The Bigger Picture – the benefits of Oracle Optimisation

Ian Price
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Turning obstacles into opportunities

There is a clear set of challenges facing any business running an Oracle estate – risk, complexity and cost – that all hinder business agility and success.

Yet, equally, once you decide to embark on Oracle optimisation, there is a clear set of benefits that start to emerge too.

Why optimise?

There are clearly potential problems and challenges facing every business running complex Oracle environments, but what broadly can you expect to achieve from going through the process of Oracle optimisation?

The benefits of Oracle optimisation can be summed up in four words: Control, advantage, freedom and return.

Control

IT departments need control of the technology they operate. The more control you have over your Oracle investment, the better you can make it work for your business. You’ll be in control of everything from application upgrades to running costs, giving you the power to make the right decisions that work best for your business.

Advantage

Get the edge on your competition with a more efficient, productive and agile business, powered by your Oracle estate, working to its full potential. That means a platform solution that delivers sustainable, performant, scalable and operationally effective Oracle based services.

Freedom

You’ll have the independence and opportunity to rapidly adapt what you do to meet your business needs. That way you can move easily to incorporate new Oracle strategies that support planned business initiatives and fully realise the targeted benefits. The flexibility to change direction and re-prioritise is a central element to mastering the art of Oracle.

Return

It’s vital that your Oracle investment earns its keep. Oracle optimisation will help you dramatically consolidate your data and applications, help to streamline business processes and create a flexible, shared resource whilst driving down cost of ownership, so that ultimately Oracle optimisation benefits the bottom line.

What does optimisation look like?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to Oracle optimisation. The process needs to be appropriate to your business; take into account what you’ve achieved; and deliver a tailored, phased approach based on business benefits: It’s a journey.

Here at Fujitsu we implemented our own Oracle optimisation programme to improve overall management efficiency and business speed.

We took a phased approach, which included consolidating the Oracle databases, developing a disaster recovery system and gaining integration know-how and experience.

The result saw opex plummet by 80%, as well as a reduction in the number of physical servers from 126 to just 6.

Don’t just take our word for it

It’s not just us that have enjoyed the benefits. One Irish bank was attempting to manage 250 test databases, 40 servers and six versions of Oracle.

Oracle took the bank through a phased optimisation programme that rationalised the environment to 25 test databases, 6 servers and Oracle Real Application Clusters.

The outcome was 65% less effort in database patching, significantly reduced complexity and a massive upswing in business agility.

Another European company saw a 65% TCO saving over five years, and the time to provision a new database environment slashed from eight weeks to four hours. Now that’s optimisation.

It’s a journey

Whatever the specific motivations or outcomes behind optimising your Oracle estate, one thing is for sure – it’s a journey requiring a roadmap that carefully understands the specific needs of each business. Take this phased, considered approach and a successful destination can be assured.

To find out more about our Oracle optimisation services, visit www.uk.fujitsu.com/oracleoptimisation – or sign up for our event at the Tate Britain to experience the Art of Oracle Optimisation for yourself.

The Art of Oracle Optimisation

Leaders from Fujitsu UK and Ireland take on an unusual challenge to help illustrate the Art of Oracle Optimisation.

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