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Don’t forget the data: decades-old applications in a Cloud world

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Mark Hurd’s Monday morning keynote put me in mind of one of the biggest headaches for technical managers of data: migration and integration. We might be in a new era of Cloud-delivered business applications, but, as Mr. Hurd pointed-out, there’s no break in the continuous cycle of reporting (daily to yearly) which relies on both […]
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There is no “timeout” for institutional IT

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Today at the opening keynote, Mark Hurd discussed how a net of customizations is strangling enterprises’ ability to innovate with their core applications. As they must keep their businesses going, there is “no timeout to start over” with these solutions.   While Mr. Hurd didn’t cite higher education specifically, most college and university CIOs would heartily […]
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Going beyond vanilla: Oracle’s cloud is nuanced, well-thought out

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I’m sold on the cloud, as are many of Ovum’s enterprise customers – with or without Oracle. Larry Ellison and Mark Hurd’s keynotes highlighted that Oracle truly understands customer needs around a nuanced cloud that alleviates key business issues. Differentiators of Oracle cloud are two-way portability (on-premise to cloud and vice-versa without breaking the bank) […]
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Secure’ simplification has to be a key goal for cloud

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Ovum has talked considerably about the dangers of blind cloud computing adoption leading to extra cost and confusion. Yet testimonies from GE, Walgreens, P&G and Xerox at Openworld today underlined cloud’s potential to play an instrumental role in dealing with the urgent need to reduce IT and business process complexity; or as many people refer […]
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Employee engagement is critical for customer relevance

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HCM at Oracle Open World on Monday has brought out the ‘connected employee’ focus in the Oracle HCM Cloud service. Chris Leone talked about engaged employees leading to engaged customers. Chris was followed by an excellent presentation from Erika Volini of Deloitte, focused on the business need for employee engagement, and how enterprises might go […]
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