Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

Oracle Cloud IaaS: Compute and Object Storage

As another Oracle OpenWorld winds down, I’d like to reflect on some news at this year’s conference that was particularly interesting. If you read my blog post on Tuesday, you already saw the announcement about the new Oracle Cloud Database as a Service (DBaaS), WebLogic as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings that will expand the Oracle Cloud portfolio. I’d like to drill down a bit on IaaS in particular. This morning, I attended Chris Pinkham’s (SVP of Development, Oracle Cloud) general session which focused on the topic. Some of you may recognize Chris not only as one of the co-founders of Nibula, a cloud infrastructure management company acquired by Oracle earlier this year, but also as one of original creators of the Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).  Clearly, Chris has not changed his penchant for innovation because he’s leading the charge to bring enterprise IaaS to the Oracle Cloud.

During his session, Chris shared some details about the new general purpose compute and storage services in the Oracle Cloud. Named the Oracle Compute Cloud and the Oracle Object Storage Cloud, both will scale elastically and support any type of workload. Because both services are general purpose, they’ll provide customers with a lot of flexibility and administrative control over the apps they deploy in the cloud. The Oracle Compute Cloud is compatible with OpenStack Nova and provides virtual CPUs that make deploying applications fast and easy. It comes with built-in elastic block storage in the form of direct attached, network attached, or DBMS-backed storage that’s persistent and portable between other services within the Oracle Cloud. The Oracle Object Storage Cloud also scales elastically and is compatible for OpenStack Swift to support Java and REST APIs.

Chris was joined on stage by Chris Brown (CTO, OPSCODE) who demo’d an integration between Oracle Cloud and Chef, an open source systems and cloud infrastructure automation framework. That was followed by a demo of a Ruby on Rails app running on the Oracle Cloud by Rob Walters (CTO of Engine Yard).  It was very cool to see the openness and flexibility of the Oracle Cloud to support such interoperability and diverse workloads.

I know there’s a lot more to come in the Oracle Cloud and that what we’re seeing now is just the beginning of the exciting new capabilities that are on the way. Stay tuned to this blog and like us on Facebook to keep up to date.


Recruiting Goes Social: How to Turn Connections—Yours and Your Employees’— into Quality Recruits: Part 1

written by: Stephanie Lepow

The cloud isn’t the only technology innovation to change the way we work—consider social. If you’re a recruiter, you know that social has changed the game. So how do you make it work for you?

It’s not just about the sheer volume of people on social media, it’s about the fact that by using smart social outreach, you can more easily zero in quality talent, in less time and for less money than you’d spend using traditional channels. Rather than hunting for the needle in the haystack that is the ideal recruit, top candidates will come to you.

Sound too good to be true? Let’s take a look at one way to make this work:

Tap the goldmine of your employees’ social networks
LinkedIn is traditionally thought of as the work network but don’t discount Facebook or other networks when it comes to finding great talent through your employees. Your employees are connected to a lot of people online and that can quickly fill your talent coffers.  
If you have 2,000 employees with an average of 100 social connections each and those connections have an additional 100 connections each, 20 million people could potentially see your job posting—for free.   Even if only a fraction share and view your post, you still have incredible reach.

When you start with your employees, you also have an automatic filter in place. Your employees know your company culture and they want to protect their professional reputation. Compare this to a job board where anyone can apply—giving you piles of irrelevant resumes to sort through.

In Survey.com research commissioned by SelectMinds, referrals were found to be the top choice for external sourcing for quality, speed and cost.

To maximize employee referrals, create an easy and automated program so you can match the right positions with the right employees (rather than blasting your entire workforce with every opening),  create targeted campaigns, track who brings in the best referrals, and make it simple for employees to share jobs, identify and recommend qualified connections, and see the results of their efforts.


See how you can put an employee referral program into action:

1)    Join us for two eye-opening sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2013:

Leverage Select Minds to Feel the Power of Oracle Talent Management Applications
Wednesday, Sep 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Palace Hotel - Presidio

The Game-Changing Potential of Social Sourcing
Wednesday, Sep 25, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM - Palace Hotel – Presidio
See full session descriptions as well as other Wednesday sessions on talent management in the cloud here.


2)    See our social sourcing demo this October 7-9 at HR Technology 2013 in Las Vegas: Visit us at booth 711

3)    Learn more about modern HR in the cloud at HCM World, February 4-6, 2014 in Las Vegas

Plus, watch this blog for Part 2: How to Turn Fans and Followers into Potential Recruits.

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