Oracle and IDC: Navigating Change with the Cloud

June 10, 2021 | 4 minute read
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After a year of lockdowns and remote work, businesses around the world are acknowledging the critical need for strengthening business readiness, and adapting digital strategies in order to remain responsive, competitive, and focused on growth. Technology has enabled agile and rapid implementation of new digital initiatives, establishing new enterprise standards as organizations realize the greater potential of enterprise cloud.

In the recent event, Navigating Change with Oracle Cloud, attendees heard from both Oracle and industry experts on how to move from short-term thinking to a long-term strategy. Regis Louis, VP of Cloud Strategy at Oracle, was joined by Giorgio Nebuloni, IDC Europe’s AVP of Verticals and DX Research, and David Clarke from Northgate Public Services (an NEC company) who heads up a team moving customers over to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Make cloud the engine of business agility

Moving to cloud can introduce needed scalability, lower operational costs, flexible ways to address growing storage needs, and the widening of distributed business. Regis Louis begins the event by revealing how faster decision-making, improved resiliency, automated operations, and insightful data, mark a few of the critical values that are powering this cloud movement. He proposes that as industries and markets continue to evolve, businesses will require bold innovation, strategic investment, and reconfiguring for new opportunities in order to drive effective long-term growth. Cloud-computing models are changing how businesses operate and interact, redefining our relationship with devices and information. In order to enable a successful cloud journey, business leaders must determine which investments align best with their enterprise needs, while preparing for the disruption that comes with the implementation of new technologies.

Adapt to disruptions by leveraging digital capabilities

Next, Giorgio Nebuloni from IDC Europe continues by mapping out the key factors of Business and IT resiliency, looking at ways an organization rapidly adapts to business disruptions by leveraging digital capabilities. With advancements in cloud, companies are gaining new tools that can help restore business operations while creating opportunities to capitalize on changing conditions. But to ensure successful digitization, Nebuloni recommends the following: Invest your political capital on resiliency this year; Help your business counterparts build a digital resiliency roadmap, and; Link your cloud roadmap to digital use cases for impact and longevity.

Gain the price/performance advantage

In conversation with Oracle, David Clarke of Northgate provides the customer perspective around Oracle’s cloud portfolio. The price/performance advantage is a key attribute of an enterprise cloud for Northgate and its customers; as he states, “our 30% cost reduction is massive.” Other attributes include rapid deployment, adaptability, automation, global consistency, and security at every layer of the architecture. Clarke also described the benefits of having non Oracle applications deployed on Oracle’s “really fast infrastructure,” and the importance of its interconnect with other cloud providers, commenting on the strategic benefit of the “openness and ability to have that exchange at that cloud-to-cloud level.”

Polling the leadership audience

The event concludes with the results from an attendee poll which asked “What is the leading way IT can kick start a culture of innovation?” Here are the results:

The poll’s outcome indicates that technology enables agile responsiveness and continuous growth as companies overcome the disruptive impact of the pandemic. After a year of lockdowns, remote work, and social distancing, businesses around the world are acknowledging the pervasiveness of unprecedented change and the critical need for strengthening business readiness.

Be designed for change

Navigating Change with Oracle Cloud poised the question, “What’s necessary for organizations to be designed for change?” Collectively, the answer emerged: i) an infrastructure that’s always available, always accessible, secured by default, and enables immediate access to the latest technologies; ii) data analysis that makes smarter predictions and better decisions; and, iii) a culture of innovation that guides decisions leading to increased adoption of enterprise cloud.

Companies now understand that an enterprise cloud is key to overcoming challenges that this past year has thrown into stark light. Oracle is dedicated to supporting these journeys by providing solutions that are designed to drive change and accelerate innovation.

To learn more about how your organization can be Designed for Change, visit here.

Rachel Bennett

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