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Challenging times

Oracle’s extensive portfolio of products often form a vital part of the IT infrastructure of many large businesses. Yet, all too often it has become a convoluted tangle of ageing infrastructure, software and licensing agreements that hamper its ability to function smoothly.

IT departments are faced with trying to disentangle their Oracle environments, while dealing with rising costs and increasingly stringent budgets.

In today’s digital age, business agility is IT agility. If your Oracle infrastructure is not able to change quickly enough to support business initiatives, then it is not working to its full potential, and in turn, failing to meet the needs and objectives of your organisation.

In order to consider how to make the most out of your Oracle estate, it’s worth considering some of the big stumbling blocks to an optimised position.

Audit risk

First up, given the complexities and pressures facing IT departments grappling with their Oracle estates, it’s no surprise that occasionally they fall foul of compliance rules and industry regulations.

Oracle licensing rules can seem ambiguous and require expert knowledge to interpret, making it easy for companies to inadvertently become non-compliant.

A typical example would be a business deploying Oracle on VM Ware, without fully understanding the licensing implications, leaving the company unwittingly non-compliant.

Then comes the dreaded audit, requiring focused activity from key resources, taking them away from supporting operations and business initiatives and diverting management attention.

The results of an audit can not only lead to a financial penalty but can also undermine a company’s reputation and its relationship with the vendor.

Time to market

Speed and agility are vital traits for any business to operate effectively in a competitive marketplace. That means for your current Oracle investments to deliver business objectives, they must keep pace with a company’s needs.

However due to existing systems complexity and the protracted processes for the deployment of new Oracle hardware and databases, time to market is too slow to keep pace with the needs of increased data storage and the fast implementation of digital initiatives. This gap between business expectations and IT delivery is where businesses are falling down.

Out-dated technology

Keeping your Oracle estate up-to-date with the latest software is no easy task, particularly given the complexity of any existing legacy infrastructure and the multiple layers of hardware, software and databases often built up over the years.

It’s not surprising then, that many companies slip behind on their technology investment, leading to ‘technical debt’ and an increased risk to day-to-day operations.

The consequences of under-investment then are that businesses end up with multiple versions of the same product, with end-of-life, unsupported and limited supported software running simultaneously – leading to the potential compliance issues mentioned earlier.

Cost of ownership

Which brings us on to cost – a challenge that runs through all of these obstacles. The cost of Oracle ownership is not inconsiderable; economic pressures to reduce operational expenses (doing more for less) while keeping up-to-date with the increasing costs of managing and supporting your investment, requiring expensive, specialist resources, is a drain on any business. On top of this, the opportunities to move to more economic cloud options may be compromised by existing support agreements.

When it comes to the cost of Oracle it can all start to add up. But here’s the thing – a well-functioning Oracle infrastructure has the capacity to turbo charge any business. It has the real potential to reduce a whole raft of unexpected costs and ultimately gives businesses the agility to innovate, adapt and succeed in a competitive marketplace. In fact, some of our customers treat their Oracle as a work of art and as such have seen quite beautiful results.

There are challenges to face when it comes to your Oracle investment, but they are by no means insurmountable. And once overcome, your masterpiece will be in your hands.

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