Friday Jan 16, 2015

Is Your PaaS Delivering the Agility Your Users Demand?

Jan. 28, 2015, Cloud Platform Online Forum

Join Oracle at the keynote as we kick off the online forum with IDC analyst Robert Mahowald. Learn how to rapidly build, deploy, manage, and secure rich applications and enable business collaboration and innovation using an integrated cloud platform built on the industry’s #1 Database and Application Server.

Following the keynote, stay for highly engaging content specifically designed for:

  • Java and Database developers
  • Database managers and administrators
  • IT operations managers
  • Lines of business managers

Review the full agenda for more information. Experts will be available for online chat to answer your technical questions.

Thursday Jan 15, 2015

New Enterprise Manager Release Delivers Adaptive Private PaaS

We are pleased to announce an update to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4. The update is now available for download on Oracle Technology Network.  

So what exactly is adaptive private PaaS?

Recent releases of Enterprise Manager have expanded capabilities around Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery in your private cloud. In particular, the EM Cloud Management Packs have focused on two critical areas for Oracle customers: Database as a Service (DBaaS) and Middleware as a Service (MWaaS).

In this release, these PaaS capabilities have become more adaptive to complex, rapidly growing environments. The detailed blog post on the Enterprise Manager blog looks at 3 areas where database and middleware users and managers will benefit.

Read more here.

Monday Jan 12, 2015

Learn how you can get even more from your Oracle investment with Oracle Functional Business Services


Oracle  Functional Business Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide you with services that span the entire software lifecycle.  From migration, testing and deployment to compliance and disaster recovery, Oracle experts help you get the most out of your cloud deployment.

Services that are discussed are:

Technical Upgrade Service - delivered using Oracle tools, methodologies, and best practices

Functional Service Desk- providing administrative and functional support for Oracle cloud based applications

Testing Service - to determine if current IT infrastructure has adequate capacity to accommodate anticipated peak workload and to uncover software regression issues when software changes are introduced into the system

CEMLI Migration Service - to ensure unique business capabilities continue to function and achieve optimal performance by providing remediation and maintenance services for such capabilities via highly experienced experts with an intimate understanding of Oracle technologies and the ability to map business requirements to Oracle functionality

Intuit shares their business drivers for utilizing Oracle Functional Business Services in their own implementation and the benefits they have achieved.  

Featured speakers are:

Michael Hutchinson, GVP Cloud Services Customer Management, Oracle

Oommen Cherian, VP Managed Cloud Customer Management, Oracle

David Jankowski, Director of Engineering, Intuit, Inc

Watch the webcast now

Learn even more at the OMCS Functional Business Services Center of Excellence Summit in Bangalore, India.  It will be held February 24-26, 2015.

This event is suitable for any company who is interested in learning about our Functional Business Services.  Reference customers will be onsite, discussing their experiences with Managed Cloud's Functional Business Services.

The event will include presentations, interactive discussions, floor walks, networking activities, a cultural tour and dedicated time for 1:1 meetings.

Contact susan.keefe@oracle.com for more details.



Monday Nov 24, 2014

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Wins the Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Customer Value Leadership Award for Managed Cloud


The 2014 Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Award - North America Managed Cloud Customer Value Leadership Award, rated Oracle Managed Cloud Services as the clear leader versus other providers; Managed Cloud received an "exceptional" rating in 9 of 10 evaluation categories.  The research report is an excellent look at our industry and what is valued by cloud customers looking for a managed solution.

View this video to learn more about the Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Customer Value leadership Award for Managed Cloud Services and to see Steve McMillan, SVP Oracle Managed Cloud Services, accept the award on Oracle's behalf. 

