Wednesday Apr 27, 2016

Introducing the Accelerated Buying Experience

By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content 


The cloud has changed how businesses acquire technology. They buy in smaller amounts, on a more frequent basis, and they expect to be up and running very quickly. To meet that need for speed, Oracle is giving customers a much faster and easier way to buy cloud services: the Accelerated Buying Experience. Instead of requiring the thick, printed contracts of the on-premises days, for example, the Accelerated Buying Experience lets companies buy Oracle cloud services online with a click of a button.

An in-depth Q&A with Oracle's Doug Kehring provides details on the differences customers will find with the Accelerated Buying Experience, including Oracle salespeople empowered with more contracting flexibility, reduced and eliminated approvals, simpler and shorter order documents, and extensive help throughout the process. The Accelerated Buying Experience is part of Oracle's larger transformation aimed at becoming the leading cloud vendor. 


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Wednesday Apr 20, 2016

Hands on Cloud Experience: Cloud Attack @ Collaborate16

Members of the Independent Oracle Users Group Cloud SIG executed their first Cloud Attack hands on bootcamp workshop experience. Leveraging experience from highly successful RAC Attack workshops, the objective was to use the public Oracle Cloud so attendees could quickly get underway getting live hands on Cloud skills & experience. In fact, the workshop addressed top feedback from a survey in the Collaborate 16 general session and participants enabled with Cloud skills they could start using when they returned back to their offices after the event. By using the Oracle Cloud, attendees only needed to bring a device to participate. One attendee was amazed when he finished the workshop using an old Windows XP PC with 1GB of RAM and this gentleman below completed it all from his iPad. And with Cloud, attendees could virtually be anywhere, connect and go without the instructors having to procure and prep a room full of PC's or worry who's laptop had enough storage, RAM, or CPU to load a virtual image.

for more information on the event at Collaborate 2016, read here.

Wednesday Apr 13, 2016

Get Powerful, Flexible Protection for Your Data in the Cloud

Your company may have unique security, compliance, and risk management requirements that demand a more robust level of data security protection when you move your data to the cloud. That’s why Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers Enhanced Security Services.

These services are available cafeteria-style to allow you to implement the precise controls you need at a price that meets your security budget. Whether you meet all your needs with Base Services or choose from the lineup of Advanced Services, you’ll be able to take advantage of Oracle’s expertise in implementing your customized security solution.

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Oracle’s Enhanced Security Services enable you to:

· Achieve compliance with your unique security and compliance requirements
· Improve the efficiency of your risk management programs
· Leverage Oracle’s expertise and technology in deploying and managing complex security solutions
· Gain the flexibility your organizations needs and select only services you require

Does your organization need help with security? For more information about Oracle Managed Cloud Security Services watch this short video, read the solution brief or call 719.757.2065.


Monday Apr 04, 2016

The Cloud Inside Your Data Center

—By John Soat, Senior Writer, Content Central

Businesses can now tap all the benefits of Oracle Cloud from within their own data centers. That's the big news from Oracle's most recently announced cloud services offering, Oracle Cloud at Customer, which is aimed at companies that haven't used the cloud up until now because of concerns over data residency, custom security, and other regulatory issues. 

Oracle Cloud at Customer provides the same services available in Oracle Cloud—not just similar, but exactly the same—running in an on-premises, tightly integrated Oracle Engineered System that Oracle manages and maintains. And companies pay the exact same pay-as-you-go price for the Oracle Cloud at Customer service as they would for the same service, such as a cloud database, in Oracle Cloud. "Even on your premises, you're buying a cloud service—you're not buying hardware," said Oracle president Thomas Kurian while introducing the new service at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington D.C. 

Fulfilling the "as a service" model, Oracle engineers are responsible for administering, updating, and maintaining Oracle Cloud at Customer services at users' sites. Oracle Cloud at Customer represents a new way for organizations to leverage the assets of Oracle Cloud. 



Thursday Mar 24, 2016

Can you have your cake and eat it too?

by Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle  

The appeal of public cloud services is undeniable and unstoppable.  But, a vast majority of applications are constrained from moving to the public cloud due to data residency and privacy laws, intellectual property concerns, and sensitivity to latency of the traffic to and from the public Internet.

