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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 to www.oracle.com/modernbestpractice. Watch this video on the impact of Oracle Modern Best Practice.   

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...

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

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...

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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    

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...

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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.  

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...

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

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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

Managed Cloud Services

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...

Oracle Cloud

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...

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...

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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 

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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

Oracle Cloud

What is PaaS? And Why Should HR Care?

By Mike Vilimek Oracle recently announced the availability of a new type of Cloud offering called PaaS. It stands for Platform-as-a-Service, and allows customers to develop, run and manage web applications without the complexity of building and maintaining the infrastructure typically associated with developing and launching an app. Sounds very “techy”. Why should HR care about PaaS? The Days of On-Premise Software Before the rise of SaaS (Software-as-Service) solutions, enterprise software was delivered via on-premise installation. Customers would buy the software license, the hardware (servers) to run it on, find office space to store the servers, and hire staff to manage it all. All this was designed long before the rise of the Internet.  While expensive, on-premise solutions did provide the flexibility to tailor the application to specific customer needs, creating the ever-popular term, “customizations”. Customers enjoyed the flexibility to customize the application any way they wanted, but an unintended consequence soon arose. When it came time to upgrade to a newer version, all those customizations made upgrading extremely complex, time-consuming, and expensive. So much so that many chose to stay on older versions rather than go through an upgrade. Basically their customizations made it nearly impossible to upgrade to a newer version. The Rise of SaaS Then came along SaaS. Rather than each customer buying a license, SaaS allowed customers to pay a subscription to use the software via the Internet. This proved to be far more cost effective, eliminating the need to purchase and maintain servers and reduced the amount of staff needed to manage the application. It also enabled rapid adoption of innovation, because the customer was no longer burdened with having to manage upgrades on their own every few years. The SaaS vendor manages all upgrades and customers automatically get the latest features and functionalities at a far more frequent pace, often with multiple releases per year. But because all customers are on the same application, many cried, “hey, what about my customizations!” The benefits of early SaaS solutions came at the cost of limited to no customizations. Configurations were the only way customers could tailor their SaaS applications to their business. This was not necessarily a bad thing, because it forced businesses to adopt the process best practices that SaaS providers had built into their applications. Regardless, many still want the ability to build additional functionality onto their 'out-of-the-box' SaaS application. Introducing PaaS Typically if a SaaS customer wanted to add a business-specific feature, they would have to request this feature from the vendor and hope enough other customers request it too convincing the vendor to build it. With PaaS, they can now build it themselves. If a customer wants functionality not available in their HCM core product, for example, a solution to support an ‘employee of the month’ program, PaaS functionality would allow that customer to build that new capability and clip it onto the app. Best of all, IT doesn’t have to tinker with the core HCM code to make that happen. So the custom functionality doesn’t inhibit the ability to take future upgrades. Customers can now replace the customizations they use to build into their on-premise systems, and the upgrade nightmares they would often cause, with a combination of configuration through SaaS and extensibility through PaaS.   So why should HR care about PaaS? It means HR departments can now have the best of both worlds when it comes to their software systems. They can get the financial advantages of subscription-based pricing, reduced IT overhead, built-in process best practices, and faster access to new features and functions associated with SaaS software, while still being able build-out applications to suit their unique requirements using PaaS. Learn more about Oracle Cloud PaaS Mike Vilimek is an experienced technology professional and an active blogger and presenter on topics including recruiting and HR technology. At Oracle he is responsible for global positioning, messaging, and go-to-market strategies for Oracle HCM Cloud solutions. Prior to joining Oracle, Mike led the product marketing teams at Talemetry, a recruiting technology provider, and data analytics provider ACL Services.  Mike graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Marketing and International Business and was a member of the SFU Football team. Following graduation, Mike had a 7-year professional football career in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Follow him on Twitter: @MikeVilimek

By Mike Vilimek Oracle recently announced the availability of a new type of Cloud offering called PaaS. It stands for Platform-as-a-Service, and allows customers to develop, run and manage web...

