Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld Kicks Off with Larry Ellison Keynote

Welcome to Oracle OpenWorld 2014!!!! Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and CTO of Oracle Corp kicked off the start of the conference week Sunday night with a discussion of new Oracle Cloud services and product offerings.

A couple of key points from Larry’s talk on Oracle’s cloud strategy, Oracle’s focus is to enable the customer to preserve their existing investments in both hardware and software. Oracle’s strategy is to make it an easy transition to a cloud model, with an integrated stack that works together. So as your business needs evolves over time, your IT infrastructure is positioned to evolve with you. One very interesting example Larry showed was the ability to literally move or “unplug” an existing on-premise database and take it to the Oracle Cloud and “plug” it in there, using the Oracle Multitenant capability. This incredible ease of moving your application AND your data to the cloud heralds a new whole world for your business.

In addition, Larry focused on the platform strength of the Oracle offering for cloud; it’s the same platform Oracle uses internally for its own applications development, plus its own public cloud offering, powers 9 out of 10 of the top SaaS providers, and provides the most robust database and application server available. An important aspect of that is exactly that Oracle uses the same platform itself, thereby making moving applications or data between on premises and cloud environments transparent and seamless.

A further announcement Larry made was of the general availability of Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, the world's first and only engineered system designed specifically for database protection. This massively scalable appliance delivers unparalleled data protection, automation, efficiency and scalability. The cloud-scale architecture enables a single Recovery Appliance to manage the data protection requirements of thousands of databases, avoiding the cost and complexity of disparate backup systems. The automation eliminates the human error aspect of implementing a backup and recovery strategy.

In other cloud news, Oracle’s complete cloud strategy was presented to a packed room on Monday morning, showing both the private cloud as well as the public cloud capability.  For private cloud, Oracle provides a complete solution spanning servers, storage, database, middleware, integration technologies and of course the complete management of the entire stack as well as the cloud lifecycle.

If you’re able to attend OpenWorld this week in San Francisco, keep an eye out for the Oracle Cloud Paas and Iaas demo showcase, located front and center in the Exhibit Hall. And be sure to add the Intercontinental San Francisco to your itinerary for hands-on labs devoted to public cloud and the Hotel Nikko for hands-on labs devoted to all other cloud-related topics.

For all cloud activities at Oracle OpenWorld, consult the Oracle Cloud Computing Focus On document here.

Unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld? Follow all the Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook and watch keynote and session highlights on demand.

Monday Sep 15, 2014

Managed Cloud Services at Oracle OpenWorld


Learn from Managed Cloud customers and executives how they are leveraging Oracle Managed Cloud Services to rapidly and safely move to the cloud, operate at peak efficiency, and protect and enhance their Oracle investments.  View the complete list of sessions.

 Featured Sessions include:

Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Your On-Ramp to the Cloud

How the Cloud is Changing the CIO Role

Innovation That Fuels the Cloud:  Oracle Managed Cloud Services

The Next Level:  Managed Security in the Cloud


Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Top Cloud Sessions, Demos, and More

With 130+ scheduled conference sessions, 28 hands-on labs, and 30+ product demonstrations devoted to Oracle cloud solutions, Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will offer an in-depth exploration of the latest product developments, plus a look into the future of the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of application, platform, and infrastructure cloud solutions.

A complete list of conference activities devoted to cloud is available on the Oracle OpenWorld website. Event organizers have nominated the following four don't-miss sessions.

  • General Session: Is the Cloud Working for You? If Yes, Wow! If Not, Why Not? (GEN8447)
    Although software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are making it easier to get applications and infrastructure at the swipe of a credit card, developers and IT operations are struggling to keep up with tools sprawl, code rewrites, accidental architectures, security compromises, and line-of-business complaints about siloed experience and lack of insights. See how Oracle's public and private platform as a service and IaaS offerings help customers avoid these pitfalls and gain the promise of cloud computing.
  • Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy: Your Strategy, Your Cloud, Your Choice (CON1980)
    As enterprise adoption of cloud computing accelerates, organizations must have a strategy and a plan for moving to the cloud. What should you put into public clouds? Should you create a private cloud? Should you use cloud applications, platform, or infrastructure? This session explores best practices and helps attendees define their own roadmap to the ideal cloud environment, whether in a private, public, or hybrid cloud. It examines the trade-offs between different cloud models—and how Oracle’s complete offering can meet the needs of any organization.
  • Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest (CON1977)
    The time has come for humanity’s first interstellar trek to Terranuvem, the cloud planet, and Chief Engineer Cyrus Agarwal has been chosen to ready a ship for the voyage. He must make the right architectural choices to transform the ship for the long journey and be prepared for the unknown. Attend this session for a unique, Telly award winning sci-fi movie experience while discovering key success factors for guiding your own journey to the cloud.
  • General Session: Drive the Future of Self-Service IT with Oracle Enterprise Manager (GEN8250) This session explores Oracle’s systems management strategy, including a sneak preview of expected future developments. Oracle experts will be joined by customers and partners sharing their experiences in deploying and managing large-footprint Oracle private cloud environments. The session will also recap Oracle Enterprise Manager’s evolution into a powerful self-service IT management tool.  

