Friday Jan 22, 2016

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.


Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

Think Application Development is a Risky Business? Well Think Again

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

Risk has always been, and will continue to be, an integral part of doing business. After all, it is only by taking risks that the greatest wins are made. But the nature of risk is changing. In the past, the pace of innovation and change was much slower than it is today. Major innovations in technology and business models would take months, if not years, to spread. This meant that cautious businesses could take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach and only adopt new business tools and approaches to working once they had passed the test of time. On the other hand, adventurous businesses could risk all by adopting early. They gained much if the risk paid off, but when it didn’t these businesses stood to lose everything. 

Today, this model has been turned on its head. New services and even whole new companies are being launched every week, and what is revolutionary one month is passé the next. In our fast-moving digital world, the biggest risk for companies is doing nothing and watching their customers and market share flow to more agile competitors. It is surprising, therefore, that in a recent Oracle study of global enterprises, 33 percent of respondents state that their companies are risk averse when it comes to developing innovative business applications. With a further 24 percent of stating that they do not know just how risk averse their companies are, the real figure could be much higher.

Risk aversion and application development

These findings are concerning: in a world which favours the quickest and most inventive, many businesses are opting for a cautious approach towards what is a key mechanism for innovation – application development. When looking at the causes of risk aversion in this context, the study showed a variety of factors are at play. Chief amongst these are fears that the cost and time associated with application development is simply too high to risk failure, and a belief within businesses that they don’t have access to the right data insights to create innovative applications. Institutional risk aversion was also cited by a significant proportion of respondents.  

These are, in all fairness, perfectly good reasons to be risk averse. However, businesses today need to weigh up the risks associated with application development against the greater risk of failing to innovate. The modern business world is built on and fuelled by digital technology, both in terms of customer services and internal operations. Just as web and mobile applications are revolutionising how companies interact with and sell to customers, so too are they enhancing productivity and driving unheralded levels of efficiency through improved working practices. Companies that can continually innovate, enhance and scale these applications will become leaders in their fields. 

The good news is that technology is increasingly able to make application development a far less risky, costly and time-consuming process. In many cases, test and development environments are required for each new application instance, which may mean buying new infrastructure and software resources. Additionally, the technology involved can be complex and needs IT to project manage the development process. Given the already busy schedules of IT departments, such projects can be delayed further and it can take several months or longer for a new application to be designed and tested.

What if, after all that time and money, it turns out that the application does not meet expectations? In the light of this concern, it is easy to see why some businesses are risk averse.

Enabling low-risk innovation

The good news is that this no longer need be the case. Businesses have for some years now enjoyed the flexibility cloud computing has brought to ‘off-the-shelf’ applications. Software as a Service (SaaS) has created a whole new era in computing, enabling businesses to pay only for what they actually use, while accessing the latest versions of applications on the market each and every time. Many of the characteristics that made SaaS such a success are now promising to transform the way business applications are developed and extended internally within organisations. As such, Platform as a Service (PaaS) promises to reduce the risks associated with application development and thereby help enable further rapid innovation and change. 

With PaaS, businesses can get the resources and infrastructure they need for application development instantly as a service. This not only means the cost is moved from capital to operational expenditure, it also means that businesses can get the resources they need much more quickly, and that these resources will always be the best available at any given time. Moreover, cloud ‘hides’ much of the complexity involved, providing simple user interfaces that most people can use with minimal input from IT. As a result, the business department requiring the application can also lead on its development. 

Importantly, PaaS further helps businesses by smoothing the migration from on-premise to cloud systems. Over the next decade, , businesses’ on-premise systems will coexist with cloud systems, and applications will be developed and used in both environments. PaaS will be important as it optimises this coexistence. The best PaaS solutions let customers view cloud and on-premise as a single unified system., allowing businesses to get the most from their existing on-premise investments while losing none of the agility benefits on offer in the cloud. As such, PaaS is a great tool for managing risk.  

