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Editor’s Note
Chuck Hollis
A New Equation
Business technology does not age well. Once an application is running in your company’s data center, it remains frozen in time while the rest of the world rushes forward. Gaps in desired functionality pile up until your business is faced with an expensive and unpleasant proposition to rectify the situation. But modern cloud application, infrastructure, and platform services have permanently changed that equation.

Clouds are economizers—pay less and get more. Clouds enable innovation—the very best tools, ready to be put to work with relative ease. And clouds are equalizers—small teams have access to the exact same technology firepower as the largest organizations. When I talk with companies about moving to modern finance, manufacturing, supply chain, and other cloud applications, I tell them, “This might be your last upgrade.” Read more in my article “Why Cloud Is the Perpetual Upgrade.”

— Chuck Hollis, Oracle Senior Vice President for Converged Infrastructure
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