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10 Jan 2014
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The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2014 [34383]
By Bob Evans

Bob Evans writes, "CIOs have never had such a glorious - and challenging - opportunity to deliver significant, enduring, and transformational business impact and customer value as they do today.

But it's not a job for the faint of heart. Any CIO pining for a return to the good old days of bonuses based on server-uptime and SLA enforcement should consider swapping out the CIO title for a new one: senior director of infrastructure.

Consider these new paradigm-busting business models that have CIOs' fingerprints all over them:..."
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02 Jan 2014
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What is High Availability? [34298]
Asks Todd Little

"As companies become more and more dependent upon their information systems just to be able to function, the availability of those systems becomes more and more important. Outages can costs millions of dollars an hour in lost revenue, let alone potential damage done to a company's image. To add to the problem, a number of natural disasters have shown that even the best data center designs can't handle tsunamis and tidal waves, causing many companies to implement or re-evaluate their disaster recovery plans and systems. Practically every customer I talk to asks about disaster recovery (DR) and how to configure their systems to maximize availability and support DR. This series of articles will contain some of the information I share with these customers..."
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30 Dec 2013
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Tech Time Warp of the Week: AT&T's Flight Information System, 1989 [34209]
Video demo of "the future" as viewed by AT&T in 1989

Daniela Hernandez in "Wired", writes, "Fed up with online travel sites? Tired of searching countless services for flights that fit your schedule, budget, and personal preferences and then typing all your personal info into a seemingly endless collection of online forms so you can finally reserve your seats? Wish there were a better way?

Well, one day, there will be. Researchers have been working on it since at least the late '80s. That's when, inside the famed Bell Labs, AT&T built a system that acted as a kind of virtual travel assistant, letting you find and book flights using nothing but voice commands..."

See the video demo of "the future" as viewed by AT&T in 1989!
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30 Dec 2013
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Are You Ready to Manage 50x the Amount of Business Content? [34224]
Asks Michael Snow

Michael Snow writes, "The amount of information companies have to manage is expected to grow by 50x in the next decade. Yet already some 90 percent of documents, images, and other unstructured content is un-managed. So it is no surprise that 87 percent of organizations blame performance issues on information growth."

"Many companies try to homebrew content management. This will work for a while, but at some point you reach critical mass. You can't find content. There is no versioning. You don't know who made changes," says Tom Turchioe, CTO, Critigen. "These are the things that drive you toward an enterprise-class solution such as Oracle WebCenter Content..."
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23 Dec 2013
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Are You Keeping Up With The Latest Data Warehousing Trends? [34216]
Oracle white paper highlights of the major trends, problems and breakthroughs

Most enterprises are overwhelmed with data.

Information is being generated faster than it can be consumed, yielding increasing demand for comprehensive data-management solutions.

  • Which data management issues are CIOs most eager to solve and what opportunities are at the top of their corporate agendas?
  • What are the most compelling developments in data warehousing that motivate IT leaders to undertake new initiatives?
  • How are industry leaders taking advantage of new software and hardware technologies to drive innovation in data management?

Find out by downloading this white paper. By doing so, you'll gain access to:

  • Highlights of the major trends, problems and breakthroughs in data warehouse technology.
  • Best practices for getting more from a data warehouse in the era of big data.

Whether you're looking to drive more value from your data warehouse or to lower the operational costs of your data infrastructure in 2014, this white paper can help by summarizing the latest trends and innovations in data warehousing.
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13 Dec 2013
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Oracle DW-Big Data Monthly Roundup Magazine [34008]
Oracle's new monthly Flipboard magazine

Oracle product management asks, "Are you interested in learning how Oracle customers are taking advantage of Oracle's Data Warehousing and Big Data Platform? Want to keep up on the latest product releases and how they might impact your organization? Looking for best practices that describe how to most effectively apply Oracle DW-Big Data technology?

Check out Oracle's new monthly magazine - Oracle DW-Big Data Monthly Roundup. Powered by Flipboard - you can now view all this content on your favorite device..."
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