Friday Nov 14, 2014

"Be a disrupter"- A Recap of Cloudworld Frankfurt

written by:  Petra Brücklmeier

“Be a disruptor“ – with these words, Jürgen Kunz, Oracle Senior Vice President and Country Leader Germany, ended his opening keynote at Oracle CloudWorld in Frankfurt. Around 1,000 participants came to the Congress Center not only to learn about the latest Oracle Cloud developments but also to experience and discuss what digital transformation means and which disruptive consequences it has for most – in fact: all – sectors of the economy.

Mr. Kunz illustrated what disruptive – the changing of everything that has been – means using the example of the taxi industry and its new competitor Uber. Without digitalization, Uber`s business model would be unthinkable, which is true for Airbnb and many others who stir up traditional fields as well. But he also pointed out that with the rise of driverless cars the business model of Uber might have to change soon again.

According to Jürgen Kunz, only companies that are able to imagine, develop, and realize truly disruptive business models had a chance to survive through digital transformation. The Oracle Cloud portfolio offers the necessary foundation: it is comprehensive, flexible, and scalable to make quickly bring services to the market. „The only constant is change“has never been as true as it is today.

This observation was confirmed by guest speaker Thomas Sattelberger, former board member of Telekom AG, Continental AG, and Lufthansa Passage. In a stirring speech, he pleaded for more risk-taking in Germany instead of resting on the laurels of the past. The country and its companies had to accept that similarly good products could be produced all over the world. Future business models evolved around Smart Services offered around these products. If German manufacturers did not understand this, corresponding services would be offered by American internet companies, degrading the German industry to a mere supplier.

In this context, he also said that the government should consider reforming education goals to cultivate entrepreneurship and risk-taking which may ultimately lead to new business models. „Surfing the wave or running from the tsunami, it is for us to choose“, Mr. Sattelberger said at the end of his speech. The long applause showed that his audience tended to consider themselves surfers.

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Up next was Steve Miranda, Oracle Executive Vice President Applications Development, who explained the benefits of the Oracle Cloud Services, especially Oracle CX Cloud, Oracle HR Cloud, and Oracle ERP Cloud. He said that the modern cloud was personalized, connected, and safe – personalized meaning that it was tailored to the user with all the dashboards, reports, and processes they needed; connected, that processes and analytics were integrated and there was a network including all required data and persons. And to meet local data security standards and protect data, the correct security functions have to be available. At the same time, Mr. Miranda showed that the cloud had to be viewed less as an outsourcing and more as a driver of innovation by now. This is because cloud applications help to make resources available quickly and easily when they are needed. A group of Oracle customers on the main stage with companies such as Elsevier, Elizabeth Arden, Soundcloud, and the German Federal Employment Agency confirmed their positive experience with Oracle Cloud solutions.

Another use case followed: Peter Gapp, responsible for IT and Cloud Governance at Siemens, explained how his company benefits from the cloud, stressing that national borders were no obstacles for a global player such as Siemens. He gave fascinating examples of consolidating Marketing Automation and CRM in a single tool, thereby optimizing the data transfer from marketing to sales departments which brings the operation closer to the customer. Despite still being perceived differently, Mr. Gapp said that Siemens was no longer an ocean liner but worked to be close to its customers with many small speed boats. The Oracle cloud helps him to achieve this.

After a fascinating and inspiring morning, the afternoon offered seven Breakout Sessions. Oracle Cloud experts and users presented topics such as: Modern Backoffice, More Selling, IT Platform in the Cloud, Marketing Transformation, HR as a Business-Shaping Factor, and Modern Customer Service. The parallel exhibition and the breaks presented opportunities for discussion around the keynotes and sessions as well as to exchange experiences before the event ended with cold beers and music.

Tuesday Oct 28, 2014

Maximize the Value of Your Oracle Investment

Whether you are already a customer of Oracle Managed Cloud Services or are considering becoming one, you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn how you can get even more from your Oracle investment with Oracle Functional Business Services.

 Oracle Functional Business Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide you with services that span the entire software lifecycle.  From migration, testing and deployment to compliance and disaster recovery, Oracle experts help you get the most out of your cloud deployment - improving operational excellence, driving down costs, reducing risk and sharpening your competitive advantage.

