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Oracle and Accenture Study Declares the CFO a Technology Evangelist
New Oracle and Accenture Study Declares the CFO a Technology Evangelist
To define and benchmark the key attributes of modern, technology-enabled finance, Oracle and Accenture co-sponsored a global study with Longitude Research, entitled Empowering Modern Finance: The CFO as Technology Evangelist.

Respondents included 1,275 CFOs, senior finance executives and line business executives from organizations around the world of varying sizes and industries -- 300 of whom were senior non-finance executives -- and found that the modern CFO is a technology evangelist who recognizes the value of digital and cloud technologies for the finance function and the business as a whole, but a gap remains between CFO ambitions and reality ...

Enterprise Computing with Oracle Solaris For Dummies
Download the eBook
  • Why choosing the right OS is essential
  • How to plan and deliver an OS deployment
  • How to take advantage of unique Oracle Solaris features

Chapter 1: Your Operating System and Why You Should Care about It

Chapter 2: Introducing Oracle Solaris

Chapter 3: Putting Oracle Solaris to Work

Chapter 4: Ten (Okay, Eight) Great Resources for Learning More about Oracle Solaris

Justplayer Increases System Response Rates up to 100x
Provides Access to 100x More Storage and Server Capacity
Based in Japan's Shizuoka Prefecture, Justplayer Co., Ltd. provides a variety of web services, including planning and creating websites and cloud-based software. The company focuses on developing leisure-time software and cloud services that are available to customers as needed, based on the company's concept When you want IS when you play. One of these products is Wikiplus, which is available to customers as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering and enables users to create and update websites using wiki software. Justplayer implemented Oracle Solaris 11 to create a cost-effective cloud stack with a high resource-sharing rate for a new WikiPlus 2 service...
Using COMSTAR and ZFS to Configure a Virtualized Storage Environment
by Alexandre Borges
"How to use COMSTAR to provide local iSCSI storage for any service that runs in Windows, Linux, or Mac OS. It also shows you how to configure authentication using the Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP) to secure the iSCSI storage against forbidden access. Part 1 of a series about ZFS...

Oracle Solaris 11 introduced a framework named Common Multiprotocol SCSI TARget (COMSTAR) that supports the iSCSI protocol, making it possible to turn any Oracle Solaris 11 host into an iSCSI target, which offers storage to other machines, or an iSCSI initiator, which uses software that functions like a host bus adapter (HBA) to access the storage offered by an iSCSI target. This capability is a real advantage, because any storage offered through the iSCSI protocol is available to an iSCSI initiator as local storage, without the need to use expensive technologies such as Fibre Channel (FC). In addition, COMSTAR supports protocols such as FC and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) without the need for an HBA..."

MySQL for Excel Main Features Video
On You Tube

Javier Rivera blogs, "We are proud to announce our first MySQL for Excel video is now available at the MySQL youtube channel.

Please give it an eye and get to know about the main features of MySQL for Excel (Import, Export, Append and Edit)..."

View the video on you tube.

Exporting data from Excel to a new MySQL table
How To - Guide
Javier Trevino writes, "There may be times when you need to create a new table in MySQL and feed it with data, normally this data may come from another database, the Internet or from combined data sources.

MS Excel is commonly used as the bridge between those data sources and a target MySQL database because of the simplicity it offers to organize the information to then just dump it into a new MySQL table. Although the last bit sounds trivial, it may actually be a cumbersome step, creating ODBC connections within Excel through Microsoft Query may not help since these are normally created to extract data from MySQL into Excel, not the opposite. What if you could do this in a few clicks from within Excel after making your data ready for export to a MySQL database?

With MySQL for Excel you can do this and this guide will teach you how easy it is..."

Cloud Computing
How NAB improved customer service using the cloud
Oracle Service Cloud Rolled out in 2012
Hamish Barwick writes in CIO, "National Australia Bank (NAB) has reduced call centre inquiries following the implementation of Oracle Service Cloud in 2012.

The platform combines Web, social and call centre functions. It can also be used to access information from one database.

