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Oracle Empowers Organizations to Meet Accelerating Market Changes with Major Innovations to Supply Chain Management Cloud
Oracle, August 8th, 2017
Six new applications and hundreds of new capabilities enhance the user experience and support demand-driven business models with modern, end-to-end supply chain best practices

To help organizations meet rapidly changing business demands, Oracle today announced significant expansions to Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud. Part of Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, the latest release of Oracle SCM Cloud delivers a comprehensive, next-generation supply chain platform that enables organizations to embrace outside-in demand driven processes and capabilities without the complexities and constraints of traditional supply chain architectures.

The new release includes a number of innovative solutions including: supplier collaboration, quality management, maintenance, sales and operations planning, demand management, and supply planning, as well as expansions across all existing solutions.

Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management
Oracle, August 7th, 2017
Oracle positioned as a leader based on completeness of vision and ability to execute

Oracle announced that it has been named a leader in Gartner's 2017 "Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management" report. Oracle believes this placement is another proof point of momentum for Oracle's hybrid cloud strategy with Oracle WebCenter Sites and growth for Oracle Content and Experience Cloud, part of the Oracle Cloud Platform.

"We believe this placement is further validation of Oracle's continued momentum in the content as a service space and larger PaaS and SaaS market," said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Platform. "Without proper tools, organizations cannot manage all types of content in a meaningful way. Not only does our solution put content in the hands of its owners, but it also offers the versatility and comprehensiveness to support a broad range of initiatives."

Oracle Announces Oracle Banking Liquidity Management and Oracle Banking Corporate Lending
Oracle, August 8th, 2017
New solutions to enable digitization of corporate banking

Oracle announced the launch of two new solutions: Oracle Banking Liquidity Management and Oracle Banking Corporate Lending. These offerings are designed to meet the needs of banks looking to provide real-time, multi-currency, cross border, multi-entity banking services while maintaining high fidelity insight and multi-jurisdictional compliance.

Oracle Announces Oracle Banking Payments Offering
Oracle, August 8th, 2017
New solution built on ISO standards enables end-to-end payments innovation for banks

Oracle today announced the worldwide release of its Oracle Banking Payments solution. The offering was built from the ground up leveraging ISO 20022 and is designed to help banks compartmentalize payments messaging, message transformation and payment processing while providing high fidelity insight. Using the Oracle Banking Payments API, banks can also innovate within the Internet of Payments, collaboration with 3rd parties or curate new business models in collaboration with Fintechs.

Dubai Duty Free Completes Upgrade of Oracle Retail Release 16 in 8 Months
Oracle, August 9th, 2017
Airport Retailer Deploys New Tools That Provide Accurate Inventory Visibility and Operational Productivity

Dubai Duty Free is the first customer to upgrade to Oracle Retail Release 16, Oracle announced today. One of the largest airport retailers in the world, Dubai Duty Free provides customers with first-class service, excellent value, a wide range of quality products and a world-class shopping environment. Now employing almost 6,000 people, the brand has consistently raised the benchmark for airport retailing while welcoming more than 78 million shoppers in 2016...

Thousands of New Customers Improve Business and Gain Insight with Oracle Analytics Cloud
By Chuck Hollis, Oracle, August 10th, 2017
Chuck writes in Forbes, "It's an interesting IT dilemma: how best to make infrastructure investments with confidence when times are changing so rapidly.

Many parts of the IT landscape - collaboration, decision support, greenfield applications - already are going to a public cloud. But a critical part of the landscape is stubbornly resistant - those critical back-office applications and databases that power your business. You know, those apps where someone might get fired when things go seriously wrong..."

How To Get Closer To Cloud Without (Quite) Going To Cloud
Chuck Hollis, Forbes, August 9th, 2017
Chuck Hollis writes in Forbes, "It's an interesting IT dilemma: how best to make infrastructure investments with confidence when times are changing so rapidly.

