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The Benefits of Digital Training
eLearning is considered the 'primary' delivery method of IT training for about 45% of enterprises

"As the world becomes more and more digital, technology is changing the face of IT education. In the past, students signed up for classes and went to education centers to learn. While today's students can still go to a classroom if they prefer, it's becoming more and more popular to take training on digital devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets. Plus, it's now possible to access lab environments and classroom materials on those same machines..."

    Evolution to the Strategic Technology Trends for 2014
    Thoughts on Gartner's 'Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends'
    Michael Snow writes, "This time of year is always a reflective time as we look back and look forward to the new year. As I've been thinking about thought leadership and some of the interesting webcasts we've hosted over the past couple of years (look to next post for a review of these), I was thinking about those trend predictions that emerge every year. I just recently watched Gartner's most recent webcast they offer each year on the 'Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends' that enterprises should be planning for over the next 3 years.

    It's interesting to note the evolution of not only the language used to describe the trends, but the consolidation of many of them into single trends in the comparison chart I created below from the past 3 years. As technologies have emerged from the Hype cycle's 'Peak of Inflated Expectations' and start sliding down into the 'Trough of Disillusionment' there seems to be some strategic consolidation and commodification as expected..."

    Oracle 2013 Technology Year In Review
    Forbes Blog Post

    Breanne Cooley writes, "As the world becomes more and more digital, technology is changing the face of IT education. In the past, students signed up for classes and went to education centers to learn. While today's students can still go to a classroom if they prefer, it's becoming more and more popular to take training on digital devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets. Plus, it's now possible to access lab environments and classroom materials on those same machines..."

      Top 10 Tips and Tricks for Getting the Best Database Performance from Oracle Solaris Systems
      Presentation Available
      Oracle Solaris systems running Oracle Database are ideal for mission-critical database applications requiring high performance, best-in-class availability, and unmatched scalability. This session provides an overview of Oracle Solaris servers' unique capabilities and how to optimize your configuration for the best-possible performance. It presents tuning tips for reliable performance in a consolidated environment as well as insights into tighter integration of Oracle's SPARC hardware and software, which leads to optimal performance.
      Bitrot and atomic COWs: Inside 'next-gen' filesystems
      We look at the amazing features in ZFS and btrfs - and why you need them
      Jim Salter writes in ars technics, "Most people don't care much about their filesystems. But at the end of the day, the filesystem is probably the single most important part of an operating system. A kernel bug might mean the loss of whatever you're working on right now, but a filesystem bug could wipe out everything you've ever done... and it could do so in ways most people never imagine.

      Sound too theoretical to make you care about filesystems? Let's talk about "bitrot," the silent corruption of data on disk or tape. One at a time, year by year, a random bit here or there gets flipped. If you have a malfunctioning drive or controller - or a loose/faulty cable - a lot of bits might get flipped. Bitrot is a real thing, and it affects you more than you probably realize..."

      MySQL for Visual Studio 1.1.3 GA
      Part of the set of tools available for Windows

      MySQL for Visual Studio is a new product including all of the Visual Studio integration previously available as part of Connector/Net. This is the 1.1.3 GA release of this product and it is a version suitable for production environments. It is compatible with Connector/Net 6.8.3 and it supports MySQL server versions 5.0 to 5.6.

      The MySQL for Visual Studio is included as part of the set of tools available for Windows through the MySQL Windows Installer. It can be downloaded within the full bundled or by using the web installer (MySQL Windows Installer download page).

      Cloud Computing
      Oracle Cloud Adapters Dramatically Simplify Integration Between Cloud and On-Premise Applications
      Oracle Cloud Adapter for Reduces Time, Cost and Complexity of Application Integration Projects
      Organizations need to be able to quickly, easily and efficiently integrate their on-premises business applications with new Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud applications. Addressing this challenge without the complexity of adding a disparate niche cloud integration platform has been a concern. With the introduction of Oracle Cloud Adapter for, Oracle has delivered a single integration platform to unify cloud and on-premises applications.
      Greenball Leverages Oracle Managed Cloud Services
      To Optimize Business Processes and Support Rapid Company Growth
      Greenball Corp., a leading quality tire designer, manufacturer and distributor, is using Oracle Managed Cloud Services to optimize key business processes and support its rapid growth.

      In order to cost effectively meet the operational efficiency demands of the price-sensitive tire distribution industry, Greenball needed a highly robust, scalable and available enterprise application infrastructure that would conserve the resources of its small IT team.

