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Blue Shield of California: Why Oracle is the Technology Innovator of Choice – Inside Open World 2019

Blue Shield of California (BSC) is a not-for-profit health plan provider dedicated to providing Californians with access to high-quality, personalized care at an affordable price. The San Francisco-based health plan provider was founded in 1939 and is an independent member of the Blue Shield Association. They serve over four million health plan members and nearly 65,000 physicians across the state. Sandra Clarke, Blue Shield of California’s CFO and Senior Vice President, participated in a customer panel discussion at Oracle Open World 2019, hosted by Juergen Lindner, Oracle Senior Vice President of SaaS Product Marketing. Lindner opened the session by presenting Oracle’s SaaS applications and the importance of continuous innovation necessary to outpace change. Lindner then led a customer panel by asking Sandra Clarke about the business drivers that ultimately led Blue Shield to consider a new journey to the cloud. Clarke started her discussion by saying, “thank goodness we are on Oracle now.” Clarke explained. “We had a financial (ERP) system that was over 30 years old. We realized it needed to be replaced and we had an aggressive schedule to make that happen.” BSC needed a technology partner that was best in class and that was cutting edge. “Something that we no longer have to worry about doing now are software upgrades on a regular basis” she stated. Clarke described that when selecting a cloud provider, an extremely important criteria was a solution that could move the organization toward providing more data consistency and transparency to better serve its members. In the end we “decided that the Oracle solution was the best one for us,” said Clarke. “Through transparency, real time data, and one source of truth on Oracle’s Cloud we were able to cut four days out of our original period close.” - Sandra Clarke, CFO and SVP, Blue Shield of California Clarke also offered advice for other healthcare companies moving to the cloud during her discussion at Oracle OpenWorld. She highlighted the importance of establishing a long range vision for your organization when moving to the cloud and selecting a provider that can support this vision and grow with you as the landscape changes. “We are looking at things like new subsidiaries to support providers and different areas that we never even contemplated when we first evaluated Oracle,” stated Clarke.  As your future evolves, your technology provider must have the capabilities to outpace change. BSC has found through its partnership with Oracle that it has the support it needs to confidently provide its members with precise diagnoses and better decision making, yielding all around innovative, more affordable care. Watch the full OpenWorld session Outpace Change with Oracle Cloud with customer discussion here.. Find details about Oracle’s own journey to Oracle Cloud here. Krina Patel is Director at Oracle Cloud Applications Product Marketing and she can be followed on @krinapatel01.  

Blue Shield of California (BSC) is a not-for-profit health plan provider dedicated to providing Californians with access to high-quality, personalized care at an affordable price. The...

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How to Get Maximum Value with Minimal Effort from Oracle Cloud Applications

Cloud technology has taken the business world by storm. As an acronym, “SaaS” is a conversation starter and is top of mind for many business leaders for its faster adoption and lower TCO. If you’ve come to this blog, you probably are already familiar with SaaS or Cloud Applications. Perhaps you are considering using Oracle Cloud Applications or you are already using Oracle Cloud Applications today.   Customers Ask: Am I getting the most business value from my cloud applications? How can I begin to get more value from my existing investments? The Answer: Getting the most value from your cloud application software may be the most important thing you can do for your business. Oracle’s complete, future-ready and trusted suite of cloud applications have pre-built emerging technology apps that are designed to work together so you have a holistic view of your entire business. Supporting tens of thousands of customers and millions of users around the world, Oracle is trusted for its secure data management in the cloud. Where to Begin: Read on to find out why and how this could impact your businesses’ bottom line. Start Here: If you are planning on attending Oracle Open World 2019 in San Francisco this year, be sure to check out this interactive and engaging session on Oracle’s SaaS Applications Suite and how you can get the maximum value for your business. Hear Lisa M. Schwartz, Senior Director, SaaS, Cloud Business Group lead a compelling presentation along with several other Oracle SaaS experts. Get tips on how to enable your business to become future-ready and hear a mix of real customer stories that have transformed their business and maximized value from their cloud applications.   To register, please visit: Oracle.com/OpenWorld, and see details below: Session ID: CON1447 Title: A SaaS Primer: Getting the Most Value from your SaaS Applications. Time/Day: Monday, September 16th at 9am Location: San Francisco, Moscone West:  Room 2007A

Cloud technology has taken the business world by storm. As an acronym, “SaaS” is a conversation starter and is top of mind for many business leaders for its faster adoption and lower TCO. If you’ve...

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How Can You Outpace Change with the Oracle Cloud?

Change comes at us every day at a rapid pace. Keeping pace with business change is even harder. The new digital landscape has businesses asking many questions; particularly with regard to the advent of emerging technologies and increased regulations, coupled with the need to improve customer experiences and workforce experiences, and defend data against security breaches. Customers ask: How can our business address it all, while outpacing change and leapfrogging the competition? The answer: A complete suite of future-ready, Oracle Cloud Applications for Finance, Supply Chain, HR and Customer Experience (CX) with pre-built emerging technology apps (AI, IoT, blockchain) and digital assistants can help your business move faster, thrive in times of change and be prepared with the latest innovations well into the future. Where to begin: As a business leader, business executive or business manager what can you do to help your company or department outpace change? Where can you begin? Start Here: Attend this exciting executive panel discussion at Oracle Open World 2019 in San Francisco to learn why top business leaders have chosen Oracle as their trusted SaaS applications partner in the cloud. Hear Juergen Lindner, SVP, Oracle SaaS Applications lead a compelling discussion with customers from several industries on how they are outpacing change with Oracle Cloud Applications. Bonus: Get a sneak peek at some of Oracle's latest innovations to help you outpace business change. Register for the session now as it is always SRO - standing room only. To register, please visit: Oracle.com/OpenWorld, and see details below: Session ID: GEN4983 Title: Outpace Change with the Oracle Cloud Time/Day: Wednesday September 18th, 2019, at 12:30pm. Location: Moscone West Room 2006/2008

Change comes at us every day at a rapid pace. Keeping pace with business change is even harder. The new digital landscape has businesses asking many questions; particularly with regard to the advent...

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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd: SaaS Market Will Consolidate

Over the past several years, IT has seen a major shift from on-premises data centers to cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Of the many benefits businesses realize when shifting to the cloud, the biggest advantage is the opportunity to fully optimize their operations for growth. Enterprise SaaS platforms offer a unified experience across all applications, simplifying interdepartmental communications. Additionally, cloud-based security also secures internal and external data, as opposed to having to manage many individual application security procedures. As more companies make that shift, smaller SaaS companies will struggle to compete. During  Oracle’s Media Day, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd stated, “The SaaS market will consolidate...It will be a long tail, but many of the companies will go away." The SaaS industry is consolidating In his Media Day discussion, Hurd estimated the current B2B applications market was valued at $125 billion. Back-office apps, including finance, supply chain, and HR, represented 70% of the $125 billion, and front-office apps, including sales, marketing, and customer service, represented 30%. The majority of companies in this market segment still manage those applications on-premises rather than shifting them to cloud providers, according to Hurd. Cloud suites from trusted and experienced  providers, like Oracle’s Cloud SaaS Applications, offer the full benefits of cloud services with full integration across all products, from human capital management (HCM) to enterprise resource planning (ERP), in both front and back-office operations. The capability to access data from a range of applications allows businesses to make more informed decisions. Businesses who do not invest in suites exhaust time and funds on integration, hindering their ability to pull data across platforms for more informed decision making. At Oracle’s Modern Supply Chain Experience 2018, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said, “It isn't good enough to have a best-of-breed application. You have to have a suite. The front office, the ecommerce system, has to talk to the supply chain system.” Businesses who do not have the funding to invest in more modern capabilities will not be able to keep pace as enterprise platforms gain momentum. Such organizations will likely be absorbed by their larger competitors, creating an industry-wide consolidation. During his Media Day discussion, Hurd noted that he believes “there will only be a few SaaS suite providers” by the time the industry fully transitions to the cloud. Many SaaS buyers are looking to reduce their number of vendors and are in search of an all-encompassing solution, meaning a significantly reduced number of data centers and fewer segmented applications. The applications market is still growing According to a report by the U.S. government, 6,250 data centers in the United States alone were closed as of August 2018, with a total of 1,200 scheduled to close by 2023. That being the case, many of those businesses will be turning to enterprise SaaS platforms. As more businesses are turning to SaaS, the larger companies will acquire smaller competition in multiple business areas. At Oracle Media Day 2018, Hurd stated, “The SaaS market absorbs hardware, absorbs database, absorbs middleware. So that market actually grows exponentially by just simply having the nature of it being a very inclusive market.” With smaller competitors unable to keep up, this opens a door for large enterprises to grow and take over the smaller providers. Hurd noted at Oracle OpenWorld 2017, “You got an opportunity here to simplify while you transform. And I think people will take advantage of that opportunity. Fewer application providers. That means you have to have a suite, you have to have a platform, you have to have infrastructure.”

Over the past several years, IT has seen a major shift from on-premises data centers to cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. Of the many benefits businesses realize when shifting to...

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The Fastest Way to Digital Transformation: Business Process + People + Technology

With 95% of organizations predicted to measure their success in the digital economy by 2023 [1], chances are, your business is on a possible journey toward enabling modern technologies. Like many organizations, you might be eager to try the latest and greatest. Do buzzwords like AI, machine learning, blockchain networks or even IoT asset monitoring sound familiar? In a recent IDC survey, 97% of “digitally determined” organizations want fully connected processes across their entire business but in reality, only 5% were fully integrated. These organizations (have higher maturity in their modernization efforts) cited benefits around revenue, efficiency, and operational insights when connected processes were put into practice. Since connected business processes are popular goals for digital transformation, why not start with them when you make plans for advanced technology investments? Business process – a versatile tool Business processes describe how work is done from beginning to end. It is a good way to describe how people are working together today, how they would like to work together ideally, and how their work will be shaped with the introduction of new technology. With an end-to-end picture, you are better equipped to assess the costs/benefits of your technology projects. Business processes done right can help you paint a complete picture of your business. Far reaching business value New technology can help business users gain efficiency and new capabilities, and the effect may reach far outside of one specific line of business. Connected business processes can help you find the optimal impact. For example, in the manufacturing industry, the initial need to install IoT on production equipment could be to reduce staffing on the graveyard shift. However, also, it can allow for the reduction of manual troubleshooting allowing engineers to spend more time analyzing problems and designing new products. Furthermore, with IoT, a new service can be introduced to allow customers see the production status of their orders in real time. In this case, the connected business process benefit extends from production to R&D to Sales to the customer. Round up all enabling technologies To achieve your business goals, the advanced technology that interests you in the beginning may lead to other technology needs. Take blockchain as an example. It is touted as a game-changing technology that can revolutionize the world and it works great for use cases like streamlining financial transactions or automating paper trails among many others. However, if you want to track the supply chain of physical goods, you’ll need to add in IoT to the mix. When you use business process flows to map your requirements, it is easier to see all the technology you may need in each step and get the complete picture. Connect with the right people Management support is often cited as a key factor for successful projects. By mapping out connected business processes across organizations, you can identify leaders who can benefit from your project and enroll them to be a project advocate. Don’t forget, there are people who do not interact with you directly that might also benefit from the new data and insights created from your initiatives, thereby extending the benefits to a wider audience. Tell your story Processes representing your business practices naturally grab the attention of others. Similar to people who immediately try to place him/herself in a group photo. By tailoring the level of detail to others, you can communicate up, down, and across the organization in the same language, keeping people informed and committed. Getting started If you would like to get started on your own technology journey, please visit Oracle Modern Best Practice. This is where we present how emerging technologies can impact business processes. We’ve done the hard work by highlighting common execution points and how technologies like AI and machine learning, IoT, blockchain and big data can help to achieve superior results. There are over 220 connected business processes covering areas from Finance, HR, Supply Chain, to Customer Experience. Here you will find many ideas and possibilities for digital transformation; with re-imagined business processes, suited for people, enabled by the latest technology. Yih-Wen Lin is a director at Oracle Cloud Applications product marketing and she can be followed on @YihWen360.   [1] IDC FutureScape: Worldwide Digital Transformation 2019 Predictions by Shawn Fitzgerald and Robert Parker, Nov 30, 2018.

With 95% of organizations predicted to measure their success in the digital economy by 2023 [1], chances are, your business is on a possible journey toward enabling modern technologies. Like...

As Competition for Talent Soars in the Professional Services Industry, Will You Sink or Swim?

Change always brings new opportunities. New trends and new entrants to any market can be tumultuous. However, by embracing the current disruption and keenly identifying motivations for market shifts, Professional Service organizations (PSO) can begin to uncover new paths to grow the business.   A recent survey[1] of executives in the professional service industry found that: 93% stated changing customer expectations as the top business pressure 80% indicated that competition increased over a 12 month period 65% had to turn down work over the last year due to lack of resources and skills, up 30% year over year? When considering these weighty findings it is easy to see how professional services leader could be overwhelmed.  How do you see the forest of opportunity through the trees of disruption? Is there a roadmap for professional services leaders to foster an agile and connected business that is responsive to today’s market shifts that will also scale to support the future and outpace change? Consider starting with Oracle Modern Best Practice for Professional Services What is Oracle Modern Best Practice? Oracle Modern Best Practice provides flexible, connected and next-generation business processes that are built into Oracle’s complete SaaS Applications Suite and allow you to reimagine new business possibilities because they harness emerging technologies such as Blockchain, AI, social, mobile, analytics, big data, and the Internet of Things.  With these digital opportunities, you can   create a connected intelligent business that drives a single source of truth gain faster time to value (because you get up and running quickly on the latest modern processes) easily scale to grow into new market segments, services or business models-- all without having to reinvent the process wheel. Oracle Modern Best Practice for Professional Service Organizations Professional service organization leaders face enormous challenges in today’s services economy, namely talent shortages, responding to shifting client expectations, nimble competitors entering the market offering new business models, and globalization. Addressing these changes grows exceedingly difficult when using disparate systems that force finance and HR teams to work in silos without shared real-time data. With Oracle Modern Best Practice, those in professional services can leverage AI, blockchain, mobile, social, analytics, Internet of Things, Big Data, and cloud to: Improve customer service by optimizing resource utilization; gaining actionable intelligence into talent and skill set shortfalls, including across geographical locations Attract and retain top talent well-versed in delivering value-based pricing and fixed-priced engagements to meet new client demands, and in blockchain to streamline contract administration Improve fixed-priced contract estimates with easy access to real-time project delivery details Empower finance teams to enhance budget to actuals comparisons with on-demand and accurate project details These types of transformations not only can lead to happy and engaged clients, but to a more thriving, modern, cost-effective professional services firm they can trust.  What’s more? Get a personalized report of how much your professional services organization could save with improved Talent Recruiting to Onboarding?  Below Jade Global, a premier Advisory, Integration, Testing, Cloud & Consulting Services, Business Solutions and IT Outsourcing company the CEO of Jade Global discusses the reasons behind choosing Oracle’s Cloud to connect their business. “Since we implemented Oracle Cloud… I get one global consolidated financial statement, I get one employee performance report, I get one job openings report.  Oracle Cloud becomes a single source of truth.”                                                                                           Click below to watch Jade Global’s video:   How will you start creating your tomorrow, today? Visit us at Modern Best Practice today to learn more and begin your transformation!     [1] https://www.consultancy.uk/news/16209/three-major-trends-disrupting-the-professional-services-industry    

Change always brings new opportunities. New trends and new entrants to any market can be tumultuous. However, by embracing the current disruption and keenly identifying motivations for market shifts,...

A SaaS Knowledge Strategy – Necessity or Luxury?

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard the phrase, “I didn’t know the software could do that!”, I could afford a vacation at a nice beach resort on a tropical island. While I would love the beach time, it is a shame that often customers aren't aware of many SaaS capabilities and features that could help their business. The “I didn’t know” situation can contribute to companies wasting precious time, money and resources to address business needs that are not being met by their current enterprise applications. When a software solution is assumed to not meet a specific need, organizations can respond in several ways with varying implications: Table 1:  Organization Response Methods to Address Pain Point Potential Impact(s)/Risk Manual workarounds User frustration & employee turnover related to job dissatisfaction Higher error rates Lower productivity Loss of confidence in solution Ad hoc bolt-on software Additional license/subscription cost Security risk of non-IT-vetted solutions. Time/cost to integrate or to maintain data manually in add-on solutions Potential reporting/analytics issues when all data is not in one repository Customizations Cost to develop, test, implement and maintain Potential block to future updates/upgrades Too many gaps and work-arounds Replace current system with competitive solution   Granted, there will always be something that your current solution doesn’t do, or doesn’t do particularly well. But there is a great chance that the system offers a solution, and your organization is simply not aware of the feature or configuration option.  This situation exists for any number of reasons, such as: Business requirements have evolved over time and initial configuration(s) no longer fit Users that were leveraging a feature have moved on and new users didn’t get the necessary training Most notable for SaaS applications, is that most SaaS vendors introduce new features on a frequent cycle and customers lack a knowledge strategy to stay abreast of new features, missing the opportunity to improve the value they realize from the application(s). This gap between business need and feature awareness is one that can be remedied, and it does not have to involve an army of consultants, a large technology investment or a huge organization wide culture shift. It can be as straightforward as defining and executing a simple knowledge strategy, which should include these 4 best practices: Designate individual(s) to be responsible for staying abreast of solution updates and advances Officially allocate a few hours per quarter to assigned individual(s) for the task of staying informed Train these folks on vendor’s resources designed to help customers stay up-to-date Hold your knowledge team accountable for reviewing quarterly net change guides, vetting features with the business users, and defining the go-forward plan for adoption The number of individuals involved in your knowledge management strategy depends upon the breadth of your software footprint. A small SaaS footprint in one functional area could be managed by one person. In a larger footprint, you might assign someone for each functional pillar (HCM/ERP/CX/SCM, etc.) Incorporating these responsibilities into an individual’s annual performance plan will also help to ensure your strategy will succeed.   Knowledge is Power! Even if there are new features that you decide not adopt due to fit or other business considerations, at least you know what the application can and cannot do. It’s this knowledge that allows you to avoid the costly results of the scenarios described in Table 1. A knowledge strategy is indeed a necessity, not a luxury. What’s Your Take? Let’s start a discussion! Please share your thoughts and experience regarding the quarterly introduction of new features and enhancements. Others in the community will likely welcome a discussion on methods are you using for staying informed, any best practices implemented, key lessons learned on keeping net change management simple and effective, and satisfaction levels among your business users. Key Oracle Resources to enabling your Knowledge Strategy What's New by Release? Net Change Documents: Applications Platform Infrastructure Tip! Oracle publishes the SaaS Net Change documents approximately 6 weeks prior to the release of each quarterly update. Net Change Training (Free on Oracle Launch Pad). We Can Help! Oracle’s Customer Success Advanced Services are here to guide your success with your Oracle SaaS solution. We are 100% focused on helping customers achieve faster value and realization of business objectives. Find out more and contact us here. Kem Butler #OracleEmp Opinions are my own. #Oracle #SaaS #KnowledgeStrategy #ValueRealization #ChangeManagement

If I had a dollar for every time I have heard the phrase, “I didn’t know the software could do that!”, I could afford a vacation at a nice beach resort on a tropical island. While I would love the...

Data is the New Oil: How Emerging Tech Makes Data More Accessible & Valuable

Some say: “Data is the new oil.”  This, of course, is a figure of speech. We all understand that data is not a fossil fuel. We can't run our cars on it. Nor can we heat our homes with it, yet!  But, in a less literal sense, the analogy of data as oil can apply. Similarly, as with oil, data only begins to have value when it is unearthed from the depths of data lakes, data warehouses, databases and data repositories and is put to good use. And, data begins to have the most value when we unearth it using creative ways. Enter the creative, emerging technology applications such as AI, IoT and blockchain applications and chatbots, also known as digital assistants, that can help humans discern the signal from the noise. These easy to use, sophisticated, emerging business applications can create new business value by unearthing data to: predict, project, present and deliver what customers and companies need next sense when to provide service to customers track and validate transactions across an entire industry answer a variety of questions through natural language voice interface for instant resolution.  With the use of the emerging cloud technologies some businesses are stepping into the future with their own AI-based prediction machines. And an “answering machine” aka Alexa or Siri takes on a brand new meaning in the 21st century. With all of this emerging and exciting SaaS technology, many customers still have many questions. Common questions we hear from those that are examining these technologies are: “What will the future look like for my business and my industry?”  “How does our business harness the power of data and emerging technologies to benefit?” “What questions do I need to easily answer for my customers, answer for my employees?” To help with those questions, we recently took a deeper look at how specific business processes could be impacted by emerging technologies. We examined how areas in finance, supply chain, customer experience and human resources might receive the most benefit from early stage emerging technology usage with AI/ML, IoT, blockchain and digital assistants.  We would encourage you to take a quick peek at the future of business process by viewing the Introduction to a new ebook from Oracle called Modern Best Practice - Predicted.    This Intro is an eye opener as it cites specific processes to consider when applying emerging technology to your business. It can help take the guesswork out of how your business can benefit the most from easily accessing data with cloud applications. Stay tuned for the completed ebook with more predicted business processes to come. You can view Oracle’s Modern Best Practice - Predicted page here. Lisa M. Schwartz is Senior Director at Oracle Cloud Applications Product Marketing and she can be followed on @leeza2020.

