• April 11, 2019
  • Catagory Development

Pick the right Oracle solutions for the right business problem

By : Fabio Grosso

Whether you’re an existing customer or looking at greenfield opportunities, Oracle solutions can be a little overwhelming when you’re trying to pick the best business application for the job.

As an Oracle Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP) with a deep and long history of implementing Oracle solutions for our customers, we’ve found the best way to pick the right product is to define the problem and your business objectives. From there, you can align it with the best Oracle offering. It’s still a big job, so we’ve put together a little guide to help customers get started, whether you’re eyeing new computing infrastructure or business applications.

Make Better Business Decisions

If your goal is to improve productivity for users and scale up your business to be more competitive while reducing costs, you’ll want to start with Oracle Cloud.

Moving to a subscription model automatically lowers your costs because for a monthly payment you have access to a wealth of infrastructure that would have otherwise required a great deal of upfront investment on your part. Not only you do you save money on hardware, but you immediately have more business flexibility. Managed Oracle IaaS enables you to move all your business applications to the cloud, which minimizes the disruption that usually comes with on-premise system upgrades or software changes.

Oracle also offers a great deal of business applications you can run in the cloud. If your aim is to gain greater visibility and improve profitability, you should consider Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Supply Chain Management and Oracle E-Business Suite to drive smarter decisions through analytics, improve workflows and employee productivity.

Manage Data Better

Of course, you can’t make smarter decisions without the right information, so if you’re looking at corralling your data better, there are a few Oracle solutions that can help.

One the realities of today’s business is that you have multiple systems and applications that ideally should be using the same data—that’s where Oracle Middleware comes in. It can help you pull together files and datapoints to provide the single source of truth business applications need to deliver value. An Oracle Database, meanwhile, can help you harness customer information.

Business and applications need a strong IT backbone

Your mission critical data and business applications only deliver the most value when they have a solid foundation supporting them.

Oracle offers several hardware and infrastructure options that make sure data-driven business applications operate optimally while also helping you to streamline costs. Oracle Virtual Machine, for example, can help you reduce your overall compute costs. But if you want to not only improve your compute performance and maximize return-on-investment from your Oracle applications, you should consider an Oracle engineered system such as the Oracle Database Appliance, or Oracle Exadata, which provides even more power with less maintenance.

Pulling it all together

Whether it’s just a couple of Oracle solutions or a large combination of business applications and Oracle engineered systems, you can pull everything together with Oracle Enterprise Manager, which provides a single view of all your Oracle deployments in a central location.

The breadth and depth of Oracle solutions doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Whether you’re an existing customer or eyeing Oracle for the first time, an experienced technology partner can help you adopt and update your business applications so you can scale your business while reducing costs.

Fabio Gross in senior channel manager with Supra ITS. Learn more about Supra ITS’ status as an MSP with our handy FAQ.

Custom application development is growing within companies who want more than an off-the-peg, pre-packaged solution – they want a solution designed for their specific needs, with features and functionality that will maximize value and operational efficiency for the business.

Application Development

For companies without the extensive in-house skill base, or extended budgets to hire the same, a popular response has been to engage a managed services provider with solid software application development credentials, for the time required to understand the need, design the solution and develop the application.

The results usually reveal a reduced demand on human resources and faster, more efficient, delivery of results, in the form of information, data-based conclusions and certain insights.

Some of the key benefits include streamlined business processes, user-friendly interfaces, usually a lower total cost of ownership and no ongoing fees (unlike much licensed software), and the ability to make further, customized modifications, such as adding a new feature.

Companies looking for the answer to a particular need, and need it ‘yesterday’, will often turn to existing, ready-packaged software that may cover most but not meet all of their needs, but can be implemented on a shorter timescale. In these instances, long-term benefits and efficiencies of a customized solution must be sacrificed.

For online businesses, web application development has seen the emergence of secure and efficient methods of conducting business transactions and payments, identifying market opportunities using social and online data, and marketing to existing and potential customers.

With the value and potential of conducting business online being has been loudly proclaimed in recent years, putting companies specializing in developing web apps for businesses in high demand.

As with their offline counterparts, custom web apps are designed with specific features to deliver valuable outcomes with more efficiency than alternative – usually manual – methods. This might take the form of an online survey hosted on the client website that aims to gauge interest in new product lines or services, from which strategic business and marketing decisions can be made.

In conclusion, the goal of custom application development – for internal, offline or online applications – is to help companies perform business functions and make more informed strategic decisions more effectively, in turn passing on value and efficiency to employees, customers and other stakeholders.