If the phrase ‘Private Cloud’ sounds like an oxymoron to you, you are not alone.

IT vendors have tried but largely failed to deliver on the tall promise of “private cloud” – the notion of a cloud behind your firewall with all the benefits of public cloud services without the need to send your data over the Internet to a public cloud service. Too many corners were cut in offering such solutions. Over the last 5 years, I have talked with hundreds of CIOs and IT directors and they gave me the biggest reasons why the promise of Private Clouds has not been realized. It is either ‘private’ or a ‘cloud’ but not really both at the same time. Here’s why:

1. These solutions are almost always multi-vendor. Hardware from one vendor, software from another, and often, management by another vendor. In the public cloud, there is no ambiguity about who is accountable for an application delivered as a service. It is the application service provider. Why shouldn’t you, the customers have the same single point of accountability with their private cloud?

2. The IT stack in the public cloud and private cloud is not the same. It is ‘similar’ but not the ‘same’. Few if any can offer updates and innovation on customer premises at the same pace as the innovation in the public cloud. What is the point of adopting the cloud if you cannot get the latest innovations? Private Clouds should not be an inferior pretender of Public Clouds. The true potential of Cloud will be realized when we enable agile and effortless workload portability between public and on-premises clouds. If the stack on either side is not the same, you have to depend on extensive orchestration to effect workload portability. Not good.

3. Who is managing the private cloud infrastructure? If the answer involves having you manage the stack on your premises or contract 3rd parties on their own, it is no longer a ‘utility’. Most solutions today do not offer turnkey management of the entire on-premises infrastructure. You want to ‘use’ the services; not ‘manage’ the hardware and software.

4. What about the pricing and commercial terms? Often, you have to purchase the hardware, software, and services (or some combination thereof); never achieving the elegant simplicity of subscription-based and consumption-based (operational expense vs. capital expense) model of Public Cloud services. This is hard for IT vendors to offer because someone has to bear the cost of on-premises infrastructure. But passing the risk on to you, our customers is not the answer. IT vendors have to do better; be bolder.

These challenges are not easy to surmount. Oracle has also struggled to solve the problem in its entirety. This time, we set out to solve the problem, we made it our mission to deliver a solution that eliminates ALL of these challenges. We set out to create a category of products called “Oracle Cloud at Customer”.

Today, I am very proud to announce the availability of the first offering in this category – the Oracle Cloud Machine. We have taken the Oracle Cloud for IaaS and PaaS and extended it to your premises.


Oracle Cloud Machine: Same Cloud Delivered in Your Datacenter

We believe it is the industry’s most complete solutions for deploying public cloud services “behind your firewall”. Let me explain why we believe this is true:


Oracle Cloud Machine: Benefits

1. We made sure there is a single point of accountability for the cloud services delivered behind the customer’s firewall – Oracle. Hardware, software, and all ongoing management of the entire stack is provided by Oracle. Oracle Cloud Operations remotely and securely manages the deployment so that customers can focus on their applications and their business just as they would with public cloud services.

2. We have taken great effort to ensure that the same software that underpins the Oracle (public) Cloud is delivered with the Oracle Cloud Machine as well. Oracle also ensures that this congruence between the private cloud and public cloud is maintained by frequently updating the Oracle Cloud Machine with the same updates that we deploy in the Oracle Cloud. It is in fact a requirement of the service contract that the on-premises cloud remain in lock-step with the Oracle cloud software. Why did we do this? One reason is to bring the latest innovations from the cloud to customer premises. But even more significantly – to unleash the potential of workload portability between private and public clouds. Imagine what you could do if the cloud deployment on the customer premises looks just as another datacenter in the public cloud. You would be able to more freely start development in the public cloud and run production workload on premises or vice versa. You would more easily burst for capacity from the private to public cloud. You would achieve disaster recovery to the public cloud more easily.

3. Oracle Cloud Machine is managed remotely by Oracle Cloud Operations using a secure, remote connection that honors least privilege principles to ensure that you, the customer, can truly have a hassle-free experience of consuming cloud services and NOT managing the underlying infrastructure. Every customer is assigned a Technical Account Manager (included in the cost of the service) who helps with capacity planning, performance optimization, and addressing any services issues.

