Friday Mar 07, 2014

Oracle’s Day in the Cloud in Melbourne

written by: Rushenka Perrera

Oracle CloudWorld in Melbourne took place on a steamy 32 degree day at the Grand Hyatt. The event kicked off with registration at 8am and the plenary at 8.45am. With 600 attendees, it was even bigger than the event we ran in Sydney almost a year ago.
The event featured six tracks focusing on sales/marketing; finance and operations; customer service; developers; IT innovation and HR. This CloudWorld had large numbers of attendees from all different lines of business as every effort had been made to make sure the agendas for each track were compelling enough to appeal to the specific needs of these busy individuals.
The plenary sessions were packed to the rafters. Tim Ebbeck, Managing Director for ANZ kicked off the proceedings and introduced Jeff Henley, Oracle’s Chairman who had the audience captivated with his presentation on Moving at the Speed of Opportunity. Jeff was followed by Reggie Bradford, SVP, Product Development, Oracle, Former Founder & CEO of Vitrue who presented the power of the Oracle cloud.


The plenary sessions ended with a panel titled ‘Transform Your Business’. The participants came from diverse backgrounds but provided highly engaging banter to challenge the perceptions of the audience and to introduce them to new ways of thinking. The panel lineup included a stellar cast:
Iain Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Cloud Services, Capgemini Australia
Brandon Byrne, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Curse
Dr David Rock, Author and Director, NeuroLeadership Institute
Matthew Holst, Director of Demand Centre & CRM APAC, Dell
Anthony Micomonaco, Manager Knowledge Management, Product & Markets, National Australia Bank
The different track speakers also included some heavyweights including:
•    Hugh Macfarlane, Founder & CEO of MathMarketing | Author of "The Leaky Funnel" talking about integrated sales and marketing.
•    Dr Catriona Wallace, Customer Experience Futurist and Chief Executive on designing a high performance customer experience organisation for the future.
•    Dr David Rock, Author and Director, NeuroLeadership Institute on the neuroscience of developing leaders.
•    Brandon Byrne, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Curse talking about why Curse chose Oracle Cloud over the competition.
•    Iain Clarke, Director – Chief Technology Officer - Cloud Services, CapGemini and NRMA on how to drive end to end innovation around cloud adoption.
•    Matthew Holst,Director of Demand Centre & CRM APAC, Dell discussing Dell’s marketing journey using Eloqua.
•    Nigel Prior, National Customer Experience Practice Manager, NEC Australia talking about their customer experience strategy.
•    Robert Hillard, Managing Partner Technology Agenda, Deloitte on what the tech trends will be for 2014.


The day ended with Reggie Bradford summing up on customer expectations in the age of the modern customer experience and finally with Lauren Anderson, Chief Knowledge Officer at Collaborative Lab, really challenging the audience and wowing them with stories of new cloud innovation in her presentation on  a new world of consumer behaviours.

Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

Announcing the Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Among the many announcements being made at Oracle OpenWorld 2013, one that really caught my attention was about the new Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Cloud Marketplace provides a place for Oracle Cloud customers to easily browse, evaluate and buy trusted business applications developed by registered Oracle partners. These applications extend the Oracle Cloud and cover a broad range of functions from basic reporting and user management, to more robust solutions such as sale incentives and compensation management, governance and risk management, customer lead creation, and sales reporting. The Cloud Marketplace is designed to help customers easily find applications that meet their needs with the ability to search by keyword or category and sort by name, rating, or date. Each application listing provides detailed information including a description of the application, demos, ratings and reviews, videos and screenshots.

Oracle partners who publish their applications on the Cloud Marketplace also benefit by gaining visibility for their solutions and easy access to a larger market of potential customers. Benefits for becoming a Publisher on the Cloud Marketplace include:

  • SAVE TIME & MONEY - Develop cloud applications quickly and easily. No commissions.
  • EXTEND & INTEGRATE - Leverage native integration with the Oracle Cloud SaaS applications.
  • INNOVATE - Leverage Oracle Cloud PaaS to build new applications in the cloud.
  • GROW YOUR BUSINESS - Sell applications into the Oracle Cloud customer base.

Find out what the Oracle Cloud Marketplace has to offer by visiting cloud.oracle.com/marketplace. Read the press release and click here to see an overview video of the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Monday Sep 23, 2013

Empower Modern Business in the Cloud at Oracle Open World 2013

SaaS. Software as a service. Cloud applications. What do they mean to you?  What do they mean to your business?
Not all clouds are created equal and it is important to know what your cloud provider has to offer and what cloud capabilities you need.   Will it be able to support your business needs?