PaaS is therefore an enabler of the digital business; providing the means of testing applications and businesses models rapidly and at a dramatically lower cost, evaluating their worth and then either discarding them or implementing them. It provides cloud test environments that allow even the most cautious of businesses to start with small and targeted developments and thereby greatly reduce risk. It means businesses can innovate more, while worrying less. 


Friday Dec 04, 2015

Now Launching Oracle Sites Cloud Service

Originally posted on the Oracle WebCenter blog

We are excited to announce Oracle Sites Cloud Service. Oracle Sites Cloud Service drives digital engagement for employees, customers and partners through intuitive assembly of content, applications, and processes to build rich community and marketing sites.

Engagement.
Rapidly assemble rich digital experiences for marketing sites, communities, and other business needs using themes, components, and applications.

Collaboration.
Collaborate with internal and external teams in creating content, building sites, and coordinating site updates.

Governance.
View, manage, and administer all of your community and marketing microsites in one console.

Extensibility.
Integrate third-party applications and create new custom themes to meet specific business needs.

Ready to Learn More on Oracle Sites Cloud Service?

          · [White Paper] The Linchpin of Your Digital Engagement Platform (link)
   · [Datasheet] Digital Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link)
   · [Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver Sites and Communities (link)
   · [eBook] Rapidly Develop Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link
   · [Video] Introducing Oracle Sites Cloud Service (link)
   · [Website] Oracle Sites Cloud Service Website (link)

          Oracle Sites Cloud Service is available as an option under Oracle Documents Cloud Service. Limited use is included at no-charge with Oracle Documents Cloud Service. To get started, visit us at cloud.oracle.com/cloud-sites

Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service is Now Available

At this year's Oracle OpenWorld, there was no shortage of new product announcements and updates. If you've been around Oracle long enough, it's something you just get accustomed to when it comes to Oracle's annual flagship conference. Sometimes it feels like you're drinking from a firehose! So with all of the activity and news that surrounds OpenWorld, it's not hard for any news item to get lost in the mix.

That's why in the post-OpenWorld calm, I like to revisit some of the key new product offerings that are worth learning more about. In this case, I'd like to draw your attention to the Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) which we announced at OpenWorld and is now Generally Available (GA).

Oracle DVCS is a new Oracle Cloud PaaS offering that provides rich, consumer-style analytics, including intelligent data visualization, and self-service data discovery. It also provides mobile consumption and authoring capabilities. In just a few clicks, DVCS users can combine and visually analyze data from disparate data sources, and quickly reveal and share hidden patterns and actionable insights.  As a cloud service, DVCS provides these capabilities without heavy lifting by IT resources or upfront capital investment, resulting in faster time to value and greater ROI.


To get the full scoop on Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, check out Jernej Kaše's post on the Fusion Middleware Blog. And for more info about DVCS and other Oracle BI cloud services, visit Oracle Cloud Platform for Business Analytics.

Wednesday Oct 28, 2015

5 Steps to Unlock the Value of Data Capital for Your Business

written by Lisa M. Schwartz   @leeza2020


If you haven’t seen the video Three Laws of Data Capital by Paul Sonderegger, you should view it – but only after you read this!   He states that: data comes from activity and you need to capture the activity when it happens and be party to it or it is lost forever.  Data tends to make more data, and platforms tend to win.    Definitely interesting and he states that data is similar to a form of financial capital.   
Today, we know that with business intelligence tools, enterprise analytics and Big Data analytics, we can enable businesses to have some insight into their own data and even combine externally sourced data from data-as-a-service providers and other big data providers.  This externally sourced data can bring in real-time views of events from IoT sensors, GPS locational data, and from cloud databases accessing all the world’s knowledge to enrich and complement our in-house transactional data.
Yet having access to all this data can be overwhelming.  Some businesses don’t know where to begin to make a business case for initiatives to study their own data, let alone bring in big data from the outside world and use it.   In a study conducted by Capgemini Consulting in 2015, surveying 226 analytics, IT and business professionals, 39% said that they had difficulty understanding the right business questions and making a sound business case for further examination and use of big data.
So how do you get your arms around this Big Data conundrum? Where do you start to unlock that value of data capital that makes a real difference for your business?


