Friday Aug 02, 2013

Is Cloud Security Holding Back Social SaaS?

cloud castleThe true promise of social data co-mingling with enterprise data to influence and inform social marketing (all marketing really) lives in cloud computing. The cloud brings processing power, services, speed and cost savings the likes of which few organizations could ever put into action on their own. So why wouldn’t anyone jump into SaaS (Software as a Service) with both feet? Cloud security.

Being concerned about security is proper and healthy. That just means you’re a responsible operator. Whether it’s protecting your customers’ data or trying to stay off the radar of regulatory agencies, you have plenty of reasons to make sure you’re as protected from hacking, theft and loss as you can possibly be.

But you also have plenty of reasons to not let security concerns freeze you in your tracks, preventing you from innovating, moving the socially-enabled enterprise forward, and keeping up with competitors who may not be as skittish regarding SaaS technology adoption. Over half of organizations are transferring sensitive or confidential data to the cloud, an increase of 10% over last year.

With the roles and responsibilities of CMO’s, CIO’s and other C’s changing, the first thing you should probably determine is who should take point on analyzing cloud software options, providers, and policies.

An oft-quoted Ponemon Institute study found 36% of businesses don’t have a cloud security policy at all. So that’s as good a place to start as any. What applications and data are you comfortable housing in the cloud? Do you have a classification system for data that clearly spells out where data types can go and how they can be used? Who, both internally and at the cloud provider, will function as admins? What are the different levels of admin clearance? Will your security policies and procedures sync up with those of your cloud provider?

The key is verifiable trust. Trust in cloud security is actually going up. 1/3 of organizations polled say it’s the cloud provider who should be responsible for data protection. And when you look specifically at SaaS providers, that expectation goes up to 60%. 57% “strongly agree” or “agree” there’s more confidence in cloud providers’ ability to protect data. In fact, some businesses bypass the “verifiable” part of verifiable trust. Just over half have no idea what their cloud provider does to protect data.

And yet, according to the “Private Cloud Vision vs. Reality” InformationWeek Report, 82% of organizations say security/data privacy are one of the main reasons they’re still holding the public cloud at arm’s length. That’s going to be a tough position to maintain, because just as social is rapidly changing the face of marketing, big data is rapidly changing the face of enterprise IT. Netflix, who’s particularly big on the benefits of the cloud, says, "We're systematically disassembling the corporate IT components." An enterprise can never realize the full power of big data, nor get the full potential value out of it, if it’s unwilling to enable the integrations and dataset connections necessary in the cloud.

Because integration is called for to reduce fragmentation, a standardized platform makes a lot of sense. With multiple components crafted to work together, you’re maximizing scalability, optimization, cost effectiveness, and yes security and identity management benefits. You can see how the incentive is there for cloud companies to develop and add ever-improving security features, making cloud computing an eventual far safer bet than traditional IT.

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Saturday Mar 23, 2013

IOUG Cloud Computing Special Interest Group (SIG) presents impressive line-up of cloud sessions at Collaborate, Denver

The IOUG Cloud Computing Special Interest Group (SIG) represents the voice of the independent Oracle professional on matters related to Oracle-centric Cloud Computing. The SIG board consists of world-renowned veteran experts that, have have come up with an ensemble of first-rate sessions at COLLABORATE 2013 related to Oracle Cloud Computing.The Cloud track at COLLABORATE 2013 is a great opportunity for the Oracle professional to rub shoulders and learn from some of the best in the industry about cutting-edge technology, prevalent trends, best practices and a whole lot more about Oracle Cloud Computing solution.

The IOUG Cloud Computing SIG presents an impressive line-up of cloud sessions at Collaborate 2013. Here is a summary of cloud sessions :-

Collaborate 2013 Cloud Computing sessions

Date

Session ID

Session Details

Product Line

Track

Sun. Apr. 7

2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

102800

Journey to the Cloud for PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

9:45 am - 10:45 am

11602

Oracle Fusion Applications On Premise Installations Road Map

Oracle Fusion Applications

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

9:45 am - 10:45 am

344

Performance Tuning your DB Cloud in OEM 12c Cloud Control - 360 Degrees

Oracle Database, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Real Application Clusters

Cloud Computing,Database

Mon. Apr. 8

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

11934

The Case for Hyperion in the Cloud

Hyperion EPM, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

951

Oracle Roadmap:Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy – Your Strategy. Your Cloud. Your Choice.

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

13139

Oracle’s Cloud Computing Strategy – Your Strategy. Your Cloud. Your Choice.

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

436

Cloud Computing Solutions leveraging Oracle Technology

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

250

How to Become a Cloud Builder

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

105310

Selecting the Right Cloud for Your Oracle ERP Solution

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

901

Under The Hood of Oracle Pluggable Databases

Oracle Database

Cloud Computing,Database

Mon. Apr. 8

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

772

Deploying a Private Database Cloud

Oracle Database, Real Application Clusters, VMware

Cloud Computing,Database

Mon. Apr. 8

3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

631

Roadmap to Cloud deployment for Oracle users

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

12814

Features, Benefits Of Virtualization Technologies For Oracle Applications; Partitioning Policies

Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle VM

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

11850

How to setup your own Private Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud?

Fusion Applications, Grid Control, Oracle Fusion Applications

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

12599

Virtualized Public/Private Cloud Storage

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Mon. Apr. 8

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

481

Virtualizing Oracle: VMware and Oracle VM - A Technical Deep Dive

Oracle Database, Oracle VM, VMware

Cloud Computing,Professional Development

Tue. Apr. 9

8:00 am - 9:00 am

11937

Cloud Computing Industry Directions Part I : Economics and a Business Case Approach

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Tue. Apr. 9

8:00 am - 9:00 am

343

Oracle VM, OEM12c and Cloud Computing 360 Degrees

Oracle VM, Oracle Forms

Cloud Computing

Tue. Apr. 9

8:00 am - 9:00 am

814

Leveraging Enterprise Manager to uncover virtualization performance bottlenecks

Oracle Database, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle WebLogic Suite, VMware

Cloud Computing,Manageability

Tue. Apr. 9

10:45 am - 11:45 am

552

Cloud Computing Directions: Developing your Oracle (Apps, Database and Middleware) strategy

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing,Engineered Systems

Tue. Apr. 9

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

477

Why Every Database Needs to be Virtualized

Oracle Database, VMware

Cloud Computing

Tue. Apr. 9

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

979

Improve Employee Productivity with Intuitive and Social Work Environments

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing,Middleware

Tue. Apr. 9

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

145

Cloud Computing SIG Meeting

Applicable to All

Cloud Computing

Tue. Apr. 9

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

237

Plan/Configure/Deploy your own Private Oracle Fusion Applications Cloud

Fusion Applications, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle VM

Cloud Computing,Middleware

Tue. Apr. 9

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

563

Enterprise Manager 12c: The Nerve Center of Oracle Cloud

Oracle Enterprise Manager

Cloud Computing,Engineered Systems

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