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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Friday Mar 27, 2015

Is Your Digital Transformation Stalled?

Digital Transformation is more popular than Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper movies are right now and that's saying something. Organizations that exploit the enabling technologies of cloud, analytics, social, mobile, Big Data, and IoT are running circles around their competition in their self-driving cars.

But not every organization is rocketing down the digital highway and I believe the culprit is the lack of a good navigation system.

Let's All Get On the Same Page

The Face of Frog ProtectinDepending on who you’re talking with, Digital Transformation can mean anything from equipping your entire sales force with tablets and cloud sales apps to converting all your cassette tapes to mp4 files.

So let's all get on the same page to avoid one of those moments like in that Discover Card fraud protection TV spot (“Just to be clear…you are saying frog protection").

As defined in the MIT Sloan Management Review analysis, The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation, it’s “the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprises”. I like that simple definition except for the last word—enterprises—because organizations of all types and sizes can benefit from Digital Transformation.

Is Your Organization's Digital Transformation Stalled?

A related MIT Sloan Management Review study, Embracing Digital Technology: A New Strategic Imperative found that:

  • According to 78% respondents, achieving digital transformation will become critical to their organizations within the next two years.
  • However, 63% said the pace of technology change in their organization is too slow.
  • The most frequently cited obstacle to digital transformation was “lack of urgency.”
  • Only 38% of respondents said that digital transformation was a permanent fixture on their CEO’s agenda

Where(How) Do You (Re)Start?

First: You can do it one step at a time.

Second: The most important lesson I’ve learned while working the last 16 years with growing midsize companies that have limited resources is that our customers expect Oracle to have the answers.

Third: That’s why we recently launched Modern Best Practicefree resources to help organizations lay out step by step action plans for digital transformation.

To make sure we’re all on the same page, Modern Best Practice is different from Old Fashioned Best Practice in that it embraces Digital Transformation and exploits the aforementioned enabling technologies. Furthermore, Modern Best Practice delivers consistently superior results, evolves with your business, is flexible, and supports growth and innovation.

Explore Our Roadmaps for Modern Best Practice

When customers tell me about how Oracle solutions have helped drive Digital Transformation viva the adoption of Modern Best Practice, they often describe it as, “leveraging technology to accomplish our goals in ways we never even imagined being possible”.

I invite you to explore Modern Best Practice for Finance, Sales, Marketing, Service, Procurement, and HR &Talent. We’re adding resources all the time as well as expanding our coverage to other process areas.


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Personalized Technology: The New Frontier in Cloud Computing

written by Lisa M. Schwartz @leeza2020

As it is with medicine and learning institutions, we often rely on traditional ways of treating people in large groups so that positive effects can be achieved quickly for the masses. Yet, today, consumers want more. They are asking for the next level in personalization: How can medicines and treatments be tailored so that they work best for “ME”? Or, how does a tailored training course help “ME” to learn faster?

In medicine, a growing number of researchers, healthcare clinicians, and an increasing number of patients are calling for a more personalized approach aimed at preventing disease and tailoring treatment if a disease becomes a reality - often referred to as personalized medicine, genomic medicine or precision medicine.

Even educational institutions use the phrase, “personalized learning”, to refer to tailoring lessons to different students. They point to the myriad of digital devices, software, and learning platforms offering educators an array of options for tailoring lessons to students' preferences.

The Advent of Personalized Cloud Technology Software

And so it goes, in the cloud computing software world.

How can software be personalized in the cloud to work better for “ME”, the individual?

As consumers, most of us don’t mind having recommendations made to us based upon our last purchases, especially if they are relevant and timely to our interests. And similarly, as employees using business software, we want to be able to tailor software, even have insights and recommendations made to us, so we can be more empowered and effective in in our day to day tasks.

And today this phenomenon is only accelerating. Gen Y or Millennials are the largest generation now in the workforce since the baby boomers. Millennials, have taken the lead in seizing all the new platforms of the digital era—the internet, mobile technology, social media—to construct personalized networks. They are “digital natives”—the only generation for which these new technologies are not something they’ve had to adopt. Personalization is something they have come to expect. (1)

Not only Millennials, but most digital users today want to know more, quickly and easily. There is an expectation that business software will allow us to personalize, enabling us get better results for the company and ultimately help us to excel in our positions.

“Treat Everyone the Same” 1St Gen Cloud Apps Providers

Yet, not all cloud software gives the user the flexible personalization they need, due to a “one size fits all software design in the cloud” built by the majority of SaaS software providers. This “one size fits all” design enables the software provider to manage and upgrade all their customers at one time, treating them as a large group. This 1st generation “treat everyone the same design” decreases the provider’s costs. Not only is this practice prevalent in the cloud but is a predominant practice in medical and educational institutions. The result of this “treat everyone the same” is: limited personalization, limited options and limited benefits for the consumer.

