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MySQL 5.7: Improved JOIN Order by Taking Condition Filter Effect into Account

Machine Learning Stands To Transform The Way We Communicate

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.18

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Engineered for Oracle Cloud

Libreoffice 5.3 Office Suite Gets First Point Release With 100 Improvements

Oracle News
Q3 FY17 GAAP EPS UP 6% TO $0.53 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 7% TO $0.69
Q3 FY17 SaaS and PaaS Cloud Revenues Up 73% on a GAAP Basis and Up 85% on a Non-GAAP Basis
Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2017 Q3 results. Total Revenues were $9.2 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Non-GAAP Total Revenues were $9.3 billion, up 3% in U.S. dollars and up 4% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $1.0 billion, up 73% in U.S. dollars and up 74% in constant currency. Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were $1.1 billion, up 85% in U.S. dollars and up 86% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $1.2 billion, up 62% in U.S. dollars and up 63% in constant currency. Total Cloud and On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.4 billion, up 4% in U.S. dollars and up 5% in constant currency.
Machine Learning Stands To Transform The Way We Communicate
By Jeb Dasteel
Jeb writes in Forbes, "We often say that customer success should be part of an organization's DNA. But, what if it was also in the instruments of our daily lives - our phones, computers, and devices?

We're certainly on that path. Machine learning - applications that not only respond to inputs without the help of human intervention, but learn, or adapt, from each interaction - is transforming the ways that we communicate with customers, thus allowing us to know customers better and anticipate their needs before even they are aware of those needs..."

Great Business Leaders Are Exploring The New Frontier Of AI
Linda Currey Post writes in Forbes
Linda writes in Forbes, "Today's consumers demand that their individual concerns and desires become a top priority for the businesses that serve them. When the power goes out, for example, residents are unwilling to sit shivering in their cold, dark living rooms. Instead, they demand that their power providers tell them the precise time they will restore service.

Similarly, shoppers are asking retailers to personalize their online shopping experience and offer them promotions and home pages that reflect their own brand preferences and purchase histories..."

Hurd: Oracle Poised To Overtake In Cloud Revenue
By Rob Preston
Rob writes, "Securing its position as the 'fastest-growing cloud company at scale,' Oracle reported that its combined software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) revenues rose 73% in its fiscal third quarter, to $1.0 billion. Its total cloud revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), increased 62%, to $1.2 billion.

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd noted that the company's SaaS and PaaS revenues have grown more than three times faster than those of rival during the last year. 'If these trends continue, where we are selling more SaaS and PaaS in absolute dollars AND growing dramatically faster, it's just a matter of when we catch and pass in total cloud revenue,' Hurd said..."

A Fintech Innovator's Race To The Cloud
By Carrie Massey
Carrie writes in Forbes, "The banking and capital markets sector is starting to embrace cloud-based software and systems, setting off a race-to-the-moon type of competition for fintech innovators such as Calypso Technology.

Calypso has long offered on-premises software for financial trading, processing, risk management, and accounting, and now it's offering those capabilities via Calypso Cloud Services, running on the Oracle Cloud Platform. The stakes in this space race are high: The winning software provider will become 'the de facto solution on the cloud' for financial institutions, says Calypso Chief Customer Officer Corinne Grillet..."

How Fintech Is Powering The Global Economy
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "Entrepreneurs in financial services companies say businesses like theirs are doing a lot more than making established Western banks worried about their market share. During a panel discussion at SxSW here this weekend, they argued that they're helping create a new middle class in the developing world, with tremendous consequences for the global economy..."
Theo & Philo Sweetens Business Operations with NetSuite Cloud ERP
Oracle, March 16th, 2017
Social Enterprise Expands Internationally and Aids Filipino Nonprofit with NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, one of the industry's leading providers of cloud financials/ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, announced that Theo & Philo, a bean-to-bar maker of single-origin Philippine artisanal chocolate, replaced QuickBooks and numerous Excel spreadsheets with NetSuite to gain scalability and flexibility to power its growth.

