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FLUX Presentation @ NSU - Next Generation of Identity Management - Thursday March 12th
Einstein's from 6:30PM to 7:30PM; Presentation at 7:30PM
This is a topic that should be of interest to all IT professions including managers, sysadmins, and developers.

Bill Nelson, aka the "IDM Dude", Co-Founder of Identity Fusion, will talk about IRM, The Next Generation of Identity Management.

In today's internet-connected world, employees, partners, and customers all need anytime access to secure data from millions of laptops, phones, tablets, cars, and any devices with internet connections.

Identity relationship management platforms are built for IoT, scale, and contextual intelligence. No matter the device, the volume, or the circumstance, an IRM platform will adapt to understand who you are and what you can access.

In this discussion, Bill will describe the basic pillars of identity relationship management systems, how they differ from identity and access management solutions, and how you can build an identity platform to begin taking advantage of IRM.

Please RSVP at The FLUX group

About Identity Fusion, Inc.

Identity Fusion offers comprehensive services focused on ForgeRock's Open Identity Stack and includes sales, services, and education.

Directions on FLUX website.

Spotlight On: Oracle Systems Learning Stream
Online Training to Support Your Infrastructure Professional Development
Ask yourself:

  • Are you up to speed on "Software in Silicon"?
  • Are you familiar with the Virtual Compute Appliance?
  • Are you using SPARC M6-32 or FS1 software?
  • What's new with the Exadata X5 release?
  • Do you know what the experts are saying about Linux?
  • Do you know how to build an Oracle Key Manager Cluster setup?
  • Have you heard of the new Engineer System, Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance?
  • How do you scale SAM-QFS?
  • Which systems provide optimization for the cloud?
  • What is the latest information available on ZFS Storage Appliance?
  • Would an overview of the Oracle Enterprise Manager help you?
  • Which Oracle products can increase performance in your Data Center?

Learn the answers to these questions by accessing our recently released training option: Oracle Learning Streams..

Is Mobile Over-hyped?
By David Dorf
David Dorf writes, "Don't get me wrong; I think mobile has and will continue to have a huge impact to the retail industry. It's just that sometimes we get swept up by the shinny new object and neglect the basics. Less than two years ago Marc Andreessen declared that stores were dead, yet they still typically represents more than 90% of a retailer's revenue. Investments may not track contributions exactly, and that's understandable. We just can't let the ratio get too out-of-sync. Put another way, a meal consists of main dishes and side dishes. If the chef neglects the side dishes the meal won't be ruined, but the converse is not true..."
    Introducing Oracle GoldenGate for Big Data!
    By Madhu Nair
    Madhu Nair writes, "Big data systems and big data analytics solutions are becoming critical components of modern information management architectures. Organizations realize that by combining structured transactional data with semi-structured and unstructured data they can realize the full potential value of their data assets, and achieve enhanced business insight. Businesses also notice that in today's fast-paced, digital business environment to be agile and respond with immediacy, access to data with low latency is essential. Low-latency transactional data brings additional value especially for dynamically changing operations that day-old data, structured or unstructured, cannot deliver..."
    New Solaris articles on Oracle Technology Network
    OpennStack and Oracle on Solaris 11
    Glynn Foster writes, "I haven't had much time to do a bunch of writing for OTN, but here's a few articles that have been published over the last few weeks that I've had a hand in. The first is a set of hands on labs that we organised for last year's Oracle Open World. We walked participants through how to create a complete OpenStack environment on top of Oracle Solaris 11.2 and a SPARC T5 based system with attached ZFS Storage Appliance. Once created, we got them to create a golden image environment with the Oracle DB to upload to the Glance image repository for fast provisioning out to VMs hosted on Nova nodes..."
    Last Solaris 8 and 9 patches released
    Solaris 8 and 9 Extended (a.k.a Vintage) Support finished at the end of Oct 2014.
    Gerry Haskins writes, "Solaris 8 and 9 Extended (a.k.a Vintage) Support finished at the end of Oct 2014.

    We've flushed the queues of any fixes which were still in-flight from that time and released the final set of Solaris 8 and 9 patches have been released to MOS.

    Solaris 8 and 9 patches will continue to be available to customers with appropriate Sustaining Support contracts, as will telephone support, but no new Solaris 8 and 9 patches will be created..."

    MySQL Cluster 7.4 Now Generally Available
    New release demonstrates up to 200 million reads per second and enhanced high availability for online transaction processing
    Oracle announced the general availability of MySQL Cluster 7.4. The new release delivers greater performance, high availability, and advanced management capabilities to power highly demanding telecommunications, web, mobile, and cloud services.