Distinctions of Modern 2nd Generation Cloud Apps Providers

However not all cloud providers use this approach in cloud application design. 2nd generation cloud application providers understand that personalization for each customer and each individual is now a requirement. Modern cloud application providers are taking a personalized approach to cloud design and understand that each customer is unique, has unique business processes, has unique data requirements and that all customers do not fit nicely into one group. 2nd generation cloud application providers offer customers’ choice and personalization in cloud software for their business.

Personalizing Beyond the SaaS Application with PaaS

Not only does personalization include the capabilities to make choices within the application but also includes a complete breadth of services available to you if you want to extend beyond your SaaS application with Platform as a Service (PaaS). Perhaps you want create a new application or mashup information into your SaaS application from external data sources. When choosing a cloud applications provider, it is equally important to look very closely at the standards based capabilities within their cloud PaaS platform.


Things to Look for in a Modern Cloud Platform Provider

· Provides a well-known standards based cloud platform to maintain consistent governance and standards across the business

· Allows you to personalize and extend your SaaS cloud applications quickly

· No lock-in with unknown proprietary languages or databases

· Maintains a secure cloud platform that connects easily with SaaS applications and other clouds

· Allows you to move your applications if you choose to another platform

· Provides pre-built services at every layer that will help your business innovate and personalize beyond the SaaS application.

     As we enter into the next frontier of personalized cloud technology, be sure to examine closely the nuances of cloud providers and how  they allow you to personalize your cloud. In this 2nd generation of cloud applications and cloud platforms, it is not an unreasonable for you to expect more choice and personalization in the cloud.

 For find out more about Personalizing SaaS applications and modern standards based cloud platform services, PaaS, watch and share this fun and fact filled video.

          1.  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-komisarjevsky/millennials-are-defining-_b_5714683.html)

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.



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.

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.

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Cut Yourself a Break: Get a Social Management Platform

If you’re a community manager who’s publishing, monitoring, engaging, and analyzing communities on multiple social networks manually and individually, you need a hug.  We’re sure you’re getting by just fine, because you’re a typical superstar CM that possesses multi-disciplinary skills. But at what point do you cut yourself a break and let a social management platform preserve your sanity?[Read More]

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.



Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

Oracle Cloud Solutions @ Cloud Expo East (June 10-12)


Oracle is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor at next week's Cloud Expo East (June 10-12) at the Javits Center in New York City.  This is the fourth consecutive year Oracle has sponsored Cloud Expo. As in years past, Oracle has a full schedule of sessions shown below. We'd love to have you be our guest at Cloud Expo East and have you attend one of our sessions and hear more about our thought leadership and leading solutions in the Cloud and Big Data. We'll also have booth #207, so please stop by and see a demo of many of our cloud offerings.

Date  Time  Session Title  Track  Room
Tuesday, June 10 4:40 pm - 5:15 pm Top 5 Best Practices for your Application Platform As a Service Cloud Business and the API Economy | Deploying the Cloud 1A12
Wednesday, June 11 9:10 am - 10:10 am Cloud Odyssey:  A Hero’s Quest All Tracks (Keynote) 1A06
Wednesday, June 11 10:15 am - 10:45 am Big Data Management System: Smart SQL Processing Across Hadoop and Your Data Warehouse All Tracks (General Session) 1A06
Wednesday, June 11 2:50 pm - 3:25 pm Plug into the Cloud: Your Blueprint to Database as a Service Mobile | Hot Topics 1A10
Wednesday, June 11 2:50 pm - 3:25 pm From Supply-led to Demand-led: Lead Your IT to Better Serve Your Users Cloud Business and the API Economy | Deploying the Cloud 1A12
Thursday, June 12 2:50 pm - 3:25 pm Reduce Complexity and Accelerate Innovation with IaaS and PaaS Cloud Business and the API Economy | Deploying the Cloud 1A12

At Cloud Expo East, you'll get to learn about and experience the latest in Cloud and Big Data. If you don't have a pass to Cloud Expo, no problem. Oracle is giving away FREE VIP Gold Passes! We would love to have you attend Cloud Expo on us. Just go to Oracle's Cloud Expo 2014 event registration page and follow the instructions for a complimentary pass.

Stay tuned to this blog and follow us on Twitter (@OracleCloudZone) during and after Cloud Expo for more insight and observations about this year's conference.

Friday Apr 18, 2014

You Are Not Even Wrong About the Cloud - Part 4

This series of blogs has been exploring several aspects of Cloud computing which have the difficult property of orthogonality – a characteristic where two aspects of Cloud computing which would seem to work together actually follow separate and sometimes divergent paths. The tangible result of this orthogonality is difficulty coming up with an accurate assessment for a Cloud computing offering, since these multiple areas are not easily resolved into a simple value proposition. The last area in this brief list revolves around cost.

There is a widespread belief that Cloud computing means that IT will cost less. Through the magic of Cloud, the IT budget will shrink while still delivering everything your organization wants and needs. Some people justify this belief with the idea that buying in bulk gives Cloud vendors a cost advantage which they can pass on to their customers. You know – give it away and make it up in volume.

But, unfortunately, the reality is a bit different. Although Cloud vendors probably do get a better discount than individual customers, they still have to make margin themselves, which usually exceeds their lower cost advantage in one stroke.

