Monday Jun 22, 2015

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customers in the News


Minerals Technologies Supports Global Expansion and Improves Competitive Advantage with Cloud Application Suite

 Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces, and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, and related systems and services. The company has five segments: specialty minerals, refractories, performance materials, construction technologies, and energy services.

Minerals Technologies acquired AMCOL International Corporation and thus needed to integrate the IT Systems of the two companies.  Other challenges were to provide visibility into the financial, manufacturing and logistics data globally while simultaneously reducing IT complexity.

"Oracle is a true partner and is the best in the business. With Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and Oracle Managed Cloud Services, we have insight into every aspect of our business and can truly focus on leveraging the value of the technology across our global processes, instead of managing the technology itself. We have better system performance and availability with our Oracle software, running on Oracle hardware, being run by Oracle experts.”

 - Khem Balkaran, CIO, Minerals Technologies Inc.

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Hampden Bank - the First New Private Bank to Open in the United Kingdom in 30 Years

Hampden Bank is in the news!   Hampden & Co. is a new private bank in the United Kingdom and they have selected Oracle FLEXCUBE, a solution for online banking, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  Articles from  The Scotsman  and the Financial Times are two examples of recent publications about this exciting new bank.




Tuesday Jun 09, 2015

Bimbo Group Optimizes Baked Goods Distribution Costs and Cuts Daily Transport Scheduling Time in Half

The Bimbo SA de CV (Bimbo) is a Mexican company that produces food products, and is a national leader in the baked goods industry. Bimbo produces over 10,000 products, including breads and cookies, across more than 100 brands including Bimbo, Marinela, Oroweat, Arnold, Brownberry, Thomas’, Sara Lee, Barcel, Entenmann’s, Fargo, and many others.

Bimbo operates a distribution network with over 52,000 routes and more than 2.2 million points of sale located in 19 countries.  

The company needed to lower their distribution costs to increase their profits.  They also needed visibility into their broad transportation network.  Bimbo did not want to allocate their resources to running and maintaining these new systems, they wanted to focus on other strategic initiatives.

"Bimbo has relied on Oracle technology for many years. Oracle Transportation Management is a leader in the transport management sector, and Oracle's expertise in providing these solutions was a key factor in our decision.  With Oracle Managed Cloud Services,  we secured the appropriate level of management and support for the solution, which allowed us to focus more resources on strategic priorities.”

  - Francisco Javier Puente Ruiz, system logistics manager, Bimbo SA de CV. 

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Tuesday Jun 02, 2015

Archer Daniels Midland, Oracle Managed Cloud Customer, Wins Oracle Excellence Award


Marty Schoenthaler, the CIO of Archer Daniels Midland Company, was presented with Oracle's CIO of the Year/North America 2014 Oracle Excellence Award. Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) launched a transformational project called 1ADM in January, 2014. The company-wide initiative is about enabling business transformation through technology. Part of the project is JD Edwards, Oracle Business Intelligence and Oracle technology running on Engineered Systems - all run and maintained by Oracle Managed Cloud Services. For more information read the Oracle Magazine article.

Monday May 18, 2015

Grupo Aeroméxico Approves Purchases in Seconds Instead of Months while Improving Control; Consolidates Financial Data 40% Faster with Managed Cloud Solution

Grupo Aeroméxico SAB de CV is a holding company whose 26 subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and promote passenger loyalty programs. 

Grupo Aeroméxico wanted to replace disparate financial and human resources (HR) systems across its various entities to gain better visibility into group and individual entity performance and improve operational efficiency with more informed decisions.  The company implemented the Oracle E-Business Suite, along with Hyperion Financial Management and achieved great results, for example, enabling it to create a consolidated balance sheet for all group companies in three days instead of five days.

Grupo Aeroméxico has had great success deploying the systems in the cloud.

"Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides us the best hardware infrastructure and world-class application management. We selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to support the solutions, since this guarantees scalability, high availability, and effortless maintenance."

-Benjamín Hernández Sepúlveda, Corporate Director of Technological Development, Grupo Aeroméxico

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Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Opera Software Closes their Financial Books Nearly 3x Faster and Ensures Scalability and High Availability with Oracle Managed Cloud Services

Opera Software plans to use Oracle Financials to enable its accounting and financial teams to improve financial analysis and reporting and accelerate internal monthly and quarterly close cycles, so the process is completed in just 4 days instead of 11 days.

Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides Opera with unlimited IT scalability, high-availability and optimum applications administration to support business growth.

Read more here.

Monday Apr 20, 2015

Shelf Drilling Optimizes Jackup Rig Operations Globally Thanks to Innovative Mix of Cloud Solutions

Shelf Drilling Ltd. deployed Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Managed Cloud Service and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service to optimize supply chain and maintenance processes across its fleet of 38 jackup rigs.   Read more here.

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.


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