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Business Needs a Flexible, Scalable Cloud Platform

Dain Hansen, Director,
Cloud Platform GTM, Product Business Group @Dainsworld


Cloud Platforms should be seen as digital transformation toolkits that can be adjusted to fit business needs

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Cloud Platforms are at the heart of the digital transformation of organizations. They provide advantages both to the internal management of an organization and to its customer-facing services.

The central pivot of the wide range of benefits that Cloud Platforms offer is their flexibility. Indeed organizations can think of Cloud Platforms as a toolkit which they can build to contain the specific elements they need. And just like a toolkit, new tools can be added as they are required, while existing tools can be resized as the demand for their specific aspect grows (or falls).

Dain Hansen

Dain Hansen, Director, Cloud Platform GTM

To illustrate how this works in practice, let’s look at how three very different organizations have deployed Cloud Platforms.

Insurance sector firm Generali Group uses Oracle Cloud Platforms to fine-tune Oracle HCM Cloud to meet the specific needs of its employees. As a company with a distributed workforce of 77,000 people across more than 60 countries, it is important that the HR function within the business is consistent and flexible. Generali Group needs to offer the same HR services to all of its people, and to ensure they all get the support and services they need.

 Indeed organizations can think of Cloud Platforms as a toolkit which they can build to contain the specific elements they need. 


Before deploying Oracle HCM Cloud, HR services were managed at a local level, and were prey to inconsistencies and a lack of overview. This was inefficient in terms of staff time and financial resources, and did not allow all employees to realize their full potential or get reliable access to services. Implementing Oracle HCM Cloud and fine-tuning using Oracle Cloud Platform has changed this, and now it is possible to follow peoples’ lifecycle through the company from recruitment through goal setting, performance management, talent review, succession planning, reward and learning. In addition, Oracle Social Networks Cloud caters for social communication and has improved collaboration across the organization.

 Implementing Oracle HCM Cloud and fine-tuning using Oracle Cloud Platform has changed this, and now it is possible to follow peoples’ lifecycle through the company from recruitment through goal setting, performance management, talent review, succession planning, reward and learning. 


Meanwhile communications provider Avaya needs solutions which are scalable, cost effective and secure to deliver its services in a cloud environment that can be private, public or partner-enabled. Using Oracle Cloud Platform has allowed Avaya to optimize costs and has reduced the need for customization in its services by up to 80%.

In a different kind of scenario, Boise State University needs to manage information about 22,000 students and is keen to identify trends in student, subject and graduation data so it can invest in programs that improve student experience and graduation success rates. Its investment in Oracle Cloud Platforms will allow it to implement a common reporting and analytic environment across all its data sources to help meet this goal.

What these examples show is the great variety of ways in which Cloud Platforms can help an organization be more productive and efficient.

 Using Oracle Cloud Platform has allowed Avaya to optimize costs and has reduced the need for customization in its services by up to 80%. 


Putting structure into data in order to understand it fully within the context of the organization means that when new services or initiatives are introduced they can be based on what the data reveals, rather than on guesswork. Using Cloud Platforms to develop and test services means troubleshooting and testing can be done at speed, and when all problems are ironed out, services can be scaled quickly. Using a Cloud Platform to manage HR services within the organization provides a regularized, formalized system, but one that is also (and very importantly) people-centric.

The common thread running through all these examples is that Cloud Platforms, by their flexible, scalable nature, allow an organization to reach its potential by supporting of innovation at speed.


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