Since going live on NetSuite in November 2015, Theo & Philo has been using NetSuite for accounting, inventory management, order management, invoicing and purchasing - all within one cloud ERP system. With NetSuite, Theo & Philo is able to better plan and manage sourcing, production and distribution and increase efficiency while saving both time and money compared to the error-prone manual work required by their previous software and paper-based processes.

Four AI Decision Points: How Soon Should CFOs Jump In?
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "What CFO wouldn't want to find a way to radically lower the cost of operations, boost productivity, increase insight across their company, and launch a range of new business opportunities?

That's the promise of AI - and in the very near future, failing to use AI will be tantamount to management malfeasance, said Malcolm Frank, chief strategy officer and CMO of Cognizant, an international consulting and professional services company, during a talk at SXSW Interactive this week..."

Oracle Unveils Oracle US Tennis Awards for Young Professionals
Grants to assist former collegiate players in their pro careers
Oracle announced the creation of the Oracle US Tennis Awards, player grants that are to be awarded annually at the BNP Paribas Open to assist young American players as they transition from college into the professional ranks.

The two $100,000 grants are to be awarded each year at the BNP Paribas Open to a male and female professional who have demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and an aptitude for success on the pro tour. They must have played collegiate tennis prior to turning professional.

Four Ways Cloud Is Paving The Way To More-Profitable Highway Construction
By Jeff Erickson
Jeff writes, "Road construction is a low-margin business with a seemingly low barrier to entry - get a paver and a dump truck, and go bid on jobs. In reality, its best practitioners, like Rogers Group based in Nashville, Tennessee, are learning to run their roadway projects with data-driven efficiency.

Rogers Group is a prime example of what the Harvard Business Review calls digital business becoming business as usual. Indeed, Rogers Group is not changing the way it builds its roads; the firm is simply using available cloud services to grease the wheels of information as it moves through the business...."

    Hearst Selects Oracle Cloud to Fuel Transformation and Business Growth of Its More Than 360 Businesses
    Oracle, March 15th, 2017
    Diversified media leader to benefit from depth and breadth of Oracle's secure, scalable, and unified cloud solutions to support global growth

    Oracle announced that Hearst, one of America's largest diversified media, information, and services companies with more than 360 businesses, has selected Oracle Cloud to provide its multitude of businesses with a common innovation platform to accelerate business growth and global expansion. With Oracle Cloud, Hearst will streamline, simplify, and standardize business processes across finance, procurement, and HR organizations and provide an intuitive, insightful, and engaging experience to its employees.

    South Florida Linux Users Group - FLUX - March Meetup - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6PM
    Informal Linux Meetup Over Pizza and Soda With AWS Linux Instance
    For March and the rest of the year, we'll be in the usual room 1124, the Knight Auditorium of the Carl DeSantis Building at Nova Southeastern University.

    No specific topic is planned. I'll be providing pizza and soda and we can work on plans for the next few meetings.

    PDF Parking Pass is here.

    We can also review the AWS instance of Linux we set up in January.

    Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Engineered for Oracle Cloud
    By Antoinette O'Sullivan
    Antoinette writes, "Oracle Linux is engineered for Oracle Cloud. This operating system:

    • Is designed for business-critical workloads in the cloud
    • Uses latest technologies such as Docker
    • Is a major contributor to mainline Linux cloud features
    • Powers Oracle Engineered Systems and Oracle Cloud

    To get the most out of Oracle Linux, take the Oracle Linux advanced administration training. If using Oracle Linux 7, take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course in one of the following formats:.."

    Oracle Helps Veterans Transition to Corporate Careers
    By Rick O'Herron
    Rick writes, "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd spoke last week to an audience of 30 veterans about the challenges in global IT and about Oracle's insatiable need for talent and leadership. He was followed by a panel of Oracle employees who are military veterans, who shared their experiences transitioning from the military to corporate life at Oracle.

    The event was organized with BreakLine, an education and employment company that helps military veterans build careers in the private sector, including veterans looking to pivot into technology..."

    MySQL 5.7: Improved JOIN Order by Taking Condition Filter Effect into Account
    By Oystein
    Oystein blogs, "One of the major challenges of query optimizers is to correctly estimate how many rows qualify from each table of a join. If the estimates are wrong, the optimizer may choose a non-optimal join order.

