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Shawnee State University Chooses Complete Oracle Cloud Suite to Improve Recruitment and Operations
First state university in Ohio selects Oracle Cloud solutions to improve retention and streamline business practices
Oracle announced that Shawnee State University is implementing the full Oracle Cloud Suite including Oracle's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, in addition to Student Cloud CX. The university also anticipates moving to the Student Management Cloud as part of the university's efforts to prepare their students for future success using the latest technology. This adoption comes with a recent Ohio Governor mandate to lower the cost of education, which prompted the university to search for the best technology to modernize and optimize internal operations.
Oracle Cloud Helps Organizations Discover Profit Winners
Organizational managers and finance executives can easily identify hidden costs and profits with new profitability and cost management solution delivered in the cloud
Oracle announced a purpose-built solution for finance executives and organizational managers to understand specifically what drives profitability, continually assess how resources are being consumed, and take action. Although under constant pressure to improve performance, many organizations lack visibility into what drives cost and profit. Cost, revenue, and operational systems are often fragmented, unconnected, and dispersed, making it difficult to understand the true profitability and costs of the business.
Oracle Database 12C Release 2 New Features Training - Now Available!
By Diana H. Grace, November 7th, 2016
Diana blogs, "The Oracle Database 12c R2: New Features for 12c R1 Administrators is a comprehensive new course that will guide you through each of the new features. Get ample opportunities to discuss and explore how these features may affect your working operations.

This course is the first 12c Release 2 course available in a series of learning paths being developed to get you up to speed on Oracle Database Cloud Services..."

ITPalooza 2016 - The Fifth Annual Gathering of South Florida's IT Community - Win a Tesla!
Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The Signature Grand - Ft. Lauderdale

Join 2000 of South Florida's top IT Professionals for a day of learning, networking and sharing.

  • South Florida's Top Tech Companies show what they've got!
  • 2 Prominent Keynote speakers: AWS and Centrify
  • 6 Speaker Tracks: Cloud, Security, IoT, Me, Agile and CIO
  • Hands-on experience sponsors: Tesla, Virtual Reality
  • Hiring Fair: Make your move

All attendees can try their hand at winning $100k towards a new Tesla!

Come along for:

  • Just the day: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Just the evening: 5PM to 8:30PM
  • The whole nine yards (7:30 AM to 8:30 PM)!

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

Get your general admission tickets by pledging to bring toys for the "Toys for Tots" charity, before midnight, Oct 31, and you'll automatically be entered into the draw to win a pair of VIP Tickets value $500!

ITPalooza 2016 Hackathon
Friday, December 2nd, 2016: 3:00 PM to Sun, Dec 4, 2016, 3:00 PM
Broward College - Ft. Lauderdale

Are you ready for the great IoT Hackathon? Registration Deadline: Black Friday (Nov 25, 2016)

Registration Deadline: Black Friday (Nov 25, 2016)

  • Cost: $0
  • Parking is FREE!
  • Meals and snacks at the event are FREE!

The Challenge:

  • You've got 48 hours to hack your way to a real-world IoT solution.

The Playing Field

  • Open to all coders/developers
  • Any level of experience with Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Swift, Python, PHP, or Go
  • Students, faculty, professionals, and start-ups

The payoff:

  • Winning team is admitted to The South Florida Accelerator Cohort including $25k, POC, MVP, mentorship, increase in valuation, etc.
  • All winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony at ITPalooza (ITP16), Dec 8, 2016
  • Your Hackathon participation gets you automatic admission to ITP16 - ITP16 badges will be distributed on Sunday, Dec 4, 2016
  • Up to $120k USD of IBM Cloud Credits for Winning Team
  • 3 Months FREE Bluemix - Top 3 Teams
  • Additional Prizes to be announced

Mark Wyllie

Mobile Challenge 2.0
By Carlos Chang, November 7th, 2016
Carlos blogs, "Remember the Oracle Mobile Challenge at OpenWorld 2016? Well, it looks like a good idea is worth duplicating. Our friends over at Avanttic created a similar app using Oracle Mobile Cloud Service - but instead of using Oracle MAF as the client, they decided to use Oracle JET. This was developed for the Oracle Digital Day 2016 that took place recently in Madrid. Unlike the Mobile Challenge app used at OpenWorld, they tweaked the game to encourage visiting specific booths, tweeting with specific hashtags and meeting specific experts..."
Never Be Afraid To Write The Memo: Thinking Like A Startup Inside The Enterprise
By Reggie Bradford, November 11th, 2016
Reggie writes in Forbes, "I had the pleasure of talking about two of my favorite topics this week at Web Summit - startups and digital innovation - with my longtime friend and digital visionary Pete Blackshaw of Nestle.

