Friday Nov 01, 2013

Oracle Cloud Solutions at Cloud Expo West

Oracle is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor at next week's Cloud Expo West in Santa Clara (Nov 4-7).  This is the third consecutive year that Oracle has been sponsoring Cloud Expo and each year our involvement and presence at the conference has grown. This year, we have a great lineup of sessions which I've listed below. If you’re attending Cloud Expo West, we'd love to have you attend our sessions that will show our thought leadership and leading solutions in the cloud. You should also swing by Booth #130 to see some of our latest cloud offerings firsthand.

Date  Time  Session Title  Track  Room
 Monday, Nov 4  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Ten Myths of Cloud Computing - General Session All Tracks Ballroom A-H
 Monday, Nov 4  5:10 pm - 5:55 pm Driving Recurring Revenue Streams Through Cloud Billing Cloud Computing and Big Data M1
 Monday, Nov 4  5:10 pm - 5:55 pm An Introduction to Oracle's Cloud Application Marketplace Cloud Bootcamp Great America Room J
 Tuesday, Nov 5  6:25 pm - 7:05 pm Delivering Database as a Service with Oracle Database 12c Deploying the Cloud Great America Room 2
 Wednesday, Nov 6  5:35 pm - 6:20 pm Accelerating Your Journey to Self-Service IT Enterprise Cloud Computing B2
 Thursday, Nov 7  1:35 pm - 2:20 pm Oracle's Strategy for Public Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Services Infrastructure Management | Virtualization M2

At Cloud Expo West, you'll get to learn about and experience the latest in Cloud and Big Data. If you're in Silicon Valley or the Bay Area and don't have a pass to Cloud Expo, no problem. Oracle is giving away FREE VIP Gold Passes! We would love to have you be our VIP guest. Just go to Oracle's Cloud Expo 2013 event registration page and follow the instructions to get your complimentary pass.

Stay tuned to this blog and follow us on Twitter (@OracleCloudZone) during and after Cloud Expo for more of our insight and observations about this year's conference.

Friday Oct 25, 2013

State of Texas delivers Private Cloud Services powered by Oracle Technology

State of Texas moved to private cloud infrastructure and delivering Infrastructure as a Service , Database as a Service and other Platform as a Service offerings to their 28 state agencies. Todd Kimbriel, Director of eGovernment Division at State of Texas attended Oracle Open World and talked with Oracle's John Foley about their private cloud services offering.


Later, Todd participated in the keynote panel of Database as a Service Online Forum> along with Carl Olofson,IDC analyst , Juan Loaiza,SVP Oracle and couple of other Oracle customers. He discussed the IT challenges of  government organizations like state of Texas and the benefits of transitioning to Private cloud including database as a service .

Friday Oct 11, 2013

What's So Great About Cloud Social?

wowWell, it’s not like your company owns Facebook or Twitter, so the notion you can control and execute social “on-site” was always a non-starter.  What you can do is embrace and throw your C-suite weight behind Cloud Social…integrating social relationship management, social data, and social collaboration with other enterprise applications in the Cloud for real-time, actionable insight.


To do this effectively enough to revolutionize your customer experience and make them forever, undyingly loyal to your brand, there must be an overall adoption of Cloud computing and social’s place in it. That’s happening. But is it happening in your organization?


Respondents to a TechInsights Report indicated the cloud is maturing in the enterprise, with IT decision makers achieving better results, faster deployments and lower costs than expected. That was true across Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). Given that, it’s no surprise we see increases in Cloud spending. Those using Cloud for 4+ years are nearly 6x more likely to report increasing cloud spending by over 30% this year. Cloud spending even amongst small to midsized businesses is projected to rise to $95 billion by 2015.


If you’re reaction to that is, “Goodie for them,” it might be time to run down the primary advantages of shifting to the Cloud.


  • Cost Savings: more power, speed and storage than you might otherwise be able to afford.
  • Ability to Innovate: cited as the top benefit by US respondents. It’s amazing what you can do when time and money are freed up.
  • Security: often cited as a concern, it’s actually a plus as cloud providers are often better equipped to guard data. Is your current on-site security flawless?
  • Disaster Avoidance: data is automatically backed-up daily and can be restored seamlessly.
  • Smarter Resourcing: stats show up to 80% of IT budget are bogged down in routine maintenance. Is that really where you want your money and the time of your CIO/CTO to go?
  • Options Aplenty: go with a private cloud, public cloud or hybrid depending on your needs and comfort level. The Cloud can scale as you grow.
  • Headache Reduction: fewer worries about updates, maintenance, support, and deployment.
  • Mobility: stakeholders can get what they need from the cloud any time, from anywhere, on any device, making collaboration downright modern.
  • Green: Using Cloud for storage uses at least 30% less energy than on-site servers.


