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New Oracle Consumer Study Challenges Retailers to Adapt to Modern Retail Marketplace
'Retail Without Limits - A Modern Commercial Society'
Enabled by technological advances, today's consumers are reaching across borders and channels for shopping experiences that provide unprecedented choice and convenience. A new consumer research report, "Retail Without Limits - A Modern Commercial Society," explores how a technology-powered "invisible hand" has transformed the retail environment and reveals lessons for retailers as they adapt to this new, nearly limitless retail marketplace.

The report is the result of a survey of 500 participants from each of 10 countries - Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, the UK, and the US. Findings reveal that consumers across the world are driven by convenience and want a converged commerce experience, in which retailers combine the best of digital and in-person resources...

    Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Chooses Oracle FLEXCUBE as its Core Banking Solution
    Leading Cooperative Bank in India to transform operations and improve customer experience
    Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Ltd. (DNS Bank), one of the leading scheduled urban cooperative banks in India, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking to transform its banking operations. The deal was finalized in May, 2014, and DNS Bank expects to go live with a state-of-the-art system in 2015. With 42 branches spread across 13 districts of Maharashtra and a business mix of Rs 5,500 crore, DNS Bank has a plan to grow to more than Rs 15,000 crore with more than 100 branches by 2019.

    By implementing a new-generation core banking solution based on Oracle FLEXCUBE, DNS Bank plans to optimize its operational efficiency, profitability, and growth...

    Understanding The Oracle Backup Ecosystem
    The need for offline backup & restore is driven by a few specific types of needs...

    Matthew P. Barnson writes, "A frequent question I hear these days is something along the lines of 'How is Oracle IT leveraging the Zero Loss Data Recovery Appliance, Oracle Secure Backup, and ZFS together?"

    Matt also notes, "The opinions in this blog are my own, and do not necessarily represent the position of Oracle or its affiliates" and "I'm going to talk about some of my real-world, actual experiences here in Oracle IT over the past decade that influenced my position on backups. Don't take these experiences as an indictment of our Information Technology groups. Accidents happen; some are preventable, some not. The real key to success is not in not failing, but in moving forward and learning from the experience so we don't repeat it..."

    Mark Hinke: An Overview of Cloud Computing Architectures - Thursday April 9th @NSU
    Einstein's from 6:30PM to 7:30PM; Presentation at 7:30PM
    This crash course is designed to give an overview of cloud computing architecture and the open source software that can be used to deploy and manage a cloud computing environment.

    Speaker: Mark R. Hinkle, Senior Director, Open Source Solutions, Citrix Systems

    Please RSVP at

    Topics to be discussed in this session will include virtualization (KVM, LXC, and Xen Project), orchestration (Apache CloudStack, Eucalyptus, Open Nebula, and OpenStack), and storage (GlusterFS, Ceph, and others). The talk will also provide insight into how to deliver Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and what technologies can be used to compliment this evolving cloud computing paradigm.

    Systems administrators and IT generalists will leave the discussion with a general overview of the options at their disposal to effectively build and manage their own cloud computing environments using free and open source software and understand the capabilities and benefits of a host of technologies.

    Directions on FLUX website.

    Oracle Excellence Awards Recognize CIOs of the Year
    What Do They Have in Common?
    The 2014 Oracle Excellence Awards have named five CIOs of the Year who are featured in the latest edition of Oracle Magazine.

    This year's winners have aligned business and technology to succeed in our fast paced, ever changing market. They have managed disruption to the benefit of their businesses. What do these CIOs have in common? They're visionaries who are focused on their customers and adopting technologies that will enable their businesses to thrive and innovate. All of these CIOs are doing this by leveraging an integrated technology infrastructure...

    Yes, Larry Ellison's Oracle Is Now A Cloud Company
    Michael Hickins in Forbes
    Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "In case there were any lingering doubts, Oracle has truly become a cloud company. Not that it doesn't still sell on-premises software and hardware, but cloud is the fuel that is making the company's motor hum.

    On March 17, Oracle reported Q3 fiscal 2015 revenues of $9.3 billion, up 6% in constant currency. What really stands out are the cloud numbers: Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) grew 30% to $375 million, and grew 33% in constant currency. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenue was $155 million, up 32%..."