Speaking at Oracle's CloudWorld conference in Melbourne, NAB product knowledge manager Anthony Micomonaco said that prior to the implementation, customers were sometimes not receiving the right answers from call centre staff or branch workers..."

SMARTSOFT OCEAN 7.6 Achieves 5 Times Faster Processing
With Oracle Exadata Database Machine
"The first company of the Group, SmartSoft, based in Istanbul, was founded in 2001 as a service provider for Turkish banking sector. After continuous success, SmartSoft was accredited by MasterCard in 2010, making the company an accredited consultancy and training provider in EMV card Technologies. With its professional network, extremely specialized staff and relentless R&D processes SmartSoft achieved international success and created some of the first projects designed in the payment systems industry, making the company a leader in its industry.

In order to offer better services and product quality, Cardtek Group founded CordisNetwork and CredoWork in 2009, offering solutions for payment systems, loyalty cards and city banking solutions, processing services, projects for public sector as well as hardware solutions..."

    vBeers - Miami (Wednesday, March 26th, 2014)
    After Work Hours IT Networking Event
    This will be a Sponsored event so drinks and are on us! Please join us for the Our first vBeers event in Miami and encourage your IT colleagues to attend as well.

    Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

    Networking is an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two. Who knows, you just may meet your next client, employer or employee!

    Location: Biscayne Tavern

    • Address: - 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
    • Date: Wednesday, March 26th
    • Time: 6pm to 9pm - arrive and depart any time


    • Biscayne Tavern
    • SherlockTech Staffing
    • Vault Networks
    • Nexenta Systems
    • PCS

    Join the vBeers LinkedIn group. Network with fellow vBeers participants on-line.

    Please RSVP via EventBrite.

    Sun Tape
    What's the #1 Ranked Tape Library?
    SL8500 is DCIG Selection
    Chris Ilg, Storage Product Marketing at Oracle, writes, "Having been working in the IT industry for 27 years, I've seen my share of outrageous vendor claims. In fact, it is one my biggest pet peeves about our industry. How many times have you seen XYZ vendor claiming their solution is 'industry leading', 'best-in-class', 'world class' or 'leading edge' without providing any empirical evidence to back up that claim ...

    That's why I'm proud to say that DCIG, whose tagline is 'empowering the IT industry with actionable analysis,' recently ranked #1 the Oracle StorageTek SL8500 enterprise tape library in their 2014 Big Data Tape Library Buyer's Guide. According to DCIG ..."

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 193 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 192 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 191 Issues 4 and 5
    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 Launches Java 8
    • LibreOffice 4.2.2
    • Frequently Asked Questions about Oracle Linux
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2
    • Oracle Solaris Binary Guarantee Program
    • Oracle Cloud Opportunities
    • Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows 3.2.2 released!
    • MySQL Enterprise Backup (Version 3.10.0)
    • NetBeans Platform for Beginners
    • MySQL for Visual Studio 1.1.4

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

      Free and Open Source S/W
      Vert.x: A Project to Watch
      For modern mobile, web, and enterprise apps
      Vert.x is one of the most popular Java projects on GitHub. Sometimes called "Node.js for the JVM," it is a ployglot event-drive app platform. It is 100% open source, under the Apache Software License 2.0.

      Vert.x is designed for modern mobile, web, and enterprise applications. "Modern applications are reactive (event-driven) and must be scalable," says Vert.x creater Tim Fox.

      Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta is coming
      Still accepting nominations for customers and ISVs to participate
      The Oracle Solaris Studio team says that it is "ready to release the Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta with planned availability late March 2014, product general availability second half of 2014."

      Some features and functionality of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta include:

      • Compiler and library optimizations for Oracle SPARC-T4/T5/M5/M6, Fujitsu M10, and Intel Ivy Bridge servers
      • New C++ compiler and dbx debugger that support the C++2011 language standard
      • Performance Analyzer improvements that include a new "Smart Start" capability to guide application performance analysis, remote data analysis, and cross-architecture support
      • Code Analyzer improvements that reduce the overhead and improve the accuracy of memory leak detection and 40 other typical programming errors
      • Support for new OpenMP 4.0 standard, including Region Cancellation, Thread Affinity, Tasking Extensions and Sequentially Consistent Atomics
      • Integrated Development Environment (IDE) improved response time and reduced memory footprint to efficiently handle very large source repositories

      The team is now accepting nominations for customers and ISVs to participate.

