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Australian Finance Group (AFG) Implements Oracle Exadata to Optimize CRM Performance for Brokers
Australia's Largest Mortgage Financer Becomes an Oracle Shop
The Australian Finance Group (AFG), Australia's largest mortgage brokerage group, has successfully deployed the Oracle Exadata Database Machine to underpin its already extensive Oracle Applications footprint that includes the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle’s Siebel CRM, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and the Oracle E-Business Suite. The solution allows the use of Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) for high availability and Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition for information management, according to Oracle's press release. As a result of this implementation, AFG has already achieved significant performance improvement for its Oracle Applications, delivered high system availability for its brokers, and reduced its total cost of ownership.
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Oracle Restructures Hardware Manufacturing and Supply Chain
Management Takes Comprehensive Approach to Monumental Task
The notion of "extreme makeover" clearly applies to more than just personal appearance, writes Alan Joch in Oracle's Profit Online, where he describes the new look achieved in Oracle's manufacturing and supply chain ecosystem as monumental.

"In the end, they redesigned a common practice of maintaining sizable finished-goods inventories, eliminated two entire layers of a four-tier distribution network, upgraded to the latest versions of Oracle’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain planning applications, and forged closer ties with suppliers and customers," he writes. Joch covers the phases Oracle went through in achieving this transformation.

Oracle VM Server for SPARC Enabling a Flexible, Efficient IT Infrastructure: White Paper
Avoid Costly, Inefficient Application Deployment
The Oracle white paper "Oracle VM Server for SPARC Enabling a Flexible, Efficient IT Infrastructure" highlights the advantages of using server virtualization to capture business value through an efficient, nimble IT architecture built on Oracle VM Server for SPARC (previously called Sun Logical Domains). Readers will find guidance on how to avoid the costly, inefficient practice of deploying a single application per server as a strategy to keep pace with business growth that, in fact, hinders the pace of that hoped-for growth and leads as well to excessive costs involving power, cooling, and real estate.
Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 25 Interviews DEMOGrounds Staff at JavaOne Russia
Included in Addition: Java All Star Developer Panel
Java Spotlight Episode 25 focuses on JavaOne Russia, featuring interviews with DEMOGrounds staff. Also featured on this MP3 file is a session with the Java All Star Developer Panel that includes Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador.
Java ME Still a Contender in the Mobile Device Market
Oracle Committed as Well to Long-term Releases of Standard, Enterprise Java Variants
With more than three billion devices running Java ME the solution is hardly on its way out, Adam Messinger, Oracle's VP of development for Fusion Middleware, told the recent Server Side Java Symposium in Las Vegas. Paul Krill of InfoWorld reports that Messinger promised ambitious plans on Oracle's part to improve Java ME application development via capabilities such as annotations, for metadata, and library changes. Talks are even underway to introduce Java ME to the tablet market, he writes. Krill also comments on what to expect from the releases of Java EE 7, 8 and 9.
Top Features in MySQL 5.6.2 Development Milestone Release
Oracle Continues Improving MySQL
As reported in Oracle's MySQL Blog there are a number of new features in MySQL 5.6.2 Development Milestone Release. The improvements are significant, the blog explains, because MySQL 5.6.2 builds on the momentum generated by the performance, scalability, InnoDB and Replication improvements included in 5.5. A few of the new features include:

  • An improved InnoDB
  • Index Condition Pushdown
  • Multi-Range Read
  • File Sort Optimization
  • Better Replication
  • Improved Instrumentation
  • Better Partitioning
Consider Oracle's Upgrade Advantage Program
Upgrade Infrastructure, Realize Performance Benefits, Cut Costs -- Try UAP

The Oracle Upgrade Advantage Program (UAP) offers superior trade-in discounts toward new Sun systems from Oracle when returning used equipment. The UAP also includes an Eco Returns Program that recycles, reclaims, and reuses components and entire systems at no charge to the customer. Consider UAP as a means of boosting performance, utilization and availability on crowded networks while simultaneously reducing TCO. UAP advantages also extend to improvements in eco-efficiency and ease of regulatory compliance.

