By Alina Albu-Oracle on Apr 27, 2016
By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content
By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content
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.
Oracle’s Enhanced Security Services enable you to:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Originally posted on the Oracle WebCenter blog
We are excited to announce Oracle Sites Cloud Service. Oracle Sites Cloud Service drives digital engagement for employees, customers and partners through intuitive assembly of content, applications, and processes to build rich community and marketing sites.
Ready to Learn More on Oracle Sites Cloud Service?
· [White Paper] The Linchpin of Your Digital Engagement Platform (link)
· [Datasheet] Digital Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link)
· [Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver Sites and Communities (link)
· [eBook] Rapidly Develop Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link)
· [Video] Introducing Oracle Sites Cloud Service (link)
· [Website] Oracle Sites Cloud Service Website (link)
Oracle Sites Cloud Service is available as an option under Oracle Documents Cloud Service. Limited use is included at no-charge with Oracle Documents Cloud Service. To get started, visit us at cloud.oracle.com/cloud-sites
That's why in the post-OpenWorld calm, I like to revisit some of the key new product offerings that are worth learning more about. In this case, I'd like to draw your attention to the Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) which we announced at OpenWorld and is now Generally Available (GA).
Oracle DVCS is a new Oracle Cloud PaaS offering that provides rich, consumer-style analytics, including intelligent data visualization, and self-service data discovery. It also provides mobile consumption and authoring capabilities. In just a few clicks, DVCS users can combine and visually analyze data from disparate data sources, and quickly reveal and share hidden patterns and actionable insights. As a cloud service, DVCS provides these capabilities without heavy lifting by IT resources or upfront capital investment, resulting in faster time to value and greater ROI.
Every year at Oracle OpenWorld, there are a number of announcements made about new products and services. This year has been no different. If you saw Larry Ellison's keynote on Sunday, you heard Larry announce several exciting new cloud offerings which were summarized in this blog.
Officially kicking off Oracle OpenWorld 2015, the keynote of Larry Ellison on Sunday evening was packed with annoucements.
In his analysis of the Cloud market of the last 16 years, he made it very clear that we're in the middle of a cloud transformation of each of the 3 layers of the cloud, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. He then introduced the 6 design goals of the Oracle Cloud:
and elaborated extensively on each of those design goals.
For your convenience, we've storified all of the relevant tweets that were sent during his one hour presentation. As you can read in the Storify, he announced many new services and improvements:
Can you spot all of them? We will cover all of these new services in due time in more detail.
Attend these sessions and hear the latest and greatest from Oracle Managed Cloud Services on "Managed Monday" October 26th!Oracle Managed Cloud Services: Business Value from a Hybrid Cloud (CON8548)
Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle
Accelerate your cloud strategy with proven expertise and innovative, flexible solutions. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is complete, secure, and customized to fit YOUR cloud vision. Join this session to hear the speaker describe how Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers your on-ramp to the cloud—whether it’s hybrid IT, extending the cloud to on premises, or anywhere in between.
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Cloud Begins with Innovation - Oracle Managed Cloud Services (CON8549)
Ajay Srivastava, Vice President, Product Strategy and Service Engineering, Oracle
Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3010
Managed Security and Identity in the Cloud: Secure Your Cloud [CON8547]
"How secure is my data in the cloud?" In 2014 and 2015, there were tens of thousands of security breaches and incidents. The Oracle Managed Cloud Services portfolio of security and identity management services helps customers keep their applications and data safe in the cloud. Customers unlock the value of their investment in Oracle’s security and identity products across the entire lifecycle from design and implementation to management and monitoring with Oracle Managed Cloud Services. In this session, listen to a customer from a highly regulated industry discuss how Oracle Managed Cloud Services delivers world-class security and reduces their risk profile.
Monday, Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone West—3009
Customers continue to adopt different types of cloud applications, both private and public, resulting in a hybrid cloud environment. Research shows that 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017. Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers complete, secure, integrated, customized services for Oracle Cloud applications and technology. This allows customers to move production workloads from existing Oracle Cloud investments into a managed cloud, backed by lifecycle management. Oracle Managed Cloud Services also wraps functional services around these capabilities to ensure customers’ business processes and transactions flow seamlessly across all applications. The result is better availability, performance, and security of your total cloud environment. Join this session to learn more.
Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3009
Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Enables Hybrid Cloud for ERP and SaaS [CON8755]
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