Tuesday Sep 01, 2015

Grupo Aeroméxico uses Oracle Cloud Technology to Streamline 26 Companies


Benjamin Hernandez, CIO of Grupo Aeroméxico, a corporation comprised of 26 companies including Aeroméxico (Mexico’s largest airline), Aeroméxico Connect (a regional carrier), Aeroméxico Servicios (ground handling), Aeroméxico Cargo, and Aeroméxico Capacitación (training center), discusses how the Oracle E-Business Suite, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services has helped the company transform its business to support its expansion and growth. 

"It was a good option to use Oracle Managed Cloud Services, because it reduced the risk. It also reduced complexity and the time it took to implement our new ERP system."

  - Benjamin Hernandez, CIO, Grupo Aeroméxico

Read the Profit magazine article for details!


Monday Jun 29, 2015

Oracle Cloud Platform Launch Wrap-Up

Last Monday, Oracle held a live event at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, announcing the addition of 24 new platform and infrastructure services to the Oracle Cloud. The launch event was headlined by none other than Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. I was lucky enough to attend in person and thought I’d share some of the highlights of the day.

The day got off to an early start with a full lineup of executive interviews conducted by SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and streamed live from theCube. Interviewees included a number of Oracle executives, Oracle Cloud Platform customers, and IDC analyst Carl Olofson. I thought the interviews were insightful and I really like John’s conversational interview style.  If you’re interested in hearing different industry perspectives on PaaS, it’s worth checking out the replays of the interviews here.

The live in-person portion of the event went off in front of a packed house in Oracle’s Conference Center. The room was filled with hundreds of customers, partners, and members of the press and analyst communities. For those who weren’t able to attend in person, the entire event was streamed live to a global audience of thousands.  Larry’s presentation provided a quick recap of Oracle’s SaaS business as well as a high-level view of the 24 new platform and infrastructure services being added to Oracle Cloud. Following Larry was Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development, Oracle, who drilled down into more detail on the new services and included some very cool demos of the new Dedicated Compute, Exadata, and Mobile cloud services.  Lastly, Steve Daheb, SVP of PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups, hosted a panel discussion with key executives from Avaya, JDSU, Accenture, and Pharmavite who talked about how Oracle Cloud Platform is helping them drive business innovation and technology leadership. The entire event was recorded and each segment is now available to view on-demand. If you don’t have time to watch a replay of the entire event, you can watch this short highlight video of Larry’s keynote.

My key takeaway from Monday’s launch was that Oracle continues to be all-in with respect to the cloud. Oracle is expanding its already broad and integrated cloud platform and has plugged the few remaining gaps with services like Mobile, Integration, and Process. Now, Oracle is starting to differentiate itself by raising the bar with platform services based on engineered systems like Oracle Exadata and Big Data Appliance to enable performance, scale, and reliability never seen before in a public cloud. It’s ambitious and impressive, and based on initial reactions from customers, press, and analysts, it's going to significantly increase the possibilities of PaaS in the enterprise.

For a more comprehensive rundown of Monday’s announcements, check out the press release.  And of course, for more information about the Oracle Cloud Platform itself, just go to http://oracle.com/paas.  

Lastly, if you want to learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform, I encourage you to register for the upcoming live Oracle Cloud Platform webcast series which starts in July.

Monday Jun 22, 2015

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customers in the News


Minerals Technologies Supports Global Expansion and Improves Competitive Advantage with Cloud Application Suite

 Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces, and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, and related systems and services. The company has five segments: specialty minerals, refractories, performance materials, construction technologies, and energy services.

Minerals Technologies acquired AMCOL International Corporation and thus needed to integrate the IT Systems of the two companies.  Other challenges were to provide visibility into the financial, manufacturing and logistics data globally while simultaneously reducing IT complexity.

"Oracle is a true partner and is the best in the business. With Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and Oracle Managed Cloud Services, we have insight into every aspect of our business and can truly focus on leveraging the value of the technology across our global processes, instead of managing the technology itself. We have better system performance and availability with our Oracle software, running on Oracle hardware, being run by Oracle experts.”

