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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Boosts Business Agility with Unified Suite of ERP and HCM Cloud Services from Oracle

LibreOffice 5.2.4 Available.

MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Patching User Space with Oracle Ksplice.

New Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET) Articles

Linux Kernel 4.9 Released

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.12

Great Choices for Third-Party Backup and Restore on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM

Oracle News
RadioShack Dials Down Costs; Turns To Makers And STEM Students To Get Back In Black
Forbes, December 23rd, 2016
"After nearly a century, the once-ubiquitous RadioShack electronics retailer spiraled into bankruptcy protection in 2015.

Having put its assets on the auction block, the company's fixed assets were acquired for $160 million by Standard General affiliate General Wireless (and its intellectual property - including the brand - for a further $26 million). Now, RadioShack's new owners hope a new, more agile business model will help the retailer connect with a whole new generation of gadget-lovers and technophiles..."

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Boosts Business Agility with Unified Suite of ERP and HCM Cloud Services from Oracle
    Oracle, December 20th, 2016
    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a medical center dedicated to improving health through collaborative innovation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to optimize the performance of its finance and HR organizations. The move to Oracle Cloud is part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center's larger strategy to transform business practices via modern cloud applications.
    Carrefour Positioned At Intersection Of Personalization And Service
    By Michael Hickins, December 22nd, 2016
    Michael writes, "Carrefour, the French supermarket giant whose name translates to 'intersection,' is building a new service capability to support its broad omnichannel strategy.

    The company is rolling out modern apps, such as one that makes it easier for consumers to shop using mobile devices and pick up their groceries without having to leave their cars - or their homes, for that matter. It's also adding modern capabilities that help customer service agents provide more efficient assistance, whether consumers are reaching out via email, web chat, or phone..."

      Avoiding Fistfights In The Toy Aisle: How Supply Chains Can Meet Customer Expectations
      By Margaret Harrist, December 21st, 2016
      Margaret writes, "Every holiday season, there's THAT TOY that parents go crazy trying to find. They'll race to stores on the day they've been told new stock is arriving. Or if they're tech savvy enough, they'll use online inventory trackers.

      But what of the company behind the coveted toy? Having the it-gift of the season is their dream come true - but if they're not able to meet high customer expectations, they stand to lose sales and get ripped on social media. Ironically, their dream product could end up damaging their reputation..."

        The Customer Is Always Right When It Comes To Application UX
        By Jeremy Ashley, December 20th, 2016
        Jeremy writes, "How many of you think that the customer is always right?

        I posed that question recently to an audience of mostly technologists, during a debate on this very subject with Symphony founder David Gurle at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. A few hands went into the air. But not every hand.

        The audience comprised creative thinkers, designers, and developers. A lot of what they do is wrapped up in introducing new ideas, not necessarily in gathering customer feedback. Many believe that their job is to identify for the customer what the customer wants, and then produce it..."

          How Sherwin-Williams Keeps Putting A Fresh Coat Of Paint On A 150-Year-Old Business
          By Michael Hickins, December 19th, 2016
          Michael blogs, "Worried about disease causing bacteria? Don't worry - 150-year-old paint company Sherwin-Williams has you covered. Literally. It has developed Paint Shield, a microbicidal paint used in hospitals and other facilities that kills pathogens on the painted surface. It's the first EPA-registered paint with the power to eradicate bacteria for up to four years.

          With commoditization a brushstroke away in any industry, it is innovations like PaintShield that are keeping Sherwin-Williams vibrant and hard to disrupt..."

            MySQL on AWS: RDS vs EC2
            By Gabriel Ciciliani, December 21st, 2016
            "When moving your MySQL instances to AWS, you would probably have to deal with this decision. This article will highlight some of the key factors that need to be considered in order to help you determine which is the most cost-effective solution for serving your data..."
            The Choice of MySQL Storage Engine and Its Impact on Backup Procedures
            By Ashraf Sharif, December 20th, 2016
            "MySQL offers multiple storage engines to store its data, with InnoDB and MyISAM being the most popular ones. Each storage engine implements a more specific set of features required for a type of workload, and as a result, works differently from other engines. Since data is stored inside the storage engine, we need to understand how the storage engines work to determine the best backup tool. In general, MySQL backup tools perform a special operation in order to retrieve a consistent data - either lock the tables or establish a transaction isolation level that guarantees data read is unchanged..."
            Binary Log Growth Handling in MySQL
            By Andrew Grimo, December 19th, 2016
            "So today we look at an aspect of capacity management or planning and how it relates to MySQL and its Logging. For this blog I'm primarily going to look at MySQL's binary logs. They have a tendency to grow, and will continue to if not held in check. Happily, they tend to be easy to manage. Let's look..."
            Linux Kernel 4.9 Released
            By Honglin Su, December 21st, 2016
            Honglin writes, "Linux Kernel 4.9, 'the biggest release we've ever had', was recently announced by Linus Torvalds. With more than 200 companies contributing to the Linux Kernel 4.9 release, Oracle is one of the top enterprise employers and contributed 14,425 lines of code in the 4.9 release. Oracle's strong support of Linux is evidenced by our numerous, on-going technical contributions to the Linux community.