      Server Consolidation For Dummies
      Oracle 2nd Special Edition e-book
      "Discover why virtualization is important, the best virtualization and networking strategies for your needs, and how getting virtualization right can help you slash costs, accelerate application deployment and gain business agility..."

      This book consists of four short chapters, each written as a stand-alone chapter.

      Chapter 1: Virtualization - What and Why. I start with an overview of virtualization technology and some of the business drivers for server virtualization.

      Chapter 2: Virtualization - Where and How. In this chapter, I tell you about the benefits of server virtualization and the risks of inaction.

      Chapter 3: Oracle Server Virtualization. Here, I explain some of the many benefits your organization can achieve with Oracle's virtualization technologies.

      Chapter 4: Ten Ways Oracle Virtualization Delivers More Value. Here, I tell you how Oracle Virtualization solutions deliver more value than other common industry virtualization products.

      Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1
      Improves Fibre Channel Spport, Adds network bandwidth controls

      The latest Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 release:

      • Adds support for Fibre Channel SR-IOV. See Creating an I/O Domain by Assigning PCIe SR-IOV Virtual Functions, in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 Administration Guide.

      • Adds network bandwidth controls. See Controlling the Amount of Physical Network Bandwidth That Is Consumed by a Virtual Network Device, in Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1 Administration Guide.

      • Adds ability to create or destroy multiple virtual functions simultaneously. See the ldm(1M) man page.

      For information about the hardware and software requirements for the Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 release, see the Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.1.1 and 3.1 Release Notes.

      Java Technology
      JDK 8: General Availability
      Mark thanks the team
      Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, blogs "Two years, seven months, and eighteen days after the release of JDK 7, production-ready builds of JDK 8 are now available for download!"

      How continues, "A major new release of a software system as large as the JDK is the direct work of many hundreds of developers, with indirect contributions from thousands more. By way of thanks I'd like to mention the major contributors here specifically:..."

      NetBeans IDE 8.0 provides tools for Java 8 technologies
      Christina Mulligan writing in SD Times
      Christina Mulligan writes, "Following the release of Oracle's Java 8, NetBeans IDE 8.0 has been announced. The open IDE release delivers out-of-the-box code analyzers and editors for the latest Java 8 technologies (Java SE 8, Java ME Embedded 8 and Java SE Embedded 8), and also includes new HTML5 tools and support for C/C++, Java EE, Maven and PHP.

      Highlights of the release include:.."

      Hello Java 8 and NetBeans 8!
      By Geertjan Wielenga
      Geertjan writes in an article for DZone, "NetBeans IDE 8 provides out-of-the-box code analyzers and editors for working with the latest Java 8 technologies--Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8. The IDE also has a range of new enhancements that further improve its support for Maven and Java EE with PrimeFaces; new tools for HTML5, in particular for AngularJS; and improvements to PHP and C/C++ support.

      Here's an overview of what NetBeans partners and users are looking forward to in NetBeans 8 ..."

      Learn More About Enhancements in JavaFX 8
      JavaFX documents updated
      The JavaFX documents were updated for release 8. To symbolize JavaFX integration into Java SE, the JavaFX 8 documentation index has moved to new URL.

      The old URL will send you to this new page. You can still access the JavaFX 2 documentation.

      Encryption of Data-at-Rest on Big Data Appliance
      Jean-Pierre Dijcks Blogs
      Jean-Pierre Dijcks writes, "With the release of Big Data Appliance software bundle 2.5, BDA completes the encryption story underneath Cloudera CDH. BDA already came with network encryption, ensuring no network sniffing can be applied in between the nodes, it now adds encryption of data-at-rest.

      Encryption of data-at-rest can be done in 2 modes. One mode leverages the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) on the motherboard to provide a key to encrypt the data on disk. This mode does not require a password or pass phrase but relies on the motherboard. The second mode leverages a passphrase, which in turn will be used to generate a private-public key pair generated with OpenSSL. The key pair is encrypted as well..."

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