Some say: “Data is the new oil.”  This, of course, is a figure of speech. We all understand that data is not a fossil fuel. We can't run our cars on it. Nor can we heat our homes with it, yet!  But, in...

An Early Look at Oracle’s Modern Best Practice – Predicted, only at Modern Business Experience Las Vegas 2019

Change is happening all around us and one can argue that the more things change, the more everything changes—and keeps changing. The future is an exciting place and today we are on the brink of another technological boom powered by emerging technology. Enterprise applications built on machine learning will change everything. The future of work is different: every task, every role, every process will be revolutionized. Five years ago Oracle launched Modern Best Practice, thinking about the impact of the cloud, social, mobile, iOT and several other technologies on common business processes. Today, the world around us is changing once again and now at a much more accelerated pace with emerging technologies and these processes must be revisited. No matter your industry or organization’s size, emerging technology will impact your businesses common processes. These new technologies are now mature, will be cost effective to adopt, and will soon become broadly available. There is no time like the present to understand these changes and create your tomorrow, today. During the Strategic CFO and the Future of Finance session at Modern Business Experience  Steve Cox, Oracle Group Vice President of ERP and EPM Product Marketing, will be discussing his new ebook Modern Best Practice – Predicted.  Attend this session and prepare for your organization’s journey into the future. Learn about the change in business processes enabled by AI/ML, blockchain, AR/VR, and a whole host of other emerging technologies. The full ebook will be released later this Spring as a follow up to the original ebook Modern Best Practice Explained. These Predicted versions of Oracle Modern Best Practice are complementary to the current versions of our processes and illustrate our view of how things will evolve. Session Title: The Strategic CFO and the Future of Finance Session ID: CON2369 Location: Mandalay Bay Convention Center Las Vegas Room: Mariner A - North Convention Center Date: March 20, 2019 Start Time: 11:40 AM End Time: 12:30 PM   Download Chapter 1 - Introduction of Modern Best Practice - Predicted here.   Get ready, the future is waiting and so are we. If you are not already registered for Modern Business Experience click here to secure your spot and join the conversation. We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas! In the meantime, if you are not already using Oracle’s Modern Best Practice get started today by reaching out to Krina Patel and accessing the following information. We hope to hear from you to begin transforming your journey to the Cloud to achieve your tomorrow, today. Oracle Modern Best Practice - Predicted process models are subject to Oracle’s Safe Harbor Statement and copyright. 

Change is happening all around us and one can argue that the more things change, the more everything changes—and keeps changing. The future is an exciting place and today we are on the brink of...

Value Realization: Are We There Yet?

In today’s age of technology with smartphones and other devices being right at our fingertips, many of us have grown accustomed to relying on GPS navigation to get us to our destination as quickly, safely, and predictably as possible. Can we apply a similar approach to realizing more value from our SaaS solutions? I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve become a bit addicted to my GPS navigation app…. As a matter of fact, I can’t even imagine taking a relatively long drive (50+ miles?) without using it.  It’s not that I have a poor sense of direction, but I just appreciate knowing exactly where I am at all times and when the app expects me to arrive. And then I need to beat my ETA! OK, I really don’t NEED to beat it, but I REALLY do enjoy trying…. (Do I sound a bit obsessive?) The app helps me to progress to my desired destination without getting lost (turn by turn directions), hurt (road hazards), or pulled over (speed limits and police sightings). It’s always setting my expectations by updating my ETA and minutes/miles remaining and will re-route me if necessary based on my actual progress as well as traffic conditions. It does all of this for me and only requires me to set my desired destination and then faithfully follow its guidance. Isn’t technology amazing? On a recent (and very long) road trip, I got to thinking…. Why, when it comes to realizing business value from SaaS solutions, does it seem like we’re still satisfied with using paper maps and a compass, or even worse, simply trusting on our own business “intuition”? It reminds me a lot of being a kid on a family road trip and my Dad never admitting that we were lost, and all of us asking every 5 minutes, “Are we there yet?” Achieving business value from SaaS solutions certainly isn’t as straightforward as following a GPS navigation app. No two companies are alike and you should expect individual mileage to vary. Achieving business goals aren’t as simple as setting a destination. Even if goals are well-defined, it’s sometimes unclear what metrics should even be tracked to understand how we’re progressing towards achieving those goals. That’s probably why more than 80% of small business owners recently surveyed don’t even routinely set and track their business goals.  So if there is no magic app that exists where we can enter our business goals and then just follow the directions to realize ultimate value, what can we do? Value Realization is a disciplined approach to increasing the likelihood that a business will achieve desired business outcomes from SaaS solution deployments and cloud transformations. It includes the ability to: Effectively Target, Track & Measure Business Outcomes Drive Adoption, Engagement & Advocacy Target, Track & Measure During deployment planning, the desired business goals and targeted outcomes need to be agreed upon across impacted stakeholders and clearly documented. These usually center around some existing pain points or business challenges that the SaaS solution must positively impact (e.g. IT and/or operational cost savings of X, increased sales of Y, increased customer satisfaction of Z, etc.). Where are you now and what’s the address of where you want to go? Explicit measures (i.e. Key Performance Indicators - KPIs) must be defined that can be collected and will be used to track progress toward the desired goals and outcomes.  A clear understanding of how the business is performing today for each of these measures (baselines) is critical. It is important to understand what improvements can realistically be expected in each of these measures based upon real-life benchmarking of other companies that have deployed similar SaaS solutions. You can’t expect to arrive at your destination address two states over in 10 minutes by driving 320 mph! These KPIs act as a dashboard of sorts to provide an indication of performance progress (or lack thereof) during deployment and steady state and whether or not to stay on the current interstate or consider using service roads. Unlike the main screen of a GPS navigation app, the business goals, outcomes, and measures need to be periodically re-visited and re-adjusted as necessary to keep the value coming as challenges emerge or the needs of the business evolve. Adoption, Engagement & Advocacy Typically, multiple stakeholders and organizations will be engaged in the buying decision, implementation and usage of a SaaS solution. These groups need to clearly understand and buy into the desired business goals and value realization plan.  Periodic checkpoints must be held at various levels to keep organizations aligned on status/progress and adjustments needed to stay on track or move on to new and/or enhanced business goals. As SaaS solutions continue to evolve, new capabilities and best practices adoption should be considered to further realize business value. This may involve leveraging new features, further system interfacing, tweaking relevant business processes, or deploying the SaaS solution further across the business. Finally, successes and challenges should be shared across business organizations so that everyone on the trip has a clear view of the road – both behind and ahead. By following a structured and disciplined Value Realization approach, the chances of a company reaching its business goals with a SaaS solution will dramatically improve. It’s certainly not as easy as using a GPS navigation app but, if executed correctly, you should always be aware of where you are on your journey, minimize your chances of getting stuck in traffic, and avoid those unexpected speed traps. And, with any luck, you'll beat your ETA! I’d love to hear about your experiences in both successful and less than successful approaches to planning, measuring, and achieving value realization. What steps are you taking to realize value from your SaaS Solutions? I look forward to your comments here. We Can Help! Oracle’s Customer Success Advanced Services are here to guide your success with your Oracle SaaS solution. We are 100% focused on helping customers achieve faster value and realization of business objectives. Find out more and contact us here.

In today’s age of technology with smartphones and other devices being right at our fingertips, many of us have grown accustomed to relying on GPS navigation to get us to our destination as quickly,...

Is Your Business Digitally Determined or Digitally Distraught or Somewhere in Between?

Are you making adequate progress in the modernization of your business or are you hindered by 20th century processes, spending considerable time upgrading systems and even creating more data siloes with one-off cloud solutions? In a recent webcast, Mickey North Rizza, Program VP, IDC and Juergen Lindner, SVP, Oracle SaaS, discuss the concept being digitally determined versus being digitally distraught. IDC cites four elements of what it takes to be digitally determined: Being able to scale your business quickly Empowering talent excellence Responding to customer demands quickly Reducing steps in a workflow or process. Digitally determined could apply to a business, an organization or individuals who have developed characteristics that make choices for a larger vision of the business, who plan a roadmap toward digital transformation while looking across the entire business and also those who look for ways to enable that journey faster.  Those that are digitally determined understand that there will be hurdles in the journey, and yet are accountable to overcome those hurdles while still moving the digital ball forward at a fast pace. A digitally distraught business or organization may be caught in indecision about which business processes should be transformed, and may be involved in continuous cost cutting measures in order to regroup from legacy investments and may even think that growing the business seems more and more limited.  Often digitally distraught businesses may even have difficulty choosing the right partners to help them make the right choices in transforming their business. In fact, results of the IDC survey state that 97% of digitally determined businesses want fully connected processes across the entire business, but only 5% are fully integrated.  When asked of the benefits of connecting the dots or processes across the entire business, respondents cited: increased revenues, increased workflow efficiency and better insights into business operations. To learn more about how to become digitally determined, view the Oracle sponsored IDC webcast. After viewing the webcast, you will be able to download the recent statistics on integration and innovation based on a survey of 400 global business leaders. Lisa M. Schwartz is senior director at Oracle Cloud Applications product marketing and she can be followed on @leeza2020.

Are you making adequate progress in the modernization of your business or are you hindered by 20th century processes, spending considerable time upgrading systems and even creating more data siloes...

Today’s Citizens Demand a Digital Revolution, Can Public Agencies Deliver?

Did you know 70% of the world’s population is expected to be living in cities by 2050[1]? With that kind of influx into cities, public agencies are wondering how they will keep up with the speed of tomorrow, today, to support the rise in urbanization and its demands. From small towns and municipalities to large public sector entities, many people would agree there is widespread demand for digital-first citizen support. We are all citizens at multiple levels -- local, state, federal -- and we are also consumers of countless markets that feed our digital needs that are at a fever pitch. The boundaries of citizen and consumer service expectations are no longer distinct, or even blurred. They are one. We are all citizumers, if you will. As general consumers, we expect tailored omnichannel experiences in our retail journeys and ‘speed of light’ purchase and delivery cycles. We cannot fathom the inability to use a smartphone to buy what we want, when we want it, to conveniently pay our bills during a rush hour train commute, and re-feed the town parking meter without leaving the new downtown restaurant opening. …Ah, yes, the parking meter -- a service example that intersects consumer and citizen realms. Like in our private domain, we want our civic service processes to be fast, digital, and connected while supported by a trusted secure platform. Did you know that McKinsey & Company found: 80% of Government transformations fail to meet their objectives?[2] and Customers are far less satisfied with government than with private-sector services? [2] When considering these discoveries, ironically some would argue that a citizen could benefit from more of the available emerging digital technologies than as a consumer of any other industry.  Why? Because local, state and federal infrastructures have the capacity to touch more facets of a person’s daily life, such as health, education, personal and domain safety, utilities, politics, advocacy, retail, permitting, entertainment, transportation, finance, ecology, leisure, philanthropy. Here are just a few emerging digital technological uses cases touching some of these facets: Blockchain to support alternative energy models such as microgrids, digital local and national election processing, and unbanked citizens Artificial Intelligence and chatbots to automate manual processes and create a modern, digital presence Internet of Things to detect and predict issues across citizen support processes or ecological compliance measures Big data for intelligence-driven decisions to drive a fluid, sustainable ecosystem for improving vital public safety methods So, is there a roadmap to foster a vibrant and connected infrastructure that can quickly respond to today’s constituents’ needs while also scaling to meet your civic digital mission of tomorrow? Consider starting with Oracle Modern Best Practice for Public Sector–HR and Talent Management. What is Oracle Modern Best Practice? Oracle Modern Best Practice provides flexible, connected and next-generation business processes that are built into Oracle’s complete SaaS Suite and allow you to pull the future forward because they harness emerging technologies such as Blockchain, AI, social, mobile, analytics, big data, and the Internet of Things.  With these opportunities, you can   create a connected intelligent business gain faster time to value (because you get up and running quickly on the latest modern processes) easily scale as your business grows into new markets, and new products or services -- all without having to reinvent the process wheel. Oracle Modern Best Practice for Public Sector Organizations As a public sector leader, you face complex challenges in maintaining current civic infrastructures, but those challenges will only grow exponentially tomorrow. This means organizations will have to do more with less while promoting public transparency initiatives, supporting a greater demand for digital-first citizen services, bolstering economic development, promoting global environmental programs, and providing efficient, critical support across safety, health, environmental, and social services departments. With Oracle Modern Best Practice, you can leverage AI, mobile, social, analytics, the Internet of Things, Big Data, and cloud to: Improve customer service by gaining actionable intelligence into talent, compliance, and coverage shortfalls Improve citizen support and staff engagement with automated and mobile-enabled back-office processes Attract and retain top talent knowledgeable in transformative technologies to accelerate the adoption of new, citizen-centric support models. These types of transformations not only can lead to happy and engaged citizens, but to a more thriving, healthy, cost-effective, and safe government they can trust. What’s more? Get a personalized report of how much your public sector organization could save with improved Sourcing and Onboarding? Oracle Modern Best Practice for Public Sector–HR and Talent Management covers: HR and Talent Management Recruit to Onboard Benefits to Payroll Payroll to Payment Time Collection Goal Setting to Performance Career Planning to Development Talent Review to Succession Absence Planning to Continuity Employee Insight to Work-Life Alignment Employee Separation to Workforce Analysis   How will you start creating your tomorrow, today?   Visit us at Modern Best Practice today to learn more and begin your transformation!   [1]Degree of Urbanization (Percentage of Urban Population in Total Population) by Continent in 2018, 2018 [2]Delivering for Citizens, Tripling the Success Rate    

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City of San Jose Enables Smart City App with Oracle Cloud

What does it take to become America's most innovative city? The City of San Jose has embarked on a journey to answer that question – aiming to become America's Most Innovative City by 2020. How is Oracle helping them on this journey? The City of San Jose is taking an innovative approach to IT infrastructure by improving citizen engagement with the power of emerging technology. The City of San Jose is the 10th largest city in the nation, with 1.2 million residents and tens of thousands of business spread across 180 square miles. They were looking for a solution to provide municipal services to citizens efficiently and cost-effectively – which is a challenge considering they were receiving over 250,000 phone calls and had to track over 500,000 citizen engagements annually. While these interaction volumes continued to climb, citizens were expecting a modern way to interact with the city. With these challenges in mind, the City of San Jose was able to implement Oracle SaaS and PaaS services to provide a knowledge-centered service environment to their citizens. With Oracle Service Cloud, the city has established a master record of 500,000+ annual citizen engagements with an omni-channel solution, and has reduced the number of phone calls by implementing a modern 311 system that citizens can use to request information or report problems. They have also deployed a “My Home Services” mobile app, which allows residents to receive personalized information such as street sweeping, waste collection, and water service providers. By connecting Oracle Service Cloud with the city’s back office systems with Oracle Integration Cloud, citizen service requests are automatically routed to the right department. Implementing their solutions on one platform has enabled them to scale quickly and effectively. These services have resulted in large improvements in cost-effectiveness, self-service capabilities, and reporting improvements for the city. The City of San Jose has chosen to stay ahead of the curve and use technology to position itself as the World’s Most Innovative City. Whether running a city or a business, learn more about how Oracle Cloud helps organizations innovate.   For more information, please visit Oracle SaaS applications here.

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Dear Oracle Partners, Help Your Clients Navigate to the Cloud Faster

How many of your clients are you currently working with bringing their business to the cloud? Or are they already on the cloud and now you are thinking what is next? We have good news for you, you are at the right place. Look no further than Oracle’s Modern Best Practice (MBP). And if you are a client, going to the cloud, consider using a partner that uses Oracle Modern Best Practice to get there faster. Oracle Modern Best Practice provides flexible, connected, trusted and next-generation business processes that are built into Oracle’s complete SaaS Suite. They are unique and ‘modern’ by pulling the future forward by harnessing emerging technologies such as AI, social, mobile, analytics, Big Data, and the Internet of Things. The best part is that MBP are ready to use and available to the public on Oracle.com (for free) and to our partners on salescentral. Partner Program for Modern Best Practice Oracle’s MBP Cross SaaS Product Marketing team has created a Modern Best Practice partner program just for you. We are currently working with partners from organizations of all sizes and geographies, we are global! We believe that MBPs can help all organizations achieve their business goals regardless of what stage you are at on your journey to the cloud. Hear it first from some of our current partners: “MBP is within our company’s DNA. It gives our customers confidence that we truly understand the solution. What we like to do is expose Oracle’s out of the box MBP very early on in the implementation. It helps us reduce risk and creates much happier and satisfied customers. ” – Jason Stimpfig, Daz (now an Accenture Company), Solution Architect Director “Our cloud migration tool was built using MBP as the foundation. This tool navigates customers from their on-premises solution to the cloud. By leveraging MBP our customers clearly understand the scope of the project and have the confidence they need to make their company's transition. MBP allows them to have access to Oracle subject matter vetted business processes that provide them with new strategic business value rather than reinventing the wheel." - Viktor Sahakian, Hitachi Consulting Services, Vice President   Visit us at Modern Best Practice today to learn more and transform your journey to the Cloud!   Get started with Oracle’s Modern Best Practices by reaching out to Krina Patel and accessing the following links for more information. We hope to hear from you to begin transforming your journey to the Cloud to achieve your tomorrow, today. Visit our Modern Best Practice page on Oracle.com for a full list of our free offerings including process flows, customer stories and videos, MBP value calculator, ebook, and much more. For our existing Oracle Partners, visit our MBP salescentral page . Log in to get full access to our MBP process flows that are easy to adapt and ready to use, sales pitches, and battle cards. Also download the salescentral app to access these assets on the go on your iphone or tablet. If you are not yet a salescentral partner contact us today!  

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Retailers, Do You Know the Secret Sauce for Success?