    "With digital proliferation generating more data than ever before, businesses need online transaction processing to be as efficient and performant as possible," said Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL engineering, Oracle. "With no single point of failure, MySQL Cluster 7.4 provides high performance to a wide range of application requirements for a user base that spans administrators of major telecommunications subscriber databases to providers of next-generation web, cloud, social, and mobile applications. The new release is a significant update that not only improves overall performance but eases the management efforts for database administrators and DevOps teams..."

    MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.20 has been released
    By Andy Bang
    Andy Bang writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.20 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few weeks. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs..."
    Cloud Computing
    Cloud computing: Sophisticated solutions led to hybrid clouds
    Companies opt for hybrid models
    According to a study conducted by IDG Connect on behalf of Oracle, most companies have learned how to successfully carry out cloud projects, whereby private cloud models are apparently particularly quick to set up: Almost two thirds of the companies surveyed (60%) reported immediate, or at least fast implementation.
    Q&A: The Cloud Journey with Enterprise Manager
    By Yoav Eilat
    Yoav Eilat writes, "On last week's Enterprise Manager webcast, we had a great opportunity to catch up on the latest product news and hear how Enterprise Manager is helping companies transition to the cloud. We specifically focused on new capabilities around Platform as a Service for databases and middleware. You can still view the webcast on demand.

    As a speaker on the webcast, I really enjoyed seeing the high number of questions in the text chat window ..."

    Open source: Oracle Linux now available as Docker image
    By Mattias Drefs
    Mattias Drefs writes, "Oracle now also officially provides its Linux distribution in the Docker registry hub. In a press release, Oracle explicitly praises the open Docker platform for the opportunities it offers for rapid software development and distribution. By making applications portable beyond clouds and local installations, the platform promotes business growth..."
    Oracle Linux and Database Smart Flash Cache
    Use flash memory to increase the size of the buffer cache

    Wim writes, "One, sometimes overlooked, cool feature of the Oracle Database running on Oracle Linux is called Database Smart Flash Cache.

    You can find an overview of the feature in the Oracle Database Administrator's Guide. Basically, if you have flash devices attached to your server, you can use this flash memory to increase the size of the buffer cache. So instead of aging blocks out of the buffer cache and having to go back to reading them from disk, they move to the much, much faster flash storage as a secondary fast buffer cache (for reads, not writes)..."

    Introduction to Using Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network
    By Antoinette O'Sullivan

    Antoinette O'Sullivan writes, "Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) is a comprehensive resource for Oracle Unbreakable Linux support subscribers. ULN offers Linux software patches, updates and fixes, along with information on the yum program and support policies. Support subscribers can also download useful extra packages not included in the original distribution.

    Watch this series of 3 videos Introduction to Using Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Network..."

    vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens (Wed, March 4th, 2015)
    6pm - 9pm - Paddy Mac's - Sponsored
    We are starting a new South Florida vBeers on the 1st Wednesday of every month, beginning March the 4th at Paddy Mac's.

    We picked this Palm Beach Gardens location as it is within a 30 minutes drive of many Palm Beach County cities and some Martin County cities.

    This event will be sponsored by the South Florida Technology Alliance (STFA).

    Bring your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community.

    Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

    Details and RSVP:

    CIO/CTO Roundtable: The 2015 Outlook
    South Florida Technology Alliance Monthly Meeting - Citrix, Ft. Lauderdale
    Learn from tech thought leaders who are building leading edge software products and services right here in South Florida. Join Paul Martine, Citrix CIO as he moderates a panel to include leading South Florida CIOs. Arrive early and network with your IT colleagues.


    • Paul Martine, CIO, Citrix


    • Joel Steigelfest, CIO, Cross Country Home Services
    • Alexander Sjogren, CTO, Yellow Pepper
    • Patric Edmonson, Senior Vice President, Modernizing Medicine


    • 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm: Registration and Networking
    • 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm: Panel Discussion
    • 8:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Meet the Speakers


    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 204 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 203 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 202 Issue 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 Continues to Grow Hardware Business 5 Years After Sun Deal
    • Update Your Oracle Linux Kernel with Ksplice
    • How to Install and Use Oracle Solaris 11.2 for x86 from an ISO in VirtualBox
    • Why Oracle Big Data SQL is different
    • Oracle Launches Oracle Hospitality
    • How to Build Software Defined Networks Using Elastic Virtual Switches - Part 1
    • Temenos WealthManager
    • Oracle Advances Vision for Enterprise Big Data
    • How Big Data in Business Will Evolve in 2015
    • BMC Control-M Workload Automation integration with Solaris Cluster 4.2 on Solaris 11.2

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

      LibreOffice 4.4.1 'Fresh' and LibreOffice 4.3.6 'Still'
      Available For Download
      The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.4.1, the first minor release of LibreOffice 4.4 "fresh" family, with over 100 fixes over LibreOffice 4.4.0. The release represents the combined effort of the over 900 developers attracted by the project since September 2010, with at least three new developers joining the project each month for 60 months in a row.