4. Oracle Cloud Machine is sold as a set of subscription services. You buy IaaS and PaaS services and not hardware and software. The pricing mirrors the Oracle (public) Cloud pricing for a very simple buying experience for the customer. Pick the service you want and you choose whether you want to consume it over the Internet or entirely behind your firewall. Oracle takes care of everything else.

Lastly, while we are unbeatable when it comes to running Oracle workload, we have engineered the solution to run non-Oracle workload with all the same benefits. All the power of Oracle Cloud and marketplace of 3rd party of applications will also run on Oracle Cloud Machine.

I am sure many of you recognize that delivering true simplicity takes a lot of thought and effort. We are proud to have delivered a solution that has simplicity at its core. The kind of simplicity that could only have come from hidden sophistication and innovation. We look forward to working closely with you to realize your vision of a true cloud behind your firewall enabled by Oracle Cloud Machine.

Yes.  You may eat that cake and have it too!

Friday Mar 18, 2016

Kill Complexity with Cloud ERP

By Margaret Harrist, Oracle Director of Content Strategy 

In today's quickly changing business landscape, complexity is an anchor weight that prevents companies from innovating. 

Executives at Khaleefa Butti Bin Omair (KBBO) Group, an Abu Dhabi–based investment firm, were determined to avoid that fate with the company's enterprise resource planning initiative—even as they looked for a single system that could span a portfolio of companies ranging from healthcare to oil and gas.

 As they looked for an ERP platform that could standardize the technology and processes in KBBO's many companies based in the UAE and the UK, the firm explored cloud ERP options at a time when few companies of KBBO's scale had moved in that direction. And in January 2015, KBBO moved its financials, HR, payroll, and procurement functions to the cloud.

Here, KBBO's director of IT discusses what drove the company's decision—and the many benefits, including that the IT staff's workload has been reduced by 40 percent. 

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Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Deploying Oracle Applications Unlimited on the Oracle Cloud

As someone whose job revolves around Oracle’s cloud platform and infrastructure, it’s not often that I’ll write anything on this blog about Oracle’s applications portfolio.  So if you’ll indulge me, in this post I’m going to write about something that has flown quietly under the radar even though it could benefit a significant number of Oracle applications customers.  I’m talking about the fact that Oracle Applications Unlimited workloads are now certified to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). 


How do I know this is big news?  Well, as the saying goes…if I had a nickel for every time I’d heard someone ask when applications like E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel could be migrated to Oracle Cloud, I’d be a rich man. Okay, maybe not rich but you get the point.  While more businesses are pivoting to the Cloud by adopting SaaS applications, including the ones being offered in Oracle Cloud, the reality is that many businesses still depend on their Oracle Apps Unlimited solutions. To many, they’re mission-critical applications and the idea of replacing them is simply a non-starter.


Still, just because the applications weren’t born in the Cloud doesn’t mean they can’t be deployed and run in the cloud. Being able to leverage elastically scalable, reliable, secure and cost-effective cloud infrastructure is appealing to almost all IT organizations, including ones responsible for the care and feeding of Apps Unlimited applications.  This is a much more attainable goal now that most of the application suites have been certified to run on the Oracle Compute Cloud and Oracle Database Cloud.

To be frank, I wouldn’t expect businesses to jump in with both feet by lifting and shifting their Production environments to the Cloud right away. As most businesses experimenting with Cloud tend to do, starting off with a sandbox environment or other non-Production environments is the way to go. In fact, to make this process easier, Oracle has even published machine images of E-Business Suite 12.2.5, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2, and PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to create instances of these applications on the Oracle Cloud. Think about the time you'll save by deploying an image from the Marketplace instead of the usual process of downloading and staging software, installing and configuring, etc. 

Once you've deployed the software in the cloud, you can use environments to create setups, test new functionality, implement business flows and conduct POCs or CRPs. If you are an existing Apps Unlimited customer, you can also migrate your Dev or Test environments to Oracle Cloud.

Whatever your situation may be, to learn more about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Platform services, visit cloud.oracle.com or oracle.com/cloud.

