Monday Jun 08, 2015

The Little Known Business Value of Wearables


Many of us have been tracking the progress of wearable adoption (no pun intended) and have share the same reaction: Why???? Or, even worse: That’s just creepy. From a lifestyle perspective wearables such as smartglasses, smartwatchs, and smartrings seem to offer little more than what we currently enjoy via our smartphones.

With that said, innovative companies continue to prove that, if we can imagine it, we can build it. Think Dick Tracy's 2-way wrist radio, imagined in 1946 by the comic strip artist Chester Gould.

For example, a fascinating realm of opportunity is emerging when it comes to the business value of wearables. My colleague, Shekar Hariharan recently co-authored a whitepaper with another Oracle expert, Gurbinder Bali, entitled ‘JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Wearable Technology’. This paper outlines the business value of wearables and identifies how Oracle JD Edwards is expanding on its established leadership in enterprise mobility by exploring how to best support practical use cases for wearables in the workplace.

"Wearables for work are not about making a fashion statement," says Hariharan. "They are tools for the job. They offer some very interesting use cases for Oracle customers."

Use cases are presented for real life work scenarios:

  • Warehouse Management, including augmenting workers’ ability to fulfill orders
  • Manufacturing, including the facilitation of shop floor work flow
  • Engineering and Construction, including automated project time tracking
  • Field Services, including on screen tips for parts diagrams

In addition to these uses cases, this paper provides a real life scenario of JD Edwards customer working with Oracle to develop a solution for applying wearables technology to their warehouse operations. Note: Oracle does not currently offer standard applications for wearables or prebuilt integrations between wearables and Oracle applications. However, Oracle does have customers who have created wearable solutions using Oracle technology.

“Oracle’s JD Edwards is the industry leader in Enterprise Solutions with deep industry vertical functionality in Engineering and Construction, Oil and Gas, Consumer Packaged Goods, Manufacturing,” says co-author Gurbinder Bali. “JD Edwards is built on Oracle's extensible Fusion Middleware platform that allows the data to be represented on a wearable platform like a watch. This allows for our customers to integrate their ERP and system notifications, quickly review KPIs, and get voice driven guidance seamlessly from a trusted and stable data source in the backend while using the most advanced wearable platform to consume that information."

To explore which aspect of your business might be further optimized by wearables, contact your Oracle sales rep. Or, send Gurbinder or Shekar a note on LinkedIn. 

Video: Oracle JD Edwards Labs: Radical Innovation with Wearables Technology


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Friday Jun 05, 2015

Oracle Publishes 5 New Modern Best Practices for Innovation


Oracle launched Modern Best Practice last fall. We're adding focus on additional business areas, most recently Modern Best Practice for Innovation. These resources-process flows, ebooks, how to advice, customer experiences-help organizations of all sizes who are seeking to exploit the enabling technologies of cloud, social, mobile, IoT, analytics, and Big Data to digitally transform and/or digitally disrupt.

These new pages cover Modern Best Practice for:

  • Idea Capture
  • Requirement Definition 
  • Concept to Design
  • Portfolio Review
  • Proposal to Market

Explore Modern Best Practice for Innovation:




Jim Lein

Oracle Cloud GTM Strategies | Modern Best Practice | Solutions for Growing Companies 

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Thursday May 21, 2015

The Pressure for Higher Education Transformation is On

By Cole Clark, Global Vice President, Education and Research Industries, Oracle

It’s no secret that higher education is in the midst of a massive transformation. The cost of education is skyrocketing, debt levels among college graduates have climbed to $1T+, and the pressure to improve outcomes by tying performance to funding is intensifying. Everywhere, students are expecting more for their money. They want a highly-personalized experience, and all the support they need to succeed – both in the classroom and in the workforce.

And campus leaders, too, are under pressure. They’re being held accountable to operate efficiently and embrace fiscal stewardship at unprecedented levels. Their resources are scarce, and aligning them on the core mission of the institution is more important than ever before. And what campus leaders are realizing is that their current operating model, one that relies on traditional sources of revenue such as tuition and public funding as the primary sources of revenue, is no longer sustainable. It’s clear that institutions must undergo a significant transformation, one that requires new ways of thinking, new processes, and new technologies.

To support this transformation to new business models, campus leaders worldwide are increasingly looking to cloud technologies with contextual insights to help them innovate – to modernize their systems and processes and accelerate their transformation to a Modern Campus. And while its true technology plays a large role in this transformation, equally as important are the best practices that support this transition to a Modern Campus. By fundamentally changing the way institutions do business, campus leaders can improve business performance by doing more, in less time, with fewer resources. And these new business models and disruptive technologies – supported by Modern Best Practice – are what fuel growth and innovation across campus.