 - Khem Balkaran, CIO, Minerals Technologies Inc.

Read the success story

Hampden Bank - the First New Private Bank to Open in the United Kingdom in 30 Years

Hampden Bank is in the news!   Hampden & Co. is a new private bank in the United Kingdom and they have selected Oracle FLEXCUBE, a solution for online banking, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  Articles from  The Scotsman  and the Financial Times are two examples of recent publications about this exciting new bank.




Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Bimbo Group Optimizes Baked Goods Distribution Costs and Cuts Daily Transport Scheduling Time in Half

The Bimbo SA de CV (Bimbo) is a Mexican company that produces food products, and is a national leader in the baked goods industry. Bimbo produces over 10,000 products, including breads and cookies, across more than 100 brands including Bimbo, Marinela, Oroweat, Arnold, Brownberry, Thomas’, Sara Lee, Barcel, Entenmann’s, Fargo, and many others.

Bimbo operates a distribution network with over 52,000 routes and more than 2.2 million points of sale located in 19 countries.  

The company needed to lower their distribution costs to increase their profits.  They also needed visibility into their broad transportation network.  Bimbo did not want to allocate their resources to running and maintaining these new systems, they wanted to focus on other strategic initiatives.

"Bimbo has relied on Oracle technology for many years. Oracle Transportation Management is a leader in the transport management sector, and Oracle's expertise in providing these solutions was a key factor in our decision.  With Oracle Managed Cloud Services,  we secured the appropriate level of management and support for the solution, which allowed us to focus more resources on strategic priorities.”

  - Francisco Javier Puente Ruiz, system logistics manager, Bimbo SA de CV. 

Read the success story


Monday May 18, 2015

Grupo Aeroméxico Approves Purchases in Seconds Instead of Months while Improving Control; Consolidates Financial Data 40% Faster with Managed Cloud Solution

Grupo Aeroméxico SAB de CV is a holding company whose 26 subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and promote passenger loyalty programs. 

Grupo Aeroméxico wanted to replace disparate financial and human resources (HR) systems across its various entities to gain better visibility into group and individual entity performance and improve operational efficiency with more informed decisions.  The company implemented the Oracle E-Business Suite, along with Hyperion Financial Management and achieved great results, for example, enabling it to create a consolidated balance sheet for all group companies in three days instead of five days.

Grupo Aeroméxico has had great success deploying the systems in the cloud.

"Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides us the best hardware infrastructure and world-class application management. We selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to support the solutions, since this guarantees scalability, high availability, and effortless maintenance."

-Benjamín Hernández Sepúlveda, Corporate Director of Technological Development, Grupo Aeroméxico

Read the success story

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Opera Software Closes their Financial Books Nearly 3x Faster and Ensures Scalability and High Availability with Oracle Managed Cloud Services

Opera Software plans to use Oracle Financials to enable its accounting and financial teams to improve financial analysis and reporting and accelerate internal monthly and quarterly close cycles, so the process is completed in just 4 days instead of 11 days.

Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides Opera with unlimited IT scalability, high-availability and optimum applications administration to support business growth.

Read more here.

Monday Apr 20, 2015

Shelf Drilling Optimizes Jackup Rig Operations Globally Thanks to Innovative Mix of Cloud Solutions

Shelf Drilling Ltd. deployed Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Managed Cloud Service and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service to optimize supply chain and maintenance processes across its fleet of 38 jackup rigs.   Read more here.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

The Call for Proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is Now Open!

Attention Managed Cloud Services Customers!  The call for proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is now open.  Share your ideas, experience and success with Oracle Managed Cloud Services by presenting at a conference session!  

 If your proposal is selected, you will receive a complimentary pass to the conference. 

Submit your proposal here.  


Friday Mar 27, 2015

Is Your Digital Transformation Stalled?

Digital Transformation is more popular than Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper movies are right now and that's saying something. Organizations that exploit the enabling technologies of cloud, analytics, social, mobile, Big Data, and IoT are running circles around their competition in their self-driving cars.

But not every organization is rocketing down the digital highway and I believe the culprit is the lack of a good navigation system.

