By yaldahhakim on Aug 16, 2013
Time to focus on innovation for your business so you can grow your bottom line. Time to put Innovation back in IT.
Check out this video and learn how Oracle Managed Cloud Services can do just that.
written by Lisa Schwartz
If you are considering upgrading to the latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, here is a great podcast.
You can hear Annette Melatti of Oracle ERP Product Marketing interview Bjorn Eriksson of Oracle Product Management and Jeremy Gill, CIO, Michael Baker, Inc.
Jeremy Gill, Oracle Managed Cloud Services customer, talks about the numerous business advantages of using Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 in the cloud. And Bjorn explains the advantages of killing two birds with one stone--- how to quickly get the latest Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 innovations while efficiently upgrading directly to a Managed Private Cloud.
Take a listen…
The true promise of social data co-mingling with enterprise data to influence and inform social marketing (all marketing really) lives in cloud computing. The cloud brings processing power, services, speed and cost savings the likes of which few organizations could ever put into action on their own. So why wouldn’t anyone jump into SaaS (Software as a Service) with both feet? Cloud security.
Being concerned about security is proper and healthy. That just means you’re a responsible operator. Whether it’s protecting your customers’ data or trying to stay off the radar of regulatory agencies, you have plenty of reasons to make sure you’re as protected from hacking, theft and loss as you can possibly be.
But you also have plenty of reasons to not let security concerns freeze you in your tracks, preventing you from innovating, moving the socially-enabled enterprise forward, and keeping up with competitors who may not be as skittish regarding SaaS technology adoption. Over half of organizations are transferring sensitive or confidential data to the cloud, an increase of 10% over last year.
With the roles and responsibilities of CMO’s, CIO’s and other C’s changing, the first thing you should probably determine is who should take point on analyzing cloud software options, providers, and policies.
An oft-quoted Ponemon Institute study found 36% of businesses don’t have a cloud security policy at all. So that’s as good a place to start as any. What applications and data are you comfortable housing in the cloud? Do you have a classification system for data that clearly spells out where data types can go and how they can be used? Who, both internally and at the cloud provider, will function as admins? What are the different levels of admin clearance? Will your security policies and procedures sync up with those of your cloud provider?
The key is verifiable trust. Trust in cloud security is actually going up. 1/3 of organizations polled say it’s the cloud provider who should be responsible for data protection. And when you look specifically at SaaS providers, that expectation goes up to 60%. 57% “strongly agree” or “agree” there’s more confidence in cloud providers’ ability to protect data. In fact, some businesses bypass the “verifiable” part of verifiable trust. Just over half have no idea what their cloud provider does to protect data.
And yet, according to the “Private Cloud Vision vs. Reality” InformationWeek Report, 82% of organizations say security/data privacy are one of the main reasons they’re still holding the public cloud at arm’s length. That’s going to be a tough position to maintain, because just as social is rapidly changing the face of marketing, big data is rapidly changing the face of enterprise IT. Netflix, who’s particularly big on the benefits of the cloud, says, "We're systematically disassembling the corporate IT components." An enterprise can never realize the full power of big data, nor get the full potential value out of it, if it’s unwilling to enable the integrations and dataset connections necessary in the cloud.
Because integration is called for to reduce fragmentation, a standardized platform makes a lot of sense. With multiple components crafted to work together, you’re maximizing scalability, optimization, cost effectiveness, and yes security and identity management benefits. You can see how the incentive is there for cloud companies to develop and add ever-improving security features, making cloud computing an eventual far safer bet than traditional IT.
Recently we posted a three part series on the new Dynamic Markets Research report- Cloud for Business Managers: Opportunities and Challenges. We introduced some key considerations for organizations who are moving their applications to a SaaS based environment. For those of you who still have questions or are looking for additional insights this is for you…
Everyone talks about the benefits of cloud but who really achieves them? Where do you start? What should you look for?
Let’s take a closer look at several cloud opportunities for you to create benefits for your organization.
1) To Empower the business, cloud applications must work together
This is important for several reasons:
- A complete and integrated cloud application is necessary for business managers to visualize information through a consolidated lens. Wouldn’t it be better if you could more easily share data appropriately across departments, make better decisions and align with the overall business strategy?