As a line of business executive, here are a few key things to remember:


1)    To empower the business, cloud applications must work together
This is important for several reasons:
-    A complete and integrated cloud application is necessary for business managers to visualize information through a consolidated lens. Wouldn’t it be better if you could more easily share data appropriately across departments, make better decisions and align with the overall business strategy?


2)    Business managers require anytime, anywhere access
-    In today’s world of social and mobile, cloud is the backbone that enables new levels of interconnectivity and real time access for business, your brand and responding to the pulse of your customers.


3)     Where your data is located and who has access to it may surprise you.
-  Needless to say, security is the top concern with organizations considering moving their business critical applications to the cloud. This is an area where adequate research should be done and any potential cloud provider should be evaluated.
- It is important to understand what security services your cloud provider will provide and what regulatory and compliance mandates they adhere to.  Different lines of business will have different requirements depending on their industry, geography and customer base.

Want to know more about Oracle’s Strategy for SaaS in the cloud? Be sure to check out these sessions:

 General Session 9549: Oracle Fusion Applications—Overview, Strategy, and Roadmap
Christopher Leone, Oracle    3:15 PM - 4:15 PM, Monday  September 23rd,  Moscone West - 2006/2008      

General Session 9540: Empowering Modern Business in the Cloud
Steven Miranda, Oracle    3:45 PM - 4:45 PM, Tuesday,September 24th , Moscone West - 2006/2008     

CON 9558: Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle Cloud
Mervyn Lally, Land O Lakes Inc.
Krishnan Rajan, Oracle    10:15 AM - 11:15 AM, Wednesday, September 25th,  Moscone West - 3022   

For More Information on Oracle Cloud Sessions at Open World, click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Friday Aug 02, 2013

Is Cloud Security Holding Back Social SaaS?

cloud castleThe true promise of social data co-mingling with enterprise data to influence and inform social marketing (all marketing really) lives in cloud computing. The cloud brings processing power, services, speed and cost savings the likes of which few organizations could ever put into action on their own. So why wouldn’t anyone jump into SaaS (Software as a Service) with both feet? Cloud security.

Being concerned about security is proper and healthy. That just means you’re a responsible operator. Whether it’s protecting your customers’ data or trying to stay off the radar of regulatory agencies, you have plenty of reasons to make sure you’re as protected from hacking, theft and loss as you can possibly be.

But you also have plenty of reasons to not let security concerns freeze you in your tracks, preventing you from innovating, moving the socially-enabled enterprise forward, and keeping up with competitors who may not be as skittish regarding SaaS technology adoption. Over half of organizations are transferring sensitive or confidential data to the cloud, an increase of 10% over last year.

With the roles and responsibilities of CMO’s, CIO’s and other C’s changing, the first thing you should probably determine is who should take point on analyzing cloud software options, providers, and policies.

An oft-quoted Ponemon Institute study found 36% of businesses don’t have a cloud security policy at all. So that’s as good a place to start as any. What applications and data are you comfortable housing in the cloud? Do you have a classification system for data that clearly spells out where data types can go and how they can be used? Who, both internally and at the cloud provider, will function as admins? What are the different levels of admin clearance? Will your security policies and procedures sync up with those of your cloud provider?

The key is verifiable trust. Trust in cloud security is actually going up. 1/3 of organizations polled say it’s the cloud provider who should be responsible for data protection. And when you look specifically at SaaS providers, that expectation goes up to 60%. 57% “strongly agree” or “agree” there’s more confidence in cloud providers’ ability to protect data. In fact, some businesses bypass the “verifiable” part of verifiable trust. Just over half have no idea what their cloud provider does to protect data.

And yet, according to the “Private Cloud Vision vs. Reality” InformationWeek Report, 82% of organizations say security/data privacy are one of the main reasons they’re still holding the public cloud at arm’s length. That’s going to be a tough position to maintain, because just as social is rapidly changing the face of marketing, big data is rapidly changing the face of enterprise IT. Netflix, who’s particularly big on the benefits of the cloud, says, "We're systematically disassembling the corporate IT components." An enterprise can never realize the full power of big data, nor get the full potential value out of it, if it’s unwilling to enable the integrations and dataset connections necessary in the cloud.

Because integration is called for to reduce fragmentation, a standardized platform makes a lot of sense. With multiple components crafted to work together, you’re maximizing scalability, optimization, cost effectiveness, and yes security and identity management benefits. You can see how the incentive is there for cloud companies to develop and add ever-improving security features, making cloud computing an eventual far safer bet than traditional IT.

