Thursday Jul 12, 2012

Multi-Tenancy and Other Useless Discussions

Meg Bear, Vice President, Oracle Cloud Social Platform, knows that there are very strong opinions out there about multi-tenancy. She acknowledges that smart people with years of experience come down on both sides of the issue. However, Meg holds the opinion that the whole multi-tenancy conversation is missing the point. See if you agree.
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Thursday May 26, 2011

June 1st Webcast Preview: Fusion CRM, Cognizant and an Email from a Friend

Yesterday I received the below email invitation from a friend and former co-worker who has moved on from Oracle to lead IT for a good-sized health sciences company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Attached to the invitation was a very brief note: “Is this your handiwork?”

I was happy to see the note for two reasons:

  1. I’m always glad to hear from my buddy…and he usually has a humorous spin to any interaction
  2. I was glad to see that the word is getting out about the next webcast in the Inside Fusion Applications series

My friend’s company is a Cognizant client, so the Cognizant folks are working hard to make sure everyone knows about the upcoming webcast on June 1st. However, this is a great opportunity even if you’re not a Cognizant client. To prepare for the webcast we met recently with Philip Philippides, Director and Practice Leader, Customer Solution Practice, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Timothy Blank, Director – Oracle CRM Practice Lead, Cognizant Technology Solutions.

Hot Topics

Philip and Timothy, who complement one another with a combination of strategy experience and technical detail, have graciously volunteered to sit down and walk us through their experiences as a Fusion Applications Co-Development partner. This includes not only their perspective on what Cognizant has done in helping create Fusion Applications solutions (including their work with Fusion CRM set-up and migration, sure to be a hot topic on June 1 with the IT crowd) but also the trends that are forcing organizations, like my friend’s, to re-consider strategic topics such as:

  • Changing user dynamics and demands—including sales people and end-customers
  • A re-definition of value creation—a focus on doing what you do best, and partnering for the rest
  • Increasing mobility requirements and how to harness social computing
  • And more…

 We’re very happy with how this series has come together. If the preparation calls we have had with Cognizant are any indication of how the webcast on will turn out on June 1st I think you’ll be pleased.

3rd Party Perspective + Insider Access + A Hot Topic

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Wednesday, June 1st 10am Pacific

A Tip on Registration

Do register today. If you’re unable to attend I do recommend you register anyway. You’ll miss the chance to participate in the live Q&A session but you’ll automatically receive a follow-up email providing you with access to the on demand version.

We hope to see you there.

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Thursday May 19, 2011

A Busy Monday Morning – Prep for Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Next-Generation HCM Webcast

The first day back from vacation is always busy. This past Monday, after a week off for yours truly, our team had a call with Gurucharana S. of Wipro Technologies in preparation for the first installment of our Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Partner Insights on Oracle’s Next-Generation Applications webcast series. It was a great way to get back into the swing of things on the work front.


Gurucharana is the Global HCM Competency Head of Wipro Technologies an Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Partner. The speaker, timing and topic of the live broadcast, May 24th at 8am Pacific, is perfect:

  • There is a lot of news (and some noise) in the HCM space right now—so getting a number of different perspectives is important
  • This webcast follows Oracle’s announcement last month, supported by 2 additional webcasts, about Oracle Fusion HCM and SaaS from both a business and IT perspective, with the IT session focused on clarifying some key topics around Cloud and SaaS.
  • In total, the three webcasts—including Wipro, a 3rd party with insider access—provide a comprehensive view of this increasingly hot topic

Unique and Interesting

The role of a co-development partner is both unique and interesting.

  • Unique in that only a select number of organizations are distinguished as Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Partners. With that distinction come significant resource and inside access commitments on the part of both Oracle and the partner.
  • Interesting in that Wipro brings an outsider’s point-of-view to the Fusion Applications go-to-market process—working side-by-side with Oracle teams in Oracle development labs on various aspects of development, for example, functional validation and technical testing.

Beyond their perspective and opinions, this experience and insight helped Wipro develop offerings that can help you today. Find out more about how their methodologies, assessment and migration tools and more are being used in client engagements during the webcast.

Milestones and Fresh Perspectives

During the call we talked about various milestones in the Wipro Co-Development story and their perspective on Oracle Fusion Applications and industry trends including:

  • A commitment of more than 60,000+ person-hours to the project
  • The development of migration tools, in this case for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, to accelerate the adoption of and co-existence of Fusion Applications
  • A slightly different take on some of the key strategies behind and functions within Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (which is refreshing when you’ve seen, heard or presented the same content countless times yourself)
  • Setting right-sized strategies for Cloud Computing (as recent news indicates, it’s increasingly not an all-or-nothing proposition)

As you consider your personalized strategies and roadmaps for Oracle Fusion Applications—where does Fusion HCM fit in, what’s the impact on existing projects, what are the migration strategies—it’s important to get different perspectives. Please take a look at this series and if Human Capital Management software and the business of HR is key to your success consider joining Wipro and Oracle at 8am on Tuesday, May 24th.

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