Thursday Mar 26, 2015

Your Journey to the Oracle Cloud

You can’t rush your journey to the cloud. It takes up front planning and analysis to determine your first steps toward a cloud environment. But with the right management tools and best practices in place, it can be a much faster, simpler, and more rewarding process than you might envision. Some initial steps to consider for your transition to cloud:

  1. A first step would be to consolidate, standardize and automate your existing on-premises IT environment. This lays a foundation for migration over time to the cloud. You don’t want to move from a heavily distributed, non-standardized environment and then just move that into the cloud. That just takes you from essentially existing physical “sprawl” to virtual “sprawl”. Standardizing and consolidating is a key first step to avoid propagation of these complexities into a cloud environment.
  2. Next, implement a private cloud, to leverage immediate benefits in increased agility while retaining control of your environment.  More and more companies are implementing a private cloud with self-service access, automation, elastic scaling, and so forth, to achieve the benefits of cloud on-premises.
  3. Explore Oracle’s extensive public cloud services, from cloud applications, to PaaS, to IaaS.  Educate yourself about the offerings with the multitude of white papers, webcasts, demos, and videos available.  This will help you in your planning and strategizing on which project to implement in Oracle Cloud first.
  4. Look at the management capabilities included with the Oracle Cloud services.  A key aspect is the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager, which allows you to manage your on-premises or private cloud, as well as your services running in Oracle Cloud.
  5. Start with your simplest use cases, and move those first, such as development and test.  Development and test environments are ideal as they typically have no data dependency or security considerations, as you are using strictly test data. 

For further information on moving to cloud, you can start here

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Webcast: Accelerate Your Cloud Journey with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c

On February 17, join us for a webcast about the journey to the cloud with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c. (If you can't make it, you can watch the webcast later on demand.)

Last month, Oracle announced a new release of Enterprise Manager with many new cloud management capabilities, especially around Database as a Service and Middleware as a Service. This is a good opportunity to learn how the new capabilities fit into the overall cloud story.

On the agenda:

  • The Cloud Journey
  • Private Cloud Platform as a Service
  • Making the Journey with Enterprise Manager 12c
  • Customer Case Studies
  • Looking Ahead: The Hybrid Cloud

Register here


Friday Jan 16, 2015

Is Your PaaS Delivering the Agility Your Users Demand?

Jan. 28, 2015, Cloud Platform Online Forum

Join Oracle at the keynote as we kick off the online forum with IDC analyst Robert Mahowald. Learn how to rapidly build, deploy, manage, and secure rich applications and enable business collaboration and innovation using an integrated cloud platform built on the industry’s #1 Database and Application Server.

Following the keynote, stay for highly engaging content specifically designed for:

  • Java and Database developers
  • Database managers and administrators
  • IT operations managers
  • Lines of business managers

Review the full agenda for more information. Experts will be available for online chat to answer your technical questions.

Thursday Jan 15, 2015

New Enterprise Manager Release Delivers Adaptive Private PaaS

We are pleased to announce an update to Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4. The update is now available for download on Oracle Technology Network.  

So what exactly is adaptive private PaaS?

Recent releases of Enterprise Manager have expanded capabilities around Platform as a Service (PaaS) delivery in your private cloud. In particular, the EM Cloud Management Packs have focused on two critical areas for Oracle customers: Database as a Service (DBaaS) and Middleware as a Service (MWaaS).

In this release, these PaaS capabilities have become more adaptive to complex, rapidly growing environments. The detailed blog post on the Enterprise Manager blog looks at 3 areas where database and middleware users and managers will benefit.

Read more here.

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.

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld Kicks Off with Larry Ellison Keynote

Welcome to Oracle OpenWorld 2014!!!! Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and CTO of Oracle Corp kicked off the start of the conference week Sunday night with a discussion of new Oracle Cloud services and product offerings.

A couple of key points from Larry’s talk on Oracle’s cloud strategy, Oracle’s focus is to enable the customer to preserve their existing investments in both hardware and software. Oracle’s strategy is to make it an easy transition to a cloud model, with an integrated stack that works together. So as your business needs evolves over time, your IT infrastructure is positioned to evolve with you. One very interesting example Larry showed was the ability to literally move or “unplug” an existing on-premise database and take it to the Oracle Cloud and “plug” it in there, using the Oracle Multitenant capability. This incredible ease of moving your application AND your data to the cloud heralds a new whole world for your business.

In addition, Larry focused on the platform strength of the Oracle offering for cloud; it’s the same platform Oracle uses internally for its own applications development, plus its own public cloud offering, powers 9 out of 10 of the top SaaS providers, and provides the most robust database and application server available. An important aspect of that is exactly that Oracle uses the same platform itself, thereby making moving applications or data between on premises and cloud environments transparent and seamless.