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Friday Jul 26, 2013

Business Managers Must be Smart About Cloud

Recently we posted a three part series on the new Dynamic Markets Research report- Cloud for Business Managers: Opportunities and Challenges. We introduced some key considerations for organizations who are moving their applications to a SaaS based environment. For those of you who still have questions or are looking for additional insights this is for you…

Everyone talks about the benefits of cloud but who really achieves them?   Where do you start? What should you look for?
Let’s take a closer look at several cloud opportunities for you to create benefits for your organization.

1)    To Empower the business, cloud applications must work together
This is important for several reasons:
-     A complete and integrated cloud application is necessary for business managers to visualize information through a consolidated lens. Wouldn’t it be better if you could more easily share data appropriately across departments, make better decisions and  align with the overall business strategy?



-     Get a complete and holistic view of your business
-     Roll out solutions faster without reliance on IT and  allow your business to focus on innovation


2)    Business Managers Require anytime, anywhere access
- In today’s world of social and mobile, cloud is the backbone  that enables new levels of inter-connectivity and real time access for business, its brand and the pulse of its customers.



-Social and mobile anytime access is critical for organizations to transform how employees, and customers share and use information


3) Where your data is and who has access to it may surprise you
-  Needless to say, security is the top concern with organizations considering moving their business critical applications to the cloud. This is an area where adequate research should be done and any potential cloud provider should be evaluated.


- Avoiding information siloes is also important when it comes to security. Customers want to be assured that their information is safe and protected when they do business with you. It is difficult to keep track of compliance with each department running their applications with a different cloud provider, with different processes and controls.
-It is critical to understand what security services your cloud provider will provide and what regulatory and compliance mandates they adhere too. Different lines of business will have different requirements depending on their industry, geography and customer base

So you get the picture. In order to drive orderly innovation for your business and excel in the marketplace, you’ll need to consider a complete, modern, flexible and secure cloud that is ready to move when you are.


Check out this new infographic and read the full Dynamic Markets Research Report, commissioned by Oracle.

For More Information:
 Infographic here
Survey Report here

Friday Jul 19, 2013

The top 5 things you should be asking your potential cloud provider about security

Cloud is changing the way we all do business- and we all know it is here to stay.  But, what about the "issues" that  linger around cloud? Security is the first one that comes to mind. Security is considered the number one inhibitor for organizations who are considering moving their business critical applications to a cloud based environment.


So, cloud is here to stay and security is a concern.. How do we get beyond the fear?

The first step is:
 When evaluating a cloud solution, one of the first things to consider is the security “readiness” and qualifications of the potential cloud provider.


Some questions to ask are:
-What are your organization’s needs when it comes to security?  Maybe you are in a highly regulated industry or in a country where you need to ensure your company adheres to specific regulations. 


-What are your specific business and regulatory requirements for the data that you are looking to move to the cloud?


- Lastly, make a checklist of questions to ask your provider.


To get ideas on the questions to ask check out this new Quinstreet executive brief that highlights “The top 5 things you should ask your potential cloud provider when it comes to security”.

For more information:
Link to Asset Here
Oracle.com/cloud
Oracle.com/managedcloudservices


Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Oracle Cloud. Engineered for Heroes...at Cloud Expo East

Even though it's been a few weeks since Cloud Expo East in New York City, I couldn't resist posting a couple of pictures of the Oracle Cloud/Iron Man 3 advertising that we ran at the event. It was pretty cool seeing those big digital ads in front of the Javits Center and the courtesy cars driving around Manhattan. Definitely eye-catching. Enjoy!

Learn more about what makes Oracle Cloud engineered for heroes at oracle.com/ironman3.

Javits Center Digital Billboard

Oracle Courtesy Cars

By the way...yes, those cars are hybrids!

Friday Jun 28, 2013

Cloud Fact for Business Managers #3: Where Your Data Is, and Who Has Access to It Might Surprise You

Written by: David Krauss


While data security and operational risk conversations usually happen around the desk of a CCO/CSO (chief compliance and/or security officer), or perhaps the CFO, since business managers are now selecting cloud providers, they need to be able to at least ask some high-level questions on the topic of risk and compliance.  While the report found that 76% of adopters were motivated to adopt cloud apps because of quick access to software, most of these managers found that after they made a purchase decision their access to exciting new capabilities in the cloud could be hindered due to performance and scalability constraints put forth  by their cloud provider.  If you are going to let your business consume their mission critical business applications as a service, then it’s important to understand who is providing those cloud services and what kind of performance you are going to get.  Different types of departments, companies and industries will all have unique requirements so it’s key to take this also into consideration.  


