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BT and Oracle Collaborate to Make It Easier for Global Organizations to Move to the Cloud
BT becomes the first global network services provider to offer direct access to the Oracle Cloud
BT and Oracle announced that they are working together to help organizations across the world take advantage of performance, cost and innovation benefits of the cloud. Oracle customers will be able to leverage the high performance, reliability, and security features of the BT Cloud Connect environment to gain direct connectivity to the Oracle Cloud.

While organizations understand the promise and many benefits of the cloud, many are concerned about security and performance issues associated with cloud technologies. This is especially true for business-critical enterprise workloads that frequently demand high levels of availability, security and performance. Together, BT and Oracle are aiming to remove those barriers to cloud adoption by providing options for connectivity from hybrid enterprise data centers to the Oracle Cloud.

New Cloud-based Banking Solution Targets Default Debtors, Improves Customer Experiences
Oracle Banking Collections
Financial institutions looking to recoup delinquent accounts while maintaining a positive association with their brands have a powerful new tool: Oracle Banking Collections. The cloud-enabled solution announced today provides lenders a more comprehensive look at debtors' total financial pictures and features so they can more easily repay their loans.

While credit card and mortgage delinquencies are currently stable, there is a significant rise in student and auto loan defaults. In fact, Fitch Ratings stated that the 60-plus day delinquency rate for subprime car loans climbed to 5.16% in February of this year, the highest level in nearly two decades. The collections process is complex, inefficient riddled with fraudulent activity.

Oracle Brings SPARC to the Cloud
New SPARC S7 Products with Software in Silicon now available in Oracle Cloud, Engineered Systems and Servers
Oracle announced major new additions to the SPARC platform that for the first time bring the advanced security, efficiency and simplicity of SPARC to the cloud. Built on the new SPARC S7 microprocessor, the latest additions to the SPARC platform include new cloud services, engineered systems and servers.

While the business benefits of the public cloud are increasingly clear, many organizations have yet to move enterprise workloads to the cloud due to performance, security and management concerns. To help eliminate those concerns and enable organizations to confidently move enterprise workloads to the cloud, the new SPARC platform is designed from the ground up to economically improve on cloud computing delivery of the most critical business applications and scale-out application environments.

Oracle Cloud Improves Financial Process Visibility and Cuts Upgrade Costs for University of Kansas
Oracle, June 30th, 2016
The University of Kansas (KU) has paired its top-notch educational programs with the technology to advance them. With Oracle Cloud , KU will drive strategic student educational initiatives, focus on operational efficiencies and reduce costs associated with lengthy upgrade cycles.

KU selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud, and Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud to integrate with its existing Oracle's PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) and PeopleSoft Campus Solutions applications.

Update Webcast - Oracle's Next Generation SPARC-Based Systems - July 6 & 7
By Ramona Costea
Ramona Costea blogs, "Join Senior Product Management and Partner Enablement to learn about the latest news and announcements regarding our SPARC-Based Systems offerings, both on-premise and in the Cloud.

The topics in this hour-long session are targeted for Sales and Presales technical representatives.

  • July 6, 2016 session (5:00 p.m. PT)
  • July 7, 2016 Session (7:00 a.m. PT)

Read on to Register

The Big Picture On Big Data
By Breanne Cooley
Breanne blogs, The demand for Big Data experts is growing!

In fact, out of 742 executives surveyed, 81% said they plan to expand their business analyst team to parse data and put it to good use.

View our Oracle Big Data infographic for more survey results.

To really build Big Data expertise and possess the skills to meet this demand, explore Oracle University's Big Data Oracle Learning Subscription now! ...

How Companies Are Using Big Data
Written by Veronik Beyst, Senior Marketing Manager, Oracle University
Veronik Beyst blogs, "Today's businesses are finding a new and important way to outperform their peers and competitors.

By tapping into Big Data - massive amounts of data that can be examined and analyzed to identify patterns and improve decisions - organizations in all sectors of the economy are:

  • Boosting growth
  • Increasing the quality of products and services.
  • Enhancing productivity.

As a Harvard Business Review article states,..."

MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.3
By Alfonso Penunurl
Alfonso blogs, "The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.3 m2. Note that this is a development preview release and not intended for production usage.

MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.3 M2 is the second development preview release of the MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0 series. This series adds support for the new X DevAPI. The X DevAPI enables application developers to write code that combines the strengths of the relational and document models using a modern, NoSQL-like syntax that does not assume previous experience writing traditional SQL..."

Training Thursdays: Momentum Around Oracle Linux 7
By Antoinette O'Sullivan
Antoinette blogs, "The momentum continues to grow around Oracle Linux 7. Are you ready to get the most out of this operating system. If you already have experience of a previous version of Linux, bridge your knowledge gap by taking the Oracle Linux 7: What's New for Administrators course.

This this 3-day course, will teach you to:..."

Friday Spotlight: Re-Cap Of RedHat Summit 2016
By Zeynep Koch
Zeynep blogs, "This Friday we want to give you a quick snapshot from Red Hat Summit where Oracle was one of the silver sponsors. At our booth, we have showcased Oracle Linux, OpenStack, Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Private Cloud Appliance and Software Defined Networking products. Our engineers and experts talked about the building blocks needed for Cloud; Linux, OpenStack, Engineered Systems and virtualization solutions from Oracle..."
SFTA/vBeers - Weekly, Informal, IT Networking Events in South Florida
July 2016 Schedule - Starts Wednesday, July 6th @ Palm Beach Gardens
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. vBeers events happen four times a month, once per county:

  • vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens 1st Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month
  • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month

The July Schedule is:

  • Wed July 6th, Twisted Trunk, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Wed July 13th, Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • Wed July 20th, Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • Wed July 27th, MIA Beers, Doral


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

John McLaughlin, Nicole Ciccone/SFTA

SFTA July Networking/Social event - IoB - The Internet of Beer!
Thursday, July 21st, 2016: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
FAU Tech Runway - Boca Raton - 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This summer, join the SFTA July Networking/Social event as we present the IoB - The Internet of Beer!

