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  • Create A Cloud Adoption Strategy
    By Charles Knapp, Director of Customer Learning Paraphrasing Jack Welch, creating an IT strategy is in its essence very straightforward. You pick a general direction and then implement vigorously. And so it is with creating a cloud adoption strategy. Business and IT leaders set – or are given – continually evolving business directions and ... more
  • Envisioning The Future: A Hybrid Cloud Reference Model
    By Charles Knapp, Director of Customer Learning “Always start with architecture.” So said a CIO I worked for at a life sciences company as we consolidated and replaced numerous legacy business applications and information silos. It was the late 1990s. That was the peak of the “business process reengineering” (BPR) movement championed by Harvard ... more
  • Summary: Cloud Applications: Preparing for the Perpetual State of Change
    Read the full article from Grant Thornton’s Devon Snyder: “Preparing for the perpetual state of change”   Large system upgrades, which usually occur once every four to six years with on-premise software, are a thing of the past, with cloud applications ushering in more frequent upgrades.   So, is your organization prepared for the constant state of ... more
  • Digital Transformation: Solve the Three Cloud Problem
    "The key to effectively using cloud-based IT as the driver of digital transformation depends upon moving beyond the current world of hybrid cloud solutions. Develop a dynamic, diversified cloud strategy that enables the coordinated use of all cloud options to achieve specific business purposes."  — Richard Villars, Vice President, Datacenter ... more
  • Hybrid Cloud Applications: Lessons From The Rise Of PaaS
    Excerpted from Quest’s “ Managing Your Journey to the Cloud: How We Got Here ”  by Rick Beers, Principal, Making IT Real Editor's Note  by Charles Knapp Rick Beers notes, “Our understanding of the evolution of ERP will dictate how well we will manage our journeys to the Cloud and the next generation of business computing.” As we obsergved in our ... more
  • Summary: A Strategic Transition to the Cloud
    Read the full article from Grant Thornton’s Chris Unruh:  “A strategic transition to the cloud”     Organizations can get a better return and adoption of new cloud solutions by implementing a phased rollout. This strategic, incremental approach allows companies to enter this brave new world without short-circuiting the normal course of business.   ... more
  • Hybrid Cloud Applications: Lessons From The Rise Of SaaS
    Excerpted from Quest’s “ Managing Your Journey to the Cloud: How We Got Here ”  by Rick Beers, Principal, Making IT Real Editor's Note  by Charlie Knapp “Our understanding of the evolution of ERP will dictate how well we will manage our journeys to the Cloud and the next generation of business computing,” according to Rick Beers. As we noted in our ... more
  • Hybrid Cloud Applications: Lessons From Systems Of Engagement
    Excerpted from Quest’s “ Managing Your Journey to the Cloud: How We Got Here ”  by Rick Beers, Principal, Making IT Real Editor's Note  Our understanding of the evolution of ERP will dictate how well we will manage our journeys to the Cloud and the next generation of business computing. As we noted in our previous blog post, "Lessons from the Rise of ... more
  • Hybrid Cloud Applications: Lessons from the Rise of ERP
    Excerpted from Quest’s “ Managing Your Journey to the Cloud: How We Got Here ”  by Rick Beers, Principal, Making IT Real   ERP as we know it today didn’t just happen. It evolved through a fascinating confluence of process and technology. Our understanding of the evolution of ERP will dictate how well we will manage our journeys to the Cloud and the next generation of business computing. The Journey appears to be chaotic and unpredictable, but it is a logical step in the evolution of technology. For IT and Lines of Business leaders, understanding how we got to where we are today is critical to understanding where we are heading.     more
  • Summary: Finance and accounting implications in the cloud
    Read the full article from Grant Thornton’s Kevin Surovcik: “Finance and accounting implications in the cloud”   Business unit managers eager to move their operations to the cloud should consider the effect a decentralized system will have on accounting and financial reporting. They should understand that while the cloud has numerous advantages, ... more
  • Summary: Is Cloud Right For You?
    Read the full article from Grant Thornton’s Chris Unruh and Ray Greer:  “Is the Cloud right for your business”?   Companies that are trying to determine which parts of their organization would benefit most from cloud implementation should consider four key criteria: The vendor. Evaluate the software provider’s resources and vision. Avoid ... more
  • Synopsis: Oracle Cloud: Built For Continuous Innovation
    Ten years ago, Oracle saw that companies would want four capabilities from them in the future: infrastructure, software as a service, data as a service and platform. In his keynote at CloudWorld 2017, Oracle’s President of Product Development Thomas Kurian outlined the strategy behind these capabilities and the features built into each one.   IaaS ... more
  • Synopsis: The World Ahead
    Creative destruction is quickly chewing up enterprises big and small. Eighty-eight percent of companies on Fortune 500 have disappeared since 1955, 50 percent since 2000. Today, the average length of time is less than 15 years and will continue to drop.   Mark Hurd, Oracle CEO, told the crowd during his keynote at CloudWorld New York, that this trend ... more
  • Quest International Launches Oracle Cloud Applications User Community
    Quest International Launches Oracle Cloud Applications User Community A user-driven community focused on Oracle Cloud Applications LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Quest International Users Group, one of Oracle's largest and most successful umbrella user groups, has launched the Oracle Cloud Applications User Community (OC², pronounced OC squared). This ... more
  • Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud for Financials
    Improving financial technology is the top priority among chief financial officers. Seventy percent of CFOs believe digital technologies increase operational efficiency, enhance brand reputation and innovation capacity. Deploying these technologies have resulted in a 38-percent reduction in their operational costs. Larry Abramson, Oracle ... more
  • On-premises solutions with Cloud Insurance
    Cloud has changed the infrastructure landscape forever. “Whether or not you are running the cloud today, it’s impacting you, and its impact is only going to grow in the coming years,” said David Donatelli, Executive Vice President, Converged Inc./Oracle, during his talk at OpenWorld Sept. 18-22, 2016 in San Francisco. In response to this change, ... more
  • The Future of Cloud Database and Infrastructure
    Flexibility, portability and speed are the future of cloud database and infrastructure as enterprises transition into the fourth generation of computing. Larry Ellison, executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle, outlined this transition during his keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco Sept. 18 through 22, 2016. ... more