Nothing puts a CEO in a bad mood like a public data breach or finding out the company lost money when customers couldn’t buy a product or service because your cloud service provider had a problem.  With 42% of business managers having seen a data security breach in their department associated directly with the use of cloud applications, this is happening more than you think.  

We’ve talked about the importance of being able to avoid information silos through a unified cloud approach and platform.  This is also important when keeping your data safe and secure, and a key conversation to have with your cloud provider.  Your customers want to know that their information is protected when they do business with you, just like you want your own company information protected.   This is really hard to do when each line of business is running different cloud application services managed by different cloud providers, all with different processes and controls.   It only adds to the complexity, and the more complex, the more risky and the chance that something will go wrong.

What about compliance? Depending on the cloud provider, it can be difficult at best to understand who has access to your data, and were your data is actually stored.  Add to this multiple cloud providers spanning multiple departments and it becomes very problematic when trying to comply with certain industry and country data security regulations.  With 73% of business managers complaining that having cloud data handled externally by one or more cloud vendors makes it hard for their department to be compliant, this is a big time suck for executives and it puts the organization at risk.

Is There A Complete, Integrated, Modern Cloud Out there for Business Executives?
If you are a business manager looking to drive faster innovation for your business and want a cloud application that your CIO would approve of, I would encourage you take a look at Oracle Cloud.  It’s everything you want from a SaaS based application, but without compromising on functionality and other modern capabilities like embedded business intelligence, social relationship management (for your entire business), and advanced mobile.  And because Oracle Cloud is built and managed by Oracle, you can be confident that your cloud application services are enterprise-grade.  Over 25 Million users and 10 thousands companies around the globe rely on Oracle Cloud application services everyday – maybe your business should too.  For more information, visit cloud.oracle.com.


Additional Resources
•    Try it: cloud.oracle.com
•    Learn more: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/complete-cloud/index.html
•    Research Report: Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Thursday Jun 13, 2013

Top 10 Myths About Cloud Computing @ Cloud Expo NYC

Just a few days ago, I wrote about Oracle’s sessions at this week’s Cloud Expo conference in New York City. Despite some inclement weather in the NY Metro area, this year’s conference appears to be well attended and a big success.

I wanted to draw special attention to the keynote presentation titled Top 10 Myths of Cloud Computing, delivered to a standing-room-only crowd on Monday by our own Bob Evans, Oracle’s SVP of Communications.  Bob’s presentation did a fabulous job of describing and dispelling 10 of the most common “half-truths, mistruths, and good-old-fashioned falsehoods” as he likes to put it, about cloud computing that still exist today. I think you'd be shocked by some of the lingering myths about cloud computing, then again, maybe not.

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Monday Jun 03, 2013

Oracle Cloud Solutions at Cloud Expo New York

As in years past, Oracle is a proud sponsor at this year’s Cloud Expo at the Javits Center in New York, NY (June 10-13). If you’ll be attending Cloud Expo New York, we'd love to see you at each of our sessions on this year's conference schedule.  Here’s a sneak peak at our lineup of sessions and links to get more session information:

Date  Time  Session Title  Track  Room
 Monday, June 10  2:10 pm - 2:55 pm Best Practices for Providing Oracle DBaaS with a Private Cloud Cloud Architecture and Engineering 1A08
 Monday, June 10  3:00 pm - 3:45 pm Ten Myths of Cloud Computing - General Session All Tracks 1A25
 Monday, June 10  5:10 pm - 5:55 pm Build Modern Business Applications with Oracle Cloud's Platform Services Enterprise Cloud Computing 1A25
 Tuesday, June 11  2:10 pm - 2:55 pm Building a Big Data Analytics Cloud - A Healthcare Analytics Example Cloud Bootcamp 1A30
 Wednesday, June 12  2:10 pm - 2:55 pm Fast-Track Your Transformation to Enterprise Private Cloud Deploying the Cloud 1A12

Cloud Expo New York is sure to be a great event where you'll get a lot of the latest information on cloud computing and Big Data.  However, come to our sessions and you'll learn about what sets Oracle Cloud Solutions apart from the competition and why Oracle is a recognized leader in both cloud computing and Big Data. While you're at it, don't forget to visit Oracle Cloud Solutions at Booth #411 on the Expo Floor to see live product demos and talk to Oracle experts.

