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4 Reasons Why Your Cloud Journey Doesn't End with SaaS

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Has your small-to-medium sized business (SMB) made the switch to the cloud, running various Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions in your organization? If so, you’ve probably seen some cost reductions and streamlined processes as a result of running your applications in the cloud. But is your organization getting the most out of SaaS? Connecting your cloud and third party applications (both SaaS and on-premises) and extending your application investments with latest technology innovations are some of the different ways your organization can maximize the benefits. Here are four ways we have seen organizations develop their innovation journey by using a standardized, common cloud platform with Oracle SaaS.

Connect Your Oracle Cloud Applications with the Rest of Your Business

Using autonomous capabilities of Oracle Cloud Platform, you can rapidly connect your Oracle Cloud Applications with on-premises applications and third-party applications to create business connectivity.  From real-time app data exchange and mapping to process automation across multiple applications, bulk or incremental data migration and creating data feeds from one application to another, this is the glue that helps to create a connected business. For example, connecting applications with Oracle Autonomous Integration Cloud, provides complete visibility for a 360 degree view across the entire business process lifecycle. Prebuilt adapters and flows rapidly connect applications, data and processes.

Create Unique Experiences Using Voice, Text, Mobile, Chatbots and More

Each organization is unique, with its own unique business processes or customer requirements. Forward-looking organizations use one cloud platform to extend their cloud and other applications to build new applications, or create engaging innovative experiences with mobile, sites, chatbots, IoT and more. Now you can control the pace of innovation by marrying the built-in intelligence of Oracle Cloud Applications with innovative technologies in Oracle Cloud Platform. As an example, with Oracle Autonomous Mobile Cloud Enterprise, your business is equipped with a complete and open platform to extend and enhance your applications to create mobile and chatbot engagements. Intelligent chatbots that draw from different applications enable the automation of requests and responses, allowing for engagement 24/7 and offering the first line of service for customers, employees and partners.

Blend Data Easily with SaaS and External Data Sources Using Highly Visual Analytics

Business decisions are only as good as the data intelligence behind them. So, the more sources of data that are aggregated, the more intelligent the insights can be. With built-in artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities, Oracle Autonomous Analytics Cloud enables you to access many sources and blend data across these sources, resulting in accelerated analytics in business processes to speed time to value. Business leaders can now visualize business patterns and trends across multiple applications and data sources combined with AI/ML for smarter decision making.

Advanced Security for Monitoring and Remediating Malicious Users’ Activities

One of the biggest hurdles in organizations considering a move to the cloud, despite its obvious advantages, can be security. With that in mind, Oracle Cloud Applications have built-in security capabilities to deliver security in the cloud. The additional security options around continuous user behavior monitoring, managing applications access perimeters and secure identity management further complement built-in security within Oracle Cloud Applications. Because these apply across applications, these are best used from one foundational cloud platform. With hardened security platform solutions including Oracle Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), you can gain visibility into user access behavior, with a cloud service that continuously detect threats in real-time. With continuous user behavior monitoring, threats can be automatically detected and remediated against unauthorized infiltration or malicious insider activity.

Wherever you find yourself in your cloud journey and whatever unique business needs you have, you can use any of these four categories to innovate anywhere along the way.

Look at some additional resources to help you learn more about how connected cloud applications on a single cloud platform can accelerate innovation and growth in your business.

By Audrey Melville, Product Marketing Analyst, Cloud Applications, Oracle

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