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CLK Enerji Selects Oracle Utilities for Business Transformation
Oracle, January 21st, 2016
CLK Enerji, Turkey's largest energy utility, has selected Oracle Utilities solutions to transform and modernize its billing systems and improve service quality for its customers across all areas of its business. With the changing landscape of the Turkish energy market, new demands are being placed on the country's utilities requiring them to develop more customer-centric services and adapt their operations for the digital age. In a move designed to lower operating costs, increase accuracy and streamline its customer operations, CLK Enerji is implementing Oracle Utilities Customer Care & Billing (CC&B) and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management (MDM) to deliver a more flexible, performing service to its growing base of energy and cost-conscious customers...
Lumentum Shines a Light on the Benefits of Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud
Oracle, January 20th, 2016
Oracle announced that Lumentum Holdings Inc. has become the first company to go live with Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud Service (GTM) for product classification and export compliance screening. Their five-month implementation, which includes an out-of-the-box integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Managed Cloud Service. Lumentum manufactures and exports optical networking devices, commercial lasers and 3D sensing tools that are used in almost every network in the world. Telecommunication companies, enterprises and data centers around the globe depend on Lumentum's innovative components and modules.
Certification Corner with Oracle University
Oracle University, January 19th, 2016
By Diana.H. Gray blogs, "Certified Oracle Database Administrators are some of the most highly sought after IT professionals in the world!

Why should you build your career with skills based on Oracle Database technology?

Because the world's leading companies use Oracle Database to manage critical business functions, systems and processes..."

Oracle CEO Hurd Hammers On Economic Themes
Forbes, January 20th, 2016
Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd repeatedly drove home the point that global economic conditions and financial returns are making it increasingly difficult for chief executives to drive revenue growth through innovation. Unless, that is, they use cloud computing to free up IT budgets, he argued during a keynote presentation during the Oracle CloudWorld New York conference Wednesday..."
How To Maintain Growth Despite Disappearing Customer Base
Forbes, January 20th, 2016
Monica Mehta writes, "Japan - like many developed nations - is facing a demographics crunch.

The world's third largest economy just marked a dubious milestone: the steepest population decline in the country's history, with the number of individuals age 65 and older approximately twice that of children under 15. Indeed, to fend off future shocks to the labor market, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently demanded his government create a plan to raise birthrates and stem further declines..."

    Oracle, UNIX and Innovation
    By Darrin Johnson
    "Oracle was born from the idea of having a database with single source base (in C) that could be used on multiple operating systems. With this philosophy, they brought the Oracle Database to UNIX in 1983 with Bell Laboratories' UNIX.

    During the same period of time, enterprises wanted to standardize interfaces to not require re-implementation of software for different platforms, and UNIX was chosen as the base for the standard system interfaces..."

    Cloud Computing
    ICA AB Saves 85% in Total Cost of Ownership with Private Cloud
    ICA, January 18th, 2016
    ICA Gruppen AB is a retail corporate group that includes ICA Sweden and RIMI Baltic grocery stores, ICA Bank, ICA Insurance, ICA Facilities, and ICA Pharmacy. With annual revenue of US$10 billion, ICA Group is responsible for grocery sales of 1,500 independently owned stores. ICA Group manages all central functions, such as IT services, marketing, sourcing, and supplies.
      Acquire an Oracle Linux Certification
      Benefit from this Highly Sought After Credential
      "The integration of Oracle Linux into many of Oracle's systems involves extensive testing, performance optimizations, and increased reliability, especially for Oracle workloads deployed on Oracle Linux.

      Administrators are responsible for the following:

      • Configuring Linux services and file systems
      • Automating the OS installation
      • Recovering from boot problems
      • Performing storage administration
      • Configuring virtualization services
      • Managing system resources
      • Monitoring, troubleshooting and more

      When you take an Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Systems Administration course, you'll develop the expertise you need in a competitive marketplace..."

      User Space Support for Ksplice on Oracle Linux 6
      By Chris Kawalek
      Chris Kawalek blogs, "During Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Oracle released new features for Oracle Ksplice which introduced groundbreaking capabilities to patch user space libraries in Oracle Linux 7 without rebooting. This new feature, plus the extensive zero-downtime kernel patching capabilities already included in Oracle Ksplice, make it an ideal choice for keeping your Oracle Linux infrastructure up to date and secure.

      Today, Oracle is pleased to announce user space patching with Oracle Ksplice is now available for Oracle Linux Premier Support customers using Oracle Linux 6..."

      Engineered Systems Family
      By Frank Wickham
      Frank Wickham blogs, "Oracle has an entire family of engineered systems that are pre-integrated to reduce the cost and complexity of enterprise wide IT infrastructures while increasing productivity and performance. Only Oracle can innovate and optimize at every layer of our Red Stack to simplify data center operations, drive down costs, and accelerate business innovation. Let this serve as a quick introduction to Oracle's Engineered Systems Family; Exadata, Exalogic, SuperCluster, Exalytics, Private Cloud Appliance (OPCA), Big Data Appliance (BDA), Database Appliance, and now the Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (ZDLRA)..."
      VBeers @ Miami (Wynwood Brewing Company)
      Wednesday, January 27th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
      Wynwood Brewing Company - Miami

      The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at alternating Miami locations,. This month, will be the sponsor.

