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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.6

The Next Cloud Platform: 9 Oracle OpenWorld Sessions You Can Watch from Home

Oracle: Earnings: Q1 FY17 GAAP SaaS and PaaS Revenues were up 77% and up 79% in Constant Currency

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Delivers the Ultimate Cloud Experience

The MySQL 8.0.0 Milestone Release is available

Java Founder James Gosling Endorses Apache Takeover Of Netbeans Java IDE.

Oracle News
The Next Cloud Platform: 9 Oracle OpenWorld Sessions You Can Watch from Home
By Jeffrey Erickson
Jeffrey Erickson writes, "For all the attention given cloud computing, only a small percentage of enterprise IT has moved there. Why? The answer is simple: Most cloud vendors haven't provided a clear strategy for taking on the other 90-plus percent. That huge number represents the complex, day-to-day IT workloads that companies rely on to stay in business -tracking inventories, managing employees, analyzing data, and running factories. They've spent years, sometimes decades, building a trusted IT platform under these functions, and they're not about to throw them over to a cloud provider who doesn't understand enterprise IT's demands..."
Customers Drive Cloud App Innovation
Forbes, September 18th, 2016
Chris Murphy writes, "An overlooked and underestimated advantage of cloud computing comes from how much - and how fast - customer feedback can drive new features and innovations in an application.

Here's just one example. Last year, the human resources information systems director at a global consumer goods company posted a suggestion to Oracle's online Idea Lab: 'In the Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud 'Oracle HCM Cloud' workflow used to terminate an employee, how about adding a link to quickly reassign that person's direct reports?' Online community members gave that idea 30 thumbs-up votes and zero thumbs-down, and Oracle added the feature to the latest release of Oracle HCM Cloud this spring.."

Earnings: Q1 FY17 GAAP SaaS and PaaS Revenues were up 77% and up 79% in Constant Currency
Q1 FY17 Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS Revenues grew 82% in Constant Currency
Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2017 Q1 results. Total Revenues were $8.6 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $6.8 billion, up 5% in U.S. dollars and up 6% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $798 million, up 77% in U.S. dollars and up 79% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $969 million, up 59% in U.S. dollars and up 61% in constant currency. Operating Income was $2.6 billion and Operating Margin was 31%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $3.4 billion and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 39%. Net Income was $1.8 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was $2.3 billion. Earnings Per Share was up 10% to $0.43, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 4% to $0.55. GAAP and non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was negatively impacted by three factors: 1 cent because of a higher tax rate due to more cloud sales being in the U.S, half of one cent because of borrowing, and 1 cent due to strengthening of the U.S. dollar.
Shift To The Cloud Or Risk Falling Further Behind
Forbes, September 18th, 2016
Margaret Harrist writes, "For those IT organizations plugging along on outdated software and counting on their competitors to do the same, Oracle Executive Vice President of Applications Development Steve Miranda has a wake-up call: businesses are moving to the cloud in a big way..."

'We've almost crossed the threshold where Oracle Cloud customers have done more upgrades to their cloud applications than all of our on-premises customers in all of our lines of business have done ever,' says Miranda.

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Delivers the Ultimate Cloud Experience
Conference marks 20th year with a positive economic impact totaling $3.2 billion for the City of San Francisco
This weekend, Oracle welcomes thousands of customers, hundreds of partners, and millions of online attendees from more than 141 countries to Oracle OpenWorld 2016. This year's ultimate cloud experience, which runs through September 22, brings together top technologists, world leaders, and innovators to share ideas about the future of technology and its impact on the way we live and work. A dynamic line-up of visionaries headline the event, spanning today's brightest thinkers like best-selling author and educator Adam Grant; renowned economists including Moody's Mark Zandi; and key political strategists Stephanie Cutter and Mike Murphy. At Oracle's Customer Appreciation event, record-breaking performance artists Gwen Stefani and Sting take the stage at AT&T Park for an exclusive concert. Top-charting band American Authors kick off Oracle OpenWorld in a special performance at Oracle Cloud Plaza on Howard Street.
Tieto Card Suite Optimized on Oracle SuperCluster
By Parnian Taidi
Tieto is the largest company in the Nordics that provides full lifecycle IT services, as well as product development for private and public organizations. Tieto Card Suite is a set of off-the-shelf software packages supporting full life cycle of retail payments, from card issuing and acquiring, including e-commerce and mobile payments, to merchant management, transaction switching and clearing. Tieto Card Suite serves more than 500 financial institutions in over 30 counties in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
SAS Institute achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized & Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status
By Ramona Costea
SAS Institute achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized & Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status with app Credit Scoring version 6.1. Running with Exadata, SAS Credit Scoring handled 600% increase in load with only 25% increase in time over baseline
Oracle Pulls Big Data Together
By Michael Hickins
Michael blogs, "While big data represents a significant opportunity for companies to solve business issues, success has been hampered in large part because of the complexity of implementing the technology and the daunting cost of retrofitting old systems. In many cases, companies cannot use the new technology without hiring a whole new cadre of expensive talent that is already in short supply..."
Don't Spin Your Data, Use SSDs!
For database environments
Peter Zaitsev blogs, "For years now, I've been telling audiences for my MySQL Performance talk the following: if you are running an I/O-intensive database on spinning disks you're doing it wrong. But there are still a surprising number of laggards who aren't embracing SSD storage (whether it's for cost or reliability reasons).

