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Training Thursdays: Container Technology in Oracle Linux.

Hamleys Deploys Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service in 8 Months

MySQL Connector/C 6.1.9 GA has been released

What MySQL 8.0.1 means to you as a Developer

Cloud Events featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization

Oracle CloudWorld NYC - Live Keynote Webcast

Meet the Leaders: Oracle's 2016 CIO of the Year Award Winners

Oracle News
Ricardo Eletro Reduces Operational Cost by 40m Brazilian Reais per Month with Oracle Retail
Brazilian Consumer Electronics Retailer Streamlines Operations with Oracle Retail Merchandising and Fiscal Management Solutions
Oracle announced that Ricardo Eletro, the third largest retailer of consumer electronics in Brazil, has deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management and Oracle Retail Fiscal Management to enable converged commerce, empower associates and increase operational efficiency. Ricardo Eletro faced the challenge of integrating more than 900 stores and 12 distribution centers in the midst of company transformation.
Hamleys Deploys Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service in 8 Months
International Specialty Retailer Empowers Store Associates with In-Store Innovation
Oracle announced leading International Toy Retailer Hamleys has deployed Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service across its UK, Republic of Ireland and Finnish store estate. Hamleys is a respected international brand operating in 23 markets across EMEA, Asia and the Americas. Hamleys differentiates itself through its in-store experience for children and families with a product assortment that includes key brands as well as quality private/own brand products.

Hamleys partnered with MICROS prior to the acquisition by Oracle. Hamleys is one of the first customers to successfully and quickly transition from an older version of MICROS RJ to Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service, a more global and strategic solution that supports the organization's global needs.

Oracle Cloud Applications Drive Carbon's Quest to Lead in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing
Carbon to streamline business processes across organizational development, manufacturing, finance, and services
Carbon (Carbon, Inc.), whose CLIP (Continuous Liquid Interface Production) technology allows commercial customers to 3D print manufacturing grade components, has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to modernize its systems, transform business processes, and help ensure a secure, scalable, and connected cloud suite for the next phase of the company's growth. Oracle's Cloud Applications will enable Carbon to maintain a competitive edge in the dynamic additive manufacturing market by helping to increase business agility, lower costs, and reduce IT complexity...
Mexican Retailer Almacenes Garcia Deploys Best in Class Oracle Retail Planning Solutions
Fast Fashion Retailer Increases Inventory Turnover and Localizes Assortment
Oracle announced that fashion retailer Almacenes Garcia has deployed Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization solutions to support growth and transformation. Almacenes Garcia is a 70-year-old retailer that has shifted from a traditional apparel retailer to a fast fashion retailer. Today Garcia serves insatiable fashion-oriented millennial shoppers.

The demands of fast fashion retailing required Almacenes Garcia to consider finding a solution provider who can help facilitate new production introduction, assortment planning and lifecycle pricing. The fashion retailer selected Oracle Retail to replace an outdated planning solution, to reduce the total cost of ownership through automation, adopt best practices and create a unified technology infrastructure.

Sur La Table Selects Oracle Commerce Cloud to Complement Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service
Specialty Midmarket Retailer Connects Stores, Online, and Distribution Center Operations
Oracle announced that Sur La Table has deployed Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of Service and has selected Oracle Commerce Cloud to deliver a converged commerce experience across all channels. Catering to the growing number of consumers visiting its commerce site and more than 130 stores nationwide, Sur La Table is creating a cohesive shopping experience, personalizing offers and streamlining order fulfillment. A popular destination for exclusive and premium-quality goods for the kitchen and table, Sur La Table is a place where cooks find a surprising selection of culinary tools and foods from around the world, with helpful, knowledgeable employees.
Oracle Retail Suite 16 Introduces New Cloud Services to Maximize Retail Profit and Productivity
Platform Upgrades Bring Extensive New Services to the Cloud and Mobile POS
Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Retail Release 16, which empowers retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across ecommerce and brick and mortar locations. The new release reflects insights of our global customer community regarding shared business challenges and more than 100,000 development days invested via Oracle's renowned research and development team, culminating in the retail industry's most advanced and mobile-enabled cloud services and on-premise solutions.
Retailers Glide, Others Stumble Into NRF's 'Big Show'
By Rob Preston, January 13th, 2017
Rob writes, "Noteworthy developments in how and where people shop - and the resulting retrenchment of a number of industry players - provide new evidence that the disruption of the retail industry is in high gear. It's a topic sure to be top of mind at the industry's 'Big Show,' the National Retail Federation's annual conference beginning January 15..."
    Radius Payment Solutions Fuels Growth With Modern Financials System
    By Carol Hildebrand, January 12th, 2017
    Carol writes in Forbes, "Radius Payment Solutions, one of the world's leading service providers to the fleet and logistics market, is building on its existing transactional systems to provide new services to its customers..."