Your Journey to the Oracle Cloud

You can’t rush your journey to the cloud. It takes up frontplanning and analysis to determine your first steps toward a cloudenvironment. But with the right managementtools and best practices in place, it can be a much faster, simpler, and morerewarding process than you might envision. Some initial steps to consider for your transition to cloud: A first step would be to consolidate, standardize and automate your existingon-premises IT environment. This lays afoundation for migration over time to the cloud. You don’t want to move from a heavilydistributed, non-standardized environment and then just move that into thecloud. That just takes you fromessentially existing physical “sprawl” to virtual “sprawl”. Standardizing and consolidating is a key firststep to avoid propagation of these complexities into a cloud environment. Next, implement a private cloud, to leverage immediate benefits in increased agility while retaining control of your environment.  More and more companies are implementing a private cloud with self-service access, automation, elastic scaling, and so forth, to achieve the benefits of cloud on-premises. Explore Oracle’s extensive public cloud services, from cloud applications, to PaaS, to IaaS.  Educate yourself about the offerings with the multitude of white papers, webcasts, demos, and videos available.  This will help you in your planning and strategizing on which project to implement in Oracle Cloud first. Look at the management capabilities included with the Oracle Cloud services.  A key aspect is the use of Oracle Enterprise Manager, which allows you to manage your on-premises or private cloud, as well as your services running in Oracle Cloud. Start with your simplest use cases, and move those first, such as development and test.  Development and test environments are ideal as they typically have no data dependency or security considerations, as you are using strictly test data.  Forfurther information on moving to cloud, you can start here

You can’t rush your journey to the cloud. It takes up front planning and analysis to determine your first steps toward a cloud environment. But with the right managementtools and best practices in...

Oracle Cloud

SaaS for Dummies

 Cloud is no longer just an IT or Technology issue, cloud is becoming  increasingly popular at organizations around the world as they are realizing that cloud has something for everyone, including business managers.  Industry trends are showing that LOB leaders are taking more of a prominent role in decision making when it comes to adopting cloud applications for their department. So the question becomes, how do you talk cloud for those that lack IT vocabulary? SaaS for dummies of course. The digital age is here to stay and we know that social mobile and cloud technologies are rapidly affecting every aspect of business whether it’s operations, customer interactions or evening hiring the best talent. Modern businesses today face a plethora of challenges. Customer expectations are higher than ever, hiring the best talent is becoming increasingly important as well as increasingly difficult.  Employees and customers alike want to access information anytime and from any device. To succeed in today’s world and to meet these new challenges, businesses need to modernize and the only way to do this is with a modern cloud solution. So you may be thinking, how does this affect me? What is my role as a business manager? As a business manager, you simply want to do your job better, answer  business requests effectively and meet departmental demands. You want to drive innovation, increase collaboration and move faster than ever before.  The key is in selecting the right SaaS solution for your business. So where do you go next? What should you be looking for? What questions can you ask your cloud provider? Check out the brand new “SaaS for Dummies” e-book and find out how to get your head in the cloud. In the book, you will learn : How to understand the buzzwords and cut through the hypeHow Cloud can benefit every Lob from HR to Sales to Finance, Marketing and ServiceHow to evaluate potential cloud providers by asking them the right questions. Check out SaaS for dummies today

 Cloud is no longer just an IT or Technology issue, cloud is becoming  increasingly popular at organizations around the world as they are realizing that cloud has something for everyone, including...