Arguments against enjoying these kinds of enterprise efficiencies are getting harder to find. And where social is specifically concerned, the socially enabled enterprise is hardly possible without it. That’s a lot of incredibly valuable, freely offered customer data to be left chugging along in the slow, expensive lane.


@mikestiles
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Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Accelerating Your Journey to Self-Service IT with Technology Solutions from Oracle and Partners

At the Oracle Open World 2013, I was really pleased to see many Oracle customers sharing their story of accelerating their journey to Self-Service IT or private cloud leveraging the technology solutions from Oracle and partners.

The Oracle Enterprise Manager General session at Oracle Open World 2013 highlighted the efforts of everyday heroes who are driving their IT organizations’ journeys to a more efficient and agile IT. These heroes - 5 Oracle ACEs and 2 other enterprise Manager customers , shared their experiences in deploying and managing large-footprint Oracle stack environments encompassing Oracle Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Database, and Oracle engineered systems.

The general session also covered Oracle Enterprise Manager’s own journey as a product in this context and also gave a sneak preview of what’s to come.

Many other customers, for example, Bank of America, Norwey's NAV, Mercy Hospital shared their experience during their journey to private cloud and offering Database as a Service or Middleware as a Service via a self-service portal.

Many partners showcased their private cloud solutions and announced new products at Oracle Open World. Dell announced integration of their Open Manage solution with Oracle Enterprise Manager during Michael Dell's keynote.

 EMC announced their new Oracle Enterprise Manager plug-in for their storage during Jeremy Burton's keynote .


Another key highlight for me was the sessions from Oracle user group members on Sunday, September 22nd. Attendance, engagement and interaction during these sessions were really amazing.

If you missed these sessions, want to review what you learned, or spread the knowledge to others, now you can download most of the sessions presented at Oracle OpenWorld. There are two ways to access the sessions for download (or online review):

  1. Directly through Content Catalog
  2. Indirectly through Schedule Builder to Content Catalog (registered attendees only)

In addition , you can learn more about accelerating your journey to self-service IT by going Zero to Cloud resource page.

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.


Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Oracle and Microsoft: Partners in the Enterprise Cloud

Back in late June, Oracle and Microsoft announced a new partnership designed to help customers embrace cloud computing by providing greater choice and flexibility when deploying Oracle software. As an extension of its commitment to support multiple platforms, Oracle would certify and support Oracle applications, middleware, database, Java, and Oracle Linux on Windows Server Hyper-V and Windows Azure. Microsoft would offer Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server to Windows Azure customers. Also, Oracle would offer Oracle Linux to Windows Azure customers. You can review all key elements of the partnership announcement by reading my blog post about it or the press release. Whether you’re in IT, a software industry analyst, or just a techie like me, you knew this was big news.

Now fast forward just a few short months and here comes more good news. Today at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, it was announced that Oracle software including Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server is now available for preview in Windows Azure. During his partner keynote presentation, Brad Anderson, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Cloud and Enterprise Engineering, discussed the benefits of being able to deploy and run Oracle’s mission critical software on a Microsoft-based public, private, or hybrid cloud. There was even a demo of how easy it was to deploy Oracle software using pre-configured images from the Windows Azure image gallery. The full list of available Oracle software images is available here

Microsoft's Brad Anderson

You can watch a live stream and on-demand replays of all the Oracle OpenWorld 2013 keynotes, including Brad Anderson's, at oracle.com/openworld/live. As news about the Oracle and Microsoft partnership continues to develop, check back here on the Oracle Cloud Solutions blog to keep up to date.

Announcing Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

I’m sure most of you reading this blog are fully aware that we’re now firmly in the vortex of that juggernaut known as Oracle OpenWorld 2013 (#oow13). As is always the case, news of new products and services from Oracle and its partners is coming fast and furious. It’s enough to make your head spin! Forgive me for piling on, but during his Tuesday afternoon keynote address, Thomas Kurian announced several new additions to the Oracle Cloud service portfolio including Oracle Database as a Service (DBaaS), Java as a Service, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Oracle DBaaS and Java as a Service are significant new services because for the first time, customers will have full administrative control over the Oracle Database and WebLogic Server in Oracle’s public cloud. Both services will also be offered with managed services options, making it easier than ever to develop and deploy applications in the cloud. The new IaaS offers an elastic compute service that's compatible with OpenStack Nova and provides virtual CPUs and elastic block storage for deploying your apps. Also being offered is a new object storage service that's compatible with OpenStack Swift for access to digital content over Java and REST APIs. Each of the new services are now in preview and like other Oracle Cloud services, will be subscription based.

For more details about the new Oracle Database as a Service, Java as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service, read the press release or go to www.oracle.com/cloud.