Let's look at cost first. As I write this now (September 2016), high-performance server-grade spinning hard drives run for about $240 for 600GB (or $0.40 per GB). Of course, you can get an 8TB archive drive at about same price (about $0.03 per GB), but it isn't likely you'd use something like that for your operational database. At the same time, you can get a Samsung 850 EVO drive for approximately $300 (or $0.30 per GB), which is cheaper than the server-grade spinning drive!.."

Maximizing Database Performance - MySQL Tuning Best Practices
By Janis Griffin
"With the added complexity of growing data volumes and ever changing workloads, database performance tuning is now necessary to maximize resource utilizations and system performance. However, performance tuning is often easier said than done.

Let's face it, tuning is difficult for a number of reasons. For one thing, it requires a significant amount of expertise in order to understand execution plans, and often update or re-write good SQL. On top of that, tuning is usually very time consuming. There will always be a large volume of SQL statements to sort through, which may lead to uncertainty around which specific statement needs tuning; and given every statement is different, so too is the tuning approach.

As data volumes grow and technology becomes increasingly complex, it is becoming more important to tune databases properly to deliver end-user experience and to lower infrastructure costs. Performance tuning can help database professionals quickly identify bottlenecks, target insufficient operations through review of query execution plans and eliminate any guessing games.

Regardless of the complexity or skill level, the following MySQL performance tuning tips will serve as a step-by-step guide to solving MySQL performance problems and help alleviate the pain points that often accompany performance tuning..."

Roles on MySQL 8.0
By Gabriela D'Avila
Gabriela blogs, "his is a blogpost about MySQL 8.0.0, the content here could be subject to changes in the future since this is not a stable release.

This is a feature that will make life the many DevOps and DBAs easier. Believe it or not, a lot of people control access to the database by sharing the same username and password. Which is completely insecure for a number of reasons:

  • If someone is fired, they still have access
  • If you get hacked for using the same password, well, I only can say: good luck

That also means: no more querying to Stack Overflow to get that giant GRANT statement for each user you need to create..."

MySQL 8.0 first impressions
By Giuseppe Maxia
Giuseppe blogs, "MySQL 8.0.0 was released today. It has been some time in the making, shrouded in a veil of secrecy for over one year. We knew, from listening to the gossip and looking at the few available previews, some of what was going to bring. So, for the observant users, its main features may not come as a surprise. For the rest of you, here's a quick roundup:..."
The MySQL 8.0.0 Milestone Release is available
By Geir Hoydalsvik
Geir blogs, "The MySQL Development team is happy to announce our 8.0.0 development milestone release (DMR), now available for download at The source code is available at GitHub. You can find the full list of changes and bug fixes in the 8.0.0 Release Notes. Here are the highlights. Enjoy!..."
Cloud Computing
Infrastructure As A Service In The Spotlight At Oracle OpenWorld
By Rick O'Herron
Rick writes, "By the end of 2016, IDC predicts that nearly two-thirds of enterprises will use or plan to use public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Whether to save money or respond more quickly to business opportunities, more business leaders want to use the cloud for computing, servers, storage, and networking components as a foundation for their software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) strategies..."
CEO Catz: Oracle 'Overachieved Again' in the Cloud
By Rob Preston
Oracle heads into its annual Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco next week with impressive cloud momentum, reporting that first-quarter FY2017 revenue from its combined software, platform, and infrastructure cloud services grew 59% from the year-earlier quarter, to $969 million.