    "We're moving from being a fuel card company to a technology-driven business," says Dave Roberts, CIO at the UK-based company, which operates in 13 countries across Europe and Southeast Asia.

    French Telecom Operator Orange Finds 'Vector Of Transformation'
    By Michael Hickins, January 10th, 2017
    Michael writes in Forbes, "Fixed and mobile telecom operator Orange (formerly France Telecom) is consolidating its financial systems to free its corporate finance people to do higher-level work in support of a company wide transformation initiative dubbed Essentials 2020.

    The linchpin of this initiative, from the perspective of the finance department, is replacing multiple vendor and homegrown ERP systems, which help Orange manage relationships with telecom equipment vendors, technicians, and other contractors, with Oracle ERP Cloud..."

    "The management system is key to our operations, and if it goes down, it could paralyze our entire business," says Christophe Eouzan, the operator's chief accounting officer.

    GoldenGate 12c Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2
    By Steven Chan, January 12th, 2017
    Steven blogs, "Oracle GoldenGate provides real-time capture, transformation, routing, and delivery of database transactions across heterogeneous systems. The GoldenGate Administrator's Guide shows six supported topologies for generic databases. Oracle GoldenGate 12c is now certified for a subset of three of those methods in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 environments:..."
    Oracle GoldenGate for MySQL is Certified on Amazon Aurora Database
    By Jinyu Wang, January 11th, 2017
    Jinyu blogs, "Oracle GoldenGate for MySQL 12.2 is now certified on delivering to Amazon Aurora database. With this certification, Oracle GoldenGate users can use Oracle GoldenGate to deliver data to Amazon Aurora databases, including Aurora DB Cluster..."
    SF Linux Users /TechTalk Summit - Creating A Secure Linux Server - Live Demo
    Tuesday, January 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    This month, the SF Linux Users Group topic will be "Creating A Secure Linux Server" - a live demo. We'll hold the meeting in conjunction with a TechTalk Summit event in Boca. In February, we'll be back at NSU.

    I'll start with a newly provisioned Linux server in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. We'll leverage the new Lightsail Virtual Private Server (VPS) service from Amazon. For $5/month, you can have a VPS with 512 MB Memory, 1 Core Processor, 20 GB SSD Disk and 1 TB Transfer. That's the smallest of 5 "No-nonsense pricing" servers.

    I'll have a laptop hooked up to a projector so that the audience can see the steps taken.

    • Install and update linux
    • Apply linux hardening best practice
    • Set up a DNS entry (I use Godaddy and I have registered the domain
    • Configure a few apps such as apache, MySQL and wordpress

    We'll leave the system running and I'll ask FLUX members to take a stab at breaching the new server over the next month and in the February meeting we'll review and address the results!

    Joint Meeting

    This will be a joint meeting with TechTalk Summits. They had already planned this event for Boca Raton and they have graciously invited us to join them. They will be picking up the tab for food and drinks.

    They have four sponsors for Tuesday's event: Zero, Rubrik, Veeam, and Tegile. Each will give a brief (15 minute), followed by a break then the Linux Demo.

