Monday Jul 18, 2016

Grupo Fármacos Especializados Achieves Greater Operational Efficiency and Cost Control with Engineered Systems and Managed Cloud Services


Grupo Fármacos Especializados is a consortium of companies that specializes in various healthcare-related services and products. The group started as a single pharmacy in Mexico City, grew to a chain of pharmacies, and later expanded to include wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products to public and private sector organizations.

Grupo Farmacos implemented Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, Siebel CRM, Hyperion, Demantra, SOA, and Oracle Business Intelligence—run and managed by Oracle Managed Cloud Services—providing a single instance capability that supports daily operations, executive decision making, and enables the IT organization to leverage the software functionality to support strategic business initiatives instead of ongoing system maintenance and support

Grupo Farmacos upgraded and implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine to support the growing quantity of commercial and financial transactions performed using the data warehouse and business intelligence (BI) systems—which drive Grupo Fármacos Especializados’ order and delivery processes—ensuring the company meets market challenges in line with its corporate strategy

“After careful technical and financial feasibility analysis, we upgraded to Oracle Engineered Systems, run and maintained by Oracle Managed Cloud Services, ensuring greater system stability and availability and leveraging the best practices and expertise needed to support our growth.”

- Alfredo Funes, IT director, Grupo Fármacos Especializados

Read the success story!


Tuesday Jul 05, 2016

Strategy for All 3 Pillars of the Cloud

—By Chris Murphy, Director of Cloud Content at Oracle

Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison zeroed in on two points of focus for the company as it enters its fiscal year 2017: Grow Oracle's cloud software and platform businesses at double the rate of its closest competitors, and use "generation two" of the company's high-performance data centers to become an even more formidable player in cloud infrastructure. "We're growing fast in SaaS. We're growing fast in PaaS. Now we need to grow fast in infrastructure as a service," Ellison said on Oracle's Q4 FY 2016 earnings call on June 16. 

In SaaS and PaaS, Oracle plans to drive growth with a broader product line than its major cloud competitors and by reaching a new swath of midmarket companies. In IaaS, Oracle plans to use its new data centers to gain a performance advantage. Read more about Ellison's view on each of these three pillars of cloud computing—SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS—and how they complement one another.

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Wednesday May 25, 2016

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Wins Frost & Sullivan Innovation & Leadership Cloud Managed Services Award


Kudos to the Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) Latin American team! On May 12, 2016, OMCS’ Latin American organization was presented with the Frost & Sullivan 2015 Latin American Growth, Innovation & Leadership Cloud Managed Services Award. Read the press release.

Several customers have gone on the record to talk about the benefits of leveraging Oracle Managed Cloud Services – read their stories…. Grupo Aeromexico, Arcor SAIC, Smiles Airline and Grupo Bimbo.

How IT Must Change

—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content

It's a question I hear often when speaking with companies around the globe: Does cloud computing spell the demise of the CIO and IT department? 

That's how Daryl Szebesta, Oracle's vice president of cloud transformation and until recently CIO at another Global 2000 company, starts his essay on how the cloud is reshaping IT careers and IT's role. 

Szebesta's short answer is "no," but his long answer makes it clear that the cloud promises great careers ahead only for those willing to change. For example, the days of customizing code are almost entirely gone for enterprise IT, as configuration replaces development. Szebesta dives into how the needed change by IT pros looks different in the two distinct realms of deployment and maintenance of cloud systems. 

Read more in Will Cloud Kill the IT Star? 

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Thursday May 12, 2016

Gail Coury, VP, Risk Management, Managed Cloud Services, Oracle to Speak at Women in Leadership and Technology Conference


The National Capital Area Chapter of ISACA is hosting its first Women in Leadership and Technology Conference. This conference will focus on leadership, boardroom diversity and best practices to enhance the skills and potential of women leaders within the technology community. Women who have already achieved senior executive status will discuss the impact they have had as women leaders in the organizations they lead and what role they play in the complex, disruptive and constantly changing marketplace.

