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Multi-cloud is the path to digital transformation

By Richard Smith, Senior Vice President, Technology & Cloud Solutions

Recently, I’ve seen a not-so-subtle push to embrace single-cloud strategies and push multi-cloud solutions out of the public conversation. Focusing on the benefits of single-cloud, I believe, ignores some major realities organizations face today.

Multi-cloud should not be overlooked. I’ve seen its unique ability to support holistic strategies in digital transformation. This is critical as organizations are being reshaped by a convergence of social and regulatory forces, as well as technology innovations like AI, IoT, blockchain, and 5G.

I see it help my customers drive digital transformation in tangible, operational ways:

Flexibility: Having multiple cloud vendors provides companies with more choice and control over their own technology environment.

Innovation: Taking advantage of different innovations across multiple vendors, such as running IoT with one and AI with another, enables companies to leverage the latest technologies to deliver value to their customers.

Effectiveness: What a business does with their data really matters in gaining a competitive edge. With multiple clouds working in harmony, a company can take data from every single one and use it together to get a complete view of their operations, understand how their stakeholders are interacting with them, and see where they can drive efficiencies.

A multi-cloud approach also better adapts to complex data requirements. It understands performance, availability, and security better than single-cloud solutions, which can impede differentiation and innovation in cloud computing. Different vendors can often provide different treatments (i.e., strategies, tools, innovation) of data across a complex environment.

A multi-cloud approach requires some different tools and practices than a single-cloud approach. The Oracle Autonomous Database can help with this. It is a self-driving, self-repairing, and self-securing database that provides automated performance tuning functions, enterprise-class functions, and more. It can help enable IT to get the benefits of a multi-cloud solution while lowering the labor and costs of managing it.

I believe that it is essential to keep the multi-cloud solution discussion on the table. There are very compelling business benefits to keeping all our options open.

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