Monday Feb 22, 2016

Inside the Innovation Machine

By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content

 You might feel like a button in your cloud app is responding slowly. But the app supplier, if it's paying attention, can know if that button's slow. "Our process is very simple: the slowest 10 percent of clicks we send as defects, or bugs, to development to make those clicks faster," says Steve Miranda, Oracle executive vice president for applications development. That precise feedback—click-stroke granularity, not just user interviews and recollections—is one of three big reasons that the innovation cycle for cloud software is measured in months, not three or four years as with the on-premises software model. 

A second reason for the cloud's speedy innovation cycle is faster implementation; when a software as a service (SaaS) supplier puts out a new version, users have access to those new features instantly. Last, companies can add their own features to SaaS apps, using cloud-based integration and development, without complicated customizations that often prevented businesses from upgrading on-premises software at all. SaaS provides other benefits such as lower costs, but speed of innovation is easily the most important, Miranda contends. 

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Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Oracle Functional Services - Bringing Value to All Oracle Customers

Oracle Functional Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide our customers with services that span the entire software lifecycle. From migration, testing, and deployment to compliance, functional service desk and disaster recovery, our team of experts help customers get the most out of their Oracle and Oracle Managed Cloud Services investment  - improving operational excellence, driving down costs, reducing risk and improving overall customer satisfaction with Oracle. 

Oracle Functional Services include:

  • CEMLI Management
  • Testing and Release Management
  • Application Administration
  • Technical Administration
  • Batch Monitoring

These services can be leveraged by ANY Oracle customer – Oracle Managed Cloud or not.

Watch the replay of the Oracle Functional Services Webcast, where you will hear from David Jankowski, Ph.D, Director of Engineering, Intuit as he shares Intuit’s business drivers for utilizing Oracle Functional Business Services in their own environment and the benefits they have achieved.

Friday Feb 12, 2016

Ten Challenges That Will Rock the Marketing World in 2016

A Guide to the CMO Revolution

—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content

Consumers around the world "have eagerly seized full control of the buyer-seller relationship and have absolutely zero intention of relinquishing any of that control." That new reality provides the foundation for "10 Challenges That Will Rock the Marketing World in 2016," a guide to the CMO Revolution from Oracle's Bob Evans.  

Evans' article and the accompanying infographic lay out why the CMO must be able to precisely understand revenue attribution, have tools that unify customer experiences, and have data-driven processes that deliver accurate predictions and metrics of marketing performance. For the doubters, Evans has another prediction: "Businesspeople expecting or nostalgic for the status quo are in for a miserable, stress-filled, and hair-on-fire year." 

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Friday Jan 22, 2016

Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level With Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

By Madhu Nair

Even in the most well designed big data projects, a larger portion of the effort and cost is spent in preparing complex data ready for analysis. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (BDPCS) flips that equation. Minimizing the data preparation time helps unlock the value of complex data quickly. However, data preparation is not just a series of sorting, prepping and standardization operations. When done right, it is a crucial step to enrich data. To unearth insights and prepare a data enrichment pipeline that can then be operationalized to deliver higher quality and vastly insightful data to downstream applications.

Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service is part of the comprehensive Cloud Platform for Big Data that Oracle announced during Open World.

Built for Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Experts

BDPCS utilizes a non technical, web based interface to guide the data preparation effort. This is keeping in view that data preparation should not be dependent on technical skills but business expertise. This brings data science closer to the business experts, data analysts and data scientists. Natural Language Processing based algorithms surfaces recommendations that can be then applied as business and enrichment rules to the data set. These recommendations are presented as "plain english" texts that can then be modified and updated.

Build on Apache Spark, Big Data Preparation Cloud Service also includes a responsive visual element that profiles the data sets for even further analysis and standardizations. Using Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, experts can now pull data, mash them up, enrich the data and publish it quickly. This allows them to iterate through many analysis that generally take weeks or sometime months to co ordinate with the IT and technology teams.

Differentiators

Data preparation and data wrangling is attracting a lot of investment as Data Science enters the next stage of refinement. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service brings certain critical elements that put it ahead of its competition.