We’re proud to say that our own Gail Coury, VP, Risk Management, Managed Cloud Services, Oracle will be the opening speaker sharing her own journey as a woman in the technology field and the technology industry, and why she is passionate about women’s leadership.

Date/Time:  June 7th; 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Rosslyn @ Key Bridge; 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA

For more information or to register click here!

Wednesday Apr 27, 2016

Introducing the Accelerated Buying Experience

By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content 


The cloud has changed how businesses acquire technology. They buy in smaller amounts, on a more frequent basis, and they expect to be up and running very quickly. To meet that need for speed, Oracle is giving customers a much faster and easier way to buy cloud services: the Accelerated Buying Experience. Instead of requiring the thick, printed contracts of the on-premises days, for example, the Accelerated Buying Experience lets companies buy Oracle cloud services online with a click of a button.

An in-depth Q&A with Oracle's Doug Kehring provides details on the differences customers will find with the Accelerated Buying Experience, including Oracle salespeople empowered with more contracting flexibility, reduced and eliminated approvals, simpler and shorter order documents, and extensive help throughout the process. The Accelerated Buying Experience is part of Oracle's larger transformation aimed at becoming the leading cloud vendor. 


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Wednesday Apr 13, 2016

Get Powerful, Flexible Protection for Your Data in the Cloud

Your company may have unique security, compliance, and risk management requirements that demand a more robust level of data security protection when you move your data to the cloud. That’s why Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers Enhanced Security Services.

These services are available cafeteria-style to allow you to implement the precise controls you need at a price that meets your security budget. Whether you meet all your needs with Base Services or choose from the lineup of Advanced Services, you’ll be able to take advantage of Oracle’s expertise in implementing your customized security solution.

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Oracle’s Enhanced Security Services enable you to:

· Achieve compliance with your unique security and compliance requirements
· Improve the efficiency of your risk management programs
· Leverage Oracle’s expertise and technology in deploying and managing complex security solutions
· Gain the flexibility your organizations needs and select only services you require

Does your organization need help with security? For more information about Oracle Managed Cloud Security Services watch this short video, read the solution brief or call 719.757.2065.


Monday Apr 04, 2016

The Cloud Inside Your Data Center

—By John Soat, Senior Writer, Content Central

Businesses can now tap all the benefits of Oracle Cloud from within their own data centers. That's the big news from Oracle's most recently announced cloud services offering, Oracle Cloud at Customer, which is aimed at companies that haven't used the cloud up until now because of concerns over data residency, custom security, and other regulatory issues. 

Oracle Cloud at Customer provides the same services available in Oracle Cloud—not just similar, but exactly the same—running in an on-premises, tightly integrated Oracle Engineered System that Oracle manages and maintains. And companies pay the exact same pay-as-you-go price for the Oracle Cloud at Customer service as they would for the same service, such as a cloud database, in Oracle Cloud. "Even on your premises, you're buying a cloud service—you're not buying hardware," said Oracle president Thomas Kurian while introducing the new service at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington D.C. 

Fulfilling the "as a service" model, Oracle engineers are responsible for administering, updating, and maintaining Oracle Cloud at Customer services at users' sites. Oracle Cloud at Customer represents a new way for organizations to leverage the assets of Oracle Cloud. 



Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

Deploying Oracle Applications Unlimited on the Oracle Cloud

As someone whose job revolves around Oracle’s cloud platform and infrastructure, it’s not often that I’ll write anything on this blog about Oracle’s applications portfolio.  So if you’ll indulge me, in this post I’m going to write about something that has flown quietly under the radar even though it could benefit a significant number of Oracle applications customers.  I’m talking about the fact that Oracle Applications Unlimited workloads are now certified to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). 


