written by: Beth Ellyn Rosenthal, Outsourcing Center
Ask 10 people what constitutes a successful long-term managed cloud service relationship and you will get 10 different answers. But everyone will say governance is a key driver in every managed cloud services relationship, no matter the flavor, and will continue to be as long as buyers and their service providers have to work together.
But governance has been undergoing a constant metamorphosis since the days when Ross Perot took over some mainframe functions. “Governance has grown some teeth and the teeth are in the shape of dollar signs,” says Michael Alfonsi, managing director, Financial Transactions Portfolio, Americas for BancTec. “Governance, which started out as a service level agreement (SLA) development and management committee, has now become a true management metrics oversight body that assigns penalties or provides incentives (in more enlightened relationships) as it monitors the performance of the entire relationship.”
We asked a third party to survey a panel of experts on what forces will change this bedrock function in 2014 and beyond. Here are their sage predictions. Click here to read the full article.
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…
It's Friday. Time for a fun video blog post. Cloud Cloud Cloud. For those of us in the high tech industry, this buzz word seems to be everywhere. Lower Costs, Flexibility, Reduced Risk and Speed are the benefits that come top of mind for all of us. But what truly defines the value of Cloud? At the end of the day, all organizations, regardless of industry, sector, and location have one goal- to make money and stay ahead of the competition. Related to this, is the increasing need to focus on their core business rather than worrying about the back end IT components.
Time to focus on innovation for your business so you can grow your bottom line. Time to put Innovation back in IT.
Check out this video and learn how Oracle Managed Cloud Services can do just that.
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.
What makes a cloud hero a “hero”?The first words that come to mind are
innovation and achievement. Innovation by
definition means “a new method, idea or product”. In the technology world it
can mean this among many other things like implementing new ideas that can help
you achieve business value or thinking “outside the box” when delivering exceptional
service to your customers.In this next
cloud hero’s case, both happen to be true.
Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE) is the
North American representative for Toshiba's global nuclear energy business.
Established in 2008, TANE operates to provide North American customers with
Toshiba's nuclear expertise gained from 50+ years engineering, constructing and
operating nuclear power plants. TANE's mission is to provide advanced nuclear
power plant technologies & services intended to ensure or improve safe,
economical & reliable operations to these customers.
Being in the nuclear industry, disaster recovery and security are critical to the core of TANE's business. With mission critical
applications running in the cloud, TANE needed to ensure that the cloud
provider’s security strategy would meet their vigorous requirements.
Managed Cloud Services had the answer. Oracle
Managed Cloud Services provides it customers with the global scale and
expertise that they need. Worldwide data centers, over 15,000 dedicated
security service professionals and a defense in depth approach to security –are just a few of the many security features customers can expect. In addition,
Oracle Managed Cloud Services adheres to all industry and global security and compliance
standards. Another key point for Toshiba- who was challenged with being
compliant with security regulations in their industry as well as local data
security policies in Japan.
On March 3, 2011, a shocking surprise shook TANE and
millions of Japanese residents to their core. The ensuing earthquake and tsunami
had a profound impact on not only the Japanese people but on TANE specifically.
Due to the earthquake’s timing (only two months prior to their implementation),
TANE lost 80% or more of their resources. Oracle was able to step up and
provide them the dedicated staff and resources they needed to ensure that they would
be up and running within their tight project timeline of several months. Oracle
Managed Cloud Services was able to get them up and running with their first
Oracle JD Edwards instance in just 3 weeks.
Check out this video and learn how this Cloud Hero saved
more than just their IT department.
Who is your cloud hero? Tweet us @OracleCloudZone and don't forget to use hashtag #cloudheroes.
To learn more about Oracle Managed Cloud Services, click here
are no short cuts, no “let's try this and see what happens” when
it comes to successfully implementing the cloud.
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
the report here... or read
this article in ZD Net outlining the implications.
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.
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
# 2 AutoTrader.com
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.
attracts and retains exceptional staff by using Oracle
Taleo Enterprise, Oracle Taleo
Client Connect, Oracle Taleo Assessment to deliver
faster recruiting topped with cost savings
and process improvements. Read
to transform your business with Oracle Cloud? Check out the FREE
services on cloud.oracle.com.
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:
Red Robin Delivers More than Good Food with Oracle's Cloud.
Red Robin transforms business processes, drives better business
results, and yields higher employee performance by deploying Oracle
Fusion HCM, Oracle Fusion ERP, and Oracle Fusion SCM business
applications with Oracle Managed Cloud Services.
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:
Oracle Managed Cloud Services delivers
enterprise-grade, end-to-end managed cloud services across Oracle's portfolio
of business applications, middleware, database, and hardware technologies.
Organizations can deploy solutions according to their own specific needs and
budget, and decide where applications are hosted.
Oracle can manage applications at customer sites, through Oracle's partners, or
at one of Oracle’s data centers. Organizations can also choose a hybrid model
for different elements of the IT environment, and move back and forth over time
as strategy or requirements change. Options include
Technology on demand. A set of end-to-end managed services
for Oracle Engineered Systems and Oracle’s technology platform, including
infrastructure (servers and storage), database, virtualization, operating
system, and middleware.
In addition, with Oracle managed cloud services, your
systems and data are secure and protected at every layer.Managed Cloud Services has extensive global
expertise,best practice security and
regulatory compliance , and standard operating processes that will ensure your data and business critical information is
Oracle Managed Cloud Services helps you leverage Oracle’s
years of experience so you can better focus and direct your resources.
Let Oracle Cloud
Services build and manage your cloud for you while you focus on driving your