Although we both work for large organizations now, we are entrepreneurs at heart, with startup backgrounds. That blend of startup and enterprise experience allows us to take advantage of learnings from both sides - learnings we shared in our Web Summit session 'Think Like a Startup: It's How Marketers Will Succeed.'

The conversation below combines excerpts from that session with insights from our ongoing conversation about how to think like a startup inside large organizations such as Nestle, where Blackshaw is vice president of digital and social media..."

Testing MySQL 8
By Dave Stokes, November 11th, 2016
Dave blogs, "MySQL 8 is now available for testing. The list of features is impressive and I am sure many PHP developers will be interested in having a true data dictionary, invisible indexes, and more. Right now it is in a milestone release. I am still doing a lot of work with 5.7 and found a great way to have 8 around when I needed by using Docker. Follow the Docker install guide for your platform of choice and then run ..."
MySQL Cluster and real-time requirements
By Mikael Ronstrom, November 7th, 2016
Mikael writes, "This blog gives some background to the decisions made when designing the storage engine NDB Cluster used in MySQL Cluster around how to support real-time requirements (or as I sometime refer to it, predictable response time requirements).

When analysing the requirements for NDB Cluster based on its usage in telecom databases two things were important. The first requirement is that we need to be able to respond to queries within a few milliseconds (today even down to tens of microseconds). The second requirement is that we need to do this while at the same time supporting a mix of simple traffic queries combined with a number of more complex queries running at the same time..."

Cloud Computing
Deployment Of Oracle Applications And Database With Openstack Murano (Beta)
By Zeynep Koch, November 7th, 2016
Zeynep blogs, "Traditional enterprise software deployment can be complex, time-consuming, and error-prone. OpenStack services provide a rich set of capabilities for automated deployment and configuration of raw compute, network, and storage, but have typically left the top of the stack to be managed by traditional configuration management (CM) tooling. With OpenStack Murano's abstraction capabilities, deployment time can be reduced from weeks and days to hours and minutes, without the requirement to develop and maintain highly customized CM manifests..."
Cloud Deployment: Why Are User Training & Guided Learning Solutions So Important?
By Sudhir Menon, November 10th, 2016
Sudhir blogs, "End user adoption is the primary determinant of whether a cloud implementation is successful.

If end users do not know how to properly use the enterprise applications or the business processes they were designed to support, they will never realize the value of their investment.

It will be extremely difficult to remain competitive in the marketplace.

And if they don't understand the process and policies to do their job, organizations will never realize the value of their enterprise applications..."

    How Photon Pulled Off Two Big Cloud Projects On A Tight Deadline
    By John Soat, November 9th, 2016
    John writes, "'We adopt anything new very quickly,' says Ajay Kumar, senior director of quality and compliance at Photon Interactive.

    That practice has stood Photon in good stead with a growing list of high-profile customers for its retail-oriented mobile applications - which, the company says, are responsible for more than 150 million consumer interactions a day among customers and employees of organizations across North America, Europe, and India. 'We create digital experiences for the Fortune 100,' says Michael Levine, vice president of marketing and business development. 'We make our customer's customer go 'wow' and work as our customers' innovation partner of choice'..."

      Expand Your Skills & Boost Your Credibility
      Take Oracle Linux 5 & 6 + Linux 7 Training
      Diana.H. Gray blogs, "Did you know Oracle Linux is used as the underlying operating system for the following appliances?

      • Oracle Exadata
      • Oracle Exalogic
      • Oracle Big Data Appliance
      • Oracle Exalytics
      • Oracle Database Appliance

      Getting trained and certified on Oracle Linux 5 & 6 or Oracle Linux 7 not only expands your skill set; it strengthens your credibility by validating your knowledge..."

      Oracle Linux 7.3
      By Teri Whitaker, November 10th, 2016
      Teri blogs, "the Oracle Linux and Virtualization Team is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 for x86-64 servers.

      Users with a support subscription can download ISOs from My Oracle Support. ISO installation images can also be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Individual RPM packages for Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 are available on the public yum server and the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN)..."

      Oracle Exadata Database Machine And Cloud Service 2017 Implementation Essentials Exam
      By Ramona Costea, November 73rd, 2016
      Ramona blogs, "To help get partners prepared to recommend and implement the Oracle Exadata platform and Oracle Exadata Cloud solution we have created a dedicated certification. The Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Cloud Service 2017 Certified Implementation Specialist includes a complete training plan and corresponding exam to help partners get certified on the latest Exadata and Oracle Database 12c software and Exadata X6-2 hardware..."
      SFTA/vBeers @ Biergarten Boca
      Wednesday, November 16th, 2016: 5:30PM to 9:00PM
      Get ready for some great IT, virtualization, network, software and other conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community.