Managed Cloud Services

Learn About Oracle Managed Cloud Services at Two Events in March

 Learn How Managed Cloud Services Can Be Your On-Ramp to the Cloud at Alliance 15 Will you be attending the Alliance 15 conference taking place March 15-18 in Nashville?  If so, then you won't want to miss the Oracle Managed Cloud Services: Your On-Ramp to the Cloud session on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:15 a.m.  Oracle Managed Cloud Services provides a secure, robust, integrated on-ramp to your hybrid cloud solutions.  In this session, we will lay out the vision and strategy behind enabling clients to focus on innovation, not integration.  You will learn how Oracle delivers enterprise-grade, end-to-end managed cloud services across its broad portfolio of business applications, middleware, database, and hardware technologies.  Attend this session and learn how to confidently start your journey to the cloud.  Click here for more information. Managed Cloud Services Executive Summit:  Cloud Solutions that Accelerate Business Value March 24, 2015 in Austin, Texas Cloud computing is changing the way technology impacts and delivers value to the organization.  While cost is still a primary driver for cloud, improved business agility and faster innovation are growing factors for cloud adoption.  How can you take advantage of the trend toward cloud computing and leverage the investments you've already made in Oracle?  Join us for the Oracle Managed Cloud Services Executive Summit where our executives will explore the different cloud delivery models available from Oracle and why a privately managed cloud may be the right model for part or all of your organization.  For more information call 719.757.2065.

 Learn How Managed Cloud Services Can Be Your On-Ramp to the Cloud at Alliance 15 Will you be attending the Alliance 15 conference taking place March 15-18 in Nashville?  If so, then you won't want to...

Oracle Cloud

What Are the Most Important Software Systems for Any Organization?

By Mike Vilimek One of the main advantages of Cloud solutions is the rapid availability of innovation. Cloud computing allows organizations to take advantage of upgrades at a far more frequent pace than with traditional on-premise solutions. As organizations begin moving their systems to the cloud, the question of which are the most important systems, and which areas should benefit first from the rapid innovation cloud solutions can deliver will likely be examined. The answer to this question will often depend on who you ask.  Many in Finance would say their Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) system is the most important. After all, it manages all the financial budgeting, planning, forecasting and reporting needs of the organization. All of which are very important from a financial perspective. If you ask someone in Operations, they may say their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, that manages their procurement, supply chain management and even GRC for those compliance and risk focused individuals. Again, all are very important from an operational perspective. But what if you ask the CEO or other senior leaders, whose views cover the entire organization as a whole, not just individual departments? What would they say are the most important software systems? Where do they see the organization benefiting the most from the increased technological innovation cloud solutions can offer? It’s reasonable to assume that if we uncover the most significant areas of concern for senior leadership, it will give us insight into where they see the most dramatic need for change and innovation.  Talent PwC's 17th Annual Global CEO Survey found that 63% of CEO's are concerned about availability of key skills. And a Bersin by Deloitte study found that CEOs now rate "human capital shortages" as the #1 item on their priority list. Finding and retaining the best talent is clearly a significant area of concern for CEOs. Customers Oracle’s Global Customer Experience report surveyed more than 1,300 senior executives across 18 counties. In it, 97% of executives agree that delivering a great customer experience is critical to their business advantage and results, with 93% stating it’s one of their organization’s top 3 priorities. I believe it is also safe to say that customer experience is a global strategic priority with huge financial stakes. The Most Important Systems Are… With the majority of CEOs seeing better talent and happier customers as their top priorities, this has led to a renewed focus and increasing interest in cloud solutions for Human Capital Management (HCM)and Customer Experience (CX). And it’s not hard to understand why. If an organization does not have top talent delivering great, innovative products and services and happy customers consuming them, everything else becomes secondary. Without top talent and happy customers, the greatest supply chain management system in the world for example, will not do much good. It all starts with your employees and customers. Individuals now hold the power and are the new priority for any business.  The Power Has Shifted to the Individual The rising expectations of top employees and customers, the relative scarcity of each, and the impact of social media on their ability to broadcast good and bad experiences are seen as key drivers for the shift in power towards individuals. In today’s culture, the individual is king, or queen. Organizations must be cognizant that every misstep, or conversely, good deed, quickly makes its way to the masses courtesy of social media and the proliferation or mobile devices. No longer do you have to be in a “traditional” position of power to have a voice and influence others.  Employee experiences matter when trying to attract and retain the best talent. Customer experiences matter when trying to win happy customers. Choosing the right HCM and CX systems to support your organizational goals may be the most important technology decision your organization makes in the coming years. Mike Vilimek is an experienced technology professional and an active blogger and presenter on topics including recruiting and HR technology. At Oracle he is responsible for global positioning, messaging, and go-to-market strategies for Oracle HCM Cloud solutions. Prior to joining Oracle, Mike led the product marketing teams at Talemetry, a recruiting technology provider, and data analytics provider ACL Services.  Mike graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Marketing and International Business and was a member of the SFU Football team. Following graduation, Mike had a 7-year professional football career in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Follow him on Twitter: @MikeVilimek

