Your Cloud, Your Way

by Anne Ozzimo, November 2011

While IT strategists are hot on cloud solutions these days, every business is different—and every enterprise environment needs to adopt cloud-based technologies at the right pace.

Oracle product specialists realized that “one cloud fits all” was not sustainable for real-world computing. So Oracle’s applications coexistence strategy addresses this reality, allowing customers to reach for the cloud on their own terms.

“Customers are adopting Oracle Fusion Applications in four distinct patterns,” says Steve Miranda, senior vice president of applications development at Oracle. Here, Miranda details how actual Oracle customers are embracing cloud-based Oracle applications in their organizations.

Standalone Application 

“This is a case where there is no interoperability among applications. We have a customer adopting Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management for sales, forecasting, contact management—really a sales force automation application and process. This has no integration with the other application suite, so this is really a standalone Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management adoption.” 

Loose Integration

“We have a customer that adopted Oracle Fusion talent management to coexist with Oracle’s PeopleSoft core human resources functionality. In this case, the loose interoperability comes from integrating Oracle Fusion talent management with the people, employees, hierarchies, or management hierarchies of the PeopleSoft system.”

Tight Integration

“A major manufacturer has implemented distributed order orchestration in the supply chain, and they have tight real-time integration—message-based integration—with not only [Oracle’s] Siebel order capture, but also with Oracle E-Business Suite order fulfillment. So this is really tight Web service-based, real-time integration among Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management and existing Oracle applications.” 

Complete Adoption

“In the case of a major restaurant chain, it’s the complete set of financials, procurement, and project modules—really replacing its existing Oracle products as an upgrade to consume Oracle Fusion Applications, as a complete back-office ERP [enterprise resource planning] system.” 

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Building a Better Cloud
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Anne Ozzimo writes frequently on financial management topics.