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How CEOs Can Transform HR into a Revenue Driver
Mark V. Hurd
Mark V. Hurd, President of Oracle, writes, "As I visit with big companies and organizations all over the world, it's clear that most CEOs realize they need to make some dramatic changes in how they recruit people, align and manage performance, make compensation decisions, and optimize talent.

What's not so clear to them is how they make that happen. While HR leaders and their teams are supposed to bring alive the cliché that 'people are our most valuable asset,' many CEOs are not yet leading the way in giving those HR leaders the tools, authority, and organizational opportunity they need to unlock the value of the organizations' talent pools.

Paradoxically, that lack of support from top executives is occurring even as 60 percent of CEOs surveyed by PwC say they're concerned about not having enough talent, and/or the right mix of talent. As a result, those CEOs say, that talent gap is presenting them with some significant challenges:.."

Oracle Mainframe Re-hosting Solutions
By Jerome Cheng: Part One
Jerome Cheng writes, "This paper provides an overview about Oracle Mainframe Re-hosting solutions from a technical point of view. For people who have little Mainframe background, it adds some mainframe basic concept introduction. It is targeted to technical people who are interesting in mainframe modernization technology to understand Oracle solution in this area.

This paper will be split into two parts:

  • Part 1: Background for some basic mainframe concepts
  • Part 2: Oracle solution overview (It will be published later in an other blog)

What is Mainframe Re-Hosting?

Re-hosting is one of the options for modernization of Mainframe legacy system. In the modernization of Mainframe legacy system technology, there are several technical options, according to some common definitions, we can categorize three options:..."

Read on for details.

How to Limit Upgrades Beyond a Prescribed Version of Oracle Solaris
by Bart Smaalders and Alta Elstad
An article by Bart Smaalders and Alta Elstad begins, "The Oracle Solaris 11 Image Packaging System (IPS) provides various methods to control the operating system version to which a server can be upgraded. One method is to provide a custom incorporation package.

An incorporation package specifies the versions of other packages that can be installed. An incorporation package ensures that if you install an incorporate dependency package of that incorporation package, only the prescribed version of the dependent package can be installed. You can create your own custom incorporation package to specify the constraints you want. Using a custom incorporation to control the version of software that can be installed enables you to easily maintain different versions of Oracle Solaris on different machines without maintaining multiple package repositories. Each image can install a different version of the custom upgrade control incorporation package. All systems share the same package repository that contains all versions of software needed by any of the systems.

In the example in this article, a system has been newly installed with Oracle Solaris 11.1. The solaris publisher origin is the Oracle Solaris support repository, which includes many updates since Oracle Solaris 11.1 was released. The IT department in the example company has not yet qualified the most current support updates, and they want to limit administrators to upgrading to only the latest update that is qualified for their environments, not the latest update that is available from the package repository..."

OpenZFS Developer Summit - November 18-19, 2013
Slides and Videos now avaialble
The first OpenZFS Developer Summit was held November 18-19, 2013. The goals of the event were:

  • to foster cross-platform community discussions of OpenZFS work
  • to make progress on some of the projects proposed for this community.

Topics that were discussed:

  • Introduction: Matt Ahrens
  • Platform Panel: Brian Behlendorf, Jorgen Lundman, Chris Siden, Xin Li
  • Platform-independent code repository: Matt Ahrens
  • Storage Tiering: Boris Protopopov
  • Vendor Lightning Talks
  • Community Planning: Karyn Ritter
  • Channel Programs: Chris Siden, Max Grossman
  • Test Coverage: John Kennedyo
  • Performance Investigation: Adam Leventhal
  • Performance on full & fragmented pools: George Wilson
  • Scalability:Kirill Davydychev
  • Virtual Memory Interactions:Brian Behlendorf
  • Multi Tenancy:Rob Mustacchi
  • Examining On-disk Format: Max Bruning

See the website for links to slides and video recordings of the presentations, which are in the OpenZFS channel on YouTube.

MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification and Training
MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification Exam Details Available
Diana Gray, Principal Curriculum Project Manager, Oracle Universitym writes, "For those of you who work with MySQL, we've got some great news for you!

A wide range of Oracle MySQL teams, including training, engineering, sales consulting and members of MySQL Support, collected content for the new MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification exam. These team members assist developers and DBAs with MySQL questions on a daily basis. They understand what developers need to know to successfully develop applications against MySQL Server 5.6.

The MySQL 5.6 Developer Certification Exam details are listed here.

Naturally, this certification process covers the same ground as Oracle's MySQL Training for Developers course, making it ideal for reviewing topics to help you pass the exam. More importantly, you will learn how to develop successful applications that use MySQL Server 5.6 as a data store..."

Cloud Computing
Gogo Deploys Oracle Service Cloud to Support Enhanced Customer Experience
Gogo is the leading in-flight connectivity and entertainment provider
Gogo deployed the Oracle Service cloud to build on its position as the leading in-flight connectivity and entertainment provider, and to differentiate itself through a superior customer experience. The flexible, easy to use, cloud customer experience solution is helping Gogo make flying a more pleasurable, social and satisfying experience. In doing so, it has helped Gogo reduce customer service costs, decrease problem resolution time and deliver the best possible customer experience at 30,000 feet. From network troubleshooting to login issues, Gogo handles more than 1,500 real-time customer care interactions each day.
The Staggering Costs When Your Cloud Goes Down
Modern Business Nightmare
Bob Evans writes, "In today's always-on world, businesspeople who've never even stepped inside a data center are learning that data-center breakdowns trigger nightmare scenarios involving staggering amounts of lost revenue, customer disenchantment, plummeting employee productivity, and battered brand image.