It is no secret that retailers are adapting to dynamic markets at warp speed to stay relevant and competitive.  Yet, figuring out the quickest and best way to respond to current industry demands is only part of the recipe for success. So, what are the most successful retailers including as part of their secret sauce? Psst...become an innovation incubator. Test new business models. Consider empowering your finance and human resources alike to explore and test out new business models that exploit transformative digital technologies. Think along the lines of AI, AR and VR. Cultivate a culture that thrives in market disruption. Be a disrupter that not only discovers the next retail frontier, but the best way to harness its potential value.  Did you know that McKinsey & Company expects that: AI techniques have the potential to create $600 billion in value annually in the retail industry…with pricing and promotion and customer-service management the main value areas?1 and by 2030, retailers will be able to create…virtual stores that use augmented reality to give customers the experience of walking down a store aisle...link to real-time biometric data to recommend meals with optimal nutritional content?2 Sounds good on paper, right? But where to begin? Is there a roadmap for speedily and fluidly meeting current commerce demands while also revolutionizing your business for tomorrow? Consider starting with Oracle Modern Best Practice for Retail – Finance and HR and Talent Management. What is Oracle Modern Best Practice? Oracle Modern Best Practice provides flexible, connected and next-generation business processes that are built into Oracle’s complete SaaS Suite and allow you to pull the future forward because they harness emerging technologies such as AI, social, mobile, analytics, big data, and the Internet of Things.  With these opportunities, you can   create a connected intelligent business to leapfrog the competition gain faster time to value -- get up and running quickly on the latest modern processes easily scale as your business grows into new markets with new products or services -- all without having to reinvent the process wheel. Oracle Modern Best Practice for Retail Retailers face many challenges in today’s commerce environment: increased customer digital demands, the need for multiple engagement strategies such as omnichannel and optichannel and the pressure to reduce costs.  With Oracle Modern Best Practice for Retail – Finance and HR and Talent Management you can improve responsiveness to shifting consumer buying patterns and expectations, increase cash flow, and future-proof your business --- innovating for tomorrow to stay ahead of the consumer demand curve and edging out your competitors. For example,   Streamline financial operations and multichannel forecasting techniques Attract and retain top digital talent knowledgeable in emerging technologies helping to accelerate innovation of new customer experience models such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) drones curated product assortments biometrics (fingerprint, facial recognition) chatbots Improve customer service by using workforce analytics to gain actionable intelligence into talent and compliance shortfalls while driving responsive resource reallocations Provide mobile access for retail staff and collaborate securely with cloud. What’s more? Oracle Modern Best Practice connects Finance with HR & Talent Management and other enterprise applications for a unified data platform, trusted by thousands of retailers worldwide.   Modern Best Practice for Retail covers: Finance HR and Talent Management Daily Close to Financial Forecast Recruit to Onboard Period Close to Financial Reports Benefits to Payroll Report to Forecast Payroll to Payment Expense Report to Reimbursement Time Collection to Payroll Budget to Approval Goal Setting to Performance Asset Acquisition to Retirement Career Planning to Development Bank Transaction to Cash Position Talent Review to Succession Supplier Invoice to Payment Absence Planning to Continuity Customer Statement to Collection Employee Insight to Work-Life Alignment   Employee Separation to Workforce Analysis     How will you start creating your tomorrow, today?     Visit us at Modern Best Practice today to learn more and begin your transformation!     1 Crossing the Frontier: How to Apply AI for Impact 2 The Consumer Sector in 2030: Trends and Questions to Consider      

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“You can’t code around a business issue.” – a Modern Best Practice Perspective

When adopting cloud technologies and embedded best practices, many customers have to work through their anxiety of not having IT tailor-fit to their exact specifications. Such sentiment was keenly felt at the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience this year, as many customers imparted their wisdom on dealing with the seemly draconian “no customization, mandatory upgrade” policy on many sessions and talks. The surprising part though, is that people seem amazed by the achievements resulting from standardizing on best practices built into the cloud applications. Built-in Oracle Modern Best Practice processes reduce costs, increase agility in technology adoption, and obtain superior business results. Here are some of their stories: Get to Benefits Faster A leading steel manufacturing company has established a joint-venture factory to support the Latin America automotive market. After completing an Oracle Cloud ERP solution (Financials and Procurement) in 14 weeks, the manufacturer also implemented the Oracle Logistic Cloud to manage its transportation and trade management needs across the Pacific and within LAD. Today, it is deploying IoT technologies to minimize the production downtime. The plant’s supervisor explains, “When the line stops, minimum yield loss would cost $10,000. Most facilities average two unplanned stops a week. Our plant recorded 3 weeks and 11 hours without stopping.” They’ve achieved these results through real-time factory visibility, predictive maintenance, and automatic work order generation. New Features Are Just Around the Corner One of the nation’s largest battery producers began production in 2015. The long duration batteries produced by the company have 1000+ components and live inside a shipping container. Working with a partner, the company implemented the Oracle Financials Could without a CFO. (Now they have one.) And the decision to go with the Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud was easy, according to their Director of Operations, since only Oracle has the speed and scale to handle their complex bill of materials. “Being able to plan long term allows better buying contracts” said the director. “The speed of introducing new features takes away the need for customization.” Enough Flexibility for Everyone The nation’s most recognizable publishing house has been live on the Oracle ERP Cloud (Financials, Procurement, and Project Management) since 2016. The Senior Director of ERP Process reminds the audience during a panel discussion, that there is flexibility in the system such as workflows to satisfy the needs of the business users although they may not get everything they want. She describes the user sentiment as “Everyone is a bit mad but no one is really mad.” Start Somewhere A technology integration provider has had a success in implementing the Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud. They are continuing a standard-feature/process approach for its adoption of Financials Cloud and additional SCM offerings including Manufacturing, Planning, WMS and Transportation. It is quite a contrast from the past, admitted the company’s Enterprise Architect. They had counted 40,000 extensions and customizations on the current on-premises systems to the astonishment and grimace of the audience. He emphasized that cloud has a different toolset, so their approach had to change. They needed to focus on fitting the processes on standard functionality first. True Transformation May Come Unexpected One of the world’s multinational conglomerates started its cloud journey with the Oracle ERP Cloud in 2014 and continues the path of innovation with Oracle Supply Chain Cloud. With 27 subledgers live on the Oracle ERP Cloud, the company is adding the Oracle SCM Cloud (Order Management, Procurement, Inventory, Manufacturing, Quality, and Planning) to its latest acquisition. The multinational’s VP of Cloud ERP Solutions provides heart-felt lessons during a session. "Customization forces businesses to rethink their processes to embrace simplicity. You can’t code around a business issue. Without customization, the upgrade process is nearly transparent. We have gone through 3 upgrades in 2 years, and were able to adopt new features and enhancements more quickly. We also significantly reduced the IT complexity: we used to have over 500 systems, currently have 130, with the goal of reducing the number to 30." Need more inspiration and customer stories? Go here.      

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SaaS

Got Questions About GDPR?

  Don’t know where to start with GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, effective May 25, 2018? Don’t feel alone.              8 out of 10 people when polled could not answer the question,  “What would you do first to get started on a GDPR assessment for your organization?” The General Data Protection Regulation cites speci­fic data privacy requirements for those who are processing or sharing data globally. Therefore, we have reduced the GDPR process to 10 general steps to help you understand the basic nature of a GDPR project. While not every step maybe exactly suited for your organization, and in some organizations, there may be more steps, we believe these general steps can help you to understand the basic process. We have them listed below for your convenience.    Share this blog and download the colorful, detailed infographic; "10 Steps to GDPR"  to share with others. Basic Steps to GDPR: 1. Generate stakeholder awareness 2. Appoint a DPO (Data Protection Officer) 3. Assess data inventory 4. Conduct privacy assessment gap analysis 5. Evaluate supply chain processors 6. Review cross-border data transfers 7. Create accountability processes 8. Create implementation plan 9. Document & train on data subject rights 10. Produce, train & test data breach notification For more information go to: www.oracle.com/applications/gdpr

  Don’t know where to start with GDPR, General Data Protection Regulation, effective May 25, 2018? Don’t feel alone.              8 out of 10 people when polled could not answer the question, “What would...

Transform Your Business in the Cloud: Catchphrase or Practical Approach?

Talk to any cloud provider in Silicon Valley or anywhere around the world and you will hear catchphrases such as “digital disruption”, “digital transformation” and “business transformation.”  All of these phrases can strike fear into the hearts and minds of preoccupied business people that are just trying to keep the lights on with a positive cashflow. Their most frequent response often is: “How do you expect me to transform my business? Where would I start? And why would I do that…especially if my business works fine now!  Yet as Bob Dylan once sang, “the times they are a-changin.’ And a-changin’ they are once again.” McKinsey states that “since year 2000 over 50% of Fortune 500 companies have been acquired, merged or declared bankruptcy. With no end in sight.”1 With those odds even Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry would hesitate to utter the words, “Do you feel lucky?” Yet luck is often described as: when preparation meets opportunity.  So how prepared is your business for a future that relies on cutting edge SaaS cloud application innovation? Is your business equipped to: reduce time to market reduce costs provide intelligent pricing and demand sensing tailor your workforce have “machines” intelligently handle repetitive financial processes provide exceptional, empathetic customer experiences manage your global digital supply chains with ease… ...all concurrently? All while easily uptaking emerging cloud technologies, when you are ready, such as: artificial intelligence machine learning digital assistants data clouds chatbots blockchain and Internet of Things (IoT) and more... The question at hand is: “How do you shift the business paradigm from a slow, do it yourself, IT maintenance mentality (with all its associated costs) to a paradigm of business transformation and innovation in the cloud with scale and speed?” The advantages are clear: The CIO of a major financial group recently estimated $385,000 in savings annually by moving 80 on-premises applications to the cloud. He also notes that the organization is processing commission payments five times faster than before and has increased IT budget spending on innovation from 20% to 60%.2 As in this case, we are seeing more and more customers recognizing the opportunity to augment their current business model quickly by using the cloud. How do you get started: Start planning to create a connected intelligent business with a complete Oracle Cloud SaaS Application suite. The easiest way to transform your business fast. To learn more about how to transform your business in the cloud with connected intelligence, go to www.oracle.com/applications. Watch how Australian Finance Group transformed their business with Oracle Cloud Applications:  Lisa M. Schwartz is senior director at Oracle Cloud Applications product marketing and she can be followed on @leeza2020. https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/digital-mckinsey/our-insights/why-digital-transformation-is-now-on-the-ceos-shoulders Interview with CIO, Australian Finance Group, Jaime Vogel

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SaaS

Oracle Delivers Modern Best Practice for Healthcare Providers - Digital Transformation at the Speed of Tomorrow, Today

Are you ready to become a transformative and innovative healthcare institution faster than you ever thought possible? Do you want to meet today’s industry demands and tomorrow’s unknowns? Then look no further than Oracle Modern Best Practice for Healthcare Provider – Finance and HR and Talent Management.   What is Oracle Modern Best Practice? Oracle Modern Best Practice provides flexible, connected and next-generation business processes that are built into Oracle’s complete SaaS Suite. This enables you to create a connected intelligent business, gain faster time to value (because you get up and running quickly on the latest modern processes), and easily scale as your business grows into new markets, and new products or services- all without having to reinvent the process wheel.   Oracle Modern Best Practice Tailored for Healthcare Providers Providers face enormous challenges in today’s healthcare landscape, namely industry consolidation, talent shortages, expanding regulations, and mandates to control costs without compromising patient value. Oracle Modern Best Practice for Healthcare Provider – Finance and HR and Talent Management - helps you respond to these challenges by leveraging cloud, mobile, social, analytics, Internet of Things, and Big Data to achieve economies of scale, to remain compliant, and to become an institution that is agile, intelligence-driven and employee-centric.    Specifically, Oracle Modern Best Practice for Healthcare Provider – Finance and HR and Talent Management - can help you streamline financial operations, improve patient care by using workforce analytics to gain actionable intelligence of your talent pipeline, clinician performance, and compliance shortfalls, attract and retain top-talent, and provide institution staff with mobile access. All while using the cloud to innovate and securely share information. What’s More? Modern Best Practices connects Finance with HR & Talent Management and other Enterprise Applications for a unified data platform, trusted by 500+ Healthcare institutions worldwide.  Oracle ERP ranked #1 among Healthcare institutions for 2017 according to a recent Black Book survey and both Oracle ERP and HCM Cloud have received HIPAA attestation (read details here).   Modern Best Practice for Healthcare Provider covers: Finance HR and Talent Management Daily Close to Financial Forecast Recruit to Onboard Period Close to Financial Reports Benefits to Payroll Report to Forecast Payroll to Payment Expense Report to Reimbursement Time Collection Budget to Approval Goal Setting to Performance Asset Acquisition to Retirement Career Planning to Development Bank Transaction to Cash Position Talent Review to Succession   Absence Planning to Continuity   Employee Insight to Work-Life Alignment   Employee Separation to Workforce Analysis   Below Wake Forest Medical relays their driving forces behind choosing Oracle’s Cloud and then further explains how the embedded business processes in Oracle ERP and HCM Cloud help advance ROI.   “…quite a few gaps in competitor solutions…that is what drove us to move to the next platform of Oracle Cloud…the completeness of the solution, the robustness of the solution…the embedded business processes.” -Chad A. Eckes, EVP, Corporate Services and CFO, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center    Watch Wake Forest Medical’s customer video:   Visit us at Modern Best Practice today to learn more! Are you GDPR Compliant yet?  Oracle Can Accelerate Your Path to GDPR    

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From the Classroom to the Cloud: How One Educational Startup Moved to Oracle Cloud Applications

More than Just a Building If you find yourself driving along Marine Parkway in Redwood City, you may notice the uniquely shaped buildings that comprise Oracle’s corporate headquarters. Each building appears to look like the “stack” representation of Oracle’s signature product, the database. Though the Oracle Database was first offered in the late 1970's, these iconic buildings are more relevant than ever as businesses across every industry are being radically transformed by the power of data. From QuickBooks to the Cloud It is no longer large enterprises alone that are harnessing the power of Oracle’s technology offerings. Instead of investing in an expensive and intricate IT system, small businesses and startups are using the Oracle Cloud Applications suite to get their businesses off the ground and into the cloud. One of many startups subscribing to Oracle Cloud Application offerings to help scale their business is a global education and training company providing coursework for the most in demand skills of the century such as web development, digital marketing, and product management. They had started using QuickBooks for financials, but needed a system that could provide them with visibility and flexibility as their business grew to 20 campuses and over 35,000 graduates. As the founder stated, “it would be insane for us to manage an IT infrastructure.” As startups and small businesses seek to modernize their business processes without investing much time or energy into an IT infrastructure, SaaS applications are an ideal solution to create a cutting edge IT system with little hassle or expense. That is why this startup chose Oracle’s ERP and EPM Cloud solutions to efficiently manage their company’s operations. They have found that these cloud solutions have helped them automate auditing, general invoicing, and payment related tasks making them easier and more reliable. As a fast growing startup, they chose Oracle over other cloud providers because they recognized Oracle’s position as the only provider that will enable their IT infrastructure to scale as the company continues to grow. “There aren’t many world class systems that you can start using economically at this stage of a business and that you can scale up from 700 employees to one day thousands of employees.” Why Startups Should Think About the Future of their Business When Making IT Decisions As many small businesses try to keep up with the growth of their organization, it is important that they are able to scale their applications quickly and at low costs. With Oracle offering over 1,000 cloud applications, businesses can confidently add new services or applications from the Oracle suite without worrying about integrating distinct SaaS applications. In an environment fast-tracked toward technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Internet of Things, businesses are looking forward to ensure they are ready for Tomorrow, Today.   If your small business or startup is ready to modernize your business processes, it is important to understand the future of your organization before choosing a software solution. It is easy to choose disparate SaaS solutions as you grow, leaving you with a variety of different providers and platforms all struggling to create a seamless user experience. See how Oracle Cloud Applications can help your fast growing company to create Your Tomorrow, Today.  For more information go to www.oracle.com/applications           Watch the video below.  

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Oracle Cloud

Accelerate Innovation In Your Business

All business needs are unique. If you see a cloud provider offering a one size fits all solution for your business- turnaround and run as fast as you can. There is not a one size fits all solution because all industries and businesses are different. In order to have the best growth strategy in place for your business- you need a complete and personalized cloud that can be tailored for your unique business needs. With a personalized cloud, there are a number of benefits including the following: -being able to tailor within your cloud apps (this includes functionality such as workflows, UI, etc) - you can enrich or extend your cloud apps or create new applications with platform services ( all built on a standards based platform using tools your IT team already knows) And last but not least,  – take advantage of continuous innovations and upgrades- so you are always up to date with the latest software release. Now let’s look at a traditional on-premises software development and its upgrade cycle: A traditional on-premises software timeline looks something like this.  In year 1, in 2007, the vendor started development on the latest release. In year 3, in 2009, the vendor releases the latest version, which you’ve chosen to implement In year 5, in 2011, the business case for an upgrade is secured and implementation begins In year 7, in 2013. you’re finally live on the upgrade To give you perspective, in this same time frame, Apple released 8 versions of the iPhone.  So that is how quickly innovation is occurring and perhaps how fast your competitors are innovating these days. Now with REAL SaaS applications in the Oracle Cloud you get new functional innovations every 3-6 months so you can personalize and keep up to speed with the pace of innovation and change–  and you can select when you accept these innovations into your business. You get a choice. For more information, check out the infographic: http://www.oracle.com/us/cloud/ig-personalized-modern-cloud-3316218.pdf

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Got Data Silos? Here’s What You Should Do About Them.

What is a complete cloud suite and why is it important for your business? Silos prevent the sharing of ideas and resources and limit the user’s visibility into the business.  We have heard many of our customers tell us:   “Silos cause our business to be slow and less effective.”  And, another statement we hear often “I have the data somewhere, I just can’t get to it.” In the long run, information silos are just not good for business. A  modern Cloud suite  is designed to share and unify data.   Below you can see a drawing of a complete unified cloud and its shared data elements or objects. You can see the intersection and sharing of key data elements across the business that reduces cost and complexity, increases accuracy, decreases duplication of data and allows for faster innovation. Modern Best Practice connects all processes across the whole of the business from managing and reporting on finance & operations, thru managing employees, contract labor, partners, to unifying customer and product data and moving the products and services efficiently through distribution and the supply chain.  Simply put, this unified data model using built-in modern best practices improves business efficiency. Unifying your business focusing on sharing these key underlying data elements provides a sound foundation on which to build your business. Then, reporting and dashboard analytics using this single data model will yield more accurate information. For more information on how a complete cloud suite can benefit your business click on this infographic: http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/cloud/complete-cloud-infographic-2828586.pdf Do you have multiple order-to-cash processes? Incomplete views of your business? Outdated, disconnected business processes? A complete cloud suite based on the latest Oracle Modern Best Practice processes can modernize and connect your existing business—easily and at your own pace. No need to waste time reinventing the same back-office (and front-office) wheel. Quickly gain a unified view of your entire business with a complete cloud. And spend more of your time on what matters most to grow your business.

What is a complete cloud suite and why is it important for your business? Silos prevent the sharing of ideas and resources and limit the user’s visibility into the business.  We have heard many of our...

Oracle Cloud

Enabling the enterprise cloud strategy

Announcing enhanced database, compute, private connectivity capabilities on Oracle Cloud Platform It’s easy to move from one place to another when you’re younger. There’s typically fewer people depending on you. You haven’t invested in buying a home. You are not spending time in local government or on the board of other community institutions. It gets a lot harder to move, unencumbered, when you have more investments and responsibilities. The same holds true for enterprises. Only some enterprise applications can be replaced with SaaS, refactored, or built anew. Many other application workloads must be maintained, rehosted (e.g. migrated intact), or replatformed (e.g. migrated and adapted to the new environment). Today, we’re announcing new services and enhancements to the Oracle Platform that make it easier to move or build enterprise applications to the cloud. There’s Oracle Database Cloud Service with even more bare metal horsepower, combined with proven RAC reliability – just sign up and launch it. There’s fast and flexible private networking into the cloud you’ve just launched – in 1Gb and 10Gb increments. And we’re announcing broader support for operating systems, including Windows Server, to host all your applications. Let’s dig into how each of these enhancements impact your technology and cloud strategy. If you’re like ICAT, a midsized insurance business, the enhancements enable you to take a mission-critical application to the cloud, and exceed the performance of your on-premises environment. Add to that, infrastructure level reliability you never had before, simply by selecting an option on a dropdown menu. No second colo. No five-year depreciation curve. ICAT depends on their online quoting application to generate qualified leads and business. They’ve been running it on-premises, on Oracle Database, for years. Oracle Cloud Platform gave them a new option. They tested import and export performance: Oracle Cloud was faster than on-prem. They checked out the availability: they now had access to three physically independent, but highly interconnected sites, instead of one. Most critically, they could deploy Oracle Real Application Clusters, with a few clicks. RAC has been a go-to technology for on-premises production environments for years. And now ICAT can have it in our next generation IaaS. If you’re like Penn State University’s Institute for CyberScience, you’re moving terabytes of data over your networks every day. Researchers are crunching a growing number of intensive workloads on your infrastructure. But that on-premises supercomputer you bought and configured is at 100% utilization. Enter the cloud for HPC (High Performance Computing). Enter Oracle FastConnect private network connectivity. PSU first proved that our bare metal compute instances were equal to their on-premises computing power, enabling their researchers to “burst” to the Oracle Cloud for single- and multi-core jobs. Now they plan to leverage the dedicated throughput of FastConnect to securely move data and results between their on-premises networks and the cloud. HPC has always been a proving ground for the most advanced computing technologies (e.g. parallel computing and distributed storage) and processes (e.g. job scheduling and mass compute orchestration), so PSU is an interesting case study of what’s possible in the cloud. Finally, if you’re like Darling Ingredients, you run a combination of Windows Server and Linux for your enterprise applications. You need cloud-based Oracle Database, as well as fast connectivity between the cloud and your end users. We’ve added native images for Microsoft Windows Server, Ubuntu, and CentOS, and are supporting “bring your own image” for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The combination of this broader OS support, and stronger database and connectivity options, makes it easier for our customers to move their applications and IT to the Oracle Cloud.  Migrating applications is key part of an enterprise cloud strategy, and this announcement takes another significant step towards making it feasible. Interested in more detail? Check out our technology community for more specifics on each of these database, compute, and networking enhancements. We’re passionate about our platform and about your success. Click here to learn more and to get started online. You can also contact your Oracle representative and ask for Oracle IaaS. - Don

Announcing enhanced database, compute, private connectivity capabilities on Oracle Cloud Platform It’s easy to move from one place to another when you’re younger. There’s typically fewer people...

