Just a few years ago, cloud computing was emerging on the radar of many businesses. Today, it is proving to be a powerful operating model. There are many options, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers and hosts of solutions for both private and public clouds to choose from. Despite these options, which are easily available, many organizations lack a sound strategy to bring the cloud model to their data centers.
Business leaders desire the agility and cost structures that the cloud can offer. They are looking for new applications that cloud models can deliver. Due to the lack of perceived action from IT departments, business leaders are selecting individual cloud-based applications to meet short-term requirements, although this is creating numerous challenges in terms of governance and data integration. According to a survey from the Harvard Business Review, titled “The Impact of Cloud on the IT/Business Partnership,” “New business-to-business cloud apps are typically marketed as being easy to use and easy to implement.”
Oracle provides a solution to the challenges faced by enterprise cloud. Every cloud journey is unique, and every organization has different needs. Oracle’s public and private cloud both use the same architecture, tools, and processes. There isn’t any need to devote extensive integration or complex support extensions of what already runs in the data center. Oracle offers the option to select your own path on your journey to the cloud, ensuring a smooth transition to a new, more agile, cloud model.
Oracle’s technology provides five attractive paths for current enterprise application infrastructures focused on moving toward a cloud model:
· Streamline enterprise application infrastructure with Oracle engineered systems
· Extend the private cloud model to enterprise application workloads
· Deploy hybrid cloud for application development and testing
· Bring the public cloud model into the data center
· Lift-and-shift to the public cloud
IT leaders who fail to get ahead of business demands for enterprise cloud will most likely find themselves in a tough spot that involves budget cuts, limited ability to govern IT solutions and investments, serious challenges with compliance, and audits. Organizational inaction can be difficult to overcome. It requires vision, leadership, and persistence. Whether you consider the cloud to be a chance, a challenge, or both, the industry’s move in that direction has already begun.