Here are 5 steps to start the process:
#1 - Create a unified data organization
Have you taken a data driven approach to your business?  Have you taken steps to ensure the quality and governance of data WITHIN your own company?   Do you have a Chief Data Officer whose charter is to create a unified data organization that looks after your data capital?

#2 - Use a secure, standards based cloud applications and cloud platform

Does your IT architecture employ a standards based approach between your cloud platform, your cloud applications and on-premises systems to help enable a unified and secure data organization wherever your data is located?

#3 - Identify and measure data driven metrics that will radically improve KEY business processes

Have you made a business case for the use of data to improve your business?  What metrics do you need to improve to move the needle in a big way for your company?  Does the data exist in your company today to populate these metrics?  If so, where are the sources?  
    Example A: If you are a service based company, are you mining social data and transactional data to understand real time complaints as well as the complaints against the competition?  Complaints are the holy grail of service. Improve on a problem, you’ll get customer advocates and reduced costs.
    Example B: If you are an inventory based company, are you getting your product out the door quickly and in the hands of distributors/consumers most efficiently?  How can you use IoT or other data sources to help identify problems in manufacturing, logistics and shipping, and look for new patterns from data to improve?  

These are just two examples.   The key is to look for the data and metrics that you could use today to improve a key business process. Then make a business case to figure out how to get that data.  The data most likely exists somewhere!

#4 - Make a sensible business case for using data driven metrics with associated costs and gains

In making the business case to unlock the value of data capital for your business, identify all costs associated with collecting, cleansing, unifying and analyzing the data and the expected gains. However, if the costs far exceed the improvement you expect, you may need to examine alternatives or you may not be measuring for improvement in the most needed areas of your business.

#5 - Use intuitive, cloud based, business analytics and visualization tools to quickly gain new knowledge quickly about customers, audiences, suppliers and business processes

Consider using secure, cloud based, business analytics and visualization tools to analyze massive amounts of data quickly.  Often using the cloud, to do “what-if” analysis on mashups of your data and 3rd party data, is the most cost effective and the safest, as you won’t impact productions systems or executive dashboards.  With the cloud, you don’t need to purchase new servers and manage data infrastructure in-house.  And, you can turn off the cloud service when it is no longer needed.  



In summary, we are no longer limited by slow processing speeds of big data.   Terabytes+ of data can be processed in seconds and answers are literally at our fingertips.   Today, our charge is to become even more data driven with advanced technology.  

To get there, we must take the steps necessary to use and unify internal and external data sources to optimize service and business models.   With this, we can make greater gains toward managing our data capital as wisely as we manage our financial capital.

For more information on how to unlock the value of data capital for your business, you can register for Oracle’s Modern Finance Experience  Oct 28-29, 2015 in San Francisco, Ca Or visit Oracle.com/ERP

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

More PaaS News from OpenWorld '15

Every year at Oracle OpenWorld, there are a number of announcements made about new products and services. This year has been no different. If you saw Larry Ellison's keynote on Sunday, you heard Larry announce several exciting new cloud offerings which were summarized in this blog.

Fast forward to today and there's additional announcements being made about Oracle Cloud's platform and infrastructure services that further show Oracle's innovation and leadership in the cloud. Here is a list of the press release announcements made today:

Monday Oct 26, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 kicks off with major announcements in Larry Ellison keynote

Officially kicking off Oracle OpenWorld 2015, the keynote of Larry Ellison on Sunday evening was packed with annoucements.

In his analysis of the Cloud market of the last 16 years, he made it very clear that we're in the middle of a cloud transformation of each of the 3 layers of the cloud, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. He then introduced the 6 design goals of the Oracle Cloud:

  • Cost
  • Reliability
  • Performance
  • Standards
  • Compatibility
  • Security

and elaborated extensively on each of those design goals.

For your convenience, we've storified all of the relevant tweets that were sent during his one hour presentation. As you can read in the Storify, he announced many new services and improvements:

For SaaS:

For PaaS

 Can you spot all of them? We will cover all of these new services in due time in more detail.

