Multi-Tenancy and Other Useless Discussions
By Kathryn Perry-Oracle on Jul 12, 2012
An Opinion by Meg Bear, Vice President, Oracle Cloud Social Platform
Yes I am going to go there...
I know that there are very strong opinions on either side of the multi-tenancy divide. Both are clearly smart people. Both have years of experience and while one is responsible for my paycheck, the reality is the whole conversation is missing the point.
So first let me clarify that Fusion HCM is multi-tenant....and it doesn't matter.
In the same way that your VHS player having progressive scan doesn't matter.
Let me break this down a bit more. The solution of multi-tenancy is just that; it's an architectural solution to solve a problem. That problem, has two major components:
- Vendor cost of service -- what does it cost to run a SaaS
service and by extension, what is the price of that service (and the
viability of the vendor).
- Customer access to innovation and latest code level -- the shared value customers get by being on the same code level. The ability to innovate more quickly, for the benefit of all customers. The ability to uptake of new features and versions without the heavy tax of customized systems.
Multi-tenancy was a great solution to address these two items.
You might have heard that being a database vendor is an excellent business. Reducing database spend as a SaaS provider is a logical place to go to reduce cost. In addition, legacy applications had much of their code in the database. Keeping everyone on the same codeline required keeping everyone with the same code in the database.
So if your problem is in the database, you would naturally see multi-tenancy as a great solution.
If you happen to be a database provider and you happen to have a modern application architecture, then optimizing by putting everyone in a shared database becomes a less valid conclusion.
What is important for our customers to understand, is that we have the ability to provide them a competitively priced, feature rich service that is built to support their global business needs today and in the future. We have better tools and technology, to give our customers access to innovation at the pace of acceleration they have only ever imagined before.
So feel free to talk about VHS options, or multi-tenancy or other non-productive topics, but when you are done don't forget to discuss the business need and the business value.
You see, conversations about business value -- that's what we're all about.
VP, Oracle Cloud Social Platform