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Oracle Database 12.2 for Exadata/SuperCluster available

IP Telecom Implements Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance to Boost Growth of its Data Protection & Recovery as a Service Business

It's About Security - Oracle Exadata SL6

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Multi-tenancy

Oracle preps developers for Java 9 upgrade

Oracle News
Cablenet Selects Oracle Communications to Modernize Infrastructure
Cablenet will deploy Oracle Communications' full suite of IMS and VoLTE capabilities
Cablenet Communications Systems, an alternative telecommunications provider that offers broadband services, fixed telephony and television, will use Oracle Communications technologies to modernize and future-proof its IMS network with Oracle Communications Unified Session Manager (OCUSM) and Oracle Communications Evolved Communications Application Server (OCECAS). OCUSM's next-generation converged core supports a variety of value-added services, such as a virtualized NFV-capable network architecture. With Oracle, Cablenet will be able to improve service agility, accelerate time-to-market and streamline ongoing operations to gain a competitive advantage and boost business results.
Oracle to Help Businesses Better Support Global Operations with Seamless Tax Reporting
New cloud tax and reporting solution helps tax professionals, CFOs, and controllers manage complex country-specific tax reporting requirements through automation
Oracle announced a new finance cloud solution that helps companies, operating in multiple countries, meet complex taxation requirements and regulatory reporting standards imposed by each country. In our globalized economy, compliance with sophisticated tax and statutory laws around the world continues to be a constant challenge for finance professionals. Now these professionals can rely on Oracle Tax Reporting Cloud Service (TRCS), which streamlines tax reporting processes and manages complexity to ultimately enable compliance with new and existing tax regulations.
Oracle Hospitality Research Identifies Drivers for Consumer Loyalty and Impact of Technology on Hotel and Restaurant Guest Experience
Global Insights Offer Guidance for Global Food and Beverage and Hotel Industries as they Aim to Capture Repeat Business in 2017
Oracle announced the findings of two research initiatives aimed at identifying the consumer drivers for loyalty in the food and beverage and hotel industries and the impact of technology in curating a unique hotel guest experience. Insights from both studies highlight a global demand for loyalty programs in the hospitality industry and the critical role of technology to inspire hotel staff to create memorable guest experiences.

Loyalty programs are a critical driver of repeat business for both the food and beverage and hotel industries with their ability to identify consumer habits, demographics and personalization opportunities.

Ford Motor Company Chooses Oracle HCM Cloud Suite
Oracle, February 13th, 2017
Oracle announced that Ford Motor Company, has selected Oracle's HCM Cloud Suite towards a more streamlined, digital view of HR product and services to help improve the employee and manager experience. Cloud services are a key enabler for HR transformations.

Traditionally, businesses have used multiple platforms to manage their HR needs. Today, the cloud has changed this as companies seek a new suite of services that can be integrated with existing technology. The Oracle HCM Cloud Suite, allows users to support large-scale Global HR, reporting and security requirements and provides Global HR, Payroll (U.S.), Workforce Compensation, Goal and Performance Management, Talent Review and Succession, and Recruiting and Onboarding. For HR, it is equally important to ensure both an international and security conscious portfolio of services that can capitalize on universal reporting and data analytics to anticipate and plan for driving business and recruiting needs.

Oracle Internet of Things Cloud Applications Enable Organizations to Optimize the Digital Supply Chain with Improved Visibility and Predictive Insights
IoT predictive analytics automate business processes and operations across the supply chain to enhance the customer experience
Oracle announced that it is expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio with four new cloud solutions to help businesses fully utilize the benefits of digital supply chains. These solutions enable businesses to detect, analyze, and respond to IoT signals and incorporate these insights into existing and rapidly evolving market capabilities.

Signals from IoT-enabled devices are growing exponentially and represent an opportunity for organizations that are able to manage, interpret, and leverage these vast sources of data. Organizations with the tools to integrate device data into business processes and applications can gain critical predictive insights and drive cost-effective actions. IoT solutions enable businesses to deliver innovative new services faster and with less risk to their customers.

Oracle Launches Cloud Service to Help Organizations Integrate Disparate Data and Drive Real-Time Analytics
Enhances Oracle Cloud Platform Portfolio with Oracle Data Integrator Cloud Service
Oracle expanded Oracle Cloud Platform's data integration offerings with the launch of Oracle Data Integrator Cloud. This new cloud service significantly simplifies and accelerates cross-enterprise data integration to support real-time analytics that help organizations drive better business decisions.

In today's information driven economy, data is a fundamental asset to most businesses. As more and more data moves to the cloud, getting information and insight to the right people and the right applications at the right time becomes progressively more difficult. With the introduction of the Oracle Data Integrator Cloud, organizations can improve their agility by deploying projects more quickly, reduce risk with an open, non-proprietary technology, and reduce costs with better productivity.

Oracle Database 12.2 for Exadata/SuperCluster available
By Mike Dietrich, February 13th, 2017
Mike blogs, "Oracle Database on-premises for Exadata and SuperCluster is now available for download from Oracle eDelivery/SoftwareCloud...

