With a 20-year track record of delivering largescale enterprise resource planning (ERP) and complex data center transformations, Accenture helps clients implement Oracle applications and database technologies to improve performance, reduce costs, and support innovation. Accenture recently bolstered its already robust solutions for Oracle engineered systems by acquiring Enkitec, a consulting firm that, as an Oracle Platinum Partner, is a preferred leader in database administration and development. Kerry Osborne, founder of Enkitec and now a managing director of Accenture Enkitec Group, discusses the role and advantages of Oracle engineered systems in the modern enterprise.
Q: What role do engineered systems play in today’s successful business?
A: Engineered systems dramatically reduce the time and resources organizations have to spend on building or reinventing complicated environments to run their business. The norm used to be piecing together these systems in-house, using multiple vendors and spending an inordinate amount of time testing the various components. While this strategy meant that you could pick what you thought were the best components for each level, it also meant that some components didn’t work well together, and the customer had to figure out a way to integrate them. With a preconfigured system, the hard work of verifying that all the components work together has already been done, which decreases unplanned outages and speeds up resolution when issues do occur.
Q: What are the benefits of Oracle Exadata, the Oracle engineered system in which you specialize?
A: Oracle Exadata has the highest adoption rate of all of Oracle’s engineered systems for good reason—it’s absolutely the most optimal platform on which to run Oracle Database. This is because the Oracle software is spread across the entire stack, from the storage layer up to the compute tier. Having Oracle software running at the storage layer allows for optimizations that just can’t be matched by generic hardware. There are also the universal benefits of an engineered system, such as reducing the possibility for low-level incompatibility issues and improving support. Finally, it’s important to note that in as little as a week or two, you can have Oracle Exadata up and running, without all the time and expense of building out your own system and the extensive testing required when building your own system.
Q: How does Accenture, and now the Accenture Enkitec Group, add value to Oracle engineered systems customers?
A: Accenture has established a great reputation for delivering complex infrastructure transformations on a global scale and helping organizations design, build, and run intelligent infrastructures. With the acquisition of Enkitec, Accenture has added an unmatched level of technical knowledge in the area of engineered systems, as well as in Oracle Database administration and development. Many of Enkitec’s Oracle technologists are well-known in the Oracle community for their blogs, books, and presentations at conferences. The harder the problem, the better we like it. Now that Enkitec has joined forces with Accenture, we can help more customers with configuring new machines, patching existing systems, training, and helping companies tweak systems to take advantage of the optimizations that are built in to the platforms.
Engineered systems dramatically reduce the time and resources organizations have to spend on building or reinventing complicated environments to run their business.”–Kerry Osborne, Managing Director, Accenture Enkitec Group
Q: Can you share an example of how Oracle engineered systems benefitted a client?
A: One of our clients is a marketing company in the retail industry and tracks vast amounts of information for a large chain of stores, collecting daily sales data on every product purchased in every store. This data must be segmented, and reports are generated on the demographics, what products are bought, at what price, how they are promoted, etc. Every report comes directly from raw data because it isn’t preaggregated, and as data volumes grew, performance issues arose with the company’s column-oriented database. Their executives brought in Exadata Database Machine X3-8 to get the performance they were looking for, and we worked with them and Oracle development to enhance the platform and resolve the issues.
Q: What do you predict for the future of engineered systems?
A: I think we’ll see a significant uptick in the sales of Oracle Big Data Appliance, which is basically a preconfigured Hadoop cluster in a box. Another engineered system, called Oracle SuperCluster, will also get more attention. It combines Oracle Exadata storage with a SPARC-based compute layer that can be virtualized so that third-party applications and a database can run on the same machine. A real game-changer will be Oracle Database In-Memory option, which doesn’t slow down online transaction processing components, but gives the Oracle Database the advantage of a column store. And it’s easy to implement—you just upgrade the RDBMS software and flip a switch.
Tecently, Accenture expanded its Oracle engineered systems capabilities with the acquisition of Enkitec, an Oracle Platinum Partner. As a preferred leader in Oracle Exadata implementations and Oracle Database administration and development, Enkitec brings deep knowledge of Oracle engineered systems at a time when companies are increasingly looking to capitalize on the exceptional price performance of the systems, differentiate themselves from their competitors, and improve their customer relationships. As a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company with 293,000 employees serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture is poised to help bring Enkitec’s unparalleled experience to even more customers seeking greater business value from their investments across the spectrum of Oracle technologies.
The acquisition supports a strategic initiative by Oracle and Accenture to deliver the performance and flexibility of Oracle engineered systems to clients in a fast and cost-effective fashion. Specifically, the initiative aims to support solutions that allow clients to ready their data centers to manage, process, and analyze the massive amounts of data generated in today’s digital world. The solutions also aim to assist in reducing total cost of ownership through consolidation of servers, storage, and networking components. Through the acquisition, Enkitec employees have joined forces with Accenture’s Oracle engineered systems practice to focus on the design and implementation of engineered systems-enabled offerings such as Oracle Database migrations, enterprise-wide Oracle Database transformations, database as a service, Oracle Applications on engineered systems, and cloud-based solutions leveraging engineered systems technologies.
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