Oracle Cloud Adds 10 Enterprise Apps

In an impressive move to strengthen its position in the public cloud realm, Oracle has just added 10 new enterprise services to the Oracle Cloud. The newest additions include Compute Cloud; Object Storage Cloud; Database Cloud; Java Cloud; Business Intelligence Cloud; Documents Cloud; Mobile Cloud; Database Backup Cloud; Billing and Revenue Management Cloud; and Cloud Marketplace.

At the Oracle OpenWorld conference, which runs this week in San Francisco, company execs discussed benefits of the new apps and infrastructure changes that aim to help customers and partners further leverage the power of cloud computing.

Even before this week's announcements, Oracle Cloud already offered a range of integrated services running in what the company describes as a secure, enterprise, standards-based cloud platform. With this week's addition of new SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) options, Oracle now offers one of the most extensive collections of cloud-based enterprise applications.

Selling with Flexibility

The 10 new cloud services are all available on a subscription basis. Some of the key new offerings include human capital management, customer experience (CX) management, and enterprise resource management (ERP), with built-in business intelligence (BI), social and mobile capabilities.

Oracle is promoting flexibility as a top selling point. The company offers choices as to how to deploy Oracle software: in traditional on-premise data centers, or though private clouds, Oracle Cloud, or other public clouds.

Easy Migration

We caught up with Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, to get his thoughts on Oracle's big cloud announcement. He told us it's now clear to everybody, including Oracle, that the world is moving to cloud. Oracle is offering what cloud customers want: more flexibility when it comes to how they deploy their applications, which applications they use -- and even how to pay for that flexibility.

"It's fair to say that Oracle has been slow to the cloud, but when you look...

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