I was able to take in the sights and sounds of OOW last week in San Francisco. Meetings with Oracle leaders, our partners, customers and other vendors gave me a refreshed perspective on Larry’s company and Cloud Services more broadly.  My takeaways:

  1. Cloud is the new cloud: A fait accompli. Every enterprise attendee—including CIOs, CFOs and CEOs—is already leveraging a hybrid cloud approach; there is no more cloud resistance. In fact, the hype cycle is long gone. Leaders are now more concerned with mapping out their overall cloud strategy, executing, implementing and adjusting on such roadmap, and setting their business apart with the cloud, thus giving them a corporate advantage.

  2. Cloud use evolution: As more corporations execute on their cloud roadmap, the key decision making questions have evolved—from who, what and where to why and how.  These questions probe at the heart of achieving business outcomes:

  • How do we optimize cloud to innovate faster?
  • Why can’t we leverage the cloud for more?
  • Which cloud strategies can we implement to move our business forward?
  • How can we utilize the cloud to operate more easily and transparently?
  • How do we manage our cloud growth?

 

As the ability to manage multiple cloud efforts through a hybrid approach has risen in importance, so has the need for a platform that can manage private, public and partnered cloud solutions.  Enterprises demand a portal where they can not only view their cloud utilization, operations, and spend but one that gives them an analytics-based assessment of those same business outcomes.

  1. The Cloud is becoming software defined: This software defined extrapolation is to be expected, of course, as the power of a software defined application management platform, like Velocity’s VCAMP, becomes a key success element for an enterprise’s cloud strategy. Making complex applications easier to run—where aggregation and sophistication rule the day—means that cloud management, just like compute (virtualization), and networking and storage (software defined), has evolved to a maturity point where the use of software, allowing automation and ease of use and leveraging analytics, is a required element of today’s virtual IT architecture.

It seems every trip through SFO and Silicon Valley reinforces my vision for a connected cloud world. OOW did not disappoint.