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Going Beyond Big Data
A Conversation with Tara Robert
March is Influencer month on the Oracle Social Spotlight blog! Today's influencer is data guru Tara Roberts, Vice President of Oracle Data Cloud.

"Tara Roberts: Big data is meaningless unless businesses have a way to 1) extract important signals from the noise and 2) have the ability to 'act on' those insights to target, personalize and measure every customer interaction. The companies who win are the ones who are able to uniquely predict their customers' desires and intentions and to personalize, plan and react before their competitors can. The answer is to 'know more' with unique data insights, not just access to big data - which, as a standalone is more of a business challenge than an opportunity..."

Maintaining Configuration Files in Solaris 11.2
By Jeff Victor

Jeff Victor writes, "Have you used Solaris 11 and wondered how to maintain customized system configuration files? In the past, and on other Unix/Linux systems, maintaining these configuration files was fraught with peril: extra bolt-on tools are needed to track changes, verify that inappropriate changes were not made, and fix them when something broke them.

A combination of features added to Solaris 10 and 11 address those problems. This blog entry describes the current state of related features, and demonstrates the method that was designed and implemented to automatically deploy and track changes to configuration files, verify consistency, and fix configuration files that 'broke.' Further, these new features are tightly integrated with the Solaris Service Management Facility introduced in Solaris 10 and the packaging system introduced in Solaris 11..."

MySQL for Excel 1.3.4
A maintenance release for 1.3.x
"The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Excel version 1.3.4. This is a maintenance release for 1.3.x. It can be used for production environments.

MySQL for Excel is an application plug-in enabling data analysts to very easily access and manipulate MySQL data within Microsoft Excel. It enables you to directly work with a MySQL database from within Microsoft Excel so you can easily do tasks such as:..."

What's New in MySQL 5.6
Better performance and scalability

"With MySQL 5.5 generally available and being deployed all over the planet, the architects and strategists can start looking ahead to the exciting new thing with SQL in its name: MySQL 5.6.

MySQL 5.6 builds on the momentum of 5.5, and Oracle's investment and commitment to MySQL, by delivering better performance and scalability.

At this year's MySQL Conference & Expo, you'll hear about:..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Social Cloud Adds Support for Instagram and Weibo
Expands capabilities to reach, target and engage with global consumers

"To help organizations efficiently reach, target and engage global consumers on social media channels, Oracle today announced that Oracle Social Cloud's Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform now supports Instagram and Weibo. With the new capabilities, Oracle helps organizations deliver the best possible customer experience by adding two of the world's fastest-growing social media platforms to the expanding lineup of social networks supported by the Oracle Social Cloud..."

General Availability of Oracle Linux 7.1
First update release for Oracle Linux 7

"We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 1, the first update release for Oracle Linux 7. All packages are currently available on ULN and public yum; ISO installation images will be freely available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud soon.

Oracle Linux 7 Update 1 ships with the following kernel packages:..."

Secure Boot support with Oracle Linux 7.1
Tech Preview for OL7.1

Wim writes, "Another feature introduced with Oracle Linux 7.1 is support for Secure Boot.

If Secure Boot is enabled on a system (typically desktop, but in some cases also servers) - the system can have an embedded certificate (in firmware). This certificate can be one that's uploaded to the system by the admin or it could be one provided by the OEM/OS vendor. In many cases, in particular newer desktops, the system already contains the Microsoft key. (there can be more than one certificate uploaded...). When the firmware loads the boot loader, it verifies/checks the signature of this bootloader with the key stored in firmware before continuing. This signed bootloader (at this point trusted to continue) will then load a signed kernel, or signed second stage boot loader and verify it before starting and continuing the boot process. This creates what is called a chain of trust through the boot process..."

Oracle Linux 7 System Administration Training Available
5-day instructor-led course
Oracle introduced Oracle Linux 7, an open source operating platform that gives customers and partners the capabilities, tools and features to innovate, collaborate and create solutions across traditional, cloud-based and virtual environments.

As with previous releases, Oracle Linux 7 is easy to download, free to distribute and is the only major enterprise Linux distribution that publishes all bug fixes and security errata publicly. Oracle Linux 7 provides more flexibility and choice than other commercial Linux distributions.

With extensive testing for demanding workloads such as Oracle Database, a flexible free-to-use and paid support model, and strong uptake, Oracle Linux is the best general-purpose open source operating platform for the modern data center.

Oracle engineered systems are now going to compete on price
An Ovum report

"Summary: Analyst firm Ovum attended Oracle's January 21st X5 Engineered Systems launch and authored an analysis of the news and expected market impact.

