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Oracle CIO Mark Sunday Gives an IT Perspective on HR Technology
Cloud, Social, and IT partnering with HR
Oracle HCM writes, "We had a chance to sit down with Oracle CIO, Mark Sunday who is responsible for the information technology infrastructure used across the company globally. We asked Mark about his perspectives on hot topics such Cloud, Social, and IT partnering with HR.

Q: Mark, the cloud has changed everything, including the speed at which business can adopt technology. How is this changing the way IT approaches strategy and planning?

Sunday: Cloud, combined with mobile, social, big data and user experience is changing everything. We're seeing new businesses with new business models emerging at an unparalleled speed. Businesses like Uber and AirBnB are challenging business models that have been in place for decades..."

Oracle MAA Part 2: Bronze HA Reference Architecture
Details for the Bronze reference architecture
In the first installment of this series we discussed how one size does not fit all when it comes to HA architecture. We described Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (Oracle MAA) best practices that define four standard reference architectures for data protection and high availability: BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD and PLATINUM. Each reference architecture uses an optimal set of Oracle HA capabilities that reliably achieve a given service level (SLA) at the lowest cost. As you progress from one level to the next, each architecture expands upon the one that preceded it in order to handle an expanded fault domain and deliver a high level of service.

This article provides details for the Bronze reference architecture.

Oracle Extends Big Data Portfolio with Oracle Big Data SQL
Allows Customers to Securely Integrate Data Across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database Using SQL

To address organizations' need for comprehensive big data solutions, Oracle today introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, an essential part of a big data management system. Breaking down data silos to simplify information access and discovery, the offering allows customers to run one SQL query across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database, minimizing data movement while increasing performance and virtually eliminating data silos. Oracle Big Data SQL enables customers to gain a competitive advantage by making it easier to uncover insights faster, while protecting data security and enforcing governance. Furthermore, this approach enables organizations to leverage existing SQL investments in both people skills and applications.

Oracle Big Data SQL: One Fast Query, All Your Data
By Dan McClary, Product Manager at Oracle
Dan writes, "Today we're pleased to announce Big Data SQL, Oracle's unique approach to providing unified query over data in Oracle Database, Hadoop, and select NoSQL datastores. Big Data SQL has been in development for quite a while now, and will be generally available in a few months. With today's announcement of the product, I wanted to take a chance to explain what we think is important and valuable about Big Data SQL.

SQL on Hadoop

As anyone paying attention to the Hadoop ecosystem knows, SQL-on-Hadoop has seen a proliferation of solutions in the last 18 months, and just as large a proliferation of press. From good, ol' Apache Hive to Cloudera Impala and SparkSQL, these days you can have SQL-on-Hadoop any way you like it. It does, however, prompt the question: Why SQL? ..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Marketing Cloud Enhancements Simplify Marketing While Delivering Personal Customer Experiences
Create an ideal, interactive customer experience with the industry's most enterprise-ready marketing cloud platform

The marketing landscape is increasingly crowded with one-off technology solutions that can actually complicate the very tasks marketers need to simplify, while adding significant complexity for their IT counterparts. Modern marketing demands a unified, data-driven approach, not the data silos and integration challenges that point solutions create. Marketers need easy access to consolidated data to better engage audiences and analyze performance. Today, Oracle announced updates to Oracle Marketing Cloud designed to deliver simplified, customer-centric marketing and create ideal customers.

Oracle Marketing Cloud Expands the Industry's Most Comprehensive Marketing Technology Ecosystem
Oracle Marketing AppCloud and Oracle BlueKai Data Partners Enable Marketers to More Easily Create Ideal Customers
In order to help marketers take full advantage of the rapidly changing digital marketing technology landscape, Oracle Marketing Cloud has added more than 350 marketing applications and data partners over the past year to deliver the industry's largest marketing technology ecosystem. With the Oracle Marketing AppCloud and Oracle's BlueKai data and activation partners, customers can easily find and integrate leading digital marketing capabilities and data to build a customer-centric digital dialogue and deliver a more personal and targeted cross-channel marketing experience.
Oracle Social Cloud Launches LinkedIn Support for its Social Relationship Management Platform
Oracle Social Cloud Joins LinkedIn Certified Company Page Partners Program
Oracle Social Cloud announced LinkedIn support for its comprehensive Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform, allowing Oracle Social customers the ability to publish, engage, automate, and analyze LinkedIn activities within the Oracle SRM platform. With the announcement, Oracle Social Cloud also officially joins the LinkedIn Certified Company Page Partners Program. The addition of LinkedIn will provide the opportunity for Oracle to better serve B2B companies, as well as companies needing a complete multichannel social strategy to reach and engage with LinkedIn's influential user base of 300 million in more than 200 countries and territories.
New Oracle Exadata Database Machine Optimized for Large-Scale In-Memory and Database Cloud Workloads
Exadata Database Machine X4-8 Features Extreme Compute, Storage, and Memory Capacity
Supporting large database workloads used to require large numbers of high-end servers and storage arrays. Now, with Oracle's new Exadata Database Machine X4-8, workloads that previously required dozens of racks of equipment can run dramatically faster on a single engineered system.