We'll be offering beer tasting from a variety of local micro breweries for your delight!


Oracle Berkeley DB Java Edition 7.0
By Michael Schulman
Michael blogs, "Berkeley DB JE continues to enable the most powerful embedded database solutions

Berkeley DB JE continues to enable the most powerful embedded database solutions:

  • Pure Java library
  • Handle TBs of data with a small, lightweight, embedded library
  • Flexible, transactional data management engine
  • Runs on a variety of operating systems and platforms.
  • Over 50 open source software projects embed BDB -- check them out on Wikipedia
  • Various options for APIs
  • Industrial quality and battle tested

Read on for details.

Oracle Aims To Broaden SPARC's Reach Via Cloud Service
Oracle launched its SPARC S7 processor and it'll be offered on Oracle Cloud as a way to handle more workloads.
Oracle rolled out its SPARC S7 processor in servers, its engineered systems and as a cloud service.

SPARC is the RISC-based processor brought to Oracle in the purchase of Sun Microsystems. The processor has typically been used to run Unix workloads. Oracle offers SPARC in its servers and various engineered systems.

According to Oracle, the SPARC S7 processor is 4.27 GHz with 8 cores and 64 threads. The additions to SPARC S7 are designed to improve security, efficiency and simplify architecture. Oracle added that commercial and custom applications will run on SPARC via its cloud services.

New SPARC S7 Products With Software In Silicon Now Available In Oracle Cloud, Engineered Systems And Servers
By Ramona Costea
Ramona blogs, "Announcing major new additions to the SPARC platform that for the first time bring the advanced security, efficiency and simplicity of SPARC to the cloud. The new SPARC S7 processor-based cloud services and systems deliver commodity x86 economics and significant enterprise-class functionalities for security and analytics with Software in Silicon. They include new Oracle Cloud Compute platform services, the Oracle MiniCluster S7-2 Engineered System and Oracle SPARC S7 servers. These new products are designed to seamlessly integrate with existing infrastructure and include fully integrated virtualization and management for cloud..."
Here's Why Oracle Still Engineers Its Own Chips
By Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy writes in Forbes, "Oracle's John Fowler took the stage at Oracle OpenWorld Latin America June 29 and laid out why the company thinks it's important - especially in the cloud era - to keep engineering its own microprocessors.

The occasion was the launch of Oracle's SPARC S7 chip, which is designed to bring Oracle's most powerful microprocessor innovations to smaller workloads for the price of a commodity server. In addition to making its own processors, Oracle partners with Intel to help optimize performance of Oracle systems that run on Intel x86 processors..."

Oracle's New Processor for 'Scale-Out' Environments
Doubles Down on SPARC M7 Innovations
John Soat blogs, "Oracle received widespread acclaim in 2015 for its revolutionary SPARC M7 microprocessor, which featured the most innovative design elements since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems and its SPARC processor architecture in 2010. Now Oracle is rolling out the next iteration, SPARC S7, which reiterates that revolutionary effort with breakthrough efficiency, built-in security, competitive pricing, and a cloud-first orientation..."
Oracle Database Appliance X6-2S / X6-2M
Oracle Engineered Systems Now Within Reach For Every Organization
The Oracle Database Appliance, introduced in 2011, is an Oracle Engineered System that is simple, optimized, and affordable. Through four generations of the Oracle Database Appliance, it has been enormously popular for customers deploying Oracle Database Enterprise Edition in a variety of production scenarios, especially where high availability using Oracle Real Application Clusters was required.

In June of 2016, Oracle announced an expansion of the Oracle Database Appliance family to include several new models, the Oracle Database Appliance X6-2S and the Oracle Database Appliance X6-2M. With an entry list price starting at a fourth of the cost of the prior generation Oracle Database Appliance hardware and flexible Oracle Database software licensing, these new models bring Oracle Engineered Systems to within reach of every organization.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 202 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 219 Issues 1, 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:

  • Larry Ellison: Oracle Has 2 Focus Points For Fiscal Year Ahead
  • Why is Java the Most Popular Programming Language?
  • Oracle VM Server for SPARC - virtual HBA (vHBA) enhancements
  • Training Thursdays: BTRFS in Oracle Linux 7
  • Migrate from MS SQL Server to MySQL
  • SPARC Solaris Virtualization ROCKS in SAS Analytics
  • LibreOffice 5.1.4 available for download
  • OTN Community Managers Speak Out About OTN Summit
  • Tiny Werkbank Wants To Help Big Banks Avoid Fintech Disruption
  • That's a Wrap! FY17 Global Partner Kickoff Webcast Replay Available

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

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.2
    By Simon Coter
    Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 24.

    This release is a major improvement which include a list of improvements and bug fixes..."

    Key Promoter Plugin for NetBeans IDE 8.1
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan blogs, "I've reworked the Key Promoter plugin a bit.

    The status bar (assuming you're using NetBeans IDE 8.1 and have installed the plugin for NetBeans IDE 8.1) now displays the keyboard shortcut of the most recently used action. In the screenshot below, notice the green display area in the status bar, i.e., at the bottom of the screenshot below, which is provided by the plugin, displaying info about the most recently used action:..."

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