Please be aware that the software can be installed on Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster ONLY. To take advantage of the full potential of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 you should upgrade to the latest Exadata Software Release before upgrading databases to 12c Release 2. Exadata Software supports Smart Scan functionality for Oracle Database 12c Release 2 and is available via OSDC..."

G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers Uses Modern HR To Compete For Top Talent
By Rick O'Herron
Rick writes, "When Christina Walker joined G&J Pepsi-Cola Bottlers as executive vice president of HR in 2015, the CEO wanted Walker to completely transform HR. He wanted the company to attract qualified candidates, prepare the next set of leaders, and have a succession strategy in place. The CEO also wanted the workforce to be competitive for top talent in their region for years to come.

What Walker discovered was that the HR department of the largest family-owned and operated Pepsi franchise bottler had become focused on tactical tasks, such as mastering the mysteries of pivot tables in Excel, rather than on strategic activities..."

New ORACLE TEAM USA Boat An Engineering Marvel, Data Machine
By Rob Preston
ORACLE TEAM USA has unveiled the sailing machine it will take into its defense of the America's Cup this coming June: a sleek, aerodynamically sculpted foiling catamaran that is both a work of modern art and an engineering marvel.

Adhering to the new specs of this year's competition, the new and improved yacht, unveiled Tuesday evening at ORACLE TEAM USA's base here, is 15 meters (49.21 feet) long and weighs 2,400 kilograms (5,291 pounds). Those dimensions make it considerably shorter and lighter than the 72-foot colossus ORACLE TEAM USA sailed to a historic come-from-behind 9-8 victory over Emirates Team New Zealand in the last America's Cup competition, on San Francisco Bay in September 2013.

GE Digital: Beyond A 'Cartoonish Version' Of The Internet Of Things
By Rob Preston
Rob writes, "No blue chip company has embraced the Internet of Things more aggressively than industrial giant GE. The company's software-endowed wind turbines, medical imaging systems, lighting fixtures, appliances, jet engines, locomotives, and other internet-connected 'things' now generate reams of data, which GE and its customers analyze to improve system uptime, cut costs, and deliver a variety of other business outcomes.

For example, by using software developed on GE's Predix operating system to collect and analyze the terabytes of data generated by a jet engine every flight, the maintenance crews of GE's airline customers can determine when to replace a component before it malfunctions, avoiding costly unscheduled downtime. To put that opportunity into context, GE estimates that 41% of flight cancellations or delays are caused by mechanical failure. How much would it be worth to an airline to eliminate such failures?..."

    ProxySQL 1.3.4
    By Rene Cannao, February 17th, 2017
    Rene blogs, "I am happy to announce the release of the latest stable release of ProxySQL 1.3.4 on 18 February 2017.

    ProxySQL is a high performance, high availability, protocol aware proxy for MySQL, with a GPL license! It can be downloaded here, and freely usable and accessible according to GPL license.

    ProxySQL 1.3.4 is bug fixes release based on ProxySQL 1.3.3: no new features were introduced..."

    MySQL on Docker: Composing the Stack
    By Severalnines, February 15th, 2017
    Severalnines blogs, "Docker 1.13 introduces a long-awaited feature called compose-file support, which allow us to define our containers with a nice simple config file instead of a single long command. If you have a look at our previous 'MySQL on Docker' blog posts, we used multiple long command lines to run containers and services. By using compose-file, containers are easily specified for deployment. This reduces the risk for human error as you do not have to remember long commands with multiple parameters.

    In this blog post, we'll show you how to use compose-file by using simple examples around MySQL deployments. We assume you have Docker Engine 1.13 installed on 3 physical hosts and Swarm mode is configured on all hosts..."

    Cloud Computing
    Customers Across Industries Adopt Oracle Management Cloud to Improve User Experience and Application Delivery
    Customers use Oracle Management Cloud to increase performance and decrease cost of traditional systems-of-record and DevOps-oriented systems of innovation
    Oracle announced that Oracle Management Cloud is experiencing exceptional growth with nearly 950 new customers and partners across the globe within its first year of availability. FORS, IDEA Cellular, and Safexpress are among the many organizations around the world choosing Oracle Management Cloud to help improve IT resource utilization, increase DevOps productivity, and ensure that critical applications are up and running.
    10 CLOUD Application Development Trends for the Future
    By Sudhir Menon, February 15th, 2017
    Sudhir blogs, "The modern world is about using services on the fly, reusing and focusing on the tasks at hand.

    For example, If you're starting your own business with a great idea, your focus should be on developing the idea - not on the surrounding operational challenges.

    Allow the experts to provide you the support services to help you develop the concept..."