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 delivers extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using powerful 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, ultra-fast PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity.

While the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 excels at traditional database workloads such as online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing, it is specifically optimized for a new generation of workloads: database as a service (DBaaS) and database in-memory. With up to 12 terabytes (TB) of DRAM memory, the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 can consolidate hundreds of databases and can run massive databases entirely in-memory.

Oracle Customers and Partners Continue to Drive Business Results with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
Industry's Best Foundation for Oracle, Java and ISV Applications Helps Customers and Partners Seize Opportunities, Lower Risks and Reduce IT Complexity
Organizations today must have the ability to deliver applications that run with lower response times, can handle peaks and scale in response to increasing traffic on a more powerful infrastructure. They are also realizing that it no longer makes sense to try and integrate numerous, disparate software components and hardware systems. Instead, organizations across a wide range of industries and geographies are turning to Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to help gain a competitive advantage, reduce data center costs and lower business risks. Oracle Exalogic offers continuous value to customers by providing breakthrough performance, reliability and scalability for Oracle, Java and other business applications, while supporting lower TCO, lower risk, high user productivity and one-stop support.
vBeers@ Miami : Wed July 23rd @ Miami - DRB
3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miami; @ Broward
New Location! The DRB (Democratic Republic Of Beer)

Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

This will be a Sponsored event so beers are on us. Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

There is absolutely NO SALES PITCH, just FREE ice cold beers and tech talk! The DRB is also giving all of our guests 15% off all food!

Please register at Eventbrite.

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Oracle prepares to unveil next-gen SPARC 7 processor
At Hot Chips microprocessor technology conference in August
Oracle will be unveiling its next-generation SPARC 7 processor architecture at California's Hot Chips microprocessor technology conference in August.

According to Oracle's executive vice president of systems, John Fowler, the new chip architecture will have acceleration and security reliability features built in.

"We're heading towards announcing our fifth Spark processor in four years," Fowler told ZDNet via teleconference during a media briefing in Sydney today. "It's going to be called the '7'. Right now we ship today the T5 and M6 processor, and we'll be coming out with the 7th generation processor.

"We will be talking about it at the Hot Chips conference in California in August, and on August 10 we'll be making a couple of in depth presentations on [this] technology...

Oracle's x86 Systems, Oracle Linux, and Oracle Database: Engineered to Work Together
18-Page White Paper
"Running Oracle software on Oracle's x86 systems provides performance, reliability, and supportability advantages not found on third-party x86 servers. The combination of Oracle Database, Oracle Linux, and Oracle's x86 systems represents an integrated stack that has been designed and tested to deliver maximum performance and reliability in enterprise IT environments.

Oracle's x86 systems and Oracle Linux are co-engineered with Oracle Database so that the combined hardware and software stack, benefiting from numerous optimizations, produces advantages that are greater than the sum of the individual advantages. This yields an increased return on Oracle software investments as well as a system-wide lowering of operating and management costs..."

White Paper

Get Your ZFS On
By Rick Ramsey
Rick writes, "Surprising as it may seem, there are still many sysadmins out there who don't use ZFS or are not familiar with its best features. We (since I'm one of them) should send expensive gifts to Oracle ACE Alexandre Borges. Alexandre loves Solaris so much he can't stop writing about it. He recently put together a torrent of articles about ZFS that, even if you think you know everything about it, you should peruse. Because I bet he's found things you didn't know about.

I've been posting them at the rate of about one a week. Here are the first five..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 197 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 196 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 195 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:

  • Solaris 20th Anniversary
  • What Can You Do With Data Link Multipathing (DLMP)?
  • Oracle VM 3.3
  • Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
  • Network Virtualization High Availability
  • Book Review: Murach's Java Servlets and JSPs (3rd Edition)
  • Book Review: JavaFX 8 -- Introduction by Example
  • NFJS Central Ohio Software Symposium Trip Report
  • Simplifying IT Leads to Better Business Outcomes, According to New Research from Leading Analyst Firm
  • Virtual Technology Summit July 2014

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

    Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T5: 10X faster, 10X lower cost
    Leading ERP System Scales on SPARC
    Parnian Taidi writes, "The value any ERP system can deliver depends on real-world performance, not just theoretical capabilities. Infor and Oracle recently conducted joint performance tests using Infor LN on Oracle SPARC T-series servers with customer-based transaction mixes, at the Oracle Solution Center in Linlithgow, UK. The measured results were 10X faster than previous records and showed near-linear scaling in both 2-tier and 3-tier deployments.