Oracle OpenWorld Shows How the Cloud Socially Enables the Enterprise

icons in handWithout question, much of the excitement around Oracle OpenWorld this year surrounds the cloud as the host mechanism for the socially enabled enterprise. Only the cloud offers the needed power, capacity and speed to take full advantage of the waves of big data consumers are willingly offering up to corporations via social plus multiple other touch points.


Of course, to take advantage of this enormous opportunity, those same corporations must make sure that consumer data from those varied sources are fully integrated, creating a treasure chest of data from which any function within the organization can parse and pull, each for their own purposes.


The result is a markedly increased ability to know the customer intimately, to time and personalize offerings expertly, and to predict what the customer is likely to want/need. In other words, it makes possible a customer experience that “wows” the consumer, increasing their satisfaction and loyalty.


Silos inside organizations are crumbling to accommodate this vision. Departments, especially those of the CMO and CIO, are drawing together in a never before seen symbiotic relationship. Likewise, the tools they use must also draw together and work together, and that happens in the cloud.


Getting it right and being customer-centric has never been more critical for success. The public is always on the go, always connected, always influencing and always interacting, both with brands and each other. And oh yeah, they fully expect accurate, real-time, useful responses, something internal IT alone is greatly challenged to accomplish.


Making the task even more herculean is the sheer number of social accounts corporations are managing. Altimeter Group says companies now average about 178 corporate-owned social media accounts. Multiple social accounts, multiple devices, multiple social networks, multiple departments, multiple data sources…all those “multiples” can be managed, shared and acted only if an integrated, seamless enterprise platform has been brought to the table.


Oracle OpenWorld sessions such as “Socially Enable Your Enterprise to Maximize Your Customer Experience” are pointing out to attendees the importance of a cloud-based mission-critical enterprise infrastructure, platform and applications suite that includes social relationship management tools that extends social’s power across marketing, sales, customer service, and HR. (And that’s to say nothing of the cloud-based social enablement of internal-only functions)


That kind of extensive social insight and data, when married to other enterprise data, is what provides the foundation of the socially enabled enterprise, able to deliver the kind of enhanced, seamless customer experiences that make brands irresistible.


@mikestiles
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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.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest at Oracle OpenWorld!

 Calling All Heroes - Join the Quest!

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest is about to launch. Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and join the crew of the star cruiser Stratus as they prepare for their journey to the Cloud. This sci-fi action adventure takes you to the outer reaches of the universe. Join the crew in their quest for the mysterious cloud planet – Terranuvem.

Visit the Cloud Odyssey Booth at Oracle OpenWorld - Moscone West 4048

  • Have your photo taken as one of the crew
  • Get a sneak preview of the two minute trailer for the forthcoming movie Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest
  • Speak to an Oracle expert about Oracle Private Cloud solutions
  • Get a behind the scenes look at the making of Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest

In addition, start YOUR journey to the cloud with some must-see sessions at Oracle OpenWorld:

Cloud Keynotes:

  • Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together, Tues. Sep. 24 8-10:00am Moscone North Hall D
  • Cloud Keynote – Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle Tues. Sep. 24, 1:30-3:15pm Moscone North Hall 

Cloud General Sessions:

Be sure to visit the multitude of cloud activities at Oracle OpenWorld, including conference sessions, demos and Hands On Labs.

If you’re unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld, you can join the crew for the Cloud Odyssey journey at:

https://www.facebook.com/CloudOdyssey


Monday Sep 09, 2013

Getting Extreme Performance with Oracle Engineered Systems in the Cloud

written by Lisa Schwartz

America’s Cup is upon us!   And America’s Cup means Oracle extreme performance on the water.  Did you know you can get Oracle extreme performance in the cloud?   You can run your Oracle applications on Oracle Engineered Systems in Oracle’s Managed Cloud.

Consider these extreme stats that Oracle application owners are getting from running Oracle Engineered Systems in the cloud:

•    Optimize performance with 200,000-plus Oracle Financials transactions per hour—
with 80 percent capacity to spare
•    Increase performance with Oracle PeopleSoft Payroll processing in half the time
•    Boost productivity with up to 11x faster HR self-service response times with 4000 concurrent users
•    Lower TCO by 2x over IBM Power 780 systems and HP Superdome 2

Watch this video!  See how Oracle Team USA  uses extreme technology to get extreme performance on the water…

Friday Sep 06, 2013

The Social Cloud Primer

The foundation for the socially-enabled enterprise is cloud-based platforms and software. It has increasingly become the accepted foundation for facilitating integrated processes and data across the organization. And there’s a lot of good news about that. After all, who thinks better efficiencies, more actionable data, improved customer experiences and lower costs sounds like a bad idea?

First, a refresher on what it means to be a socially-enabled enterprise.

Social has become essential for every consumer-facing department and business application. As silos crumble, an integrated approach to data is no longer an innovation or luxury…it’s what is required to remain relevant and competitive.