      After a comprehensive evaluation of cloud offerings, Greenball selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to help modernize its IT environment, improve customer service and reduce operational costs.

      With Oracle Applications Managed Cloud Service, Greenball was able to gain a fully supported and expertly managed Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) infrastructure that increased visibility into financial processes and supply chain costs, while providing the flexibility to scale with the company's growth.

      What Makes Oracle Linux the Best Platform for Oracle Database 12c
      Oracle products are designed and tested to work together
      Because Oracle products are designed and tested to work together, there are distinct advantages in running Oracle Database servers and applications on an end-to-end Oracle solution stack, especially when that stack includes Oracle Linux For Oracle Database workloads on Oracle Linux, deep testing and integration between the layers brings substantial benefits: fast transaction speeds, scalable performance, and the security and reliability needed to meet strict service level agreements (SLAs). In addition, an end-to-end Oracle stack increases administrative efficiency since there's no need for cross-platform skill sets to manage multiple vendor technologies. And there's the added benefit of a single point of contact - from industry's leading database infrastructure experts - for your most critical service and support issues ...
      Get a Closer Look at Oracle Database Appliance
      See new research note from Nucleus Research
      Margaret Hamburger writes, "A new research note from Nucleus Research takes a closer look at the specific experiences of Oracle Database Appliance customers currently using the appliance to support business-critical data and transactions.

      Nucleus's initial assessment of the Oracle Database Appliance found that companies could typically avoid 30 to 40 percent of the hardware expense needed to build a comparable platform, while accelerating time to value and increasing business flexibility.

      In this research, customers exceeded their expectations with these amazing business results:..."

      • Accelerated monthly billing processes by 5 times
      • Reduced time to complete upgrades by 80 percent
      • Reduced support staff requirements by 60 percent
      • Avoided an 80 percent increase in 3-year software and hardware costs
      • Increased flexibility for future growth
      • Accelerated time to production by 50 times
      • Increased administrator productivity through reduced management and monitoring time
      • Accelerated revenue capture from new customers

      Nucleus Research research note.

      Yodlee Supports International Growth with the Oracle Database Appliance
      Leading Financial Platform Provider Meets International Data Regulations and Supports Growing Customer Base
      Oracle announced Yodlee, the platform for global financial innovation, is successfully using the Oracle Database Appliance to support its international growth requirements.

      With more than 800 customers and 50 million users of Yodlee-powered services across 10 different countries using its financial platform, Yodlee needed a data management solution to help meet its expanding customer base and international privacy and regulatory requirements.

      The company looked at more than 15 architecture solutions and tested five for cost, performance and scalability, ease of management, and security. With results in all four categories that beat all other alternatives during a six month proof of concept, including a 20 percent increase in application transactions per second and an 11 percent improvement in average page view response time, Yodlee decided to implement the Oracle Database Appliance.

      An Oracle Engineered System, Oracle Database Appliance comes complete with out-of-the-box software, hardware, database, and storage engineered for speed and simplicity. Leveraging it, Yodlee achieved 50 percent reduction in CapEx and 10 percent faster performance.

      Additionally, with its unique capacity-on-demand licensing model, the Oracle Database Appliance offers the company a scalable environment for future growth, including planned implementation in two additional international data centers.

      Sun Tape
      StorageTek Linear Tape File System
      Library Edition for SL150
      Oracle has announced the expansion of its LTFS library support to include the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library. This announcement also introduces a new price point that is better suited for the small business and mid-range archive markets.

      Customer Benefits of StorageTek LTFS-LE:

      • Lower Storage Costs - Expanded support for the only scalable entry tape library, the StorageTek SL150 modular tape library.

      • Simplified File Management - Exposes a standard file system interface that enables users drag and drop files between disk and tape.

      • Improved File Access - Transports files between workstations, data centers and 3rd parties without the need for expensive backup or archiving software.

      Details on the Oracle Tape Storage page.

      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 191 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 190 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 189 Issues 3 and 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:

      • Larry Ellison and Mark Hurd Emphasize Oracle's Cloud Growth
      • Oracle Linux: Free as in Speech AND Free as in Beer
      • Oracle Buys Corente
      • The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2014
      • How to Configure x86 Memory Performance for Large Databases
      • WebLogic in Comparison: RebelLabs Java Servers Report
      • Interview with Authors of 'NetBeans Platform for Beginners'
      • 8 Predictions for Customer Service in 2014
      • OTech Magazine - Winter 2014
      • Securing Oracle Database 12c: A Technical Primer eBook

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

        January 2014 Critical Patch Update Released
        cumulative patches for Java, Solaris, MySQL, Linux, SCD, VirtualBox, etc.
        Oracle released the January 2014 Critical Patch Update.