Let's All Get On the Same Page

The Face of Frog ProtectinDepending on who you’re talking with, Digital Transformation can mean anything from equipping your entire sales force with tablets and cloud sales apps to converting all your cassette tapes to mp4 files.

So let's all get on the same page to avoid one of those moments like in that Discover Card fraud protection TV spot (“Just to be clear…you are saying frog protection").

As defined in the MIT Sloan Management Review analysis, The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation, it’s “the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises”. I like that simple definition except for the last word—enterprises—because organizations of all types and sizes can benefit from Digital Transformation.

Is Your Organization's Digital Transformation Stalled?

A related MIT Sloan Management Review study, Embracing Digital Technology: A New Strategic Imperative found that:

  • According to 78% respondents, achieving digital transformation will become critical to their organizations within the next two years.
  • However, 63% said the pace of technology change in their organization is too slow.
  • The most frequently cited obstacle to digital transformation was “lack of urgency.”
  • Only 38% of respondents said that digital transformation was a permanent fixture on their CEO’s agenda

Where(How) Do You (Re)Start?

First: You can do it one step at a time.

Second: The most important lesson I’ve learned while working the last 16 years with growing midsize companies that have limited resources is that our customers expect Oracle to have the answers.

Third: That’s why we recently launched Modern Best Practicefree resources to help organizations lay out step by step action plans for digital transformation.

To make sure we’re all on the same page, Modern Best Practice is different from Old Fashioned Best Practice in that it embraces Digital Transformation and exploits the aforementioned enabling technologies. Furthermore, Modern Best Practice delivers consistently superior results, evolves with your business, is flexible, and supports growth and innovation.

Explore Our Roadmaps for Modern Best Practice

When customers tell me about how Oracle solutions have helped drive Digital Transformation viva the adoption of Modern Best Practice, they often describe it as, “leveraging technology to accomplish our goals in ways we never even imagined being possible”.

I invite you to explore Modern Best Practice for Finance, Sales, Marketing, Service, Procurement, and HR &Talent. We’re adding resources all the time as well as expanding our coverage to other process areas.


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Thursday Mar 26, 2015

Your Journey to the Oracle Cloud

You can’t rush your journey to the cloud. It takes up front planning and analysis to determine your first steps toward a cloud environment. But with the right management tools and best practices in place, it can be a much faster, simpler, and more rewarding process than you might envision. Some initial steps to consider for your transition to cloud:

  1. A first step would be to consolidate, standardize and automate your existing on-premises IT environment. This lays a foundation for migration over time to the cloud. You don’t want to move from a heavily distributed, non-standardized environment and then just move that into the cloud. That just takes you from essentially existing physical “sprawl” to virtual “sprawl”. Standardizing and consolidating is a key first step to avoid propagation of these complexities into a cloud environment.
  2. Next, implement a private cloud, to leverage immediate benefits in increased agility while retaining control of your environment.  More and more companies are implementing a private cloud with self-service access, automation, elastic scaling, and so forth, to achieve the benefits of cloud on-premises.
  3. Explore Oracle’s extensive public cloud services, from cloud applications, to PaaS, to IaaS.  Educate yourself about the offerings with the multitude of white papers, webcasts, demos, and videos available.  This will help you in your planning and strategizing on which project to implement in Oracle Cloud first.
  4. Look at the management capabilities included with the Oracle Cloud services.  A key aspect is the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager, which allows you to manage your on-premises or private cloud, as well as your services running in Oracle Cloud.
  5. Start with your simplest use cases, and move those first, such as development and test.  Development and test environments are ideal as they typically have no data dependency or security considerations, as you are using strictly test data. 

For further information on moving to cloud, you can start here

Thursday Mar 19, 2015

SaaS for Dummies

 Cloud is no longer just an IT or Technology issue, cloud is becoming  increasingly popular at organizations around the world as they are realizing that cloud has something for everyone, including business managers.  Industry trends are showing that LOB leaders are taking more of a prominent role in decision making when it comes to adopting cloud applications for their department. So the question becomes, how do you talk cloud for those that lack IT vocabulary?