Managed Cloud Services

Shifting Workloads from On-Premise to the Cloud - Driving Innovation & Business Agility for Oracle Application Customers

Are you an Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel or other applications customer?  Do you want to learn how to take advantage of the public cloud while maximizing your current Oracle investment?  If so, this seminar is for you. Today’s forward thinking organizations recognize the enormous benefits of public cloud including lower IT costs, increased business agility, less complexity, and greater flexibility.  But while the public cloud clearly represents the future, many organizations face the challenge of how to get there. Join us for this half day workshop to learn the benefits of moving applications into the cloud and see examples of just how simple the process can be. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Oracle Cloud experts and learn. The importance of a Cloud Platform that is open, secure and complete. How running Applications in the Cloud can lower cost, increase agility, maintain flexibility and reduce risk. Real world examples of just how easy it is to lift and shift an application into the Oracle Cloud. March 9th in Minneapolis - Register here! March 14th in Denver - Register here! March 28th in Raleigh - Register here! March 30th in Tampa - Register here! April 6th in Detroit - Register here! April 20th in Phoenix - Register here! April 25th in Bridgewater - Register here!

Are you an Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel or other applications customer?  Do you want to learn how to take advantage of the public cloud while maximizing your current Oracle...

Managed Cloud Services

Shift to the Cloud with Oracle Managed Applications Unlimited on Oracle Technology Cloud

https:/       Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) helps Oracle customers quickly lower infrastructure costs and leverage the elastic capacity of Oracle Applications Unlimited (OAU) environments. OMCS provides complete lifecycle management of OAU environments, on top of IaaS and PaaS. Key features of the service include: · Fast provisioning of production, test and development environments · Rapid cloning of environments · Ability to spin-up or spin-down of non-production environments · Flexible deployment of the production environment – either on-premise or at Oracle · Service options for Functional Services and Security Services · Managed Cloud Integration Service with SaaS applications · Business transaction monitoring Oracle Functional Services improve the end-user experience and boost productivity. OMCS has functional support offerings that enhance Oracle products running in public (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS), private or hybrid deployments. In-house business application support teams can focus on strategic objectives while Oracle handles user queries, solves functional issues, monitors critical processes, and provides event-based, CEMLI, and integration support. Oracle Functional Services includes services in four key areas: Functional Service Desk. Gain a single point of contact for all incidents related to business flows across your Oracle and third party applications. Free up your business users to focus on their primary functions and lead business transformation initiatives. By leveraging proprietary tools and knowledge, Oracle can resolve your service requests 20 percent faster. CEMLI Services. Provides remediation and fast, effective, comprehensive support to ensure that your unique business customizations will continue to function and provide optimal performance. Release Management Testing Services. Benefit from Oracle’s methodical approach to quality management. Oracle delivers testing services based on repeatable ITIL processes to analyze the impact of patches, accelerate product delivery, resolve your application failures quickly, and reduce your incidents. Technical Administration Services. Your organization may need assistance managing and optimizing the databases behind your major business applications. Oracle Functional Services provides administration services that help you maximize uptime for E-Business Suite, Hyperion, Siebel, PeopleSoft, and other key business platforms. Security and Compliance Services – OMCS offers services such as database encryption, database vault, identity management, vulnerability assessment, and compliance services to keep customer environments secure and compliant. Read the data sheet and visit the OMCS page on Oracle.com

https:/       Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) helps Oracle customers quickly lower infrastructure costs and leverage the elastic capacity of Oracle Applications Unlimited (OAU) environments....

Putting the Pedal to the Metal

Announcing new IaaS database, compute, storage, and load balancing capabilities - By Don Johnson, SVP of Product Development, Oracle Cloud Platform Today, we’re announcing new services and enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform. We’re now the first leading cloud provider to offer both bare metal and VM compute shapes, and Oracle Database on bare metal, all on the same innovative virtual network and infrastructure we introduced a few months ago at Oracle OpenWorld. We’re also adding load balancing and a number of storage enhancements. I like to imagine the scenery starting to blur as we pick up speed. The capabilities are cool, but what’s more interesting is what they enable you to do. Every application, whether traditional or cloud-native, is comprised of different layers and parts that require different levels of IO, processing horsepower, network separation, load balancing... Our aim is to satisfy all those individual requirements, with the same low latency, predictability, and reliability everywhere. For the front-end, our new IP load balancing service enables distributed, resilient application architectures with a variety of throughput capacities (100Mbps, 400Mbps, and 8,000Mbps). For compute, we’re adding 1, 2, and 4-core virtual machine shapes to complement our bare metal compute options. VMs with fewer cores are great for less compute-intensive parts of an application like the presentation layer (or smaller applications). For data management, we’re enhancing the Oracle Database Cloud Service with new bare metal infrastructure options. This gives customers the flexibility to run their IO-hungry databases without virtualization, which is great for intensive ecommerce, analytics, and other transactional workloads (link to presentation). Finally, we’re beefing up our cloud storage functionality with a new 2TB block volume shape and optional server-side encryption for object storage, for customers that require more units of block capacity, or encryption at rest. Engineering momentum This release is a great achievement for our team, and a product of continued engineering momentum. We’re growing the cloud platform team rapidly, adding hundreds of engineers and builders with deep cloud experience over the last year, including distributed system pioneers like Matteo Frigo, profiled recently in Forbes. You can get more detail about our services on our IaaS technical blog, as we both ramp up our capabilities as well as the pace of delivering those capabilities. Continued investment in infrastructure Along with investment in great people, we’re also announcing new infrastructure investment, with plans to open new regions in Virginia and UK by mid-2017, with many more to come after that. Similar to our existing Arizona region, each of these regions will offer three or more availability domains, designed for extremely low latency and fault-tolerance. The practical use of availability domains is further detailed in this presentation by Clay Magouyrk and Marc Levy, our VPs of Development and Architecture. Our robust regional design highlights our commitment to enable the best reliability across your entire application portfolio, with the potential to redefine service levels across your apps, all with great economics. Momentum across a breadth of customers Our growing investment has been matched by great customer and partner interest. We’ve worked with new customers of all shapes and sizes: from analytic and machine learning startups to enterprise retailers, from high tech to manufacturing, across North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. We’ve addressed a range of customer challenges, from cost efficiency and performance to governance and deployment behind the customer firewall. And we’ve handled very different application workloads, from low latency database to high throughput big data, from high CPU to high storage IO, from bare metal to VM workload migration. We’re proud of the diversity, and pumped up to engage even more customers in 2017. We’re passionate about our cloud platform and about your success. We look forward to your feedback about our broadening portfolio of services. Click here to learn more and to get started online. You can also contact your Oracle representative and ask for Oracle IaaS. To continue the car analogy, our foot is planted firmly on the gas, and we’re ready for the next gear. – Don

Announcing new IaaS database, compute, storage, and load balancing capabilities - By Don Johnson, SVP of Product Development, Oracle Cloud Platform Today, we’re announcing new services and enhancements t...

Oracle Cloud

Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services Are Now Available

- By Don Johnson, VP of Product Development, Oracle Cloud Platform I’m very excited to announce the general availability of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services. At Oracle Open World, we announced our investments in an industry-first, modern Infrastructure-as-a-Service Platform. The Bare Metal Cloud Services is our first offering built on that modern platform and there has been tremendous interest and engagement from customers worldwide. The latest computing infrastructure, available on-demand This is the first public cloud offering bare metal compute in a fully virtualized, high-performance network environment. The Bare Metal Cloud Services also provide integrated network block storage, object storage, identity and access management, VPN connectivity, and a software-defined Virtual Cloud Network (VCN). The VCN allows customers to treat the Bare Metal Cloud Services as a secure, elastic, extension of their on-premises network. The Services can be provisioned on-demand, by console or API, with pay-for-what-you-use billing. The Services are available in a new Phoenix, Arizona region. The Phoenix region consists of three completely fault-independent Availability Domains (ADs) with less than one millisecond between ADs. This enables customers to build high-availability, high-durability applications in the cloud without sacrificing performance. While our bare metal compute instances are ideal for the most demanding application requirements, they are also great for a variety of other customer use cases with diverse performance, reliability, and governance requirements. We plan to expand those use cases with a regular cadence of additional features including smaller compute resources (VMs), a load balancing service, as well as a database service, and additional regions, all coming soon. For more detail on the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, visit cloud.oracle.com/bare-metal. Oracle offers vastly superior cloud performance, governance, and flexibility The Bare Metal Cloud Services are built to emulate a complete on-premises datacenter, yielding the operational control, security and isolation, and high, predictable performance that customers expect.  Our flat, non-blocking network enables customers to utilize maximum network bandwidth with mere microseconds of latency between nodes Denser servers and NVMe storage enable as much as four million IOPs per bare metal instance A host of features, including fully isolated bare metal instances, a high-security network, and complete virtual and physical network decoupling, enable uncompromised security Customizable resource compartmentalization and highly flexible access control provide strong governance Complete flexibility and workload portability: run your OS, your hypervisor, or your entire stack The best price performance in the market enables countless business opportunities We set out to offer the best price performance in the market. From a processing and storage perspective, this provides great value for demanding applications like Hadoop, transaction processing, real-time analytics, 3D rendering, and video encoding. Customers like Falkonry, an artificial intelligence company, can run double the amount of simulations at lower cost, enabling them to provide better services. Partners like uStudio, an enterprise video solutions company, have proven that they can transcode HD video nine times faster. Our network pricing enables additional benefits. For example, we don't charge for traffic within or between availability domains. This means that you can deploy all of your applications with high availability – redundancy that's tolerant to power, network, site failure – with no network cost penalties. This is a perfect fit for scale-out databases like Datastax Enterprise, which requires three sites for high availability Cassandra Clusters. With our infrastructure and cost structure, zero-data-loss configurations like Oracle MAA (Maximum Availability Architecture) can be the default for all your applications. We offer up to 10 terabytes of free outbound bandwidth a month, and only charge $0.01/GB per month after that. That's not only more than 80% less than the other large cloud providers, but it unshackles different business models. For example, video providers can build an origin server on our cloud, transcode content faster with our compute, and serve the content much more economically to enterprise branch offices and CDNs.  Better value for compute, storage, and networking – and simpler pricing. Let’s get started, together The team and I have been working on these services for the past few years and can’t wait for you to try them and see the difference. We’re passionate about the technology and we have a strong commitment to your success in the cloud. We hope you find the services compelling for your highest performance applications, as well as your sensitive applications that require the isolation, control, and low overhead that only bare metal can provide. Click here to learn more about the Services and to get started online. You can also contact your Oracle representative and ask for Bare Metal Cloud Services. – Don 

- By Don Johnson, VP of Product Development, Oracle Cloud Platform I’m very excited to announce the general availability of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services. At Oracle Open World, we announced our...

The Long Game

By Bob Evans, Oracle Chief Communications Officer Larry Ellison—always the master of the long game—is at it again. During Oracle OpenWorld, Executive Chairman and CTO Ellison freely acknowledged the first-mover success and achievements of Amazon Web Service (AWS) in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) here in the still-early days of the enterprise cloud. But he also shared his thinking on how Oracle can surpass Amazon in the cloud in areas such as: Security: Ellison detailed how Oracle decisions on the chip and architecture level put security at the core of its next-gen data centers: "The big difference in our infrastructure as a service is our network and how we do virtualization." Openness: In contrast to Oracle's commitment to industry standards, AWS has two cloud databases and both are "more closed than an IBM mainframe," Ellison said. Cost and performance: Oracle's huge R&D investments are generating world-class data center technologies and expertise: "In some cases, our costs are multiple times lower than Amazon's...and we deliver better performance." For analysis of these competitive factors, and of seven other factors, see Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan: How Oracle Will Beat Amazon in the Cloud.Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here. 

By Bob Evans, Oracle Chief Communications Officer  Larry Ellison—always the master of the long game—is at it again. During Oracle OpenWorld, Executive Chairman and CTO Ellison freely acknowledged the...

Larry Ellison, Oracle Cloud, and the Power of 3

- By John Soat, senior writer, Oracle's Content Central Larry Ellison, Oracle executive chairman and chief technology officer, recently laid out the major technology advances that will enable Oracle to compete more aggressively—and in fact, leapfrog competitors in performance and cost—at the foundation of the cloud computing stack: infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Speaking at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Ellison stressed Oracle's multilayered approach to the cloud, such as its three complete cloud tiers (applications and platform as a service, as well as IaaS) and its three approaches to compatibility between cloud and on-premises systems. Oracle's Generation 2 cloud data center architecture features a three-part strategy for accelerating performance and ensuring uptime. There's something there about the power of 3 (the triangle is the strongest geometric shape, after all) that expresses the completeness of Oracle's cloud vision and strategy. Read on for details from Ellison on how Oracle's Gen 2 cloud data centers deliver security, availability, and compatibility with on-premises systems.Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here. 

- By John Soat, senior writer, Oracle's Content Central  Larry Ellison, Oracle executive chairman and chief technology officer, recently laid out the major technology advances that will enable Oracle...

A Major Step Forward For IaaS

— John Foley, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, OracleThe market for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) advanced last week when Oracle introduced new cloud services that compete not just on price and performance, but in how they support new types of cloud development and enterprise workloads. First, the details: At Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Oracle announced Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Service, Oracle Ravello Cloud Service, and Oracle Container Cloud Service, in addition to IaaS enhancements. The bare metal servers are 11.5 times faster and 20 percent cheaper than competing services. The big picture is that IaaS, once a commodity market, is quickly becoming differentiated. Thomas Kurian, president of product development for Oracle, points to performance, scalability, reliability, customer control, security, and ease of migration as the advantages Oracle offers cloud customers. Oracle does that through a combination of hardware and software architecture and ultramodern network design, Kurian told me in an interview, in which he discussed Oracle's compute, storage, and network offerings in great detail.Kurian also talked about Oracle's latest efforts to make its infrastructure and other cloud services more widely available to developers around the world, including a new class of infrastructure developers. For more on Oracle's IaaS strategy, see Thomas Kurian Outlines What's Next in Oracle Cloud.Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here. 

— John Foley, Senior Director, Corporate Communications, Oracle The market for infrastructure as a service (IaaS) advanced last week when Oracle introduced new cloud services that compete not just on...

AWS Lead 'Is Over'

— By Rob Preston, Oracle Editorial Director  Oracle's all-in move to the cloud is pitting it against new competitors, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Larry Ellison said at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. In infrastructure, "first mover" Amazon Web Services is clearly Oracle's biggest cloud rival, Ellison said, but he emphasized that Oracle's next generation of infrastructure services will deliver twice the compute power, twice the memory, four times the storage, and 10 times the input/output speeds. "Amazon's lead is over," he said. "Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward." Ellison's keynote mapped out Oracle's new product innovations across all three cloud layers — software, platform and infrastructure. Among the major new products is Oracle Database 12c Release 2, the latest version of Oracle's flagship database management system. As part of the company's cloud-first strategy, Oracle Database 12c R2 is being released in the Oracle Cloud. Ellison also announced Exadata Express Cloud Service, giving customers access to Oracle's enterprise database starting at just $175 a month.  Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.  

— By Rob Preston, Oracle Editorial Director  Oracle's all-in move to the cloud is pitting it against new competitors, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Larry Ellison said at Oracle...

Managed Cloud Services

Worthington Industries Leverages Engineered Systems and Cloud Solution to Support Global Growth Strategy

Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2016 fiscal year sales of $2.8 billion.  The company employs approximately 10,000 people and operates over 80 facilities in 11 countries. The Columbus, Ohio-based company is North America’s premier steel processor and a leader in manufactured metal products. Worthington implemented Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Business Intelligence—run and managed by Oracle Managed Cloud Services—consolidating financial management systems and processes across multiple manufacturing business lines, and boosting to improve system scalability, as the company continues to grow and expand through acquisitions. System availability was raised to 99.8%, which is critical for a 24/7 global manufacturing operation Worthington leveraged Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to support their data warehouse loads, which are now running 4x faster. “Oracle Managed Cloud Services has been available for us around-the-clock, from providing engineered systems and new technology expertise to helping us through upgrades. OMCS partners with our IT team to get things done efficiently, so employees can stay focused on our critical business needs.” — Matt Schlabig, CIO, Worthington Industries Read the success story!

Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2016 fiscal year sales of $2.8 billion.  The company employs approximately 10,000 people and operates over 80...

Oracle Cloud

Announcing Oracle's Next Generation Cloud Infrastructure Platform

A big contingent of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services team will be at the conference. You can see us at our conference sessions, try out the services in our daily hands-on labs, or have a chat at our booth.  Overview session (Moscone South 103): Oracle Cloud IaaS: Strategy & Foundation of the Modern Enterprise Cloud (M 3-3:45p, GEN7796) Technical sessions (Moscone South 309): A 360-Degree Overview of Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Capabilities (M 4:15-5p, Tu 11-11:45a, CON7797) High-Performance Database in Oracle Bare Metal Cloud (Tu 4-4:45p, CON7802) The Software-Defined Cloud Data Center: A Deep Dive into Oracle Bare Metal Cloud (W 12:15-1p, CON7799) Oracle Bare Metal Cloud: Unleash the Power of Your Docker and Container Apps (W 1:30-2p, CON7806) Get More from Your Big Data with Oracle Bare Metal Cloud (W 3-3:45p, CON7804) Daily hands-on labs (Mendocino I/II room at the Nikko Hotel): Hands-on Lab: Oracle Bare Metal Cloud—Deploy I/O Intensive Cloud-Native Apps (M 6-7p, Tu 11:30a-12:30p, W and Th 9:45-10:45a, HOL7810) Infrastructure-as-a-Service showcase (Moscone South 131): Visit our booth in Moscone South. Members of Bare Metal Cloud Services will be there Monday to Wednesday from 10:15am to 5:30pm during exhibition hall hours.

A big contingent of the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services team will be at the conference. You can see us at our conference sessions, try out the services in our daily hands-on labs, orhave a chat at...

Managed Cloud Services

Learn about Managed Cloud Services at Oracle OpenWorld 2016!

Oracle OpenWorld is next week inSan Francisco! Here aresome places where you can learn about Managed Cloud Services: ConferenceSessions: Oracle Managed Cloud Services: Your Cloud Strategy CON6849 Managed Security and Identity in the Cloud: Secure Your Cloud CON6746 Applications Unlimited Managed Cloud Service on Oracle Technology Cloud CON7003 Cloud and On-Premises Oracle Solutions at CERN for High Energy Physics CON4614 Oracle Managed Cloud Services for Your PeopleSoft on Oracle CloudCON7041 Innovation in the Cloud: Oracle Managed Cloud Services CON6848 Migrating and Managing Customizations for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 CON6708 Panel Session: Enabling Your Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services CON6866 Learnabout how Managed Cloud Services is supporting IaaS and PaaS: Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud (IaaS and PaaS) MTE7755 If youhave questions related to Managed Cloud Services, visit the Managed Cloud kioskin the Demogrounds - Workstation ID: SPL-010, Moscone South, Lower Center Left Fordetails on all the Oracle Managed Cloud Sessions, including dates, times andlocations, check out the Focuson Oracle Managed Cloud Services.

Oracle OpenWorld is next week in San Francisco! Here are some places where you can learn about Managed Cloud Services: Conference Sessions: Oracle Managed Cloud Services: Your Cloud Strategy CON6849 Manag...

Infrastructure As A Service at Oracle OpenWorld 2016

Infrastructure as a Service at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Oracle OpenWorld, the largest conference for Oracle customers, partners, developers and technology enthusiasts starts on September 18th in San Francisco. The compute, storage, and network development team will be out in force at the conference and you will have multiple opportunities to meet with us, in one of our conference sessions, hands-on labs or at the Oracle Infrastructure-as-a Service showcase. There are 6 Infrastructure conference sessions for you to choose from along with 3 hands on labs to help you play with the technology. Run any workload in the cloud with Oracle Compute Cloud Service [CON4902] Extreme Cost Savings With Data Storage in the Cloud [CON4873] Need for Speed - Make a right connection for your application workload [CON4888] Build a flexible IT infrastructure using Oracle Messaging Cloud Service [CON4891] Top Considerations for running Enterprise Applications on Oracle Cloud [CON4860] Introducing Oracle MySQL Cloud Service [CON4851] You will also have an opportunity to try out Oracle Infrastructure Cloud Service in our hands-on lab sessions. An Interactive Workshop on Compute Cloud Service [HOL7480] Storage Cloud Workshop [HOL7406] Network Services Workshop [HOL7425] If you have questions related to Infrastructure, you can come and talk to us at the compute, storage, or network demo booths in the Infrastructure-as-a Service showcase area in Moscone South. Members of the Infrastructure development team will be there Monday to Wednesday from 10:15am to 5:30pm during exhibition hall hours. For details on all the IaaS sessions, including the date and time, and the locations, please see Focus on Oracle Infrastructure Cloud Service. We hope to see you there! IaaS Team

Infrastructure as a Service at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Oracle OpenWorld, the largest conference for Oracle customers, partners, developers and technology enthusiasts starts on September 18th in...