    Training Thursdays: Container Technology in Oracle Linux
    By Antoinette O'Sullivan, January 12th, 2017
    Antoinette blogs, "Learn about popular container technology available in Oracle Linux

    • LXC provides application and operating system isolation without the need of a hypervisor.
    • Docker provides a means of building and packaging applications into lightweight containers.

    To learn about these technologies and much more, take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course. You can take this course in the following formats:..."

    Oracle CloudWorld NYC - Live Keynote Webcast
    January 17: 9:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. ET
    Join us on January 17 as Mark Hurd and others announce the latest advancements in the Oracle Cloud, the industry's broadest and most integrated public cloud. Discover how the Oracle Cloud can help your organization drive innovation and business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs and reducing IT complexity.

    Please register at the link above to access the webcast. You will receive a confirmation email with further details.


    MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Technical Tips from an Oracle Ace
    By Zeynep Koch, January 9th, 2017
    Zeynep blogs, "In today's Monday spotlight blog, we want to highlight some of the technical articles and tips from our Oracle Linux Ace - Johan Louwers.

    • Oracle Linux - Logging and analyzing your network
    • Oracle Linux - Peer cert cannot be verified or peer cert invalid
    • Oracle Linux - transform CSV into JSON with bash
    • Oracle Linux - short tip #4 - grep invert-match
    • Oracle Linux - short tip #3 - showing a directory tree
    • Oracle Linux - finding the executable of a process
    • Oracle Linux - installing Consul as server
    • Oracle Linux - short tip #2 - reuse a command from history
    • Oracle Linux - short tip #1 - using apropos

    Read on for details.

    Meet the Leaders: Oracle's 2016 CIO of the Year Award Winners
    By Jeb Dasteel, January 9th, 2017
    Jeb blogs, "In 1986, BusinessWeek magazine ran the headline 'Management's Newest Star: Meet the Chief Information Officer.' Thirty years later, CIOs are core members of the enterprise leadership team - at the intersection of company strategy and technology. CIOs are not just driving efficiencies, but are increasingly in a position to facilitate innovation, competitiveness, and market leadership.

    Each year, Oracle celebrates CIOs from around the world who exemplify those qualities. The Oracle Excellence Award: CIO of the Year recognizes CIOs who have depicted unparalleled IT leadership and innovation for their companies, using Oracle technology to improve performance as well as customer and employee experiences.

    Please join me in congratulating 2016's winning CIOs..."

    MySQL Connector/C 6.1.9 GA has been released
    By Piotr Obrzut, January 10th, 2017
    Piotr blogs, "A new GA (general availability) version of MySQL Connector/C has been made available: MySQL Connector/C 6.1.9 GA. The MySQL Connector/C provides a C API for connecting client applications to the MySQL Server 5.5 or newer...

    MySQL Connector C (Commercial) will be available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) website. This release will be available on eDelivery (OSDC) in next month's upload cycle..."

    What MySQL 8.0.1 means to you as a Developer
    By Gabriela D'Avila, January 10th, 2017
    Gabriela blogs, "Oracle released the development version of MySQL 8.0.0-dmr on September 12th of 2016. Since then, the team have been working on the 8.0.1 development milestone. You can find the partial change list here.

    The objective here is try to explain how this will have any real world impact for you from 8.0.1. Please remember though, that any changes made to this version will not be final until the General Availability (date not currently set).

    These topics are aimed at the Software Engineering side and not DBA and this is why Replication, for instance, is not covered here..."

    The Impact of Swapping on MySQL Performance
    By Peter Zaitsev , January 13th, 2017
    Peter blogs, "In this blog, I'll look at the impact of swapping on MySQL performance.

    It's common sense that when you're running MySQL (or really any other DBMS) you don't want to see any I/O in your swap space. Scaling the cache size (using innodb_buffer_pool_size in MySQL's case) is standard practice to make sure there is enough free memory so swapping isn't needed.

    But what if you make some mistake or miscalculation, and swapping happens? How much does it really impact performance? This is exactly what I set out to investigate..."

