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Oracle Utilities Operations Mobile Application Provides On-Demand Resource to Aid Utilities' Field Workforces During Weather-Related Challenges
Oracle Utilities application helps field crews get faster access to the tools, system, and processes to immediately begin damage assessment and service restoration work
A broad range of market factors, from historic-level weather events to increasing consumer expectations, are leading regulators and customers to demand improved service from their utilities. This heightened expectation requires utilities to make changes across business processes, from supporting consumers with new and mobile customer experience to improving field response during outages and other unplanned events. To meet this need, Oracle Utilities introduced Oracle Utilities Operations Mobile Application, a mobile device application that field workers can access on demand and use to address cost, speed, and information accuracy challenges of grid and outage-related field work...
Oracle Data Cloud Launches Validated Demographics Audiences, Offering Age and Gender Targeting with up to Twice the Accuracy of Industry Benchmarks
Oracle, November 3rd, 2015
The Oracle Data Cloud launched 'Validated Demographics,' age and gender targeting across an audience of over 200MM unique IDs with up to twice the precision of age and gender benchmarks, per the industry-wide campaign norms tracked by Nielsen's Digital Ad Ratings and comScore's Validated Campaign Essentials (vCE).
ITPalooza 2015 - Conference Thursday Dec 3rd
Thursday December 3rd, 2015: A Day of Learning, An Evening of Networking and Celebration
ITPalooza and the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) announced the 4th annual ITPalooza 2015 which will be hosted at Nova Southeastern University (NSU)'s College of Engineering and Computing on Thursday December, 3rd.

SFTA, a non-profit organization which promotes the growth, success and awareness of the South Florida technology community for 20+ years, will be leading ITPalooza core organizing team.

ITPalooza is an annual gathering of South Florida's nonprofit Technology User Groups (tech groups). Anticipating more than 2,500 registrants, 60 speakers, 65 sponsors and 50 tech groups from across South Florida. The 4th Annual ITPalooza is primed to deliver unbelievable value to the South Florida Tech community.

Details @ ITPalooza Website

$10k+ Of Prizes at the ITPalooza Mobile App & IoT Hackathon powered by AT&T
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 9:00 PM
ITPalooza and the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) in conjunction with AT&T announce are hosting a Hackathon as part of the annual ITPalooza conference. Please review the details and share with your IT colleagues.

This very special IoT & Mobile App Hackathon is an event produced by, the AT&T Developer Program and ITPalooza, that is designed for attendees (technical & non-technical) to build IoT solutions and/or mobile apps, get fed, compete for prizes across different categories and most importantly: meet new people and scout for teammates to work on new or current projects. Our hackathon will introduce you to the latest prototyping hardware, tools and development frameworks.

We will have a session ITPalooza on Thursday Dec. 3rd, to be announced, where you can learn more, meet other participants and form teams.

Details and registration

Growing by Leaps and Bounds: Oracle Modern Best Practice
By Jim Lein
Jim writes, "Oracle Modern Best Practice is one year old. We launched this online cache of resources because, when considering technology to solve business challenges, our customers and future customers want to painlessly do their own initial research. And, once engaged with solution providers, Oracle Modern Best Practice provides a strategic and tactical framework for planning activities.

After reaching this milestone, I asked Steve Cox, VP of Oracle Cloud go-to-market and Oracle Modern Best Practice champion, for his perspective on the results so far and what to expect in the future..."

Oracle Continues To Expand Supply Chain Cloud Capabilities
By Margaret Harrist in Forbes, November 6th, 2015
Margaret writes, "Long the bane of retailers, manufacturers, and distributors, end-to-end supply chain management took a giant step forward October 26, when Oracle announced major extensions and enhancements to Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud during Oracle OpenWorld 2015..."

"What we're announcing today is the complete supply chain cloud," said Richard Jewell, Oracle senior vice president of application development."

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.25
By Andy Bang
Andy writes, "MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.25 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. This is a maintenance release that includes a few enhancements and fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.
Cloud Computing
What I learned from Oracle OpenWorld 2015
By Alexa Anghel
Alexa writes, "Every year, there are at least 5 days I wish I lived in the United States. This year, those days would've been between October 23rd and October 29th for Oracle Open World 2015. For those who are not familiar with it, Oracle OpenWorld is an annual convention for business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users and it has always been about building a community of Oracle users.