Cole Clark

Global Vice President | Education and Research Industries | Oracle

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Digital Transformation vs. Digital Disruption: Who Wins?

And are either what you think they are?


“Digital Transformation” and “Digital Disruption” are proven keyword phrases to drive traffic to marketing and thought leadership content. But how do these words translate into the way you do—or need to do—business? And, should you “transform” or “disrupt”? Maybe both?

What Transformation and Disruption Mean to Me

At a gut level, “transformation” conjures up heartwarming images. Maybe a 98 pound weakling who committed to Beachbody’s P90X to become a lean, mean fighting machine. In contrast, “disruption” makes me think of the crafty underdog who switched from a rightie to a southpaw in the middle of a championship bout like Rocky Balboa did against Apollo Creed in Rocky II.

When it comes to the tale of the tape, I subscribe to these definitions:

  • Per MIT Sloan Management Review, Digital Transformation is, “the use of technology to radically improve performance or reach of enterprise.”
  • Per this Accenture article, disruption, “occurs when past proven practices no longer produce predicable results.”

These terms resonate with just about everyone nowadays

In my conversations with Oracle customers, partners, and prospective customers, I find that the concepts of Digital Transformation and/or Disruption do indeed resonate as a framework for discussion. However, context must be included by providing specific examples of how organizations have digitally transformed or experienced digital disruption.

I pledge to keep providing such examples in this blog, like that of Digital Disruptor Beachbody.

Meanwhile, here is an Oracle ForbesVoice article by Oracle's Rob Preston that I found to be an easy and informative read: Digital Disruption: It's Not What You Think. 

Learn More About Oracle Modern Best Practice on oracle.com:



Jim Lein

Oracle Cloud GTM Strategies | Modern Best Practice | Solutions for Growing Companies 

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Friday May 15, 2015

"Reports of My Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated," said the CIO

As you know, that headline paraphrases an infamous Mark Twain misquote.

I’ve read countless accounts of how CIO’s are being bypassed in IT business solution decision-making. It conjures up an image of a CIO bursting into the CFO’s office and tattling on some line of business manager who allegedly has purchased and deployed a one off solution without IT’s blessing.

My reaction to these reports has typically been that of skepticism. While I have no doubt that such situations occur, I’ve never talked with a Oracle customer executive who has found this to be a significant problem within their organization. Why? Because successful, growth oriented companies can’t afford to have the left hand not know what the right hand is doing. I believe that maverick IT decision making happens when an immediate challenge needs to be addressed yet that challenge has not grown to a level to be considered strategic. When it does, IT is going to be involved in the discussion on how to face it.

In a recent Forbes OracleVoice article, The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2015, Bob Evans, SVP of Corporate Communications at Oracle, acknowledges that the extreme change and disruption experienced in the business world during 2014 spawned rumors of the premature demise of the CIO.

He even offers some “crackpot theories” surrounding this whodunit gossip—theories for who may have allegedly killed the CIO:

  • The CMO
  • Mobile Technology
  • Cloud Computing
  • Big data and its data scientist masters

Evans goes on to refute the rumors by saying, “The best CIOs are not only alive and well and far from endangered, but are indeed creating more business value than ever before by collaborating eagerly and openly with those supposed forces of opposition.”

So, ignore those ugly rumors. Long live the CIO!

Learn more about The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2015:


Jim Lein

Oracle Cloud GTM Strategies | Modern Best Practice | Solutions for Growing Companies 

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

6 Must-Have Enablers for Modern Best Practices

The quarterly Midsize Edition of the Oracle Information InDepth newsletter is out, featuring Steve Cox, VP, Oracle Cloud GTM midsize in an article, '6 Must-have Enablers for Modern Best Practice'.

From the article:

Traditionally, best practices have been templates for action that consist of a fixed number of clearly defined steps. But as the pace of business change accelerates, the very concept of best practices is changing.

"Modern best practices must have flexibility built into their DNA," says Oracle Vice President, Cloud GTM Midsize, Steve Cox. "It's not just about defining prescribed steps, but incorporating performance monitoring—and the tools and processes to foster ongoing innovation and improvement."

Cox identifies six key technologies that enable midsize organizations to take this kind of iterative approach to best practices.

Read the full article.