Join us for this live webcast and learn how you can take advantage of Oracle's extensive expertise to offload tactical IT tasks which will enable you to focus on being innovative and strategic within your organization.  Services that will be covered include:

  • Technical Upgrade Service - delivered using Oracle tools, methodologies, and best practices designed and built to provide for ongoing operability, with software management efficiencies in mind.
  • Functional Service Desk - providing administrative and functional support for your cloud based Oracle applications.  Business functional experts start with a thorough understanding of your business so they can help your employees incorporate new solutions, resolve issues faster, and focus on key business functions.
  • Testing Service - to help you determine if your IT infrastructure has adequate capacity to accommodate your anticipated peak workload and to uncover software-regression issues when software changes are introduced into your system.
  • CEMLI Migration Service - to ensure your unique business capabilities continue to function and achieve optimal performance by providing remediation and maintenance services for such capabilities via highly experienced experts with an intimate understanding of Oracle technologies and the ability to map business requirements to Oracle functionality.

You will also hear from Intuit as they share their business drivers for utilizing Oracle Functional Business Services in their own implementation and the benefits they have achieved.

 The webcast will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

Featured speakers are:

Michael Hutchinson, GVP Cloud Services Customer Management, Oracle

Oommen Cherian, VP Managed Cloud Customer Management, Oracle

David Jankowski, Director Engineering, Intuit, Inc

Register today for this live webcast!


Friday Oct 03, 2014

Can your cloud provider keep up with your modern business?

This week at OOW we gained a wealth of information. At a high level we got to hear from many technology experts and industry analysts on the era of digital disruption and how these no longer “new” technologies “cloud” “social and mobile” are taking over the way we do business. Old applications just can’t measure up. As CEO Mark Hurd said it best during his keynote on Monday morning, most of these “old applications are pre-internet, pre-cloud, pre-mobile and pre-social. They don’t allow for flexible upgrades or other capabilities that are a must have in today’s modern digital age”.

Amidst the buzz around Oracle’s modern cloud offerings, Oracle made another announcement regarding its innovative Customer2Cloud program. Here is a quick summary in case you missed the details. Oracle install base customers can now easily migrate to the cloud by reallocating their existing unused seats and support spend to moving their applications to the cloud. In addition, to removing financial barriers, Oracle offers rapid start-up services and packed integrations to ensure a successful transition to the cloud. The best part? The program is available for all Oracle ERP, EPM, HCM and CRM customers. With Oracle’s new Customer2Cloud program, you can now start achieving all the real benefits of modern cloud applications for your business- faster innovation, lower costs and a better experience for your customers.

Where do you go next? There are many cloud providers in the marketplace today. How do you choose the one that is best for your business? A cloud provider should be more than provider. They should be a partner that you can trust for the long term. They should be able to support your business along its journey to innovation, expansion and competitive edge in the marketplace. With Oracle’s Customer2Cloud program and modern cloud applications, you can be on your way to the cloud in no time.

Check out this executive overview on Customer2Cloud:


Want to know more about Oracle’s Customer2Cloud program? Click here.

For the Customer2Cloud Press Release click here.

Want to know more about Oracle’s SaaS offerings? Click here.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

Oracle Managed Cloud Customers Present at OpenWorld

 Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, kicked off the Oracle Managed Cloud conference session lineup on Monday, September 29th at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.  He spoke at the conference session "Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Your On-Ramp to the Cloud".  Steve talked about how Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) delivers enterprise-grade, managed private cloud services across a broad portfolio of business applications, middleware, database, and hardware technologies.  He also talked about the functional business services that OMCS offers to customers.

