Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

Colombia has all the ingredients to become one of the most representative markets in digital technologies

written by Diana Tamayo Tovar

Bogotá, Colombia – October 31, 2014 Oracle presented in Bogotá alongside international experts, the challenges facing our market and the new concept of “digital disruption”, which analyzes how new technologies transform current business models and its value proposition in the market. Consequently, Oracle Cloud World Bogota 2014 featured important panelists, such as Ken Segall, Apple creative who had lead some of the company’s most successful campaigns; Rod Johnson, Oracle Enterprise Applications Vice president; and Carlos Arguindegui, Oracle Colombia and Ecuador General Manager, explained how new trends are enticing companies to think out of the box, and innovate through information technology in order to transform their businesses.

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Throughout the event the participants recognized the country’s enormous existing potential, which offers unprecedented conditions for various size companies to embrace new technologies. In addition,  Colombia’s innovation and connectivity index were pointed out, allowing organizations such as Oracle to develop a business environment. As a result, big and mid-size companies in the country can introduce into their business models solutions like cloud computing.

 Oracle has found  Columbia to be a very attractive market, where companies are open to embracing change which will benefit their procedures, profitability, and help them  become more competitive. Finance and retail companies, as well as government bodies have migrated towards cloud computing, allowing them to optimize their processes significantly. In Colombia, 95% of listed companies are ranked as mid-sized. Currently, the market can offer business suites and services adaptable to their needs. For all companies, cloud computing offers cost reductions, fast delivery, and resiliency according to their particular needs.

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Overall, Oracle CloudWorld  was an informative and eventful day with innovative speakers, live demos and great networking opportunities.

Tuesday Oct 28, 2014

Maximize the Value of Your Oracle Investment

Whether you are already a customer of Oracle Managed Cloud Services or are considering becoming one, you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn how you can get even more from your Oracle investment with Oracle Functional Business Services.

 Oracle Functional Business Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide you with services that span the entire software lifecycle.  From migration, testing and deployment to compliance and disaster recovery, Oracle experts help you get the most out of your cloud deployment - improving operational excellence, driving down costs, reducing risk and sharpening your competitive advantage.

Join us for this live webcast and learn how you can take advantage of Oracle's extensive expertise to offload tactical IT tasks which will enable you to focus on being innovative and strategic within your organization.  Services that will be covered include:

  • Technical Upgrade Service - delivered using Oracle tools, methodologies, and best practices designed and built to provide for ongoing operability, with software management efficiencies in mind.
  • Functional Service Desk - providing administrative and functional support for your cloud based Oracle applications.  Business functional experts start with a thorough understanding of your business so they can help your employees incorporate new solutions, resolve issues faster, and focus on key business functions.
  • Testing Service - to help you determine if your IT infrastructure has adequate capacity to accommodate your anticipated peak workload and to uncover software-regression issues when software changes are introduced into your system.
  • CEMLI Migration Service - to ensure your unique business capabilities continue to function and achieve optimal performance by providing remediation and maintenance services for such capabilities via highly experienced experts with an intimate understanding of Oracle technologies and the ability to map business requirements to Oracle functionality.

You will also hear from Intuit as they share their business drivers for utilizing Oracle Functional Business Services in their own implementation and the benefits they have achieved.

 The webcast will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Featured speakers are:

Michael Hutchinson, GVP Cloud Services Customer Management, Oracle

Oommen Cherian, VP Managed Cloud Customer Management, Oracle

David Jankowski, Director Engineering, Intuit, Inc

Register today for this live webcast!


Friday Oct 03, 2014

Can your cloud provider keep up with your modern business?

This week at OOW we gained a wealth of information. At a high level we got to hear from many technology experts and industry analysts on the era of digital disruption and how these no longer “new” technologies “cloud” “social and mobile” are taking over the way we do business. Old applications just can’t measure up. As CEO Mark Hurd said it best during his keynote on Monday morning, most of these “old applications are pre-internet, pre-cloud, pre-mobile and pre-social. They don’t allow for flexible upgrades or other capabilities that are a must have in today’s modern digital age”.

Amidst the buzz around Oracle’s modern cloud offerings, Oracle made another announcement regarding its innovative Customer2Cloud program. Here is a quick summary in case you missed the details. Oracle install base customers can now easily migrate to the cloud by reallocating their existing unused seats and support spend to moving their applications to the cloud. In addition, to removing financial barriers, Oracle offers rapid start-up services and packed integrations to ensure a successful transition to the cloud. The best part? The program is available for all Oracle ERP, EPM, HCM and CRM customers. With Oracle’s new Customer2Cloud program, you can now start achieving all the real benefits of modern cloud applications for your business- faster innovation, lower costs and a better experience for your customers.

Where do you go next? There are many cloud providers in the marketplace today. How do you choose the one that is best for your business? A cloud provider should be more than provider. They should be a partner that you can trust for the long term. They should be able to support your business along its journey to innovation, expansion and competitive edge in the marketplace. With Oracle’s Customer2Cloud program and modern cloud applications, you can be on your way to the cloud in no time.

Check out this executive overview on Customer2Cloud:


Want to know more about Oracle’s Customer2Cloud program? Click here.

For the Customer2Cloud Press Release click here.

Want to know more about Oracle’s SaaS offerings? Click here.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

Oracle Managed Cloud Customers Present at OpenWorld

 Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, kicked off the Oracle Managed Cloud conference session lineup on Monday, September 29th at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.  He spoke at the conference session "Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Your On-Ramp to the Cloud".  Steve talked about how Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) delivers enterprise-grade, managed private cloud services across a broad portfolio of business applications, middleware, database, and hardware technologies.  He also talked about the functional business services that OMCS offers to customers.

Jonathan Shough, CIO of INC Research, LLC participated, along with Steve Cavanaugh, CIO of Printpack, Dr. Priscilla Hancock, CIO of the University of Louisville and Tom Fisher, CIO, Oracle Cloud Services in the conference session "How the Cloud is Changing the CIO Role" on Monday afternoon,   The panel, led by Michael Hutchinson, GVP of Cloud Services Customer Management, engaged in a lively discussion about how the cloud is enabling CIOs to focus on initiatives that are strategic to their respective businesses instead of managing the care and feeding of their software.

Read about how INC Research leveraged Oracle Managed Cloud Services to expand their global operations.

Joe Finlinson, IS Manager, Enterprise Resource Planning at Intermountain Healthcare participated in a Managed Cloud Session on Tuesday, The Next Level:  Managed Security in the Cloud.  Joe, along with Paul Van Amsterdam, VP of Information Technology at Intuit and Gail Coury, VP Risk Management at Oracle, talked about how Oracle keeps its customers' data safe in the cloud, and about the portfolio of advanced security services that are offered by Oracle Managed Cloud Services.

Read about how Intermountain Healthcare uses Oracle Managed Cloud Services to run its PeopleSoft Enterprise applications and Oracle Business Intelligence software.


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.

[Read More]

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.



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