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The Promise of Simplified Cloud Management

SPARC/Solaris Roadmap

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.14

What's New With Oracle Certification - January 2017

Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - January 2017

Oracle Buys Apiary

Oracle News
Panda Retail Company Deploys Oracle to Optimize Operations and Support Business Transformation
Saudi Arabian Hypermarket, Supermarket and Convenience Store Chain Leverages Oracle Retail Solutions to Drive Performance
Oracle announced that Saudi Arabia's largest supermarket retailer, The Panda Retail Company, has deployed the suite of Oracle Retail Merchandising, Oracle Retail Planning, Oracle Retail Supply Chain, and Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management to optimize core retail operations and underpin additional business diversity in line with its planned growth and customer centric strategy. The Panda Retail Company employs 25,000 people and operates more than 475 hypermarket, supermarket and convenience stores throughout Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Ardene Transforms Merchandising to Support International Growth
Fashion Retailer Supports Growth for More Than 400 Locations in the U.S. and Canada
Oracle announced that leading North America retailer Ardene has implemented Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management to support its immediate and long-term international expansion. The fashion retailer is empowering merchants, and planners as they transform their promotions planning, merchandising, and inventory management for its more than 400 stores in Canada and the U.S.

Ardene launched its business transformation when growth began to test the limits of the company's critical merchandising and store systems. The retailer partnered with systems integrator OLR Group to roll out the Oracle solutions and enable streamlined integration with Ardene's existing information systems, establishing a connection that leverages the retailer's legacy sales and customer data. The implementation began with merchandising to establish a foundation for growth.

Belk, Hot Topic and Torrid Choose Oracle Retail Stores Solutions to Unify Brand Experiences
Department store retailers empower store associates with modern technology
Oracle announced that Belk, Hot Topic and Torrid have invested in Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service to improve their in-store guest experiences. All three companies are owned by Sycamore Partners, a New York-based private equity firm whose portfolio generates more than $10 billion in annual sales.

Retailers compete on the basis of brand experience. The store is the nucleus of the human touch point. Consumers are embracing mobile devices and transformative in-store technologies that redefine their shopping experiences. Belk, Hot Topic and Torrid will leverage this same technology to empower associates and provide them with more information to better serve consumers.

Oracle and PwC Team Up to Offer Unparalleled IFRS 9 Compliance Expertise
This Collaboration Enables Banks to More Easily Navigate Adoption of New Reporting Standard
Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications and PwC announced a global collaboration to offer premium technology, implementation and consulting solutions to help financial institutions meet near-term and ongoing compliance with the International Accounting Standards Board's (IASB) new IFRS9 and FASB's proposed CECL reporting standards.

The collaboration will pair Oracle's software and analytical solutions, which provide pre-built rules, methods and reports, with PwC's compliance consulting and implementation expertise. Together, the two companies will provide financial services clients with full line of sight into all needs related to the new IFRS 9 accounting standard that banks must comply with by 2018.

Oracle Buys Apiary
Creates the Most Comprehensive API Integration Cloud by Adding the Leading API Design and Governance Solution
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Apiary, whose pioneering APIFlow solution provides the framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) that share enterprise services and data and help create modern, cloud-based applications and experiences.

Apiary has helped companies create hundreds of thousands of APIs and products that their customers and partners love to use. APIFlow spans the API creation lifecycle, including design, governance, testing, and documentation, while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards. Together, Oracle and Apiary will help companies thrive in the digital economy by comprehensively managing connectivity complexity and API proliferation.

Oracle Marketing Cloud Teams with Eyeota to Enhance Global Data Offering
Eyeota data helps Oracle Data Management Platform customers improve ROI and strengthen customer experience across global campaigns
Oracle Marketing Cloud announced it is teaming with Eyeota to enable marketers and advertisers to use Eyeota data in the Oracle Data Management Platform to more intelligently target and personalize non-US campaigns to Eyeota's three billion unique profiles in Europe, APAC, and the Americas. Eyeota data will be integrated into the Oracle Data Management Platform through the Oracle Data Cloud, and Oracle Data Management Platform users can build audiences directly from Eyeota data or by seamlessly combining it with additional data segments from Oracle's BlueKai Marketplace.
SKECHERS Uses Oracle to Localize Assortments As They Grow Their Retail Presence
Oracle Retail Assortment Planning Enables SKECHERS to Optimize and Strategically Plan Their Merchandise assortments
Oracle announced that SKECHERS USA, Inc., a $3 billion global leader in performance and lifestyle footwear, has implemented Oracle Retail Assortment Planning to ensure inventory and assortments are localized to meet consumer demand. The impacted product range includes comfort-focused, trend-right product for men, women and kids, as well as footwear collections from the Skechers Performance Division. The Oracle implementation is part of SKECHERS retail stores' overall business improvements, designed to support continued store growth while expanding market penetration.
UK-Based Mid-Size Online Sports Retailer Wiggle Uses Oracle to Support Double-Digit Growth
Oracle, January 17th, 2017
Oracle announced, focused exclusively on tri-sport products and services UK-head-quartered specialty ecommerce retailer Wiggle ( is using Oracle solutions to sustain record sales and enable expansion into new markets.