Jonathan Shough, CIO of INC Research, LLC participated, along with Steve Cavanaugh, CIO of Printpack, Dr. Priscilla Hancock, CIO of the University of Louisville and Tom Fisher, CIO, Oracle Cloud Services in the conference session "How the Cloud is Changing the CIO Role" on Monday afternoon,   The panel, led by Michael Hutchinson, GVP of Cloud Services Customer Management, engaged in a lively discussion about how the cloud is enabling CIOs to focus on initiatives that are strategic to their respective businesses instead of managing the care and feeding of their software.

Read about how INC Research leveraged Oracle Managed Cloud Services to expand their global operations.

Joe Finlinson, IS Manager, Enterprise Resource Planning at Intermountain Healthcare participated in a Managed Cloud Session on Tuesday, The Next Level:  Managed Security in the Cloud.  Joe, along with Paul Van Amsterdam, VP of Information Technology at Intuit and Gail Coury, VP Risk Management at Oracle, talked about how Oracle keeps its customers' data safe in the cloud, and about the portfolio of advanced security services that are offered by Oracle Managed Cloud Services.

Read about how Intermountain Healthcare uses Oracle Managed Cloud Services to run its PeopleSoft Enterprise applications and Oracle Business Intelligence software.


Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld Kicks Off with Larry Ellison Keynote

Welcome to Oracle OpenWorld 2014!!!! Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and CTO of Oracle Corp kicked off the start of the conference week Sunday night with a discussion of new Oracle Cloud services and product offerings.

A couple of key points from Larry’s talk on Oracle’s cloud strategy, Oracle’s focus is to enable the customer to preserve their existing investments in both hardware and software. Oracle’s strategy is to make it an easy transition to a cloud model, with an integrated stack that works together. So as your business needs evolves over time, your IT infrastructure is positioned to evolve with you. One very interesting example Larry showed was the ability to literally move or “unplug” an existing on-premise database and take it to the Oracle Cloud and “plug” it in there, using the Oracle Multitenant capability. This incredible ease of moving your application AND your data to the cloud heralds a new whole world for your business.

In addition, Larry focused on the platform strength of the Oracle offering for cloud; it’s the same platform Oracle uses internally for its own applications development, plus its own public cloud offering, powers 9 out of 10 of the top SaaS providers, and provides the most robust database and application server available. An important aspect of that is exactly that Oracle uses the same platform itself, thereby making moving applications or data between on premises and cloud environments transparent and seamless.

A further announcement Larry made was of the general availability of Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, the world's first and only engineered system designed specifically for database protection. This massively scalable appliance delivers unparalleled data protection, automation, efficiency and scalability. The cloud-scale architecture enables a single Recovery Appliance to manage the data protection requirements of thousands of databases, avoiding the cost and complexity of disparate backup systems. The automation eliminates the human error aspect of implementing a backup and recovery strategy.

In other cloud news, Oracle’s complete cloud strategy was presented to a packed room on Monday morning, showing both the private cloud as well as the public cloud capability.  For private cloud, Oracle provides a complete solution spanning servers, storage, database, middleware, integration technologies and of course the complete management of the entire stack as well as the cloud lifecycle.

If you’re able to attend OpenWorld this week in San Francisco, keep an eye out for the Oracle Cloud Paas and Iaas demo showcase, located front and center in the Exhibit Hall. And be sure to add the Intercontinental San Francisco to your itinerary for hands-on labs devoted to public cloud and the Hotel Nikko for hands-on labs devoted to all other cloud-related topics.

For all cloud activities at Oracle OpenWorld, consult the Oracle Cloud Computing Focus On document here.

Unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld? Follow all the Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook and watch keynote and session highlights on demand.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld Preview: Top Cloud Sessions, Demos, and More

With 130+ scheduled conference sessions, 28 hands-on labs, and 30+ product demonstrations devoted to Oracle cloud solutions, Oracle OpenWorld 2014 will offer an in-depth exploration of the latest product developments, plus a look into the future of the industry's most comprehensive portfolio of application, platform, and infrastructure cloud solutions.