How do I know this is big news?  Well, as the saying goes…if I had a nickel for every time I’d heard someone ask when applications like E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel could be migrated to Oracle Cloud, I’d be a rich man. Okay, maybe not rich but you get the point.  While more businesses are pivoting to the Cloud by adopting SaaS applications, including the ones being offered in Oracle Cloud, the reality is that many businesses still depend on their Oracle Apps Unlimited solutions. To many, they’re mission-critical applications and the idea of replacing them is simply a non-starter.


Still, just because the applications weren’t born in the Cloud doesn’t mean they can’t be deployed and run in the cloud. Being able to leverage elastically scalable, reliable, secure and cost-effective cloud infrastructure is appealing to almost all IT organizations, including ones responsible for the care and feeding of Apps Unlimited applications.  This is a much more attainable goal now that most of the application suites have been certified to run on the Oracle Compute Cloud and Oracle Database Cloud.

To be frank, I wouldn’t expect businesses to jump in with both feet by lifting and shifting their Production environments to the Cloud right away. As most businesses experimenting with Cloud tend to do, starting off with a sandbox environment or other non-Production environments is the way to go. In fact, to make this process easier, Oracle has even published machine images of E-Business Suite 12.2.5, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2, and PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to create instances of these applications on the Oracle Cloud. Think about the time you'll save by deploying an image from the Marketplace instead of the usual process of downloading and staging software, installing and configuring, etc. 

Once you've deployed the software in the cloud, you can use environments to create setups, test new functionality, implement business flows and conduct POCs or CRPs. If you are an existing Apps Unlimited customer, you can also migrate your Dev or Test environments to Oracle Cloud.

Whatever your situation may be, to learn more about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Platform services, visit cloud.oracle.com or oracle.com/cloud.

Monday Feb 22, 2016

Inside the Innovation Machine

By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content

 You might feel like a button in your cloud app is responding slowly. But the app supplier, if it's paying attention, can know if that button's slow. "Our process is very simple: the slowest 10 percent of clicks we send as defects, or bugs, to development to make those clicks faster," says Steve Miranda, Oracle executive vice president for applications development. That precise feedback—click-stroke granularity, not just user interviews and recollections—is one of three big reasons that the innovation cycle for cloud software is measured in months, not three or four years as with the on-premises software model. 

A second reason for the cloud's speedy innovation cycle is faster implementation; when a software as a service (SaaS) supplier puts out a new version, users have access to those new features instantly. Last, companies can add their own features to SaaS apps, using cloud-based integration and development, without complicated customizations that often prevented businesses from upgrading on-premises software at all. SaaS provides other benefits such as lower costs, but speed of innovation is easily the most important, Miranda contends. 

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Thursday Feb 18, 2016

Oracle Functional Services - Bringing Value to All Oracle Customers

Oracle Functional Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide our customers with services that span the entire software lifecycle. From migration, testing, and deployment to compliance, functional service desk and disaster recovery, our team of experts help customers get the most out of their Oracle and Oracle Managed Cloud Services investment  - improving operational excellence, driving down costs, reducing risk and improving overall customer satisfaction with Oracle. 

Oracle Functional Services include:

  • CEMLI Management
  • Testing and Release Management
  • Application Administration
  • Technical Administration
  • Batch Monitoring

These services can be leveraged by ANY Oracle customer – Oracle Managed Cloud or not.

Watch the replay of the Oracle Functional Services Webcast, where you will hear from David Jankowski, Ph.D, Director of Engineering, Intuit as he shares Intuit’s business drivers for utilizing Oracle Functional Business Services in their own environment and the benefits they have achieved.

Friday Jan 22, 2016

Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level With Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

By Madhu Nair

Even in the most well designed big data projects, a larger portion of the effort and cost is spent in preparing complex data ready for analysis. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (BDPCS) flips that equation. Minimizing the data preparation time helps unlock the value of complex data quickly. However, data preparation is not just a series of sorting, prepping and standardization operations. When done right, it is a crucial step to enrich data. To unearth insights and prepare a data enrichment pipeline that can then be operationalized to deliver higher quality and vastly insightful data to downstream applications.

Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service is part of the comprehensive Cloud Platform for Big Data that Oracle announced during Open World.

Built for Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Experts

BDPCS utilizes a non technical, web based interface to guide the data preparation effort. This is keeping in view that data preparation should not be dependent on technical skills but business expertise. This brings data science closer to the business experts, data analysts and data scientists. Natural Language Processing based algorithms surfaces recommendations that can be then applied as business and enrichment rules to the data set. These recommendations are presented as "plain english" texts that can then be modified and updated.

Build on Apache Spark, Big Data Preparation Cloud Service also includes a responsive visual element that profiles the data sets for even further analysis and standardizations. Using Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, experts can now pull data, mash them up, enrich the data and publish it quickly. This allows them to iterate through many analysis that generally take weeks or sometime months to co ordinate with the IT and technology teams.

Differentiators

Data preparation and data wrangling is attracting a lot of investment as Data Science enters the next stage of refinement. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service brings certain critical elements that put it ahead of its competition.

It brings recommendation driven user experience

It utilizes Natural Language Processing classifications and enrichment, and

It has extensive automation capabilities.

We invite you attend our upcoming webcast to hear from Oracle executives and partner Blue Cloud Innovations and learn more about Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service.  

Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level with Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

Tuesday, January 26 9:30am PT/ 12:30pm ET

Join us next Tuesday to bring analytics and data science closer to everyone within your organization through easier data preparation.

Managed Cloud Integration Service – Essential for the Hybrid Cloud Model


Today, enterprises seek to do more than just save money with cloud technology —they also crave agility. Companies are looking beyond the goal of reducing capital expenses and operational expenses, and now seek to implement technologies that enable usage metrics, self-service offerings and automated provisioning without an accompanying surge in operational costs. Hybrid cloud deployments, leveraging a mix of both public and private cloud platforms offer this promise. But as enterprises try to create an integrated hybrid cloud environment, they face significant technical challenges.

Integration problems are causing companies to abandon cloud applications and are hurting their ability to innovate. Many times project deadlines are missed due to cloud integration problems.

Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service (MCIS) eliminates many of the biggest barriers for enterprises that intend to adopt Oracle business applications in the public cloud. By offering pre-built integration templates and complete-lifecycle management for their cloud integration, Oracle MCIS can eliminate hours of non-strategic work for in-house IT organizations while dramatically increasing the reliability of their cloud integrations. Benefits include:

  • Pre-built integrations for rapid deployment with predictable cost and time frames
  • On-going management - patching, monitoring, break-fix, enhancements
  • Business transaction monitoring capability across clouds improve availability for integrations
  • Faster issue resolution and higher availability for cloud integrations
  • Location and platform flexibility - @ Oracle, @ customer, dedicated SOA, SOA PaaS, ICS PaaS

For more information, read the Accelerating the Transition to Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Whitepaper and visit www.oracle.com/cloud/managed-cloud

Thursday Jan 07, 2016

Bellevue University Leverages Cloud Solution to Improve Educational and Back-End System Functionality While Reducing Costs


Oracle Managed Cloud Services works with many education and research institutions, helping them get the most out of their Oracle investment and enabling them to focus on their strategic initiatives and leave the business of running Oracle to Oracle.  This is what Bellevue University in Nebraska has to say about Oracle Managed Cloud.

“Oracle Managed Cloud Services has become a valuable partner to Bellevue. They understand our processes and adjust to meet our needs. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is an extension of Bellevue’s IT team and this gives us insight and increased knowledge to best support the university.”  -  Doug Eipperle, associate vice president, enterprise IT application services, Bellevue University

Read the success story.

Wednesday Dec 16, 2015

Think Application Development is a Risky Business? Well Think Again

Written by Shawn Price, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud and Product Business Groups, at Oracle @ShawnPrice1000 

Risk has always been, and will continue to be, an integral part of doing business. After all, it is only by taking risks that the greatest wins are made. But the nature of risk is changing. In the past, the pace of innovation and change was much slower than it is today. Major innovations in technology and business models would take months, if not years, to spread. This meant that cautious businesses could take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach and only adopt new business tools and approaches to working once they had passed the test of time. On the other hand, adventurous businesses could risk all by adopting early. They gained much if the risk paid off, but when it didn’t these businesses stood to lose everything. 

