Oracle’s Open World ends in a “cloud”

Not everyone is sold on every aspect of the “cloud” enterprise, however, with many consultants issuing caveats recently

By ·

“Cloud Computing in a box” was heralded as the next big thing by Oracle’s CEO, Larry Ellison in his closing remarks at this year’s “Open World.”

After characterizing IBM as SAP as antiquated supply chain competitors, he noted that the company’s new Exalogic system – or “cloud in a box” – would transform the industry. He also noted that Oracle has introduced more new technology than at any time in the company’s history, largely as a consequence of its acquisition of Sun Microsystems earlier this year.

Exalogic system combines a variety of components into one “box,”  thereby replacing a host of servers most computing centers rely on.

Earlier in this week, Andy Mulholland, Global Capgemini CTO and author of “Enterprise Cloud Computing,” told of the need to transform technology-focused “business as usual” to innovation-focused business.

Oracle Fusion Applications is “at the heart of this transformation,” he said,  “evolving from traditional applications to SOA (service oriented architecture) -based collaborative applications in the cloud.”

Not everyone is sold on every aspect of the “cloud” enterprise, however, with many consultants issuing caveats recently.

“Shifting your portfolio to the cloud should make a lot of behind-the-scenes processes easier, particularly when it comes to some of the more technical implementation issues,” said Scott Rosenberger, a transportation sector leader with Deloitte Consulting LLP. “But it doesn’t change the underlying reality that there has to be a strategy for putting together all the people, processes and tools that the cloud supports in order to maintain security and reliability.”

He concludes in a recent paper, however, that the good news is that the shift to cloud services can liberate IT to operate more strategically:

“Whether you have a separate group responsible for managing and overseeing it, or it’s built into the group’s DNA, enterprise architecture will be one of the prime enablers of IT in this new world.”


About the Author

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at [email protected]

Subscribe to Logistics Management Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Get timely insider information that you can use to better manage your entire logistics operation.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Article Topics

All Topics
Latest Whitepaper
Boost your retail performance with an integrated solution
From outbound and inbound route planning to inventory management, and workforce optimization to home delivery planning, your planners need the full picture to make the best decisions.
Download Today!
From the September 2017 Logistics Management Magazine Issue
While Amazon’s recent bid to purchase Whole Foods made mainstream headlines, the e-commerce giant will still need to adhere to time-tested realities. Any way you slice it, the integrated U.S. cold chain requires optimized service from existing ports, 3PLs, cold storage warehousing, transportation providers and high-value vendors.
Improving 3PL Management: Glanbia Adds Muscle to Logistics
Why Retail Supply Chain Transformations Fail - and how to get it right
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
EDITORS' PICKS
26th Annual Study of Logistics and Transportation Trends: Transportation at Digital Speed
While a majority of companies strongly agree that transportation is a strategically important...
34th Annual Quest for Quality Awards: Winners Revealed
Which carriers, third-party logistics providers, and North American ports have crossed the service...

2017 Salary Survey: Fresh Voices Express Optimism
Our “33rd Annual Salary Survey” reflects more diversity entering the logistics management...
LM Exclusive: Major Modes Join E-commerce Mix
While last mile carriers receive much of the attention, the traditional modal heavyweights are in...