      This month's Miami meeting will be at Wynwood Brewing Company, 565 Northwest 24th Street, Miami, FL 33127

      Please RSVP via

      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!

      Sponsorships for the vBeers events are through the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA).

      John Mclaughlin, SFTA

      EMC NetWorker Performance & Scalability with SPARC T5
      By Mike Mulkey
      Mike Mulkey blogs, "EMC and Oracle have thousands of mutual customer installations worldwide who need a storage management suite which centralizes, automates, and accelerates data backup and recovery across their IT environment. The EMC NetWorker software provides the power and flexibility to meet these challenges on Oracle SPARC servers.

      A new white paper is now released which reviews how NetWorker takes advantage of the capabilities of the SPARC T5-2 server and performs better compared to previous SPARC or x86 platforms due to the T5-2 server's enhanced resources and capabilities. This paper also highlights the best practices for optimal performance using EMC NetWorker on the SPARC T5-2 server platform."

      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 215 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 214 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 213 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:

      • Disk Scrub - Why and When?
      • Customers that Benefit from using Oracle Linux
      • Informatica Analytics on Oracle SPARC: Up-to 9X Faster with In-Memory DB
      • New Look for NetBeans IDE 8.1
      • Big Data For All? Oracle's 2016 Top 10 Predictions
      • SysAdmin and Systems Developer Newsletter
      • Friday Spotlight: Using Oracle Clusterware to Protect Oracle VM Manager
      • Enterprise Data Protection with Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance
      • Database Insider - January 2016 issue now available
      • Understanding Metered vs Non-metered Java Cloud Service by M Kapur

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

        Developer Communities Can Help Your Project -- And Your Career
        Forbes, January 21st, 2016
        Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "Software developers have long used their peers as sounding boards and for help on development projects - sometimes in person, but more frequently through online forums. Increasingly, these forums are also becoming places where developers earn status among their peers that can help advance their careers..."
        January 2016 Critical Patch Update Released
        By Eric P. Maurice
        Eric P. Maurice blogs, "Oracle today released the January 2016 Critical Patch Update. With this Critical Patch Update release, the Critical Patch Update program enters its 11th year of existence (the first Critical Patch Update was released in January 2005). As a reminder, Critical Patch Updates are currently released 4 times a year, on a schedule announced a year in advance. Oracle recommends that customers apply this Critical Patch Update as soon as possible.

        The January 2016 Critical Patch Update provides fixes for a wide range of product families; including:..."

        Oracle VirtualBox VirtualBox 5.0.14 Released
        VirtualBox, January 19th, 2016
        This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

        • GUI: properly limit the number of VCPUs to the number of physical cores on Mac OS X (bug #15018)
        • Audio: fixed a bug which prevented loading a saved state of a saved guests with HDA emulation (5.0.12 regression; bug #14981)
        • Audio: don't crash if the backend is unable to initialize (bug #14960)
        • Audio: fixed audio capture on Mac OS X (bug #14386)
        • Storage: fixed a possible crash when attaching the same ISO image multiple times to the same VM (bug #14951)
        • BIOS: properly report if two floppy drives are attached
        • USB: fixed a problem with filters which would not capture the device under certain circumstances (5.0.10 regression; bug #15042)
        • ExtPack: black-list Extension Packs older than 4.3.30 due to incompatible changes not being properly handled in the past
        • Windows hosts: fixed a regression which caused robocopy to fail (bug #14958)
        • Linux hosts: properly create the /sbin/rcvboxdrv symbolic link (5.0.12 regression; bug #14989)
        • Mac OS X hosts: several fixes for USB on El Capitan (bug #14677)
        • Linux Additions: fixes for Linux 4.5 (bug #15032)

        Read on for details.

        Oracle VM Server for SPARC Released
        By Honglin Su
        Honglin Su blogs, "We just released a maintenance update to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.3 beginning with SRU 4.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.3 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 2045311.1].

        For additional resources about Oracle VM Server for SPARC..."

        Java Technology
        Migration Guide from Oracle JRockit JVM to HotSpot JVM
        Java, January 19th, 2016
        During the 2010 JavaOne conference Oracle announced that it would merge the Oracle JRockit JVM and HotSpot JVM by incorporating the features that were only available in JRockit into HotSpot.

        With JDK 7 Oracle started delivering on that vision. It completed the work with JDK 8. Customers using the Oracle JRockit JVM, in the meantime, have been receiving periodic security updates and bug fixes. CPU releases and bug fixes for Java SE 6 JRockit (R28 only) will continue to be provided until the end of JRockit for Java SE 6's extended support phase, currently scheduled for December 2018.

        New Look for NetBeans IDE 8.1 (Part 2)
        Netbeans, January 19th, 2016
        Geertjan writes, "In part 1, I highlighted Hamit Hasanhocaoglu's excellent work in making the Darcula look and feel available to NetBeans IDE users via a brand new plugin...

        The great news is that his plugin has now been open sourced and everyone is welcome to contribute further refinements to it:..."

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