The video with highlights of the keynote can be found here

Sunday Oct 25, 2015

Check out "Managed Monday" at Oracle OpenWorld!

Attend these sessions and hear the latest and greatest from Oracle Managed Cloud Services on "Managed Monday" October 26th! 

Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Business Value from a Hybrid Cloud (CON8548)

Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Accelerate your cloud strategy with proven expertise and innovative, flexible solutions. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is complete, secure, and customized to fit YOUR cloud vision. Join this session to hear the speaker describe how Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers your on-ramp to the cloud—whether it’s hybrid IT, extending the cloud to on premises, or anywhere in between.

Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West—3010

Cloud Begins with Innovation - Oracle Managed Cloud Services (CON8549)

Ajay Srivastava, Vice President, Product Strategy and Service Engineering, Oracle

Industry solutions, next-generation architecture, cutting-edge engineering—join this session to hear about the very latest technologies and innovations taking place in Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Your cloud—managed by Oracle.

Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3010

Managed Security and Identity in the Cloud: Secure Your Cloud [CON8547]
Gail Coury, VP, Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle
Joe Finlinson, IS Director, Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare
Liz Rogers, Sr IT Director, Financial Applications, Veritas Technologies LLC

"How secure is my data in the cloud?" In 2014 and 2015, there were tens of thousands of security breaches and incidents. The Oracle Managed Cloud Services portfolio of security and identity management services helps customers keep their applications and data safe in the cloud. Customers unlock the value of their investment in Oracle’s security and identity products across the entire lifecycle from design and implementation to management and monitoring with Oracle Managed Cloud Services. In this session, listen to a customer from a highly regulated industry discuss how Oracle Managed Cloud Services delivers world-class security and reduces their risk profile. 

Monday, Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Enabling Your Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services [CON8776]
Mayil Dharmarajan, Director Of Analytics, CHLA
Ritch Hartman, Director, IT, Office Depot
Michael Hutchinson, GVP, OMCS, Oracle
David Jankowski, Director of Development, Finance Enterprise Solutions, Intuit
Alen Oganesyan, I.S. Applications Executive, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Customers continue to adopt different types of cloud applications, both private and public, resulting in a hybrid cloud environment. Research shows that 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017. Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers complete, secure, integrated, customized services for Oracle Cloud applications and technology. This allows customers to move production workloads from existing Oracle Cloud investments into a managed cloud, backed by lifecycle management. Oracle Managed Cloud Services also wraps functional services around these capabilities to ensure customers’ business processes and transactions flow seamlessly across all applications. The result is better availability, performance, and security of your total cloud environment. Join this session to learn more.

Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Enables Hybrid Cloud for ERP and SaaS [CON8755]
Deepak Kallakuri, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
As the adoption of the cloud grows, customers have an increasing need for integrations between public cloud applications and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service delivers complete lifecycle management including configure and deploy, and management, monitoring, and reporting services for the cloud integration and platform. Join this session to learn how customers benefit from increased availability, help desk services, and greater security with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service investments in business transaction monitoring and identity management across the clouds and cloud automation platforms.
Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3014

Download the Managed Cloud FocusOn document

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Oracle Managed Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld

Attend these sessions and hear the latest and greatest from Oracle Managed Cloud Services on "Managed Monday" October 26th! 

Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Business Value from a Hybrid Cloud (CON8548)

Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle

Accelerate your cloud strategy with proven expertise and innovative, flexible solutions. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is complete, secure, and customized to fit YOUR cloud vision. Join this session to hear the speaker describe how Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers your on-ramp to the cloud—whether it’s hybrid IT, extending the cloud to on premises, or anywhere in between.

Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West—3010

Cloud Begins with Innovation - Oracle Managed Cloud Services (CON8549)

Ajay Srivastava, Vice President, Product Strategy and Service Engineering, Oracle

Industry solutions, next-generation architecture, cutting-edge engineering—join this session to hear about the very latest technologies and innovations taking place in Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Your cloud—managed by Oracle.

Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3010

Managed Security and Identity in the Cloud: Secure Your Cloud [CON8547]
Gail Coury, VP, Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle
Joe Finlinson, IS Director, Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare
Liz Rogers, Sr IT Director, Financial Applications, Veritas Technologies LLC

"How secure is my data in the cloud?" In 2014 and 2015, there were tens of thousands of security breaches and incidents. The Oracle Managed Cloud Services portfolio of security and identity management services helps customers keep their applications and data safe in the cloud. Customers unlock the value of their investment in Oracle’s security and identity products across the entire lifecycle from design and implementation to management and monitoring with Oracle Managed Cloud Services. In this session, listen to a customer from a highly regulated industry discuss how Oracle Managed Cloud Services delivers world-class security and reduces their risk profile. 

Monday, Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Enabling Your Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services [CON8776]
Mayil Dharmarajan, Director Of Analytics, CHLA
Ritch Hartman, Director, IT, Office Depot
Michael Hutchinson, GVP, OMCS, Oracle
David Jankowski, Director of Development, Finance Enterprise Solutions, Intuit
Alen Oganesyan, I.S. Applications Executive, Children's Hospital Los Angeles

Customers continue to adopt different types of cloud applications, both private and public, resulting in a hybrid cloud environment. Research shows that 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017. Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers complete, secure, integrated, customized services for Oracle Cloud applications and technology. This allows customers to move production workloads from existing Oracle Cloud investments into a managed cloud, backed by lifecycle management. Oracle Managed Cloud Services also wraps functional services around these capabilities to ensure customers’ business processes and transactions flow seamlessly across all applications. The result is better availability, performance, and security of your total cloud environment. Join this session to learn more.

Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3009

Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Enables Hybrid Cloud for ERP and SaaS [CON8755]
Deepak Kallakuri, Senior Product Manager, Oracle
As the adoption of the cloud grows, customers have an increasing need for integrations between public cloud applications and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service delivers complete lifecycle management including configure and deploy, and management, monitoring, and reporting services for the cloud integration and platform. Join this session to learn how customers benefit from increased availability, help desk services, and greater security with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service investments in business transaction monitoring and identity management across the clouds and cloud automation platforms.
Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3014

Download the Managed Cloud FocusOn document

Thursday Oct 15, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld Sneak Preview: Oracle’s Newest PaaS Offerings for IT Operations Management – Oracle Management Cloud

OpenWorld is always a very exciting time for Oracle and our customers, and every year we reveal some of our newest offerings.  We sat down with Prakash Ramamurthy, Senior Vice President of Oracle Management Cloud, to discuss this year’s conference.

Q:  Tell us about what’s happening this year at OpenWorld for Oracle Management Cloud?

PR:  This year, we have a rare and fantastic opportunity to introduce an entirely new category of systems management cloud services for Oracle customers – the Oracle Management Cloud.  Oracle Management Cloud is a suite of next-generation, integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions delivered as a service on Oracle Cloud. It is designed for today’s heterogeneous environments across on-premises, Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud services.

Q:  Why will Oracle Management Cloud be so valuable to customers?

PR:  Customers today are struggling with the need to reduce time-to-market for new applications, even as those applications are getting more and more complex and distributed.  Whereas a new offering five years ago might have been supported by a monolithic, on-premises infrastructure, today that offering may be composed of half a dozen cloud services from several different providers.  Oracle Management Cloud was purpose-built to provide the new level of operational efficiency and visibility that these rapidly-changing environments require.  

Q:  What services will be available in the Oracle Management Cloud?

PR:  We will be offering three services out of the gate focused on some of the highest pain points for customers today.  Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service provides development and operations teams with the information that they need to find and fix application issues fast, via deep visibility into your application performance from end user experience, through application server requests, and down to application logs.  Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service monitors, aggregates, indexes, and analyzes all log data from applications and infrastructure – enabling users to search, explore, and correlate this data to troubleshoot problems faster, derive operational insight and make better decisions.  And finally, Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service provides 360-degree insight into the performance, availability, and capacity of applications and IT investments, enabling line-of-business executives, analysts, and administrators to make critical decisions about their IT operations based on comprehensive system and data analysis.

