Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customer TMEIC Corporation Supports Global Operations with Improved Engineering Project Visibility

 TMEIC Corporation designs and develops advanced automation and drive systems for industrial applications, serving the metals, oil and gas, mining, material handling, and renewable energy industries, as well as utilities and other industrial markets. Based in Roanoke, Virginia, TMEIC Corporation is a group company of Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Systems Corporation, with its headquarters in Tokyo and operations in the United States, Japan, India, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and China among other countries.

 TMEIC needed an ERP system that met the needs of their engineering focused, project-based company and they needed a CRM system that could support their global sales organization. They also wanted to cut their IT costs and focus their internal IT resources on strategic initiatives.

“We found it very difficult to gain visibility into all aspects of our projects—including scheduling, expenses, and staff time—across the company. We also needed timely access to essential information from applications across the enterprise. Oracle E-Business Suite, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services, enabled us to consolidate our disparate systems and improve business performance.”

 -  John Slaski, director, information technology, TMEIC Corporation

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Monday Jun 29, 2015

Oracle Cloud Platform Launch Wrap-Up

Last Monday, Oracle held a live event at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, announcing the addition of 24 new platform and infrastructure services to the Oracle Cloud. The launch event was headlined by none other than Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. I was lucky enough to attend in person and thought I’d share some of the highlights of the day.

The day got off to an early start with a full lineup of executive interviews conducted by SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and streamed live from theCube. Interviewees included a number of Oracle executives, Oracle Cloud Platform customers, and IDC analyst Carl Olofson. I thought the interviews were insightful and I really like John’s conversational interview style.  If you’re interested in hearing different industry perspectives on PaaS, it’s worth checking out the replays of the interviews here.

The live in-person portion of the event went off in front of a packed house in Oracle’s Conference Center. The room was filled with hundreds of customers, partners, and members of the press and analyst communities. For those who weren’t able to attend in person, the entire event was streamed live to a global audience of thousands.  Larry’s presentation provided a quick recap of Oracle’s SaaS business as well as a high-level view of the 24 new platform and infrastructure services being added to Oracle Cloud. Following Larry was Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development, Oracle, who drilled down into more detail on the new services and included some very cool demos of the new Dedicated Compute, Exadata, and Mobile cloud services.  Lastly, Steve Daheb, SVP of PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups, hosted a panel discussion with key executives from Avaya, JDSU, Accenture, and Pharmavite who talked about how Oracle Cloud Platform is helping them drive business innovation and technology leadership. The entire event was recorded and each segment is now available to view on-demand. If you don’t have time to watch a replay of the entire event, you can watch this short highlight video of Larry’s keynote.

My key takeaway from Monday’s launch was that Oracle continues to be all-in with respect to the cloud. Oracle is expanding its already broad and integrated cloud platform and has plugged the few remaining gaps with services like Mobile, Integration, and Process. Now, Oracle is starting to differentiate itself by raising the bar with platform services based on engineered systems like Oracle Exadata and Big Data Appliance to enable performance, scale, and reliability never seen before in a public cloud. It’s ambitious and impressive, and based on initial reactions from customers, press, and analysts, it's going to significantly increase the possibilities of PaaS in the enterprise.

For a more comprehensive rundown of Monday’s announcements, check out the press release.  And of course, for more information about the Oracle Cloud Platform itself, just go to http://oracle.com/paas.  

Lastly, if you want to learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform, I encourage you to register for the upcoming live Oracle Cloud Platform webcast series which starts in July.

Monday Jun 22, 2015

Now Launching Oracle Process Cloud Service

Announcing Oracle Process Cloud Service
-       Empowering Business Users with Process Automation

Oracle Process Cloud Service equips your line of business to deliver on digital automation of process applications - independent of IT. In a zero-code, cloud based infrastructure, Oracle Process Cloud Service empowers the business user to manage the entire lifecycle of business processes and gain actionable insight on process health and SLAs. This takes business empowerment to a new level of automation and efficiency.

Join us in Making History

We are excited Larry Ellison will be breaking ground with Oracle Process Cloud Service on Monday June 22. Join us online or on the web – we have an exciting lineup of customers, hands on demos, product experts and more.

[Event |Redwood Shores] Jun 22 Integrate, Accelerate, Lead with Oracle Cloud Platform (link
[Event |Webcast] Jun 22 Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services (link)

How to Learn More on Oracle Process Cloud Service?

