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Inside Oracle's Acquisition Machine
by Cyrus Sanati
Cyrus writes in Fortune, "Oracle's $9.4 billion acquisition of NetSuite late last month has Wall Street bankers frothing at the mouth on the hopes that the software giant is set to go on a spending spree of epic proportions. But while Oracle is no stranger to making big purchases at opportune times, such as its $10.3 billion acquisition of PeopleSoft in 2004 or its $8.5 billion acquisition of BEA Systems in 2008, the bulk of its deal flow will most likely remain modest in its size and narrow in its scope..."
Top 5 Reasons to Take an Oracle University Training Course
By Breanne Cooley
Breanne provides five solid reasons to invest in Oracle University training:

  • Technology is rapidly changing
  • Oracle Certification helps you stand out
  • With Training On Demand, learn any time, anywhere
  • Learning is good for your brain and overall health
  • Developing new skills promotes job security

80% of Oracle Certification holders reported a promotion, salary increase or other career improvements.

TimeClock Plus Achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle's PeopleSoft Time and Labor
By Ramona Costea
Ramona reports that, "TimeClock Plus (TCP), a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of TCP Direct with Oracle's PeopleSoft Time and Labor 9.2. This validation is a major milestone in the evolution of TCP and its relationship with Oracle. The company continues to grow its presence in the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) space and with Oracle Validated Integration for PeopleSoft Time and Labor, the company is even better positioned to serve the needs of its enterprise customers..."
Oracle Mobile Cloud Service 2.1
By Carlos Chang
Carlos blogs, "In our continued efforts in helping our customers build "better apps faster" MCS 2.1 is now available!

Fusion Apps connector simplifies browsing and consuming Fusion Applications instances with declarative security, letting users sign in to Fusion Applications using SSO. Fusion Application connector enables developers to browse and consume Fusion-based SaaS instances, such as Oracle HCM, Oracle SCM and Oracle CRM. Building, Mashing and shaping a data collection from feature-rich Fusion App Instances with easy to use wizards. Consider the implications of leveraging the ecosystem of applications. Fusion Application connector enhances time to market and makes secure backend development a breeze..."

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution & How Will it Affect You?
by Alexandra Georgescu, Oracle University Program Manager - Workforce Development
Alexandra blogs, "We are living days of change.

Some call it the "fourth industrial revolution", some call it "Industry 4.0." Regardless of what you call it, we're seeing the combination of cyber-physical systems (CPS), the Internet of Things and the Internet of Systems.

Previous industrial revolutions liberated humankind from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people.

This fourth industrial revolution is, however, fundamentally different. It is impossible to define it without using the words "cyber-physical systems" and "cloud computing."

It's a revolution of networks, platforms, people & digital technology..."

8 Reasons to Connect with User Groups at Oracle OpenWorld
By Bill Dunham and Jon Riley, OAUG Geo/SIG Committee Co-Chairs
Bill Dunham and Jon Riley blog that. "Oracle OpenWorld only happens once a year, so why not take full advantage of this year's event by connecting with the Oracle user group community? Oracle-related user groups act as independent communities of like-minded individuals dedicated to helping Oracle customers optimize the use of specific products, and a number of groups are present at this year's show. Here are the top eight reasons why you should make it a priority to meet up with these close-knit communities during the Oracle Users Forum on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Moscone South and West, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m..."
Cloud Computing
New features in the Oracle Compute Cloud
By Pat Shuff
Pat blogs, "Today Oracle updated the Oracle Compute Cloud Service by adding three new features.

  • Integration of the Oracle Marketplace into the Compute Cloud Console to make it easier to deploy custom solutions
  • Expanding the functionality of Backup Services to snapshot Compute Instances and clone them from snapshots
  • Making it easier to import existing virtual machines into the Oracle Cloud and making these images available to the Public and Private Marketplace

We talked earlier this week on pulling an image from the Oracle Marketplace. Previous to today you had to go to, setup preferences to link your account to your compute account, get an app from the marketplace, and provision the instance through the compute cloud. Today we just need to go into the create instance menu system from the Compute Console and select an image from the Marketplace to provision into a compute instance. This modification reduces the number of steps required to use the Marketplace as well as making it easier to provision preconfigured solutions into a compute instance or set of compute instances..."

vBeers @ Miami - M.I.A Beers
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry!

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida.

vBeers start at 6PM

Wednesday, August 24th @ M.I.A. Beer Company

Pleaase register @

John Mclaughlin, SFTA

vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens - Twisted Trunk
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry!

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida.

vBeers start at 6PM

Wednesday, September 7th @ Twisted Trunk Brewing

Pleaase register @

John Mclaughlin, SFTA

Introduction to Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service - Webcast August 23rd 2016
By Juergen Kress
Juergen blogs, "Please join the Oracle Product Management team in an introduction to version 16.3.3 of the Oracle Internet Cloud Service. This webcast will provide an overview of the exciting new features available in this release.

It will feature a demo of the new, readily-deployable Asset Monitoring application for rapid integration of IoT device data into asset monitoring workflows.

Schedule: Aug 23, 2016 18-19:00 CET (Berlin time)..."

Disaster Recovery with a Future-Ready Infrastructure
Empire Life modernizes its IT infrastructure and decreases recovery times from days to hours with the Fujitsu M10 server.
The ability to rapidly and completely recover from a major disaster is a must-have in any IT environment today. Companies must safeguard their internal data as well as that of their customers and be able to resume business quickly after an interruption in service. For insurance companies, which offer critical services in times of need, disaster recovery capabilities are even more imperative.