By the way, if you're in the New York City metro area and don't have a pass to Cloud Expo, Oracle is giving away FREE VIP Gold Passes! Oracle Cloud Solutions is a Platinum Sponsor at Cloud Expo and would love to have you be our VIP guest. Just follow these instructions to get your VIP pass:

VIP Gold Pass Registration Instructions:

  1. Go to our special registration page: https://www.blueskyz.com/v3/Login.aspx?ClientID=19&EventID=70
  2. Fill out the Attendee Information form
  3. Select the VIP Gold Pass Registration Option
  4. Enter the Discount Code: oracleVIPgold
  5. Viola! The price will re-set from $2,000 to $0!

Though VIP Gold registration does not – understandably since it is free – include lunch, Cloud Computing Bootcamp, Cloud Essentials or the collectible conference bag – it does give you full conference access for all four days. Choose from over 150 breakout sessions, general sessions, industry keynotes and “Power Panels” in addition to the Expo Floor. 

Stay tuned to this blog during and after Cloud Expo for more of our insight and observations about this year's conference.

Tuesday May 14, 2013

New Study Finds Business Managers Have Big Expectations (and Big Challenges) in the Cloud

In the immortal words of Voltaire (and more recently - Spiderman) - "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility." No more is this true than with a line of business executives' new found power over the adoption of innovation and new technology with much thanks to cloud computing.

Among the great benefits of cloud from the eyes of a business executive is the ability to better influence and often decide what technology an organization selects. With no software and hardware to buy and manage, the business manager can easily subscribe to a new cloud application service and be up and running in no time. This is in stark contrast to the typical wait time of months or even years for a large software implementation. Accelerating the speed of adoption empowers the manager to select a new technology that will help their particular line of business with very little input from the IT organization. And because upfront costs are lower and categorized as an operational expense, the approval process is typically much easier. Get it fast, without the hassle - what could go wrong, right?

With the business manager’s new found power from the cloud comes the added responsibility to not only ensure an application service addresses the immediate business challenges or opportunity, but that it also contains certain characteristics in terms of how the application service is built and delivered. Otherwise, the promised benefits of having greater business agility and fast access to innovation and data, which makes cloud so attractive to executives in the first place, quickly starts to erode.

Let me explain.

In a new independent market research report commissioned by Oracle and entitled "Cloud for Business Managers: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", almost 1500 business managers from around the globe and representing companies with revenues over £50 million were asked about their take on the cloud. What makes this study so unique is that it looks at cloud computing through the lens of the business manager and executive. Respondent titles included vice presidents of sales, heads of human resources, CFOs, risk officers, etc. rather than the typical sample of IT professionals. Now that the business manager has a bigger voice when it comes to technology, it only makes sense to hear what they have to say.

Read the global Press Release announcing the survey Here.

Stay tuned for part two and three of this blog that dives deeper into “Cloud Facts for Business Managers” and other interesting findings from the survey.

Additional Resources

cloud.oracle.com

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www.oracle.com/us/corporate/features/complete-cloud/index.html

 


 

Monday Apr 22, 2013

Not All Clouds are Created Equal

Fiction: All clouds are created equal.
Fact: Only Oracle offers the most comprehensive cloud on the planet earth.

The promise of cloud computing—greater agility, less risk, and lower costs—is real, but making good on that promise depends on the vendor you choose.

Time to sort through all the hype and find a REAL Cloud vendor that meets YOUR needs.

 Simplify IT and Power Innovation. Check out the new Cloud Solutions e-book now.

Friday Apr 19, 2013

The Top 5 Things to Look For in a Cloud Provider When it Comes to Security- Part Three

CIO Insights part three - Deloitte shares the top 5 things to look for in a cloud provider when it comes to security. Check out the last video of the three part series here:

For more information, visit : Oracle.com/cio

Wednesday Apr 17, 2013

The Top 5 Things to Look For in a Cloud Provider When it Comes to Security- Part Two


CIO Insights Part Two - Oracle’s Mark Sunday, Gail Coury, and Deloitte’s Irfan Saif, discuss hybrid cloud security, availability, back up, and the infamous topic of cloud silos. Check out part two of the series here:

For more information, visit: Oracle.com/cio

Monday Apr 15, 2013

The Top 5 Things to Look For in a Cloud Provider When it Comes to Security- Part One

What are the top 5 things you should look for in a cloud provider when it comes to security? Check out this interactive and thought provoking three part series featuring Oracle CIO, Mark Sunday, Oracle VP of Risk Management, Gail Coury and Irfan Saif, Principle at Deloitte. Check out part one here:

For More Information: Visit : Oracle.com/cio

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