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Oracle Database 12c as a JSON Document Store
By J. Gelhaus
J. Gelhaus writes, "we are enabling developers to build applications in a new way against the Oracle Database: developers can build document-centric applications directly against an Oracle Database.

Popularized by 'NoSQL Document Stores', these applications store data as documents (typically encoded as JSON) rather than normalized relational tables, and retrieve and query data using simple API's focused on accessing entire documents rather than relying on SQL. The appeal of a document model is that it is a natural fit for many application developers..."

The Magic of SQL Channel Launches on YouTube
Tricks, Explosions and SQL!
Chris Saxon blogs, "It's said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Despite its age, the Oracle database contains a range advanced features and options. Many of these have magical abilities enabling you to build high performing, scalable applications with less code.

As with all magic these features can appear mystifying - until you know how it's done! I'm here to help you work with SQL so you can manipulate data easily and create fantastic applications your users love.

With this in mind I've launched a new channel on YouTube: 'The Magic of SQL'! Here you'll find cool tricks you can do when using SQL on Oracle. Unlike real magicians however I'll share the secrets with you so you can perform your own SQL magic..."

Are you ready to take advantage of Digital Innovation?
By Jo Pugh, Senior Director, Oracle Consulting
Jo Pugh, Senior Director, Oracle Consulting, writes, "As we all know, innovation in IT continues to accelerate exponentially, so how do you deliver these improvements to your business? A business who wants their ideas delivered faster and believes that without them they may not be able to stay ahead of the competition!

A very good report by Forrester highlights that very few organizations are ready!..."

Cloud Computing
Oracle Updates Development Tools for Public Cloud Services
by Jeff Smith
Laura Ramsey writes, "the Oracle Database Application Development Tools team released two important updates to the development tools line up. This guest post from Jeff Smith, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, provides the full story..."

Jeff Smith writes, "Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1 and Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1 are now generally available. The two products empower customers to design, develop, and deploy best-of-breed applications running on-premises or in Oracle Database Cloud Services..."

'We are very pleased with the strong adoption of Oracle SQL Developer,' said Michael J. Hichwa, Vice President of Oracle Database Tools.

Webcast - Oracle Database Backup Service
By Thanos Terentes Printzios
Thanos Terentes writes, "As Oracle Continues the Oracle Cloud Expansion, it helps organizations more rapidly adopt and utilize hybrid cloud solutions, which can securely and seamlessly integrate public cloud solutions with on-premises and private cloud environments.

The Oracle Database Backup Service, announced on the 14th of April 2015 along with Oracle Storage Cloud, provides a high performance, redundant and highly available cloud storage solution for Oracle database backups. Scalable and elastic by design, enterprises using the Oracle Database Backup Service will assured that their backup storage resources will always match the needs of their growing business data..."

EBS 12.1 Certified on Oracle Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux EBS 12.1
By John Abraham
"Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 (12.1.3) is now certified on Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit)," reports John Abraham.

"Installations of the E-Business Suite 12.1 on these operating systems require the application of the 12.1 RUP 3 (12.1.3). Cloning of existing EBS 12.1.3 Linux environments to these operating systems is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process.

There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to or and Fusion Middleware components as necessary. Other requirements, known issues, patches needed, etc. are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below and must be reviewed and implemented..."

Oracle Linux and Intel: The Power and Freedom to Innovate
Oracle Linux and the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3
IT organizations searching for ways to do more with less are implementing open-standards infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and Intel Xeon processors. As a single consolidation target to replace multiple technologies and Linux variants, these systems offer a flexible, powerful platform for innovation that is based on highly optimized combinations of hardware and software building blocks.

Oracle Linux is free to download, use, update, and distribute. Customers are free to purchase support on only the servers that need it and to choose the specific support levels that are appropriate on a server-by-server basis. This cost-effective approach to licensing is complemented by the simplicity of running the identical version of the OS and updates on all systems in the enterprise, regardless of individual support levels...

Key to the enterprise leadership of the combination of Oracle Linux and the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families is the ongoing commitment both companies share to open source, and especially to the Linux kernel and related projects...

vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed May 13th
6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Pizza and Beer)
Please join us for the next vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Broward County, Florida, USA.

The next Broward meeting will be at the Funky Buddha Brewery, which is located in Oakland Park, just a few minutes East of I-95.

Event sponsorship is now managed by the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA). Sponsors for this event include Volico and Nexenta. Volico Hosting will be buying the beers and Nexenta will provide pizza! 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 encourage to IT friends and colleagues to attend!

Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page.

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Wed May 20th - vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca
6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Food and Beer)
Please join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.

The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

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

$5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour! (We may have an additional sponsor, so the food may be sponsored as well.)