The socially-enabled enterprise is key for modern customer experiences. Social users are perpetually connected, mobile, and vocal. And because they expect gratifying, real-time responses, corporate workflows are getting spun like a top. Altimeter Group says companies manage an average 178 corporate-owned social media accounts, meaning that for social, systems are needed for publishing, analytics, listening, moderation, engagement, paid social, content management, social app development, marketing automation and admin…none of which can be islands unto themselves.

And that’s just social data. Enterprise data growth is expected to continue at 40% through 2020. The ideal scenario is for the value of all that social data you’re now pulling in to be amplified via integration with other core business applications. Now you’re discovering insights you didn’t know existed, you’re developing dynamic, real-time dashboards, reports and alerts for rapid decision-making, and you’re maxing out your Customer Service, Sales, and Support applications.

About now, you’re getting an idea of the speed, flexibility and processing power this ideal scenario calls for, and that’s where the cloud floats to the rescue. Only a cloud-based, enterprise infrastructure, platform and applications suite that extends social’s power across all consumer-facing touch points can give you the social insight + enterprise data combo that make actionable, real-time views of the customer work.

A 2012 Gartner Data Center Conference poll showed almost 9 out of 10 organizations were planning, piloting, or already using a private cloud. Others are deploying public/private hybrid clouds. But increasingly, businesses are seeing a) the need to process and utilize the vast amounts of Big Data now available and b) the need to rapidly, confidently deploy technologies that become available faster and faster.

With that kind of workload becoming the norm, on-site, traditional IT infrastructures are quickly becoming the most expensive, most inefficient proposition available. Data analysis is faster in the cloud, resources can be added and deployed as needed, and stakeholders can tap into the same data pool to satisfy their varied goals.

However…despite the benefits of systems being integrated in the cloud, many businesses are choosing the quagmire of using multiple cloud vendors for multiple processes. Recently, polled business managers reported staff downtime, missed business deadlines, and stunted innovation initiatives thanks to poor/no integration of cloud applications from multiple vendors. The 2013 InformationWeek State of Cloud Computing Survey showed 66% are using 2-5 providers, and 33% don’t integrate cloud services. It’s a one shop, legitimately integrated enterprise cloud that delivers the kinds of user experiences that make competitors sweat.

Adoption is happening. In 2012, spending on cloud tech was expected to increase by about 25%. IT departments inside the enterprise are standing toe to toe with the future, and must decide whether or not to up their strategic importance by embracing its changing role. Because with the enormity of intelligence that social offers, data collection, processing and analysis is the only hope of bringing order to metrics chaos so brands can fully reap the monetary benefits of intimately knowing their customer.

@mikestiles
Photo: stock.xchng

Friday Aug 30, 2013

Journey to the Cloud…Planet

 Written by:  Jeff Erickson

The year is 2092. Scientists have been scanning deep space for decades looking for signals of alien life. Earlier this year they hit pay dirt: a signal both strong and consistent, confirmed as hailing from deep space. The signal jolted the global scientific community and its supporters in government and industry. Big things began to happen. First, an unprecedented coordination of deep space sensors triangulated and pinpointed the signal’s source. It was coming from a planet catalogued 35 years ago by Brazilian researchers and labeled as “earth-like.” Further study confirmed that it is a rocky planet with methane, mild volcanism, and an abundance of water circulating in its atmosphere. The Brazilians called it, appropriately, Terranuvem: the cloud planet. Next, scientists responded to the pulse from Terranuvem with signal of our own. All involved expected it to take 12 years to arrive at the distant world.

Two weeks later their signal changed. Soon after, a hurriedly assembled meeting of the World Council of Nations issued a statement indicating that technology existed to traverse the light-years to Terranuvem. Rumors abound that the tech is from an extraterrestrial source. Now, we’ve learned that a ship is being outfitted to make the journey. It’s humanity’s first voyage to another star system. That’s not just a journey, it’s a quest. Join us for Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest. Follow the adventure on facebook.com/CloudOdyssey. Don't miss the official movie trailer at Oracle OpenWorld. Join us for Cloud Odyssey events coming to a city near you in 2014.

Friday Aug 16, 2013

Putting Innovation back in IT

It's Friday. Time for a fun video blog post. Cloud Cloud Cloud. For those of us in the high tech industry, this buzz word seems to be everywhere.  Lower Costs, Flexibility, Reduced Risk and Speed are the benefits that come top of mind for all of us. But what truly defines the value of Cloud? At the end of the day, all organizations, regardless of industry, sector, and location have one goal- to make money and stay ahead of the competition. Related to this, is the increasing need to focus on their core business rather than worrying about the back end IT components.

 Time to focus on innovation for your business so you can grow your bottom line. Time to put Innovation back in IT.

Check out this video and learn how Oracle Managed Cloud Services can do just that.


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




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