- Get a complete and holistic view of your business
- Roll out solutions faster without reliance on IT and allow your business to focus on innovation
2) Business Managers Require anytime, anywhere access
- In today’s world of social and mobile, cloud is the backbone that enables new levels of inter-connectivity and real time access for business, its brand and the pulse of its customers.
-Social and mobile anytime access is critical for organizations to transform how employees, and customers share and use information
3) Where your data is and who has access to it may surprise you
- Needless to say, security is the top concern with organizations considering moving their business critical applications to the cloud. This is an area where adequate research should be done and any potential cloud provider should be evaluated.
- Avoiding information siloes is also important when it comes to security. Customers want to be assured that their information is safe and protected when they do business with you. It is difficult to keep track of compliance with each department running their applications with a different cloud provider, with different processes and controls.
-It is critical to understand what security services your cloud provider will provide and what regulatory and compliance mandates they adhere too. Different lines of business will have different requirements depending on their industry, geography and customer base
So you get the picture. In order to drive orderly innovation for your business and excel in the marketplace, you’ll need to consider a complete, modern, flexible and secure cloud that is ready to move when you are.
Check out this new infographic and read the full Dynamic Markets Research Report, commissioned by Oracle.
Cloud is changing the way we all do business- and we all know it is here to stay. But, what about the "issues" that linger around cloud? Security is the first one that comes to mind. Security is considered the number one inhibitor for organizations who are considering moving their business critical applications to a cloud based environment.
So, cloud is here to stay and security is a concern.. How do we get beyond the fear?
The first step is:
When evaluating a cloud solution, one of the first things to consider is the security “readiness” and qualifications of the potential cloud provider.
Some questions to ask are:
-What are your organization’s needs when it comes to security? Maybe you are in a highly regulated industry or in a country where you need to ensure your company adheres to specific regulations.
-What are your specific business and regulatory requirements for the data that you are looking to move to the cloud?
- Lastly, make a checklist of questions to ask your provider.
To get ideas on the questions to ask check out this new Quinstreet executive brief that highlights “The top 5 things you should ask your potential cloud provider when it comes to security”.
With the latest release, Oracle Database 12c provides tremendous new capability to enable cloud computing. A new architecture enables greatly simplified database consolidation with no changes to your applications. This new architecture uses a new option, Oracle Multitenant, allowing you to “plug into the cloud” with a multitenant container database that can hold one to many pluggable databases. This greatly increases scalability and server utilization, allowing you to manage many databases as one, all while retaining the complete isolation of separate databases, without changing any application code or access rights.
Each application can then have its own dedicated pluggable database, to ensure complete data isolation and the resource prioritization of separate workloads. Each pluggable database is plugged in to a multitenant container database (CDB), so an administrator only has to deal with administering and managing the one CDB, literally providing the ability to “manage many as one”! This makes it easy to consolidate multiple databases onto private clouds without changing any applications, and still be in complete control of all resources.
This new architecture is designed for cloud, provides efficient consolidation, with rapid provisioning and cloning of databases, along with easier and faster upgrades and patching. With Oracle Multitenant you can quickly and easily plug into the cloud!
Attend the Webcast to learn more about Oracle Database 12c's new multitenant architecture. Be the first to learn how to:
Even though it's been a few weeks since Cloud Expo East in New York City, I couldn't resist posting a couple of pictures of the Oracle Cloud/Iron Man 3 advertising that we ran at the event. It was pretty cool seeing those big digital ads in front of the Javits Center and the courtesy cars driving around Manhattan. Definitely eye-catching. Enjoy!
Learn more about what makes Oracle Cloud engineered for heroes at oracle.com/ironman3.
By the way...yes, those cars are hybrids!
Written by: David Krauss
While data security and operational risk conversations usually happen around the desk of a CCO/CSO (chief compliance and/or security officer), or perhaps the CFO, since business managers are now selecting cloud providers, they need to be able to at least ask some high-level questions on the topic of risk and compliance. While the report found that 76% of adopters were motivated to adopt cloud apps because of quick access to software, most of these managers found that after they made a purchase decision their access to exciting new capabilities in the cloud could be hindered due to performance and scalability constraints put forth by their cloud provider. If you are going to let your business consume their mission critical business applications as a service, then it’s important to understand who is providing those cloud services and what kind of performance you are going to get. Different types of departments, companies and industries will all have unique requirements so it’s key to take this also into consideration.
