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22 Jun 2015
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Cloud is Good for Oracle and Its Customers [43638]
By Jim Lein

It's not news to say that the enterprise software industry is being disrupted by cloud. But unless you're in that business, it may be easy to lose track of who's being disrupted and who's doing the disrupting. When I joined JD Edwards in 1999, client/server architecture was the big disrupter. Many mainframe and minicomputer application providers didn't' survive that transition.

This article, "Oracle's Larry Ellison Calls Cloud A 'Much Better Business'", provides key insights from Oracle's top three executives as to why both Oracle and its customers are thriving amidst cloud's disruption. Long ago, under Ellison's guidance, Oracle's strategy was to be one of the disruptors in the burgeoning cloud business.
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15 Jun 2015
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Take This Template And Shove It: How We See Managing Millennials [43474]
By Mark Hurd

Mark Hurd writes, "I'm a big believer that he who hath the best people usually wins.

Nothing original there - except if that were the case, by definition, only one company would ever have the best people. The nuance here is that what you really want are the people best suited to work within the operating model you've put in place to execute your company's strategy.

That's a tough assignment in the easiest of circumstances. But these are far from the easiest of circumstances..."
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08 Jun 2015
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The Internet of Things Will Be Huge [43357]
Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready to Support It?

IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020. IDC also states that within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having excess capacity to handle the additional IoT devices to being network constrained.

As further evidence, analyst firm 451 Research reported an increase in M&A spending in 2014 that pushed 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark, a fortyfold increase in acquirer spending compared to 2013. This rate of growth cannot be ignored.
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08 Jun 2015
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The Little Known Business Value of Wearables [43359]
Wearables for work are not about making a fashion statement

Jim Lein writes, "Many of us have been tracking the progress of wearable adoption (no pun intended) and have share the same reaction: Why???? Or, even worse: That's just creepy. From a lifestyle perspective wearables such as smartglasses, smartwatchs, and smartrings seem to offer little more than what we currently enjoy via our smartphones.

With that said, innovative companies continue to prove that, if we can imagine it, we can build it. Think Dick Tracy's 2-way wrist radio..."
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04 Jun 2015
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Inoculate the Cloud: Moving to the Cloud FOR Security [43187]
Forbes

Troy Kitch writes, "Forbes BrandVoice features a new article, 'Inoculating the Cloud', on how organizations will be moving to the cloud in order to be more secure.

No matter what survey you look at regarding challenges of moving to the cloud, you'll usually see "security" as one of, if not the top, concern. It makes sense that organizations worry about putting their sensitive customer and company data in the cloud because of data breach risks and compliance concerns. 'Who can protect my data, better than myself,' they question..."
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19 May 2015
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Big Data, Bigger Responsibility [42800]
MIT/Oracle Paper

"Companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry are struggling to manage the exploding amounts of data,' says Neil Mendelson, vice president for big data and advanced analytics at Oracle. 'But as both business and IT executives know all too well, managing big data involves far more than just dealing with storage and retrieval challenges - it requires addressing a variety of privacy and security issues as well.'

Troy writes, "In a talk at the Technology Policy Institute's 2013 Aspen Forum, Federal Trade Commission chairwoman Edith Ramirez described some big data pitfalls to be avoided. Though many organizations use big data for collecting non-personal information, there are others that use it 'in ways that implicate individual privacy.'

With big data, comes bigger responsibility. A new joint Oracle and MIT Technology Review paper drills into these pitfalls and how organizations can mitigate them using Oracle's Big Data solution.

Get the paper, Securing the Big Data Life Cycle and learn more ..."
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