Friday Jun 27, 2014

Questions You Should Ask Your Cloud Provider

By Mike Vilimek

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The shift from complex and costly on-premise business software to flexible and more cost-effective cloud solutions is not only underway, it’s inevitable. The business advantages both in terms of cost and functionality are simple too great to ignore. Whether it’s HCM, ERP, or CX, businesses will continue to shift away from managing on-premise versions of these systems to cloud solutions. But are all cloud solutions the same?

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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.


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Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Social Data Part 2: Socially Enabled Big Data Analytics and CX Management

This is the second in a series of posts on the value of leveraging social data across your enterprise, from Oracle Social VP Product Development Don Springer

In this post, I will cover more advanced “next” steps in how to leverage social data within your enterprise’s Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Customer Experience Management deployed applications and systems. This is a follow-up to a post I wrote in April around the first step in implementing a Social CRM approach and the value for your enterprise specific social data.

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Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

Sell More, Do More, and Grow More with Mobile

Now that the holiday season is over, I could not help noticing tablets as a top holiday gift, more than smartphones or PCs. From Apple’s two iPad models to the new Kindle Fire HD as well as the Galaxy Note Tab 10.1, tablets are becoming increasingly a household item.

In the enterprise world, businesses are also realizing the importance of leveraging mobile devices to increase productivity and efficiency. According to a Nucleus Research survey, Social CRM and Mobile Capabilities Boost Productivity by a total of 26.4 percent (14.6 and 11.8 percent respectively).

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More specifically, CRM decision makers found that organizations can significantly increase returns on their CRM investments by adding mobile and social capabilities, particularly for salespeople. Nucleus surveyed 223 CRM decision makers and found an average productivity gain of 14.6 percent from mobile capabilities and 11.8 percent from social CRM.

“Given the relatively low price point of many mobile CRM applications and the fact that most social capabilities are bundled into CRM at no additional per-user price, organizations that do not explore mobile and social strategies are likely to lose competitive advantage in 2012 to those competitors that do embrace these technologies,” said Rebecca Wettemann, Vice President of Research, Nucleus Research.

To learn more about it, join us at the Mobile Sales session at Oracle Cloud World, a global series of events designed to help customers realize the benefits of various cloud solutions. Through a combination of best practices, unique insights and customized content, the events will help businesses leverage the cloud to drive their current and future success.

To register, please visit Oracle's CloudWorld page to find the CloudWorld event nearest to you.

For more information on Oracle’s Cloud Customer Service and Support solutions, please visit our website or contact us at (866) 630-7669. You can also see an overview of Oracle Cloud Service and Support on YouTube.

Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

Great Customer Experiences Begin with Great Customer Service

Rapidly evolving technologies have changed customers’ behavior and raised their service expectations. Now, 89% of them will stop doing business with you after one bad service experience. And 26% will post negative comments on social sites to share their complaints with others. Bad customer service experiences cost companies, on average, 21% of their annual revenue.

Oracle Cloud Customer Experience Service & Support

On the flip side, organizations that consistently deliver great customer service across touchpoints—web, mobile, social, chat—profit from being able to charge a premium. That extra margin leads to sustainable growth and profits as customers are willing to pay 25% more for a better experience. And they’ll stay with you and refer others, lowering your acquisition costs and improving your bottom line.

So how do you equip your organization to deliver great customer service anywhere, anytime, and from any device? By building a Customer Experience (CX) Enterprise that understands its customers, empowers its employees, and adapts its business with nimble, cloud-based customer service and support solutions.

Come to Oracle CloudWorld and learn how our SaaS solutions can help you deliver exceptional customer service experiences. Presentations you will hear include:

The Customer Experience Imperative

Learn what it takes to deliver a great customer experience and why it matters to your business.

Leverage Social Insights to Deliver a More Comprehensive and Insightful Customer Experience

Explore how to engage on social channels to glean insights and build stronger customer relationships.

Deliver The Next Generation of Web Experiences

Discover ways to deliver Web experiences that provide meaningful service engagements for business growth.

Maintain a Single Dialogue with Your Customers Throughout Their Journey

Hear approaches for providing a consistent, reliable experience across all channels and devices.

Developing a Foundational Knowledge Strategy

Learn how to deploy an agile, robust knowledge base for delivering great customer service.

To register, please visit Oracle's CloudWorld page to find the CloudWorld event nearest to you.

For more information on Oracle’s Cloud Customer Service and Support solutions, please visit our website or contact us at (866) 630-7669. You can also see an overview of Oracle Cloud Service and Support on YouTube.

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