Cloud computing has come a long way in recent years, but we still sometimes run into issues where different clients have different versions of the same cloud software. And different versions mean different features. It’s like going to a grocery store chain in Oklahoma City and then talking to friends in Denver who shop at the same chain. For some reason, they have a wider selection of products than we do. And the same thing sometimes applies to cloud-based software.

Regardless of what versions or what features they have, though, we’re helping a lot of clients who are moving to cloud-based software and database systems. And there are a lot of benefits to software in the cloud.

But as with any other software, it’s important to know where you’re going before you begin so you set things up correctly from the start. And when new features get released, it’s important to integrate them into your setup if they can add value for you.

One such features is compartments in Oracle Cloud. In the early versions of Oracle Cloud, there wasn’t a good way to separate different teams and what they had access to on the admin level. You still had user access and admin access of course, but not a lot of control to segregate things at the admin level. It was pretty wide open! And it was weird.

Now you have the option of compartments, which allows you to set different levels of access for what different administrators or users see. Some of our clients use compartments to show different views to specific departments or divisions in the company, and others use it to secure certain resources for limited access.

Compartments are a good example of thinking about where you’re going before you begin. Even if your initial setup with Oracle Cloud only includes one division and one system, you need a plan for what happens when you start to grow and need to add a division. If you have a compartment strategy from the beginning, it’s much easier to adapt that system as you grow!

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