      The Document Foundation also announces LibreOffice 4.3.6 "Still", the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 4.3 family, which is now the suggested version of the software for large deployments in the enterprise and conservative users. LibreOffice 4.3.6 contains over 110 bug fixes. The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice 4.3.6 in enterprises and large organizations when backed by professional support by certified individuals.

      Technology Preview available for the Oracle Linux software collection library
      Useful features to both developers and administrators

      Michele Casey writes, "we are announcing a technology preview for the Oracle Linux software collection library. The software collection library provides useful features to both developers and administrators, by providing access to later versions of packages and libraries commonly used in development, such as Perl, PHP and Python.

      Under the software collection library, these packages can be installed on existing systems, without overwriting the base packages delivered by the platform release..."

      Java Technology
      Java EE Adoption in One of the World.s Largest Online Financial Systems
      Reza Rahman writes, "One of the most important things to do at this stage of the life-cycle of Java EE is highlight successful adoption stories. We have been doing just that for a long time through our adoption stories blog as well as JavaOne. JavaOne 2014 was particularly good in this regard and JavaOne 2015 looks to be even better. Indeed we hope the folks with great adoption stories that submitted last year but did not get accepted will resubmit next year. We will highlight some of those sessions from JavaOne 2014 in the next few months and the best place to start is the Java EE adoption story from Rakuten..."
      From Sublime to NetBeans?
      By Geertjan Wielenga
      Geertjan writes, "What if Sublime were to be less cool than you thought and what if NetBeans were to be faster than you've assumed it to be? Right-clicking on an HTML file on disk and then opening it into Sublime takes 1 second, while with NetBeans IDE 8.0.2, if you're using the small HTML5 & PHP distribution (which doesn't need the JDK, only the JRE) it takes 9 seconds. Is 8 seconds a very big deal? To me, it sounds like NetBeans is an IDE that is 8 seconds away from being as fast as an editor..."
      Enabling Mobile Application Management with Secure Enterprise Single Sign On
      Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) addresses BYOD challenges
      Carlos Chang writes, "Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) addresses BYOD challenges by isolating corporate from personal data on consumers' personal mobile devices without needing to lockdown the entire device. Using a technique called containerization; the Oracle Mobile Security Suite creates a Secure Workspace (SWS) in which corporate applications,email and data are stored. Only authenticated users can access the secure workspace to run applications and access data and only applications provisioned or approved by corporate IT can be installed and executed from within this secure workspace. If the device is lost or stolen, corporate IT can remotely wipe the secure workspace without affecting any personal data..."
      Standards Corner: A 'Robust' Schema Approach for SCIM
      System for Cross-domain Identity Management
      Phil Hunt writes, "Last week, I had a question about SCIM's (System for Cross-domain Identity Management) and its approach to schema. How does the working group recommend handling message validation? Doesn't SCIM have a formal schema?

      To be able to answer that question, I realized that the question was about a different style of schema than SCIM supports. The question was assuming that 'schema' is defined how XML defines schema as a way to validate documents..."

      Establishing a Mobile Security Architecture
      New eBook
      Greg Jensen writes, "Today, just as organizations are starting to understand the first wave of the mobile revolution, there are now numerous demands being placed on IT to support the second wave of mobility as a new generation of devices and applications are coming online to take advantage of these new capabilities in today's corporate environments.

      'Establishing a Mobile Security Architecture' provides a deeper understanding of not only the fundamentals, but also the complex issues related to mobile security in today's corporate mobility environment..."

      Oracle's Netra Modular System Brings Converged Infrastructure to the Communications Industry
      New integrated platform helps customers bring services to market faster, lower operational risks
      New integrated platform helps customers bring services to market faster, lower operational risks, and improve business agility

      Oracle brought its converged infrastructure strategy to the communications industry today with the Netra Modular System, the first integrated platform to merge traditional blade and rackmount architectures, networking and storage to support network function virtualization (NFV).

      NFV uses traditional IT and server virtualization techniques to implement network functions as software that can run on industry-standard servers. With the Netra Modular System, NFV can help reduce capital and operational expenditures and accelerate product and service introduction.

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