How Dev/Test in the cloud is accelerating delivery of Oracle Middleware projects by Matt Wright

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The source of competitive advantage and value that an organization delivers to its end customers is increasingly defined by the software “systems” that underpin them. As a result, organizations find themselves in a digital race, where the speed at which IT can reliably deliver new features and innovations is what sets them apart from their competition.

In an industrial company, avoid software at your own peril . . . a software company could disintermediate GE someday, and we’re better off being paranoid about that.”

Jeff Immelt, CEO, General Electric

These innovations are seldom delivered by pre-packaged business applications, whether running on-premise or delivered as Software as a Service (SaaS), but by custom solutions derived in-house. Yet, most organizations have neither the time nor funds to build these systems of innovation from the ground up. Instead, they are delivered by layering new capabilities on top of existing applications, an approach defined by Gartner as “Pace-Layered”.

Oracle Middleware, such as the Oracle BPM Suite and Oracle SOA Suite provides the application glue to rapidly and continually combine these business apps, like puzzle pieces, into a custom integrated solution in order to deliver a seamless and unified experience to the customer.

Yet even with this Pace-Layered approach, many IT projects are still failing to deliver either on-time or on-budget, with development teams often held back by their own IT organization. So how can you reduce the cost of the software you develop and decrease the time it takes to get it right?

Research shows moving development to the cloud can initially reduce development time by an order of 11 to 20 percent. Organizations that fully embrace the cloud for Dev and Test are experiencing 30%+ time savings upon maturing their DevOps capabilities. 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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