- In 2008, Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison, called cloud computing a “gibberish” concept, and had no strategy or interest in becoming a cloud company.
- Prior to the World Cup 2014 playing its first game, Brazil, the winningest team in World Cup history, was projected by analytic models to have a 45% chance of winning the tourney, the highest of any competing team.
- On June 26th, 2014, Oracle co-President Mark Hurd expresses to analysts that Oracle is a leader in Cloud application and isn’t quite satisfied with being No. 2 in Cloud, telling them, “Make no mistake, we’re laser-focused on being No. 1 in the Cloud.”
- In the semi-final on July 8th, 2014, Brazil lost 7-1 to Germany in the country’s worst defeat since 1934, and it snapped a 62-match home unbeaten in competitive matches that stretched back to 1975.
Six years after Ellison’s cloud pronouncement, Oracle has 20,000 developers working on new business solutions that are intended to enable Oracle to become the leader in the Cloud or SaaS (Software-as-a-service) space. The meteoric growth of companies such as Salesforce.com (currently No. 1 in the Cloud) and Workday has proven that companies are looking to reap the benefits of sophisticated business applications without taking on the complexity of managing these systems.
That said, these Cloud systems place serious constraints on how businesses can deploy them. They require fairly standard implementations with very specific functionality that is available. In the case of Financial functions, HR/Payroll, and CRM systems this typically isn’t a challenge for most organizations, but once you get outside of your core business functions and into the areas that differentiate your business (such as your manufacturing processes), a system that maps specifically to your business is critical. In the end, it comes down to determining what the critical requirements are for your organization and making sure you deploy the correct platform to meet your organizational needs. If a system doesn’t solve your problems or enable you to make more money, it really isn’t a smart play.
One of our competencies here at brij is help companies determine what the best approach is for them to optimize their business processes and realize a strong return on investment in technology. Regardless of the hype in the marketplace, we work with you to evaluate the options available to you and enable your success. While the heavy odds are on Cloud in the market, history has shown that trends can change fairly rapidly.