Q:  Where can customers go to learn about these new offerings?

PR:  The single best place to experience the power of these new offerings will be in the Oracle Management Cloud Launch General Session, which is titled GEN9778 - Oracle Management Cloud: Real-Time Monitoring, Log, & IT Operations Analytics and takes place on Tuesday, October 27 at 11AM in Moscone South Room 102. Oracle OpenWorld attendees should pre-register for the session as there is limited space and attendees will be receiving a gift from Oracle.  In addition to the General Session, there will be several dedicated track sessions, demonstration stations and hands-on labs throughout the remainder of the week.  It’s going to be a very exciting time.

Monday Oct 12, 2015

Bausch & Lomb India Achieves Operational Excellence, Ensures Business Continuity, and Reduces IT Costs with Managed Cloud

 "By using a flexible and cost-effective Oracle E-Business Suite Managed Cloud Services, we gained access to Oracle’s expertise and ensured best practices and governance across every layer of our technology portfolio. This enabled us to improve operating efficiency, ensure business continuity and reduce IT costs."

– Kavita Bijlani, Senior Manager, IT, Bausch & Lomb India

Read about the business benefits Bausch & Lomb achieved by leveraging Oracle software via Oracle Managed Cloud Services

Another Managed Cloud Services customer that has been in the news lately is Saxo Payments.  Oracle issued a press release about how Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services helps Saxo Payments break barriers to cross border training with a modern, secure operating platform. Read the press release!



Monday Sep 28, 2015

The Wait is Over: SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are Here

Today we announced the availability of Oracle SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service with a press release. These services are part of Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration and complement Oracle Integration Cloud Service to provide a complete and robust integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) in the cloud.

Oracle SOA Cloud Service is a comprehensive suite of integration services that enable users to quickly integrate on-premises and cloud applications with capabilities including enterprise service bus and orchestration; while B2B, Managed File Transfer, business activity monitoring, scheduling service and event processing features are coming soon.   Oracle API Manager Cloud Service enables developers to create new custom APIs and expose them to internal or external consumers in a secure way to help develop innovative offerings for end users. 

The new cloud services target developers’ diverse requirements and accelerate innovation with features such as:
  • Rapid provisioning for SOA 12c, Service Bus 12c, or API Manager 12c environments, based on the size and requirements specified by the customer. A new environment can be created in a matter of minutes, instead of taking weeks or even months to be ready on premises.
  • Simplified management with single click patching, single click scale out, built-in backup/recovery
  • Access to comprehensive capabilities of SOA 12c and deployment portability to support hybrid integration


Hybrid integration is a popular approach to integration projects as it gives customers the flexibility to deploy their projects where it makes sense to run them at the time, without being locked into that environment going forward. Ovum’s senior analyst for middleware Saurabh Sharma says “With 88 percent of respondents to a recent Ovum survey showing inclination to adopt cloud-based integration platforms for appropriate use cases, it is clear that enterprises realize the need for an agile approach to hybrid integration. Digitalization and the need for greater agility at a lower cost of ownership are driving adoption of hybrid integration solutions with an ‘SOA and iPaaS’ combination being a preferred option. Enterprises should plan to distribute integration processes in a way that ensures efficient utilization of both on-premise and cloud-based integration infrastructure and operational spend.  Oracle’s unified iPaaS portfolio, which includes Oracle Integration Cloud Service and Oracle SOA Cloud Service, combined with its on-premises SOA Suite, enables users to ease the complexity of hybrid integration.”

Oracle Integration Cloud Service customer Calix also shares our excitement. Ravi Gade, senior director, IT Applications at Calix says: “Oracle’s iPaaS portfolio, which now includes Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, meets various integration requirements and supports multiple use cases that today’s competitive digital businesses need. It empowers integration developers to focus on enabling strategic initiatives by simplifying administration and configuration of the integration platform.”

You can learn more about Oracle SOA Cloud and Oracle API Manager Cloud services by visiting our Web site http://cloud.oracle.com/SOA and reading additional blog posts.

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