When Canada's Empire Life Insurance Company sought to replace its aging infrastructure with one that would enable it to be better prepared for worst-case scenarios, it chose to consolidate on the Fujitsu M10-1 server with the SPARC64 X+ processor.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 222 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 221 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4 ; Vol 220 Issue 4, 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:

  • Advanced System Administrators: Learn How to Configure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) with Hands-On Training
  • ORACLE OPENWORLD - Keynotes and General Sessions
  • MySQL Failover, Enhanced MySQL Utilities
  • Inside Java Magazine - July/August 2016 Edition
  • JVM Language Summit Highlights
  • Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Service 16.3.3 Release Announcement
  • Most Unique Feature of NetBeans IDE!
  • With Cloud, Irving Materials Inc.'s Financial Reporting No Longer Set In Concrete
  • Community Reception Oracle OpenWorld 2016 September 20th San Francisco
  • HCL Predictive Maintenance Solution based on IoT Cloud Service

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

    Agile and DevOps Development
    By Yolande Poirier
    Yolande blogs, "How can you improve your Java development with Cloud based agile and DevOps platform? Which tools will help with your deployment?

    In this OTN Summit replay, Shay Schmeltzer, Director of Product Management at Oracle reviews best practices and platforms used by Oracle to improve development processes when creating Java applications and products. He discusses how the cloud can help you manage and execute and agile development process and streamline your DevOps activities resulting in better applications delivered faster.

    He also shows a great demo of the Oracle developer cloud service interfaces, including sharing code with GitHub, creating build files, team collaboration tools and more..."

    Integrating Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer with Oracle JET
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan blogs, "There are many map components in the world out there-and I have documented how to integrate several of them in an Oracle JET application, e.g., 3DCityDB, Mapbox, Leaflet, and LuciadRIA, as well as Oracle JET's ojThematicMap component.

    However, Oracle has its own map component, as described in detail below, which includes the Oracle Maps Javascript library:..."

    SPECjbb2015: SPARC S7-2 Multi-JVM and Distributed Results
    BestPerf Blog
    Oracle's SPARC S7-2 server, using Oracle Solaris and Oracle JDK, produced two-chip SPECjbb2015-Distributed and SPECjbb2015-MultiJVM benchmark results. This benchmark was designed by the industry to showcase Java performance in the Enterprise. Performance is expressed in terms of two metrics, max-jOPS which is the maximum throughput number and critical-jOPS which is critical throughput under service level agreements (SLAs).
    SPECjEnterprise2010: SPARC S7-2 Secure and Unsecure Results
    Brian blogs, "Oracle's SPARC S7-2 servers produced a SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark result of 14,400.78 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS using one SPARC S7-2 server for the application tier and one SPARC S7-2 server for the database server.

    The SPARC S7-2 servers also obtained a result of 14,121.47 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS using encrypted data. This secured result used Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for the application database tablespaces with the AES-128 cipher. The network connection between the application server and the database server was also secured using Oracle's Network Data Encryption with the JDBC driver and RC4-128 cipher..."

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.4
    By Simon Coter
    Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 4. This release includes a number of improvements and bug fixes from first release of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention:

    • GUI: show actual VM uptime in the session information window
    • Audio: re-enabled speakers for Mac OS X guests (5.1.0 regression)
    • Linux installer: fixed some scripting issues
    • Windows hosts: fixed corrupted mouse pointers with some Linux and Solaris guests
    • Linux Additions: made the video driver work on kernel 4.7 and later
    • Windows Additions: auto-resizing fixes for Windows 10 guests

    See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes..."

    Java Technology
    Java EE 8 set to slip, while Java SE could move up
    Javaworld, August 18th, 2016
    Paul Krill writes in Javaworld, "To no one's surprise, troubled Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 8 is likely to miss its target release date of the first half of next year, minutes of a recent Java Community Process (JCP) meeting reveal. But on the bright side, editions of Java Standard Edition (SE) might now happen every year as opposed to every three years or so.

    During the Aug. 9 meeting, held via teleconference, Oracle's Anil Gaur, group vice president responsible for Java EE, said the planned release date for EE will change, but he did not yet have the details. Further information is expected to come at next month's JavaOne conference in San Francisco..."

    Top 10 Java Development Tools Talks at JavaOne 2016
    By Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan blogs, "The Java Development Tools track at JavaOne is always full of practical and lively sessions. Nothing like tools to bring your code to life, helping you to understand it better via analyzers, visualizers, and profilers of all kinds. As always, the committee for this track was large and community-driven this year. The task we had before us was extremely difficult because for most categories we had at least twice as many submissions as available slots..."
    My five favourite NetBeans features
    "Continuing a series of articles focusing on NetBeans users and their five favorite NetBeans IDE features, here's the next part, by Damir Demirovi&#263;...."

    "My name is Damir (@object_brain). Friends call me Dax. I am a developer from Serbia, working at Micro Business d.o.o. We are focused on developing business solutions software strictly in Java and our main product is named BusinessWare. Our mission is developing cross-platform independent business software in order to support our clients. Until recently, we've been developing a Java Swing application, though we're about to start developing a web solution to increase availability. Therefore, recently, we started developing a Java EE application using Vaadin..."

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