Learn more about Oracle Modern Best Practice:




Jim Lein

Oracle Cloud GTM Strategies | Modern Best Practice | Solutions for Growing Companies 

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Tuesday May 12, 2015

Warning: You're Not Social if You're Not Listening

Every morning, I sign into my Oracle Social Cloud account, click on "Listen and Analyze", and review what's being said on social media about the topics relating to the content I post (e.g. #OracleMidsize; #OracleModernBestPractice). I do this for two reasons: 1) Because I don't want to just talk. I also want to listen and engage; and 2)  Because I can. My company has provided me with access to powerful tools that make this part of my job easy.

Never mind that I've used "I" a zillion times already in this post. I don't mean to lecture. My point is that your social relationship management (SRM) strategy is not truly 'social' if you're just throwing content out their via your social media activities. Not learning about how well your content resonates within your community. Not adjusting your activities accordingly.

Without the right tools, monitoring the reaction to all your social activities is impractical if not impossible. In the current issue of Oracle Profit Magazine, Meg Bear, GVP, Oracle Social Cloud, extols the virtues of More Conversation while providing an update on Oracle's SRM development strategy. 

“We help our customers understand who is the audience on that platform and what’s resonating with them," advises Bear. "That helps managers make good decisions about how and when to participate.”


To hone your Social Relationship Management strategy, download this free eBook Modern Best Practice for the Social Business, authored by Reggie Bradford, SVP, Oracle SRM Product Development.



Jim Lein

Oracle Cloud GTM Strategies | Modern Best Practice | Solutions for Growing Companies 

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.


Friday May 08, 2015

Responding to Disruption: PWC CEO Survey

The CEO’s job is to see the big picture and determine priorities across all aspects of the organization: people, systems, processes, growth, finance.

PWC’s 18th Annual Global CEO Survey, ‘The Marketplace Without Boundaries: Responding to Disruption’, tallies CEOs’ insights across five themes:

  1. Growth: Optimism mixed with wariness
  2. Competition: seeking opportunities via digital transformation
  3. Partnering: unconventional collaborations
  4. Diversity: valuing the right mix of talent

When it comes to the fifth theme, Technology, the survey identified mobile, data mining/analytics, and security as strategically most important:


Oracle is uniquely positioned to provide solutions that help CEO's address these priorities (although (Robotics, 3-D Printing and Battery and Power Technologies aren't exactly in our wheelhouse). Organizations planning their digital transformation strategies can now access Oracle's free resources for adopting Modern Best Practice, founded in our experiences helping thousands of customers deploy modern technology solutions. Modern Best Practice exploits enabling technologies, including social, mobile, analytics, and Big Data, to help organizations of all sizes achieve more, faster, and with fewer resources.

Explore Oracle Modern Best Practice:



Jim Lein

Oracle Cloud GTM Strategies | Modern Best Practice | Solutions for Growing Companies 

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.


Wednesday May 06, 2015

It’s May: Is Your Customer Service Beachbody Ready?

If you’re trying to shape up your customer service practices, here’s a short and pithy video featuring Louis Ross, Beachbody’s VP of Coach Relations. Beachbody’s the creator of the nation's most popular fitness and weight loss solutions. The company’s mission, as Ross relates, is, “to end the trend of obesity in America and, eventually, around the world”.

Beachbody’s founders built a hyper growth company via their knack for developing brands that resonate with people—including P90X®, INSANITY®, and Hip Hop Abs®. Beachbody first became an Oracle ERP customer in 2008 when they were a much smaller company, with revenues generated by their 16 million customers and 200,000 coaches projected to exceed $1B in 2015. 

Beachbody is constantly refining their customer service processes to meet the needs of customers and coaches, with the cornerstone of offering multi-channel support.

“We see service at Beachbody as a way to extend the brand and be that word of mouth marketer that’s always so attractive and helps companies grow," says Ross. "It’s important that you have the right tools to meet your customers and coaches where they are and that might be on line, on a mobile device, via the telephone, online chat or social media."

Ross shares some facts and figures related to the incident management challenges Beachbody is  now addressing with Oracle Service Cloud:

  • 220k/day—contacts with customers and coaches
  • 33,500 FAQs—via online self service
  • 7.2m answer views—in 2014, up from 300,000 three years ago

Ross also points out that Oracle Service Cloud provides them with the ability to measure all the key performance metrics critical to maintaining their high levels of customer service.

“Quite frankly I can’t imagine how e could have handled the business we’ve seen in the last 12-18 months without Oracle Service Cloud,” concludes Ross.