Key findings about the new X5 generation of engineered systems noted in the Ovum report, titled, 'Oracle engineered systems are now going to compete on price' include:..."

vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed March 18
6pm - 9pm: Sponsored
Join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The next meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

Biergarten Boca Raton

  • 309 Via De Palmas #90
  • Boca Raton, FL 33432

$5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour!

This event will be sponsored by Volico Hosting. Get a couple of tickets and exchange them for beers!

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!

Join us for one of the four monthly South Florida vBeers events.

Details posted to vBeers South Florida LinkedIN Group.

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
  • Bryan Dennstedt, CTO, MDLIVE


  • Thursday, March 19, 5:00 - 8:30 pm


  • 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


Oracle Industry Connect 2015
Brings Together Business Leaders and Visionaries to Share Expertise, Insight, and Innovation
Oracle announced its second-annual Oracle Industry Connect, an exclusive, executive-level event that enables leaders across industries to share strategies for organizational transformation and success. The event will take place March 25 through 26, 2015, in Washington DC.

The conference will feature keynotes from Condoleezza Rice, 66th United States secretary of state; Mark Hurd, chief executive officer, Oracle; Bob Weiler, executive vice president, Global Business Units, Oracle; and Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. The keynotes will be followed by eight industry-specific tracks with business leaders from communications, education and research, energy and utilities, financial services and insurance, hospitality, life sciences and healthcare, asset- and service-intensive industries, and retail...

SPARC Software in Silicon Film Festival
Also webinar on March 18th
Larry Wake writes, "Over at Oracle University, they've produced several short videos talking about the upcoming SPARC M7 processor and its revolutionary Software in Silicon technology.

If you're a developer, the key thing you should know is that access to this technology is available today, via the Software in Silicon cloud. You can take your existing programs and run them as-is and see how they run, or you can start to play with some of the new performance and security technologies.

If you want to learn more, take a look at the videos, or follow the links below. Plus, be sure to sign up for the webinar on March 18th!

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 205 Issue 1; Vol 204 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 203 Issues 2, 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:

  • SPARC: (Still) Not Dead, Since 1989
  • Feature of the Week: Liquid Loop Cooling
  • Announcing Oracle Hierarchical Storage Manager
  • Oracle's New Ethernet Switches and Virtual Network Services Target Software-Defined Data Centers and Cloud
  • 5 Steps for Installing Oracle Database 12c on Oracle Solaris 11
  • Oracle Announces Release of Java Development Kit 8, Update 40
  • Backing up MySQL using ZFS Snapshots and Clones
  • Exalogic Run Book
  • CIO/CTO Roundtable: The 2015 Outlook
  • Java SE 8 Update 40

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

    Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Technical Mini-Casts
    By Larry Wake
    "This is a series of 11 audioless screencasts explaining various features of Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4. Topics include basic features and interesting details of the IDE, thread analysis, and memory leak detection. They're all quick and to the point; most of them are under two minutes.

    If you want to see why Oracle Solaris Studio is an essential product for Oracle Solaris and Linux developers, this is a great series to take a look at..."

    Java Technology
    Java EE 7 Hands-on-Lab Updated for You to Use!
    An excellent learning resource
    "The official Java EE 7 Hands-on-Lab is an excellent learning resource. It was initiated by my former colleague Arun Gupta (now at Red Hat). The lab starts with some skeleton code (that's mostly Java EE 5 and Java EE 6) and through a series of well-written step-by-step instructions adds a select set of Java EE 7 features to create a fairly cohesive sample web application. The instructions do a reasonable job of explaining the context and motivation for the features being added. Although it touches upon a tiny subset of what was added in Java EE 7, in my experience the lab takes about six to eight hours to complete. In the end attendees get a real sense of how developing with Java EE and Java EE 7 actually feels like and learn a few Java EE 7 features..."
    Royal Netherlands Navy on NetBeans
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan writes, "A few days ago I had the opportunity to visit the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Navy in Den Helder, which is in the tip of the most northern part of the Netherlands...

    The various military components on naval ships like the above are controlled by programs coded via an MDA (Model Driven Architecture) methodology based on the Shlaer-Mellor methodology, comparable to Executable UML. An in-house Shlaer-Mellor MDA and an ASL implementation are used for coding. The models and the ASL are compiled by an in-house compiler into C code, which is then compiled into an executable via a C compiler..."

    Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSEE) to Oracle Unified Directory (OUD)
    Upgrade and Co-existence
    Greg Jensen writes, "As a follow up on 'Why Customers Should Upgrade Directory Server Enterprise Edition (DSEE) to Oracle Unified Directory (OUD)?', I would like to illustrate in a case study how easily upgrade can be achieved.

    An upgrade process can be defined as the steps required for moving from a state where application leverage data managed within a DSEE directory service to a state where applications leverage data managed within an OUD directory service.

    There are multiple ways to achieve that goal:..."

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