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Introduction

This blog contains Reason #3-5. For the first part of my blog series, please visit our link.

Reason #3 Save Money and get out of the expensive upgrade cycle

Cloud applications have much more rapid upgrade cycles, which means business problems will be solved more quickly, and no longer do you have to wait to upgrade or skip upgrades. Enterprises typically only upgrade on-premise applications on a limited basis, often skipping a version or two due to the large effort, expense and disruption associated with the process. Cloud applications change this paradigm, as Oracle Cloud customers get new functionality as it is released with much less cost, effort and interruption. Costs are consistent month to month without the large spike every time an upgrade is needed. Take advantage of the economies of scale within the cloud, such that your no longer have to take time and effort to research the bug fixes and selectively apply/test them. When a bug is found, either by you or another client, that bug gets fixed across the whole install base rather than each client applying the fix one at a time. This eliminates tons of effort related to bug and break fixes, as you no longer have to apply individual fixes or patches and not worry about regression testing them.

Not only do you get out of the upgrade cycle that has likely dominated much of effort in maintaining your on-premise system, you save money in many other ways. You no longer have to maintain disaster recovery and protection and no longer host your environments in multiple data centers, Oracle takes care of disaster recovery and back up for you. You no longer have to worry about scaleablity and figuring out what additional software licenses, servers and storage capacity will be required as your business grows.

Reason #4 Focus on your core business

Unless your core business is IT, running your own applications isn’t necessarily strategic. Even if you do IT better than your competition does this give you an advantage? Most likely, not. You are better off focusing on your core business and let IT be handled by a vendor. Especially for back office systems such as ERP, HCM and Supply Chain. With on premise applications, an enterprise is forced to devote some of the IT budget to supporting and upgrading these applications. Typically this provides neither competitive advantage nor the most cost effective way to run your operations. With cloud applications both these problems can be solved by reducing costs and letting the vendor manage the applications. With cloud applications your enterprise can devote energy towards HOW applications are used rather than the logistics of keeping the applications running. It is the use of the applications and business insights that can be drawn from the applications that can bring competitive advantage. As we’ve mentioned before, leverage the advantages of the cloud paradigm.

Reason #5 Social, Mobile and Business Intelligence/Analytics are built in

Oracle Cloud applications have been built with modern functionality for the way work is done today. Clearly, social networks have significantly influenced the way people, work, play and interact with each other online. Customers, partners and employees all interact via social networks and the more we can adopt this paradigm the more the efficiency of our enterprise increases. Social capabilities are embedded and delivered with Oracle Cloud applications, including social marketing, social engagement and monitoring, and social networking to enable collaboration for the enterprise.
These applications also deliver fully functional, mobile capabilities, allowing your enterprise to use Oracle Cloud applications on various devices, right out of the box. Executives can check dashboards and analytics from their tablet while at the airport, time and expense entry can be done via smartphone and much more. Our employees, partners and customers expect to be able to use the device of their choice when using applications, we can easily meet this need not by building a custom mobile solution or using third-party software but directly and easily with the embedded mobile capabilities, built right into all Oracle Cloud applications. Oracle cloud also offers developers a simpler way to develop and deploy cross-device mobile applications.
Oracle Cloud also provides embedded business intelligence designed and delivered right into the application. Information tiles called “Infolets” are available right on the home page of the application, surfacing Key Performance Indicators and Analytics without doing one second of development effort. Using these “Infolets”, users can drill down into transactions for more information and/or to take action on only the items that need attention.

 

Dashboards and reports are also delivered along with reporting tools designed for the end user to be able to create and view reports without requiring any developer involvement.

Stay tuned for Mike’s blog series on reasons #6,7,8.

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