If you're ready to stop procrastinating and whip your customer service into tip top shape, explore these free resources offered by Oracle to help you adopt Modern Best Practice for Service.


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.


Friday May 01, 2015

Playing Catch Up With Cloud?

KPMG’s 2014 Cloud Survey Report, Elevating Business in the Cloud, tells us something that most of us already know: Cloud is now positioned as the key IT delivery model supporting innovation.

I’m not trying to be Captain Obvious by sharing this. But the reality I see in my daily life is that so many businesses that have not embraced cloud are falling behind their competitors. Whether you’re interacting with customer service, or purchasing a product, or managing an account, it’s frustrating to plod through outdated mechanisms when you know there’s a faster-better-easier way. It makes you behave like you do when you have slow internet.

It’s not about cloud for the sake of cloud. But cloud is most often the catalyst employed by organizations to exploit the enabling technologies of social, mobile, and analytics.

From the survey, “It’s clear now that while organizations may have come to the cloud to reduce costs, it’s not why they stay. The true potential of cloud lies in an organization’s ability to leverage this agile delivery model to transform the business.”—Rick Wright, Principal and Global Cloud Enablement Leader at KPMG

If your organization is playing catch up with cloud, explore the free resources Oracle now offers to help craft your strategy for adopting Modern Best Practice powered by cloud.


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

False Summits: There is No Finish Line

As an avid mountain hiker, I’ve learned the heartbreak of false summits.(Pictured: the true summit of Colorado's Redcloud Peak, elevation 14,035 ft).  The trick is to push back the inclination to get discouraged and adjust your pace as if there is no summit. You’ll never stop hiking. Atop each summit, you're rewarded with views of other summits-some higher-waiting to be conquered. 

In an article by Mark Leslie, The Arc of Company Life - and How to Prolong It, published by First Round Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in early stage startups. Leslie is a retired entrepreneur and lecturer at the Stanford School of Business.

It’s easy to forget that Oracle, now a $30 billion industry leader, was once a startup, founded by Larry Ellison and friends in a garage. Using Oracle and Amazon as case studies, Leslie provides color commentary to the growth curves of these companies and identifies how they had to figuratively, and literally, knock down barriers to growth (he recounts how Ellison hammered a hole in the wall of an early Oracle office to connect terminals to a mainframe computer).


I’ve seen Oracle transform many times since I came to the company via the PeopleSoft acquisition. Every morning, I read something to put myself in the right frame of mind, reminding myself that we are truly a company of entrepreneurial spirit. It’s never business as usual at Oracle.

As Leslie concludes, “It is sad but true that there is no place to rest,” observes Leslie. “There is No Finish Line."

Plot your growth curve by leveraging Oracle's free resources for adopting Modern Best Practice


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015

Cloud: All Grown Up

Our son graduates high school next month. It's tempting to fall back on all the cliches and shower him with praise. He's all grown up. But while acknowledging how much he's achieved, we know that he's still very much a work in progress. 

Cloud computing has been growing up at the same time as our son, who has never known life without the internet. A new Harvard Business Review survey (sponsored by Oracle), "Cloud Computing Comes of Age" recognizes how far cloud has come:

...while also acknowledging that there is much room for improvement (or, as we say when referring to my son, "the best is yet to come").

The results of this survey show how organizations are under pressure to identify new business opportunities and innovate faster as cloud computing evolves while also identifying ways they can benefit from the next wave of cloud innovation.

Cloud computing is the cornerstone to any organization's digital transformation, with goals that include lowering costs, enabling innovation, empowering people, and increasing insight.

Oracle now provides extensive free resources to help  your organization adopt Modern Best Practice which is anchored by cloud computing and exploits enabling technologies that make possible new ways of doing business to achieve consistently superior results.

Explore these free resources: 


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

Strategic HCM—Creating Value Through Your People


Rush hour traffic. Tuesday morning. The Mission District of San Francisco.

I’m riding shotgun in a Lincoln Town car, on my way to meet Ron Storn, VP of People for Lyft, for breakfast. Ron would be presenting in our customer experiences session at Oracle OpenWorld ’14 later that week.

Aaron, my driver, takes the advice of his navigation app and leaves the clogged freeway to follow a series of detours that lead us to the front door of Boogaloos, a local neighborhood mainstay. Ten minutes early, I get out of the Lincoln, wish Aaron a good rest of his day, and tap the screen in my Lyft iPhone app a couple of times. We’re done. My first rideshare experience is a success.

I've been following the progress of Lyft ever since that September morning. Six months later, Oracle just released a video providing an update on Lyft’s experience with Oracle HCM Cloud.