Keep an eye out for the Oracle Cloud demo showcase, located front and center in the exhibit hall. And be sure to add the Intercontinental San Francisco to your itinerary for hands-on labs devoted to public cloud and the Hotel Nikko for hands-on labs devoted to all other cloud-related topics. 

Learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

Unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld?  Follow all the Oracle Cloud Solutions excitement on Twitter and Facebook 

https://twitter.com/oraclecloudzone

http://www.facebook.com/OracleCloudComputing

and watch keynote and session highlights on demand.

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

Oracle HCM Cloud Set to Shine at OpenWorld 2014

By Mike Vilimek

wowAt Oracle OpenWorld 2014 all things HCM will again be a dedicated “event within an event” called HCM Central @ OpenWorld. This year’s experience promises to be even better than last year’s and we want to let you know why you should be excited and eager to attend.

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Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

The CIO Identity Crisis — Can Cloud and Innovation Fix It?


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Featuring: Tom Fisher, CIO, Oracle Cloud Services

Webcast Replay Now Available!  

The simple fact is this: the emergence of cloud has fundamentally changed the role of the CIO; making job descriptions obsolete, altering organizational structures and changing the benchmarks of success.

In this webcast Tom Fisher discussed how CIOs can effectively make the transition from "keepers of the technology" to "chief innovators" and how a managed cloud solution can help them regain control of this new, multi-sourced environment and all the business insight it brings. 

Watch the webcast  and read Tom's white paper "The CIO as Chief Innovation Officer:  How Cloud is Changing the CIO Role"

Managed Cloud Services Wins Another Prestigious Industry Award

Over the last 90 days, Oracle Managed Cloud Services has been the proud recipient of TWO prestigious industry awards for service excellence and customer value leadership

The most recent award is last month's 2014 Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Award - North America Managed Cloud Customer Value Leadership Award, which rated Oracle Managed Cloud Services as the clear leader versus other providers; Managed Cloud received an "exceptional" rating in 9 of 10 evaluation categories.  The research report  is an excellent look at our industry and what is valued by cloud customers looking for a managed solution.  

In April, Managed Cloud was a repeat winner of the Outsourcing Excellence Award - 2014 Outsourcing Excellence Award - Best ITO Infrastructure (Sony Computer Entertainment America).  Last year we won the award for Best Cloud: 2013 Outsourcing Excellence Award - Best Cloud (Take-Two Interactive)

 These awards are a great testimony of the transformation of Managed Cloud Services to a true Cloud-based business and a strategic and relevant part of the Oracle Cloud Solutions portfolio.  Frost & Sullivan, in particular, recognizes our vision and our capability of successfully managing business transactions in the cloud.

Friday Aug 15, 2014

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest Wins Two Telly Awards!

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest is a sci-fi movie experience that shows you the key success factors for guiding your own journey to the cloud.   The movie shows the journey to a mysterious cloud planet, as a metaphor to YOUR journey to the cloud.

And now, Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest! receives 2 Telly awards in the categories 1) Motivational and 2) Use of Animation. This is truly an honor to be recognized in the company of so many outstanding entries from a wide range of major players, including Disney, Coca-Cola, NBC, Discovery...Kudos to the Cloud Odyssey team!

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Cut Yourself a Break: Get a Social Management Platform

If you’re a community manager who’s publishing, monitoring, engaging, and analyzing communities on multiple social networks manually and individually, you need a hug.  We’re sure you’re getting by just fine, because you’re a typical superstar CM that possesses multi-disciplinary skills. But at what point do you cut yourself a break and let a social management platform preserve your sanity?[Read More]

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Identity Management in the Cloud – Leverage New Whitepaper to Learn About this Important Topic

IT security and access management have never been greater challenges. These new challenges can’t be solved with yesterday’s user access models. To mitigate risk and control costs, comprehensive Identity Management solutions, designed for today’s diverse computing environments and mobile workforce, are taking center stage. With so much at risk, it’s no wonder that this new, hot topic is occupying a top position on every CIO’s security agenda. Gail Coury, VP Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services has written a whitepaper entitled “A High-Level Guide to Effective Identity Management in the Cloud.” This paper helps CIOs explore the options so that they can better formulate the right Identity Management strategy for their company today and in the future.

Read the whitepaper.


Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

Introducing Data as a Service!

