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Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux and Cloud Computing

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Release 5.3

Libreoffice 5.3 Upgrade Brings Open-Source Office Suite To The Cloud

New Product Launch: Oracle Database Programming Interface for C (ODPI-C)

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Events

Testing performance of MySQL Group Replication

Oracle News
Oracle Utilities Unveils Network Management Platform of the Future
Oracle Utilities Network Management System 2.3 supports transition to a customer-centric grid
Oracle introduced Oracle Utilities Network Management System 2.3, an expanded network management platform that enables utilities to make the transition to a customer-centric grid by giving operators real-time visibility across all grid and pipeline assets and eliminating the complexities of siloed data and applications.

Utilities are facing major shifts in their operations caused by a rapid increase in distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar PVs, storage systems, electric vehicles and connected home devices, as well as continuing issues with aging water and gas pipelines.

4 Big Bets CHROs Should Make In 2017 So Your Workplace Is Relevant Come 2020
By Bertrand Dussert, Oracle, February 2nd, 2017
Bertrand writes in Forbes, "One month into the New Year, now is a good time for every chief human resource officer and his/her team to take stock of the big bets they should be making in 2017. These four rise to the top:

1. Get clear on organizational purpose and brand promise, to keep building trust.

After a tumultuous 2016 on this front, we're seeing stronger interest from CEOs and CHROs in clearly expressing their company's brand purpose and values, especially to establish a stronger connection with talent and customers. When evaluating a potential employer, job candidates cite 'culture and values as their most important consideration, according to the latest LinkedIn Global Recruiting Trends Report. 'Mission and vision' is the third most important consideration..."

Utilities Regulators See Value in the Cloud and Cloud Technology Investments as Critical to Utilities' Success
Oracle Utilities study highlights U.S. regulators' support and strategies for cloud technology use by utilities
Oracle Utilities announced the findings of its new U.S. regulators cloud study 'Clearing a Path to the Cloud: U.S. Regulator Perspectives on Cloud Technologies', highlighting that 83 percent of U.S. utilities regulators surveyed believe the cloud to be an important technology trend and 67 percent agree that the cloud will be critical to utilities' future success. The new study is a follow on to Oracle's 2016 utilities study 'On Cloud Now'.
McColl's Chooses Oracle Retail Stores Solutions and Hardware
Oracle, January 31st, 2017
Oracle announced that McColl's has invested in Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle MICROS Family Workstation 6 to improve the in-store guest experience. With 1,375 stores, McColl's is the UK's leading neighbourhood retailer serving the convenience and newsagent sectors. As part of its growth strategy, McColl's is investing to improve store standards and the customer experience.
SAS Sees The Next Tests For Data-Driven Problem-Solvers: Speed And Cloud
By Chris Murphy, Oracle, February 2nd, 2017
Chris writes in Forbes, "Among the employees in highest demand are what Paul Kent calls 'analytically creative problem-solvers.' Almost every company has mounds of data, but it's these creative problem-solvers who use it to make profit-oriented decisions, like which product to make, what price to charge, or when to send someone a coupon.

Paul Kent thinks about these star employees because, as vice president of big data initiatives in the R&D group at SAS Institute, his job is to look down the road and anticipate which kinds of creative problems to solve next with all that data..."

Are NFL Broadcasters The Next Poster Children For Disintermediation?
By Michael Hickins, Oracle, February 1st, 2017
Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "The National Football League, arguably the most successful sports business in the US, is getting a new challenger. The Pacific Pro Football League will kick off its inaugural season during the summer of 2018, with four teams based in Southern California.

In addition to being a proving ground for players, coaches, and executives, the league will act as a 'football lab' for new technologies. More broadly, it will serve as a potential threat to the NFL's current content distributors, according to a release by the new league.

While other rival football leagues have come and gone, the Pacific Pro Football League expects to land distribution deals that the likes of the USFL couldn't get from the TV networks, says Don Yee, one of the Pac Pro League's cofounders (better known as NFL quarterback Tom Brady's agent)..."

Cloud Database Strategy: Buy A 'Smartphone,' Not A Bagful Of Gadgets
By Chris Murphy, Oracle, January 31st, 2017
"Juan Loaiza is a master of database technology, and, having spent his career explaining the business value of sophisticated technology, he's also pretty good with analogies," writes Chris in Forbes.

"Here's how Loaiza is talking about cloud databases: What you want is something like a really great smartphone, something that has the power to run any app you have and might want, while also simplifying your life by putting it all in one place. What you don't want is a bagful of gadgets - like a GPS, fitness tracker, and MP3 player - that each does one thing okay..."

New Product Launch: Oracle Database Programming Interface for C (ODPI-C)
By Christopher Jones, January 30th, 2017
Christopher blogs, "Oracle released a great new GitHub project - Oracle Database Programming Interface for C. It sits on top of OCI and offers an alternative programming experience.

  • ODPI-C is a C library that simplifies the use of common Oracle Call Interface (OCI) features for Oracle Database drivers and user applications.

ODPI-C's goal is to expose common OCI functionality in a readily consumable way to the C or C++ developer. OCI's API is extremely flexible and is highly efficient. It gives a lot of fine-grained control to the developer and has a very wide range of use cases. ODPI-C is also flexible but is aimed primarily at language driver creators. These creators are programming within the confines of a scripting language's type system and semantics. The languages often expose simplified data access to users through cross-platform, 'common-denominator' APIs. Therefore it makes sense for ODPI-C to provide easy to use functionality for common data access, while still allowing the power of Oracle Database to be used..."