The event has grown so much over the years, now totaling 25 specialized conferences under one Oracle OpenWorld umbrella. More than 60.000 attendees from 140 countries descended upon San Francisco to attend conferences like HCM Central for HR practitioners, Marketing Central for modern marketing experts, Sales Central for sales team, Service Cloud and Supply Chains and 18 conferences for vertical industries..."

Why Midsize Companies Should Care About PaaS
By Jim Lein
Jim writes, "Oracle recently released the results of the Oracle Cloud Agility study, a survey of 2,263 employees working for large global enterprises. 64% of respondents consider their organization to be agile and 81% stated that the ability to rapidly develop, test, and launch new business applications is either critically important or important to the success of their business. Yet only 32% state that they fully understand what Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is, while 29% admit that they 'do not understand it at all'.

Oracle is seeing widespread adoption of PaaS by companies of all sizes, specifically to increase business agility. With apparently widespread lack of understanding of PaaS among large organizations, I thought it made sense to put a midsize lens on the subject.

To that end, I had a conversation with Dain Hansen, Director of Product Marketing in Oracle's Technology Business Group..."

Yes, Oracle is finally serious about the cloud
InfoWorld, November 4th, 2015
Eric Knorr writes in InfoWorld, "As Larry Ellison said in his Oracle OpenWorld keynote last week, when it comes to the public cloud, it's early days for the enterprise.

Amazon Web Services may now enjoy $7.3 billion in annual revenue and 81 percent year-over-year growth, but the proportion of enterprise workloads running in the public cloud remains a small slice..."

Userspace Patching with Oracle Ksplice
By Chris Kawalek

Chris writes, "Last week, Larry Ellison introduced userspace patching with Oracle Ksplice. This is a groundbreaking addition to the already extensive capabilities of Ksplice, giving administrators the tools they need to cope with security threats and other issues without impacting running systems.

If you're unfamiliar with Ksplice, it provides zero-downtime patching (also known as "live patching") for Linux. With Ksplice, updates and errata (CVEs, etc.) can be applied to running systems without restarting applications or rebooting..."

Oracle Delivers New Oracle Exadata Database Machine
Oracle, November 4th, 2015
The new Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5-8 is the latest in the X5 family of engineered systems. Oracle Exadata integrates hardware and software to deliver the highest performance database deployments at the lowest cost. Each Oracle Exadata X5-8 system offers up to 576 CPU cores, more than 1.3 petabytes of disk storage or 180 terabytes of ultra fast PCIe flash, and up to 24 terabytes of memory.

Oracle Exadata X5-8 is ideal for in-memory databases, large data warehouses, or demanding OLTP workloads. The high compute, storage and memory capacity of the Oracle Exadata X5-8 is designed for large-scale private cloud database initiatives, enabling large numbers of databases with varied workloads to be consolidated onto a single Exadata system, resulting in greatly reduced operational and management costs...

vBeers @ Broward- Funky Buddha Brewery (Wed. Nov., 11h, 2015)
Wednesday, November 11th. 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Join us for the next vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the second Wednesday of each month. 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! Please invite your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page for this meetup.

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) is managing sponsorships.

There will be a beer sponsor ( and a pizza sponsor (Nexenta systems).

vBeers - Boca Raton - Biergarten Boca
Wednesday, November 18th. 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Biergarten Boca - 309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton, FL 33432

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 event will be sponsored by (and possible some others.)

Please register at

Find out about sponsorships on the SFTA website.

Webinar: Why Software In Silicon?
By Mike Mulkey
Mike writes, "Oracle Academy is offering an exciting opportunity to learn about the design principals behind the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology which is at the core of Oracle's SPARC M7 microprocessor chip design. In this LIVE panel discussion with senior executives from the software and hardware side of Oracle's systems business, you will gain insights into the strategy and thinking behind Oracle's dramatic re-design of computer chip architecture, as well as be able to ask questions to be addressed live by the panel members..."