Written by Carli Visser. 

It’s no surprise that businesses today are turning to data to get smarter about their customers. In many ways it has become the currency of choice for businesses looking to navigate the complexities of today’s highly fragmented and information driven economy. As a result, businesses are collecting real-time insights faster than ever while upending Moore’s Law as the number of channels grows exponentially.

And while data has become a must have for businesses of all stripes, the ability to convert this type of intelligence into competitive advantages -- filing the holes where a company’s knowledge needs to be supplemented -- still remains a cumbersome process. 

So what’s the next logical step for businesses looking to leverage the growing volume and variety of data available to them? Enter Oracle’s Data as a Service (DaaS) for Business.

At its core, DaaS for Business promises to change the way organizations think about data as a competitive advantage for their business. Through these data services, DaaS can serve as a central point to source, manage and provide data to any business user. Think of it as the Grand Central Terminal for all your data needs. Much like any other enterprise solution that is available to businesses in the marketplace, the timing and need for this type of service is long over due.

Oracle’s DaaS features a suite of offerings that can help decision makers fine tune and focus their marketing and social efforts with better insights from data. Future data offerings will be targeted at sales, talent acquisition and for solving more verticalized needs.

What do businesses stand to gain with DaaS?
  1. Data that is portable and connected….
  2. Eliminating the hurdles and speeding up data adoption…
  3. Transparent and trusted…
  4. Connected cross channel data…
  5. Scale, depth and accuracy…
  6. Unique audience insights…
  7. Easy access and action…

This is just the tip of the iceberg in what DaaS can do for your business. The collection of data is half the battle when it comes to gaining any advantage over your competitors. Putting that data into action closes that loop. After all, data at rest tends to remain at rest.

You can learn more about Oracle DaaS by reading today's press release or by viewing the launch webcast.

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Earns Elite Status for Federal Deployments

Oracle Corp. has been approved to deliver a sophisticated new type of highly secure managed cloud services to federal customers that will help them rapidly and confidently comply with "Federal Cloud First" initiatives.

Three federal agencies - the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration - plus an outside company, participated in the rigorous review of solutions from technology vendors.  Having met those stringent requirements, Oracle's Managed Cloud Services was granted provisional authority to operate under the federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

This new status makes Oracle Managed Cloud Services the first private-cloud services provider to be given authority to offer federal customers a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering using a hybrid-cloud environment encompassing both private cloud and community cloud.

Because Oracle's advanced cloud-computing technology allows it to offer a single-tenant model dedicated to U.S. government customers, and because Oracle Managed Cloud Services has earned the FedRAMP authorization, those departments and agencies can rapidly transition to a managed private government cloud.

"Oracle is committed to protecting the information assets and sensitive data of our U.S. Government customers," said Gail Coury, Vice President of Risk Management for Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  "Our FedRAMP provisional authorization exemplifies our continuing commitment to helping our U.S. Government customers satisfy their security requirements."

In that context, the FedRAMP provisional authorization becomes "a critical milestone in Oracle's efforts to implement and deploy secure private-cloud environments to our U.S. Government customers and partners," said Rick Cirigliano, Vice President of Public Sector for Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  "This provisional authorization adds a great deal of leverage to agencies in their efforts to comply with Federal Cloud First and Shared First Initiatives."

Oracle Managed Cloud Services gives its U. S. Government customers access to a full range of services for both software and hardware, including infrastructure, platform, and Oracle applications as well as certain approved third party applications.  These managed services include applications such as ERP, CRM, and HCM; hardware and facilities setup/configuration; application management, testing, monitoring and patching; as well as incident management and problem resolution, technical and functional service desk, point upgrades, security, and disaster recovery.

FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

FedRAMP uses a "do once, use many" approach to security assessments, thereby saving time and cost while providing full security transparency.

FedRAMP's primary governance group consists of the CIOs of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and the GSA.  More information about the FedRAMP program can be found at http://www.fedramp.gov.



Monday Jul 14, 2014

Why More (Cloud Applications) Really Is Better

It doesn’t matter that I’ve done it a dozen times before. I am still amazed at how easy it is to submit a claim for out-of-network expenses through my health insurance provider. I log onto their web site, enter information from the physician’s statement, hit submit, and the money is in my bank account three days later. When my husband suggested that we switch to his health plan to save some money, I refused. I simply can’t go back to the days of printing claim forms, scanning receipts and faxing in documentation.  Like everyone else, I want speed and simplicity. With two kids, a horse, and 2 spoiled dogs to take care of, can you blame me?

Today, people expect that digital experience. For many companies, cloud applications offer a quick on-ramp to a digital way of doing business. For example, you can find highly qualified candidates faster through social recruiting. You can target messages and promotions to individual customers with cross-channel marketing. You can use a mobile device to generate a quote for your customer while you’re meeting with them.