    Infor LN is a uniquely powerful ERP solution for complex manufacturing, optimized for distributed global operations and equipped with the tools to improve operational performance in manufacturing plants, across the supply chain, and throughout the aftermarket service business. Oracle's SPARC T-servers running Oracle Solaris 11 are cost-effective, highly efficient cloud infrastructure platforms optimized to accelerate enterprise applications, delivering extreme performance and outstanding virtualization capabilities in a compact design..."

    Oracle Fusion Applications Development and Extensibility Handbook
    by Vladimir Ajvaz, Anil Passi and Dhaval Mehta
    Oliver Steinmeier reviews "Oracle Fusion Applications Development and Extensibility Handbook" ...

    "Earlier this year Oracle Press published a book targeting developers working with the Fusion Applications platform. In this review we are taking a look at what this title has to offer.

    Written by Vladimir Ajvaz, Anil Passi and Dhaval Mehta and published by Oracle Press, the 518 page book covers the entire spectrum of development tasks and technologies that are available to Fusion developers. Here's the high-level table of contents:

    Read on for details ...

    July 2014 Critical Patch Update Released
    By Eric P. Maurice

    Eric writes, "Oracle today released the July 2014 Critical Patch Update. This Critical Patch Update provides 113 new security fixes across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Oracle MySQL, and Oracle and Sun Systems Products Suite..."

    Java Technology
    Java Magazine: The Java Virtual Machine
    by Caroline Kvitka, Java Magazine Editor in Chief
    "The July/August issue of Java Magazine explores the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), and includes a JavaOne preview. While often overshadowed by the Java language, the Java Virtual Machine is the cornerstone of the Java platform. It gives Java its hardware and operating system independence, small compiled code size, and protection from malicious programs. We've dedicated almost an entire issue to the JVM, so if you haven't paid much attention to it lately, buckle up and get ready for the ride..."
    Releases: Java SE 8 Update 11 and Java SE 7 Update 65
    By Tori Wieldt
    Tori writes that "Oracle has released Java SE 8 Update 11 and Java SE 7 Update 65. Developers can download the latest Java SE JDK and JRE the Oracle Technology Network.

    Java SE 8 Update 11

    This update release includes the following new features:

    • IANA (Timezone) Data 2014c
    • Java Dependency Analysis Tool (jdeps)
    • New Java Control Panel option to disable sponsors
    • New JAR file attribute - Entry-Point
    • New JAXP processing limit property - maxElementDepth

    and Bug Fixes. Read the full Release Notes. Download Java SE 8 Update 11.

    Java SE 7 Update 65

    This update release includes the following new features:

    • IANA (Timezone) Data 2014c
    • New Java Control Panel option to disable sponsors
    • New JAXP processing limit property - maxElementDepth

    and Bug Fixes. Read the full Release Notes. Download Java SE 7 Update 65.


    NetBeans Podcast 70
    Podcast Guests: Ashwin Rao (NetBeans-Oracle), Ken Fogel (Dawson College, Montreal)
    NetBeans Community News with Geertjan and Tinu

    • Take the NetBeans IDE 8.0 Satisfaction Survey! There's still time to tell the NetBeans team what you think about the release and what you'd like to see in future versions.
    • Would you like to have NetBeans documentation and web content be available in your local language? Then volunteer to be a translator for the NetBeans Community Localization project.
    • In our ongoing article series, find out what aspects of NetBeans IDE users from around the world think are really awesome: My Five Favorite NetBeans Features.

    Download mp3: 31 minutes - 26 mb

    Lightweight Process for Translating NetBeans IDE
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    "To me, the problem with translating NetBeans IDE over the years has been that the process has always been very complicated with all kinds of tools that need to be set up.

    Wouldn't it be cool if there was a simple, lightweight process. One that anyone can follow, in between doing other work, i.e., quickly dedicate half an hour every day to translating NetBeans IDE, whilst doing other work? No new tools to set up, no new and complex processes to learn? Everything done from within NetBeans IDE itself?

    Here's how that can be achieved. Some steps have small YouTube clips to illustrate points made. These YouTube clips are silent, the idea is to watch and learn from the process..."

    Build with NetBeans IDE, Deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service
    Tech Article by Harshad Oak

    Tori Wieldt writes, "If you've decided PaaS is is what your application needs, see how you can swiftly build and deploy applications to Oracle Java Cloud Service using NetBeans IDE. In 'Build with NetBeans IDE, Deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service,' Oracle ACE Harshad Oak shows you how to set up Oracle Java Cloud Service, then install and use the Oracle Cloud Plugin in the NetBeans IDE..."

    Oak explains "Considering the rapid adoption of cloud-based services, it will only be a matter of time before we will all be building software using IDEs that integrate with multiple cloud services for various stages in the software development process." Read "Build with NetBeans IDE, Deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service," and put your applications in the cloud.

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