It’s been a busy month since my last blog post, after presenting at COLLABORATE18 in Las Vegas and then at the British Columbia Oracle User Group (BCOUG) first-ever Tech Day in Vancouver. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my current topics – Database In-Memory enhancements, database options for the Oracle Public Cloud, and the latest database release’s capabilities for accessing data directly from JSON, HDFS, and HIVE formats – resonated with the Oracle DBAs and application developers that attended my sessions.
Over the past year, I’ve been assuming the mantle of “Subject Matter Expert” for all things Oracle on behalf of my colleagues at ViON Corporation. During this time, I’ve had numerous opportunities to talk at length with C-level executives, as well as the “boots on the ground” folks, including Oracle DBAs and application developers, about the promise of transforming their IT organizations by migrating at least some of their Oracle Databases and corresponding computing infrastructure to the Cloud. As expected, there is still a lot of confusion around the advantages and drawbacks of a Cloud migration strategy.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that I’ve had a lot of chances to chat with IT organizations – everyone from C-suite executives to Oracle DBAs and developers – about how they plan to migrate their existing Oracle Databases and corresponding computing infrastructures to the Cloud.
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At ViON, we have the privilege of working with many government agencies and veterans who have served or continue to serve our nation in government and commercial IT organizations. I come from a military family and I too served in the military, so it comes as no surprise to me that many veterans who once protected our nation are often found working toward similar missions in a civilian capacity.
Celebrating Navy Day October 27 (Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday) has always been a way to honor the past contributions of the Navy. However, this year as we look at the strategic vision for the Navy and our armed forces as it relates to IT, we not only celebrate the past but also the innovative thinking that’s driving future success.
The cloud adoption memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan is a welcome one. In fact, it represents further innovation from DoD in the IT arena. We don’t tend to pair the terms “DoD acquisition” and “innovation,” but if we look back over the past two or three decades, DoD has innovated in IT and IT acquisition. The use of The Defense Working Capital Fund (DWCF) to drive consumption models for IT in 2003 was very progressive (and long before we even had the terms “cloud” or “as-a-Service”). The DOD began the process and continues to lead the way in data center consolidation and optimization. The establishment of the Cloud Executive Steering Group (CESG) to drive efficiencies of cloud business models for IT within DoD is the latest innovative move and one that’s got the support of industry.
Military service has always been at the heart of my family’s history. Between my father’s naval service of 28 years—including time served on the Tennessee in Pearl Harbor—my sister’s 22-year career as an army nurse and my own 3-year career in the United States Marine Corps, my family’s service has spanned every major conflict between 1940 and 1989. Alongside us in all of those conflicts were men and women with their own stories of service and sacrifice, some at the greatest price. Those years and experiences profoundly impacted the person I am today and, consequently, how I lead ViON. Though I’m no longer on active duty, my goal has always been to continue serving and protecting our nation in new ways as a civilian, while also honoring those who have fought with us and those who continue to put their lives on the line. So, in more ways than one, “service” is at the heart of ViON too.
This morning I joined thousands of cyclists who rode their bikes to work for National Bike to Work Day. And today, like every ride, I would periodically check out how I was doing on my Garmin bike computer. As I cycled through all the screens and data points that I had at my fingertips, it occurred to me how this one simple activity of riding to work is the perfect microcosm of the Internet of Things (IoT). We now have the technology and ability to create, track, analyze, store and share hundreds of data points, just in the act of riding a bicycle.
On April 22nd, we recognized the 47th official Earth Day; the original was held in 1970, when it was founded by Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in. For those of us in the IT industry, it's an opportunity to evangelize the "green data center" and extol the virtues of consolidation, virtualization, reducing carbon footprints and lowering the consumption of power and cooling. And we should be having these conversations - not just in April, but all year round. As temporary residents of planet Earth, we have a responsibility to tread lightly and preserve what we have for generations to come. But the reality of green IT is that there are multiple shades of green - where environmental stewardship intersects with fiscal prudence. As IT budgets get leaner and leaner, decisions skew in favor of the green of money. But the reality is, with the right approach, green IT responsibility can equate to financial responsibility.