So far, most companies rely on cloud applications to address a specific business opportunity. Eventually, though, you’ll want to integrate these cloud applications into a larger process. Let’s say you’d like to recruit sales people who have a greater likelihood of becoming high performers. You’d need to identify your current top sales performers, create a “top sales performer” profile, recruit people based on that profile, and then measure how they perform. This is no longer just about social recruiting. It involves sales, HR, talent management, and finance.

Think back to my claims processing example. I’m no health care expert, but I know that level of service requires different systems working together – including the customer portal, provider database, claims processing, benefits tracking, reimbursements and accounting. It also requires master data management, security, analytics, and integration.

At Oracle, we say we have more enterprise cloud applications than anyone else does. But what does that really mean? It means that we think business needs both speed AND standardization. You get speed and innovation by adding cloud modules to your existing on premise portfolio. When you’re ready, you also get the benefit of standardization by migrating core transaction systems to the cloud as well. Our core Fusion cloud applications for CRM, HR, ERP and SCM all share a single data model, single sign-on, business intelligence and integration framework.

So the next time you’re caught in vendor hype over the cloud (mea culpa, we’re all guilty of this), think about everything that goes into making an exceptional business experience. It’s a combination of rapid innovation AND standardization.

Thursday Jul 03, 2014

The CIO Identity Crisis- Can Cloud and Innovation Fix it?

written by: Shiena Avila



Live Webcast
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
1:00 PM PT/4:00 PM ET


The simple fact is this: the emergence of cloud has fundamentally changed the role of the CIO; making job descriptions obsolete, altering organizational structures and changing the benchmarks of success.

How can CIOs effectively make the transition from "keepers of the technology" to "chief innovators?" How can a managed cloud solution help them regain control of this new, multi-sourced environment and all the business insight it brings?

Register to learn about:
•    What is the Cloud? What is the industry's definition?
•    How do I, as a CIO, take something that I have less and less control over and make it strategic?
•    How does the CIO leverage this transformation to gain a seat in the Executive Committee or the Board Room?
Click here to register today!

Featured Speaker:

Tom Fisher
CIO, Oracle Cloud Services

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Friday Jun 27, 2014

Questions You Should Ask Your Cloud Provider

By Mike Vilimek

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The shift from complex and costly on-premise business software to flexible and more cost-effective cloud solutions is not only underway, it’s inevitable. The business advantages both in terms of cost and functionality are simple too great to ignore. Whether it’s HCM, ERP, or CX, businesses will continue to shift away from managing on-premise versions of these systems to cloud solutions. But are all cloud solutions the same?

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Thursday Jun 26, 2014

ICYMI...Oracle Cloud at Cloud Expo NYC

In case you missed it, the Oracle Cloud Solutions team had a significant presence at this month's Cloud Expo conference in New York City. As a Platinum Sponsor of this year's conference, not only did Sandra Cheevers deliver the Day Two keynote about Cloud Odyssey which chronicles a journey to private cloud, but Marty Gubar also presented a general session on Oracle's Big Data strategy. Oracle's cloud strategy and offerings were also well represented through a host of technical sessions and our demo booth.

As in previous years, there was a very good turnout for the conference not only with respect to attendees, but also from a vendor perspective. Something I've noticed at each Cloud Expo I've attended, and this year was no exception, is that the level of understanding of Cloud within the collective audience had increased over the previous year. In other words, I'm coming across fewer and fewer Cloud "newbies" at these events than in years past. It seems to me the average Cloud Expo attendee has moved on from basic concepts and is now more interested in what's coming next in the Cloud. It shouldn't come as a total shock since Cloud computing has been a hot topic for years and unless you've been hiding under a rock, you're bound to have been exposed to Cloud in your professional or personal lives.

While most people have a general understanding of what cloud computing is and what it can/can't do, many organizations are still trying to come to grips with how to best take advantage of the Cloud in an effective and economical way. You see, there is no shortage of potential and promise with respect to the benefits that Cloud can deliver, but it's the realization of those benefits that is still proving to be so elusive for many. There are new cloud technologies and strategies that are being developed every year and I'll be the first to acknowledge it's not all just coming from Oracle. After all, hearing different perspectives and about different cloud experiences can only broaden one's horizons. That's why conferences like Cloud Expo are as beneficial as ever, whether you're just getting started with cloud computing or even if you consider yourself to be an expert in Cloud.

Stay tuned to this blog to hear about upcoming Oracle and third party Cloud events where Oracle Cloud Solutions will be next. We could be coming to a city near you and we'll hope to see you there. Until then, here's a few pics of Oracle Cloud Solutions @ Cloud Expo...enjoy!

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