A complete list of conference activities devoted to cloud is available on the Oracle OpenWorld website. Event organizers have nominated the following four don't-miss sessions.

  • General Session: Is the Cloud Working for You? If Yes, Wow! If Not, Why Not? (GEN8447)
    Although software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) are making it easier to get applications and infrastructure at the swipe of a credit card, developers and IT operations are struggling to keep up with tools sprawl, code rewrites, accidental architectures, security compromises, and line-of-business complaints about siloed experience and lack of insights. See how Oracle's public and private platform as a service and IaaS offerings help customers avoid these pitfalls and gain the promise of cloud computing.
  • Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy: Your Strategy, Your Cloud, Your Choice (CON1980)
    As enterprise adoption of cloud computing accelerates, organizations must have a strategy and a plan for moving to the cloud. What should you put into public clouds? Should you create a private cloud? Should you use cloud applications, platform, or infrastructure? This session explores best practices and helps attendees define their own roadmap to the ideal cloud environment, whether in a private, public, or hybrid cloud. It examines the trade-offs between different cloud models—and how Oracle’s complete offering can meet the needs of any organization.
  • Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest (CON1977)
    The time has come for humanity’s first interstellar trek to Terranuvem, the cloud planet, and Chief Engineer Cyrus Agarwal has been chosen to ready a ship for the voyage. He must make the right architectural choices to transform the ship for the long journey and be prepared for the unknown. Attend this session for a unique, Telly award winning sci-fi movie experience while discovering key success factors for guiding your own journey to the cloud.
  • General Session: Drive the Future of Self-Service IT with Oracle Enterprise Manager (GEN8250) This session explores Oracle’s systems management strategy, including a sneak preview of expected future developments. Oracle experts will be joined by customers and partners sharing their experiences in deploying and managing large-footprint Oracle private cloud environments. The session will also recap Oracle Enterprise Manager’s evolution into a powerful self-service IT management tool.  

Keep an eye out for the Oracle Cloud demo showcase, located front and center in the exhibit hall. And be sure to add the Intercontinental San Francisco to your itinerary for hands-on labs devoted to public cloud and the Hotel Nikko for hands-on labs devoted to all other cloud-related topics. 

Learn more and register now for Oracle OpenWorld 2014.

Unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld?  Follow all the Oracle Cloud Solutions excitement on Twitter and Facebook 

https://twitter.com/oraclecloudzone

http://www.facebook.com/OracleCloudComputing

and watch keynote and session highlights on demand.

Tuesday Aug 19, 2014

The CIO Identity Crisis — Can Cloud and Innovation Fix It?


the outsourcing institute

Featuring: Tom Fisher, CIO, Oracle Cloud Services

Webcast Replay Now Available!  

The simple fact is this: the emergence of cloud has fundamentally changed the role of the CIO; making job descriptions obsolete, altering organizational structures and changing the benchmarks of success.

In this webcast Tom Fisher discussed how CIOs can effectively make the transition from "keepers of the technology" to "chief innovators" and how a managed cloud solution can help them regain control of this new, multi-sourced environment and all the business insight it brings. 

Watch the webcast  and read Tom's white paper "The CIO as Chief Innovation Officer:  How Cloud is Changing the CIO Role"

Managed Cloud Services Wins Another Prestigious Industry Award

Over the last 90 days, Oracle Managed Cloud Services has been the proud recipient of TWO prestigious industry awards for service excellence and customer value leadership

The most recent award is last month's 2014 Frost & Sullivan Best Practice Award - North America Managed Cloud Customer Value Leadership Award, which rated Oracle Managed Cloud Services as the clear leader versus other providers; Managed Cloud received an "exceptional" rating in 9 of 10 evaluation categories.  The research report  is an excellent look at our industry and what is valued by cloud customers looking for a managed solution.  

