Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

The Call for Proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is Now Open!

Attention Managed Cloud Services Customers!  The call for proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is now open.  Share your ideas, experience and success with Oracle Managed Cloud Services by presenting at a conference session!  

 If your proposal is selected, you will receive a complimentary pass to the conference. 

Submit your proposal here.  


Tuesday Jan 27, 2015

Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services Provides Hampden & Co., a new UK bank with a modern technology platform to accelerate innovation, reduce risk and lower costs

 Financial institutions gain the advantages of Oracle Financial Services by having Oracle manage their banking insurance and analytical applications like FLEXCUBE, OFSAA, Insbridge and others.

Oracle is committed to providing all applications, middleware, and database solutions as customer-proven offerings that dramatically lower risk and TCO.

The key benefits to Financial Services customers are:

  • Accelerated deployment
  • Reduced and predictable IT costs
  • Reduced upgrade risk and downtime
  • World class security and regulatory compliance
  • SLAs for availability and disaster recovery

Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth.  Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements.  Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.'s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date.

Read the press release Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer Service.

 Learn more about Oracle Managed Cloud Services and Oracle Financial Services Managed Cloud Solutions.


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. 

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!


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.


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.

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.



Monday Apr 21, 2014

Take-Aways from the Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit

Every year, Oracle's product strategy, development and marketing teams spend a considerable amount of time with members of the analyst community. Even though these teams have continuous dialogues with individual customers and customer advisory boards (CABs), the fact remains that IT research analysts and consultants play an important role by providing valuable insight on industry trends and opportunities and expert advice on business strategy. Such was the case this past March when Oracle invited twenty of the most influential analysts covering Cloud to Indian Wells, CA for an Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit.  During the summit, key Oracle executives discussed the latest additions to the Oracle Cloud Solutions portfolio and provided updates on our product strategy and roadmap.  The gathering was also the perfect forum to hear what analysts thought about Oracle’s vision and execution plans for addressing the cloud computing market.

While not all of the details of the summit are available or suitable for sharing publically, I want to share with you some of the analyst sentiment that came out during and after the event. First, here’s a Storified selection of analyst tweets that were posted during the summit.

There were also several blog postings and research notes as well. For example, Holger Mueller from Constellation Research posted Progress Report: Good Cloud Progress At Oracle, and a two step program to his blog.  I encourage you to read his blog posting because it’s quite interesting and insightful, but for those of you short on time, here’s a few excerpts worth noting:

  • “First of all there can be no question after this day, that Oracle is and remains committed to the cloud.”
  • “Six months after checking in with Oracle at OpenWorld, there has been good progress across the board for the cloud products. There is still a lot of road to cover though...But 2014 should be the year where it all comes together for Oracle.”
  • “Given Oracle’s large install base for its database we expect a lot of interest of existing customers for the Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) offering. Having an 11gR2 or 12c database readily available to you, with the option of having it fully managed by Oracle is certainly an attractive value proposition for Oracle DBMS customers.”
  • “The DNA of Oracle’s SaaS products remains compelling – with its foundations on top of Oracle Social Network and a pretty good mobile architecture. User interfaces are now compelling to use – and it’s good to see executives – from (Thomas) Kurian down – demo the software themselves.”
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Friday Mar 14, 2014

Managed Cloud Services: Governance Grows Up

 written by: Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Outsourcing Center

Ask 10 people what constitutes a successful long-term managed cloud service relationship and you will get 10 different answers. But everyone will say governance is a key driver in every managed cloud services relationship, no matter the flavor, and will continue to be as long as buyers and their service providers have to work together.

But governance has been undergoing a constant metamorphosis since the days when Ross Perot took over some mainframe functions. “Governance has grown some teeth and the teeth are in the shape of dollar signs,” says Michael Alfonsi, managing director, Financial Transactions Portfolio, Americas for BancTec. “Governance, which started out as a service level agreement (SLA) development and management committee, has now become a true management metrics oversight body that assigns penalties or provides incentives (in more enlightened relationships) as it monitors the performance of the entire relationship.”

We asked a third party to survey a  panel of experts on what forces will change this bedrock function in 2014 and beyond. Here are their sage predictions. Click here to read the full article.

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.

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 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.


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