[BPM-CON Webcast] Rapid Process Automation on the Cloud (link
[Solution Brief] A New Approach to Digital Transformation (link)
[Datasheet]  Productive Work Management in the Cloud (link)
[Video] Introducing Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver at Market Speed (link)
[eBook] Rapidly Design, Automate and Manage Processes on the Cloud (link)
[Video] Technical dive into Process Cloud Service (link)

Testimonials: PCS Customers and Partners in Action 

[Video] Land O Lakes Extends SaaS with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Flextronics Speeds up BPM with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Avio Empowers Business with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] eProseed Digitizes with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Sofbang Extends SOA with with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)
[Video] Hitachi Manages Contracts with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)

Publications

[Analyst Report] Ovum: Oracle Brings Process to the Cloud (link)
[Byline] Forbes: What IT Pros Must do to Survive, Thrive Amid Rapid Change (link)

Events

[Event |Webcast] Jun 19  Oracle Public Cloud: Platform as a Service (link)
[Event |Webcast] Jun 22  Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services (link)
[Event |Redwood Shores] Jun 22 Integrate, Accelerate, Lead with Oracle Cloud Platform (link)
[More Events]  BPM Events: Click here

To learn more join us at cloud.oracle.com/process Follow us on twitter @OracleBPM

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customers in the News


Minerals Technologies Supports Global Expansion and Improves Competitive Advantage with Cloud Application Suite

 Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces, and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, and related systems and services. The company has five segments: specialty minerals, refractories, performance materials, construction technologies, and energy services.

Minerals Technologies acquired AMCOL International Corporation and thus needed to integrate the IT Systems of the two companies.  Other challenges were to provide visibility into the financial, manufacturing and logistics data globally while simultaneously reducing IT complexity.

"Oracle is a true partner and is the best in the business. With Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and Oracle Managed Cloud Services, we have insight into every aspect of our business and can truly focus on leveraging the value of the technology across our global processes, instead of managing the technology itself. We have better system performance and availability with our Oracle software, running on Oracle hardware, being run by Oracle experts.”

 - Khem Balkaran, CIO, Minerals Technologies Inc.

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Hampden Bank - the First New Private Bank to Open in the United Kingdom in 30 Years

Hampden Bank is in the news!   Hampden & Co. is a new private bank in the United Kingdom and they have selected Oracle FLEXCUBE, a solution for online banking, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  Articles from  The Scotsman  and the Financial Times are two examples of recent publications about this exciting new bank.




Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Bimbo Group Optimizes Baked Goods Distribution Costs and Cuts Daily Transport Scheduling Time in Half

The Bimbo SA de CV (Bimbo) is a Mexican company that produces food products, and is a national leader in the baked goods industry. Bimbo produces over 10,000 products, including breads and cookies, across more than 100 brands including Bimbo, Marinela, Oroweat, Arnold, Brownberry, Thomas’, Sara Lee, Barcel, Entenmann’s, Fargo, and many others.

Bimbo operates a distribution network with over 52,000 routes and more than 2.2 million points of sale located in 19 countries.  

The company needed to lower their distribution costs to increase their profits.  They also needed visibility into their broad transportation network.  Bimbo did not want to allocate their resources to running and maintaining these new systems, they wanted to focus on other strategic initiatives.

"Bimbo has relied on Oracle technology for many years. Oracle Transportation Management is a leader in the transport management sector, and Oracle's expertise in providing these solutions was a key factor in our decision.  With Oracle Managed Cloud Services,  we secured the appropriate level of management and support for the solution, which allowed us to focus more resources on strategic priorities.”

  - Francisco Javier Puente Ruiz, system logistics manager, Bimbo SA de CV. 

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Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Archer Daniels Midland, Oracle Managed Cloud Customer, Wins Oracle Excellence Award


Marty Schoenthaler, the CIO of Archer Daniels Midland Company, was presented with Oracle's CIO of the Year/North America 2014 Oracle Excellence Award. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) launched a transformational project called 1ADM in January, 2014. The company-wide initiative is about enabling business transformation through technology. Part of the project is JD Edwards, Oracle Business Intelligence and Oracle technology running on Engineered Systems - all run and maintained by Oracle Managed Cloud Services. For more information read the Oracle Magazine article.

Monday May 18, 2015

Grupo Aeroméxico Approves Purchases in Seconds Instead of Months while Improving Control; Consolidates Financial Data 40% Faster with Managed Cloud Solution

Grupo Aeroméxico SAB de CV is a holding company whose 26 subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and promote passenger loyalty programs. 