As Ron states, he joined the company when they had about 85 employees. Now they have 400+. As VP of People at a hot Bay Area startup in a hypergrowth industry, he has a challenging job. His target workforce wants three things:

  1. Great talent around them
  2. Have an impact 
  3. Feel passionate about their company

“I’m using Oracle for us to win the war for talent,” Ron says. “If we don’t win that war in keeping, growing, and retaining talent than we’ll never win as a product.”

To meet HR challenges, Lyft’s strategy is to deploy Oracle HCM Cloud in a modular approach starting with core HR, succession planning, and compensation. The idea is to set a new tone for strategic HR.

“In past HR has been known to be a very administrative paper pushing type function,” Ron explains. “We’re trying to change that in order be a very fast moving enabler of growth. Instead of being bureaucratic we want to be a change agent that can be a partner to all of our clients.”

Lyft’s circumstances are very similar to that of many growing midsize organizations looking to Oracle for not just products but also expertise and advice.

“Being a start up that is growing so fast, we didn’t know what they didn’t know,” Ron says. “So working with the Oracle team as well as the implementation partner helped us generate and create a tool that would work for us today but also help us scale into the future.”

Explore Modern Best Practice for HR and Talent: 



Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

Deadline April 29: Partners-Showcase Your Modern Best Practice Success at Oracle OpenWorld ‘15


We launched Modern Best Practice at Oracle OpenWorld last September. The response has been overwhelming. The pages are getting more traffic than I-25 through Denver at rush hour.

Shaped by the latest technology—cloud, social, mobile, analytics, Big Data, IoT—Modern Best Practice articulates how you execute to achieve consistently superior results.

Deadline for Submitting Proposals for Oracle OpenWorld ’15 Sessions is Wednesday April 29!

This year at Oracle OpenWorld ’15 we look forward to seeing sessions that illustrate Modern Best Practice. Adopting Modern Best Practice allows our customers to do business in ways that their old systems could not support; do business in ways they might not even imagined to be possible.

Here are a few examples:

Solairus Aviation—Seamless Finance, Projects, & HR Cloud enables competitive advantage, “ When our CEO goes into new business pitches he’s going to be able to demonstrate this transparency that Oracle ERP Cloud is able to give us and it’s going to set us apart from the marketplace.”—Mark Dennen, CFO

Dell—“Within the first four months of launching this tool, we had over 7900 job shares through the Oracle social sourcing tool so what could have taken several months to do we can now do in a matter of days.”—Diane Paquet, Director of HR Technology

Lifesize, USA—“The Oracle Marketing Cloud is at the forefront of driving our customer growth. We’e generated over $100 of pipeline generated just from the marketing programs we ran.” Megan Lueders, VP of Marketing

Feel free to contact me if you have ideas you’d like to discuss (jim.lein@oracle.com).

Go to Oracle Call for Proposals to learn how to submit your proposal.


Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

Humming On All Rotors: Oracle Cloud


Per our last earnings release, Oracle customers are adopting ERP cloud at the fastest rate ever. Today, I was reading this Forbes OracleVoice article, Yes, Larry Ellison's Oracle Is Now A Cloud Company in which the author states, “cloud is the fuel that is making the company’s motor hum…the more closely you look at the numbers, the more it becomes apparent that Oracle is firing on all cylinders in the cloud.”

Personally, I would have used the drive train of an electric car (think Tesla) for the metaphor. Electric cars =) cloud; internal combustion car =) on premise. Get it? Metaphor aside, in case you missed the numbers, Oracle reported last month that our cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) grew 30% to $375 million (33% in constant currency). Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenue was $155 million, up 32%.

Oracle ERP Cloud is particularly on a hot streak right now. More companies are ready for cloud ERP and understanding the benefits of it than ever before. Programs such as Oracle’s Customer 2 Cloud are speeding adoption.

Also, we’re now offering an extensive library of resources—process flows, thought leadership, whitepapers, customer experiences—to help plan your move to Modern Best Practice which exploits enabling technologies such as cloud, analytics, and mobile. Recognizing that ½ to ¾ of the modern buying process is completed before buyers contact a solution provider, we want to make sure you have everything you need during your discovery process to learn about Oracle and realize that we get cloud.

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Jim Lein

Oracle for Midsize Businesses

Modern Best Practice exploits new capabilities made possible by cloud, mobile, social, analytics, big data, and IoT, making it possible for your organization to achieve more, faster and with fewer resources.  It is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways to achieve consistently superior performance.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

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