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Oracle Utilities Launches Smart Grid and IoT Device Management Solution in the Cloud.

Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs Unveil the New Operating Model for Agile Finance.

Huawei Announces Oracle Linux Certification for Huawei FusionSphere

OracleVoice: Hurd Predicts Demise Of Best-Of-Breed Technologies

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Oracle Unveils Latest Innovations in Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service
New Lean Construction and Capital Improvement Program capabilities enhance Oracle Construction and Engineering's comprehensive project success platform
Oracle today announced the latest innovations to Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service, Oracle Construction and Engineering's powerful project success platform.

The new Oracle Prime Projects capabilities, Oracle Lean Scheduling Solution and Oracle Capital Improvement Program Solution, add innovative project execution and capital planning features to Oracle Construction and Engineering's suite of cloud solutions. Oracle Prime Projects enables users to manage all aspects of the project lifecycle from ideation to execution to delivery.

Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs Unveil the New Operating Model for Agile Finance
New report helps CFOs manage digital transformation initiatives by providing detailed insights into best practices of agile finance leaders
To help management accountants and finance professionals successfully navigate the business and technology changes that are transforming the finance function, Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) today released a new report that details the blueprint for modern finance. The report, Agile Finance Revealed: The New Operating Model for Modern Finance, identifies the traits of agile finance leaders and benchmarks their success in creating a dynamic new operating model that is resilient, responsive, and predictive, helping CFOs and their finance teams to shape the future of the business.
Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Now Available in the Cloud
Speeds Clinical Discoveries and Reduces Research Costs
Oracle Health Sciences unveiled Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Cloud Service that promises to lower the cost and increase the traceability of clinical development by streamlining end to end clinical data flow across clinical R&D.

Planning and managing clinical trials has become more complex as additional data is being generated, collected and analyzed to demonstrate clinical efficacy, ensure successful regulatory approval and ultimately bring more therapies to market faster. Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Cloud Service enables pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations to integrate, reconcile and analyze the growing variety and volume of clinical and healthcare data. By automating data flow and standardizing data for review, clinical researchers have near real time access to insights for clinical trial decision making - all at a dramatically lower total cost of ownership as a result of it being offered as a cloud service.

CSPs See Cloud Technology Investments as Critical to Improving Customer Experience
New global study by Oracle reveals the top challenges and opportunities for CSPs as they navigate changing customer expectations
A new Oracle study conveys that Communication Service Providers (CSPs) top challenge is improving customer experiences, followed closely by keeping up with technological advancements. The survey, "The Communications Cloud: CSPs Take on Tomorrow", polled communications service providers around the world to understand how initiatives such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and the Cloud might help them overcome these obstacles and capitalize on new market opportunities.
OracleVoice: Hurd Predicts Demise Of Best-Of-Breed Technologies
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes, "If nothing else, cloud technology has simplified the IT landscape, reducing the pressure on businesses to manage hundreds of different applications for myriad different purposes. 'I don't think we'll return to the complexity we created in the past,' said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd during a keynote presentation on March 21 at Oracle Industry Connect here.

The current generation of Oracle financial, HR, and other applications that are used broadly across industries is built on the same code base, making it easier for those applications to interoperate, Hurd said. Oracle is 'working to do the same' for applications that address specific retail, hospitality, health sciences, and other industry needs, he said..."

OracleVoice: Swiss Hotel Chain Movenpick Uses Cloud To Avoid 'Cemetery Of Brands'
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes, "Movenpick is hoping to escape what its CEO Olivier Chavy called the 'cemetery of brands' during a presentation at Oracle Industry Connect here this morning.

Profit margins in the hotel industry are between 1% and 2%, and are being squeezed by a combination of macroeconomic and industry-specific factors, such as a changing distributor landscape, tighter management agreements, and higher capital requirements for borrowing..."

Three Ideas CFOs Can Glean From SXSW
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret Harrist writes in Forbes, "More and more companies are taking advantage of the cloud to spin up new business strategies quickly and gain flexibility. For CFOs looking to jumpstart their organizations - and burnish their reputations as business strategists - SXSW Interactive is a great place to find business-savvy inspiration.

At this year's conference, held last week in Austin, Texas, three keynoters who are successful in their own rights offered insights to CFOs and other business leaders that could help them drive innovation in their own organizations..."

Oracle Financial Services and Numerix to Leverage Cross Asset Analytics in Oracle FRTB Compliance Solution
Oracle to deploy Numerix analytics in new solution to help customers comply with the Bank for International Settlements fundamental review of the trading book capital requirements
Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications (OFSAA) has announced a collaboration with Numerix, provider of innovative capital markets technology, to develop and bring to market solutions that enable financial institutions to comply with the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB). The offering implements complementary solutions from both Numerix and Oracle to effectively meet the regulatory and business challenges accompanying the new FRTB framework.
Oracle Utilities Launches a New Asset Performance Management (APM) Solution in the Cloud
Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service is the foundation that supports next generation APM
Oracle introduced Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service, an innovation foundation for asset performance management. The new cloud offering enables utilities to make the necessary transition from reactive to proactive asset management strategies. Utilities can increase asset reliability by finding asset failures faster and performing predictive maintenance with integrated APM and analytics.