Grupo Aeroméxico wanted to replace disparate financial and human resources (HR) systems across its various entities to gain better visibility into group and individual entity performance and improve operational efficiency with more informed decisions.  The company implemented the Oracle E-Business Suite, along with Hyperion Financial Management and achieved great results, for example, enabling it to create a consolidated balance sheet for all group companies in three days instead of five days.

Grupo Aeroméxico has had great success deploying the systems in the cloud.

"Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides us the best hardware infrastructure and world-class application management. We selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to support the solutions, since this guarantees scalability, high availability, and effortless maintenance."

-Benjamín Hernández Sepúlveda, Corporate Director of Technological Development, Grupo Aeroméxico

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Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Opera Software Closes their Financial Books Nearly 3x Faster and Ensures Scalability and High Availability with Oracle Managed Cloud Services

Opera Software plans to use Oracle Financials to enable its accounting and financial teams to improve financial analysis and reporting and accelerate internal monthly and quarterly close cycles, so the process is completed in just 4 days instead of 11 days.

Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides Opera with unlimited IT scalability, high-availability and optimum applications administration to support business growth.

Read more here.

Monday Apr 20, 2015

Shelf Drilling Optimizes Jackup Rig Operations Globally Thanks to Innovative Mix of Cloud Solutions

Shelf Drilling Ltd. deployed Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Managed Cloud Service and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service to optimize supply chain and maintenance processes across its fleet of 38 jackup rigs.   Read more here.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

The Call for Proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is Now Open!

Attention Managed Cloud Services Customers!  The call for proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is now open.  Share your ideas, experience and success with Oracle Managed Cloud Services by presenting at a conference session!  

 If your proposal is selected, you will receive a complimentary pass to the conference. 

Submit your proposal here.  


Monday Mar 30, 2015

What is PaaS? And Why Should HR Care?

By Mike Vilimek

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Oracle recently announced the availability of a new type of Cloud offering called PaaS. It stands for Platform-as-a-Service, and allows customers to develop, run and manage web applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. Sounds very “techy”. Why should HR care about PaaS?

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Friday Mar 27, 2015

Is Your Digital Transformation Stalled?

Digital Transformation is more popular than Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper movies are right now and that's saying something. Organizations that exploit the enabling technologies of cloud, analytics, social, mobile, Big Data, and IoT are running circles around their competition in their self-driving cars.

But not every organization is rocketing down the digital highway and I believe the culprit is the lack of a good navigation system.

Let's All Get On the Same Page

The Face of Frog ProtectinDepending on who you’re talking with, Digital Transformation can mean anything from equipping your entire sales force with tablets and cloud sales apps to converting all your cassette tapes to mp4 files.

So let's all get on the same page to avoid one of those moments like in that Discover Card fraud protection TV spot (“Just to be clear…you are saying frog protection").

As defined in the MIT Sloan Management Review analysis, The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation, it’s “the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises”. I like that simple definition except for the last word—enterprises—because organizations of all types and sizes can benefit from Digital Transformation.

Is Your Organization's Digital Transformation Stalled?

A related MIT Sloan Management Review study, Embracing Digital Technology: A New Strategic Imperative found that:

  • According to 78% respondents, achieving digital transformation will become critical to their organizations within the next two years.
  • However, 63% said the pace of technology change in their organization is too slow.
  • The most frequently cited obstacle to digital transformation was “lack of urgency.”
  • Only 38% of respondents said that digital transformation was a permanent fixture on their CEO’s agenda

Where(How) Do You (Re)Start?

First: You can do it one step at a time.

Second: The most important lesson I’ve learned while working the last 16 years with growing midsize companies that have limited resources is that our customers expect Oracle to have the answers.

Third: That’s why we recently launched Modern Best Practicefree resources to help organizations lay out step by step action plans for digital transformation.

To make sure we’re all on the same page, Modern Best Practice is different from Old Fashioned Best Practice in that it embraces Digital Transformation and exploits the aforementioned enabling technologies. Furthermore, Modern Best Practice delivers consistently superior results, evolves with your business, is flexible, and supports growth and innovation.

Explore Our Roadmaps for Modern Best Practice

When customers tell me about how Oracle solutions have helped drive Digital Transformation viva the adoption of Modern Best Practice, they often describe it as, “leveraging technology to accomplish our goals in ways we never even imagined being possible”.

I invite you to explore Modern Best Practice for Finance, Sales, Marketing, Service, Procurement, and HR &Talent. We’re adding resources all the time as well as expanding our coverage to other process areas.


