The Call for a New Breed of IT Infrastructure Powered by Hardware and Software Engineered Together THE CHANGING ROLE OF IT An organization’s IT systems are an essential part of its team. When selecting them, you need to look for exactly the same kind of qualities you would look for in new employees. The systems: i Must have all-purpose, core data-center knowledge, as well as workload-optimized expertise Must work together seamlessly, with as little friction as possible Should bring new capabilities with them that aid innovation As they search for systems that truly live up to these specifications, organizations are turning to a new breed of IT infrastructure—integrated systems. Across the board, integrated systems are making IT organizations more efficient—and they’re increasingly doing so at a lower buy-in price. With this new breed of infrastructure, time-consuming, routine tasks such as provisioning, patching, configuration management, monitoring, and troubleshooting are Need to be hardworking and bring a high level of performance at an affordable price Must deliver an economically sensible way to run the data-center reduced significantly, thanks to simple automation and integrated management tools. This means dedicated IT teams can finally start spending time on the tasks they really want to do. They can make the most of their expertise, and start driving the business forward instead of just fighting fires in the data center. And from a management perspective, it means further opportunities to cut costs—by more efficiently allocating the staff and skills available. THE IMPACT ON INNOVATION Today, innovation is everything. And with your IT team released from the daily grind, they can really start helping you deliver it. In a world of self-service, instant information and agile competition, finding new ways to meet customer needs is critical. To create and roll out successful new products and services, employees across your enterprise need the support of a platform that helps them make ideas realities—fast. Inefficient or insufficient technology is a real barrier to innovation, and can shut down great ideas before they are fully explored. But it’s not just product and service innovation that’re increasingly essential to business success; having the resources you need to develop innovative new internal processes is also crucial to gaining competitive advantage. By reducing the time and energy you’re forced to spend on custom-building and maintaining your IT environment, integrated systems can help you redesign internal processes too—giving IT teams the space they need to develop the kind of game-changing ideas that will really drive your business forward. Integrated systems can offer organizations a greatly reduced time to market. THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRATED SYSTEMS Integrated systems make IT processes so much simpler. They give organizations the performance, availability, agility, scalability, and customizability they need to innovate with confidence—safe in the knowledge that their IT environment can comfortably support their new initiatives. By using integrated systems to aid innovation, businesses can ultimately: With integrated systems, everyone can put their ideas into action as quickly as possible. This doesn’t just help organizations be first to market with new products; it also helps reduce costs, resolve customer issues, improve experiences, and adapt to market changes very quickly; it also helps reduce costs, resolve customer issues, improve experiences. ++ Reach customers with new products and services before competitors do ++ Improve the efficiency of existing processes and adopt new ones without hassle ++ Test innovation scenarios and eliminate issues early on in the development process ++ Capitalize on emerging opportunities faster The result is a more flexible business, more empowered employees, and more ways to stay ahead of the competition. Organizations can expect to save a significant amount of time for innovation each week as a result of using integrated systems. CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT Tier1 Tier1 is a leading provider of business consulting solutions and 24/7 managed services for Oracle Applications. With an easy-todeploy engineered system that provides the flexibility needed for cloud computing, Tier1 was able to: ++ Deploy ready-to-run virtual machines in minutes ++ Go from power-on to production in an hour ++ Significantly accelerate data processing ++ Simplify management of the entire cloud life cycle THE ORACLE DIFFERENCE As the pioneer of integrated systems, Oracle understands organizations’ growing hunger for extreme speed and seamless scalability at an affordable price, and utilizes a wealth of experience to preintegrate its solutions for success. No other vendor offers the breadth of portfolio, trusted track record, or extreme price/performance that Oracle does—helping customers cut costs, simplify deployments and streamline ongoing management. Oracle does the integration so you don’t have to, implementing and maintaining the entire technology stack, and seamlessly connecting all components of a sophisticated, modern data center. And we offer all of this value at price points that the competition can’t match. With Oracle engineered systems, you can take control of inefficient, poorly optimized, or sprawling data centers and transform them for less—cutting costs, freeing up resources, and enabling people across the enterprise to innovate with confidence. Learn more Visit our website www.oracle.com/engineered-systems or download our comprehensive engineered systems e-guide today to find out what Oracle’s engineered systems could help your organization achieve. You can call on 1-800-633-0738, or chat with one of our engineered systems experts live through your browser. Copyright © 2015, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.