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Navigating change with the cloud

Organizations—along with everyone else in the world—are dealing with unprecedented levels of change. The global pandemic has only reinforced the need for businesses to rely more on technology and their data as they try to achieve new levels of flexibility, reliability, and continuity. Many business have turned their focus on gaining even more value from data, reshaping operations and infrastructure onto the cloud to gain automation efficiencies, and reinforcing a security strategy for improved business resiliency.

All of this ties to having a strong cloud strategy, which can provide the foundation for every function within an organization to be ready for whatever may come next. To successfully meet its changing needs, a business can’t be held back by aging, customized technology systems when the speed of innovation, number of security threats, and challenges related to analyzing data are increasing. Businesses everywhere have had to not just adapt, but also transform during this time of change, and are increasing looking at how the cloud and data can be used to drive business agility.

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The pros of a “digital first” strategy

Organizations that have increased their funding of digital innovation are 2.7x more likely to be a top performer than a trailing performer.

Source: “Top Priorities for IT: Leadership Vision for 2021”, Gartner

What to consider before your next cloud migration project

38% of IT decision-makers are considering migrating all applications and infrastructure to the cloud.

Source: CIO Magazine: How Next-Generation Cloud Paves the Way to the ‘Digital First’ Enterprise

Overcoming IT challenges like…

  • Security
  • Supporting remote working
  • Finding more insight from data
Source: “CIOs’ Top Priorities For 2021”, Jan 7, 2021, Martin Giles, Forbes

The benefits that come with choosing a next-generation cloud

  • Take performance to the extreme
  • Become a data-centric organization
  • Free your IT staff to focus on innovation
  • Architected-in, always on security

Assessing your cloud journey

Given this new, unpredictable climate, organizations are leaning more than ever on IT. In turn, IT needs to rely on systems with greater capacity from networks, as well as storage to accommodate a more mobile workforce. Cloud computing can be key in addressing these new challenges because of its elasticity and hyperscale capabilities.

No matter where you’re at on your cloud journey, at the core is having a plan in place to maximize the benefits across the entire business. Modernizing any system requires risk assessment, and room for tweaks along the way. It’s critical to follow a migration model and best practices to quickly take advantage of the many benefits of cloud.

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Protect your most valuable data in the cloud

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The new normal for cloud platforms

As organizations tighten their IT budgets due to the global crisis, they have even more of a reason to digitally transform the way they approach business. The ever-growing need for remote working and social distancing has placed priority on making products and services available to anyone anywhere. This is why cloud-based solutions and increased capacity have become a necessity. And while there are many cloud providers to turn to, it can be difficult to find one with the right combination of a robust infrastructure, automation, and support needed for moving on-premise workloads to cloud.

A common issue for many IT departments is maintaining a now decade-old cloud technology, where performance, security, and migration options were often afterthoughts. These initial clouds were mainly built for two types of customers: those building new businesses on a cloud-native foundation and those shifting non-essential workloads from on-premises. But maintaining this aging infrastructure not only costs money, it takes away valuable personnel from important projects.

Cloud spending is estimated to rise

19% for the year

as IT spending is forecast to fall 8%

Source: PwC: Can You Meet Customer Demand for Cloud-based Computing?

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At Oracle, we believe a different approach to cloud computing is needed so businesses can continue pushing forward with digital transformation initiatives, even during times of change. That’s why we designed a next generation cloud that supports any workload and every application, rather than expecting companies to re-engineer applications to work with the cloud.

With the ability to use the cloud in any part of their business, our customers can respond quickly to changes in the market, and gain the flexibly that improves, speed, costs, resilience, and innovation.

Simplify your next cloud project: a checklist

Before an organization embarks on any cloud migration project, there are several key elements to consider to make it a success.

Step 1

Solidify your business case
  • icon-checkmark What issues are you solving for?
  • icon-checkmark What use cases are you planning to implement?
  • icon-checkmark Have you identified resource gaps across your organization?

Step 2

Look for any workforce skills gap
  • icon-checkmark Do you have the right skills for app development and/or app migration?
  • icon-checkmark Do you have cloud architects in place to help plan and execute your migration?
  • icon-checkmark Is up-skilling IT staff to be cloud performance experts or data engineers a goal?

Step 3

Assess potential data risks from the cloud
    icon-checkmark How much sensitive data could be exposed during a migration?
    icon-checkmark Do you have the right data protection and backup processes in place?
    icon-checkmark Do you have a data loss prevention plan?

Step 4

Look at current operational cost models
    icon-checkmark Have you experienced unforeseen cloud costs to date, like high data egress fees or high cost of storage or compute?
    icon-checkmark What’s the cost of your tools for testing/monitoring or security services?
    icon-checkmark Have you identified the services you need and use in order to avoid overspending and underutilization?

Step 5

Establish cloud monitoring
    icon-checkmark Do you have real-time visibility into performance metrics?
    icon-checkmark Do you have automation alerts for performance issues?
    icon-checkmark Do you have dashboards in place?

Step 6

Assess overall security risks
    icon-checkmark Do you have a clear understanding of your provider’s responsibility security model?
    icon-checkmark Do you have a streamlined governance model for your hybrid or multi-cloud environment?
    icon-checkmark Do you have access management tools and policies in place for your cloud resources?
    icon-checkmark Have you automated critical security processes to eliminate risk of human error?

Up your cloud game with Oracle

Oracle Cloud is designed to help you navigate times of change because we take a different approach to cloud computing. We have the only cloud that delivers:

Oracle Customers are Designed for Change

Oracle Cloud is designed to help you navigate times of change because it delivers high performance, operates efficiently and securely, and scales as your business needs to move faster than ever before.

Be relentless innovators

Choosing a more intelligent cloud with built-in automation can your business an edge by freeing up IT staff to do what they do best – deliver the innovations that differentiate your products and services, grow market share, and improve profitability.

Go further, faster, first

With businesses facing new customer demands and new market dynamics, its essential to get up and running quickly in the cloud. Moves like this not only help you transform your business so you’re more resilient in uncertain times, but they also put your business in a position to move faster, go further, and get to market first.

Have always-on security

Now that a large number of people are working remotely, businesses are rethinking their security solutions. The time has never been better to elevate your security posture by addressing data governance, global compliance mandates, and industry requirements for security. Having confidence in your cybersecurity will enable your business to go far.

  • Innovations that let you move all of your applications to the cloud as-is, migrating entire environments in weeks, not months.
  • Simplified cloud management and security with autonomous services, like the Oracle Autonomous Database.
  • Complete support for hybrid cloud strategies. Run Oracle in the public cloud, in your data center, or anywhere in between.
  • Built-in cloud security that’s simpler, always-on, and inexpensive, so you can improve your security posture and lower the risk and cost of security breaches.
  • The best performance at price points that don’t break the bank. Oracle Cloud is less expensive to run, protect, and secure, so you get a better handle on your cloud costs.

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