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30 Jan 2012
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Exactly What Is Big Data? [25326]
Some Insights from Oracle's Sales Consulting Director Antony Wildey

In a three-minute video, Antony Wildey, Sales Consulting Director, Oracle Retail, explains just what Big Data is and how Oracle can help retailers gain actionable insight into the improvement of their business. Wildey discusses the use of data from social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and of sentiment analysis to provide seamless insight on product demand.
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06 Jan 2012
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5 reasons it will be hard for Microsoft "win" the future desktop/tablet/Win8 race [25197]
by Brian Madden

Brian Madden is an opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He's written several books and almost 2,000 articles about desktop and application virtualization.

In a recent blog, he provides 5 reasons when he believes it will be hard for Microsoft to win the future.

Madden say can boil them down to five core areas:

1. Microsoft's platform dominance is based on apps and OSes installed onto desktop computers

2. Microsoft's core money making products are for devices with large screens, real keyboards, and precision pointing devices

3. Microsoft has to make money selling the OS and apps, and their device makers have to make money selling devices

4. Microsoft is not a "tech titan" anymore

5. Microsoft is way behind

Where will this all end up? Will Microsoft get it together? Who knows?

Check out the comments on his blog.
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26 Dec 2011
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Most Popular Oracle Tech Network Articles of 2011 [25081]
Java Reader Interest Dominates

Each year Oracle Tech Network picks 10 of its top articles for the year. This year OTN chose 20. Entirely at random, here are a few of the top articles:

  • Fork and Join: Java Can Excel at Painless Parallel Programming Too! (Julien Ponge)
  • Neural Networks on the NetBeans Platform (Zoran Sevarac)
  • Oracle Senior VP Steve Harris on Oracle¬ís Vision of Java (Janice J. Heiss)
  • How I Simplified Oracle Database Installation on Oracle Linux (Ginny Henningsen)
  • Integration Testing for Java EE (Adam Bien)
  • Using Transitions for Animation in Oracle's JavaFX 2.0 (James L. Weaver)

OTN is the world's largest interactive community of developers, DBAs, sysadmins, and architects using Oracle products along with industry-standard technologies.
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26 Dec 2011
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OTN Architect Day Presentations: Phoenix, AZ - December 14, 2011 [25085]
Resoures for the Architect Community

Presentations from OTN Architect Day Phoenix are on Slideshare:

  • Engineered Systems: Oracle's Vision for the Future with Ralf Dossmann
  • Cloud Computing Industry Trends and Directions with Ron Batra
  • Cloud Computing: Making IT Simple with Scott Mattoon
  • Innovations in Grid Computing with Oracle Coherence with Randy Stafford
  • Rationalization and Defense in Depth: Two Steps Closer to the Cloud with Dave Chappelle
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager with Adeesh Fulay
  • Oracle VM Consolidation and Path to the Cloud with Ronen Kofman
  • Oracle Cloud Reference Architecture with Anbu Krishnaswamy
  • 21st Century SOA with Jeff Davies
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19 Dec 2011
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Explaining a Big Data Implementation and its Components [25118]
Smartmall as an Example

In his use case approach to explaining a big data implementation, Jean-Pierre Dijcks uses the example of Smartmall, which he characterizes as "multi-channel customer interaction," or luring customers into the online store rather than have them shop via smart phone. He identifies the elements of such a system and follows the data flow from end-to-end by way of example. Big Data, he writes, allows users to leverage tremendous data and processing resources to come to accurate models while also allowing users to create more accurate models, new ideas, and new business.
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25 Nov 2011
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Creating a Solaris 10 Branded Zone in Solaris 11 [24965]
A Speedy, Low-effort Procedure Jeff Savit Attests

Jeff Savit recounts his experience of building what he terms "a low effort way" to create a virtual Solaris 10 zone on Oracle Solaris 11. With the Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Solaris 10 Zones now available, Savit says, one can download a complete Solaris 10 install in a guest virtual machine that can run on any host OS that supports VirtualBox. Both sets of downloads (and he includes the link in his blog) provide a quick - and extremely easy way to set up a virtual Solaris 10 environment.
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