Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fusion co-existence session - OOW 2013

Successfully completed delivering my session on Fusion co-existence. Energetic discussion on options for migration and what would be the right roadmap. 

OOW 2013 - lines at 7:30am

This is the line for registration at 7:30am... ON SUNDAY !  And the weather outside is 72 and sunny

OOW 2013 - it's all about the cloud

This year seems to be all about the cloud. Last years emphasis on hardware appears to have waned. 
The sub theme is platform with a focus on applications. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Oracle Announces Cloud Offering

Larry Ellison announced the official release of the Oracle Cloud on Wednesday (6/6/2012). The highlights of his announcement were:
Oracle is looking to extend the definition of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to Social Relationship Management  (SRM). Conceptually this implies looking beyond existing customers, to potential customers. Oracle’s cloud platform provides hooks to Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn to facilitate this approach.

Cloud Infrastructure Services:
Oracle announced its own Public Cloud. The infrastructure supporting this Cloud (Security / Monitoring / etc…) is provided as a set of cloud services. The implication is that these services can be used as infrastructure components to build out cloud based applications.

Oracle cloud based applications (including Fusion Applications) are HTML 5 compliant. The implication is that they are implicitly mobile-aware. The applications can run on iPhone / iPad / Android without additional development

Oracle’s cloud includes Platform as a Service in two areas – Database and J2EE containers. The implication is that Database “services” can now be provided on-tap. Also Java applications can be deployed without requiring a parent Java container to host them.

My key takeaways were:
  •  Applications can be moved TO Oracle public cloud, and moved BACK on-premise. There is no vendor lock-in.
  • Oracle Cloud Applications (including Fusion) are NOT multi-tenant. Each organization has its own virtual machine and its own data store. Important when it comes to data insulation concerns.
  • Upgrades to applications hosted on Oracle public cloud are NOT mandated. Clients can choose when they would like to upgrade, based on their business cycles.

 There was the usual bashing of competitors:
SAP – SAP’s 2020 launch of Cloud based applications for their SAP suite was ridiculed. The acquisition of SuccessFactors was portrayed as a way to buy into the cloud arena -  Forced upgrades and multi-tenant model was portrayed as a raw deal to clients
Workday – Their Flash based UI and object-oriented data model was portrayed as a non-starter. The fact that they do not have HTML 5 support was seen as an architecturally colossal mistake

Mark Hurd announced Oracle Platinum Services. This is a premium support service for Exadata / Exalogic / Exalytics / SuperCluster.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Oracle's affair with ExaLove

If anyone is following the press around Oracle, it is hard to miss Oracle’s infatuation with Exa. It started with ExaData, the database machine that was so fast it supposedly improved the collective productivity of the human race by 300%. (Of course, these claims are still waiting to be independently validated by IBM).

The Exadata release was followed by “Exalogic”. It is now customary to expect at least 5 mentions of Exalogic in even the simplest of conversations that anyone would have with an Oracle representative. I have a sense that Oracle employees greet each other with “Exalogic, Exalogic, Exalogic” in the corridors at work. (Imagine bowing 3 times while saying those words).

I had the opportunity to evaluate Exalogic (at close range) recently and I think I am starting to understand the reason behind this excitement. It is not Exadata or Exalogic alone that has got the Oracle Universe a-buzz, it is the possibilities that Exa brings to the IT and business landscape.

Exalogic is a sister offering to Exadata, and is an “application” machine. It is ENGINEERED from hardware on up to provide an application platform that is built like a tank, and computes at the speed of thought. This makes it an extremely attractive platform for organizations looking to build a cloud environment.

I anticipate that post-Exalogic, Oracle will start coming up with a whole host of pre-built appliances that are specialized for a niche area (think data warehouse appliance, BI appliance, sector-specific appliance) while continuing to provide an as-you-want platform in Exalogic.

I can see where the infatuation for “Exa” comes from, and look forward to seeing the vision materialize.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Manufacturing Clouds - 3D Printing

A recent article in the technology section of the economist discussed advances in 3D printing. This technology allows users to literally print out objects of everyday use. This “additive” approach to manufacturing as opposed to the traditional approach which is “subtractive” in nature, allows for much more economy in terms of use of raw material. It is also highly custom as each print run can be unique.  The cost for each item is limited to the raw material (titanium powder, synthetic plastic, etc…) required for that build. An entire production line does not need to be designed (or modified) for each item that is built.

When I read this article, it sounded eerily familiar. Traditional IT approaches require a long lead time in terms of design, development, change management and deployment to bring a new application to life. The ultimate purpose of the application is to provide business functionality. If it were possible to build  low cost prototypes, or even better, build and retire functionality it would be equivalent to the “additive manufacturing” phenomenon in manufacturing.

Of course, in IT we have the cloud based approach to pay-per-use infrastructure (IaaS). We have pay-per-use functionality in terms of hosted applications (SaaS). We also have pay-per-use platforms for hosting complex applications (PaaS). In this context manufacturing appears to have found its own “Cloud” and the advantages stemming from this change will be nothing short of world changing.

NOTE: All credit for the opinion piece on 3D Manufacturing are given to The Economist.