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Advance Your System Administration Career with Oracle Solaris 11

Oracle Solaris Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model

Working with JSON in MySQL

Friday Spotlight: Oracle RAC on Oracle VM environments

Cloud Computing Therapy: Join Us For 4 Straight-Talk Sessions

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Cloud Computing Therapy: Join Us For 4 Straight-Talk Sessions
Oracle, January 24th, 2017
Chuck Hollis writes in Forbes, "Several years ago, my wife decided to get an advanced degree in psychology, and she became a counselor. Along the way, I was duly impressed by the therapeutic power of simply talking about a problem in a constructive manner.

These days, I joke that I've become a 'cloud therapist' for many of the enterprise IT leaders I meet. They know they have a big challenge ahead of them; they just need to talk about it. I've been told that our conversations are usually helpful, which is gratifying..."

Beachbody Expanding While Its Customers' Waistlines Shrink
Oracle, January 23th, 2017
Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "If you've never heard of Beachbody, that's OK - neither did its CIO, Eduardo Frias, until he interviewed with the company nearly three years ago. As he discovered, the Santa Monica, California-based exercise and nutritional supplement company has a lot more going on than you'd think.

Surprise: Beachbody's biggest competitors aren't gyms and nutritional supplement vendors. They're you and me, and our tendency to give up, slack off, or just plain lose interest in following an exercise regiment..."

Oracle Expands Startup Accelerator Program to Further Promote Global Cloud Innovation
Will Further Promote Global Cloud Innovation
Oracle announced the expansion of its Startup Cloud Accelerator program. The initiative will continue to fuel cloud-enabled innovation around the globe by opening new centers in Bristol, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tel Aviv.

Run by members of the Oracle research and development team, the program provides six months of mentoring from technical and business experts, state-of-the-art technology, a co-working space, access to Oracle customers, partners and investors, and free Oracle Cloud credits. It also offers an ever-expanding global network of startup peers.

The 4 Greatest Startups Of All Time
Oracle, January 24th, 2017
Michael Hickins writes, "Every company in existence was once a startup (unless they were spinoffs, but now we're splitting hairs). The search for the greatest startups of all time is necessarily subjective, but it can nevertheless reveal interesting patterns.

The centrality of startups to the innovation ecosystem - and the vitality they inherently provide to industries, value chains, and entire national economies - is one of the reasons Oracle is investing so much in a global Startup Cloud Accelerator program..."

Oracle Backing Startup Culture In English Tech Hub Of Bristol
Oracle, January 26th, 2017
Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "This week Oracle introduced a new accelerator here to support a burgeoning startup culture with a mix of cloud computing resources and mentoring by Oracle executives.

"We're making a multimillion-dollar commitment to foster startups and innovation ecosystems," said Reggie Bradford, Oracle senior vice president of product development and a serial entrepreneur himself.

Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, suggested during a press conference that although Bristol is a relatively small city, at 500,000 inhabitants, "we punch above our weight" when it comes to technology talent. In a separate interview, he said the city is putting its weight behind Oracle's cloud accelerator program because cities like Bristol need to take greater control of their economies when federal governments fail to make good on their promises. "It makes economic and political sense for us to do that," Rees said, and it 'makes economic planning more intentional."...

New Planning Capability Enables Orvis to Scale and Grow
Specialty Midmarket Fly-Fishing Retailer Deploys Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning
Founded in 1856, The Orvis Company of Manchester, Vermont is at its core, a fly-fishing and wing-shooting brand, and today is a trusted source of outdoor discovery and adventure, inspired by nature, driven by curiosity, and fulfilled by adventure. Their offerings include distinctive clothing for men and women, home furnishings, gifts, and dog products, each product and the services offered rooted in their sporting heritage, inspired by their love of the wild, and backed by a 100% guarantee of satisfaction. With more than 5,000 products, 500 independent dealers, 55 million catalog subscribers, and more than 70 stores, the Orvis Company is growing with $340 million in sales and approximately 1700 employees.
An Engineer's View: How To Build Cloud Right
Oracle, January 25th, 2017
Alexa Morales writes, "When you're "an engineer who builds stuff," like Matteo Frigo, life's not just about perks and stock options. A lifetime of algorithmic expertise earns you access to the best people - and the hardest problems.

After architecting the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic File System a year and a half ago, Frigo wanted a new challenge. When many of his former AWS colleagues began populating Oracle's cloud team in Seattle, Frigo's curiosity was piqued: "At some point, I decided Amazon wasn't for me. Then Oracle said, 'You can be the Boston branch of Oracle Bare Metal Cloud.'"