      Oracle's CEO Emphasizes Their Continued Commitment To The Cloud
      Forbes, February 17th, 2017
      Steve Banker writes in Forbes, "Oracle's supply chain conference, Modern Supply Chain Experience, took place this week in San Jose, California. The overarching theme this year, as it was last year, involved the advantages of Cloud solutions. Oracle is committed to the Cloud for all their applications, the acquisition of NetSuite further demonstrates that, but in this case their focus was on the advantages of Cloud in their supply chain applications..."
      vBeers @ Miami
      Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
      M.I.A Brewing Co. - Miami

      The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, alternating between MIA.beers and the Biscayne Tavern.

      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.

      SFTA, John McLaughlin

      vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens (Twisted Trunk)
      Wednesday, March 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 Palm Beach Gardens 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 register at The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

      SFTA, John McLaughlin

      SFTA 'Private Room' Social - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park -plus Membership Special
      Wednesday, March 8th, 2017: 4:45 PM 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)

      Non-members who register for this event will be given the opportunity to become a member for $100 instead of the normal $200!

      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 (includes 2 event tickets)

      See SFTA website for details.


      Tickets include 2 beers and food.

      Monday Spotlight: It's About Security - Oracle Exadata SL6
      By Scott Lynn, February 13th, 2017
      Scott blogs, " If you read my co-worker Gurmeet's Blog, you'll see the Exadata SL6 is one incredible machine. However, I want to talk about a very important aspect of the Exadata SL6 that I don't think is getting enough play: its security features.

      We've been fighting the security battle for years now and it has become a booming business estimated at $445 billion in 2016. You could even say that hackers are the new mafia. But that's just the business side of cyberattacks. There's also state-sponsored cyberattacks. It's really cyberwarfare and it's playing out every day around the globe with every credit card transaction, every mobile phone call and every social media interaction. Somewhere, someone is being cyberattacked while you read this. It's estimated that it costs the healthcare industry $200,000'1''2' every minute of every day worldwide.

      Now, I'm not trying to be alarmist. But we need to talk about this. For decades, we've worked hard to protect our data centers by attempting to keep people out. And that worked for a while..."

      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 228 Issues 1, 2; Vol 227 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 226 Issues 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 SPARC Platform Update - Feb 2017
      • Oracle Powers New Exadata SL6 with SPARC Linux
      • 3rd Thursdays Tech Talk - Oracle SPARC & Solaris Continued Commitment to Innovation
      • Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast
      • Announcing Software Collections 2.3
      • 2 Technical Choices By Oracle That Reveal Its Cloud Infrastructure Strategy
      • Outsourcing Inc. Standardizes on Oracle Identity Cloud Service
      • Top 4 CMO Priorities For 2017
      • Oracle Secure Global Desktop adds Oracle Linux 7 Support and Oracle VM Integration
      • Friday Spotlight: DevOps and the Cloud

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

        How Dev/Test in the cloud is accelerating delivery of Oracle Middleware projects by Matt Wright
        by Jurgen Kress, February 11th, 2017
        Jurgen blogs, "The source of competitive advantage and value that an organization delivers to its end customers is increasingly defined by the software 'systems' that underpin them. As a result, organizations find themselves in a digital race, where the speed at which IT can reliably deliver new features and innovations is what sets them apart from their competition.

        In an industrial company, avoid software at your own peril . . . a software company could disintermediate GE someday, and we're better off being paranoid about that..."

          Friday Spotlight: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Multi-tenancy
          By Jeff Savit, February 17th, 2017
          Jeff blogs, "Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA) is an engineered system for quickly deploying Oracle VM environments. Integrating compute, network and storage components in a converged infrastructure solution, PCA lets customers deploy VMs within hours of initial power-up.

          Many customers treat the PCA as a pool of compute power shared by all guest VMs. Others need to guarantee isolation for multiple 'tenants' (different customers, clients or departments) and do so by dedicating servers to tenants, for concerns of security, chargeback or resource isolation..."

          Java Technology
          Oracle preps developers for Java 9 upgrade
          InfoWorld, February 17th, 2017
          Oracle has released a guide to help developers move from Java 8 to Java 9

          Paul writes in InfoWorld, "In preparation for the planned July release of Java 9, Oracle has released guidance for moving applications over to the forthcoming upgrade, which features big changes through modularization.

          The newly released JDK (Java Development Kit) 9 Migration Guide notes that every update brings with it binary, source, and behavioral incompatibilities with previous versions. 'The modularization of the Java SE Platform brings many benefits but also many changes,' Oracle said. 'Code that uses only official Java SE Platform APIs and supported JDK-specific APIs should continue to work without change.' But code that uses certain features or JDK-internal APIs may not run or may give different results, the company cautioned..."

          IP Telecom Implements Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance to Boost Growth of its Data Protection & Recovery as a Service Business
          IP Telecom and Oracle worked together to implement this Cloud Business solution to ensure 100% data protection
          Oracle Portugal announced that the telecommunications leader IP Telecom has selected Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (Recovery Appliance), the industry's only solution to offer end-to-end data protection for Oracle databases, eliminate data loss exposure and maintain business availability, to ensure their national market customers have access to Data Protection & Recovery as a Service as a Cloud Solution.
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