Groups III though VII are referred to as Oracle’s platform as a service (PaaS) and provide a standards-based, self-service, easy-to-use platform to rapidly build and deploy scalable applications. Services in the PaaS groups are also excellent conductors (providing power to applications), highly malleable (very flexible and used in many different ways to build applications), and lustrous (built on the industry’s #1 database and application server). Developers use PaaS to create bespoke applications or to extend SaaS applications in groups VIII through XII.
Oracle’s software as a service (SaaS) is represented by groups VIII through XII and provides the most comprehensive and connected portfolio of modern business applications in the industry. These SaaS groups are also known as the human capital management (HCM), enterprise performance management (EPM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), and customer experience (CX) groups. SaaS is often extended by PaaS or IaaS or integrated with on-premises applications, creating what are known as hybrid clouds. This phenomenon is known as “coexistence.” CX services are highly reactive and tend to combine with other cloud service elements. CX services often integrate with services from the SaaS, PaaS, and social relationship management (SRM) groups. Services in the HCM, EPM, ERP, and SCM groups are nonreactive and stable. These services are very steady and reliable.
Group XIII is made up of the SRM services, which socially enable organizations by connecting people, business processes, applications, and content in new and innovative ways. They are very reactive and not found free in nature. SRM services readily combine with SaaS services from groups VIII through XII. For example, SRM services can combine with services from CX or HCM to create a modern customer experience or social recruiting solution.
Like the chemical elements of the period table, combining Oracle Cloud services from different groups creates unique compound capabilities. When considering a move to the cloud, businesses are best served by choosing a cloud that is capable of addressing multiple business needs through a rich set of well-integrated services. This is especially true when a business situation requires multiple applications with connected data and processes. Incomplete, inflexible, and isolated clouds often lead businesses down the path of costly integrations that greatly diminish a business’ chance for success in the cloud.
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