Asset reliability and performance is core to well-functioning electric, gas, and water utilities. An aging workforce, pressure from regulators, and scrutiny on cost reduction goals are driving the need to extend the life of existing assets.

OracleVoice: Why CFOs Needn't Hunt For Data Science Unicorns
By Robert Landon
Robert writes in Forbes, "Most CFOs have been trained to focus on the past, with historical reporting and benchmarking at the heart of their mission. But as competitive pressures accelerate, they're increasingly expected to help shape the future too.

The ultimate goal? To unlock value currently hidden in financial, operational, and third-party data that can help drive company success. And that is why CFOs are on the hunt for data scientists, a new breed of professionals who, ideally, have a dizzying array of talents, including:..."

Oracle Database 12c Release 2: Analytic Views & SQL Developer
By Jeff Smith
One of the major new features in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is Analytic Views

Jeff Smith writes, "An analytic view is a type of view that can be used to easily extend the content of a star schema with aggregated data, measure calculations and descriptive metadata, and to simplify the SQL needed to access data.

Analytic views layer a hierarchical/dimensional model over data. Analytic views are defined over the dimension tables and fact table of a star schema. Hierarchies are defined over dimension tables. The analytic view references hierarchies and a fact table.

I'm not here to introduce this new feature itself, more just to let you know that Oracle SQL Developer v4.2 has a TON of support for it - courtesy the same team that built this database feature.

If you'd like to take a tutorial on this subject, LiveSQL has a nice on-line demo - no database required!..."

Implementing Chatbots
By Carlos Chang
Carlos blogs, "Per my previous post on Artificial Intelligence, this topic is nothing less than fascinating!

Oracle has been making strong moves into the world of intelligent chatbots, its impact with consumers, within the enterprise ecosystem and specifically, what it takes to successfully implement them. At the recent QCon London 2017, Lyudmil Pelov, Lead Architect with the Oracle A-Team, had a great talk titled: Implementing Your Own Chatbot Platform! I know, that's the past, but you can check out the slides posted on SlideShare..."

MySQL 8.0 roles
The Data Charmer, March 25th, 2017
Giuseppe blogs, "One of the most interesting features introduced in MySQL 8.0 is roles or the ability of defining a set of privileges as a named role and then granting that set to one or more users. The main benefits are more clarity of privileges and ease of administration. Using roles we can assign the same set of privileges to several users, and eventually modify or revoke all privileges at once..."
MySQL Group Replication: native support in ProxySQL
By Lefred
Lefred blogs, "ProxySQL is the leader in proxy and load balancing solution for MySQL. It has great features like query caching, multiplexing, mirroring, read/write splitting, routing, etc. The latest enhancement in ProxySQL is the native support of MySQL Group Replication. No more need to use an external script within the scheduler like I explained in this previous post.

This implementation supports Groups in Single-Primary and in Multi-Primary mode. It is even possible to setup a Multi-Primary Group but dedicate writes on only one member..."

An Insider's View of MySQL Group Replication-Now Available in Oracle MySQL Cloud Service!
By Wei-Chen
Wei-Chen writes, "MySQL is the #1 open source database. Because of MySQL's high performance, scalability, and availability, it has been widely popular for Web applications and has become the foundation for IT platforms that support high-traffic social media portals, e-commerce applications, and fast-growing organizations.

As business models and technology requirements are being transformed in all industries, more and more companies are embracing and leveraging the cloud platform to enjoy the benefits of flexibility, agility and cost-savings. Available in Oracle Cloud, the Oracle MySQL Cloud Service provides an enterprise-grade MySQL database service to rapidly, securely, and cost-effectively deliver modern applications. With the latest MySQL 5.7.17 update release, MySQL Group Replication is now available in Oracle MySQL Cloud Service and offers native, built-in high availability for MySQL databases..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Delivers Industry-Leading Retail Merchandising Solutions via Oracle Cloud
Offering Deployment Choice to Retailers Worldwide via Oracle's Integrated Cloud
Oracle announced that its industry leading Oracle Retail Merchandising Solutions are now available as a service via the Oracle Cloud. The introduction of Oracle Retail Merchandising cloud services reflects Oracle's ongoing investment in helping retailers drive strategic growth in a fast-paced global retail market by enhancing mobility, simplifying the user experience, inspiring customer engagement and creating a flexible, scalable business environment.
Oracle Utilities Launches Smart Grid and IoT Device Management Solution in the Cloud
Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service is the Foundation for Next Generation Smart Grid and IoT Device Management
Oracle introduced Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service (ODCS), a new cloud offering that enables utilities to further automate the management of their grid assets and devices, at a total lower cost of ownership.