In April, Managed Cloud was a repeat winner of the Outsourcing Excellence Award - 2014 Outsourcing Excellence Award - Best ITO Infrastructure (Sony Computer Entertainment America).  Last year we won the award for Best Cloud: 2013 Outsourcing Excellence Award - Best Cloud (Take-Two Interactive)

 These awards are a great testimony of the transformation of Managed Cloud Services to a true Cloud-based business and a strategic and relevant part of the Oracle Cloud Solutions portfolio.  Frost & Sullivan, in particular, recognizes our vision and our capability of successfully managing business transactions in the cloud.

Friday Aug 15, 2014

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest Wins Two Telly Awards!

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest is a sci-fi movie experience that shows you the key success factors for guiding your own journey to the cloud.   The movie shows the journey to a mysterious cloud planet, as a metaphor to YOUR journey to the cloud.

And now, Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest! receives 2 Telly awards in the categories 1) Motivational and 2) Use of Animation. This is truly an honor to be recognized in the company of so many outstanding entries from a wide range of major players, including Disney, Coca-Cola, NBC, Discovery...Kudos to the Cloud Odyssey team!

Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Identity Management in the Cloud – Leverage New Whitepaper to Learn About this Important Topic

IT security and access management have never been greater challenges. These new challenges can’t be solved with yesterday’s user access models. To mitigate risk and control costs, comprehensive Identity Management solutions, designed for today’s diverse computing environments and mobile workforce, are taking center stage. With so much at risk, it’s no wonder that this new, hot topic is occupying a top position on every CIO’s security agenda. Gail Coury, VP Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services has written a whitepaper entitled “A High-Level Guide to Effective Identity Management in the Cloud.” This paper helps CIOs explore the options so that they can better formulate the right Identity Management strategy for their company today and in the future.

Read the whitepaper.


Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Earns Elite Status for Federal Deployments

Oracle Corp. has been approved to deliver a sophisticated new type of highly secure managed cloud services to federal customers that will help them rapidly and confidently comply with "Federal Cloud First" initiatives.

Three federal agencies - the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration - plus an outside company, participated in the rigorous review of solutions from technology vendors.  Having met those stringent requirements, Oracle's Managed Cloud Services was granted provisional authority to operate under the federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

This new status makes Oracle Managed Cloud Services the first private-cloud services provider to be given authority to offer federal customers a Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering using a hybrid-cloud environment encompassing both private cloud and community cloud.

Because Oracle's advanced cloud-computing technology allows it to offer a single-tenant model dedicated to U.S. government customers, and because Oracle Managed Cloud Services has earned the FedRAMP authorization, those departments and agencies can rapidly transition to a managed private government cloud.

"Oracle is committed to protecting the information assets and sensitive data of our U.S. Government customers," said Gail Coury, Vice President of Risk Management for Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  "Our FedRAMP provisional authorization exemplifies our continuing commitment to helping our U.S. Government customers satisfy their security requirements."

In that context, the FedRAMP provisional authorization becomes "a critical milestone in Oracle's efforts to implement and deploy secure private-cloud environments to our U.S. Government customers and partners," said Rick Cirigliano, Vice President of Public Sector for Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  "This provisional authorization adds a great deal of leverage to agencies in their efforts to comply with Federal Cloud First and Shared First Initiatives."

Oracle Managed Cloud Services gives its U. S. Government customers access to a full range of services for both software and hardware, including infrastructure, platform, and Oracle applications as well as certain approved third party applications.  These managed services include applications such as ERP, CRM, and HCM; hardware and facilities setup/configuration; application management, testing, monitoring and patching; as well as incident management and problem resolution, technical and functional service desk, point upgrades, security, and disaster recovery.

FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.

FedRAMP uses a "do once, use many" approach to security assessments, thereby saving time and cost while providing full security transparency.

FedRAMP's primary governance group consists of the CIOs of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security and the GSA.  More information about the FedRAMP program can be found at http://www.fedramp.gov.



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