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Thursday Mar 26, 2015

Your Journey to the Oracle Cloud

You can’t rush your journey to the cloud. It takes up front planning and analysis to determine your first steps toward a cloud environment. But with the right management tools and best practices in place, it can be a much faster, simpler, and more rewarding process than you might envision. Some initial steps to consider for your transition to cloud:

  1. A first step would be to consolidate, standardize and automate your existing on-premises IT environment. This lays a foundation for migration over time to the cloud. You don’t want to move from a heavily distributed, non-standardized environment and then just move that into the cloud. That just takes you from essentially existing physical “sprawl” to virtual “sprawl”. Standardizing and consolidating is a key first step to avoid propagation of these complexities into a cloud environment.
  2. Next, implement a private cloud, to leverage immediate benefits in increased agility while retaining control of your environment.  More and more companies are implementing a private cloud with self-service access, automation, elastic scaling, and so forth, to achieve the benefits of cloud on-premises.
  3. Explore Oracle’s extensive public cloud services, from cloud applications, to PaaS, to IaaS.  Educate yourself about the offerings with the multitude of white papers, webcasts, demos, and videos available.  This will help you in your planning and strategizing on which project to implement in Oracle Cloud first.
  4. Look at the management capabilities included with the Oracle Cloud services.  A key aspect is the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager, which allows you to manage your on-premises or private cloud, as well as your services running in Oracle Cloud.
  5. Start with your simplest use cases, and move those first, such as development and test.  Development and test environments are ideal as they typically have no data dependency or security considerations, as you are using strictly test data. 

For further information on moving to cloud, you can start here

Thursday Mar 19, 2015

SaaS for Dummies

 Cloud is no longer just an IT or Technology issue, cloud is becoming  increasingly popular at organizations around the world as they are realizing that cloud has something for everyone, including business managers.  Industry trends are showing that LOB leaders are taking more of a prominent role in decision making when it comes to adopting cloud applications for their department. So the question becomes, how do you talk cloud for those that lack IT vocabulary?

SaaS for dummies of course.


The digital age is here to stay and we know that social mobile and cloud technologies are rapidly affecting every aspect of business whether it’s operations, customer interactions or evening hiring the best talent. Modern businesses today face a plethora of challenges. Customer expectations are higher than ever, hiring the best talent is becoming increasingly important as well as increasingly difficult.  Employees and customers alike want to access information anytime and from any device. To succeed in today’s world and to meet these new challenges, businesses need to modernize and the only way to do this is with a modern cloud solution.


So you may be thinking, how does this affect me? What is my role as a business manager? As a business manager, you simply want to do your job better, answer  business requests effectively and meet departmental demands. You want to drive innovation, increase collaboration and move faster than ever before.  The key is in selecting the right SaaS solution for your business.



So where do you go next? What should you be looking for? What questions can you ask your cloud provider?

Check out the brand new “SaaS for Dummies” e-book and find out how to get your head in the cloud. In the book, you will learn :

How to understand the buzzwords and cut through the hype
How Cloud can benefit every Lob from HR to Sales to Finance, Marketing and Service
How to evaluate potential cloud providers by asking them the right questions.

Check out SaaS for dummies today



Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

Learn About Oracle Managed Cloud Services at Two Events in March

 Learn How Managed Cloud Services Can Be Your On-Ramp to the Cloud at Alliance 15

Will you be attending the Alliance 15 conference taking place March 15-18 in Nashville?  If so, then you won't want to miss the Oracle Managed Cloud Services: Your On-Ramp to the Cloud session on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:15 a.m.  Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides a secure, robust, integrated on-ramp to your hybrid cloud solutions.  In this session, we will lay out the vision and strategy behind enabling clients to focus on innovation, not integration.  You will learn how Oracle delivers enterprise-grade, end-to-end managed cloud services across its broad portfolio of business applications, middleware, database, and hardware technologies.  Attend this session and learn how to confidently start your journey to the cloud.  Click here for more information.



Managed Cloud Services Executive Summit:  Cloud Solutions that Accelerate Business Value

March 24, 2015 in Austin, Texas

Cloud computing is changing the way technology impacts and delivers value to the organization.  While cost is still a primary driver for cloud, improved business agility and faster innovation are growing factors for cloud adoption.  How can you take advantage of the trend toward cloud computing and leverage the investments you've already made in Oracle?  Join us for the Oracle Managed Cloud Services Executive Summit where our executives will explore the different cloud delivery models available from Oracle and why a privately managed cloud may be the right model for part or all of your organization.  For more information call 719.757.2065.


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