I just returned from Collaborate 18 in Las Vegas, which, for those of who aren’t familiar with it, is the annual Oracle User’s Group meeting.
They had thousands of attendees again this year and had some great presenters including our own Sridahr Avantsa, Kevin Gilpin and Mike Messina, who talked about moving to the cloud and updating to Oracle 12C.
The cloud, automation, cloud orchestration and autonomous databases were the hot topics on the floor, particularly the subject of cloud readiness assessments. It seems that, despite the fact that the cloud isn’t a new concept, a lot of companies are still unsure about how and what to move into the cloud.
That uncertainty is understandable because the cloud continues to evolve rapidly.
There are new cloud technologies emerging daily it seems, which is why it’s so important for companies to re-assess their own cloud strategy and readiness periodically. In fact, for businesses with high-transaction environments and multiple applications, we recommend a cloud readiness assessment as an annual event.
I’m not talking about a cloud readiness tool in this case, but an actual consultative, in-depth assessment that analyzes your current state, maps out your desired future state and then performs a thorough gap analysis to connect the two. Why is a consultative approach better? Because it gives you a trustworthy baseline of your current environment including Application Readiness, today and helps you a create cloud strategy that aligns with your business goals and budget realities. An assessment can help a new CIO get the lay of the land quickly, reduce infrastructure costs after a merger or acquisition and identify new opportunities to get more value from your cloud investments.
One of the biggest mistakes we see companies make in the cloud is using the same cloud strategy year after year.
Oracle is a prime example of how new cloud technology can change the playing field. There are a lot of things you can do in Oracle’s latest cloud platform, for example, that you couldn’t do in Oracle Cloud 1.0, from new performance and security features to new ways to save on Oracle licensing costs. (For more on Oracle’s new cloud capabilities, read Sridahr Avantsa’s blog, Oracle Cloud 2.0 Delivers a Complete Cloud Re-Boot.) Mission-critical applications that might not have been a good fit for the cloud two years ago could be a great candidate for a lift-and-shift move today.
A second common mistake is for companies to underestimate the amount of time it still takes to manage infrastructure, database and applications in the cloud. IT executives approach me all the time and tell me their goal with the cloud is to “get out of the data center business.” I understand that sentiment and wholeheartedly agree with it, but I also understand that cloud environments still need to be managed for performance and security issues—it’s the main reason why we offer managed cloud services.
All of which brings us to where I started with this blog: if you haven’t looked at the cloud lately, you’re probably not seeing all the opportunities that are available to your business today. To get a fresh perspective on your cloud strategy, contact Advizex and ask about our advisory and assessment services. Our job is get you out of the data center business, and into the latest innovations so you can help your business move forward. ▪