Friday Spotlight: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Events
By Antoinette O'Sullivan
Antoinette blogs, "With the engineered system, Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, you create and maintain a highly configurable pool of memory, CPU, and storage resources for running applications in a virtualization environment.

Take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Administration course to learn how to:

  • Create, deploy and manage virtualized servers
  • Configure the Private Cloud Appliance Oracle VM environment in which virtualized servers run

Attend a live event from your own desk on 2 March, 30 March or 30 May 2017. These live-virtual events are scheduled to suit different time-zones..."

Testing performance of MySQL Group Replication
ProxySQL, February 2nd, 2017
ProxySQL blogs, "MySQL Group Replication is a hot topic in MySQL ecosystem.

We have been evaluating it in , and it is now time to evaluate its performance, especially now that is GA. In our setup, we wanted to evaluate how it performs compared to standard asynchronous MySQL replication. Therefore MySQL 5.7.17 was first tested with regular async replication, MTS, semi-sync, and finally Group Replication..."

Automatic failover of MySQL Replication - New in ClusterControl 1.4
By Severalnines, January 30th, 2017
Krzysztof Ksiazek blogs, "MySQL replication setups are inevitably related to failovers. Unlike multi-master clusters like Galera, there is one single writer in a whole setup - the master. If the master fails, one of the slaves will have to take its role through the process of failover. Such process is tricky and potentially, it may cause data loss. It may happen, for example, if a slave is not up to date while it is promoted. The master may also die before it is able to transfer all binlog events to at least one of its slaves.

Different people have different takes on how to perform failover. It depends on personal preferences but also on requirements of the business. There are two main options - automated failover or manual failover..."

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux and Cloud Computing
By Antoinette O'Sullivan, February 2nd, 2017
Antoinette blogs, "Oracle Linux is a key part of your journey to cloud. Alongside a wide range of core administration tasks, learn about the Linux images available on the Oracle Cloud, how to create an Oracle Instance on the Cloud, and much more by taking any of the following Oracle Linux system administration courses:

  • Oracle Linux 7: System Administration
  • Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration
  • Oracle Linux 5 & 6 System Administration
  • Oracle Linux 5 & 6 Advanced Administration

These courses are available in three formats:..."

vBeers @ Broward (Funky Buddha)
Wednesday, February 1st, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
We meet in Oakland Park on the 2nd 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

Join the vBeers LinkedIn group. Network with fellow vBeers participants on-line.

John J. McLaughlin

Oracle Secure Global Desktop Release 5.3
By Jan, February 1st, 2017
Jan blogs, "Oracle Secure Global Desktop is a secure remote access solution for cloud-hosted enterprise applications and hosted desktops running on Oracle Linux and other Linux distributions, Oracle Solaris, Microsoft Windows, and mainframe servers..."

SGD Provides Secure Application Access:

  • Secure remote access to server-hosted applications and desktops
  • Supports a wide variety of application platforms and desktops, including web-based Oracle applications, Windows applications, mainframe and midrange applications, Windows and Linux desktops and more
  • Access from Linux, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X computers, Apple iPad tablets, and Android devices
  • Certified for web-based Oracle applications and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud

This release features many improvements over the previous release including Support for Oracle Linux 7 as a client, application server and infrastructure node for Oracle SGD server and gateway.

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

  • Oracle Solaris Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model
  • Friday Spotlight: Oracle RAC on Oracle VM environments
  • Advance Your System Administration Career with Oracle Solaris 11
  • Emerging Tech and the Enterprise
  • Keeping Your IT Skills Relevant in the Age of Automation
  • LibreOffice 5.2.5
  • Working with JSON in MySQL
  • Develop in Demand Expertise Using the World's Most Advanced SPARC M7-8 & M7-16 Server Components & Architecture
  • MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Whitepaper-Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI
  • Internet of Things OTN VTS free on-demand training by Bob Rhubart

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

    Libreoffice 5.3 Upgrade Brings Open-Source Office Suite To The Cloud
    eWeek, February 3rd, 2017
    "The open-source LibreOffice office application suite has been improving steadily since 2010, when it was forked from the Oracle OpenOffice suite. The latest incremental milestone is LibreOffice version 5.3, released Feb. 1 and providing users with new features and improved performance. LibreOffice bundles multiple applications including the Writer Document, Calc Spreadsheet, Impress Presentation, Draw, Math Formula and Base Database. Among the numerous feature updates in Writer are new PDF document-handling capabilities that enable users to import and digitally sign existing documents..."
    Libreoffice Vs. Microsoft Office: It'S A Format War
    CIO, February 3rd, 2017
    "Italo Vignoli, a co-founder of The Document Foundation, shares his thoughts on the past, present and future of LibreOffice.

    Sun Microsystems was home to many critical open source projects including OpenOffice, MySQL, Java, and VirtualBox. When Oracle acquired Sun, members of these projects grew concerned about their projects. MySQL was forked, and the OpenOffice community created a body called The Document Foundation (TDF) to ensure the survival of the project.

    However, Oracle was displeased about the formation of TDF and the ensuing conflict led to LibreOffice becoming a fork of OpenOffice. The first release of LibreOffice came in 2011. By 2012, TDF was registered as an organization in Germany..."

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