Friday May 31, 2013

A Cloud Over Mexico

Guest Author: Gabriela Medina

In the heart of Mexico City,  the Oracle CloudWorld event reached an audience of more than 1,500 participants. During the event that took place on May 7, Oracle´s Mexican customers and partners received  great news: How to succeed in the competitive landscape of today in which trends like Social Media, Big Data, Mobile and Analytics play a strategic role. The answer is clear:  Cloud technology is the way to go.


Oracle CloudWorld Mexico offered technical and business information on how Oracle´s Cloud solutions can bring innovation to many sensitive corporate activities: Finance, Operations, Human Capital Management, Sales & Marketing, Customer Service and Support & Application Development.

For the Mexican audience, Oracle CloudWorld was also a great reminder: Cloud technology is the fastest and most cost-effective option for creating and deploying innovative business solutions -innovation that won´t demand big investments in hardware, software or IT services.

Oracle CloudWorld Mexico was a great experience for Oracle´s customers and associates. They left the heart of Mexico City with a new vision, recognizing that Cloud technology can have a positive impact in their organizations.

 Oracle CloudWorld came just at the right time. For example: according to AMIPCI (the association of the Mexican Internet industry), 45% of Mexico´s Internet users (45.1 million) have been influenced by Social Media in their purchasing decisions. Now, after attending Oracle CloudWorld, for many Mexican companies Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have a very different meaning.

For More Information on Oracle CloudWorld, please visit: Oracle.com/cloudworld

Thursday May 23, 2013

How Toshiba survived the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

What makes a cloud hero a “hero”? The first words that come to mind are innovation and achievement. Innovation by definition means “a new method, idea or product”. In the technology world it can mean this among many other things like implementing new ideas that can help you achieve business value or thinking “outside the box” when delivering exceptional service to your customers. In this next cloud hero’s case, both happen to be true.

Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE) is the North American representative for Toshiba's global nuclear energy business. Established in 2008, TANE operates to provide North American customers with Toshiba's nuclear expertise gained from 50+ years engineering, constructing and operating nuclear power plants. TANE's mission is to provide advanced nuclear power plant technologies & services intended to ensure or improve safe, economical & reliable operations to these customers.

Being in the nuclear industry, disaster recovery and security are critical to the core of TANE's business. With mission critical applications running in the cloud, TANE needed to ensure that the cloud provider’s security strategy would meet their vigorous requirements.

Luckily, Oracle Managed Cloud Services had the answer. Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides it customers with the global scale and expertise that they need. Worldwide data centers, over 15,000 dedicated security service professionals and a defense in depth approach to security –are just a few of the many security features customers can expect. In addition, Oracle Managed Cloud Services adheres to all industry and global security and compliance standards. Another key point for Toshiba- who was challenged with being compliant with security regulations in their industry as well as local data security policies in Japan.

On March 3, 2011, a shocking surprise shook TANE and millions of Japanese residents to their core. The ensuing earthquake and tsunami had a profound impact on not only the Japanese people but on TANE specifically. Due to the earthquake’s timing (only two months prior to their implementation), TANE lost 80% or more of their resources. Oracle was able to step up and provide them the dedicated staff and resources they needed to ensure that they would be up and running within their tight project timeline of several months. Oracle Managed Cloud Services was able to get them up and running with their first Oracle JD Edwards instance in just 3 weeks.

Check out this video and learn how this Cloud Hero saved more than just their IT department.

Who is your cloud hero? Tweet us @OracleCloudZone and don't forget to use hashtag #cloudheroes.

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Friday May 17, 2013

Who is your Cloud Hero?


There are no short cuts, no “let's try this and see what happens” when it comes to successfully implementing  the cloud.

Recent research from Oracle found more than half (54 percent) of businesses included in the global survey admitted that their companies have experienced downtime over the last six months due to cloud application integration problems. It seems that rather than busting down the computing and business process silos, companies are just moving the same problems to the cloud. Get the report here... or read this article in ZD Net outlining the implications.


Not Oracle's Cloud Heroes. Here are 3 examples of companies doing the cloud "right". Just 3 because it's the weekend, and you're looking for a quick read.

#1 British Telecom


Mark Wade, Customer Experience Director, for the BT ID Customer Experience Team says, “By consolidating many disparate systems and standardizing onto a single financial management platform, hosted by Oracle On Demand, we have greatly improved transparency, efficiency and control throughout our business operations.” Read more here.


# 2 AutoTrader.com


Dallas Clement, CFO for AutoTrader, discusses the transformative effect of cloud computing and how AutoTrader runs a top-notch HR department through its use of Oracle Fusion HCM and Taleo in the Oracle Cloud. Here's an excellent video interview.


#3: Dominos Pizza

Domino’s Pizza attracts and retains exceptional staff by using Oracle Taleo Enterprise, Oracle Taleo Client Connect, Oracle Taleo Assessment to deliver faster recruiting topped with cost savings and process improvements. Read more here.


Ready to transform your business with Oracle Cloud? Check out the FREE services on cloud.oracle.com.



Tuesday May 14, 2013

New Study Finds Business Managers Have Big Expectations (and Big Challenges) in the Cloud

In the immortal words of Voltaire (and more recently - Spiderman) - "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility." No more is this true than with a line of business executives' new found power over the adoption of innovation and new technology with much thanks to cloud computing.

Among the great benefits of cloud from the eyes of a business executive is the ability to better influence and often decide what technology an organization selects. With no software and hardware to buy and manage, the business manager can easily subscribe to a new cloud application service and be up and running in no time. This is in stark contrast to the typical wait time of months or even years for a large software implementation. Accelerating the speed of adoption empowers the manager to select a new technology that will help their particular line of business with very little input from the IT organization. And because upfront costs are lower and categorized as an operational expense, the approval process is typically much easier. Get it fast, without the hassle - what could go wrong, right?

With the business manager’s new found power from the cloud comes the added responsibility to not only ensure an application service addresses the immediate business challenges or opportunity, but that it also contains certain characteristics in terms of how the application service is built and delivered. Otherwise, the promised benefits of having greater business agility and fast access to innovation and data, which makes cloud so attractive to executives in the first place, quickly starts to erode.

Let me explain.

In a new independent market research report commissioned by Oracle and entitled "Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", almost 1500 business managers from around the globe and representing companies with revenues over £50 million were asked about their take on the cloud. What makes this study so unique is that it looks at cloud computing through the lens of the business manager and executive. Respondent titles included vice presidents of sales, heads of human resources, CFOs, risk officers, etc. rather than the typical sample of IT professionals. Now that the business manager has a bigger voice when it comes to technology, it only makes sense to hear what they have to say.

Read the global Press Release announcing the survey Here.

Stay tuned for part two and three of this blog that dives deeper into “Cloud Facts for Business Managers” and other interesting findings from the survey.

Additional Resources

cloud.oracle.com

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www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/complete-cloud/index.html

 


 

Wednesday May 08, 2013

State Of Texas -Best Practices for Technology Delivery in the Public Sector

Many customers in the Public Sector are asking what a cloud computing architecture can do for their IT mandates. Can a cloud computing approach securely extend computing services to customers? Can that approach support diverse state agencies and requirements while consolidating IT overhead? Just recently the State of Texas took on this challenge which was further complicated by Public Sector requirements, expansive fields of data and application silos, and diverse IT culture. They found that Oracle enables many types of cloud models that would allow the State of Texas project to scale its cloud incrementally and adjust resources to meet dynamic IT needs.