Cloud vendors can reduce costs, though, by making it easier for them to scale the number of different distinct customer environments they can support with a smaller number of IT staff. There is no real magic in this – Cloud vendors use automation as one of the key ways to achieve this benefit.

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Monday Apr 14, 2014

Oracle Announces Storage Cloud and Oracle Database Backup Service

Oracle announced today that the Storage Cloud Service and Database Backup Service are now generally available in the Oracle Cloud. I thought it would be worth discussing the significance of these two new services beyond what's stated in today's press release. But before I do, let me first start with the basics of each service. The Oracle Storage Cloud Service is an IaaS offering that provides a secure, scalable, and reliable object storage solution for easily storing and managing data backups and archives in the cloud. The Oracle Database Backup Service is a PaaS offering that provides a simple, low-cost, and secure cloud-based backup and restore solution for on-premise Oracle Databases.

The launch of the Storage Cloud is significant as it marks the first time the Oracle Cloud, or any public cloud for that matter, offers services in every key layer of the cloud technology stack: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. With Oracle Cloud, you're not forced to build and maintain integrations between multiple public clouds in order to meet the growing needs of your business. While storage itself has become more of a commodity over the years, the importance of security and reliability of storage housing critical business data can never be overstated. The Storage Cloud has features you'd expect from an enterprise-class storage solution like built-in redundancy, access via RESTful web services or Java libraries, and capacity on-demand. That's not to say that other clouds that offer storage services can't or don't offer similar capabilities, but now you have the choice of storing your data in the same cloud that you can depend on to run all of your critical business applications. Wouldn't it be nice to have a single cloud and single cloud service provider to work with for all of your business application and data needs?

Every business performs backups of their critical databases to reduce the risk of data loss. The Database Backup Service provides a simple, low-cost solution that can become part of a multi-tiered database backup and  restore strategy.  From my experience, most IT organizations perform RMAN backups of Oracle Databases to local disk, and usually to the Fast Recovery Area.  However, when it comes to Tier 2 backups, most perform RMAN backups to remote disk. Then for those who are storing data that is infrequently accessed, Tier 3 backups are stored to tape and archived. Now with the Database Backup Service, you can avoid the data center cost and resource requirements associated with buying and deploying additional disk and tape backup systems by moving your Tier 2 or Tier 3 backup and restore solutions to the cloud. One of the advantages not mentioned in the press release is that the Database Backup Service actually stores database backups to the Storage Cloud, which means that all of the security and reliability of triple-mirroring for redundancy and data isolation apply to the Database Backup Service as well.

I hope you take the time to review the details of these two latest additions to the Oracle Cloud service portfolio. If you think you could benefit from either of these new services, sign up for a 30 day free trial and take them for a test drive.

Friday Apr 04, 2014

Network With Your Back Office Peers at Oracle CloudWorld Chicago

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Friday Feb 14, 2014

You Are Not Even Wrong About the Cloud - Part 1

Many years ago, I read an article in The New Yorker about a math expert who was working as one of the early quants on Wall Street. One phrase from that article has become a part of my vocabulary – “You are not even wrong”. By this, the mathematician meant that the person was so far off base on a topic as to not even qualify as being wrong – it’s like they had left the universe of correct and incorrect on a certain topic.

I have used it over the years as a sarcastic description of some opinion I felt was on the far side of clueless. But, in reality, the description is not just an ultimate putdown of sorts. This phrase can apply to any ideas which don’t really apply to a particular scenario. The person expressing the opinion is not necessarily unintelligent, or even uninformed. They are just playing on the wrong field.

I’ve been product manager for the Oracle Database Cloud for the past 3 years, and I find that this situation is wildly common when people talk about Cloud computing. Seemingly everyone is excited about the possibilities of the Cloud, but the overwhelming majority of people are looking at this technology area from an inappropriate viewpoint.

Put simply, most believe the Cloud is magic. And we all know there is no magic technology – even a great advance like Exadata is a result of a bunch of good decisions implemented well.

The problem lies in something I refer to as the orthogonal nature of costs and benefits. When two terms are orthogonal, there is no statistical relationship between them. In the same way, there are important facets of Cloud computing where the costs and benefits stem from different places – places which are rarely united in a single world view.

This blog is the first of five parts. In the next three parts (with the first of these three parts here), I will discuss three prominent areas of orthogonal costs and benefits, which will help you to understand how to properly evaluate the what, when and hows of Cloud computing for your particular organization. The final part will be a general prescription on how to move to the Cloud to maximize benefits and minimize both problems and disappointments.

Tuesday Feb 04, 2014

Summary of Twitter chat about Cloud Odyssey, a sci-fi movie by Oracle

We had a twitter based chat with Rex Wang , VP of Product Marketing , Oracle and executive producer of the Cloud Odyssey, a sci-fi movie by Oracle. In this chat, Rex answered questions about the objectives behind the movie, how movie is made, technologies covered in the Cloud Odyssey events etc. Here is the summary of the twitter based chat captured as Storify story :
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