Nothing puts a CEO in a bad mood like a public data breach or finding out the company lost money when customers couldn’t buy a product or service because your cloud service provider had a problem. With 42% of business managers having seen a data security breach in their department associated directly with the use of cloud applications, this is happening more than you think.
We’ve talked about the importance of being able to avoid information silos through a unified cloud approach and platform. This is also important when keeping your data safe and secure, and a key conversation to have with your cloud provider. Your customers want to know that their information is protected when they do business with you, just like you want your own company information protected. This is really hard to do when each line of business is running different cloud application services managed by different cloud providers, all with different processes and controls. It only adds to the complexity, and the more complex, the more risky and the chance that something will go wrong.
What about compliance? Depending on the cloud provider, it can be difficult at best to understand who has access to your data, and were your data is actually stored. Add to this multiple cloud providers spanning multiple departments and it becomes very problematic when trying to comply with certain industry and country data security regulations. With 73% of business managers complaining that having cloud data handled externally by one or more cloud vendors makes it hard for their department to be compliant, this is a big time suck for executives and it puts the organization at risk.
Is There A Complete, Integrated, Modern Cloud Out there for Business Executives?
If you are a business manager looking to drive faster innovation for your business and want a cloud application that your CIO would approve of, I would encourage you take a look at Oracle Cloud. It’s everything you want from a SaaS based application, but without compromising on functionality and other modern capabilities like embedded business intelligence, social relationship management (for your entire business), and advanced mobile. And because Oracle Cloud is built and managed by Oracle, you can be confident that your cloud application services are enterprise-grade. Over 25 Million users and 10 thousands companies around the globe rely on Oracle Cloud application services everyday – maybe your business should too. For more information, visit cloud.oracle.com.
• Try it: cloud.oracle.com
• Learn more: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/complete-cloud/index.html
• Research Report: Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Oracle and Microsoft have entered into a new partnership that will help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility in how to deploy Oracle software.
Here are the key elements of the partnership:
Oracle’s strategy and commitment is to support multiple platforms, and Microsoft Windows has long been an important supported platform. Oracle is now extending that support to Windows Server Hyper-V and Window Azure by providing certification and support for Oracle applications, middleware, database, Java and Oracle Linux on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. As of today, customers can deploy Oracle software on Microsoft private clouds and Windows Azure, as well as Oracle private and public clouds and other supported cloud environments.
For information related to software licensing in Windows Azure, see Licensing Oracle Software in the Cloud Computing Environment.
Also, Oracle Support policies as they apply to Oracle software running in Windows Azure or on Windows Server Hyper-V are covered in two My Oracle Support (MOS) notes which are shown below:
MOS Note 1563794.1 Certified Software on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V - NEW
MOS Note 417770.1 Oracle Linux Support Policies for Virtualization and Emulation - UPDATED
7 Good Reasons to Upgrade to E-Business Suite 12 in the Cloud:
1) Take advantage of new and improved features: from global sub-ledger accounting to mobile access for supply chain management to built-in extensions for information search and discovery. If you haven’t checked out the latest features yet, there are over 1000 EBS 12 enhancements.
2) Plan now to address any ongoing Oracle Support considerations and regulatory compliance requirements. Based upon that information alone, you should have an EBS upgrade strategy and planning well underway.
3) Customizations got you worried? Expedite your next Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade – have Oracle identify all customizations, reduce un-needed customizations (EBS 12 has built-in many of your customizations) and during the upgrade keep all necessary customizations to run your business.
4) Migrating EBS to the cloud allows parallel migration and testing. Therefore no extra hardware purchases for the testing and upgrade. Business disruption is minimized. And, by moving to the cloud, this provides for smoother future upgrades that are based on your own timeline.
5) Oracle Experts will upgrade and run your EBS applications for you in the cloud. Free your IT resources to develop new services and work on projects that are critical to business innovation and competitiveness. Your IT resources will not be inundated with upgrade tasks!