SaaS for dummies of course.


The digital age is here to stay and we know that social mobile and cloud technologies are rapidly affecting every aspect of business whether it’s operations, customer interactions or evening hiring the best talent. Modern businesses today face a plethora of challenges. Customer expectations are higher than ever, hiring the best talent is becoming increasingly important as well as increasingly difficult.  Employees and customers alike want to access information anytime and from any device. To succeed in today’s world and to meet these new challenges, businesses need to modernize and the only way to do this is with a modern cloud solution.


So you may be thinking, how does this affect me? What is my role as a business manager? As a business manager, you simply want to do your job better, answer  business requests effectively and meet departmental demands. You want to drive innovation, increase collaboration and move faster than ever before.  The key is in selecting the right SaaS solution for your business.



So where do you go next? What should you be looking for? What questions can you ask your cloud provider?

Check out the brand new “SaaS for Dummies” e-book and find out how to get your head in the cloud. In the book, you will learn :

How to understand the buzzwords and cut through the hype
How Cloud can benefit every Lob from HR to Sales to Finance, Marketing and Service
How to evaluate potential cloud providers by asking them the right questions.

Check out SaaS for dummies today



Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

Learn About Oracle Managed Cloud Services at Two Events in March

 Learn How Managed Cloud Services Can Be Your On-Ramp to the Cloud at Alliance 15

Will you be attending the Alliance 15 conference taking place March 15-18 in Nashville?  If so, then you won't want to miss the Oracle Managed Cloud Services: Your On-Ramp to the Cloud session on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:15 a.m.  Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides a secure, robust, integrated on-ramp to your hybrid cloud solutions.  In this session, we will lay out the vision and strategy behind enabling clients to focus on innovation, not integration.  You will learn how Oracle delivers enterprise-grade, end-to-end managed cloud services across its broad portfolio of business applications, middleware, database, and hardware technologies.  Attend this session and learn how to confidently start your journey to the cloud.  Click here for more information.



Managed Cloud Services Executive Summit:  Cloud Solutions that Accelerate Business Value

March 24, 2015 in Austin, Texas

Cloud computing is changing the way technology impacts and delivers value to the organization.  While cost is still a primary driver for cloud, improved business agility and faster innovation are growing factors for cloud adoption.  How can you take advantage of the trend toward cloud computing and leverage the investments you've already made in Oracle?  Join us for the Oracle Managed Cloud Services Executive Summit where our executives will explore the different cloud delivery models available from Oracle and why a privately managed cloud may be the right model for part or all of your organization.  For more information call 719.757.2065.


Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Webcast: Accelerate Your Cloud Journey with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

On February 17, join us for a webcast about the journey to the cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. (If you can't make it, you can watch the webcast later on demand.)

Last month, Oracle announced a new release of Enterprise Manager with many new cloud management capabilities, especially around Database as a Service and Middleware as a Service. This is a good opportunity to learn how the new capabilities fit into the overall cloud story.

On the agenda:

  • The Cloud Journey
  • Private Cloud Platform as a Service
  • Making the Journey with Enterprise Manager 12c
  • Customer Case Studies
  • Looking Ahead: The Hybrid Cloud

Register here

 

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Personalized Technology: The New Frontier in Cloud Computing

written by Lisa M. Schwartz @leeza2020

As it is with medicine and learning institutions, we often rely on traditional ways of treating people in large groups so that positive effects can be achieved quickly for the masses. Yet, today, consumers want more. They are asking for the next level in personalization: How can medicines and treatments be tailored so that they work best for “ME”? Or, how does a tailored training course help “ME” to learn faster?

In medicine, a growing number of researchers, healthcare clinicians, and an increasing number of patients are calling for a more personalized approach aimed at preventing disease and tailoring treatment if a disease becomes a reality - often referred to as personalized medicine, genomic medicine or precision medicine.

Even educational institutions use the phrase, “personalized learning”, to refer to tailoring lessons to different students. They point to the myriad of digital devices, software, and learning platforms offering educators an array of options for tailoring lessons to students' preferences.

