Friday Mar 14, 2014

Managed Cloud Services: Governance Grows Up

 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.

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 facebook.com/CloudOdyssey. 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 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


Thursday Oct 04, 2012

Oracle Managed Cloud Services - gain more from your Oracle investments

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

  • Oracle Applications on demand. Leverage any Oracle application, hosted and managed by Oracle.
  • Oracle 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 safe.

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 business forward.

Learn more at: www.Oracle.com/managedcloudservices

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