestimate Data Migration activities, clean up data prior to loading.

3. Use your Oracle network to support you including your Customer Project Advisor, Customer Success Manager, Oracle Consulting team and Oracle Advanced Customer Support.

4. Be aware of the implications of SaaS and how you can be successful from the suggestions above.

5. Don’t waste time upfront on requirements gathering get straight into design by learning how the Oracle Sales Cloud product works and adapt to the standard process and functionality.

By following these recommendations we are sure you and your organisation will innovate and win in the cloud with Oracle’s unique solutions.

What’s your next step?

Register for a Live Demo and see how Oracle Sales Cloud will help you.

Wednesday Jul 22, 2015

What Does Security Mean in the Digital World?

By Marcel Rizcallah, Senior Director, Security Domain Leader, EMEA Oracle Consulting

Digital transformation is changing our world today. Cars and homes are connected and can be controlled remotely. People are connected through social networks and can share ideas, services and goods. Organizations are providing services on customers’ mobile devices such as online banking or taxi bookings. These are only few real-life examples of how digital transformation is changing the way we consume services and interact with each other. In a few years, most services will be digitalized including healthcare, government services for citizens, online shopping, and more.

But can we imagine those services without protecting all private data handled by the service providers? Or without complying with EU data privacy regulations? What does security means in a digital solution? Is it enough to enforce strong passwords when users enroll to the system? Is it enough to encrypt data exchanged between the user, the device and the service? Not at all – this is only the visible part of the iceberg. In this blog, I’ll explain:

  • Why security is important in any digital solution
  • What needs to be secured
  • How to proceed in a phased approach to minimize impact on legacy systems and organizations

Why security is important?

First of all, security is about trust and trust is the major enabler for a successful digital transformation.

TRUST is like the air we breathe. When it’s present, nobody really notices. But when it’s absent, everybody notices.” - Warren Buffet.

What will happen if connected cars that can be remotely started and stopped with a smartphone or geo-localized with a web browser, are hacked or stolen? What will happen if home smart devices such as energy boxes or connected cameras to cable networks are attacked and hackers start controlling the devices from the outside? What will become of the company providing the service? And what will happen if this same company is attacked from the inside and the customers’ data is stolen, including history of locations, credit cards, customers’ mail and phones, and more?

Second, security is becoming mandatory by law, and not simply an option or a recommendation. The reasons are multiple: if security is not implemented by design in a new system, organizations expose not only their own data but their customers’ personal data, which do not belong to the service provider, to security breaches from day 1. In addition, implementing security by design will significantly reduce associated costs as opposed to adding security on a running system or on legacy applications.

The EU is working on a regulation that will apply to European businesses that process personal data. This means that compliance to the regulation will be mandatory and there will be significant fines for companies that do not comply with the proposed regulation of up to 5% of annual worldwide turnover, or €100m, with the possibility for individuals and associations, acting in the public interest, to bring claims for non-compliance. The regulation includes compliance procedures and policies, including adopting privacy by design or appointing a data protection officer (DPO) when sensitive data such as health information is handled by the service provider.

What needs to be secured?

My answer would be everything! But what do we mean by everything? Let’s have a look first at the major components of a digital solution.

What Does Security Mean in the Digital World

A digital solution generally includes people information (customers, partners, etc.), mobile devices or Internet of things devices - IoT (such as connected cars, home energy boxes or healthcare devices), on premises applications, cloud applications, structured data stored in databases and unstructured data stored in big data systems or flat files.