The leading global online tri-sports retailer, founded just nine years ago and which last year completed its acquisition of Chain Reaction Cycles (CRC), went live on 31st October 2016 with its new retail platform comprising Oracle Retail Merchandising System (ORMS) and Oracle Merchandise Financial Planning (OMFP). The new platform performed admirably throughout the peak trading period of both Black Friday and Christmas.

What's New With Oracle Certification - January 2017
By Sheryl Domingue, January 20th, 2017
Sheryl blogs, "Stay up to date with the Oracle Certification Program, view exams released into production, get information on current promotions and learn about new program announcements below..."

  • 1Z1-070 | Oracle Exadata X5 Administration (Ends Jan 31, 2017)
  • 1Z0-075 | Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate
  • 1Z0-148 | Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL
  • 1Z0-821 | Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration

Read on for details.

New Training and Certifications for January
By Jim Vonick, January 18th, 2017
Jim blogs, "Check out our newly available training and certification offerings for January 2017!

Our new training includes all digital Oracle Learning Subscriptions, as well as in-depth courses on specific topics. The following is a partial list of what we anticipate will be popular with our customers..."

The Hottest Tech Skills for 2017
Written by Nicole Fornacon, Oracle University Marketing Director, EMEA/APAC
Nicole blogs, "New year, new you, new job?

2017 is here, and if your New Year's resolution includes a career shift, a promotion or even landing your first job, then it's crucial to be aware of the skills employers seek.

To identify the hottest skills employers are looking for, LinkedIn analyzed its 2016 site activity.

According to LinkedIn's career expert, Catherine Fisher, now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable..."

    Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities For 2017
    By Rob Preston, January 17th, 2017
    Rob writes, "More so than in any other year in recent history, events in 2017 promise to put business executives under intense pressure, as new political forces, restructured trading coalitions, and more aggressive central bankers and regulators exert their influence on companies and markets worldwide.

    Advances in digital technology and business models will also continue to shift the balance of global economic power, putting more pressure on CIOs to stay ahead of existing and emerging competitors. The many tools at the disposal of CIOs include cloud computing, predictive analytics, mobile applications, machine learning, and robotics, feeding broader movements such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. The business opportunities are considerable: lower costs; more precise supply chains; more dynamic, reliable, and personalized products and marketing campaigns; more attentive customer service; and ultimately more abundant, loyal customers..."

    Automating MySQL Replication with ClusterControl 1.4.0
    By Severalnines, January 20th, 2017
    With the recent release of ClusterControl 1.4.0, we added a bunch of new features to better support MySQL replication users. In this blog post, we'll give you a quick overview of the new features.

    Enhanced multi-master deployment

    A simple master-slave replication setup is usually good enough in a lot of cases, but sometimes, you might need a more complex topology with multiple masters. With 1.4.0, ClusterControl can help provision such setups. You are now able to deploy a multi-master replication setup in active - standby mode. One of the masters will actively take writes, while the other one is ready to take over writes should the active master fail. You can also easily add slaves under each master, right from the UI.

    Cloud Computing
    Friday Spotlight: The Promise of Simplified Cloud Management
    By Antoinette O'Sullivan, January 20th, 2017
    Antoinette blogs, "Oracle Private Cloud Appliance delivers on the promise of simplified cloud management. This converged infrastructure solution consists of preconfigured Oracle servers, network, and storage hardware and software.

    You can learn more about this product by taking the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Administration training as a:

    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class..."

    Read on.