A further announcement Larry made was of the general availability of Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance, the world's first and only engineered system designed specifically for database protection. This massively scalable appliance delivers unparalleled data protection, automation, efficiency and scalability. The cloud-scale architecture enables a single Recovery Appliance to manage the data protection requirements of thousands of databases, avoiding the cost and complexity of disparate backup systems. The automation eliminates the human error aspect of implementing a backup and recovery strategy.

In other cloud news, Oracle’s complete cloud strategy was presented to a packed room on Monday morning, showing both the private cloud as well as the public cloud capability.  For private cloud, Oracle provides a complete solution spanning servers, storage, database, middleware, integration technologies and of course the complete management of the entire stack as well as the cloud lifecycle.

If you’re able to attend OpenWorld this week in San Francisco, keep an eye out for the Oracle Cloud Paas and Iaas demo showcase, located front and center in the Exhibit Hall. And be sure to add the Intercontinental San Francisco to your itinerary for hands-on labs devoted to public cloud and the Hotel Nikko for hands-on labs devoted to all other cloud-related topics.

For all cloud activities at Oracle OpenWorld, consult the Oracle Cloud Computing Focus On document here.

Unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld? Follow all the Oracle Cloud excitement on Twitter and Facebook and watch keynote and session highlights on demand.

Monday Sep 15, 2014

Managed Cloud Services at Oracle OpenWorld

Learn from Managed Cloud customers and executives how they are leveraging Oracle Managed Cloud Services to rapidly and safely move to the cloud, operate at peak efficiency, and protect and enhance their Oracle investments.  View the complete list of sessions.

 Featured Sessions include:

Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Your On-Ramp to the Cloud

How the Cloud is Changing the CIO Role

Innovation That Fuels the Cloud:  Oracle Managed Cloud Services

The Next Level:  Managed Security in the Cloud

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest at Collaborate 2014!

Calling All Heroes - Join the Quest!

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest is launching at Collaborate 2014!  Sponsored by the IOUG, OAUG and Quest user groups, you can attend this exclusive sci-fi movie screening as a pre-conference workshop at Collaborate on Monday, April 7, Venetian Hotel, Lido 3003.  If you and your organization are on a journey to the cloud, join us to watch Cyrus Agarwal and the crew of the starship Stratus on their voyage to the mysterious cloud planet, Terranuvem.   To get there, Cyrus and the crew will test the limits of technology, tenacity and human ingenuity.  Watch the movie trailer here.

 After the film, you'll learn how to build, deploy and deliver private clouds that enable IT organizations to provide the business with greater agility, lower cost and lower risk.  Along the way, you just might become a cloud hero, too!

see the detailed agenda here

If you are unable to attend the event at Collaborate, please join us in our global tour, coming to a city near you, complete schedule of events around the world is here.

Friday Nov 15, 2013

Cloud Odyssey and the Value of Shared Experience

When many people have shared an experience like a movie or a book, they have an immediate way of communicating, at the gut level, a difficult concept or a theme. Man’s relationship to nature, Avatar. A child’s ability to see the good in others, E.T. The thin line between good and evil, Batman: The Dark Knight.

This ability for a story to convey concepts is, in part, the driver behind the movie Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest (trailer).

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Monday Sep 23, 2013

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest at Oracle OpenWorld!

 Calling All Heroes - Join the Quest!

Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest is about to launch. Join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and join the crew of the star cruiser Stratus as they prepare for their journey to the Cloud. This sci-fi action adventure takes you to the outer reaches of the universe. Join the crew in their quest for the mysterious cloud planet – Terranuvem.

Visit the Cloud Odyssey Booth at Oracle OpenWorld - Moscone West 4048

  • Have your photo taken as one of the crew
  • Get a sneak preview of the two minute trailer for the forthcoming movie Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest
  • Speak to an Oracle expert about Oracle Private Cloud solutions
  • Get a behind the scenes look at the making of Cloud Odyssey: A Hero’s Quest

In addition, start YOUR journey to the cloud with some must-see sessions at Oracle OpenWorld:

Cloud Keynotes:

  • Hardware and Software, Engineered to Work Together, Tues. Sep. 24 8-10:00am Moscone North Hall D
  • Cloud Keynote – Larry Ellison, CEO, Oracle Tues. Sep. 24, 1:30-3:15pm Moscone North Hall 

Cloud General Sessions:

Be sure to visit the multitude of cloud activities at Oracle OpenWorld, including conference sessions, demos and Hands On Labs.