Securing all those components means the following:

  • Managing people identities life cycle in a secure way, including their personal data (name, geo-location, mail, phone, and credit cards), credentials (login, password, certificate, social network federation links, etc.)
  • Managing mobile devices and IoT devices life cycle, including their fingerprints and credentials. Actually those devices will need to interact with the users and the central services. For example, a connected car may communicate its location if requested by the end user from his smartphone, or a home fire device may alert you on rising levels of CO. The identity and credentials of the device must be securely managed to avoid any “identity” usurpation, exactly like for end-users. In addition, data at rest on the device must be protected and encrypted as it may contain personal information such user geo-location or health data.
  • Protecting data exchanged in the air between the users and the devices, and the devices and the systems. Because this data will most likely use wireless network such as Bluetooth or WiFi, and because personal data may transit through this channel, it is mandatory to encrypt any data exchanged.
  • Protecting data exchanged between on premise applications and Cloud services, as this may include exchanging customers’ information.
  • Protecting data in databases or in big data, residing on premise systems and in the Cloud. Typical vulnerabilities are related to database administrators, contractors or third party providers who can usually access sensitive data in the production systems with privileged accounts. But vulnerabilities are also related to application and operating systems credentials needed to read and write in databases, generally stored in files, never changed or not enforced with strong password policies, and that can be accessed by users to connect to the storage systems directly.

How to proceed?

Let’s give first some basic recommendations on how to proceed to define the security requirements, and prioritize solutions.

  1. Understand security drivers including regulations you have to comply with including EU data privacy, PCI DSS, HIPAA, etc.
  2. Understand legacy systems vulnerabilities that will be exposed or integrated with digital services, and analyze risks before starting any implementation.
  3. Include security and privacy by design in any new solution.
  4. Define a security reference architecture providing end-to-end security including all the layers of your IT system from the end-user interface to the database, and including all applications and environments such as development, integration, pre-production and production.
  5. Secure applications and systems with high risks first, while implementing the security reference architecture in a phased approach.

Finally, you will need to select the right product for each requirement and implement the solution while taking into account technical and organizational impacts with quick wins. This is where Oracle Consulting can help you implementing Oracle Security products in your environment.

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Enterprise Mobility is on Cloud Nine

By Luis González Iglesias

2014 was a booming year in the Enterprise Mobility market. It was also great for Oracle with a new and exciting technology strategy, product announcements and many exciting opportunities. This has resulted in Oracle being recognized as one of the leaders in the Mobile Application Development Platforms by OVUM

OVUM Enterprise Mobility

But what is the next trend for 2015? Well, the next trend is surely the cloud.

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Oracle recently announced a key technology product: the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. This is a strategic move because demand for mobile apps on platforms such as iOS and Android continues to expand, and the complexity for IT organizations to manage the development, administration and maintenance process of Enterprise Mobility Solutions is increasing dramatically.

It is not easy to weave together apps supporting different devices, which must integrate with a mashup of hybrid Enterprise Applications in the backend, which often include on-premises and SaaS components. Apps must serve a growing population of users from multiple Line of Business that are demanding fast support for Bring your own device (BYOD) or Choose your own device (CYOD) programs.

The solution is  to look to the cloud. Moving enterprise mobility into the cloud makes total sense because, as John Milton once said “every cloud has a silver lining”, Oracle’s Mobile Cloud will finally provide a comprehensive and consistent platform layer between the mobile apps and the enterprise backend (on-premises and SaaS). The value proposition is simple:

- A consistent and unique integration API for mobile apps developers

- A complete framework to maintain connections from client apps to various enterprise services, including security coordination and identity propagation

- A platform to manage apps lifecycle consistently

- Built-in Diagnostics and Analytics to monitor the health of your applications

The Oracle Mobile Cloud Service will reduce TCO, and especially CAPEX, but its benefits go beyond the cost reduction. It will provide simplicity and consistency to Enterprise Mobility.

Oracle Mobile Cloud

Statistics in real projects demonstrate that the real complexity of Enterprise Mobility project has to do with integration with the backend.

The re-utilization of existing developed and deployed assets, as well as an incremental and sustainable long-term strategy for building and managing the growing Enterprise Apps portfolio. Apps developers need development frameworks that help them translate app requirements into functioning APIs

The second trend in 2015 will be Industrialization

Industrializing Enterprise Mobility

Yes, the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is the right Platform. But adopting it is not enough to achieve success. You still need to adopt the right Process.