Today, this model has been turned on its head. New services and even whole new companies are being launched every week, and what is revolutionary one month is passé the next. In our fast-moving digital world, the biggest risk for companies is doing nothing and watching their customers and market share flow to more agile competitors. It is surprising, therefore, that in a recent Oracle study of global enterprises, 33 percent of respondents state that their companies are risk averse when it comes to developing innovative business applications. With a further 24 percent of stating that they do not know just how risk averse their companies are, the real figure could be much higher.

Risk aversion and application development

These findings are concerning: in a world which favours the quickest and most inventive, many businesses are opting for a cautious approach towards what is a key mechanism for innovation – application development. When looking at the causes of risk aversion in this context, the study showed a variety of factors are at play. Chief amongst these are fears that the cost and time associated with application development is simply too high to risk failure, and a belief within businesses that they don’t have access to the right data insights to create innovative applications. Institutional risk aversion was also cited by a significant proportion of respondents.  

These are, in all fairness, perfectly good reasons to be risk averse. However, businesses today need to weigh up the risks associated with application development against the greater risk of failing to innovate. The modern business world is built on and fuelled by digital technology, both in terms of customer services and internal operations. Just as web and mobile applications are revolutionising how companies interact with and sell to customers, so too are they enhancing productivity and driving unheralded levels of efficiency through improved working practices. Companies that can continually innovate, enhance and scale these applications will become leaders in their fields. 

The good news is that technology is increasingly able to make application development a far less risky, costly and time-consuming process. In many cases, test and development environments are required for each new application instance, which may mean buying new infrastructure and software resources. Additionally, the technology involved can be complex and needs IT to project manage the development process. Given the already busy schedules of IT departments, such projects can be delayed further and it can take several months or longer for a new application to be designed and tested.

What if, after all that time and money, it turns out that the application does not meet expectations? In the light of this concern, it is easy to see why some businesses are risk averse.

Enabling low-risk innovation

The good news is that this no longer need be the case. Businesses have for some years now enjoyed the flexibility cloud computing has brought to ‘off-the-shelf’ applications. Software as a Service (SaaS) has created a whole new era in computing, enabling businesses to pay only for what they actually use, while accessing the latest versions of applications on the market each and every time. Many of the characteristics that made SaaS such a success are now promising to transform the way business applications are developed and extended internally within organisations. As such, Platform as a Service (PaaS) promises to reduce the risks associated with application development and thereby help enable further rapid innovation and change. 

With PaaS, businesses can get the resources and infrastructure they need for application development instantly as a service. This not only means the cost is moved from capital to operational expenditure, it also means that businesses can get the resources they need much more quickly, and that these resources will always be the best available at any given time. Moreover, cloud ‘hides’ much of the complexity involved, providing simple user interfaces that most people can use with minimal input from IT. As a result, the business department requiring the application can also lead on its development. 

Importantly, PaaS further helps businesses by smoothing the migration from on-premise to cloud systems. Over the next decade, , businesses’ on-premise systems will coexist with cloud systems, and applications will be developed and used in both environments. PaaS will be important as it optimises this coexistence. The best PaaS solutions let customers view cloud and on-premise as a single unified system., allowing businesses to get the most from their existing on-premise investments while losing none of the agility benefits on offer in the cloud. As such, PaaS is a great tool for managing risk.  

PaaS is therefore an enabler of the digital business; providing the means of testing applications and businesses models rapidly and at a dramatically lower cost, evaluating their worth and then either discarding them or implementing them. It provides cloud test environments that allow even the most cautious of businesses to start with small and targeted developments and thereby greatly reduce risk. It means businesses can innovate more, while worrying less. 


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