Why the Cloud is Like an Orchestra and PaaS the Conductor by Dain Hansen

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Musical instruments sound great on their own, but they’re even better when played together: the same applies to cloud services

For many years, cloud adoption was presented as a series of choices. These included such decisions as whether to adopt public or private cloud; or to ignore both and to stick with on-premise enterprise IT systems. Businesses also had to get to grips with a wide variety of services – starting with Software as a Service (SaaS) and then moving swiftly on to Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). This raised further questions: which of these services would benefit them the most? Which should they invest in immediately and for which could they afford to wait?

With the coming of age of cloud computing, it is now clear that while key decisions still need to be made, making the right choices for the business has never been easier. This is because it is now clear that the future for enterprise IT doesn’t lie in the implementation of one or two cloud services (no matter how strategic) so much as in a holistic adoption of the cloud in all its forms. This is because the value of cloud services and infrastructure increases exponentially when delivered as an orchestrated whole.

In the same way the sound of a lone saxophonist is in no way comparable to the power of a full orchestra; likewise, businesses that have a holistic cloud strategy are in a different league to those that run isolated elements of the cloud. While the latter might enjoy productivity and costs benefits in the short term, the former stand to deliver far greater benefits from the complete transformation of their businesses. Read the complete article here.

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About Jürgen Kress
As a middleware expert Jürgen works at Oracle EMEA Alliances and Channels, responsible for Oracle’s EMEA Fusion Middleware partner business. He is the founder of the Oracle SOA & BPM and the WebLogic Partner Communities and the global Oracle Partner Advisory Councils. With more than 5000 members from all over the world the Middleware Partner Community is the most successful and active community at Oracle. Jürgen manages the community with monthly newsletters, webcasts and conferences. He hosts his annual Fusion Middleware Partner Community Forums and the Fusion Middleware Summer Camps, where more than 200 partners get product updates, roadmap insights and hands-on trainings. Supplemented by many web 2.0 tools like twitter, discussion forums, online communities, blogs and wikis. For the SOA & Cloud Symposium by Thomas Erl, Jürgen is a member of the steering board. He is also a frequent speaker at conferences like the SOA & BPM Integration Days, JAX, UKOUG, OUGN, or OOP.

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