    Oracle Learning Cloud Unveiled at Oracle HCM World
    New standard for learning designed for digital workforce helps employees learn contextually and socially from wherever they are
    Digital disruption is impacting all aspects of the workforce. Today, employees expect the same capabilities at work that they get in the consumer world. Unveiled today at Oracle HCM World in Washington, DC, Oracle has introduced Oracle Learning Cloud to help shift the corporate learning paradigm to one that enables employees at all levels to learn contextually and socially regardless of their location.

    Creating a new standard in enterprise learning, the new Oracle Learning Cloud reflects changing user preferences as digital natives join the workforce. Designed for the way people learn today, the next generation learning solution goes beyond traditional learning management systems to provide today's digital workforce with better access to content, within context, shared by subject experts, and backed by the power of the Oracle Cloud...

    The "New to Solaris Development Forum" Has Moved
    Now under the Application Development in C, C++, and Fortran space
    Rick Ramsey reports that, "The New to Solaris Development Forum brought over from Sun Microsystems is still pretty active. It used to live in the Oracle Solaris space, but we just moved it under the Application Development in C, C++, and Fortran space.

    We did this for two reasons:

    • To create a dedicated space for systems developers.
    • To reflect the fact Oracle Solaris Studio is an IDE for Oracle Linux as well as Oracle Solaris applications.

    If you haven't been on the Forums in a while, you might not know about the changes we've made to them. Quite a few, actually..."

    Cloud Computing
    On the Role of Today's CIO in Cloud & Business Transformation
    By Juergen Kress
    Juergen Kress writes, "Expectations of business-driven IT are higher than ever and changing rapidly. Words like agility, mobility, digital, data, cloud and customer centricity are common and constant from Line of Business (LOBs) executives like CMOs. Today's business must move at the pace of - scratch that - ahead of the pace of today's consumer. Businesses must anticipate customers' needs to be truly customer-centric organizations. Innovation through the cloud is a big force driving customer experience and customer centricity.

    Here's another word of importance: collaboration..."

      Newfield Supports Employee Performance with Oracle HCM Cloud
      Independent oil and gas company adopts cloud-based solution to manage critical human resource functions
      In the oil and gas industry, expedition into new areas and successful development of ongoing operations drive growth. To capitalize on such opportunities, Newfield Exploration Company, a business engaged in exploring and producing oil and gas, adopted Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud), which gives employees and managers access to HR data and helps them identify and work toward individual, team, and company goals.

      To support business expansion around the globe, Newfield will leverage the mobile capabilities of Oracle HCM Cloud, part of Oracle Applications Cloud, to eventually focus its 1,500 employees on goals and objectives that add value for shareholders.

      Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
      Available Hands-on Labs
      Zeynep Koch writes, "Last year, Hands-on Lab events for OpenStack at Oracle Open World were completely sold out. People who have had no prior experience with OpenStack could not believe how easy it was for them to launch networks and instances and exercise many features of OpenStack. Given the overwhelming demand for the hands-on lab and the positive feedback from the participants, we are announcing its availability to you - all you need is a laptop to download the lab and the 21-page document using the below links in this blog..."
      Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to Deliver Solutions up to 20 Times Faster
      at a 35 Percent Lower Total Cost of Ownership
      To meet the growing demands of its dynamic customer base, Epsilon, an all-encompassing global marketing company and a worldwide leader in creating connections between people and brands, needed a more flexible, cost-effective architecture to support its database and business intelligence offerings. With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers - delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before...
      Business Control Solutions Integrity is Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized
      Provider of GRC control software
      Business Control Solutions is a provider of GRC control software to the financial services sector based in London, with a development center in Peterborough.

      Recently they earned Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status through Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), demonstrating that BCS integrity version 3.8 has been tested and tuned with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle SuperCluster to deliver speed, scalability and reliability to customers.

      By achieving Oracle Exadata Optimized and Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status, Business Control Solutions is able to offer its BCS integrity clients a significant increase in performance and scalability while processing millions of accounts per month.

      vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens (1st Wed of Month)
      Wed April 1st - 6pm - 9pm @ Twisted Trunk Brewing
      The newest South Florida vBeers meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month. The April 1st meetup will be at Twisted Trunk Brewing.

