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


Thursday Mar 12, 2015

HBR Finds Lack of IT/Business Partnership is Top Roadblock to Digital Innovation

Research shows that companies integrating digital technologies such as social, mobile, cloud, and analytics into their business strategy are 26% more profitable than peers in their industries. 

Yet, a recent study by Harvard Business Review’s research arm indicates that the biggest barrier to driving digital innovation in the enterprise is the IT / business partnership.

The need for speed is a driving factor, with business decision makers wanting faster response times from IT, and often outsourcing apps or other IT functions if they can’t get them. At the same time, IT is spending most of its resources just keeping the lights on and getting bogged down by increasing complexity (exacerbated by 3rd party apps and “shadow IT”). However, according to the HBR survey, the majority of business managers prefer to work with their internal IT departments vs. outsourcing.

So what’s the solution? It has to be multi-faceted to incorporate people, processes, and technology…all in an effort to drive tighter business and IT alignment. 

I’m going to talk about this topic in-depth with Abbie Lundberg, contributing editor for Harvard Business Review Analytic Services during a webcast on March 18 at 10am PT. If you’re interested, please register to join us and participate in the live chat. 

I’d also like to hear your opinion. Does your company have strong IT/business alignment? If so, what do you do that works? What do you think the biggest challenges are?

Sunday Sep 07, 2014

Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Integrated Systems


This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a larger research document and should be evaluated in the context of the entire document. The Gartner document is available upon request from Oracle.

Gartner, Inc. has named Oracle a Leader in its latest Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant reports position vendors within a particular quadrant based on both their completeness of vision and their ability to execute.

The authors of Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems define integrated systems as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure, sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.”

The Gartner analysts listed six drivers for adopting integrated systems.

  • Improved performance
  • Perceived lower operating expenditure costs and greater IT optimization
  • Increased automation
  • Simplified sourcing and support
  • Faster time to value with infrastructure
  • Support in moving from IT maintenance to IT innovation

“Oracle is the only integrated systems vendor that architects, integrates, and implements the entire technology stack of hardware and software, so customers can simplify IT and focus on innovating in their core business,” says Steve Rudinsky, principal product marketing director for Oracle SuperCluster. “As a market leader, no other vendor offers the breadth of integrated systems portfolio, the level of intra-stack optimization, or the proven track record.”

Ability to Execute

When assessing the two main selection criteria for determining leaders, the Gartner analysts note, “The market for integrated systems is complex, with greater dependency on very specific topics. We have, therefore, added several sub-criteria to the standard list of criteria, to enable more accurate vendor assessment. For our assessment of Product/Service, we examine the degree of software integration available from the vendor or implementation partners, plus the vendor’s ability to deliver on road map promises. Sales Execution/Pricing examines both direct and indirect execution, as most integration system strategies are highly dependent on the role of local channel partners.”

Completeness of Vision

Reiterating their comments about the complexity of the integrated systems market, the authors added, “As with Sales Execution/Pricing, the Sales Strategy criterion for Completeness of Vision assesses both the direct strategy and the channel partner strategy. Offering (Product) Strategy focuses on the breadth of the total solution (including software integration), the investment in management tools and the technology portfolio breadth. Business Model examines the implementation services that are available through the vendor or channel partners, and the variety of solutions and use cases that can be addressed.”

Read Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems (June 16, 2014, ID:G00252466, Analyst(s): Andrew Butler, George J. Weiss, Philip Dawson).

Learn more about Oracle’s engineered systems and download the e-book Engineered for Extreme Performance.


About Gartner Research Publications
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Thursday Feb 13, 2014

Oracle Kicks Off "Oracle Systems: Enhancing Your Applications" Event Series

Oracle is kicking off a 17-city North American event series on how running Oracle Applications on Oracle hardware can help customers deliver maximum value and achieve dramatically better business results.

Watch Video - Oracle Systems: Together with Oracle Applications



The series kicks off February 19 in Nashville and February 20 in Toronto. Check the full list for a city near you and register today.

Oracle has engineered and optimized every layer of the underlying hardware and software to work together—so you can replace wait time with work time and get more out of your business. 
At the Oracle Systems: Enhancing Your Applications event, attendees will learn how they can:
  • Reduce costs and focus on innovation with superior Oracle ERP and CRM application and database performance
  • Improve time to value by adding new capabilities when you need them
  • Drive productivity and business value with Oracle Hardware systems and Oracle Optimized Solutions
  • Transform business processes with Oracle’s new In-Memory Applications for Oracle’s Engineered Systems

Monday Jan 06, 2014

The Unique Business Value of Oracle Engineered Systems: Why Oracle Engineered Systems Are Best

The trend toward adoption of pre-integrated data center 'building blocks' combining applications, database and middleware software, data storage, compute, networking, virtualization and management is well underway within most global enterprises.  This trend, and Oracle's leadership position, is evidenced by recent survey data and analysis published by numerous industry luminaries (such as Gartner and IDC).  While not all such offerings from all vendors are equivalent, they all have common aims: cost reduction, improved efficiency, better ease of use and the agility to take advantage of marketplace opportunities and technology changes as quickly as they occur, for as long as they last.  While other technology solution vendors are now racing to close the gap, Oracle's offering continues to outpace our competition, propelled by numerous commercial, marketplace and unique technical advantages.

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