Real World VDI with Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Event Date: 04/28/2011 09:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time
Managing user desktops is extremely challenging for IT organizations. Constantly updating desktop operating systems with new security patches, application software deployment and updating, virus control, even physical hardware repair and replacement consume large amounts of IT resources. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) has been widely discussed as a better alternative to the status quo, but being a new technology, there is less real world information available than there is for traditional forms of desktop management. In this Oracle webinar, learn how organizations in a wide variety of industries are using VDI today to meet their desktop management goals right now and in the future.
Webcast: Simplify Your Oracle Application Infrastructure
Thursday, April 28, 2011, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET
Many IT organizations have adopted do-it-yourself application infrastructure models, creating multiple infrastructure silos and the need for multiple vendors. As a result, managing and maintaining the infrastructure has become a costly and time-onsuming task, hindering business. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud simplifies all of this for you.

Join Oracle for this Webcast and hear about the industry’s first engineered enterprise application consolidation platform.

You’ll discover how to:

  • Consolidate your Oracle applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite, Siebel, PeopleSoft, and JD Edwards on Oracle Exalogic

  • Build cloud-enabling elastic capacity in your Oracle application infrastructure

  • Expedite time to market for your Oracle applications

Speakers: Yogesh Rami, Nishit Rao and James Bayer.

High Availability for Business-Critical IT Services Using OracleÂs SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers
An Oracle White Paper April 2011 (52 Pages)
The Oracle white paper "High Availability for Business-Critical IT Services Using Oracle’s SPARC Enterprise M-Series Servers" introduces readers to the benefits of adopting the integrated systems from Oracle that deliver a a comprehensive approach to availability, organizations also gain many business benefits, including increased revenue opportunities, lower costs, greater flexibility to respond to changing business conditions, and better ROI. Delivering the highest level of speedy availability to mission-critical applications is the aim of Oracle's SPARC Enterprise M-Series.
Oracle Database Cloning Solution Using Oracle Recovery Manager and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
An Oracle White Paper (44-Pages)
"Oracle Database Cloning Solution Using Oracle Recovery Manager and Sun ZFS Storage Appliance" an Oracle white paper, describes how to use the Oracle RMAN incrementally updated backup feature to back up a SAN-based ASM database into a Network File System (NFS) protocol-based database stored on the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. The snapshot and cloning features of the storage appliance are then used to duplicate or clone the Oracle RMAN backup. The cloning procedure explained in this white paper is performed at the production site.
Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 158 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 157 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 156 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:

  • Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with the Sun ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Enhanced M3000 Server with SPARC64 VII+ Processor
  • Oracle Is Unique in Its Cloud Strategy
  • Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Support for Exadata and VDI
  • Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle Secure Backup
  • Sun QFS File System Configuration and Administration Guide
  • Sun Rays are "Citrix Ready"
  • Sun ZFS Storage Appliance Delivers Rapid Backup and Recovery Rates for Oracle Exadata
  • Reduce TCO with Oracle’s x86 Infrastructure: 4-Page Executive Brief
  • Deploying Calendar Server on Oracle Solaris Cluster 3.2 with ZFS

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

    x to Become Community-based Solution
    Oracle Ceases Support for Commercial Open Office
    Oracle has announced that will become a purely community-based open source project. In addition, Oracle will no longer offer its commercial version of Open Office. Edward Screven, Oracle's Chief Corporate Architect, explained that, "We intend to begin working immediately with community members to further the continued success of Open Office. Oracle will continue to strongly support the adoption of open standards-based document formats, such as the Open Document Format (ODF)." Oracle will continue its focus on Linux and MySQL, which have found wide favor among its customer base.
    LibreOffice 3.3.2, Released; 3.4 Due in Mid-May
    Community Numbers, Donations Grow at Encouraging Rate
    The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 3.3.2, with 3.4 set for release in mid-May. Release 3.3 is the second micro release of the free office suite for personal productivity. Its release further improves the stability of the software and sets the platform for the release of 3.4. Community involvement has been impressive, members report. Financial contributions have already totaled in the neighborhood of 100,000, twice the amount required for establishment of a Stiftung in Germany. The excess will be applied to operating expenses such as infrastructure costs and registration of domain names and trademarks, as well as for such community development expenses as travel funding for TDF representatives speaking at conferences, booth fees for trade shows, and initial financing of merchandising items, DVDs and printed material, TDF reports.
    Oracle Critical Patch Update Pre-Release Announcement -- April 2011
    Users Need to Consult Ealier Patch Update Releases to Ensure Completeness
    The Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory -- April 2011 is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. The security vulnerabilities addressed by this Critical Patch Update are listed by product category. Oracle advises that earlier critical patch advisories should be consulted to ensure that all applicable patches have been installed.
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