      This event will be sponsored by the South Florida Technology Alliance (STFA) and at least one other firm (details to follow).

      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 and RSVP at

      "Meet-Ups" are an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two.

      • Twisted Trunk Brewing
      • 2000 Pga Blvd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, US google map
      • Wednesday, April
      • 6pm to 9pm - arrive and depart any time

      Join us for one of the four South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen four times a month. Details posted to vBeers South Florida LinkedIN Group.

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

      • Do I still need Exadata now I have Oracle Database In-Memory?
      • You've just got to be prepared to pay less. (Part 2)
      • Oracle Expands Storage Efficiency Leadership
      • Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 Shows 1.8x Generational Performance Improvement on SPC-2 Benchmark
      • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 5 Now Available
      • Java 9 and Beyond
      • Oracle Data as a Service for Marketing Connects B2B Marketers with Millions of Business Professionals and Decision-Makers
      • MySQL for Developers Training Now Available Online
      • MySQL Newsletter
      • SaaS for Dummies

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

        LibreOffice To Become The Cornerstone Of The World's First Universal Productivity Solution
        LibreOffice Online
        LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, is set to become the cornerstone of the world's first global personal productivity solution - LibreOffice Online - following an announcement by IceWarp and Collabora of a joint development effort. LibreOffice is available as a native application for every desktop OS, and is currently under development for Android. In addition, it is available on virtual platforms for Chrome OS, Firefox OS and iOS.
        Java Technology
        Web Development with Java and JSF
        New Book By Michael Muller
        David Delabassee writes, "During JavaLand, I had the pleasure to meet Michael Müller. Michael is well known in the German Java sphere as he wrote numerous articles for various IT medias. In addition, Michael is an avid JSF user and a JSF EG member.

        Michael is currently writing a book titled "Web Development with Java and JSF". Since Michael is a passionate JSF user, JSF is obviously an important topic in his book. But this is not another book about JSF only. Michael's goal is to cover Web Application development at large..."

        Forge Powered Java EE Rapid Application Development Comes to NetBeans
        Rapid Application Development (RAD)
        Reza Rahman writes, "Forge has been a great tool for Rapid Application Development (RAD) with Java EE (for sake of nostalgia it is basically the descendant of the awesome seam-gen tool of the Java EE 5 era). As powerful as Forge is, one of it's drawbacks had been that it is very heavily command-line driven with many commands and sub-commands to learn. As a result it can be initially unnatural for the Average Joe, very IDE centric Java developer to pick up.

        A novel solution to this paradigm mismatch that the Forge team adopted is to integrate Forge into IDEs like Eclipse. I am very happy to report that such integration has finally arrived in NetBeans, perhaps making it truly accessible to the core Java EE community..."

        Is Your Shellshocked Poodle Freaked Over Heartbleed?
        "named" vulnerabilities in commonly used libraries
        Mary Ann writes,"Security weenies will understand that the above title is not as nonsensical as it appears. Would that it were mere nonsense. Instead, I suspect more than a few will read the title and their heads will throb, either because the readers hit themselves in the head, accompanied by the multicultural equivalents of 'oy vey' (I'd go with 'aloha 'ino'), or because the above expression makes them reach for the most potent over- the-counter painkiller available.

        For those who missed it, there was a sea change in security vulnerabilities reporting last year involving a number of mass panics around 'named' vulnerabilities in commonly-used - and widely-used - embedded libraries..."

        Oracle Communications Advances Network Function Virtualization
        by Delivering Carrier-Grade Data Center Performance

        In a move to transform their networks, many communications service providers (CSPs) are starting to transition from their traditional appliance-based network functions to a virtualized, software-based model-also known as network function virtualization (NFV).

        The promise of this approach is more service agility and lower operational costs. But virtualization had yet to prove that it can deliver the same network speed and reliability performance provided by traditional network appliances - until now.

        Working with Intel and leveraging Enhanced Platform Awareness in OpenStack, Oracle Communications has delivered the industry's first successful demonstration of carrier-grade network performance in a virtualized environment...

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