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IDC Reveals Business Results from Customers Using Oracle Exadata

Anne Plese
Director, Product Marketing, Cloud Infrastructure Database Solutions

A number of Oracle customers are consolidating workloads and simplifying operations on their Oracle Database platforms by using systems that have hardware and software in a combined unit.

Oracle Exadata is a consolidated system specifically designed for database software to optimize operations.

Enterprise data centers are constantly getting more complex, and more difficult and expensive to manage. Expansion of capability to meet the requirements of digital transformation comes with huge data volumes and new data types, nearly impossible without optimizing the data management environment that currently exists.

IDC interviewed eight organizations about how they are using Oracle Exadata Database Machines. Based on these interviews, IDC projects that these Oracle customers will realize average annual business benefits worth $157,712 per 100 users, which would result in a five-year return on investment (ROI) of 429% by:

  1. Achieving better business outcomes with improved database performance and scalability;
  2. Making employees more productive because they can make better use of data;
  3. Requiring less database administrator and IT staff time to manage and deploy databases; and
  4. Reducing costs associated with database and other licenses, as well as ongoing costs such as power and datacenter space.

Organizations described common reasons for deploying Oracle Exadata Database Machines. IDC projects that these organizations will achieve average annual benefits worth $157,712 per 100 users ($12.76 million per organization) over five years in the following areas:

  • Business productivity benefits: Higher revenue and user productivity and delivering new business applications faster. IDC puts the value of improved operating margins and higher user productivity at an average annual value of $70,906 per 100 users ($5.74 million per organization) over five years.
  • IT staff productivity gains: Having a converged and optimized infrastructure platform for database workloads means spending less time on day-to-day operations. As a result, these teams are more productive, which IDC quantifies as being worth $43,617 per 100 users ($3.53 million per organization) over five years.
  • Risk mitigation, per user productivity benefits: Having fewer database-related failures means that unplanned outages have less impact on employees and business operations. As a result, IDC calculates that interviewed organizations will realize higher user productivity and revenue worth $32,407 per 100 users ($2.62 million per organization).
  • Cost reductions: The consolidated Oracle Exadata platform simplifies database operations. IDC projects that interviewed organizations will save an average $10,782 per 100 users ($0.87 million per organization) in areas such as database and other licensing, as well as power and facilities expenses.

These organizations have databases that  power their customer-facing services and products, and underpin the business applications that enable their operations. These companies provide employees with data, information, analytics, and performance needed to meet customer demand, which means more business ($222,000 of additional revenue per 100 users).

According to one organization: “With Exadata supporting our database operations, we make better decisions, which is resulting in more revenue and lower costs. I'd say that we get 10% more revenue per year. Also, we’re saving money in processes like procurement and in areas like advertising – millions of dollars per year. It’s a lot of money.”

Interviewed organization provided a number of examples of business impact:

  • Decision making: More timely and robust delivery of data supports better strategic decision making for one organization that constantly tweaks its business and marketing strategies in a very competitive vertical, which is enabling it to capture more revenue; 
  • Freeing up staff resources: Another organization has freed up DBA and application developer resources that has helped it deliver new services;
  • Improved system performance: Another organization has increased its market share because its point of sale system performance has improved substantially, and customers have responded to its ability to provide high-quality service at the point of sale.

In addition to higher revenue, companies reported that they have become more operationally efficient, with faster report generation, better access to data to serve customers, real-time updated data to support sales efforts, and the ability to run queries without experiencing a time lag while waiting for results.

This study demonstrates the considerable value that Oracle customers are able to leverage their database environments.

For full details on the findings from IDC: download the IDC business value white paper and take a look at our cool infographic below:

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