Ravello at Oracle OpenWorld 2016

Ravello at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, by Simon Law, Ravello Product Manager Oracle OpenWorld, the largest conference for Oracle customers, partners, developers and technology enthusiasts starts on September 18th in San Francisco. The Ravello development team will be out in force at the conference and you will have multiple opportunities to meet with us, in one of our conference sessions, hands-on labs or at the Oracle Infrastructure-as-a Service showcase. There are 6 Ravello conference sessions for you to choose from, 3 technical sessions and 3 customer case studies. Running VMware Applications on Any Public Cloud with Nested Virtualization [CON7379] Hybrid DevOps: Cloud-Based Continuous Integration for Enterprise Applications [CON7382] Accelerated Product Development and Effective Sales for ISVs with Ravello [CON7744] How GigaSpaces Uses Ravello for Rapid, On-Demand Environments in the Cloud [CAS7892] How Intel Security Uses Ravello for Cloud Agility for Its Data Center Products [CAS7390] How SimSpace Uses Ravello to Clone Data Centers for Cybersecurity Practice [CAS7380] You will also have an opportunity to try out Oracle Ravello Cloud Service in our hands-on lab sessions; this will run every day in the Mendocino room at the Nikko Hotel. If you have questions related to Ravello, you can come and talk to us at the Ravello demo booth in the Infrastructure-as-a Service showcase area in Moscone South. Members of the Ravello development team will be there Monday to Wednesday from 10:15am to 5:30pm during exhibition hall hours. For details on all the Ravello sessions, including the date and time, and the locations, please see Focus on Oracle Ravello Cloud Service. We hope to see you there! Ravello Team

Ravello at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, by Simon Law, Ravello Product Manager Oracle OpenWorld, the largest conference for Oracle customers, partners, developers and technology enthusiasts starts on...

A Bold Innovation Strategy

— By Rob Preston, editorial director, Oracle Content Central Lots of CIOs pay lip service to their company's cloud "transformation," but Jaime Vogel has taken Australian Finance Group all-in as the company expands into new markets and competes with digitally native fintech startups. Vogel and his team have migrated more than 80 applications, as well as AFG's IT infrastructure, to the cloud. Why? To redeploy huge chunks of IT spending that had gone to system support tasks to customer-facing, revenue-generating innovation projects. That migration enabled AFG to shut down its two data centers in May 2016, saving the company about US$385,000 a year in operational costs and bringing a modern feature set, along with new APIs that improve integration and automation. But the total benefit is much greater, because the cloud transition has freed up money for Vogel to hire developers and shift some of his people to more-productive work. Says Vogel: "We needed to ensure that whatever we're spending on IT was giving us the best bang for our buck."Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here. 

— By Rob Preston, editorial director, Oracle Content Central  Lots of CIOs pay lip service to their company's cloud "transformation," but Jaime Vogel has taken Australian Finance Group all-in as...

A Very Clear Plan

—By Stephen Chin, Oracle lead Java community managerReconfirming for the Java community that Oracle “has a very clear plan” for the next Java Enterprise Edition, Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s president of product development, has outlined several forthcoming improvements to the foundational application development platform. As customers shift to cloud deployments and adopt microservice application architectures, the Java platform must be modernized to “be viable in the new world” of cloud computing, Kurian said last week in an interview with InfoWorld. Kurian announced plans for a Java EE 8 release, including the following improvements: • Support for multitenant cloud deployments • Architectural support for microservices • Support for Docker and other container technologies• Capabilities to take advantage of NoSQL• Support for emerging authentication and authorization models “At the end of the day,” Kurian told InfoWorld, “we believe that if we’re doing the right thing for the developer community, we believe the developer community will rally around it.”Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.  

—By Stephen Chin, Oracle lead Java community manager Reconfirming for the Java community that Oracle “has a very clear plan” for the next Java Enterprise Edition, Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s president of...

The Cloud Crossroads

CIOs are at acrossroads as they make today’s investments. Most agree that the Cloud paradigmhas cost and convenience benefits: availability, speed, agility, and TCO, enabling faster developmentprocesses and topping it off with higher reliability and lower risk. So, to whatextent are CIOs acting to invest in the Cloud? IDC reports that Cloud spending is an increasingcomponent of IT budgets (43% in 2 years, IDC) which also leads to the consequentialexplosive growth across the major Cloud market segments (IaaS 250%, PaaS 267%, SaaS 109% by 2019, IDC). So, as youconsider your investment decisions, are you at a crossroads? Shouldyou invest in the cloud or continue on premises?   With thispremise, Oracle asked HBR to investigate how leading CIOs are developing theircloud strategies. In this short report,they offer some insight for both strategy andaction. Click for free report. Strategy. The Cloud forces IT to rethink their strategy, structure, andorganization. As IT and the businessembrace new ways of doing things, now is the time to mitigate the possiblerisks of cloud proliferation and inefficiency. This report should add to yourperspective as you consider new architectures and governance. Action. Sincethe Cloud offers immediate benefits and multiple starting paths – there’s anurgency to act. This report also offersguidance for how to analyze and move your technology portfolio to the Cloud. Your Pivot to the Cloud You have optionsas you consider your adoption and migration to the Cloud. And with some additional insight you may be ableto speed adoption and minimize risk. This report discusses four core techniquesand their rationale for moving applications and workloads to the Cloud. And, it just so happens that Oracle can helpyou with all of them! This diagram illustrates: Oracle’s Perspective At Oracle, wehave had the good fortune to work with 1000s of CIOs on their Cloud journey.Some started with business applications and others with infrastructure.Wherever they begin, ultimately, their needs evolved to require greaterflexibility, extensibility, and hybrid operations. These CIOs have learned thattheir enterprise Cloud strategy requires a holistic portfolio perspective and astrategic partner like Oracle to help them on their journey. Companieswith a Cloud-First strategy have also learned that the Cloud's real value comesbeing able to delegate the service level agreement (SLA) of an entire solution,from infrastructure to application, instead of solely components. In the current state of the market, not all Cloudproviders can step up to that challenge. The consequence of a partial solution is that companies are forced tomanage far more than they want to manage – requiring more administration, testing,and actual integration. That’s one reason why Jim Fowler, GE CIO statedin this report that “all new systems at GE will be developed on and for cloudservices.”  Oracle’scustomers expect the Cloud payoff to encompass all enterprise-class technologycapabilities on a complete, integrated, open, and secure platform from theinfrastructure to the application. It is not new wisdom that recognizes thatintegrated suites reduce complexity, increase reliability, and cost less – it’sjust that now, with Cloud, the suite includes hardware, security, andoperations. A complete, integrated, and open Cloud capability is a remarkableaccomplishment. Oracle’s unique historyand leadership across the spectrum of enterprise technology offers enterprisesmore features, deployment options, and value, than any other option in themarket. Oracle hasprovided industry leading technology to the world’s largest and most demandingcustomers. Our enduring commitment hashelped them transition through every major technology shift – and now it isCloud. While Oracle always builds forthe future, we always bridge with the past, so that our customers retain thevalue from their technology investments. Click for free report.

CIOs are at a crossroads as they make today’s investments. Most agree that the Cloud paradigm has cost and convenience benefits: availability, speed, agility, and TCO, enabling faster developmentproces...

AWS Schema Conversion Tool: What’s Real?

Author:  Pat Shuff  On 13th July 2016, AWS announced support forconverting Oracle Data Warehouse to Amazon Redshift using its Schema ConversionTool. In this blog post, we analyze this tool and uncover what’s real andwhat’s not. Converting a production Oracle Database to a much lighter weightand less functional database is not recommended but that is the purpose of thistool. The migration effort and customizations needed to move a productiondatabase instance to Amazon RDS typically breaks support, breaks functionality,and does not work as expected. We will look at three use cases to analyze howwell the tool helps you and look at the tradeoffs required to move yourapplications from on- premises to Amazon RDS or another cloud service provider. The idea behind the AWS Schema Conversion Toolkit is that itwill look at your existing database (MySQL, Oracle, SQL Server, etc.) and provideyou the effort required to migrate from your source database to Amazon RDS. Thetool claims that it can convert an Oracle Database to Aurora, MySQL,PostgreSQL, or MariaDB. To test thetool, we looked at the sample database that is installed with an Oracle Database12c Enterprise Edition called Application Express 5.0 and a public domainpackage SwingBench that contains server-side code as well as database objectsand stored procedures. We could have looked at an Oracle E-Business Suite,Oracle JD Edwards or Oracle PeopleSoft installation but they typically need torun on Oracle Database Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition or in some casesMicrosoft SQL Server. The targets supported by the AWS Toolkit are not validdatabase targets for these application packages and the tool does not supporttranslating these repositories from an on-premises system to a supported targetdatabase in Amazon RDS. The tool starts out by asking you to attach to yoursource Oracle database instance. To do this you need to supply the SID of thedatabase, the Service Name of the instance, the TNS Alias of the instance, orthe TNS Connection Identifier. We tested our connection first using Oracle SQLDeveloper with all of these connection methods and the only one that workedwith the AWS Schema Conversion Tool was the SID name. All connections to amulti-tenant instance of the Oracle Database 12c failed because the AWS Tool couldnot handle a complex Service Name. In our test database we could connect to theSID of ORCL but could not connect to the Service Name pdb1.metacsgse00028.oraclecloud.internalwhich is what the lsnrctl status command shows as the Service Name and TNSConnection Identifier.   For the Application Express 5.0 instance the AWS SchemaConversion Tool found 3,299 database storage objects and 1,097 code objects. Asper the tool, 45 database storage objects and 180 code objects required manualconversion to get them to work on Amazon RDS for MySQL or Amazon Aurora.   Oracle Database 12c comes with a demo pluggable database,but we couldn’t test it with the AWS tool, as it doesn’t support connecting toa database using a complex Service Name We did not reconfigure the listener toadapt to a different SID because few customers do this in real-life scenarios anduse the Service Name or TNS name to connect to the database (both of which areunsupported in the AWS Tool). For SwingBench v2.0 the AWS Tool scanned and found 13database objects and 2 database code objects and could not convert 1 storageobject and 1 code object. The database object that failed was a checkconstraint as well as a time zone timestamp conversion. Both of these requiremanual conversion that stops the code from being migrated to Amazon RDS.  There are many hidden issues with the AWS Schema Conversion Tool.First, the conversion option that the tool defaults to is migrate from anOracle database to Amazon RDS for MySQL or Amazon Aurora (alongside PostgreSQLand MariaDB). This is not an apples-to-apples conversion, as both Amazon RDSand Amazon Aurora lack several key enterprise features (no DataGuard support,no Multi-Tenant or Pluggable containers, no file system access, no Oracle LabelSecurity, and anything that requires sys or sysdba rights to install andconfigure to mention a few). Second, contrary to the AWS guidance, the manual interventions requiredto port an existing code to Amazon RDS for MySQL or Amazon Aurora are nottrivial. The AWS Schema Conversion Tool generates a report that shows barcharts summarizing the conversion effort but does not detail what needs to beconverted. To get this information, you have to save to a CSV or PDF format toget the full report. The report summarizes the conversions that fail becausespecific collection types are not supported in Amazon Aurora or Amazon RDS forMySQL. It also lists synonyms and sequences that fail to convert. Theconversion also does not support function indexes, check constraints, userdefined functions, virtual columns, the DATETIME structure with Time zoneinformation, hierarchical queries, pseudo columns, and performance hints. Inour specific example, the changes recommended by the AWS Schema Conversion Toolare massive and complex and require a total rewrite of the database logic. In summary, the AWS Schema Conversion Tool is notenterprise-ready, but is more of a marketing attempt at getting you to movefrom an existing on-premises database to an Amazon RDSfor MySQL or Amazon Aurora. We are making the results of the AWS SchemaConversion Tool for our specific tests available here (APEX database,SwingBench), so you can save time and effort testing the conversion. A betterconversion of your on-premises database instance would be to copy it to theOracle Cloud using Oracle Cloud Database as a Service and all your current featuresand functionality will be supported without having to change your schema,stored procedures, or applications. 

Author:  Pat Shuff  On 13th July 2016, AWS announced support for converting Oracle Data Warehouse to Amazon Redshift using its Schema ConversionTool. In this blog post, we analyze this tool and uncover...

Businesses Need CIOs Today More Than Ever

—By Michael Hickins, Director of Strategic Communications at Oracle Back in what now might seem like the good old days for CIO job security, CIOs were held hostage by complex technologies they were responsible for running, or fixing, in-house. Perilous though the situation was, it at least seemed like they were in control of their own destinies, for better or worse. Today, however, slick cloud applications that any line-of-business owner can pay for with a credit card make many CIOs feel an existential threat to their existence that's greater than at any time since career is over first became a punch line. But according to François Lançon, Oracle's SVP for Asia-Pacific, the exact opposite is true. "It may not be fashionable to say so, but cloud computing has in many cases simply compounded existing problems without fulfilling its cost-cutting and innovation-driving promise," he writes in this provocative column. CIOs can do much more than just clean up this mess; by virtue of where they sit in the organization, they have the best purview for understanding how all of a company's pieces fit together, how technology can be used to change business practices, and how to create a strategy that delivers on the cloud's promise of innovation and cost-containment.Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here. 

—By Michael Hickins, Director of Strategic Communications at Oracle  Back in what now might seem like the good old days for CIO job security, CIOs were held hostage by complex technologies they...

The ’Software In Silicon’ Edge

—By Chris Murphy, Director of Cloud Content at Oracle In the cloud era, why does Oracle still pour so much talent and money into engineering its own microprocessors? “Our religion here is fairly straightforward: we want to build the best hardware products in the world,” said John Fowler, Oracle executive vice president of systems, at Oracle OpenWorld Latin America last week. Building the best means eliminating any barriers to performance and cost-effectiveness. Increasingly, many problems related to security, efficiency, and simplicity must be solved at the “software in silicon” level, Fowler explains in this article.  Oracle last week announced its new SPARC S7 processor, designed to bring Oracle’s most powerful microprocessor innovations to smaller, scale-out workloads at commodity prices. Companies can tap the SPARC S7’s innovations in three ways: as a cloud service running in Oracle’s data center; as an engineered system that bundles hardware, software, and networking (SPARC MiniCluster S7-2); and as SPARC S7-based servers. Read more on how SPARC S7 technology helps companies with both cloud and on-premises workloads. Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.  

—By Chris Murphy, Director of Cloud Content at Oracle In the cloud era, why does Oracle still pour so much talent and money into engineering its own microprocessors? “Our religion here is fairly...

Managed Cloud Services

Grupo Fármacos Especializados Achieves Greater Operational Efficiency and Cost Control with Engineered Systems and Managed Cloud Services

Grupo Fármacos Especializados is a consortium of companiesthat specializes in various healthcare-related services and products. The groupstarted as a single pharmacy in Mexico City, grew to a chain of pharmacies, andlater expanded to include wholesale distribution of pharmaceuticals andhealthcare products to public and private sector organizations. Grupo Farmacos implemented Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’sPeopleSoft, Siebel CRM, Hyperion, Demantra, SOA, and Oracle BusinessIntelligence—run and managed by Oracle Managed Cloud Services—providing a single instancecapability that supports daily operations, executive decision making, andenables the IT organization to leverage the software functionality to supportstrategic business initiatives instead of ongoing system maintenance andsupport Grupo Farmacos upgraded and implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine to support the growingquantity of commercial and financial transactions performed using the datawarehouse and business intelligence (BI) systems—which drive Grupo FármacosEspecializados’ order and delivery processes—ensuring the company meets marketchallenges in line with its corporate strategy “After careful technical and financial feasibility analysis,we upgraded to Oracle Engineered Systems, run and maintained by Oracle Managed CloudServices, ensuring greater system stability and availability and leveraging thebest practices and expertise needed to support our growth.” - Alfredo Funes, IT director, Grupo FármacosEspecializados Readthe success story!

Grupo Fármacos Especializados is a consortium of companies that specializes in various healthcare-related services and products. The groupstarted as a single pharmacy in Mexico City, grew to a chain...

Strategy for All 3 Pillars of the Cloud

—By Chris Murphy, Director of Cloud Content at OracleOracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison zeroed in on two points of focus for the company as it enters its fiscal year 2017: Grow Oracle's cloud software and platform businesses at double the rate of its closest competitors, and use "generation two" of the company's high-performance data centers to become an even more formidable player in cloud infrastructure. "We're growing fast in SaaS. We're growing fast in PaaS. Now we need to grow fast in infrastructure as a service," Ellison said on Oracle's Q4 FY 2016 earnings call on June 16. In SaaS and PaaS, Oracle plans to drive growth with a broader product line than its major cloud competitors and by reaching a new swath of midmarket companies. In IaaS, Oracle plans to use its new data centers to gain a performance advantage. Read more about Ellison's view on each of these three pillars of cloud computing—SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS—and how they complement one another.Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here. 

—By Chris Murphy, Director of Cloud Content at Oracle Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison zeroed in on two points of focus for the company as it enters its fiscal year 2017: Grow Oracle's...

Artificial Intelligence as Core IT

—By John Soat, senior writer, Oracle Corporate Communications Artificial intelligence (AI) is hot. Some of what you see in the media about robot warriors and autonomous airliners is so much hype. But there's nothing artificial about the money, resources, and human capital being invested in AI technology by today's smartest companies. In terms of enterprise IT, AI has become a fundamental building block. CIOs today must incorporate AI techniques such as machine learning and neural networks into their basic infrastructure and applications development strategies. They'll likely need cloud systems to store and manage the massive volumes of data that machine learning systems feed on. And CIOs should look to tap third-party apps and cloud services that make use of those techniques as well. CIOs ignore the AI wave at their peril. That's because, going forward—according to Toby Redshaw, consultant and former American Express CIO—the company that enters a market without benefit of AI-powered technology will be "the guy at the gunfight with a knife."Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.   

—By John Soat, senior writer, Oracle Corporate Communications  Artificial intelligence (AI) is hot. Some of what you see in the media about robot warriors and autonomous airliners is so much hype. But...

A Hard Look at HR Processes

—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content  We've been talking with a lot of HR leaders recently, and we've been hearing this often: implementing a cloud HR system pushed them to take a hard look at why they run the business like they do. Because Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud has many best practices built in as options, HR leaders are using their implementations as an opportunity to ask whether they should maintain some long-held, perhaps less efficient approaches. To explore this, we're devoting this issue of Cloud Leader to these HR transformation stories.  At Ruby Tuesday, HR Vice President Lois Collins welcomed the challenge to existing processes, and she describes her team's effort to digitize its HR processes in the article Ruby Tuesday Takes HR Digital to Better Engage Employees. A recent success for the HR team came in reducing the drop-off rate of candidates who start the job application process. Says Collins, "The first impression you make as a company is the minute that person applies to your organization." You can hear more stories like this and get advice from experts, including Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, in the archived version of our Cloud Leader newsletter. Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.  

—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content  We've been talking with a lot of HR leaders recently, and we've been hearing this often: implementing a cloud HR system pushed them to take a hard...

What Happens When Big Data Meets Cloud?

Oracle Big Data Strategist Paul Sonderegger recently wrote how Big Data and the Cloud are "a match made in Heaven." However, as he writes, "the devil is in the details." Large enterprises are waking up to the realities of data capital. Data is not just a record of what happened, it’s a raw material for creating new digital products and services. This means companies are in a race to create unique data capital assets through new mobile apps, wearable tech, and other intelligent, connected devices. Firms are also trying to figure out how to use this data capital to create unique value, whether that’s innovative digital products and services or increased efficiency rivals can’t match.  Paul Sonderegger, Big Data Strategist This is what big data is really about – the capture and use of more data in more daily activities as a way to gain competitive advantage. And this emerging competition requires a new kind of computing — in which the cloud plays a crucial role. But for large enterprises in particular, new big data and cloud technologies must work seamlessly together, as well as with existing technology. You can read the full post here:  https://www.oracle.com/uk/big-data/features/bigdata-in-the-cloud/index.html

Oracle Big Data Strategist Paul Sonderegger recently wrote how Big Data and the Cloud are "a match made in Heaven." However, as he writes, "the devil is in the details." Large enterprises are waking up...

