Reflections on “Changing the Game: Why #Oracle is in the IT Operations Management Business”

Oracle seems to be a little disingenuous when it is touting Changing the Game: Why Oracle is in the IT Operations Management Business.

IT Operations transformation is an important subject, because year after year, we hear essentially the same refrain – large enterprises spend an average of two-thirds (67%!) of their IT resources (budget, energy, time, people, etc.) on running the business, with far too little left over to spend on growing and transforming the business (which is what the business actually needs and wants). In the thirtieth year of the distributed computing revolution (give or take, depending on how you count it), it’s amazing that we have still not moved the needle on the single biggest component of enterprise IT resource utilization.

Emphasis in original

The proposed solution appears to be tight-coupling of the IT technology stack—everything is from Oracle. This integrated manageability approach is supported by three (3) case studies in which vastly faster provisioning time for databases, reduced CapEx and OpEx, reduced response times, and reduced maintainance planning are the proffered benefits.

As I said in Reflections on #oracle Advanced Customer Support Services, this product offerring from Oracle would benefit well-run and well-managed organisations. Organisations that have a broken IT architecture, or none at all, or a legacy of bad code, this approach would not work because the organisation needs more money and resources to fix the problem in the development space.

The slow provisioning times in this type of organisation actually slows the bleeding of money because the amount of crap increases slowly and at a more manageable pace.

The high CapEx and OpEx in these sorts of organisation is seen as a quick fix to problems of design and implementation. The attitude is just throw more hardware at the problem. Making crap code run faster does not improve the user experience better getting the wrong answer faster is not a good idea.

These magical solutions are not for organisations that have not advanced in IT maturity.


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