Why Startups Need Oracle -- and Vice Versa
By Reggie Bradford and Sanket Atal
Reggie writes, "Before I came to Oracle I was a 'three-peat' entrepreneur, having helped launch three successful technology startups. So I set great store in the role startups play in the marketplace. Oracle is committed to fostering entrepreneurship by supporting the global startup ecosystem, our most recent effort being the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program, which I'm very happy to be a part of.

My colleague Sanket Atal, group vice president of product development, helped conceive the program and launch its first iteration in Bangalore, India, earlier this year. Now Oracle is expanding the program to seven additional locations...

5 Lessons From The Original Cloud Company, From NetSuite's Zach Nelson
Oracle, January 26th, 2017
Chris Murphy writes in Forbes, "Zach Nelson thinks every company needs to become a cloud company. And he's not just talking about technology companies. The stakes?

"If you're not building your own business model to take advantage of the cloud ... you're going to be out of business in the not-too-distant future," said Nelson, the former CEO of NetSuite, speaking at Oracle CloudWorld this week. Oracle acquired NetSuite in November for $9.3 billion, and Nelson is now executive vice president for ERP cloud strategy at Oracle..."

Top 5 CFO Priorities For 2017
Oracle, January 26th, 2017
Margaret Harrist writes in Forbes, "Have the strategies that have served your finance organization and company become an anchor weight? Or are you confident that your business has the right financial people, processes, organizational structure, and technologies to compete into the future?

The answers to these questions are constantly morphing, as external factors change the competitive and regulatory landscape and varying degrees of internal complacency take hold..."

Keeping Your IT Skills Relevant in the Age of Automation
By Breanne Cooley, January 27th, 2017
Breanne blogs, "The tech industry is 'eating itself' through automation and lack of skills. This is a conclusion drawn from a survey conducted by Harvey Nash, a recruitment firm.

So how can today's IT professionals stay relevant and in demand in the age of automation?

IT automates IT...

Internet of Things OTN VTS free on-demand training by Bob Rhubart
By Juergen Kress, January 26th, 2017
"Before you dive into this edition, a reminder that while the Spring 2016 OTN Virtual Technology Summit is history, you can still access all of the Middleware Track session videos in the OTN VTS Middleware Replay Library:..

Call for Papers: Session proposals are being accepted for future OTN Virtual Technology Summit events. Submit your proposal for Middleware track sessions in the OTN Virtual Technology Summit Middleware Ideas Space, part of the OTN Community Platform..."

Emerging Tech and the Enterprise
By Juergen Kress, January 28th, 2017
Juergen blogs, "Wearables - your Apple Watches, Fitbits, and Misfits - are finally coming out to play in the world of enterprise applications. The Internet of Things (IoT) is also changing the game, so adopting a smart strategy is key. If you haven't yet, check out this post on the Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog, 'Wearables, IoT push Oracle's emerging tech development.'

Enterprise use cases can be hard to come by for some technologies, such as voice and gesture as input, but Oracle needs to keep up with the latest developments in those fields anyway so that we're ready when an enterprise use case comes up..."

Advance Your System Administration Career with Oracle Solaris 11
By Brandye Barrington, January 24th, 2017
"Oracle Solaris is moving to a continuous delivery model using more frequent updates to deliver the latest features faster, while fully preserving customer and ISV qualification investment. Get the knowledge you need as an Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator by starting with a career path to become an Oracle Certified Associate.

An Associate level certification demonstrates your skill and fundamental understanding of the commands, and utilities used in Oracle Solaris 11 to deliver security, speed, and simplicity for enterprise cloud environments and DevOps..."

Oracle Solaris Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model
By Ikroop Dhillon, January 23th, 2017
Ikroop blogs, "Oracle Solaris is moving to a continuous delivery model using more frequent updates to deliver the latest features faster, while fully preserving customer and ISV qualification investment in the vast array of ISV applications available on Oracle Solaris 11 today. New features and functionality will be delivered in Oracle Solaris through dot releases instead of more disruptive major releases, consistent with trends seen throughout the industry. This addresses customer requirements for an agile and smooth transition path between versions, while providing ongoing innovation with assured investment protection. By moving to a continuous delivery model based on Oracle Solaris 11, customers will have a seamless update experience to better fit their move to agile deployment models..."
Working with JSON in MySQL
By Noman Ur Rehman, January 26th, 2017
Noman blogs, "SQL databases tend to be rigid.