    Oracle's Hurd: Cloud Pulls CFOs Into Business Model Revolution
    By Michael Hickins, January 17th, 2017
    Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said Tuesday that the benefits of cloud computing go well beyond cost savings, allowing companies to pay for innovation they can ill afford to ignore given slow-to-no global economic growth. "This is becoming a CFO-CEO discussion as much as an IT discussion," he said during the opening keynote of Oracle CloudWorld 2017 here.
    Oracle Cloud Continues Exceptional Customer Momentum
    Customers of all sizes and from all industries drive innovation and accelerate success with Oracle Cloud
    Oracle announced that the Oracle Cloud continues to experience unparalleled growth, adding thousands of customers in Q2 FY17. Leading organizations across more than 195 countries and countless industries rely on Oracle Cloud to help reduce cost and complexity, while gaining a competitive advantage in their respective markets. Oracle Cloud today manages more than 55 billion transactions each day for companies ranging from Fortune 500s to emerging challengers, including Brinks, Doosan, Falkonry, G&J Pepsi Bottling, GE, Pernod Ricard, RadioShack, Safe Ports, T-Mobile, Trek, University of Kansas, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    Oracle Launches Oracle Code Events for Modern Cloud Development
    New event series helps developers learn how to build modern web, mobile, enterprise and Cloud-native application
    Oracle has a rich history of building platforms and developer-focused technologies that are loved and used by millions of developers around the globe. In continuation of its commitment to invest in the developer community - Oracle announced that attendee registration and call for papers are now open for Oracle Code, a free event series that will bring developers together to learn about the latest technologies, best practices and industry trends. Starting March 1 in San Francisco, the Oracle Code event series will give attendees the insights they need to tackle development challenges in the Cloud through a combination of keynotes, technical sessions and hands-on labs delivered by industry luminaries, community members and Oracle experts. In total, there will be events in 20 cities across North America, Europe, Asia and South America in 2017.
    Oracle Cloud Platform Expands to Help More Organizations Build and Deploy High-Performance Applications
    Organizations can now run enterprise-class Oracle Database workloads on an even broader array of IaaS options for outstanding performance and unparalleled flexibility
    Continuing its rich history of delivering game-changing cloud services, Oracle today unveiled new enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform, making it even more compelling for customers to move business-critical applications to the cloud. The company announced two industry firsts: the availability of the Oracle Database Cloud Service on bare metal compute, and new virtual machine (VM) compute, load balancing, and storage capabilities, all on the same low latency, high performance modern IaaS platform. With these enhancements, Oracle Cloud Platform now delivers differentiated database performance at every scale, and deeply integrated IaaS capabilities, for customers of any size to easily develop, test, and deploy their business-critical applications in the cloud.
    Training Thursdays: Stability and Performance with Oracle OpenStack
    By Antoinette O'Sullivan
    Antoinette blogs, "Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux delivers the stability and performance customers expect for enterprise solutions and also aligns and integrates with Oracle products and total cloud strategy. Learn more about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux by taking the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started seminar.

    You can take this one-day seminar as a:

    • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones.
    • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class.

    Resources: ..."

    vBeers @ Miami
    Wednesday, January 18th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Change of venue this month in Miami! The meetup will be at the Biscayne Tavern, on Biscayne Blvd, opposite the Bayfront Park amphitheatre. It is part of the YVE Hotel Miami Downtown. They offer valet parking and there is metered parking between the North and South lanes of Biscayne Blvd. There are several fixed price evening parking lots within a short walk.

    We meet in Miami on the 4th Wednesday of each month. 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.

    Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

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

    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

    vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens
    Wednesday, February 1st, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Twisted Trunk - Palm Beach Gardens

    The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

    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.

    We meet in Palm Beach Gardens on the 4th Wednesday of each month. 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.

    Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

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

    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.

    SFTA, John McLaughlin

    SPARC/Solaris Roadmap
    Includes Solaris, January 13th, 2017
    Updated January 13th, 2017.

    SPARC/Solaris Roadmap include:

    • SPARC IaaS
    • @Customer
    • Solaris
    • SPARC Next
    • S7
    • SPARC next+

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    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 227 Issue 1; Vol 226 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 225 Issue 3, 4, 5s
    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:

    • Training Thursdays: Container Technology in Oracle Linux
    • Meet the Leaders: Oracle's 2016 CIO of the Year Award Winners
    • Friday Spotlight: Cloud Events featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization
    • The Impact of Swapping on MySQL Performance
    • Facebook Guru And Agile Pioneer Kent Beck Reveals The Mind Of The Modern Programmer
    • What MySQL 8.0.1 means to you as a Developer
    • SOA Messaging Reliability through JMS and Oracle Service Bus by Sebastian Lik-Keung Ma
    • Oracle GoldenGate for MySQL is Certified on Amazon Aurora Database
    • MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Technical Tips from an Oracle Ace
    • GoldenGate 12c Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

      Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - January 2017
      By Robert Farrington
      Robert blogs, "The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2017 was released on January 17, 2017. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

      The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

      Supported products that are not listed in the 'Supported Products and Components Affected' Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.14 now available for download!
      By Simon Coter, January 17th, 2017
      Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 14.

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

      • GUI: fixed a crash with multi monitor setups under certain conditions
      • GUI: allow cloning of snapshots when the VM is running
      • VBoxSVC: fixed a crash under rare circumstances
      • Windows hosts: another fix for recent Windows 10 hosts
      • Linux hosts: Kernel 4.10 fixes
      • Linux Additions: fixed protocol error during certain operations on shared folders ..."

      Read on for details.

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