Monday Mar 30, 2015

Oracle Excellence Awards Recognize CIOs of the Year - What Do They Have in Common?

The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine.

This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our fast paced, ever changing market. They have managed disruption to the benefit of their businesses. What do these CIOs have in common? They're visionaries who are focused on their customers and adopting technologies that will enable their businesses to thrive and innovate. All of these CIOs are doing this by leveraging an integrated technology infrastructure.

IDC expects the worldwide integrated systems market to grow from $7.3 billion in 2013 to $17.9 billion in 2018 and estimates that 15% of the IT hardware market (server, external storage, and networking) will be sold as part of an integrated system by 2018.

I'd like to congratulate the Oracle Excellence Awards CIOs of the Year and invite you to read their stories:

  • Nam-Seuk Han, senior vice president and CIO at SK Telecom —Asia Pacific
  • Jordi Fontanals, chief operations officer (and former CIO) of CaixaBank in Barcelona, Spain —EMEA
  • Yoshifumi Ozawa, general manager of the IT Solution Division at Mazda Motor Corporation —Japan
  • Patricio Melo, executive vice president of IT and operations at Banco Davivienda in Bogotá, Colombia —Latin America
  • Marty Schoenthaler, vice president and CIO at ADM —North America

Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

Mobile: The Console of the Future?

As Mobile World Congress is taking place this week in Barcelona, there’s a lot of focus around mobile in the news. Mobility is now essential for consumers and companies, and incorporating it into a digital strategy that also includes social, cloud, and analytics is an important part of digital innovation.

While most of the focus for mobile is on the edge of the infrastructure and delivering apps to users, you still need a backend that can support the front-end – response time and relevant data are ‘must haves’. An infrastructure that can power the complex queries of a data-driven strategy is part of a mobile strategy that will allow business data to flow across the enterprise. As consumers, we don't think or care about the backend, but as providers you need to ensure it will support the service levels required.

You can read more about this topic in last week’s Forbes article titled, “Here's Why Mobile Shouldn't Stand Alone” in which I discuss this issue with my colleague Suhas Uliyar, vice president of mobile strategy product management at Oracle.

How important is mobility to your customers and what are the most challenging issues that it’s posing to your organization?

Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation. Follow him on Twitter @hvenkat1.

Thursday Dec 04, 2014

What Cloud Infrastructure Will Best Deliver?

Cloud computing is on every CIO’s mind right now, as enterprises continue their strong adoption of public and private clouds in an effort to increase agility and cost savings. When it comes to the ideal mix though, which public-, private- or hybrid-cloud infrastructure can best deliver? I asked this question to a lot of CIOs a couple of weeks ago when I spoke at the Wipro Leading Edge executive customer event in Prague, and I heard mixed responses.

According to a September 2014 Computerworld survey of IT executives in midsize to large enterprise organizations, enterprise usage of private clouds is growing faster than that of the public cloud.

Where do you think we’ll be in two years and what will be the mix? Do you plan to adopt a public, private, or hybrid cloud strategy?

Harish Venkat is Vice President of the Global Hardware Systems Business Group at Oracle Corporation.

Tuesday Nov 20, 2012

SPARC at 25: Past, Present and Future

Join us online to celebrate a quarter-century of innovation. Watch Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, and Andy Bechtolsheim along with other significant SPARC contributors discuss the challenges and rewards of consistently redefining the limits of enterprise IT. Hear Mark Hurd and John Fowler talk about the aggressive plans for SPARC’s future. All of this was recently captured in video at the SPARC anniversary event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

SPARC Anniversary

In addition to getting unique insights from the people behind 25 years of SPARC technology, you can access exclusive content and resources, read case studies and e-Books, view webcasts and infographics, and more.

Be sure to take some time to rediscover why and how SPARC was developed, the considerable impact it had on the entire IT industry, and the continuing innovations coming in the future.

Thursday Sep 20, 2012

8 Reasons to Attend Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Oracle OpenWorld

Every year, the Oracle Hardware team recognizes the unique buzz that accompanies the season of OpenWorld. During the late nights kept possible by the grace of caffeine combined with the stress and eagerness for the event to run smoothly, we like to remind ourselves of why all our hard work is going to pay off. So, now that we've registered, here are some of our top reasons that we’re excited for Oracle OpenWorld 2012:

  1. The Keynotes
    Just to name a few...Larry Ellison, Mark Hurd, Thomas Kurian, John Fowler and many more are speaking live. We're expecting to walk away from the keynotes with a new frame of reference on a vast array of hot topics.
  2. Networking
    Whether it's through means of the OpenWorld Lounges, social media, or bars and cafes around Moscone Center, we'll be surrounded by people who are experts in the hardware field.
  3. Hardware Sessions
    There are enough sessions to satisfy every Oracle hardware knowledge need.
  4. Hardware Experts in General
    So many experts that we wish we could be in two places at once sometimes.
  5. Pearl Jam & Kings of Leon
    Rock out with these two legendary bands at the Oracle Appreciation Event!
  6. Oracle Music Festival
    Joss Stone, Macy Gray, the Hives, and Jimmy Cliff will be welcome escapes at the end of each day at OpenWorld, and are just a couple more reasons these all nighters before OpenWorld are worth it.
  7. ORACLE TEAM USA and the America's Cup trophy
    After the sailors take on San Francisco Bay for Fleet Week, we’ll be soliciting them for autographs and taking pictures with them at OpenWorld.
  8. Location, Location, Location
    The Moscone Center is beautiful and in the best location in San Francisco. We know the OpenWorld hype will get to us sometimes, and it's nice to know that we have pretty much everything San Francisco has to offer at our finger tips.

Why are you excited for #OOW? Tell us why!

Friday May 25, 2012

Welcome to the Oracle Hardware Blog: How to Benefit from Optimizing Hardware with Oracle Database

Welcome to the new Oracle Hardware blog, the home for all things hardware--including Oracle Servers, Storage, Optimized Solutions, Engineered Systems, and Solaris.

This inaugural blog post features Oracle's Randal Sagrillo, Performance Expert, who provides a technical overview of Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database showing how customers benefit from optimizing their hardware with the Oracle Database.

The Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database provides extensive guidelines for architecting and deploying complete database solutions using Oracle's powerful SPARC M-Series and SPARC T-Series servers together with Oracle Solaris and Oracle's SAN, NAS, and flash-based storage to deliver optimal performance and availability while minimizing the risks associated with deploying and consolidating large mission-critical database systems.

 Watch it now:

This video is sponsored by Qlogic, powering Oracle Storage Networking.

 For more information visit: Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Database


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