      • Biergarten Boca
      • 309 Via De Palmas #90
      • Boca Raton, FL 33432 USA

      We will be meeting on the second floor. Biergarten Boca features a great $5 burger and fries special!

      SFTA MEMBERS! Please sign in and register as an SFTA member to be eligible for the FREE BEER tickets! Your name badge will indicate that you are an SFTA member.

      Please register at the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.. I try to be at the venue by 5:30PM. Most people arrive around 6pm to 6:30pm and depart by 9PM.

      Registration is free. SFTA members who login and register will get their first beer for free!

      Sponsorships are available starting at $100 and can be purchased from on the registration page. Sponsors will get 10 tickets for free beers to distribute to attendees!

      Updating Private Cloud Appliance Software To 2.2.2 With Enterprise Manager 13C
      By Simon Hayler, November 11th, 2016
      Simon writes, "This blog will explain and detail the steps before and after the Private Cloud Appliance software update to preserve and sustain the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c monitoring and management. This blog covers the process for updating a Private Cloud Appliance from software version 2.2.1 to 2.2.2. The target Private Cloud Appliance and internal Oracle VM Manager is currently discovered and monitored by Oracle Enterprise Manager 13.2...
      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 225 Issue 1; Vol 224 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 223 Issues 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:

      • LibreOffice 5.2.3
      • How Secure is Your Enterprise Architecture?
      • Here's Why Cloud Adoption Is About To Shift Into High Gear
      • MySQLArchitecture And Components
      • Friday Spotlight: automated installation of Oracle VM Server x86
      • Gut check on Oracle's journey to the cloud
      • MySQL Replication: All the Severalnines Resources
      • No More Double-Clicking To Open Files In NetBeans!
      • Expert Instructor Insights: Manage Oracle Cloud Virtual Machines with the Command Line for Oracle Compute Cloud Service (IAAS)
      • Data Warehousing in the Cloud - Part 3

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

        Big Data Lite 4.6
        By Mgubar
        "Oracle Big Data Lite VM v 4.6 is now available on OTN. The VM is packed with all of the latest capabilities from Oracle's big data platform - helping you get started with the tech stack:

        • Oracle Enterprise Linux 6.8
        • Oracle Database 12c Release 1 Enterprise Edition ( - including Oracle Big Data SQL-enabled external tables, - - - - Oracle Multitenant, Oracle Advanced Analytics, Oracle OLAP, Oracle Partitioning, Oracle Spatial and Graph, and more.
        • Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH5.8.0) ..."
        Why All The Fuss About Containers? Oracle's John Fowler Explains
        By Alexandra Weber Morales, November 10th, 2016
        Alexandra writes, "Since the 2013 open source debut of Docker, a tool for automating Linux application containers, Oracle and other cloud computing vendors have seen a surge in developer demand for Docker on their platforms. What does Docker do? It wraps a completed application in a file system that contains all the associated files and libraries needed to deploy and run, regardless of environment. Because it doesn't include an operating system, an application deployed in a container lacks the overhead of a virtual machine, which abstracts an entire CPU.

        But why the sudden fascination with a technology that was described as early as 2000 and implemented in 2004 as containers in Sun's Solaris operating system? It's because companies in this digital economy want an easier way to deploy applications..."

        Java Technology
        Test Your Java Knowledge With Free Sample Questions
        By Brandye Barrington, November 8th, 2016
        Brandyne blogs, "Did you know that there are FREE sample questions available for Java Programmer exams?

        Test your knowledge of key Java concepts before taking an exam. Get a feel for the types and difficulty of the questions you will see on the exam. You've attended classes, studied, practice and prepared. Take this final step to ensure you're ready..."

        Join Netbeans On Slack
        By Geertjan, November 7th, 2016
        Geertjan blogs, "One of the coolest recent developments in the NetBeans ecosystem is the establishment of the NetBeans Slack channel. We've only got this going over the past few weeks and there's a few hundred already registered and active.

        What's the big deal and what's so great about Slack? Well, to me, and to how I'm using it, is that I see it as a modernized version of IRC, with the benefit of direct and quick interaction, e.g., I was holding off on publishing the new release of the One Click Open Sesame plugin because I wasn't completely sure about what new features Chris and Benno had implemented and so I quickly wrote back and forth with Chris on Slack and very quickly had my questions cleared up, rather than e-mailing back and forth for a week or two before getting the story straight..."

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