6) Reallocate precious IT dollars to other projects, eliminate CapEx costs.
7) Oracle minimizes business risk by having enterprise class cloud services under stringent SLAs designed to run your business applications for you such as:
a. Enterprise grade infrastructure
b. World-class security and identity management
c. Best practices in regulatory compliance: from classified federal gov’t standards, to healthcare HIPPA standards to meeting Financial Services requirements (PCI DSS)
Next Step: To help you upgrade and get to the cloud in the shortest period of time, Oracle has a program called Oracle Upgrade Factory for Oracle E-Business Suite 12. It offers a unique approach, seamlessly bundling Managed Cloud Services and Oracle Consulting Services together for an entire Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade and migration to a managed private cloud. Read the Oracle Upgrade Factory Solution Brief here.
I wanted to draw special attention to the keynote presentation
titled Top 10 Myths of Cloud Computing, delivered to a
standing-room-only crowd on Monday by our own Bob Evans, Oracle’s SVP of
Communications. Bob’s presentation did a fabulous job of describing
and dispelling 10 of the most common “half-truths, mistruths, and
good-old-fashioned falsehoods” as he likes to put it, about cloud
computing that still exist today. I think you'd be shocked by some of
the lingering myths about cloud computing, then again, maybe not.
Written by: Lisa Schwartz
Recently I was on a business trip in the New England area. Rather than use my phone for mapping instructions, I asked a local resident for directions to a nearby restaurant. The response was: “ya can’t git thar from heeyah.” (Translated: you can’t get there from here.) I loved the response and my curiosity was peaked. Surely there must be a way to get to my destination, right? Yes, but as our local resident implied, some roadmaps are more circuitous, and harder to follow than others.
It made me think of our enterprise application customers considering the cloud and now wanting answers to practical questions such as – “how do I get there from here? And, which of my applications are best suited for the cloud and what do I do next?”
For those customers that are currently on Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 or below, there is a simple cloud roadmap. You really can get there from here, and more easily than managing it all in-house!
So How Do You Get There From Here?
Oracle has a program called Oracle Upgrade Factory for Oracle E-Business Suite 12. It offers a unique approach, seamlessly bundling Managed Cloud Services and Oracle Consulting Services together for an entire Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade and migration to a managed private cloud. Read the Oracle Upgrade Factory Solution Brief here.
This will get you up and running in the cloud in the shortest period of time and with the least amount of overhead.
It starts with contacting a Managed Cloud Services representative who can share the Oracle Upgrade Factory Roadmap with you and arrange for a CEMLI (customization) inventory and analysis of your current E-Business Suite implementation.
Stay tuned for part two of this blog on: “7 Good Reasons to Upgrade Your E-Business Suite to the cloud.”
I'm sure many of you who follow this blog have heard a lot about Oracle Cloud and may have even been able to attend one of our recent Oracle CloudWorld events. Chances are that you’ve heard a great deal about Oracle Cloud’s application services (SaaS) and the different lines of business (LOBs) that leverage them. Let’s not forget that Oracle Cloud also offers platform as a service (PaaS) that enable developers to quickly and easily build new applications or custom extensions to Oracle Cloud’s SaaS applications. Oracle Cloud platform services are based on the world’s leading platform, open standards to prevent lock-in, and offer simple subscription pricing.
In our continuing efforts to spread the word to application developers that are keen to move their projects to the cloud, the Oracle Cloud team will be hosting a webcast series called Developing Applications in Oracle's Public Cloud. These LIVE webcasts will begin with quick overviews of our PaaS offerings, then spend most of the time on hands-on demonstrations of common tasks like building a simple app, loading data, and using the integrated tools. The first of two 2-part webcasts will focus on the Oracle Database Cloud Service and will be particularly interesting to developers familiar with Oracle Application Express. The second 2-part webcast is targeted at Java developers and will focus on the Oracle Java Cloud Service. I've listed the webcast series schedule below.
Each webcast will have LIVE Q&A so you’ll have an opportunity to ask the Oracle Cloud Product Managers any questions you have about these services.
Click here to register for the webcasts today!
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