    Before MySQL 5.7, the estimated number of rows from a table only took into account the conditions from the WHERE clause that were used to set up the access method (e.g., the size of an index range scan). This often led to row estimates that were far too high, resulting in very wrong cost estimates for join plans. To improve this issue, MySQL 5.7 introduced a cost model that considered the entire WHERE condition when estimating the number of qualifying rows from each table. This model estimates the filtering effect of the table's conditions..."

    Monitoring Databases: A Product Comparison
    By Manjot Singh
    Manjot blogs in Percona, "In this blog post, I will discuss the solutions for monitoring databases (which includes alerting) I have worked with and recommended in the past to my clients. This survey will mostly focus on MySQL solutions.

    One of the most common issues I come across when working with clients is monitoring and alerting. Many times, companies will fall into one of these categories:..."

    MySQL Community Awards 2017: Call for Nominations!
    By Shlomi Noach
    Shlomi blogs, "The 2017 MySQL Community Awards event will take place, as usual, in Santa Clara, during the Percona Live Data Performance Conference, April 2017.

    The MySQL Community Awards is a community based initiative. The idea is to publicly recognize contributors to the MySQL ecosystem. The entire process of discussing, voting and awarding is controlled by an independent group of community members, typically based of past winners or their representatives, as well as known contributors.

    It is a self-appointed, self-declared, self-making-up-the-rules-as-it-goes committee. It is also very aware of the importance of the community; a no-nonsense, non-political, adhering to tradition, self criticizing committee..."

    vBeers @ Miami (Biscayne Tavern)
    Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
    The next Miami vBeers 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

    SFTA, John McLaughlin

    South Florida Technology Alliance's 5th Annual Golf Tournament
    In aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations
    You are invited to Join The SFTA for Cinco De Mayo themed 5th Annual Golf Tournament. Details

    This year's Golf Event is in aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations.

    Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our region, we'll be incorporating a colorful Cinco De Mayo Festival theme throughout the event.

    • Foursome: $500
    • Individual: $125
    • Lunch Only: $55 ($35 for SFTA members)


    • 7:30am Check-in
    • 8:00am Tee-Time
    • 12:00pm to 2:00pm Lunch


    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 229 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 228 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 227 Issue 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:

    • MONDAY SPOTLIGHT : Oracle Linux and DTrace
    • A Lingerie Merchant And A Doorbell Inventor Walk Into A Room: A NetSuite Story
    • Work-Life Balance: How Employers Can Step Up
    • Oracle's Thomas Kurian Offers 3-Point Vision For Developers At Code Event
    • What Drives Linux Guru Wim Coekaerts? Have Fun, Build Things People Will Use
    • PaaS Services Explained: The Most Common SaaS Use Cases"]
    • MySQL Connector/Java 6.0.6-m5
    • Group Replication minimal SQL based configuration
    • Digital Tools Fine-Tune Colombian Bank's Marketing Machine
    • Latest Release of Industry Leading Oracle Database Now Available in the Cloud, with Oracle Cloud at Customer, and On-Premises

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

      Libreoffice 5.3 Office Suite Gets First Point Release With 100 Improvements
      Softpedia, March 16th, 2017
      "LibreOffice 5.3.1 comes one and a half months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3, a major branch that introduced exciting new features for users of the popular office suite. These include the experimental MUFFIN user interface with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI, as well as the first source release of LibreOffice Online.

      During these past six weeks, LibreOffice 5.3.1 received two Release Candidate (RC) development versions, which fix about 100 bugs and regressions that have been either discovered by the LibreOffice developers/contributors or reported by users from the previous version..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.18
      By Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 18.

      This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention following regression for 5.1.16, now fixed:

      • Shared Folders: fixed case insensitive filename access
      • Shared Folders: fixed access to long pathes
      • API: make 32-bit Windows guests in raw mode boot again if the ICH9 chipset is used
      • Windows Additions: fixed automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer"

      Read on for details...

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