by Aaron Lazenby, April 2014
Collaborate 2014, Oracle’s largest user group conference, kicked off this week Las Vegas, NV. There, attendees can choose from more than 1,200 sessions to increase their understanding of Oracle products, get more from their investments and learn what they can expect from further releases.
Among these sessions Basheer Khan, Oracle ACE Director and CTO at Knex, is hosting “Understanding Oracle’s New Directions in the Cloud” with Oracle’s Director of Partner Enablement Steve Lemme. Together they will share where Oracle's headed with its cloud computing strategy and answer questions from participants.
Profit spoke to Khan in advance of the conference to talk about his session, and what else attendees should be sure to check out as they work on moving to the cloud.
Profit: What specifically do you want your session attendees to learn about the future of Oracle’s cloud?
Most organizations are not satisfied with just as a private option nor a public one, so Oracle's ability to seamlessly connect the two using middleware is outstanding.
Khan: Oracle has provided the perfect solutions to enable cloud, whether the organization’s leadership wants to have its own in-house private cloud, or they want to sign up for the hosted cloud.
Some executives have been resistant, because they fear others prying into their private data. But Oracle provides an excellent strategy, providing all the engineered systems needed to host a private cloud, creating excellent synergy between the different layers, and making it possible for organizations to information that’s not sensitive, and have it live in the in public cloud.
But I have two things I like most about Oracle’s cloud strategy. The first is that most organizations are not satisfied with just as a private option nor a public one, so Oracle's ability to seamlessly connect the two using middleware is outstanding. Second, with Oracle, anything customers runs on the public cloud as they're scaling, they can eventually decide to transition in-house and put it on the private cloud. That's not true of many of Oracle's competitors, where once it's stuck in the cloud, that's all.
Profit: What are some common pitfalls organization’s fall into when trying to move to cloud?
Khan: Certain organizations don’t think past the initial roll out and get caught in this trap when they jump in feet first. To get everything they want, they go out and sign up with several vendors, then realize that now these systems cannot talk to each other. They don't have an easy way to connect the dots. Those are the organizations that suffer and potentially come back and say the cloud is not a good approach.
Basheer Khan is an Oracle ACE Director and CTO at KNEX.
Organizations excel when they have leadership that thinks through their strategy. When they have the business architecture needed to enable business processes to operate across organizations, across private and public clouds, they reduce the complexity of their infrastructure. They also maximize the value these solutions can bring to them, and most essentially, reduce the total cost of ownership.
Profit: How else can Collaborate attendees get to know more about the cloud?
Khan: We do have a whole cloud track going on, and there are several other sessions that I'm part of. For example, I am leading a panel on "Planning Your Oracle Cloud Computing Roadmap from a Database Middleware and Applications Standpoint," which would be especially beneficial for attendees who don't know where to start. Also, I am hosting a panel on "Oracle Cloud Computing and the E-Business Suite Panel.” Cloud offers Oracle E-Business Suite users a very easy way of offloading the new maintenance of the new technology while they retool or retrain their internal teams to a point where those teams can start managing and maintaining their systems. You can find out more about the cloud track on the OAUG website.
Aaron Lazenby is editor of Profit.