Introducing the Accelerated Buying Experience

By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content The cloud has changed how businesses acquire technology. They buy in smaller amounts, on a more frequent basis, and they expect to be up and running very quickly. To meet that need for speed, Oracle is giving customers a much faster and easier way to buy cloud services: the Accelerated Buying Experience. Instead of requiring the thick, printed contracts of the on-premises days, for example, the Accelerated Buying Experience lets companies buy Oracle cloud services online with a click of a button.An in-depth Q&A with Oracle's Doug Kehring provides details on the differences customers will find with the Accelerated Buying Experience, including Oracle salespeople empowered with more contracting flexibility, reduced and eliminated approvals, simpler and shorter order documents, and extensive help throughout the process. The Accelerated Buying Experience is part of Oracle's larger transformation aimed at becoming the leading cloud vendor. Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.

By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content  The cloud has changed how businesses acquire technology. They buy in smaller amounts, on a more frequent basis, and they expect to be up and running...

Oracle Cloud

The Cloud Inside Your Data Center

—By John Soat, Senior Writer, Content CentralBusinesses can now tap all the benefits of Oracle Cloud from within their own data centers. That's the big news from Oracle's most recently announced cloud services offering, Oracle Cloud at Customer, which is aimed at companies that haven't used the cloud up until now because of concerns over data residency, custom security, and other regulatory issues. Oracle Cloud at Customer provides the same services available in Oracle Cloud—not just similar, but exactly the same—running in an on-premises, tightly integrated Oracle Engineered System that Oracle manages and maintains. And companies pay the exact same pay-as-you-go price for the Oracle Cloud at Customer service as they would for the same service, such as a cloud database, in Oracle Cloud. "Even on your premises, you're buying a cloud service—you're not buying hardware," said Oracle president Thomas Kurian while introducing the new service at Oracle CloudWorld in Washington D.C. Fulfilling the "as a service" model, Oracle engineers are responsible for administering, updating, and maintaining Oracle Cloud at Customer services at users' sites. Oracle Cloud at Customer represents a new way for organizations to leverage the assets of Oracle Cloud. 

—By John Soat, Senior Writer, Content Central Businesses can now tap all the benefits of Oracle Cloud from within their own data centers. That's the big news from Oracle's most recently announced cloud...

Can you have your cake and eat it too?

by Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle   The appeal of public cloud services is undeniable andunstoppable.  But, a vast majority of applicationsare constrained from moving to the public cloud due to data residency andprivacy laws, intellectual property concerns, and sensitivity to latency of thetraffic to and from the public Internet. If the phrase ‘Private Cloud’ sounds like an oxymoron toyou, you are not alone. IT vendors have tried but largely failed to deliver on thetall promise of “private cloud” – the notion of a cloud behind your firewallwith all the benefits of public cloud services without the need to send yourdata over the Internet to a public cloud service. Too many corners were cut inoffering such solutions. Over the last 5years, I have talked with hundreds of CIOs and IT directors and they gave methe biggest reasons why the promise of Private Clouds has not been realized. It is either ‘private’ or a ‘cloud’ but notreally both at the same time. Here’swhy: 1. These solutions are almost always multi-vendor. Hardware from one vendor, software fromanother, and often, management by another vendor. In the public cloud, there is no ambiguityabout who is accountable for an application delivered as a service. It is the application service provider. Why shouldn’t you, the customers have thesame single point of accountability with their private cloud? 2. The IT stack in the public cloud and privatecloud is not the same. It is ‘similar’ but not the ‘same’. Few if any can offer updates and innovationon customer premises at the same pace as the innovation in the publiccloud. What is the point of adopting thecloud if you cannot get the latest innovations? Private Clouds should not be an inferior pretender of Public Clouds. Thetrue potential of Cloud will be realized when we enable agile and effortlessworkload portability between public and on-premises clouds. If the stack on either side is not the same, youhave to depend on extensive orchestration to effect workload portability. Not good. 3. Who is managingthe private cloud infrastructure? Ifthe answer involves having you manage the stack on your premises or contract 3rdparties on their own, it is no longer a ‘utility’. Most solutions today do not offer turnkeymanagement of the entire on-premises infrastructure. You want to ‘use’ the services; not ‘manage’the hardware and software. 4. What about the pricing and commercial terms? Often, you have to purchase the hardware, software, and services (orsome combination thereof); never achieving the elegant simplicity ofsubscription-based and consumption-based (operational expense vs. capitalexpense) model of Public Cloud services. This is hard for IT vendors to offer because someone has to bear thecost of on-premises infrastructure. Butpassing the risk on to you, our customers is not the answer. IT vendors have to do better; be bolder. These challenges are not easy to surmount. Oracle has also struggled to solve theproblem in its entirety. This time, we setout to solve the problem, we made it our mission to deliver a solution thateliminates ALL of these challenges. Weset out to create a category of products called “Oracle Cloud atCustomer”. Today, I am very proud to announce the availability of thefirst offering in this category – the OracleCloud Machine. We have taken theOracle Cloud for IaaS and PaaS and extended it to your premises. Oracle Cloud Machine: Same Cloud Delivered in Your Datacenter We believe it is the industry’s most complete solutions fordeploying public cloud services “behind your firewall”. Let me explain why webelieve this is true: Oracle Cloud Machine: Benefits 1. We made sure there is a single point of accountability for the cloud services delivered behind the customer’s firewall – Oracle. Hardware, software, and all ongoing management of the entire stack is provided by Oracle. Oracle Cloud Operations remotely and securely manages the deployment so that customers can focus on their applications and their business just as they would with public cloud services. 2. We have taken great effort to ensure that the same software that underpins the Oracle (public) Cloud is delivered with the Oracle Cloud Machine as well. Oracle also ensures that this congruence between the private cloud and public cloud is maintained by frequently updating the Oracle Cloud Machine with the same updates that we deploy in the Oracle Cloud. It is in fact a requirement of the service contract that the on-premises cloud remain in lock-step with the Oracle cloud software. Why did we do this? One reason is to bring the latest innovations from the cloud to customer premises. But even more significantly – to unleash the potential of workload portability between private and public clouds. Imagine what you could do if the cloud deployment on the customer premises looks just as another datacenter in the public cloud. You would be able to more freely start development in the public cloud and run production workload on premises or vice versa. You would more easily burst for capacity from the private to public cloud. You would achieve disaster recovery to the public cloud more easily. 3. Oracle Cloud Machine is managed remotely by Oracle Cloud Operations using a secure, remote connection that honors least privilege principles to ensure that you, the customer, can truly have a hassle-free experience of consuming cloud services and NOT managing the underlying infrastructure. Every customer is assigned a Technical Account Manager (included in the cost of the service) who helps with capacity planning, performance optimization, and addressing any services issues. 4. Oracle Cloud Machine is sold as a set of subscription services. You buy IaaS and PaaS services and not hardware and software. The pricing mirrors the Oracle (public) Cloud pricing for a very simple buying experience for the customer. Pick the service you want and you choose whether you want to consume it over the Internet or entirely behind your firewall. Oracle takes care of everything else. Lastly, while we are unbeatable when it comes to running Oracle workload, we have engineered the solution to run non-Oracle workload with all the same benefits. All the power of Oracle Cloud and marketplace of 3rd party of applications will also run on Oracle Cloud Machine. I am sure many of you recognize that delivering true simplicity takes a lot of thought and effort. We are proud to have delivered a solution that has simplicity at its core. The kind of simplicity that could only have come from hidden sophistication and innovation. We look forward to working closely with you to realize your vision of a true cloud behind your firewall enabled by Oracle Cloud Machine. Yes.  You may eat that cake and have it too!

by Nirav Mehta, Vice President of Product Management, Oracle   The appeal of public cloud services is undeniable and unstoppable.  But, a vast majority of applicationsare constrained from moving to the...

Kill Complexity with Cloud ERP

By Margaret Harrist, Oracle Director of Content Strategy In today's quickly changing business landscape, complexity is an anchor weight that prevents companies from innovating. Executives at Khaleefa Butti Bin Omair (KBBO) Group, an Abu Dhabi–based investment firm, were determined to avoid that fate with the company's enterprise resource planning initiative—even as they looked for a single system that could span a portfolio of companies ranging from healthcare to oil and gas. As they looked for an ERP platform that could standardize the technology and processes in KBBO's many companies based in the UAE and the UK, the firm explored cloud ERP options at a time when few companies of KBBO's scale had moved in that direction. And in January 2015, KBBO moved its financials, HR, payroll, and procurement functions to the cloud.Here, KBBO's director of IT discusses what drove the company's decision—and the many benefits, including that the IT staff's workload has been reduced by 40 percent. Want more cloud strategy insights? Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.

By Margaret Harrist, Oracle Director of Content Strategy  In today's quickly changing business landscape, complexity is an anchor weight that prevents companies from innovating.  Executives at Khaleefa...

Oracle Cloud

Deploying Oracle Applications Unlimited on the Oracle Cloud

As someone whose job revolves around Oracle’s cloud platform and infrastructure, it’s not often that I’ll write anything on this blog about Oracle’s applications portfolio.  So if you’ll indulge me, in this post I’m going to write about something that has flown quietly under the radar even though it could benefit a significant number of Oracle applications customers.  I’m talking about the fact that Oracle Applications Unlimited workloads are now certified to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).  How do I know this is big news?  Well, as the saying goes…if I had a nickel for every time I’d heard someone ask when applications like E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel could be migrated to Oracle Cloud, I’d be a rich man. Okay, maybe not rich but you get the point.  While more businesses are pivoting to the Cloud by adopting SaaS applications, including the ones being offered in Oracle Cloud, the reality is that many businesses still depend on their Oracle Apps Unlimited solutions. To many, they’re mission-critical applications and the idea of replacing them is simply a non-starter. Still, just because the applications weren’t born in the Cloud doesn’t mean they can’t be deployed and run in the cloud. Being able to leverage elastically scalable, reliable, secure and cost-effective cloud infrastructure is appealing to almost all IT organizations, including ones responsible for the care and feeding of Apps Unlimited applications.  This is a much more attainable goal now that most of the application suites have been certified to run on the Oracle Compute Cloud and Oracle Database Cloud. To be frank, I wouldn’t expect businesses to jump in with both feet by lifting and shifting their Production environments to the Cloud right away. As most businesses experimenting with Cloud tend to do, starting off with a sandbox environment or other non-Production environments is the way to go. In fact, to make this process easier, Oracle has even published machine images of E-Business Suite 12.2.5, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2, and PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to create instances of these applications on the Oracle Cloud. Think about the time you'll save by deploying an image from the Marketplace instead of the usual process of downloading and staging software, installing and configuring, etc.  Once you've deployed the software in the cloud, you can use environments to create setups, test new functionality, implement business flows and conduct POCs or CRPs. If you are an existing Apps Unlimited customer, you can also migrate your Dev or Test environments to Oracle Cloud. Whatever your situation may be, to learn more about Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Platform services, visit cloud.oracle.com or oracle.com/cloud.

As someone whose job revolves around Oracle’s cloud platform and infrastructure, it’s not often that I’ll write anything on this blog about Oracle’s applications portfolio.  So if you’ll indulge me,...

Inside the Innovation Machine

—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content You might feel like a button in your cloud app is responding slowly. But the app supplier, if it's paying attention, can know if that button's slow. "Our process is very simple: the slowest 10 percent of clicks we send as defects, or bugs, to development to make those clicks faster," says Steve Miranda, Oracle executive vice president for applications development. That precise feedback—click-stroke granularity, not just user interviews and recollections—is one of three big reasons that the innovation cycle for cloud software is measured in months, not three or four years as with the on-premises software model. A second reason for the cloud's speedy innovation cycle is faster implementation; when a software as a service (SaaS) supplier puts out a new version, users have access to those new features instantly. Last, companies can add their own features to SaaS apps, using cloud-based integration and development, without complicated customizations that often prevented businesses from upgrading on-premises software at all. SaaS provides other benefits such as lower costs, but speed of innovation is easily the most important, Miranda contends. Want more cloud strategy insights? Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or DaaS. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.

—By Chris Murphy, Oracle Director of Cloud Content  You might feel like a button in your cloud app is responding slowly. But the app supplier, if it's paying attention, can know if that button's slow....

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Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level With Big Data Preparation Cloud Service

By Madhu Nair Even in the most well designed big data projects, a larger portion of the effort and cost is spent in preparing complex data ready for analysis. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service (BDPCS) flips that equation. Minimizing the data preparation time helps unlock the value of complex data quickly. However, data preparation is not just a series of sorting, prepping and standardization operations. When done right, it is a crucial step to enrich data. To unearth insights and prepare a data enrichment pipeline that can then be operationalized to deliver higher quality and vastly insightful data to downstream applications. Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service is part of the comprehensive Cloud Platform for Big Data that Oracle announced during Open World. Built for Analysts, Data Scientists and Data Experts BDPCS utilizes a non technical, web based interface to guide the data preparation effort. This is keeping in view that data preparation should not be dependent on technical skills but business expertise. This brings data science closer to the business experts, data analysts and data scientists. Natural Language Processing based algorithms surfaces recommendations that can be then applied as business and enrichment rules to the data set. These recommendations are presented as "plain english" texts that can then be modified and updated. Build on Apache Spark, Big Data Preparation Cloud Service also includes a responsive visual element that profiles the data sets for even further analysis and standardizations. Using Big Data Preparation Cloud Service, experts can now pull data, mash them up, enrich the data and publish it quickly. This allows them to iterate through many analysis that generally take weeks or sometime months to co ordinate with the IT and technology teams. Differentiators Data preparation and data wrangling is attracting a lot of investment as Data Science enters the next stage of refinement. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service brings certain critical elements that put it ahead of its competition. It brings recommendation driven user experience It utilizes Natural Language Processing classifications and enrichment, and It has extensive automation capabilities. We invite you attend our upcoming webcast to hear from Oracle executives and partner Blue Cloud Innovations and learn more about Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service.   Take Data Wrangling to the Next Level with Oracle Big Data Preparation Cloud Service Tuesday, January 26 9:30am PT/ 12:30pm ET Join us next Tuesday to bring analytics and data science closer to everyone within your organization through easier data preparation.

By Madhu Nair Even in the most well designed big data projects, a larger portion of the effort and cost is spent in preparing complex data ready for analysis. Big Data Preparation Cloud Service...

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Managed Cloud Integration Service – Essential for the Hybrid Cloud Model

Today, enterprises seek to do more than just save money with cloudtechnology —they also crave agility. Companies are looking beyond the goal ofreducing capital expenses and operational expenses, and now seek to implementtechnologies that enable usage metrics, self-service offerings and automatedprovisioning without an accompanying surge in operational costs. Hybrid clouddeployments, leveraging a mix of both public and private cloud platforms offerthis promise. But as enterprises try to create an integrated hybrid cloudenvironment, they face significant technical challenges. Integration problems are causing companies to abandon cloud applications andare hurting their ability to innovate. Many times project deadlines are missed due to cloud integrationproblems. Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service (MCIS) eliminates many of thebiggest barriers for enterprises that intend to adopt Oracle businessapplications in the public cloud. By offering pre-built integration templatesand complete-lifecycle management for their cloud integration, Oracle MCIS caneliminate hours of non-strategic work for in-house IT organizations whiledramatically increasing the reliability of their cloud integrations. Benefitsinclude: Pre-built integrations for rapid deployment with predictable cost and time frames On-going management - patching, monitoring, break-fix, enhancements Business transaction monitoring capability across clouds improve availability for integrations Faster issue resolution and higher availability for cloud integrations Location and platform flexibility - @ Oracle, @ customer, dedicated SOA, SOA PaaS, ICS PaaS For more information, read the Accelerating the Transition to Hybrid Cloud with Oracle ManagedCloud Integration Service Whitepaper andvisit www.oracle.com/cloud/managed-cloud

Today, enterprises seek to do more than just save money with cloud technology —they also crave agility. Companies are looking beyond the goal ofreducing capital expenses and operational expenses, and...

CFOs: Make the All-Out Leap into Digital Business

Written by Margaret Harrist, Oracle Director of Content Strategy In this data-driven, digital age, much of what drives business is intangible—including customer satisfaction, intellectual property, and brand reputation. Such tough-to-quantify, hard-to-measure areas as those offer a big opportunity for CFOs to work with leaders throughout the business to create new benchmarks—and thus play a leading role in their company's strategic future. "These profound business transformations promise to reshape the responsibilities of every C-level executive, and for CFOs the new challenges center on driving digital-first priorities, processes, and culture across teams," writes Oracle Chief Communications Officer Bob Evans in a recent article on Forbes.com. Evans breaks down the top five strategic issues for CFOs as they face these challenges in 2016, including the need to go all in on cloud computing to modernize critical operations such as finance, human resources, and supply chain management. After all, according to a recent survey of executives worldwide, there's a big gap between the data and insights CFOs need and the information that their current systems can provide. For example, 76 percent said customer satisfaction is a key driver, but only 25 percent said that their company can assemble and analyze data on customer sentiment. Overcoming this chasm will take modern technology, heavy analytics skills, and thinking way outside the box. Want more cloud strategy insights? Subscribe to the weekly Cloud Leader newsletter by visiting the Oracle account page and updating your subscription preferences to include any of the cloud topics listed there. If you do not already have an Oracle account, you can create one here.

Written by Margaret Harrist, Oracle Director of Content Strategy In this data-driven, digital age, much of what drives business is intangible—including customer satisfaction, intellectual property, and...

Being First to Market is no Longer Enough

Written by Shawn Price, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud and Product Business Groups, at Oracle @ShawnPrice1000   Being first to market has for some time now been synonymous with success, and not without reason. From Ford to Nintendo, companies have found an advantage in being the first to launch new and exciting products. But is this still the case? Does the so-called ‘first-mover advantage’ really mean as much as it used to?  If you listen to Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, the answer to these questions is a resounding ‘no’, at least when looking at the case of Silicon Valley businesses. For Hoffman, the ability to rapidly scale a digital product or service once it has a customer base is much more important than being first. For evidence, he gives the example of Facebook, which successfully grew its businesses to a breath-taking size in just six years.  Digital innovation Hoffman’s view is entirely correct, but it can be taken further. To a greater or lesser extent, all businesses today are ‘Silicon Valley’ businesses in so far as technology lies at the heart of what they do. After all, digital and mobile applications are every bit as important to, for example, a fashion retailer or restaurant as they are to digital service providers such as LinkedIn.  In the case of the fashion business they can be used to improve everything from logistics and supply chain management to enhancing customer service, while for many restaurants digital applications are transforming how customers place their orders and the way kitchens meet these orders. Whatever the sector, it is easy to imagine ways the customer experience can be improved by enhanced web and mobile applications.    Continual innovation Business – and public sector organisations too – must therefore place digital innovation at the heart of everything they do in a way that allows them to continually grow and build further on their innovations. In fact, businesses serious about competing and winning market share need to embrace a philosophy of continual innovation. They must ensure that they never rest on their laurels. This means they should proactively look at how they can improve existing product lines and business models, launch entirely new ones, and be sure they can scale both with ease.  This all makes good sense from a business perspective, but it also begs a key question: how can businesses embed continual innovation within their organizations without incurring high costs? And how can they physically build, test and launch new applications and features at the pace demanded by modern business? Indeed, how can businesses afford to risk all on innovations that may or may not work?  Businesses need a way to reduce the time, cost and complexity that has traditionally characterised application development. They need to be able to risk failure on applications without that failure coming at too punitive a price. In a way, application development needs to be taken down from its pedestal and integrated into all parts of the business as a day-to-day task, where business units themselves can take on some of the development functions that have traditionally been the preserve of the IT team.  Enabling continual innovation Until recently such an environment was largely the stuff of dreams, but the rapid rise of cloud computing has meant that these dreams can now be realised. In fact, the ideal of continual innovation is today within reach of all businesses.   One cloud platform – Platform as a Service (PaaS) – is particularly important in this respect. PaaS brings the qualities that have made cloud computing so compelling for business application provision to the world of application development; namely ease of use, price flexibility and scalability.   Ease of use is important because it reduces the time it takes to develop applications. All the resources and toolsets needed for a development environment can be taken as a service, which means they can be delivered to the business almost immediately through the cloud. In the past, such resources and toolsets would need to be procured, set up and project managed by the IT department, a process that could take many months depending on what else the IT department had on its to do list.   Cost is also important. When provisioning bespoke development environments for each application, as is the case in traditional on-premise set ups, the costs can quickly add up. Consequently, few businesses are willing to invest in the storage, infrastructure and database resources needed for application development, unless the business case is iron clad. Not only does this hinder innovation, but it also impedes the ability to scale.   Faster innovation at scale With PaaS, however, businesses can take whatever resources they need for any given stage of development. If a business wants to rapidly evaluate an application it can do so in the cloud, using pre-existing toolsets to build the application and test it using virtualised cloud resources. If successful, the business can then easily scale up, either by buying more capacity from cloud providers or moving the application to their on-premise or private cloud resources if preferred.  Indeed, this is perhaps the most significant capability of PaaS solutions: to act as a bridge between public and private clouds and on-premise systems. We are facing what will be a decade of coexistence between cloud and on-premise computing. Crucially, the right PaaS solutions are compatible with both and therefore can act as glue, binding on-premise and cloud solutions in hybrid cloud infrastructures with a single unified view.  PaaS, therefore, not only allows businesses to innovate, but ensures they can stay relevant by continually building on their ideas and winning over new customers in the process. It also means that if businesses hit on a winning web or mobile application they are able to scale it rapidly and make the most of the business opportunity. This ensures that regardless of whether they are first to market or last, if they have a service that customers want to use, they are able to build on it rapidly and fuel growth for the business.   To find out more about how PaaS can enable scalable innovation, please download our report into the subject: The Oracle Cloud Agility Study.