By Mike Vilimek One of the main advantages of Cloud solutions is the rapid availability of innovation. Cloud computing allows organizations to take advantage of upgrades at a far more frequent pace...

Oracle Cloud

Personalized Technology: The New Frontier in Cloud Computing

written by Lisa M. Schwartz @leeza2020 As it is with medicine and learning institutions, we oftenrely on traditional ways of treating people in large groups so that positiveeffects can be achieved quickly for the masses. Yet, today, consumers want more. They areasking for the next level in personalization: How can medicines and treatmentsbe tailored so that they work best for “ME”? Or, how does a tailored training course help “ME”to learn faster? In medicine, a growing number of researchers, healthcareclinicians, and an increasing number of patients are calling for a morepersonalized approach aimed at preventing disease and tailoring treatment if adisease becomes a reality - often referred to as personalized medicine, genomicmedicine or precision medicine. Even educational institutions use thephrase, “personalized learning”, to refer to tailoring lessons to differentstudents. They point to the myriad ofdigital devices, software, and learning platforms offering educators an arrayof options for tailoring lessons to students' preferences. The Adventof Personalized Cloud Technology Software And so it goes, in the cloud computing software world. How can software be personalized in the cloud to work betterfor “ME”, the individual? As consumers, most of us don’t mind having recommendationsmade to us based upon our last purchases, especially if they are relevant andtimely to our interests. And similarly,as employees using business software, we want to be able to tailor software, evenhave insights and recommendations made to us, so we can be more empowered and effectivein in our day to day tasks. And today this phenomenon is only accelerating. Gen Y or Millennials are the largestgeneration now in the workforce since the baby boomers. Millennials, have taken the lead in seizingall the new platforms of the digital era—the internet, mobile technology,social media—to construct personalized networks. They are “digital natives”—the onlygeneration for which these new technologies are not something they’ve had to adopt. Personalization is something they have cometo expect. (1) Not only Millennials, but most digital users today want toknow more, quickly and easily. There isan expectation that business software will allow us to personalize, enabling usget better results for the company and ultimately help us to excel in ourpositions. “Treat Everyone theSame” 1St Gen Cloud Apps Providers Yet, not all cloud software gives the user the flexiblepersonalization they need, due to a “one size fits all software design in thecloud” built by the majority of SaaS software providers. This “one size fits all” design enables thesoftware provider to manage and upgrade all their customers at one time,treating them as a large group. This 1stgeneration “treat everyone the same design” decreases the provider’s costs. Notonly is this practice prevalent in the cloud but is a predominant practice in medicaland educational institutions. The resultof this “treat everyone the same” is: limitedpersonalization, limited options and limited benefits for the consumer. Distinctions of Modern2nd Generation Cloud Apps Providers However not all cloud providers use this approach in cloud applicationdesign. 2nd generation cloud application providers understand that personalizationfor each customer and each individual is now a requirement. Modern cloud application providers are takinga personalized approach to cloud design and understand that each customer isunique, has unique business processes, has unique data requirements and thatall customers do not fit nicely into one group. 2nd generation cloud application providersoffer customers’ choice and personalization in cloud software for theirbusiness. Personalizing Beyondthe SaaS Application with PaaS Not only does personalization include the capabilities tomake choices within the application but also includes a complete breadth ofservices available to you if you want to extend beyond your SaaS applicationwith Platform as a Service (PaaS). Perhaps you want create a new application or mashup information intoyour SaaS application from external data sources. When choosing a cloud applications provider,it is equally important to look very closely at the standards based capabilitieswithin their cloud PaaS platform. Things to Look for ina Modern Cloud Platform Provider · Provides a well-known standards based cloudplatform to maintain consistent governance and standards across the business · Allows you to personalize and extend your SaaScloud applications quickly · No lock-in with unknown proprietary languages ordatabases · Maintains a secure cloud platform that connectseasily with SaaS applications and other clouds · Allows you to move your applications if youchoose to another platform · Provides pre-built services at every layer thatwill help your business innovate and personalize beyond the SaaS application.      As we enter into the next frontier ofpersonalized cloud technology, be sure to examine closely the nuances of cloudproviders and how  they allow you to personalize your cloud. In this 2nd generation of cloudapplications and cloud platforms, it is not an unreasonable for you to expectmore choice and personalization in the cloud.  For find out more about Personalizing SaaS applications and modern standards based cloud platform services, PaaS, watch and share this fun and fact filled video.           1.  (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chris-komisarjevsky/millennials-are-defining-_b_5714683.html)