As a result, many companies are placing greater scrutiny than ever before on the cloud providers they choose to handle mission-critical parts of their business. And as cloud computing surges from the fringes of the business world into the mainstream, those decisions are becoming top-priority issues for not just the CIO but the CEO, the CFO, and even boards of directors.

As the holiday season kicks into full swing, say your E-commerce cloud provider suffers an outage that lasts for a few hours. How much will that cost your business in lost revenue? How many customers will click over to your arch-rival and, within a matter of seconds, strike up a relationship that you spent months or years fostering? ..."

How is UNIX Solaris for a Linux Admin
Playing with UNIX on a laptop
Karim Berrah writes, "The interesting thing, for a Linux Admin, is that he can leverage his Linux Skills and quickly see, play and learn, from Solaris, either by installing the UNIX operating system inside a Virtual machine, or directly download a ready to use VirtualBox Solaris VM.

Another way is to directly learn some How-To and features, by viewing some live video demos from YouTube..."

INPS Halves Primary Healthcare IT Support Costs
Boosts System Performance by 20%, and Reduces Energy Use by 60%
INPS develops, deploys, and supports Vision, a flexible suite of clinical software solutions, used extensively within primary healthcare settings and the wider healthcare environment throughout the UK. Vision is the established clinical system for general practice that also helps clinicians make more informed diagnosis and treatment decisions by sharing patient records securely between accredited clinicians. It also allows patients to book their general practitioner (GP) and nurse appointments and request repeat medication via the internet.

INPS reduced monitoring, maintenance, and support costs by 50% by replacing the traditional multivendor stack of servers, storage units, and switches that supported Vision 360 with Oracle Database Appliance - a self-contained, integrated package of software, server, storage, and networking.

'Oracle Database Appliance gives us plug-and-play deployment, out-of-the-box performance, scalability, and one-stop support.' - Graeme Hodgens, Senior Infrastructure Engineer, INPS

Oracle SuperCluster M6-32
Webcast Introducing Oracles Most Powerful Engineered System
Introducing Oracle's Most Powerful Engineered System: Oracle SuperCluster M6-32


  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013


  • 8 am PT, 11 am ET, 5 pm CET, 4 pm GMT


  • 30 minutes including Q&A

Imagine being able to run a full range of mission-critical database and enterprise applications on a single system in a consolidated or private cloud environment. The new Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 offers you that advantage, delivering unprecedented performance with the highest levels of availability.

Join Oracle for this webcast and learn how Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 provides:

  • 10-20 times faster performance on business-critical applications such as financial close, cost management, projection, and planning
  • Consolidation of your IT data center with breakthrough hardware and software technology
  • Increased operational efficiencies and significantly lower risks while saving money

Register for this webcast

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 189 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 188 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 187 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:

  • Why people don't patch and upgrade?!?
  • Java for LEGO Mindstorms EV3
  • Report from Oracle's Innovation Forum
  • Oracle Big Data Appliance X4-2
  • Focus on Oracle Solaris
  • The Old School Sysadmin - A Dying Breed?
  • Oracle VM 3.2.6
  • Success of Oracle CloudWorld Sparks Extended Roadshow with Expanded Nine City Engagement
  • Optimizing OS performance
  • ADNOC talks about 50x increase in performance

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

    Best Microsoft Windows Virtualization Product of 2013
    Bronze: Oracle VM VirtualBox
    The WinowsIT Pro annual Community Choice award program allows readers to decide which products are the best of the year. For 2013, the same process as in previous years was used, opening up the Community Choice nomination process to all. At the website you'll find the Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as quotes from the community about these top products.

    This year Oracle VM VirtualBox was awarded Bronze in the category "Best Microsoft Windows Virtualization Product of 2013."

    Java Technology
    Nov/Dec 2013 digital edition of Java Magazine is now available
    Smartest House on the Street
    The Nov/Dec issue of "Java Magazine is now available.





    From the Editor

    • Java Nation
    • JCP Executive Series: Q&A with Patrick Curran


    • Java Architect: Agile Adjustment
    • Java Architect: Diabolical Java Performance Tuning
    • Java Architect: Java Concurrent Animated
    • Enterprise Java: Database DevOps with MySQL, Hudson, Gradle, Maven, and Git
    • Enterprise Java: Adding a Member to Your Development Team
    • Enterprise Java: Concurrency Utilities for Java EE
    • Mobile and Embedded: Internet of Things 101
    • Fix This
    JavaFX Integration Strategies
    by Adam Bien
    With lambdas and support for asynchronous communication, JavaFX introduces new integration possibilities for back-end services

    Adam writes, "You will rarely find isolated applications in the enterprise. An enterprise desktop application renders and manipulates the data of one or more back-end services exposed by an application server. In the old Swing and J2EE days, the communication was unidirectional and synchronous. JavaFX and Java EE 6 and 7 introduced a variety of new synchronous, asynchronous, push, and pull integration strategies. This article focuses on the integration of Java EE services with JavaFX applications..."

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