Written by Shawn Price, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud and Product Business Groups, at Oracle @ShawnPrice1000   Being first to market has for some time now been synonymous with success, and not...

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Think Application Development is a Risky Business? Well Think Again

Written by Shawn Price, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud and Product Business Groups, at Oracle @ShawnPrice1000  Risk has always been, and will continue to be, an integral part of doing business. After all, it is only by taking risks that the greatest wins are made. But the nature of risk is changing. In the past, the pace of innovation and change was much slower than it is today. Major innovations in technology and business models would take months, if not years, to spread. This meant that cautious businesses could take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach and only adopt new business tools and approaches to working once they had passed the test of time. On the other hand, adventurous businesses could risk all by adopting early. They gained much if the risk paid off, but when it didn’t these businesses stood to lose everything.  Today, this model has been turned on its head. New services and even whole new companies are being launched every week, and what is revolutionary one month is passé the next. In our fast-moving digital world, the biggest risk for companies is doing nothing and watching their customers and market share flow to more agile competitors. It is surprising, therefore, that in a recent Oracle study of global enterprises, 33 percent of respondents state that their companies are risk averse when it comes to developing innovative business applications. With a further 24 percent of stating that they do not know just how risk averse their companies are, the real figure could be much higher. Risk aversion and application development These findings are concerning: in a world which favours the quickest and most inventive, many businesses are opting for a cautious approach towards what is a key mechanism for innovation – application development. When looking at the causes of risk aversion in this context, the study showed a variety of factors are at play. Chief amongst these are fears that the cost and time associated with application development is simply too high to risk failure, and a belief within businesses that they don’t have access to the right data insights to create innovative applications. Institutional risk aversion was also cited by a significant proportion of respondents.   These are, in all fairness, perfectly good reasons to be risk averse. However, businesses today need to weigh up the risks associated with application development against the greater risk of failing to innovate. The modern business world is built on and fuelled by digital technology, both in terms of customer services and internal operations. Just as web and mobile applications are revolutionising how companies interact with and sell to customers, so too are they enhancing productivity and driving unheralded levels of efficiency through improved working practices. Companies that can continually innovate, enhance and scale these applications will become leaders in their fields.  The good news is that technology is increasingly able to make application development a far less risky, costly and time-consuming process. In many cases, test and development environments are required for each new application instance, which may mean buying new infrastructure and software resources. Additionally, the technology involved can be complex and needs IT to project manage the development process. Given the already busy schedules of IT departments, such projects can be delayed further and it can take several months or longer for a new application to be designed and tested. What if, after all that time and money, it turns out that the application does not meet expectations? In the light of this concern, it is easy to see why some businesses are risk averse. Enabling low-risk innovation The good news is that this no longer need be the case. Businesses have for some years now enjoyed the flexibility cloud computing has brought to ‘off-the-shelf’ applications. Software as a Service (SaaS) has created a whole new era in computing, enabling businesses to pay only for what they actually use, while accessing the latest versions of applications on the market each and every time. Many of the characteristics that made SaaS such a success are now promising to transform the way business applications are developed and extended internally within organisations. As such, Platform as a Service (PaaS) promises to reduce the risks associated with application development and thereby help enable further rapid innovation and change.  With PaaS, businesses can get the resources and infrastructure they need for application development instantly as a service. This not only means the cost is moved from capital to operational expenditure, it also means that businesses can get the resources they need much more quickly, and that these resources will always be the best available at any given time. Moreover, cloud ‘hides’ much of the complexity involved, providing simple user interfaces that most people can use with minimal input from IT. As a result, the business department requiring the application can also lead on its development.  Importantly, PaaS further helps businesses by smoothing the migration from on-premise to cloud systems. Over the next decade, , businesses’ on-premise systems will coexist with cloud systems, and applications will be developed and used in both environments. PaaS will be important as it optimises this coexistence. The best PaaS solutions let customers view cloud and on-premise as a single unified system., allowing businesses to get the most from their existing on-premise investments while losing none of the agility benefits on offer in the cloud. As such, PaaS is a great tool for managing risk.   PaaS is therefore an enabler of the digital business; providing the means of testing applications and businesses models rapidly and at a dramatically lower cost, evaluating their worth and then either discarding them or implementing them. It provides cloud test environments that allow even the most cautious of businesses to start with small and targeted developments and thereby greatly reduce risk. It means businesses can innovate more, while worrying less. 

Written by Shawn Price, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud and Product Business Groups, at Oracle @ShawnPrice1000  Risk has always been, and will continue to be, an integral part of doing business....

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Now Launching Oracle Sites Cloud Service

Originally posted on the Oracle WebCenter blog We are excited to announce Oracle Sites Cloud Service. Oracle Sites Cloud Service drives digital engagement for employees, customers and partners through intuitive assembly of content, applications, and processes to build rich community and marketing sites. Engagement.Rapidly assemble rich digital experiences for marketing sites, communities, and other business needs using themes, components, and applications. Collaboration.Collaborate with internal and external teams in creating content, building sites, and coordinating site updates. Governance.View, manage, and administer all of your community and marketing microsites in one console. Extensibility.Integrate third-party applications and create new custom themes to meet specific business needs. Ready to Learn More on Oracle Sites Cloud Service?           · [White Paper] The Linchpin of Your Digital Engagement Platform (link)   · [Datasheet] Digital Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link)   · [Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver Sites and Communities (link)   · [eBook] Rapidly Develop Engagement Sites in the Cloud (link)     · [Video] Introducing Oracle Sites Cloud Service (link)   · [Website] Oracle Sites Cloud Service Website (link)           Oracle Sites Cloud Service is available as an option under Oracle Documents Cloud Service. Limited use is included at no-charge with Oracle Documents Cloud Service. To get started, visit us at cloud.oracle.com/cloud-sites

Originally posted on the Oracle WebCenter blog We are excited to announce Oracle Sites Cloud Service. Oracle Sites Cloud Service drives digital engagement for employees, customers and partners...

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Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service is Now Available

At this year's Oracle OpenWorld, there was no shortage of new product announcements and updates. If you've been around Oracle long enough, it's something you just get accustomed to when it comes to Oracle's annual flagship conference. Sometimes it feels like you're drinking from a firehose! So with all of the activity and news that surrounds OpenWorld, it's not hard for any news item to get lost in the mix. That's why in the post-OpenWorld calm, I like to revisit some of the key new product offerings that are worth learning more about. In this case, I'd like to draw your attention to the Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service (DVCS) which we announced at OpenWorld and is now Generally Available (GA). Oracle DVCS is a new Oracle Cloud PaaS offering that provides rich, consumer-style analytics, including intelligent data visualization, and self-service data discovery. It also provides mobile consumption and authoring capabilities. In just a few clicks, DVCS users can combine and visually analyze data from disparate data sources, and quickly reveal and share hidden patterns and actionable insights.  As a cloud service, DVCS provides these capabilities without heavy lifting by IT resources or upfront capital investment, resulting in faster time to value and greater ROI. To get the full scoop on Oracle Data Visualization Cloud Service, check out Jernej Kaše's post on the Fusion Middleware Blog. And for more info about DVCS and other Oracle BI cloud services, visit Oracle Cloud Platform for Business Analytics.

At this year's Oracle OpenWorld, there was no shortage of new product announcements and updates. If you've been around Oracle long enough, it's something you just get accustomed to when it comes to...

Private Cloud At Oracle OpenWorld 2015

As Oracle OpenWorld 2015 ends this week, Iwanted to recap some of the particularly interesting aspects of Oracle’s Private Cloudsolution that were highlighted there.  Specifically, there were a large number of sessions focused on private cloudimplementations, from Oracle customer case study examples and customer panels, through to sneak peeks at upcomingtechnology improvements from Oracle that particularly benefit private clouds.  In addition to sessions there were manyproduct demos in the demogrounds, as well as the Hands On Labs where customerscould actually walk thru the steps for implementing various types of privateclouds.  Customers come to Oracle OpenWorld to learn about the latest in the technology as well as best practices for leveraging that technology.  The Hands On Labs walked them through the actual steps needed to implement a private cloud, such as in the lab Deploying and Managing a Private Cloud on Oracle VM (HOL10469), where customers learned the planning and deployment of a database as a service (DBaaS) private cloud environment, using Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control and Oracle VM as the foundation.  The demo area was very popular with attendees learning about the various technologies used to implement private clouds on premises, such as Oracle Multitenant, for both the Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Enterprise Manager private cloud capabilities, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Besides the demos and labs, there were of course hundreds of sessions spanning the Oracle technology stack for private cloud.  Many sessions had a further focus on implementing a hybrid solution, connecting your private cloud with your cloud services running in Oracle's public cloud. Oracle's unique cloud architecture allows for seamless movement of workloads AND data between your private cloud and Oracle Cloud, precisely because the technology infrastructure is the same. This means an application you develop and test in the public cloud can then easily run in your on-premises private cloud, since it's still running on the same database and middleware technology.  A number of sessions at OpenWorld walked through the various best practices of how to implement a hybrid model, such as Deploying Database as a Service in Private and Hybrid Cloud Models—Best Practices or How to Navigate the Operational Challenges in Hybrid Cloud Adoption. So, overall a very successful event.  If you missed it this year, remember, there'll be another Oracle OpenWorld next year, so you can hopefully plan to attend next year! 

As Oracle OpenWorld 2015 ends this week, I wanted to recap some of the particularly interesting aspects of Oracle’s Private Cloudsolution that were highlighted there.  Specifically, there were a large...

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5 Steps to Unlock the Value of Data Capital for Your Business

written by Lisa M. Schwartz   @leeza2020 If you haven’t seen the video Three Laws of Data Capital by Paul Sonderegger, you should view it – but only after you read this!   He states that: data comes from activity and you need to capture the activity when it happens and be party to it or it is lost forever.  Data tends to make more data, and platforms tend to win.    Definitely interesting and he states that data is similar to a form of financial capital.   Today, we know that with business intelligence tools, enterprise analytics and Big Data analytics, we can enable businesses to have some insight into their own data and even combine externally sourced data from data-as-a-service providers and other big data providers.  This externally sourced data can bring in real-time views of events from IoT sensors, GPS locational data, and from cloud databases accessing all the world’s knowledge to enrich and complement our in-house transactional data.Yet having access to all this data can be overwhelming.  Some businesses don’t know where to begin to make a business case for initiatives to study their own data, let alone bring in big data from the outside world and use it.   In a study conducted by Capgemini Consulting in 2015, surveying 226 analytics, IT and business professionals, 39% said that they had difficulty understanding the right business questions and making a sound business case for further examination and use of big data.So how do you get your arms around this Big Data conundrum? Where do you start to unlock that value of data capital that makes a real difference for your business? Here are 5 steps to start the process:#1 - Create a unified data organizationHave you taken a data driven approach to your business?  Have you taken steps to ensure the quality and governance of data WITHIN your own company?   Do you have a Chief Data Officer whose charter is to create a unified data organization that looks after your data capital?#2 - Use a secure, standards based cloud applications and cloud platformDoes your IT architecture employ a standards based approach between your cloud platform, your cloud applications and on-premises systems to help enable a unified and secure data organization wherever your data is located?#3 - Identify and measure data driven metrics that will radically improve KEY business processesHave you made a business case for the use of data to improve your business?  What metrics do you need to improve to move the needle in a big way for your company?  Does the data exist in your company today to populate these metrics?  If so, where are the sources?      Example A: If you are a service based company, are you mining social data and transactional data to understand real time complaints as well as the complaints against the competition?  Complaints are the holy grail of service. Improve on a problem, you’ll get customer advocates and reduced costs.    Example B: If you are an inventory based company, are you getting your product out the door quickly and in the hands of distributors/consumers most efficiently?  How can you use IoT or other data sources to help identify problems in manufacturing, logistics and shipping, and look for new patterns from data to improve?  These are just two examples.   The key is to look for the data and metrics that you could use today to improve a key business process. Then make a business case to figure out how to get that data.  The data most likely exists somewhere!#4 - Make a sensible business case for using data driven metrics with associated costs and gainsIn making the business case to unlock the value of data capital for your business, identify all costs associated with collecting, cleansing, unifying and analyzing the data and the expected gains. However, if the costs far exceed the improvement you expect, you may need to examine alternatives or you may not be measuring for improvement in the most needed areas of your business.#5 - Use intuitive, cloud based, business analytics and visualization tools to quickly gain new knowledge quickly about customers, audiences, suppliers and business processesConsider using secure, cloud based, business analytics and visualization tools to analyze massive amounts of data quickly.  Often using the cloud, to do “what-if” analysis on mashups of your data and 3rd party data, is the most cost effective and the safest, as you won’t impact productions systems or executive dashboards.  With the cloud, you don’t need to purchase new servers and manage data infrastructure in-house.  And, you can turn off the cloud service when it is no longer needed.   In summary, we are no longer limited by slow processing speeds of big data.   Terabytes+ of data can be processed in seconds and answers are literally at our fingertips.   Today, our charge is to become even more data driven with advanced technology.   To get there, we must take the steps necessary to use and unify internal and external data sources to optimize service and business models.   With this, we can make greater gains toward managing our data capital as wisely as we manage our financial capital. For more information on how to unlock the value of data capital for your business, you can register for Oracle’s Modern Finance Experience  Oct 28-29, 2015 in San Francisco, Ca Or visit Oracle.com/ERP

written by Lisa M. Schwartz   @leeza2020 If you haven’t seen the video Three Laws of Data Capital by Paul Sonderegger, you should view it – but only after you read this!   He states that: data comes...

More PaaS News from OpenWorld '15

Every year at Oracle OpenWorld, there are a number of announcements made about new products and services. This year has been no different. If you saw Larry Ellison's keynote on Sunday, you heard Larry announce several exciting new cloud offerings which were summarized in this blog. Fast forward to today and there's additional announcements being made about Oracle Cloud's platform and infrastructure services that further show Oracle's innovation and leadership in the cloud. Here is a list of the press release announcements made today: Oracle Extends Cloud Leadership with Oracle Management Cloud for IT Operations Oracle Unveils Oracle Cloud Platform for Big Data Oracle Launches New Oracle Cloud Platform Services and Enhanced Development Frameworks for Polyglot Development Partners Drive Innovation and Customer Success with Oracle Cloud Platform Hear What Partners are Saying About Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle IaaS Oracle Cloud Platform Helps Leading Brands Worldwide Drive Innovation and Business Transformation Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration Enhances Application Integration Across Cloud, Mobile and IoT To learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, visit https://www.oracle.com/cloud/cloud-summary.html,

Every year at Oracle OpenWorld, there are a number of announcements made about new products and services. This year has been no different. If you saw Larry Ellison's keynote on Sunday, you heard Larry...

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 kicks off with major announcements in Larry Ellison keynote

Officially kicking off Oracle OpenWorld 2015, the keynote of Larry Ellison on Sunday evening was packed with annoucements. In his analysis of the Cloud market of the last 16 years, he made it very clear that we're in the middle of a cloud transformation of each of the 3 layers of the cloud, SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. He then introduced the 6 design goals of the Oracle Cloud: Cost Reliability Performance Standards Compatibility Security and elaborated extensively on each of those design goals. For your convenience, we've storified all of the relevant tweets that were sent during his one hour presentation. As you can read in the Storify, he announced many new services and improvements: For SaaS: SCM Cloud Ecommerce in the CX Cloud Mobile, Consumer-Like Cloud UI Integrated Just-in-Time Learning System For PaaS Database Cloud Exadata Service Big Data Preparation Cloud Service Big Data Discovery Cloud Service Data Visualization Cloud Service Application Builder Cloud Service Multitenant Database Cloud Scalability Real Application Clusters RAC in the Cloud Database In-Memory Acceleration 12.2 Database In-Memory on Active Data Guard Exadata In-Memory & In-Flash Database Multitenant Java Server Fault-Tolerant Java Server  Can you spot all of them? We will cover all of these new services in due time in more detail. [<a href="storify.com/OracleCloudZone/oracle-openworld-2015-kicks-off-with-major-announc" target="_blank">View the story "Highlights from Larry Ellison Oracle Openworld 2015 keynote" on Storify</a>] The video with highlights of the keynote can be found here

Officially kicking off Oracle OpenWorld 2015, the keynote of Larry Ellison on Sunday evening was packed with annoucements. In his analysis of the Cloud market of the last 16 years, he made it very...

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Oracle Managed Cloud at Oracle OpenWorld

Attend these sessions and hear the latest and greatest from Oracle Managed Cloud Services on "Managed Monday" October 26th!  Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Business Value from a Hybrid Cloud (CON8548) Steve McMillan, Senior Vice President, Oracle Accelerate your cloud strategy with proven expertise and innovative, flexible solutions. Oracle Managed Cloud Services is complete, secure, and customized to fit YOUR cloud vision. Join this session to hear the speaker describe how Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers your on-ramp to the cloud—whether it’s hybrid IT, extending the cloud to on premises, or anywhere in between. Monday, Oct 26, 11:00 a.m. | Moscone West—3010 Cloud Begins with Innovation - Oracle Managed Cloud Services (CON8549) Ajay Srivastava, Vice President, Product Strategy and Service Engineering, Oracle Industry solutions, next-generation architecture, cutting-edge engineering—join this session to hear about the very latest technologies and innovations taking place in Oracle Managed Cloud Services. Your cloud—managed by Oracle. Monday, Oct 26, 12:15 p.m. | Moscone West—3010 Managed Security and Identity in the Cloud: Secure Your Cloud [CON8547] Gail Coury, VP, Risk Management, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle Joe Finlinson, IS Director, Business Applications, Intermountain Healthcare Liz Rogers, Sr IT Director, Financial Applications, Veritas Technologies LLC "How secure is my data in the cloud?" In 2014 and 2015, there were tens of thousands of security breaches and incidents. The Oracle Managed Cloud Services portfolio of security and identity management services helps customers keep their applications and data safe in the cloud. Customers unlock the value of their investment in Oracle’s security and identity products across the entire lifecycle from design and implementation to management and monitoring with Oracle Managed Cloud Services. In this session, listen to a customer from a highly regulated industry discuss how Oracle Managed Cloud Services delivers world-class security and reduces their risk profile.  Monday, Oct 26, 1:30 p.m. | Moscone West—3009 Enabling Your Hybrid Cloud with Oracle Managed Cloud Services [CON8776] Mayil Dharmarajan, Director Of Analytics, CHLA Ritch Hartman, Director, IT, Office Depot Michael Hutchinson, GVP, OMCS, Oracle David Jankowski, Director of Development, Finance Enterprise Solutions, Intuit Alen Oganesyan, I.S. Applications Executive, Children's Hospital Los Angeles Customers continue to adopt different types of cloud applications, both private and public, resulting in a hybrid cloud environment. Research shows that 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid clouds by 2017. Oracle Managed Cloud Services offers complete, secure, integrated, customized services for Oracle Cloud applications and technology. This allows customers to move production workloads from existing Oracle Cloud investments into a managed cloud, backed by lifecycle management. Oracle Managed Cloud Services also wraps functional services around these capabilities to ensure customers’ business processes and transactions flow seamlessly across all applications. The result is better availability, performance, and security of your total cloud environment. Join this session to learn more. Monday, Oct 26, 2:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3009 Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service Enables Hybrid Cloud for ERP and SaaS [CON8755] Deepak Kallakuri, Senior Product Manager, Oracle As the adoption of the cloud grows, customers have an increasing need for integrations between public cloud applications and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service delivers complete lifecycle management including configure and deploy, and management, monitoring, and reporting services for the cloud integration and platform. Join this session to learn how customers benefit from increased availability, help desk services, and greater security with Oracle Managed Cloud Integration Service investments in business transaction monitoring and identity management across the clouds and cloud automation platforms. Monday, Oct 26, 4:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3014 Download the Managed Cloud FocusOn document

Attend these sessions and hear the latest and greatest from Oracle Managed Cloud Services on "Managed Monday" October 26th!  Oracle Managed Cloud Services:  Business Value from a Hybrid Cloud (CON8548) S...