written by Lisa M. Schwartz @leeza2020 As it is with medicine and learning institutions, we often rely on traditional ways of treating people in large groups so that positiveeffects can be achieved...

Managed Cloud Services

Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services Provides Hampden & Co., a new UK bank with a modern technology platform to accelerate innovation, reduce risk and lower costs

 Financial institutions gain the advantages of Oracle Financial Services by having Oracle manage their banking insurance and analytical applications like FLEXCUBE, OFSAA, Insbridge and others. Oracle is committed to providing all applications, middleware, and database solutions as customer-proven offerings that dramatically lower risk and TCO. The key benefits to Financial Services customers are: Accelerated deployment Reduced and predictable IT costs Reduced upgrade risk and downtime World class security and regulatory compliance SLAs for availability and disaster recovery Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth.  Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements.  Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.'s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date. Read the press release Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer Service.  Learn more about Oracle Managed Cloud Services and Oracle Financial Services Managed Cloud Solutions.

 Financial institutions gain the advantages of Oracle Financial Services by having Oracle manage their banking insurance and analytical applications like FLEXCUBE, OFSAA, Insbridge and others. Oracle...

Managed Cloud Services

Learn how you can get even more from your Oracle investment with Oracle Functional Business Services

Oracle  Functional Business Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide you with services that span the entire software lifecycle.  From migration, testing and deployment to compliance and disaster recovery, Oracle experts help you get the most out of your cloud deployment. Services that are discussed are: Technical Upgrade Service - delivered using Oracle tools, methodologies, and best practices Functional Service Desk- providing administrative and functional support for Oracle cloud based applications Testing Service - to determine if current IT infrastructure has adequate capacity to accommodate anticipated peak workload and to uncover software regression issues when software changes are introduced into the system CEMLI Migration Service - to ensure unique business capabilities continue to function and achieve optimal performance by providing remediation and maintenance services for such capabilities via highly experienced experts with an intimate understanding of Oracle technologies and the ability to map business requirements to Oracle functionality Intuit shares their business drivers for utilizing Oracle Functional Business Services in their own implementation and the benefits they have achieved.   Featured speakers are: Michael Hutchinson, GVP Cloud Services Customer Management, Oracle Oommen Cherian, VP Managed Cloud Customer Management, Oracle David Jankowski, Director of Engineering, Intuit, Inc Watch the webcast now Learn even more at the OMCS Functional Business Services Center of Excellence Summit in Bangalore, India.  It will be held February 24-26, 2015. This event is suitable for any company who is interested in learning about our Functional Business Services.  Reference customers will be onsite, discussing their experiences with Managed Cloud's Functional Business Services. The event will include presentations, interactive discussions, floor walks, networking activities, a cultural tour and dedicated time for 1:1 meetings. Contact susan.keefe@oracle.com for more details.