        A Critical Patch Update (CPU) is a collection of patches for multiple security vulnerabilities. Critical Patch Update patches are usually cumulative, but each advisory describes only the security fixes added since the previous Critical Patch Update advisory. Thus, prior Critical Patch Update advisories should be reviewed for information regarding earlier published security fixes.

        This Critical Patch Update provided fixes for 144 new security vulnerabilities across a wide range of product families, including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Products Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle FLEXCUBE, Oracle Java SE, Oracle and Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL.

        Lab: How to Deploy a Four-Node Oracle RAC 12c Cluster in Minutes
        Using Oracle VM Templates
        by Olivier Canonge with contributions from Christophe Pauliat, Simon Coter, Saar Maoz, Doan Nguyen, Ludovic Sorriaux, Cecile Naud, and Robbie De Meyer

        This hands-on lab demonstrates how to use Oracle VM Templates to virtualize and deploy complex Oracle Applications in minutes. Step-by-step instructions demonstrate how to download and import templates and deploy the applications, using an Oracle RAC template as an example.

        The templates include full support for single-instance, Oracle Restart (Single-Instance High Availability [SIHA]), and Oracle Real Application Clusters (Oracle RAC) database deployments for both Oracle Database 11g Release 2 and Oracle Database 12c. The templates also support the Flex Cluster feature of Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Flex Automatic Storage Management (ASM), as well as automation for container/pluggable databases in Oracle Database 12c.

        Life Sciences Platform on the NetBeans Platform
        GenBeans is a tool for DNA sequence analysis
        Geertjan writes, "GenBeans is a tool for DNA sequence analysis created in San Diego, California, for molecular biologists. Research scientists working with DNA molecules face the dilemma of manipulating DNA sequences, often represented as simple text strings, and integrating vast amounts of sequence-dependent features at the same time. For genome-wide analysis, both are rather unchangeable static entities that can be easily represented together.

        On the other hand, sequence editing is complicated by an ever-changing set of features, some wanted, some desirable, some not. Design errors may translate in months of work. A fascinating aspect, from that point of view, of NetBeans IDE is its language support with its automatic annotation as you type and rich set of meta-information because DNA sequence is comparable to a language where features and motifs are the words, it is interesting to approach DNA sequence editing & analysis in the same way NetBeans IDE handles programming languages..."

        Java Technology
        Top Java Technical Articles of 2013
        Most popular technical articles published on OTN in 2013

        Tori Wieldt writes, "The most popular technical articles published on OTN in 2013 shows the variety in Java technologies. The top article, by a large margin, was about the internet of things. The rest of the list shows lots of interest in the new Java EE 7 functionality. In honor of the upcoming Java SE 8 release, here are the top 8 articles of 2013: "

        • Getting Started with Java SE Embedded on the Raspberry Pi
        • Java EE 7 and JAX-RS 2.0
        • Arun Gupta on Higher Productivity from Embracing HTML5 with Java EE 7
        • An Overview of Batch Processing in Java EE 7.0
        • Contexts and Dependency Injection in Java EE 6
        • Servlets and JSP Pages Best Practices
        • Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB)
        • Java Experts on the State of Java

        Read on for details...

        Java 8 is Coming to EclipseCon
        Accelerate your adoption of Java 8.
        Oracle says that it is "pleased to announce that we have added a Java 8 Day to EclipseCon 2014. Java 8 is scheduled to be released in March, close to the same time as EclipseCon, so we thought it would be great to have EclipseCon attendees participate in the launch of the new Java release.

        In collaboration with Oracle, a new 1 day event has been added to the EclipseCon schedule. EclipseCon attendees will have the opportunity to learn about Java 8 from Oracle and Eclipse experts. There will be sessions about Lambda's, JDT support for type annotations, the new Java 8 compact profile, JavaFX, api design with Java 8 and more. It will be a great way to accelerate your adoption of Java 8. Check out the complete schedule.

        The Java 8 Day will take place on Tuesday, March 18 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel San Francisco Airport. We will be offering $200 day passes for developers that just want to attend the Java 8 content. Of course all EclipseCon attendees will also be able to attend..."

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