If you have worked with them, you would agree that database design though it seems easier, is a lot trickier in practice. SQL databases believe in structure, that is why it's called structured query language.

On the other side of the horizon, we have the NoSQL databases, also called schema-less databases that encourage flexibility. In schema-less databases, there is no imposed structural restriction, only data to be saved.

Though every tool has it's use case, sometimes things call for a hybrid approach.

What if you could structure some parts of your database and leave others to be flexible?

MySQL version 5.7.8 introduces a JSON data type that allows you to accomplish that..."

MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Whitepaper-Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI
By Zeynep Koch, January 23th, 2017
Zeynep blogs, "IT organizations face the challenge of delivering services in sync with shifting business priorities - supplying strategic applications quickly, securely, and with the required quality of service. Solution architects look for deployment methodologies that foster agility, make efficient use of IT resources, and lower capital and operating expenses (CAPEX and OPEX). For this reason many IT departments are deploying applications as virtualized or cloud-based services using open source Linux. This approach is increasingly becoming the deployment standard for delivering enterprise application workloads..."
vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens (Twisted Trunk)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
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 PBG on the 1st 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

SFTA 'Private Room' Social - Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Funky Buddha, Oakland Park - 4:45 PM AM to 8:30 PM
The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) Invites You To Join Us For A "Private Room" Social Event At The Funky Buddha (Oakland Park)

Studies have shown that I.T. Professionals value networking above all other activities when attending local and regional events. This trend is supported by recent ITPalooza survey results where we asked respondents the main reason for attending. An overwhelming 71% responded that they attend for the networking opportunities!

Have some food and a drink while networking with peers. Hear about new products and solutions from sponsors. Choose to spend more time with sponsors or chat with colleagues.

Details on the SFTA Web Site


  • 4:30 Sponsor registration and table setup
  • 4:45 Registration and Networking
  • 6:00 Welcome and short Pre-Event Sponsors presentation
  • 6:15 to 7:00 networking
  • 7:00: Sponsor elevator pitches
  • 7:30: SFTA Update
  • 7:30 to 8:30 networking

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • 1 pre-event sponsorship is available
  • Company meetup tables See SFTA website for details.


Tickets include 2 beers and food.

Develop in Demand Expertise Using the World's Most Advanced SPARC M7-8 & M7-16 Server Components & Architecture
By Diana.H. Gray, January 24th, 2017
"The M7-8 and M7-16 servers are data center servers designed with the highest reliability and availability features. These servers have a high redundancy of components and perform numerous health checks. Benefits of taking SPARC M7 Training

Oracle University's hands-on training course covers the functions and features of the SPARC M7-8 and M7-16 servers.

Taking our 2-day S Oracle SPARC M7 Server System Administration course equips you with vital, in demand skills that empower you to do the following:

  • Install and configure M7 servers
  • Identify the SPARC M7-8 and M7-16 server components and architecture
  • Perform system administration tasks, while maintaining and troubleshooting
  • Upgrade software and firmware

Expert instructors will discuss best practices for platform configuration and administration..."

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

  • SPARC/Solaris Roadmap
  • The Hottest Tech Skills for 2017
  • What's New With Oracle Certification - January 2017
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.14 now available for download!
  • Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - January 2017
  • Friday Spotlight: The Promise of Simplified Cloud Management
  • Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities For 2017
  • Automating MySQL Replication with ClusterControl 1.4.0
  • Training Thursdays: Stability and Performance with Oracle OpenStack
  • Oracle's Hurd: Cloud Pulls CFOs Into Business Model Revolution

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

    LibreOffice 5.2.5
    The Document Foundation, January 26th, 2017
    The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 5.2.5 "still", the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users are invited to update to LibreOffice 5.2.5 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.

    Friday Spotlight: Oracle RAC on Oracle VM environments
    By Simon Coter, January 27th, 2017
    Simon blogs, "Oracle products are engineered and tested to work together, providing distinct advantages when running Oracle Database and Oracle Application workloads on Oracle VM guests. That's why Oracle deploys Oracle VM to support and certify virtualized implementations of Oracle Applications and Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) included.

    Oracle RAC is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that provides highly scalable and available database solutions for your business applications. Oracle RAC has evolved over the years and, on top of Oracle VM, can be used as the foundation of a Database Cloud Solution for the applications in your data center..."

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