            Among the extensive list of features and enhancements in the Linux Kernel 4.9, here are a few that are noteworthy:.."

            Top 5 Linux Blogs of 2016
            By Zeynep Koch, December 23rd, 2016
            Zeynep blogs," Here are the top 5 blogs of 2016:

            • Deployment of Oracle Applications and Database with OpenStack Murano (Beta)
            • Take Action on Dirty Cow
            • Are Cloudlets in Your Forecast?
            • What is on tap for Linux Container strategy in 2016?
            • Training Thursdays: Learn about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux


            SFTA vBeers @ Miami (M.I.A Brewing Co. - Doral)
            Wednesday, December 28th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
            M.I.A Brewing Co. - Doral

            Need a break between Christmas and New Year's eve? Then 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!

            Please RSVP at the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

            Please share with your IT friends and colleagues.


            South Florida Technology Alliance, John J. McLaughlin

            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
            Vol 226 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 224 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:

            • Oracle Technology Patch Versioning Changed
            • Updated Docker images for Oracle Linux
            • Friday Spotlight: Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.2
            • LibreOffice has a new Extensions & Templates website
            • DevOps Guide to Database Backups for MariaDB & MySQL
            • The Future of Cloud Is Still Ahead, and Oracle Leads the Way
            • Introducing Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET), for mobile app development
            • Xen Project Hypervisor 4.8 Released
            • MySQL Connector/C++ 1.1.8
            • MySQL Connector/Python 2.1.5

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

              LibreOffice 5.2.4
              The Document Foundation, December 22nd, 2016
              "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.4 'still', the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users can start to update to LibreOffice 5.2.4 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.

              TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organizations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people..."

              LibreOffice Macros
              The Document Foundation, December 19th, 2016
              "Andrew Pitonyak has been the great master of StarBasic since forever. I still remember copies of his book being distributed at the 2nd OpenOffice Conference in Berlin, in September 2004, the very first time I was exposed to the global OOo community (and I decided to embark on the journey that has led to the birth of LibreOffice and The Document Foundation).

              Andrew Pitonyak's OOo Macro Information website is full of useful information..."

              MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Patching User Space with Oracle Ksplice
              By Robert Chase, December 19th, 2016
              Robert blogs, "Oracle Ksplice is a powerful tool that allows administrators to increase the speed of deployment of critical patches and helps eliminate downtime.

              The Ksplice enhanced client extends the ability of Ksplice to enable in-memory patching of critical user space libraries in Oracle Linux. The ability to patch these libraries in-memory without rebooting not only increases system security but also reduces costly system downtime. Recent exploits such as Heartbleed can be patched automatically without administrator intervention, maintenance windows or downtime..."

              New Oracle JavaScript Extension Toolkit (JET) Articles
              By Chris Muir, December 19th, 2016
              Chris blogs, "For anyone interested in Oracle JET, we continue to publish new articles on Dzone to help you familiarize yourself with JET's inner workings.

              The complete set of articles available to date are:

              • Installing Oracle JET for JavaScript Web Development
              • Installing Oracle JET for Hybrid-Mobile Application Development
              • Understanding the Development Process With Oracle JET for Web and Mobile
              • Working With RequireJS in Oracle JET
              • Investigating KnockoutJS in Oracle JET

              More to come..."

              New Oracle ORAchk and EXAchk Versions Released!
              By Desiree Terrell, December 23rd, 2016
              Desiree writes, "New features include:

              • Extended Cloud support including Big Data Cloud Services
              • Enhanced Elastic Stack integration
              • Collection Manager health score filtering
              • Oracle Platinum Services support for Oracle Auto Service Request on qualified Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) fault events
              • Support for Exadata Sparc Linux platform


              Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.12
              By Simon Coter, December 20th, 2016
              Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 12.

              This release includes improvements and bug fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention:

              • Storage: fixed a couple of issue while using NVMe devices
              • E1000: fixed "cable disconnected" issue
              • Linux hosts: compile Linux 4.9 compile fix
              • GUI: fixed certain keyboard capture issues

              Read on for details.

              Great Choices for Third-Party Backup and Restore on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM
              By Teri Whitaker, December 20th, 2016
              This post is courtesy of Margaret Errington: "In an era where storage is very affordable, collecting and storing data is no longer an issue. This explosion in data growth within the enterprise can bring new headaches, that of protecting it. Additionally, if we are to add budget constraints, high service-level agreements, and technologies, such as virtualization to the mix, the capabilities of traditional backup and recovery processes may be a bit strained.

              Customers are looking for backup/recovery solutions that address scalability, the ability to backup applications and databases both in the cloud and on-premises, and at the level of files to complete VMs..."

                5 Virtualization Blogs for the 2016
                By Zeynep Koch, December 23rd, 2016
                Zeynep blogs," Here are the top 5 blogs for the 2016:

                • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.12 is now available!
                • Top 5 Reasons to Upgrade to Oracle VM 3.4.2
                • Learn to Speed Up Deployments with Oracle VM Templates
                • OpenStack support for Oracle VM Server for SPARC
                • Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop ..."
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