Friday Jun 28, 2013

Cloud Fact for Business Managers #3: Where Your Data Is, and Who Has Access to It Might Surprise You

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

Additional Resources
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•    Research Report: Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Monday Jun 24, 2013

Oracle and Microsoft Expand Choice and Flexibility in Deploying Oracle Software in the Cloud

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:

  • Effective today, our customers can run supported Oracle software on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure
  • Effective today, Oracle provides license mobility for customers who want to run Oracle software on Windows Azure
  • Microsoft will add Infrastructure Services instances with popular configurations of Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server to the Windows Azure image gallery
  • Microsoft will offer fully licensed and supported Java in Windows Azure
  • Oracle will offer Oracle Linux, with a variety of Oracle software, as preconfigured instances on Windows Azure

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 1563794.1

MOS Note 417770.1 Oracle Linux Support Policies for Virtualization and Emulation - UPDATED

MOS Note 417770.1

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Friday Jun 21, 2013

7 Good Reasons to Upgrade E-Business Suite to the cloud

As promised here is blog Part 2: Why Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12 in the cloud?

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.

Friday Jun 14, 2013

Cloud Fact for Business Managers #2

For those in sales, marketing & customer services roles in particular, being able to look at customer data through a consolidated lens is critical to how they see the future. For instance, 50% of those surveyed think data must be easily shared across all channels of communication and across various departments and business units in order to deliver a next-generation customer experience.[Read More]

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Social Data Part 2: Socially Enabled Big Data Analytics and CX Management

This is the second in a series of posts on the value of leveraging social data across your enterprise, from Oracle Social VP Product Development Don Springer

In this post, I will cover more advanced “next” steps in how to leverage social data within your enterprise’s Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Customer Experience Management deployed applications and systems. This is a follow-up to a post I wrote in April around the first step in implementing a Social CRM approach and the value for your enterprise specific social data.

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Top 10 Myths About Cloud Computing @ Cloud Expo NYC

Just a few days ago, I wrote about Oracle’s sessions at this week’s Cloud Expo conference in New York City. Despite some inclement weather in the NY Metro area, this year’s conference appears to be well attended and a big success.

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.

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Friday Jun 07, 2013

Upgrade Oracle E-Business Suite to the Cloud – How to Get There from Here!

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.”

Monday Jun 03, 2013

A Cloudy Webcast on the Horizon for Application Developers

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. 

  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 1 - June 18, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Developing Applications with the Oracle Database Cloud Service - Part 2 - June 20, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Cloud-Based IDE Plug-Ins - June 25, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Improving Developer Productivity with Oracle Java Cloud Service and Maven - June 27, 2013 at 9 a.m. PT
  • Click here to register for the webcasts today!

    Oracle Cloud Solutions at Cloud Expo New York

    As in years past, Oracle is a proud sponsor at this year’s Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, NY (June 10-13). If you’ll be attending Cloud Expo New York, we'd love to see you at each of our sessions on this year's conference schedule.  Here’s a sneak peak at our lineup of sessions and links to get more session information:

    Date  Time  Session Title  Track  Room
     Monday, June 10  2:10 pm - 2:55 pm Best Practices for Providing Oracle DBaaS with a Private Cloud Cloud Architecture and Engineering 1A08
     Monday, June 10  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Ten Myths of Cloud Computing - General Session All Tracks 1A25
     Monday, June 10  5:10 pm - 5:55 pm Build Modern Business Applications with Oracle Cloud's Platform Services Enterprise Cloud Computing 1A25
     Tuesday, June 11  2:10 pm - 2:55 pm Building a Big Data Analytics Cloud - A Healthcare Analytics Example Cloud Bootcamp 1A30
     Wednesday, June 12  2:10 pm - 2:55 pm Fast-Track Your Transformation to Enterprise Private Cloud Deploying the Cloud 1A12

    Cloud Expo New York is sure to be a great event where you'll get a lot of the latest information on cloud computing and Big Data.  However, come to our sessions and you'll learn about what sets Oracle Cloud Solutions apart from the competition and why Oracle is a recognized leader in both cloud computing and Big Data. While you're at it, don't forget to visit Oracle Cloud Solutions at Booth #411 on the Expo Floor to see live product demos and talk to Oracle experts.

    By the way, if you're in the New York City metro area and don't have a pass to Cloud Expo, Oracle is giving away FREE VIP Gold Passes! Oracle Cloud Solutions is a Platinum Sponsor at Cloud Expo and would love to have you be our VIP guest. Just follow these instructions to get your VIP pass:

    VIP Gold Pass Registration Instructions:

    1. Go to our special registration page:
    2. Fill out the Attendee Information form
    3. Select the VIP Gold Pass Registration Option
    4. Enter the Discount Code: oracleVIPgold
    5. Viola! The price will re-set from $2,000 to $0!

    Though VIP Gold registration does not – understandably since it is free – include lunch, Cloud Computing Bootcamp, Cloud Essentials or the collectible conference bag – it does give you full conference access for all four days. Choose from over 150 breakout sessions, general sessions, industry keynotes and “Power Panels” in addition to the Expo Floor. 

    Stay tuned to this blog during and after Cloud Expo for more of our insight and observations about this year's conference.


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