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Wake Up and Smell the Java in the Cloud

Rachael Wang
Senior Director, Enterprise Cloud Architects, Oracle Public Sector

For decades, government agencies have counted on Oracle WebLogic Servers, and by extension, the Java programming language, to power the most mission-critical applications required at the enterprise level. Java, originally developed by Sun Microsystems, is now a core component of Oracle’s technology platform and is one of the most popular programming languages in use today.

With the advent of cloud computing, the Java can now be consumed “as-a-Service,” giving an added jolt of features and capabilities not possible a decade ago. And with the popularity of WebLogic servers throughout the federal landscape, Oracle now offers a clear transition to the Cloud.

But, is there a clear and immediate ROI for agencies that decide to make the move to the cloud? According to a Forrester Consulting report on Oracle Java Cloud Service, organizations with 30 Java developers realized a $2.5 million NPV over three years, with specific savings in both infrastructure and associated support costs.  

Combining Java-as-a-Service with Database-as-as-Service leads to significant savings in maintenance costs – enabling agencies to divert resources from mundane maintenance activities to mission-critical efforts.  

Such benefits have served as a wakeup call for agencies to migrate their existing Java applications to the cloud for new development. With the increasing number of cloud service providers joining the FedRAMP certification program, agencies now can make the optimal cloud platform choice. 

Additional benefits for IT departments and line of business include:

  • Allowing greater control to quickly provision development or test environments without spending days or even weeks. The Cloud can save thousands of hours of developer time waiting for infrastructure on an ongoing basis.

  • Simplifying development with integrated modern DevOps tools. Java can be integrated with the continuous integration and deployment to respond to citizen requests more quickly and easily.

  • Automating many of the administrative tasks such as patching and upgrading, helping reduce the time agencies have to spend on their ongoing maintenance of their IT infrastructure, potentially saving both time and money.

As a pioneer of Java and WebLogic server, Oracle offers agencies the value-added tools to seamlessly migrate applications to the cloud. Additionally, Oracle expands its commitment to the DoD community with robust and securely-featured cloud services by investing in state of the art cloud data centers.

According to Forrester, the benefits extend beyond costs savings and projected ROI, by moving to Oracle Java Cloud Service, agencies can see tangible improvements in allocating developer times, a reduction in their software development life cycle, and minimal resources dedicated for infrastructure, support and maintenance. For more information on the benefits of Oracle Java Cloud Service, please download the Forester Total Economic Impact report here.

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