Friday Nov 15, 2013

Cloud Odyssey and the Value of Shared Experience

When many people have shared an experience like a movie or a book, they have an immediate way of communicating, at the gut level, a difficult concept or a theme. Man’s relationship to nature, Avatar. A child’s ability to see the good in others, E.T. The thin line between good and evil, Batman: The Dark Knight.

This ability for a story to convey concepts is, in part, the driver behind the movie Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest (trailer).

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Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Announcing the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Among the many announcements being made at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, one that really caught my attention was about the new Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Cloud Marketplace provides a place for Oracle Cloud customers to easily browse, evaluate and buy trusted business applications developed by registered Oracle partners. These applications extend the Oracle Cloud and cover a broad range of functions from basic reporting and user management, to more robust solutions such as sale incentives and compensation management, governance and risk management, customer lead creation, and sales reporting. The Cloud Marketplace is designed to help customers easily find applications that meet their needs with the ability to search by keyword or category and sort by name, rating, or date. Each application listing provides detailed information including a description of the application, demos, ratings and reviews, videos and screenshots.

Oracle partners who publish their applications on the Cloud Marketplace also benefit by gaining visibility for their solutions and easy access to a larger market of potential customers. Benefits for becoming a Publisher on the Cloud Marketplace include:

  • SAVE TIME & MONEY - Develop cloud applications quickly and easily. No commissions.
  • EXTEND & INTEGRATE - Leverage native integration with the Oracle Cloud SaaS applications.
  • INNOVATE - Leverage Oracle Cloud PaaS to build new applications in the cloud.
  • GROW YOUR BUSINESS - Sell applications into the Oracle Cloud customer base.

Find out what the Oracle Cloud Marketplace has to offer by visiting cloud.oracle.com/marketplace. Read the press release and click here to see an overview video of the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Friday Aug 09, 2013

Podcast: Listen to an Oracle Customer Interview: Benefits of Upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 to the cloud

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…


Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Release 12 in the cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services




Friday Jul 26, 2013

Business Managers Must be Smart About Cloud

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.

For More Information:
 Infographic here
Survey Report here

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

 


 

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