The utilities industry is going through tremendous transformation as a result of IoT and increasing distributed energy resources. The United States alone has more than 70 million smart meters installed and utilities are increasingly deploying smart field sensors.

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts Becomes First Hotel Group to Globally Implement Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud Amidst Accelerated Growth Phase
There are now over 30 properties on four continents using the cloud-based property management software to drive Business Intelligence, guest recognition and Revenue Management.
Oracle announced the successful implementation of Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud property management software at over 30 M&#1255;venpick hotels in 10 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud was selected to enable the brand to optimize synergies in distribution, marketing, guest recognition and operations. An initial implementation test was successfully completed in five properties in Jordan and Switzerland, and now nearly a third of the portfolio uses it. The hotel company plans to have all its properties using OPERA Cloud by 2018.
Oracle Cloud Platform Continues to Gain Momentum with Customers, Partners, and Developers
Developers at Global Enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs leverage Oracle's PaaS and IaaS to develop and run modern Web, mobile, and cloud-native applications
At its premier developer event, Oracle announced that an increasing number of global enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs are choosing the Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation, simplify IT, reduce costs, and deliver stellar customer experiences. 7-Eleven, Altair, Astute Business Solutions, Bitnami, Calypso Technology, Ford Motor Company, GE Capital Business Process Management Services, HashiCorp, Infotech, SAS, Vertiv Corporation, and Zensar Technologies are just a few of the many organizations that are using Oracle Cloud's PaaS and IaaS services to easily develop, test, and deploy high-performance applications in the cloud.

Additionally, Oracle continues to expand its cloud portfolio, making it even more compelling for customers to move to the cloud.

Huawei Announces Oracle Linux Certification for Huawei FusionSphere
By Zeynep Koch
Zeynep blogs, "Huawei announced today that the Huawei FusionSphere cloud operating system has been awarded Oracle Linux Hardware Certification and now supports the Oracle Linux operating system as a guest operating system. With this announcement, Huawei's FusionSphere cloud platform further extends its compatibility by supporting popular enterprise Linux operating systems..."
MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Whitepaper about Oracle Linux Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c
By Simon Hayler
Simon blogs, "We would like to highlight an updated whitepaper available here. This whitepaper describes the comprehensive Oracle Linux management capabilities available in Oracle Enterprise Manager and has been updated for the latest version of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c enables customers to have complete visibility into their Oracle Linux environment. If the IT environment consists of a large investment in Oracle hardware, Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c assists with managing the hardware, in addition to Oracle Linux, to maintain a single view of the Oracle technology stack..."

South Florida Technology Alliance's 5th Annual Golf Tournament
In aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations
You are invited to Join The SFTA for Cinco De Mayo themed 5th Annual Golf Tournament. Details

This year's Golf Event is in aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations.

Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our region, we'll be incorporating a colorful Cinco De Mayo Festival theme throughout the event.

  • Foursome: $500
  • Individual: $125
  • Lunch Only: $55 ($35 for SFTA members)


  • 7:30am Check-in
  • 8:00am Tee-Time
  • 12:00pm to 2:00pm Lunch


Friday Spotlight: Manual Installation and Launch of the SGD client
By Jan
Jan blogs, "Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) users running certain browsers (Mozilla Firefox 52.0 or later as well as Google Chrome) may report an inability to successfully connect to Secure Global Desktop. An alternative method is provided to mitigate impact to SGD users by manually starting the native SGD client (tcc on Windows, ttatcc on Linux, Solaris and OS X for example). Simply download the client for the appropriate OS from the server you want to connect to, install and launch the client..."
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 229 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 228 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 227 Issue 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • Hurd: Oracle Poised To Overtake In Cloud Revenue
  • Q3 FY17 GAAP EPS Up 6% TO $0.53 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 7% To $0.69
  • Machine Learning Stands To Transform The Way We Communicate
  • Monitoring Databases: A Product Comparison
  • Libreoffice 5.3 Office Suite Gets First Point Release With 100 Improvements
  • Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Engineered for Oracle Cloud
  • Great Business Leaders Are Exploring The New Frontier Of AI
  • Oracle Helps Veterans Transition to Corporate Careers
  • Theo & Philo Sweetens Business Operations with NetSuite Cloud ERP
  • A Fintech Innovator's Race To The Cloud"

The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

    New: JDK 9 Jigsaw Modular Projects in NetBeans IDE
    By Geertjan
    Geertjan blogs, "The NetBeans IDE 9 development builds now enable you to create Java Modular Projects, i.e., Jigsaw projects that can contain multiple Jigsaw modules, which can be compiled together as a unit: ..."
    How to Secure MySQL/MariaDB Servers
    By Ashraf Sharif
    "After attacks on MongoDB databases, we have recently also seen that MySQL servers are being targeted by ransomware. This should not come as a surprise, given the increasing adoption of public and private clouds. Running a poorly configured database in the cloud can become a major liability.", writes Ashraf.

    "In this blog post, we'll share with you a number of tips on how to protect and secure your MySQL or MariaDB servers..."

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