Creating Enterprise Mobile Solutions is complex. You must coordinate quite a lot of disciplines such as UI design, Development on devices, SOA integration for the backend, API management of your REST services, Mobile Device Management, Mobile Apps Management and End-to-end security.

You will also need to keep up to date with emerging technology trends and paradigms, sometimes domain-specific, like integrating wearable devices, mobile payments in B2C applications, car telematics, healthcare or domotics.

Formalized Factory Process Model

Enterprise Mobility industrialization means adopting a formalized factory process model to apps development and integration. About 70% of the software components you need to develop, either in the UI front end or in the integration backend, can and should be reused. A factory approach is the key for success.

Oracle Consulting has launched an Apps Development Factory , where we consolidate our development activities. Our Bangalore team has developed a blended onsite-offshore model, specific for Mobile development.

Stay tuned and look for more information on the Oracle Cloud Service in the Overview page. And contact with your Oracle Consulting local sales team to know more about how to streamline development and guarantee success in your Enterprise Mobility program. The right Process, on the right Platform, by the right People!

Wednesday Jun 24, 2015

5 Steps to CX Success

By Scott Falconer

Attracting, keeping and wowing customer’s is harder than ever these days. As customers take back control of the relationship, customer experience or CX, has become a key differentiator and the number one area for organisations to become strategic.

Some interesting CX Facts*:

  • Customer experience leaders have more than a 16% advantage over customer experience losers.
  • A 5 Step Approach for CX Development

  • Executives estimate that their potential revenue loss for not offering a positive, consistent, and brand relevant customer experience is 20% of their annual revenue.
  • 97% of executives believe that delivering a great customer experience is critical to their business advantage and results, but only 39% have started.

*O’Keeffe & Company, an independent market research firm, worked on behalf of Oracle to conduct online interviews with 1,342 global senior executives. 2012

It’s clear that your organisation needs a CX Strategy but where do you start? How will you ensure a successful transformation to meet your customers’ demands?

Let me describe how we can help you in your journey to superior Customer Experience

The first step is to understand where your organisation is on its CX journey. Once you understand this then organisation’s such as Oracle Consulting can help you develop a vision and a roadmap to ensure that when your organization starts to look at solutions, you are fully aware of where you are going and what tools and technologies can help you get there.

Oracle Consulting’s Five Step Approach to CX emphasises the need for a cross organizational CX strategy and helps your organization to:

  • Develop a structure to work internally
  • Develop a vision that is understood across your organisation
  • Execute on that vision using a well-defined roadmap

What’s your next step?

So don’t wait to be overtaken by your competition. Act now and contact Oracle Consulting for a positive discussion around the needs of your organisation. In doing so, you can take an effective step forward today.

Monday Jun 22, 2015

Is it time to migrate your Oracle E-Business Suite implementation?

By Antonio Mas (Oracle Consulting, Iberia, ERP Practice Director

Is it time to migrate your Oracle E-Business Suite implementation?

The answer to the question is a very clear – YES! And, even more so if you are on an Oracle E-Business Suite release equal to or lower than

Is it time to migrate your Oracle E-Business Suite implementation?

In December 2015, Oracle Extended Support will end. This means that you will not have support for possible incidences, which may result in additional risk in some key processes for your company like monthly accounting closing.

In addition – and this may be more difficult to manage in the day-to-day operations from an IT point of view – is that there will be more restrictions about the possible Browsers that the users can use to access Oracle E-Business Suite because new versions may not work with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i. Also there will be limitations in the usage of new releases of Microsoft Office.

Oracle Consulting we can help you make the right decision by assessing your Oracle E-Business Suite strategy. We are experts on different types of migration assessments and in helping to identify the best decision for your organization. For example, the best option may be to go directly to Oracle ERP Cloud. This option helps to reduce operational costs. In fact, we are already helping customers analyse the viability of migrating financial processes to the Cloud and we can help build a business case to justify this decision.

