Jump-Start Your Cloud Journey

Deeper analytical insight and agility is at the forefront of growth strategy for companies across all industries. However, the complexity of defining the appropriate path to leverage the benefits of the Cloud to gain meaningful insight from your data can be overwhelming.

The Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), a breakthrough product for both Essbase and Business Intelligence (BI), provides a comprehensive collection of analytic capabilities that provide the right information, to the right people, at the right time. Join our webinar series where we will present how OAC can address requirements from line-of-business users and workgroups to the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and analytics applications. Ultimately, OAC produces rich visualizations from complex data.

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Hosting PeopleSoft in the Cloud

There is some uncertainty about what it means to move PeopleSoft “to the Cloud.” The simplest description is running your PeopleSoft (PSoft) system outside of your facility—in someone else’s facility. There are many options available. There are options regarding what you are responsible for and what the vendor is responsible for (e.g., patching SW, security, where/what country you want the facility, among many others). I see PeopleSoft in the Cloud as really how ERP services were provided in the past and how ERP services can be provided now—moving from the physical data center you grew up with to a more effective environment in the Cloud. Read more

Oracle Student Cloud: Times, They Are A-Changing

Built for higher education from the ground up, Student Cloud is being designed in tandem with customers to deliver a comprehensive student system solution. Student Cloud is the umbrella name for all six pieces of Student Cloud: Student Engagement, Student Recruiting, Student Support, Student Management, Advancement and Financial Aid. Each piece may be purchased and used independently or in any combination as Oracle is supporting co-existence strategies and recognizes that Cloud technology is about meeting transformative university objectives vs. a “rip and replace” technology change. The pieces of Student Cloud are being released over time with all but Student Management and Financial Aid available now. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 4)

Welcome to Part 4 of The Cloud Understood series. A quick recap: in Part 1, I defined “Cloud” and described many of the most common XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) offerings. In Part 2, I discussed the interaction of Cloud Providers, Consumers, Service Owners, and Service Consumers and mentioned the features and benefits of the Cloud. In Part 3, I discussed the benefits and risks in Cloud design. In this edition, I will explain the four primary Cloud Deployment Models. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 of The Cloud Understood series. A quick recap: in Part 1, I defined “Cloud” and described the most common XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) offerings. In Part 2, I discussed the interaction of Cloud Providers, Consumers, Service Owners, and Service Consumers and mentioned the features and benefits of the Cloud. In this edition, I will describe many of the Cloud’s features, benefits, weaknesses, and risks. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 2)

In this edition, I will talk about how Cloud service providers address the needs of individuals and organizations and identify the common benefits/features of Clouds in general. As I discussed in Part 1, the Cloud is “many things to many people” and other than the generalized definition of Internet-based, ubiquitous, convenient, scalable, elastic, on-demand and metered IT resources (wow, that’s a lot of adjectives), the true definition of Cloud Computing is as unique as the individual or entity consumer. Read more

Evaluating the Cloud: Cloud World and HCM World

Cloud World and HCM World—have you heard of them? They’re not what you might first think; not OpenWorld and definitely not a mythical world up above. These are real-world conferences focused on all things “Cloud” and HCM. Top thought leaders discuss what they’ve seen; and better, what they see coming for services in the Cloud.

Sierra-Cedar has attended several Cloud World conferences in the past and found them very worthwhile. At HCM World this year, we will have a kiosk where we’ll discuss our HCM expertise, Cloud experience, and share our HR Technology Survey. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 1)

In this blog series, my goal is to explain the concepts of “Cloud,” its features, methods, strengths, weaknesses, benefits, and risks. Not since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the “Internet” buzz-word consumed the mindset of everyone who was at least tangentially exposed to information technology, has a term become so pervasive as has the word “Cloud.” We see it everywhere; in the news, email, on the web, even in TV commercials. Everybody (and their brother) has the “Cloud Solution” for you. If only it were that easy. Read more

The Cloud Authentication Challenge

Everyone “knows” that one of the largest issues holding back wider adoption of the Cloud is security. How can information that is stored in the Cloud be truly secure? The reason the Cloud is so challenging is that many people, both technical and non-technical, don’t fully understand what technologies they need to make it usable and secure at the same time. Authentication—determining that a user is a valid user—is key. Read more

Integration in the Cloud: Some Basics

The Cloud is great, isn’t it? It opens so many doors, removes some major barriers when it comes to organizations getting a system up and running quickly, and it… well… also poses some questions to those who are new to it. This blog post will deal with one very common question asked by both business and IT users: how do I handle integration with applications that are in the Cloud? In an attempt to stay consistent with other blog postings in this series, I will address the business user audience as opposed to the IT team. Plus, most of the online content you can find today focuses on technical architectures while leaving the business user’s head spinning with acronyms. So this one is for the non-techies. Also, for the purposes of this blog post, Cloud applications will refer to SaaS (Software as a Service) applications that reside in the public Cloud. Read more