Revenue from Oracle's two fastest-growing cloud businesses -software as a service and platform as a service - rose 77% in Q1, to $798 million, thanks to thousands of customer wins. The first quarter marks the seventh consecutive quarter in which organic growth rates for Oracle's SaaS and PaaS businesses have accelerated.

Chuck Hollis: 'Pity The IT Organization' That Gets This Part Wrong
By Paul Sonderegger
Paul writes, "Industry veteran Chuck Hollis maintains that the single most important asset in the digital economy is data, making it critical that IT infrastructure is engineered to maximize and exploit data's value. I recently sat down with Hollis, senior vice president of cloud infrastructure at Oracle, to discuss what the intersection of cloud computing and big data means for the future of business and enterprise computing. What follows are excerpts of our discussion..."
vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca
Wednesday, September 21st, 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 21st @ Biergarten Boca

Pleaase register @

John Mclaughlin, SFTA

South Floirda Technology Alliance vBeers @ Miami
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
M.I.A Brewing Co. - Doral

Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. 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 your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

SFTA, John McLaughlin

ITPalooza 2016 - The Fifth Annual Gathering of South Florida's IT Community
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 - The Signature Grand - Ft. Lauderdale
Sponsors include AWS, Centrify and Tesla who will have a car on display

It is with great pleasure and to tremendous fanfare that we announce ITPalooza '16. Ticket and sponsorship sales are now open! Special pricing through September 30th!

This year ITPalooza has an exciting new venue and an all-day format. We are offering an all-day VIP lounge as well as focused speakers tracks, hiring Fair and Vendor exhibit.

As always, we are offering FREE Toys for Tots tickets with a donation of unwrapped new toys. Want all-day access to our exclusive VIP lounge? Then our VIP ticket option is for you.

Visit the website, peruse our sponsors, stop back for updates and get your tickets early!

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA)

Oracle's Secret Weapon In The Cloud
By John Foley
John Foley writes in Forbes, "Technology performance depends on 'the stack' - all layers of a computer system's hardware and software working very closely together for speed and efficiency. That's always been true in the data center, and now it's every bit as important in the cloud.

Oracle is unique among cloud providers Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and in developing its own microprocessor - the foundation of the technology stack. Oracle's newest designed-for-the-cloud chip, the SPARC S7, features advanced encryption and memory protection for greater security and reliability in the cloud. SPARC S7 was introduced in June, a few months after the launch of the closely related SPARC M7..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 223 Issue 1; Vol 222 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 221 Issues 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:

  • It's the end of the line for Oracle's Java browser plug-in
  • The Cloud of Change - How IT Roles Will Look 5 Years Out
  • Oracle Database Cloud Service: My First Experience with the Cloud
  • Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and Demogrounds
  • Move Over Mobile, AI Has Arrived
  • OpenWorld on your smartphone and tablet
  • MySQL Connector/NET 7.0.5 m4
  • Customer Experience In The Spotlight At Oracle OpenWorld
  • Finegrained JShell Integration in NetBeans IDE
  • MySQL Connector NET

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

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.6
    By Simon Coter
    Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 6. This release includes a number of improvements and bug fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.4.

    Improvements are related to GUI, Usability, NVME-emulation, Windows Host and Linux Guest Additions..."

    Java Technology
    Java Founder James Gosling Endorses Apache Takeover Of Netbeans Java IDE
    JavaWorld, September 13th, 2016
    "NetBeans, the venerable open source Java IDE that originated at Sun Microsystems, would move from Oracle's jurisdiction to the Apache Software Foundation under a proposal unveiled today. The plan is being endorsed by Java founder James Gosling, a longtime fan of the IDE.

    Moving NetBeans to a neutral venue like Apache, with its strong governance model, would help the project attract more contributions from various organizations, according to the proposal posted in the Apache wiki. "Large companies are using NetBeans as an application framework to build internal or commercial applications and are much more likely to contribute to it once it moves to neutral Apache ground," the proposal says..."

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