  • Course Title: What Happens When Software Moves Into Silicon
  • Target Audience: University students, Oracle customers & partners
  • Event Date: November 11, 2015
  • Event Time: 9:00-10:00am (Pacific Time)

A replay of this webinar will be made available.

SPARC T7 and M7 with Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3
By Jeff Savit

Jeff writes, "Last week's Oracle OpenWorld had important announcements on our product families, including our new SPARC M7 and T7 servers, accompanied by the release of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3 and Oracle Solaris 11.3 that fully exploit the new hardware's capabilities. This demonstrates the results of our research and development investment to deliver increasingly powerful and efficient systems.

In addition to the above links, here are new and updated blogs and white papers that describe the new product features and performance:.."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 212 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 211 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 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 Announces Breakthrough Processor and Systems Design with SPARC M7
  • SPARC M7 Arrives, Breaks Records
  • The Amazing Oracle M7
  • Happy 10th Birthday, ZFS!
  • How good is Oracle Solaris and SPARC M7?
  • Re-cap of OpenWorld 2015 for Oracle Linux, Virtualization and OpenStack for Oracle Linux
  • Larry Ellison Kicks Off Oracle OpenWorld 2015 with Introduction of New Oracle Cloud Services and Ease-of-Use Advances
  • Oracle Solaris 11.3 Delivers Security, Speed and Simplicity for Enterprise Cloud Environments and DevOps
  • One SPARC Beats Two POWER8 on 3 out 4 SPECrate metrics
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.3

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

    Oracle OpenWorld 2015: JET and Data Visualizations
    By Katarina Obradovic
    Katarina writes, "There were many great sessions and announcements at Oracle OpenWorld 2015, but for me the most exciting was the announcement of Oracle Javascript Extension Toolkit (JET). Oracle JET is our new development framework, targeted at intermediate to advanced JavaScript developers working on client-side applications. It's a collection of open source JavaScript libraries along with a set of Oracle contributed JavaScript libraries that make it as simple and efficient as possible to build applications that consume and interact with Oracle products and services, especially Oracle Cloud Services.

    JET was formally announced by our VP Chris Tonas in his general session: Revolutionizing Application Development with Oracle Cloud on Tuesday, October 27th...."

    Configuring a Data Service for Oracle VM Server for SPARC
    by Using a Graphical Wizard
    Ritu Agrawal writes, "In earlier releases of Oracle Solaris Cluster, you were able to configure a data service (sometimes also referred to as an agent) for Oracle VM Server for SPARC only manually using a command line interface. This was tedious, requiring the administrator to run commands on multiple nodes.

    With Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.3 comes a new graphical wizard that simplifies the configuration considerably. The wizard, using a few clicks, makes a guest domain, as a black box entity, highly available..."

    Oracle VM 3.2.10
    By John Priest
    John writes, "We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.2 to deliver new hardware support, improve stability, and provide bug fixes. You can review the Oracle VM What's New Wiki for 3.2.10 Manager and 3.2.10 Server for the list of What's New and Notable Bug Fixes..."
    NetBeans Profiler 8.1
    By Jiri Sedlacek
    Jiri writes, "NetBeans IDE 8.1 include a reworked Java profiler which provides simplified user interface, improved profiling views and optimized engine.

    The profiler now uses a single window which contains controls to configure and control the profiling session and display the collected results. The session is configured by selecting a profiling mode using the Profile dropdown menu and started by clicking the Profile button without providing any special settings. If needed, the settings can be tweaked using the Settings pane displayed on demand above the profiling results..."

    30% Discount: 'Beginning NetBeans IDE for Java Developers'
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan writes, "Good news - until the end of November 2015, a 30% discount is available for the e-book version of 'Beginning NetBeans IDE for Java Developers'..."

    "Beginning NetBeans IDE" is your authoritative guide for getting started learning and using the free and open source NetBeans IDE. Written by Geertjan Wielenga, who has worked on the NetBeans Team since 2004, it shows you what the IDE is all about and how to use it with real-world case studies built from the ground up as you learn all about the IDE...

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