    MySQL Connector/C 6.1.9 GA has been released
    By Piotr Obrzut, January 10th, 2017
    Piotr blogs, "A new GA (general availability) version of MySQL Connector/C has been made available: MySQL Connector/C 6.1.9 GA. The MySQL Connector/C provides a C API for connecting client applications to the MySQL Server 5.5 or newer...

    MySQL Connector C (Commercial) will be available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) website. This release will be available on eDelivery (OSDC) in next month's upload cycle.

    We have improved the driver since the last GA release. Please see the documentation and the CHANGES file in the source distribution for a detailed description of bugs that have been fixed. Bug descriptions are also listed below..."

    Friday Spotlight: Cloud Events featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization
    By Zeynep Koch, January 13th, 2017
    Zeynep blogs, "This week we want to highlight our Path to Open Cloud events around the world. Come to hear about Oracle's open cloud offerings:...

    • Jan 17: Oracle CloudWorld - New York
    • Jan 19: Oracle Linux Open Source Tech Event - Reston, VA
    • Jan 24 - Feb 9: Oracle Cloud Days
    • Jan 31: Path to Cloud Dinner in Dallas
    • Feb 2: Path to Cloud Dinner in Seattle

    Read on for details.

    vBeers @ Biergarten Boca
    Wednesday, January 18th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Biergarten Boca - Boca Raton

    The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.

    The next Boca meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95. Check out the $5/burger and fries!

    Feel free to arrive and depart at your convenience. People start gathering around 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and most people leave by 8:30 or 9:00 PM.

    Please register at The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

    vBeers - we're about:

    IT - Operating Systems - Technology Startups - Open Source - New Technology - IT Professionals - Cloud Computing - Information Technology - Virtualization - Technology Professionals - Information Technology in Business - SaaS (Software as a Service) - vBeers - Linux - Unix - Web Technology - Security - Machine Learning - Containers - Networking - Referrals - Beer

    South Florida Technology Alliance, John J. McLaughlin

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 227 Issue 1; Vol 226 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 225 Issue 3, 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:

    • Friday Spotlight: Learn about Oracle VM, More than a Hypervisor
    • Easy-To-Use Perl Scripts To Backup Your MySQLl Database With Mysqldump And Ftp The Files To A Remote Server
    • Java T-Shirt Recognition Promotion Extended!
    • Millions of Queries per Second: PostgreSQL and MySQL's Peaceful Battle at Today's Demanding Workloads
    • Oracle Training Available for OpenStack
    • Using MySQL to Output JSON
    • Oracle Data Integrator Best Practices: Using Reverse-Engineering On The Cloud And On Premises
    • Fixing Cloud Integration By Andrew Bell
    • Train Now To Optimize Your Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
    • Using Event Handling Framework For Outbound Integration Of Oracle Sales Cloud Using Integration Cloud Service

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

      SOA Messaging Reliability through JMS and Oracle Service Bus by Sebastian Lik-Keung Ma
      By Juergen Kress, January 14th, 2017
      Juergen blogs, "This article describes the design of a reliable messaging solution for SOA integration projects. It uses concepts like canonical schemas, durable POJO (Plain Old Java Object) messages, publish-subscribe and error handling within the Oracle SOA, Oracle Service Bus and WebLogic JMS infrastructure.

      For consistency, the type of message we are publishing will be based on a canonical schema. Typically, you would have a JDeveloper project that stores the canonical schemas used by all your custom applications. These schemas could be version-controlled, e.g. by Subversion, as well as deployed to MDS as a SOA bundle. Sample JDeveloper project containing canonical schemas shown below...."

      Facebook Guru And Agile Pioneer Kent Beck Reveals The Mind Of The Modern Programmer
      By Chris Murphy, January 9th, 2017
      "As software eats the world, business leaders need to understand better how software gets made, and the people who make it. An excellent guide is Kent Beck, one of the parents of the Agile software development movement," writes Chris in Forbes.

      "Beck's ideas in Extreme Programming Explained provided some of the key practices used in the Agile movement, which has revolutionized how software gets built, and today Beck applies his thinking in one of the most challenging application environments imaginable: Facebook..."

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