If you’re unable to attend Oracle OpenWorld, you can join the crew for the Cloud Odyssey journey at:

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 30, 2013

Journey to the Cloud…Planet

 Written by:  Jeff Erickson

The year is 2092. Scientists have been scanning deep space for decades looking for signals of alien life. Earlier this year they hit pay dirt: a signal both strong and consistent, confirmed as hailing from deep space. The signal jolted the global scientific community and its supporters in government and industry. Big things began to happen. First, an unprecedented coordination of deep space sensors triangulated and pinpointed the signal’s source. It was coming from a planet catalogued 35 years ago by Brazilian researchers and labeled as “earth-like.” Further study confirmed that it is a rocky planet with methane, mild volcanism, and an abundance of water circulating in its atmosphere. The Brazilians called it, appropriately, Terranuvem: the cloud planet. Next, scientists responded to the pulse from Terranuvem with signal of our own. All involved expected it to take 12 years to arrive at the distant world.

Two weeks later their signal changed. Soon after, a hurriedly assembled meeting of the World Council of Nations issued a statement indicating that technology existed to traverse the light-years to Terranuvem. Rumors abound that the tech is from an extraterrestrial source. Now, we’ve learned that a ship is being outfitted to make the journey. It’s humanity’s first voyage to another star system. That’s not just a journey, it’s a quest. Join us for Cloud Odyssey: A Hero's Quest. Follow the adventure on Don't miss the official movie trailer at Oracle OpenWorld. Join us for Cloud Odyssey events coming to a city near you in 2014.

Friday Aug 09, 2013

Podcast: Listen to an Oracle Customer Interview: Benefits of Upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 to the cloud

written by Lisa Schwartz

If you are considering upgrading to the latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12, here is a great podcast.

You can hear Annette Melatti of Oracle ERP Product Marketing interview Bjorn Eriksson of Oracle Product Management and Jeremy Gill, CIO, Michael Baker, Inc.

Jeremy Gill, Oracle Managed Cloud Services customer, talks about the numerous business advantages of using Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 in the cloud.  And Bjorn explains the advantages of killing two birds with one stone--- how to quickly get the latest Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 innovations while efficiently upgrading directly to a Managed Private Cloud.

Take a listen…

Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Release 12 in the cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services

Friday Jul 12, 2013

Plug into the Cloud

With the latest release, Oracle Database 12c provides tremendous new capability to enable cloud computing. A new architecture enables greatly simplified database consolidation with no changes to your applications. This new architecture uses a new option, Oracle Multitenant, allowing you to “plug into the cloud” with a multitenant container database that can hold one to many pluggable databases. This greatly increases scalability and server utilization, allowing you to manage many databases as one, all while retaining the complete isolation of separate databases, without changing any application code or access rights.

Each application can then have its own dedicated pluggable database, to ensure complete data isolation and the resource prioritization of separate workloads. Each pluggable database is plugged in to a multitenant container database (CDB), so an administrator only has to deal with administering and managing the one CDB, literally providing the ability to “manage many as one”! This makes it easy to consolidate multiple databases onto private clouds without changing any applications, and still be in complete control of all resources.

This new architecture is designed for cloud, provides efficient consolidation, with rapid provisioning and cloning of databases, along with easier and faster upgrades and patching. With Oracle Multitenant you can quickly and easily plug into the cloud!

Attend the Webcast to learn more about Oracle Database 12c's new multitenant architecture. Be the first to learn how to:

  • Simplify database consolidation
  • Automatically compress and tier data
  • Improve application continuity
  • Redact sensitive data

Friday May 17, 2013

Who is your Cloud Hero?

There are no short cuts, no “let's try this and see what happens” when it comes to successfully implementing  the cloud.

Recent research from Oracle found more than half (54 percent) of businesses included in the global survey admitted that their companies have experienced downtime over the last six months due to cloud application integration problems. It seems that rather than busting down the computing and business process silos, companies are just moving the same problems to the cloud. Get the report here... or read this article in ZD Net outlining the implications.

Not Oracle's Cloud Heroes. Here are 3 examples of companies doing the cloud "right". Just 3 because it's the weekend, and you're looking for a quick read.

#1 British Telecom

Mark Wade, Customer Experience Director, for the BT ID Customer Experience Team says, “By consolidating many disparate systems and standardizing onto a single financial management platform, hosted by Oracle On Demand, we have greatly improved transparency, efficiency and control throughout our business operations.” Read more here.

# 2

Dallas Clement, CFO for AutoTrader, discusses the transformative effect of cloud computing and how AutoTrader runs a top-notch HR department through its use of Oracle Fusion HCM and Taleo in the Oracle Cloud. Here's an excellent video interview.

#3: Dominos Pizza