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Live Webcast with Oracle CIO, More: Introducing Documents Cloud Service
Wednesday, May 13 at 10 am PT/1 pm ET
Tanu Sood writes, "In case you missed it last week, we are gearing up for a live video webcast that is a powerhouse of executives offering a 360-degrees perspective on Oracle Documents Cloud Service - an enterprise grade cloud file sharing and collaboration service. Find out about the current state of the industry,the gaps this solution addresses and what that means to both LoB users and the IT within your enterprise. Hear directly from IDC's Program Vice President, Content and Digital Media Technologies, Melissa Webster on the current state of EFSS and why there is a need to broaden the requirements of a solution. Oracle Vice President, Scott Howley will host the discussion with Oracle senior product management executives on product strategy, vision and the value it provides to LoBs like marketing..."
Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 now available for Solaris 10 control domains
Helps in Migration to Solaris 11

Jeff Savit blogs that "Oracle has released Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 packages for Solaris 10 control domains..."

"Not all of the performance and functional enhancements of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 are available when used with Solaris 10. Oracle recommends that customers use Solaris 11, especially for the control domain, service and I/O domains. Solaris 10 guest domains can be used with Solaris 11 controld domains, allowing interoperability while moving to Solaris 11..."

The Wisdom of the PaaS Crowd
IT leaders reveal best practices for a successful PaaS implementation
Monica Mehta writes, "Research firm IDC forecasts that the global public PaaS market is expected to grow to more than $14 billion in 2017. What do customers want when it comes to the cloud? How does PaaS fulfill those needs? What types of PaaS offerings will do the job?.."

'When moving to the cloud, people are no longer only looking for software as a service or infrastructure as a service,' says Mike Lehmann, Oracle's vice president of product management. 'They're thinking of bringing over application platforms and workloads to gain some of the same benefits for the application layer - standardization, faster deployment, automation with more flexible capital expenditure approaches, and seamless integration.'

Why customers choose Oracle Cloud solutions for PaaS
Video of Panel Discussion (31:29 Minutes)
Margaret Hamburge writes, "On April 29th, Oracle Senior Vice President Shawn Price moderated a panel discussion where customers described their experience with Oracle Cloud solutions for SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. The PaaS customer panel included seven global customers from a variety of industries that described use cases for extending SaaS with PaaS, easily moving development and test environments to the cloud, and how to leverage the Internet of Things (IOT) with Big Data and Advanced Analytics. Many described their move to the cloud as the main driver to innovate faster to meet business demands with shrinking IT budgets.

Watch the PaaS Customer Panel..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 206 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 205 Issue 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:

  • Accenture and Oracle Form New Business Group
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2
  • It is the Dawning of the Age of the L2ARC
  • Learn about Docker and Oracle Linux!
  • Oracle Innovates Secure Multi-Tenancy with Oracle SuperCluster
  • Oracle Linux Advanced Administration Training Online
  • Solaris Running Mission-Critical Applications: Real Life Examples
  • Friday Spotlight: Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash
  • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster
  • Northside Innovation, powered by Dell and Intel, Present: FOR GOOD: The Value of Social Entrepreneurship

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

    C++ rules enforced in Studio 12.4
    By Darryl Gove

    Darryl Gove writes, "Studio 12.4 has improved adherence to the C++ standard, so some codes which were accepted by 12.3 might get reported as errors with the new compiler. The compiler documentation has a list of the improvements and examples of how to modify problem code to make it standard compliant..."

    SQL Developer 4.1 - Oracle REST Data Services 3.0
    By Laura Ramsey
    Laura Ramsey writes, "Oracle SQL Developer 4.1 and SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1 let customers design, develop, and deploy applications running on premises or in Oracle Database Cloud Services. And SQL Developer 4.1 sports a new interface for DBAs to observe critical metrics in real-time around IO, networking, wait events, storage, and more.

    And here's how SQL Developer now supports Public Cloud Services-- It has a one-button-click solution for copying on-premises Oracle Databases to the Oracle Database Cloud Service. So you just right-click on a 12c Multitenant Pluggable Database and choose to either move, or copy to the Cloud Service. When the operation is complete, the database is automatically made available in the Oracle Database Cloud Service..."

    Book Review with a Real-World Application from a Master - Keeping It Simple, SaaSy
    By Floyd Teter, Director, Strategy Group, Oracle Higher Education Practice at Sierra-Cedar
    Floyd writes, "A few months back, I received an interesting request from my Oracle Applications User Experience sensei, Ultan O'Broin (Mr. @usableapps). Ultan asked me to read and share opinions on the book 'Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience' (Jeff Gothelf with Josh Seiden). I read a few reviews myself and got excited about what Gothelf was trying to do: build a framework for applying Lean principles to user experience (UX) design. I agreed to give it a go..."
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