Oracle  Functional Business Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide you with services that span the entire software lifecycle.  From migration, testing...

Colombia has all the ingredients to become one of the most representative markets in digital technologies

written by Diana Tamayo Tovar Bogotá, Colombia – October 31, 2014Oracle presented in Bogotá alongside international experts, the challenges facing our market and the new concept of “digital disruption”, which analyzes how new technologies transform current business models and its value proposition in the market. Consequently, Oracle Cloud World Bogota 2014 featured important panelists, such as Ken Segall, Apple creative who had lead some of the company’s most successful campaigns; Rod Johnson, Oracle Enterprise Applications Vice president; and Carlos Arguindegui, Oracle Colombia and Ecuador General Manager, explained how new trends are enticing companies to think out of the box, and innovate through information technology in order to transform their businesses. Throughout the event the participants recognized the country’s enormous existing potential, which offers unprecedented conditions for various size companies to embrace new technologies.In addition,  Colombia’s innovation and connectivity index were pointed out, allowing organizations such as Oracle to develop a business environment. As a result, big and mid-size companies in the country can introduce into their business models solutions like cloud computing.  Oracle has found  Columbia to be a very attractive market, where companies are open to embracing change which will benefit their procedures, profitability, and help them  become more competitive. Finance and retail companies, as well as government bodies have migrated towards cloud computing, allowing them to optimize their processes significantly. In Colombia, 95% of listed companies are ranked as mid-sized. Currently, the market can offer business suites and services adaptable to their needs.For all companies, cloud computing offers cost reductions, fast delivery, and resiliency according to their particular needs. Overall, Oracle CloudWorld  was an informative and eventful day with innovative speakers, live demos and great networking opportunities.

written by Diana Tamayo Tovar Bogotá, Colombia – October 31, 2014Oracle presented in Bogotá alongside international experts, the challenges facing our market and the new concept of...

Managed Cloud Services

Maximize the Value of Your Oracle Investment

Whether you are already a customer of Oracle Managed Cloud Services or are considering becoming one, you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn how you can get even more from your Oracle investment with Oracle Functional Business Services.  Oracle Functional Business Services go beyond core infrastructure and application management services to provide you with services that span the entire software lifecycle.  From migration, testing and deployment to compliance and disaster recovery, Oracle experts help you get the most out of your cloud deployment - improving operational excellence, driving down costs, reducing risk and sharpening your competitive advantage. Join us for this live webcast and learn how you can take advantage of Oracle's extensive expertise to offload tactical IT tasks which will enable you to focus on being innovative and strategic within your organization.  Services that will be covered include: Technical Upgrade Service - delivered using Oracle tools, methodologies, and best practices designed and built to provide for ongoing operability, with software management efficiencies in mind. Functional Service Desk - providing administrative and functional support for your cloud based Oracle applications.  Business functional experts start with a thorough understanding of your business so they can help your employees incorporate new solutions, resolve issues faster, and focus on key business functions. Testing Service - to help you determine if your IT infrastructure has adequate capacity to accommodate your anticipated peak workload and to uncover software-regression issues when software changes are introduced into your system. CEMLI Migration Service - to ensure your unique business capabilities continue to function and achieve optimal performance by providing remediation and maintenance services for such capabilities via highly experienced experts with an intimate understanding of Oracle technologies and the ability to map business requirements to Oracle functionality. You will also hear from Intuit as they share their business drivers for utilizing Oracle Functional Business Services in their own implementation and the benefits they have achieved.  The webcast will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014; 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST Featured speakers are: Michael Hutchinson, GVP Cloud Services Customer Management, Oracle Oommen Cherian, VP Managed Cloud Customer Management, Oracle David Jankowski, Director Engineering, Intuit, Inc Register today for this live webcast!

Whether you are already a customer of Oracle Managed Cloud Services or are considering becoming one, you will not want to miss this opportunity to learn how you can get even more from your Oracle...

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Integrated Cloud Applications & Platform Services