It brings recommendation driven user experience

It utilizes Natural Language Processing classifications and enrichment, and

It has extensive automation capabilities.

We invite you attend our upcoming webcast to hear from Oracle executives and partner Blue Cloud Innovations and learn more about Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service.  

Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level with Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

Tuesday, January 26 9:30am PT/ 12:30pm ET

Join us next Tuesday to bring analytics and data science closer to everyone within your organization through easier data preparation.

Managed Cloud Integration Service – Essential for the Hybrid Cloud Model


Today, enterprises seek to do more than just save money with cloud technology —they also crave agility. Companies are looking beyond the goal of reducing capital expenses and operational expenses, and now seek to implement technologies that enable usage metrics, self-service offerings and automated provisioning without an accompanying surge in operational costs. Hybrid cloud deployments, leveraging a mix of both public and private cloud platforms offer this promise. But as enterprises try to create an integrated hybrid cloud environment, they face significant technical challenges.

Integration problems are causing companies to abandon cloud applications and are hurting their ability to innovate. Many times project deadlines are missed due to cloud integration problems.

Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service (MCIS) eliminates many of the biggest barriers for enterprises that intend to adopt Oracle business applications in the public cloud. By offering pre-built integration templates and complete-lifecycle management for their cloud integration, Oracle MCIS can eliminate hours of non-strategic work for in-house IT organizations while dramatically increasing the reliability of their cloud integrations. Benefits include:

  • Pre-built integrations for rapid deployment with predictable cost and time frames
  • On-going management - patching, monitoring, break-fix, enhancements
  • Business transaction monitoring capability across clouds improve availability for integrations
  • Faster issue resolution and higher availability for cloud integrations
  • Location and platform flexibility - @ Oracle, @ customer, dedicated SOA, SOA PaaS, ICS PaaS

For more information, read the Accelerating the Transition to Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Whitepaper and visit www.oracle.com/cloud/managed-cloud

CFOs: Make the All-Out Leap into Digital Business

Written by Margaret Harrist, Oracle Director of Content Strategy

In this data-driven, digital age, much of what drives business is intangible—including customer satisfaction, intellectual property, and brand reputation. Such tough-to-quantify, hard-to-measure areas as those offer a big opportunity for CFOs to work with leaders throughout the business to create new benchmarks—and thus play a leading role in their company's strategic future. "These profound business transformations promise to reshape the responsibilities of every C-level executive, and for CFOs the new challenges center on driving digital-first priorities, processes, and culture across teams," writes Oracle Chief Communications Officer Bob Evans in a recent article on Forbes.com.

Evans breaks down the top five strategic issues for CFOs as they face these challenges in 2016, including the need to go all in on cloud computing to modernize critical operations such as finance, human resources, and supply chain management.

After all, according to a recent survey of executives worldwide, there's a big gap between the data and insights CFOs need and the information that their current systems can provide. For example, 76 percent said customer satisfaction is a key driver, but only 25 percent said that their company can assemble and analyze data on customer sentiment. Overcoming this chasm will take modern technology, heavy analytics skills, and thinking way outside the box.

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Thursday Jan 07, 2016

Bellevue University Leverages Cloud Solution to Improve Educational and Back-End System Functionality While Reducing Costs


Oracle Managed Cloud Services works with many education and research institutions, helping them get the most out of their Oracle investment and enabling them to focus on their strategic initiatives and leave the business of running Oracle to Oracle.  This is what Bellevue University in Nebraska has to say about Oracle Managed Cloud.

“Oracle Managed Cloud Services has become a valuable partner to Bellevue. They understand our processes and adjust to meet our needs. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is an extension of Bellevue’s IT team and this gives us insight and increased knowledge to best support the university.”  -  Doug Eipperle, associate vice president, enterprise IT application services, Bellevue University

Read the success story.

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

Being First to Market is no Longer Enough

Written by Shawn Price, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud and Product Business Groups, at Oracle @ShawnPrice1000  

Being first to market has for some time now been synonymous with success, and not without reason. From Ford to Nintendo, companies have found an advantage in being the first to launch new and exciting products. But is this still the case? Does the so-called ‘first-mover advantage’ really mean as much as it used to? 