Oracle Cloud

Oracle OpenWorld Sneak Preview: Oracle’s Newest PaaS Offerings for IT Operations Management – Oracle Management Cloud

OpenWorld is always a very exciting time for Oracle and our customers, and every year we reveal some of our newest offerings.  We sat down with Prakash Ramamurthy, Senior Vice President of Oracle Management Cloud, to discuss this year’s conference. Q:  Tell us about what’s happening this year at OpenWorld for Oracle Management Cloud? PR:  This year, we have a rare and fantastic opportunity to introduce an entirely new category of systems management cloud services for Oracle customers – the Oracle Management Cloud.  Oracle Management Cloud is a suite of next-generation, integrated monitoring, management and analytics solutions delivered as a service on Oracle Cloud. It is designed for today’s heterogeneous environments across on-premises, Oracle Cloud and third-party cloud services. Q:  Why will Oracle Management Cloud be so valuable to customers? PR:  Customers today are struggling with the need to reduce time-to-market for new applications, even as those applications are getting more and more complex and distributed.  Whereas a new offering five years ago might have been supported by a monolithic, on-premises infrastructure, today that offering may be composed of half a dozen cloud services from several different providers.  Oracle Management Cloud was purpose-built to provide the new level of operational efficiency and visibility that these rapidly-changing environments require.   Q:  What services will be available in the Oracle Management Cloud? PR:  We will be offering three services out of the gate focused on some of the highest pain points for customers today.  Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service provides development and operations teams with the information that they need to find and fix application issues fast, via deep visibility into your application performance from end user experience, through application server requests, and down to application logs.  Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service monitors, aggregates, indexes, and analyzes all log data from applications and infrastructure – enabling users to search, explore, and correlate this data to troubleshoot problems faster, derive operational insight and make better decisions.  And finally, Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service provides 360-degree insight into the performance, availability, and capacity of applications and IT investments, enabling line-of-business executives, analysts, and administrators to make critical decisions about their IT operations based on comprehensive system and data analysis. Q:  Where can customers go to learn about these new offerings? PR:  The single best place to experience the power of these new offerings will be in the Oracle Management Cloud Launch General Session, which is titled GEN9778 - Oracle Management Cloud: Real-Time Monitoring, Log, & IT Operations Analytics and takes place on Tuesday, October 27 at 11AM in Moscone South Room 102. Oracle OpenWorld attendees should pre-register for the session as there is limited space and attendees will be receiving a gift from Oracle.  In addition to the General Session, there will be several dedicated track sessions, demonstration stations and hands-on labs throughout the remainder of the week.  It’s going to be a very exciting time.

OpenWorld is always a very exciting time for Oracle and our customers, and every year we reveal some of our newest offerings.  We sat down with Prakash Ramamurthy, Senior Vice President of Oracle...

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The Wait is Over: SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service are Here

Today we announced the availability of Oracle SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service with a press release. These services are part of Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration and complement Oracle Integration Cloud Service to provide a complete and robust integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) in the cloud. Oracle SOA Cloud Service is a comprehensive suite of integration services that enable users to quickly integrate on-premises and cloud applications with capabilities including enterprise service bus and orchestration; while B2B, Managed File Transfer, business activity monitoring, scheduling service and event processing features are coming soon.   Oracle API Manager Cloud Service enables developers to create new custom APIs and expose them to internal or external consumers in a secure way to help develop innovative offerings for end users.  The new cloud services target developers’ diverse requirements and accelerate innovation with features such as: Rapid provisioning for SOA 12c, Service Bus 12c, or API Manager 12c environments, based on the size and requirements specified by the customer. A new environment can be created in a matter of minutes, instead of taking weeks or even months to be ready on premises. Simplified management with single click patching, single click scale out, built-in backup/recovery Access to comprehensive capabilities of SOA 12c and deployment portability to support hybrid integration Hybrid integration is a popular approach to integration projects as it gives customers the flexibility to deploy their projects where it makes sense to run them at the time, without being locked into that environment going forward. Ovum’s senior analyst for middleware Saurabh Sharma says “With 88 percent of respondents to a recent Ovum survey showing inclination to adopt cloud-based integration platforms for appropriate use cases, it is clear that enterprises realize the need for an agile approach to hybrid integration. Digitalization and the need for greater agility at a lower cost of ownership are driving adoption of hybrid integration solutions with an ‘SOA and iPaaS’ combination being a preferred option. Enterprises should plan to distribute integration processes in a way that ensures efficient utilization of both on-premise and cloud-based integration infrastructure and operational spend.  Oracle’s unified iPaaS portfolio, which includes Oracle Integration Cloud Service and Oracle SOA Cloud Service, combined with its on-premises SOA Suite, enables users to ease the complexity of hybrid integration.” Oracle Integration Cloud Service customer Calix also shares our excitement. Ravi Gade, senior director, IT Applications at Calix says: “Oracle’s iPaaS portfolio, which now includes Oracle SOA Cloud Service and Oracle API Manager Cloud Service, meets various integration requirements and supports multiple use cases that today’s competitive digital businesses need. It empowers integration developers to focus on enabling strategic initiatives by simplifying administration and configuration of the integration platform.” You can learn more about Oracle SOA Cloud and Oracle API Manager Cloud services by visiting our Web site http://cloud.oracle.com/SOA and reading additional blog posts.

Today we announced the availability of Oracle SOA Cloud Service and API Manager Cloud Service with a press release. These services are part of Oracle Cloud Platform for Integration and complement Orac...

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Build Better, More Engaging Mobile Apps with Oracle and Xamarin

Enterprise mobility is booming. Gartner forecasts that by the end of 2017 market demand for enterprise mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them. To help its customers meet the demand, Oracle has partnered with Xamarin, a hugely popular mobile development platform, to allow joint customers to build fully native, cloud-connected apps quickly. Now, enterprises can build high-performance apps for all platforms using Xamarin, and integrate to back-end systems with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service. In a recent webcast, “Go Native Fast with Xamarin,” Rimi Bewtra, Oracle’s senior director of product marketing, and Nat Friedman, CEO and cofounder of Xamarin, explored the enterprise mobile market and how the partnership positions customers for success. Here are the highlights:    Bewtra: What’s the best way to approach enterprise mobile challenges? Friedman: Given all the complexity inherent to mobile development, a company’s competitive advantage lies in reaching, engaging, and retaining more mobile users. This starts and ends with a great, native user experience.  For that to happen, enterprise apps need three things. First, a consumer-grade front end. We’ve found that 60 percent of all mobile users abandon apps that don’t load in three seconds, and 43 percent will never return. That needs to be driven by an enterprise-grade back end that mobilizes enterprise data safely and securely. And a mobile development lifecycle to build, test, and monitor apps efficiently enough to accelerate time to market and ensure app adoption.  See this conversation and many other informative speakers on the Cloud Platform webcast series.  Bewtra: What trends are you seeing with your customers in their approach to addressing demand for mobile apps? Friedman: It’s challenging—you have a highly fragmented mobile market, a huge developer shortage, and new frameworks for building mobile apps. That’s where Xamarin and Oracle come in. Oracle’s mobile strategy with Oracle Mobile Cloud Service is about allowing developers to build their mobile apps on any app development platform. As the leading cross-platform mobile app development solution for C# developers, we want to make it fast and easy for our customers to build high-quality, high-performance apps. Our strategic partnership means that developers easily connect their fully native Xamarin apps to Mobile Cloud Service to power their apps’ back end.  Bewtra: Tell us more about Xamarin. Friedman: We’re taking tens of thousands of companies mobile with our development platform that turns 6 million C# developers into native iOS and Android developers. With Xamarin, our customers build 100 percent native iOS, Android, and Windows apps from a single shared C# codebase—which accelerates time to market. Customers, employees, and vendors expect a fluid UI and fast load times, and Xamarin allows enterprises to bring these innovative mobile experiences to life with fully native mobile apps that work on any device. Our customers use mobile to drive business goals with customer loyalty apps, to enable home energy efficiency, to improve in-flight operations by allowing flight crews to accept ApplePay for purchases, and even to help the hearing impaired better engage with the world around them.   Bewtra: What does the Xamarin and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service integration allow joint customers to do? Friedman: Our partnership combines Oracle’s leadership in enterprise integrations, security, and analytics with Xamarin’s success in mobile app development, delivering a complete end-to-end solution. Xamarin provides the consumer-grade front end that lets you develop fully native apps in all three ways: native UI, native performance, and access to all device-specific APIs. With the Xamarin SDK for Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, enterprises then easily connect to Oracle Mobile Cloud Service on the back end. With the SDK, enterprises include MCS like push, authentication, storage, enterprise endpoints, CRM, ERP, diagnostics, and analytics with a few lines of additional code. As a result, enterprises are positioned to transform their businesses quickly and scale for the future—and that’s what we’re here to do.   Bewtra: Why partner with Oracle? What’s most compelling about the Oracle Mobile platform? Friedman: Oracle is laser-focused on apps, shifting from its huge on-premises footprint to the cloud. In fact, we’ve seen how agile Oracle’s cloud is firsthand—we started this relationship in early March and now, within a couple of months, we already have complete end-to-end integrated solution and demo apps.  On top of that, both Xamarin and Oracle are hyper-focused on solving business problems and creating new opportunities through mobile. We also share a mutual focus on UX: Developers love using Xamarin and, with the Oracle Mobile Cloud Service persona-based workflow, it’s easy for developers to be productive immediately.  The bottom line is, we want to empower each of our customers with everything they need to build their next 100-plus apps—their mobile strategy—and, together, Xamarin and Oracle Mobile Cloud Service make this possible.  Read more about the partnership in the Business Insider Try Oracle Mobile Cloud Service Explore More Oracle Cloud Platform Services 

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Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customer TMEIC Corporation Supports Global Operations with Improved Engineering Project Visibility

 TMEIC Corporation designs and develops advanced automation and drive systems for industrial applications, serving the metals, oil and gas, mining, material handling, and renewable energy industries, as well as utilities and other industrial markets. Based in Roanoke, Virginia, TMEIC Corporation is a group company of Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Systems Corporation, with its headquarters in Tokyo and operations in the United States, Japan, India, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and China among other countries.  TMEIC needed an ERP system that met the needs of their engineering focused, project-based company and they needed a CRM system that could support their global sales organization. They also wanted to cut their IT costs and focus their internal IT resources on strategic initiatives. “We found it very difficult to gain visibility into all aspects of our projects—including scheduling, expenses, and staff time—across the company. We also needed timely access to essential information from applications across the enterprise. Oracle E-Business Suite, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services, enabled us to consolidate our disparate systems and improve business performance.”  -  John Slaski, director, information technology, TMEIC Corporation Read the success story. TMEIC Corporation designs and develops advanced automation and drive systems for industrial applications, serving the metals, oil and gas, mining, material handling, and renewable energy industries, as well as utilities and other industrial markets. Based in Roanoke, Virginia, TMEIC Corporation is a group company of Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Systems Corporation, with its headquarters in Tokyo and operations in the United States, Japan, India, Canada, Spain, Turkey, Australia, Italy, the United Kingdom, Singapore, and China among other countries. .htmtableborders, .htmtableborders td, .htmtableborders th {border : 1px dashed lightgrey ! important;}html, body { border: 0px; } body { background-color: #ffffff; } img, hr { cursor: default }

 TMEIC Corporation designs and develops advanced automation and drive systems for industrial applications, serving the metals, oil and gas,mining, material handling, and renewable energy industries,...

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Oracle Cloud Platform Launch Wrap-Up

Last Monday, Oracle held a live event at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, announcing the addition of 24 new platform and infrastructure services to the Oracle Cloud. The launch event was headlined by none other than Oracle’s Executive Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. I was lucky enough to attend in person and thought I’d share some of the highlights of the day. The day got off to an early start with a full lineup of executive interviews conducted by SiliconANGLE’s John Furrier and streamed live from theCube. Interviewees included a number of Oracle executives, Oracle Cloud Platform customers, and IDC analyst Carl Olofson. I thought the interviews were insightful and I really like John’s conversational interview style.  If you’re interested in hearing different industry perspectives on PaaS, it’s worth checking out the replays of the interviews here. The live in-person portion of the event went off in front of a packed house in Oracle’s Conference Center. The room was filled with hundreds of customers, partners, and members of the press and analyst communities. For those who weren’t able to attend in person, the entire event was streamed live to a global audience of thousands.  Larry’s presentation provided a quick recap of Oracle’s SaaS business as well as a high-level view of the 24 new platform and infrastructure services being added to Oracle Cloud. Following Larry was Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development, Oracle, who drilled down into more detail on the new services and included some very cool demos of the new Dedicated Compute, Exadata, and Mobile cloud services.  Lastly, Steve Daheb, SVP of PaaS, BI, and EPM Business Groups, hosted a panel discussion with key executives from Avaya, JDSU, Accenture, and Pharmavite who talked about how Oracle Cloud Platform is helping them drive business innovation and technology leadership. The entire event was recorded and each segment is now available to view on-demand. If you don’t have time to watch a replay of the entire event, you can watch this short highlight video of Larry’s keynote. My key takeaway from Monday’s launch was that Oracle continues to be all-in with respect to the cloud. Oracle is expanding its already broad and integrated cloud platform and has plugged the few remaining gaps with services like Mobile, Integration, and Process. Now, Oracle is starting to differentiate itself by raising the bar with platform services based on engineered systems like Oracle Exadata and Big Data Appliance to enable performance, scale, and reliability never seen before in a public cloud. It’s ambitious and impressive, and based on initial reactions from customers, press, and analysts, it's going to significantly increase the possibilities of PaaS in the enterprise. For a more comprehensive rundown of Monday’s announcements, check out the press release.  And of course, for more information about the Oracle Cloud Platform itself, just go to http://oracle.com/paas.   Lastly, if you want to learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform, I encourage you to register for the upcoming live Oracle Cloud Platform webcast series which starts in July.

Last Monday, Oracle held a live event at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, announcing the addition of 24 new platform and infrastructure services to the Oracle Cloud. The launch event was headlined...

Now Launching Oracle Process Cloud Service

Announcing Oracle Process Cloud Service -       Empowering Business Users with Process Automation Oracle Process Cloud Service equips your line of business to deliver on digital automation of process applications - independent of IT. In a zero-code, cloud based infrastructure, Oracle Process Cloud Service empowers the business user to manage the entire lifecycle of business processes and gain actionable insight on process health and SLAs. This takes business empowerment to a new level of automation and efficiency. Join us in Making History We are excited Larry Ellison will be breaking ground with Oracle Process Cloud Service on Monday June 22. Join us online or on the web – we have an exciting lineup of customers, hands on demos, product experts and more. [Event |Redwood Shores] Jun 22 Integrate, Accelerate, Lead with Oracle Cloud Platform (link) [Event |Webcast] Jun 22 Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services (link)How to Learn More on Oracle Process Cloud Service?[BPM-CON Webcast] Rapid Process Automation on the Cloud (link) [Solution Brief] A New Approach to Digital Transformation (link)[Datasheet]  Productive Work Management in the Cloud (link)[Video] Introducing Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)[Infographic] Empowering the Business to Deliver at Market Speed (link)[eBook] Rapidly Design, Automate and Manage Processes on the Cloud (link)[Video] Technical dive into Process Cloud Service (link) Testimonials: PCS Customers and Partners in Action [Video] Land O Lakes Extends SaaS with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)[Video] Flextronics Speeds up BPM with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)[Video] Avio Empowers Business with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)[Video] eProseed Digitizes with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)[Video] Sofbang Extends SOA with with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)[Video] Hitachi Manages Contracts with Oracle Process Cloud Service (link)Publications[Analyst Report] Ovum: Oracle Brings Process to the Cloud (link)[Byline] Forbes: What IT Pros Must do to Survive, Thrive Amid Rapid Change (link) Events[Event |Webcast] Jun 19  Oracle Public Cloud: Platform as a Service (link)[Event |Webcast] Jun 22  Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services (link)[Event |Redwood Shores] Jun 22 Integrate, Accelerate, Lead with Oracle Cloud Platform (link)[More Events]  BPM Events: Click hereTo learn more join us at cloud.oracle.com/process Follow us on twitter @OracleBPM

Announcing Oracle Process Cloud Service -       Empowering Business Users with Process Automation Oracle Process Cloud Service equips your line of business to deliver on digital automation of process...

Managed Cloud Services

Oracle Managed Cloud Services Customers in the News

Minerals Technologies Supports Global Expansion and Improves Competitive Advantage with Cloud Application Suite  Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based company that develops, produces, and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based, and synthetic mineral products, and related systems and services. The company has five segments: specialty minerals, refractories, performance materials, construction technologies, and energy services. Minerals Technologies acquired AMCOL International Corporation and thus needed to integrate the IT Systems of the two companies.  Other challenges were to provide visibility into the financial, manufacturing and logistics data globally while simultaneously reducing IT complexity. "Oracle is a true partner and is the best in the business. With Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and Oracle Managed Cloud Services, we have insight into every aspect of our business and can truly focus on leveraging the value of the technology across our global processes, instead of managing the technology itself. We have better system performance and availability with our Oracle software, running on Oracle hardware, being run by Oracle experts.”  - Khem Balkaran, CIO, Minerals Technologies Inc. Read the success story Hampden Bank - the First New Private Bank to Open in the United Kingdom in 30 Years Hampden Bank is in the news!   Hampden & Co. is a new private bank in the United Kingdom and they have selected Oracle FLEXCUBE, a solution for online banking, run by Oracle Managed Cloud Services.  Articles from  The Scotsman  and the Financial Times are two examples of recent publications about this exciting new bank.

Minerals Technologies Supports Global Expansion and Improves Competitive Advantage with Cloud Application Suite  Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based companythat develops,...

Managed Cloud Services

Bimbo Group Optimizes Baked Goods Distribution Costs and Cuts Daily Transport Scheduling Time in Half

The Bimbo SA de CV (Bimbo) is a Mexican company that produces food products, and is a national leader in the baked goods industry. Bimbo produces over 10,000 products, including breads and cookies, across more than 100 brands including Bimbo, Marinela, Oroweat, Arnold, Brownberry, Thomas’, Sara Lee, Barcel, Entenmann’s, Fargo, and many others. Bimbo operates a distribution network with over 52,000 routes and more than 2.2 million points of sale located in 19 countries.   The company needed to lower their distribution costs to increase their profits.  They also needed visibility into their broad transportation network.  Bimbo did not want to allocate their resources to running and maintaining these new systems, they wanted to focus on other strategic initiatives. "Bimbo has relied on Oracle technology for many years. Oracle Transportation Management is a leader in the transport management sector, and Oracle's expertise in providing these solutions was a key factor in our decision.  With Oracle Managed Cloud Services,  we secured the appropriate level of management and support for the solution, which allowed us to focus more resources on strategic priorities.”   - Francisco Javier Puente Ruiz, system logistics manager, Bimbo SA de CV.  Read the success story

The Bimbo SA de CV (Bimbo) is a Mexican company that produces food products, and is a national leader in the baked goods industry. Bimboproduces over 10,000 products, including breads and cookies,...

Managed Cloud Services

Grupo Aeroméxico Approves Purchases in Seconds Instead of Months while Improving Control; Consolidates Financial Data 40% Faster with Managed Cloud Solution

Grupo Aeroméxico SAB de CV is a holding company whose 26 subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and promote passenger loyalty programs.  Grupo Aeroméxico wanted to replace disparate financial and human resources (HR) systems across its various entities to gain better visibility into group and individual entity performance and improve operational efficiency with more informed decisions.  The company implemented the Oracle E-Business Suite, along with Hyperion Financial Management and achieved great results, for example, enabling it to create a consolidated balance sheet for all group companies in three days instead of five days. Grupo Aeroméxico has had great success deploying the systems in the cloud. "Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides us the best hardware infrastructure and world-class application management. We selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to support the solutions, since this guarantees scalability, high availability, and effortless maintenance." -Benjamín Hernández Sepúlveda, Corporate Director of Technological Development, Grupo Aeroméxico Read the success story

Grupo Aeroméxico SAB de CV is a holding company whose 26 subsidiaries provide commercial aviation services in Mexico and promote passenger loyalty programs.  Grupo Aeroméxico wanted to replace...