For any of the possible alternatives we have excellent packages and tools, which include a migration to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 package, a migration to Oracle ERP Cloud package with tools to dramatically reduce the effort of migrating your data and customizations.

If you’d like to consider your options, ask your Consulting Sales Representative about any of these packages. We will listen to you, detail together your needs, understand your objectives and finally help you to define the best migration strategy.

You can find more details here: utm_medium=email"> Reminder: EBS 11i Reverts to Sustaining Support on January 1, 2016 . Or simply Click here to contact your Consulting Sales Rep today.

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Are you ready to take advantage of Digital Innovation?

By Jo Pugh, Senior Director, Oracle Consulting

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!

A very good report by Forrester highlights that very few organizations are ready!

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.

What to know more? Connect with me via LinkedIn or contact your local Oracle Consulting office. 

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Large Government Agency implements Oracle RightNow Cloud Service to improve Customer Service

By Keerti Deshpande

The sum total of all the interactions a customer has with your brand during their customer lifecycle has become the critical differentiator in today’s hyper competitive, hyper connected Global Marketplace. By monitoring quality across multiple channels, organisations can learn from their customer interactions, leading to better decision making, service and processes. The monitoring, measuring and managing of performance and service quality must remain a priority – but the “voice of the customer” analytics, across multiple channels – is just as important.

Large Government Agency implements Oracle RightNow Cloud Service to Improve Customer Service

A large government agency in Europe, recently replaced legacy systems with Oracle RightNow Cloud Service for more than 3,000 employees to deliver improved services to distinct customer groups and to organizations, including solicitors, financial organizations, and estate agents.

It was key to capture all customer interactions and information in a central resource to gain a better understanding of customer behavior and requirements, including queries regarding property ownership as well as maintain customer satisfaction throughout the project.

As the customer’s Commercial and Customer director quotes, ‘With Oracle RightNow Cloud Service we are seeking to dramatically enhance our knowledge and understanding of our customers to deliver an improved, more consistent customer experience’.

This implementation was successfully managed by Oracle Consulting on time and on budget. Oracle Consulting delivered a successful project within very tight delivery timelines, including a complete rollout within just one month. Oracle Consulting used RightNow Project Methodology to deliver Oracle RightNow using a standard, phased approach.

This is one of many such examples where Oracle Consulting values the “voice of the customer” and maintains customer satisfaction by meeting customer-specific requirements with Oracle RightNow Cloud service. For more information, visit Oracle RightNow Cloud Service page.

Tuesday Apr 14, 2015

A Roadmap to Cloud Computing

On the roadmap to Cloud computing, there are any number of HCM deployment and product options. Successful HR leaders are finding out that getting to the cloud is not a big bang approach but rather a well thought out roadmap. Find out what solutions innovative organizations deploy to achieve value quickly.


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Thursday Apr 09, 2015

Moving at the Speed of SaaS – Especially for Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs)

By Rich Isola

Moving at the Speed of SaaS – Especially for SMBs

I get great satisfaction when a plan comes together. Oracle Consulting recently launched a new packaged solution that will help make you a hero and an innovator. You can deploy modern Oracle HCM Cloud applications in a few weeks and with an investment that should meet nearly any budget.

The package is called Oracle Cloud Express for Human Capital Management and it works for SMB customers that want to adopt pre-configured, best practice processes. Larger organizations should consider the package for a pilot deployment.

There is something in it for everyone.

Employees and managers get an easy-to-use modern world-class HR application and best-practice business processes that create amazing employee experiences and better enable meaningful careers.

  • Business leaders receive tools to optimize their most important asset – their employees
  • Executives gain confidence that they are positioning their organization with a robust HR solution that will include proven processes that achieve fast time to value.
  • Implementation project teams obtain a clear path to success with minimal time and effort.

How Fast?