If you listen to Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, the answer to these questions is a resounding ‘no’, at least when looking at the case of Silicon Valley businesses. For Hoffman, the ability to rapidly scale a digital product or service once it has a customer base is much more important than being first. For evidence, he gives the example of Facebook, which successfully grew its businesses to a breath-taking size in just six years. 

Digital innovation

Hoffman’s view is entirely correct, but it can be taken further. To a greater or lesser extent, all businesses today are ‘Silicon Valley’ businesses in so far as technology lies at the heart of what they do. After all, digital and mobile applications are every bit as important to, for example, a fashion retailer or restaurant as they are to digital service providers such as LinkedIn. 

In the case of the fashion business they can be used to improve everything from logistics and supply chain management to enhancing customer service, while for many restaurants digital applications are transforming how customers place their orders and the way kitchens meet these orders. Whatever the sector, it is easy to imagine ways the customer experience can be improved by enhanced web and mobile applications.   

Continual innovation

Business – and public sector organisations too – must therefore place digital innovation at the heart of everything they do in a way that allows them to continually grow and build further on their innovations. In fact, businesses serious about competing and winning market share need to embrace a philosophy of continual innovation. They must ensure that they never rest on their laurels. This means they should proactively look at how they can improve existing product lines and business models, launch entirely new ones, and be sure they can scale both with ease. 

This all makes good sense from a business perspective, but it also begs a key question: how can businesses embed continual innovation within their organizations without incurring high costs? And how can they physically build, test and launch new applications and features at the pace demanded by modern business? Indeed, how can businesses afford to risk all on innovations that may or may not work? 

Businesses need a way to reduce the time, cost and complexity that has traditionally characterised application development. They need to be able to risk failure on applications without that failure coming at too punitive a price. In a way, application development needs to be taken down from its pedestal and integrated into all parts of the business as a day-to-day task, where business units themselves can take on some of the development functions that have traditionally been the preserve of the IT team. 

Enabling continual innovation

Until recently such an environment was largely the stuff of dreams, but the rapid rise of cloud computing has meant that these dreams can now be realised. In fact, the ideal of continual innovation is today within reach of all businesses.  

One cloud platform – Platform as a Service (PaaS) – is particularly important in this respect. PaaS brings the qualities that have made cloud computing so compelling for business application provision to the world of application development; namely ease of use, price flexibility and scalability.  

Ease of use is important because it reduces the time it takes to develop applications. All the resources and toolsets needed for a development environment can be taken as a service, which means they can be delivered to the business almost immediately through the cloud. In the past, such resources and toolsets would need to be procured, set up and project managed by the IT department, a process that could take many months depending on what else the IT department had on its to do list.  

Cost is also important. When provisioning bespoke development environments for each application, as is the case in traditional on-premise set ups, the costs can quickly add up. Consequently, few businesses are willing to invest in the storage, infrastructure and database resources needed for application development, unless the business case is iron clad. Not only does this hinder innovation, but it also impedes the ability to scale.  

Faster innovation at scale

With PaaS, however, businesses can take whatever resources they need for any given stage of development. If a business wants to rapidly evaluate an application it can do so in the cloud, using pre-existing toolsets to build the application and test it using virtualised cloud resources. If successful, the business can then easily scale up, either by buying more capacity from cloud providers or moving the application to their on-premise or private cloud resources if preferred. 

Indeed, this is perhaps the most significant capability of PaaS solutions: to act as a bridge between public and private clouds and on-premise systems. We are facing what will be a decade of coexistence between cloud and on-premise computing. Crucially, the right PaaS solutions are compatible with both and therefore can act as glue, binding on-premise and cloud solutions in hybrid cloud infrastructures with a single unified view. 

PaaS, therefore, not only allows businesses to innovate, but ensures they can stay relevant by continually building on their ideas and winning over new customers in the process. It also means that if businesses hit on a winning web or mobile application they are able to scale it rapidly and make the most of the business opportunity. This ensures that regardless of whether they are first to market or last, if they have a service that customers want to use, they are able to build on it rapidly and fuel growth for the business.  
To find out more about how PaaS can enable scalable innovation, please download our report into the subject: The Oracle Cloud Agility Study.


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