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)

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.

Friday Jun 27, 2014

Questions You Should Ask Your Cloud Provider

By Mike Vilimek

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The shift from complex and costly on-premise business software to flexible and more cost-effective cloud solutions is not only underway, it’s inevitable. The business advantages both in terms of cost and functionality are simple too great to ignore. Whether it’s HCM, ERP, or CX, businesses will continue to shift away from managing on-premise versions of these systems to cloud solutions. But are all cloud solutions the same?

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Thursday Jun 26, 2014

ICYMI...Oracle Cloud at Cloud Expo NYC

In case you missed it, the Oracle Cloud Solutions team had a significant presence at this month's Cloud Expo conference in New York City. As a Platinum Sponsor of this year's conference, not only did Sandra Cheevers deliver the Day Two keynote about Cloud Odyssey which chronicles a journey to private cloud, but Marty Gubar also presented a general session on Oracle's Big Data strategy. Oracle's cloud strategy and offerings were also well represented through a host of technical sessions and our demo booth.

As in previous years, there was a very good turnout for the conference not only with respect to attendees, but also from a vendor perspective. Something I've noticed at each Cloud Expo I've attended, and this year was no exception, is that the level of understanding of Cloud within the collective audience had increased over the previous year. In other words, I'm coming across fewer and fewer Cloud "newbies" at these events than in years past. It seems to me the average Cloud Expo attendee has moved on from basic concepts and is now more interested in what's coming next in the Cloud. It shouldn't come as a total shock since Cloud computing has been a hot topic for years and unless you've been hiding under a rock, you're bound to have been exposed to Cloud in your professional or personal lives.

While most people have a general understanding of what cloud computing is and what it can/can't do, many organizations are still trying to come to grips with how to best take advantage of the Cloud in an effective and economical way. You see, there is no shortage of potential and promise with respect to the benefits that Cloud can deliver, but it's the realization of those benefits that is still proving to be so elusive for many. There are new cloud technologies and strategies that are being developed every year and I'll be the first to acknowledge it's not all just coming from Oracle. After all, hearing different perspectives and about different cloud experiences can only broaden one's horizons. That's why conferences like Cloud Expo are as beneficial as ever, whether you're just getting started with cloud computing or even if you consider yourself to be an expert in Cloud.

Stay tuned to this blog to hear about upcoming Oracle and third party Cloud events where Oracle Cloud Solutions will be next. We could be coming to a city near you and we'll hope to see you there. Until then, here's a few pics of Oracle Cloud Solutions @ Cloud Expo...enjoy!

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.

Monday May 05, 2014

IDC Flash Discusses the Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit

Last week on this same blog, I wrote about some of the key take-aways from the recent Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit.  As a quick follow-up to that blog post, I wanted to share a link to an IDC Flash providing IDC's observations and assessment of Oracle’s progress and plans for cloud computing after attending the Summit on March 6.  Like last time, I’ve listed a few excerpts from the research note below:

“...Oracle seeks to move its entire portfolio to a dual delivery approach where the same technology is offered in both public and private clouds. This dual strategy is aimed at being minimally disruptive to Oracle's enterprise customer base.”

“Oracle has the opportunity to be the one-stop shop in cloud that it has become in traditional software if it executes well, with the breadth of its SaaS portfolio being one of Oracle's key differentiators.”

“...[Oracle Database Multitenant] will be persisted to Oracle's DBaaS, a significant advantage for supporting enterprise customers that feel they need the elasticity of operating one or many tenants in the same database but require physical or virtual isolation.”

“IDC is finally seeing a clearer and more complete vision of overall cloud computing emerge out of Oracle, with a high level of investment backing it.”

Obviously, a few hand-picked quotes doesn't tell the full story. If you want hear IDC’s full perspective on Oracle’s cloud strategy, click on the following link to access the complete research note: Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit, March 2014: Getting Closer to "Complete".

Monday Apr 21, 2014

Take-Aways from the Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit

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

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

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

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

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