Examining Cloud-Driven Changes in Organizations

Cloud-driven automation is creating the need for an evolution throughout IT and the enterprise.

DBTA recently held a webcast featuring Joe McKendrick, independent analyst and author, and Maria Colgan, Oracle master product manager, who examined how cloud is driving change and how Oracle can help.

According to a recent survey conducted by Unisphere Research, Information Today Inc., and the Independent Oracle Users Group, most data managers soon expect to be spending a significant portion of their time working with cloud. And 55% report their roles in the enterprise are changing as a direct result of cloud.

With cloud, data managers are spending less time with administrative tasks and more time with higher level duties such as consulting, data analytics, data or enterprise architecture, and devops, according to McKendrick.

New types of positions and job roles are on the horizon including:

  • Cloud data architect
  • Cloud computing architect
  • Cloud specialists
  • Cloud alliance managers
  • Explainers, trainers and sustainers

To prepare for this revolution, Colgan suggested businesses need to understand the benefits of good architecture.

A sound data model simplifies database tuning, improves time to market, and reduces costs and project creep.

The business is going to look to data managers to determine what database cloud service they should use. Data managers will be in charge of, and in control of, the end-to-end service levels and need to know what each Database Cloud Service offers you in terms of:

  • Availability
  • Security
  • Performance
  • Scalability

Data managers should take advantage of trail accounts or entry level services such as Exadata Express to get familiar with provisioning and using a cloud environment.

Managed Database Cloud services will patch databases in a rolling fashion. The goal is to have applications continue to operate without errors and within the specified response time objectives while this patching occurs.

An archived on-demand replay of this webinar is available here.