We are talking weeks – not months to deploy. One SMB customer in the Oil & Gas industry recently went from start to go-live on the Oracle Cloud Express Solution for Talent and Succession in only four weeks.

If you need to integrate with an Oracle or non-Oracle HR system, we have a package for that as well. It is called a “Co-exist Express Solution” and can be deployed in as little as three to four weeks. We do so by using a proprietary method and tool set created by Oracle Consulting, which standardizes and automates many aspects of the data conversion and integration process.

Next Steps

Oracle Consulting wants to partner with you to help drive success. Please contact your Consulting Sales Representative today to learn more about Oracle Cloud Express Solutions or visit

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

Turn Digital Disruption to Your Advantage

Today, cloud, big data, and mobile are transforming the modern business environment. CIOs and CMOs now have the tools and business process to change how their company interacts with their customers, how they manage their business and, just as importantly, how they innovate.

According to Forrester, 73% of companies have a Digital Strategy but only 19% think they have the right technology. Failure to deliver on a successful digital strategy may result in missed benefits, increased costs and a loss in competitive ranking.

Join Oracle experts for a thought-provoking video on how Oracle can Turn Digital Disruption to your Advantage starting today!

Monday Apr 06, 2015

Aggressive Data

By Petr Hosek,

We live in times when bold and aggressive statements bear more weight than real deeds. This is also valid for the Big Data world. We hear loud proclamations from players - who just encapsulated a bit of open source code and brought it to the market – how they will save the world!

The trouble is – the majority of these new tools serve usually one purpose: Fast data only. Or web-clicks only. Or Social posts only. Also, most of the new types of data are of low density – that means the ratio between the valuable information and the physical amount of data it is hidden in is rather low.

However, let us take a step back: Where is the most valuable information stored today? It is clearly in relational database systems! With data typically created through enterprise applications, the information density of RDBMS is incomparably higher!

When you discuss today’s major challenges in data and information management, one of the top tickets is data silos! And creating additional ones for big data (social posts; sensory data; location data, etc.) sounds like the worst nightmare to many CIOs!

As a result, the holy grail of Big Data is therefore not to work with the new sorts of data in isolation, but to connect the unstructured or semi-structured data with the existing relational data. In other words, the game is not about Big Data, it is about All Data!

We will for sure see in future a few distinctive data platforms that are tuned for certain type of data. As of today, three of them are clear leaders. RDBMS with its robustness and functionality will doubtlessly sustain its central role in Information management. And we will see more and more data stored on NoSQL and Hadoop stacks. Hence, a typical corporation will entertain a combination of different platforms for a cost-effective store, and will use tools that allow to connect, combine and to correlate all these data no matter where they reside.

In-memory database technology will merge the two traditional data worlds of today, Online Transaction Processing and Data Warehousing. And we will see more and more tools that encompass the all above mentioned platforms; Oracle Big Data SQL being an example.

Let me finish with a small hint: Whenever you think about Big Data, even if you want to start with a small isolated pilot, always think about a long-term picture and that undoubtedly means about All Data!

To learn more about Oracle’s approach to All Data Information management, read this white paper.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

Emdeon Gains Significant Savings and Increases Innovation

With assistance from Oracle Consulting and Oracle Enterprise Architects, Emdeon was able to achieve significant cost savings while dramatically increasing innovation.

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Monday Mar 23, 2015

Improving Sales Is Easier Than You Think

Did you know that 57% of the purchasing process is over before customers ever talk to your sales team?

To increase sales and optimize efficiency, modern sales requires fast and easy tools, mobile productivity, insightful and collaborative selling and an aggressive pipeline. In this informative video find out how to quickly and cost effectively adopt a modern sales solution with reduced costs and minimal risk.

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Monday Mar 16, 2015

How to Avoid Cloud Connection Headaches

How to Avoid Cloud Connection Headaches

Connecting in the cloud makes good business sense. Connections are everywhere. More are coming every day. Inaccurate BI and out of date customer profiles are just a few headaches that can occur from non-standard connection practices.

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