The Advent of Personalized Cloud Technology Software

And so it goes, in the cloud computing software world.

How can software be personalized in the cloud to work better for “ME”, the individual?

As consumers, most of us don’t mind having recommendations made to us based upon our last purchases, especially if they are relevant and timely to our interests. And similarly, as employees using business software, we want to be able to tailor software, even have insights and recommendations made to us, so we can be more empowered and effective in in our day to day tasks.

And today this phenomenon is only accelerating. Gen Y or Millennials are the largest generation now in the workforce since the baby boomers. Millennials, have taken the lead in seizing all the new platforms of the digital era—the internet, mobile technology, social media—to construct personalized networks. They are “digital natives”—the only generation for which these new technologies are not something they’ve had to adopt. Personalization is something they have come to expect. (1)

Not only Millennials, but most digital users today want to know more, quickly and easily. There is an expectation that business software will allow us to personalize, enabling us get better results for the company and ultimately help us to excel in our positions.

“Treat Everyone the Same” 1St Gen Cloud Apps Providers

Yet, not all cloud software gives the user the flexible personalization they need, due to a “one size fits all software design in the cloud” built by the majority of SaaS software providers. This “one size fits all” design enables the software provider to manage and upgrade all their customers at one time, treating them as a large group. This 1st generation “treat everyone the same design” decreases the provider’s costs. Not only is this practice prevalent in the cloud but is a predominant practice in medical and educational institutions. The result of this “treat everyone the same” is: limited personalization, limited options and limited benefits for the consumer.

Distinctions of Modern 2nd Generation Cloud Apps Providers

However not all cloud providers use this approach in cloud application design. 2nd generation cloud application providers understand that personalization for each customer and each individual is now a requirement. Modern cloud application providers are taking a personalized approach to cloud design and understand that each customer is unique, has unique business processes, has unique data requirements and that all customers do not fit nicely into one group. 2nd generation cloud application providers offer customers’ choice and personalization in cloud software for their business.

Personalizing Beyond the SaaS Application with PaaS

Not only does personalization include the capabilities to make choices within the application but also includes a complete breadth of services available to you if you want to extend beyond your SaaS application with Platform as a Service (PaaS). Perhaps you want create a new application or mashup information into your SaaS application from external data sources. When choosing a cloud applications provider, it is equally important to look very closely at the standards based capabilities within their cloud PaaS platform.


Things to Look for in a Modern Cloud Platform Provider

· Provides a well-known standards based cloud platform to maintain consistent governance and standards across the business

· Allows you to personalize and extend your SaaS cloud applications quickly

· No lock-in with unknown proprietary languages or databases

· Maintains a secure cloud platform that connects easily with SaaS applications and other clouds

· Allows you to move your applications if you choose to another platform

· Provides pre-built services at every layer that will help your business innovate and personalize beyond the SaaS application.

     As we enter into the next frontier of personalized cloud technology, be sure to examine closely the nuances of cloud providers and how  they allow you to personalize your cloud. In this 2nd generation of cloud applications and cloud platforms, it is not an unreasonable for you to expect more choice and personalization in the cloud.

 For find out more about Personalizing SaaS applications and modern standards based cloud platform services, PaaS, watch and share this fun and fact filled video.

          1.  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-komisarjevsky/millennials-are-defining-_b_5714683.html)

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

Five best practices for PaaS [Platform as a Service]

In the Fall of 2014, ComputerWorld published a report detailing the results from a survey conducted with 300 IT executives and practitioners worldwide. The questions ranged from type of applications being run on the cloud now and in the future, support for mission-critical apps, the challenges faced from an interoperability perspective, and more. The results highlighted some critical insights from these experts which for certain topics were surprisingly significantly aligned. Calling this phenomena [this alignment] the wisdom of the crowd, we bet that as the industry moves forward with the cloud initiative, IT leaders worldwide are increasingly adopting these practices, driving these to become best practices. Hence our attempt at culling these and putting these within an infographic, so its easily available at a birds eye view level to IT practitioners undertaking their cloud journey right now.

For further details, refer to the the ComputerWorld Survey report here.

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