Many parts of the IT landscape - collaboration, decision support, greenfield applications - already are going to a public cloud. But a critical part of the landscape is stubbornly resistant - those critical back-office applications and databases that power your business. You know, those apps where someone might get fired when things go seriously wrong..."

How Lloyds Banking Group Is Moving Finance To The Cloud
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "When Matt Trager joined Lloyds Banking Group (LBG) five years ago, the organization was in the midst of delivering a multiyear transformation of its finance function. The goals were to replace the financial consolidation and accounting software as well as the general ledger.

After a long and challenging requirements-gathering phase, the cost estimates for required customizations of the planned on-premises finance system continued to rise - exacerbated by the ballooning cost for IT, consultants, and contractors..."

APN Outdoor Transforms Traditional Billboard Advertising With Cloud Computing
By Linda Currey Post, Forbes, August 8th, 2017
Linda Currey Post writes in Forbes, "APN Outdoor, the leader in 'outdoor advertising' in Australia and New Zealand, last year became the first company in the region to adopt Oracle ERP Cloud to drive its continued growth in a competitive market. Outdoor advertising includes classic and digital billboards; signs on buses, taxis, and trams; and advertisements in train stations and airports.

The IMARC Group, a consultancy firm, ranked outdoor advertising as a $37.7 billion business during 2016, with continued steady growth expected. Billboard use is particularly strong in the Pacific, where the Sydney-based APN Outdoor has been enjoying steady growth during the past five years..."

Oracle Hospitality Service Takes Guesswork Out Of Restaurant Service, Operations
By Rob Preston, Forbes, August 7th, 2017
Rob Preston writes in Forbes, "The restaurant business is a notoriously relentless one, with rising labor and food costs, perishable merchandise, ever-changing consumer tastes, and a wide range of other variables squeezing profit margins. The chains and individual restaurants that understand their customers, supply networks, and operations best stand to get a leg up on their competitors.

For that reason, it's an industry ripe for the insights delivered by advanced data analytics. But most operators aren't able to take on the considerable expense of finding and hiring scarce data experts or investing in a data processing infrastructure..."

Oracle
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Consolidating Databases the Right Way: Here's How
By: Anne Plese
Anne blogs, "Oracle Exadata makes consolidating databases so easy that it just seems to 'happen'.

Over the last five years, I have seen amazing advancements in Oracle Database technology. Actually, ever since the launch of the second version of Oracle Exadata, I've seen customers leapfrog over earlier benchmarks of performance, availability, scalability, and management. Today, Exadata's unmatched hardware and software capabilities have made it the go-to choice for running any kind of Oracle database workload, including data warehouses, analytics, OLTP - as well as a combination of these workloads. There really is no better platform to run a mixed environment..."

Feature
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Oracle Cements Interest on Blockchain: Joins Hyperledger
By: Eric Jacobsen
Eric blogs, "Blockchain technology has the potential to dramatically enhance enterprise business value by enabling near real-time, distributed transactions across customers' ecosystems and by enabling secure, tamper-proof data sharing. Recently, Oracle joined the Hyperledger consortium because of the consortium's approach to blockchain using open source collaboration, modular architecture, horizontal/cross-industry technology support, and support for enterprise needs. Oracle looks forward to participating in Hyperledger for the benefit of our global customer base and the market at large..."
IT - AI
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AI on the high seas: Royal Caribbean sets a course for 'frictionless and immersive' vacations
ZDNet, August 11th, 2017
"The CIO of Royal Caribbean explains how artificial intelligence (AI) and new technologies are a crucial part of the cruise line's effort to rethink customer experience. Read this fascinating story for keen insights into digital transformation...

Royal Caribbean, the world's second largest cruise line, operates in 47 different countries with over 50 ships, each of which is a floating city transporting and entertaining between 2,500 to 7,000 guests at a time. Running a cruise line at this scale presents massive logistical challenges..."

AI gets down to business
CIO, August 11th, 2017
"New tools and troves of data have CIOs turning to neural nets and machine learning to deliver real-world results. Here's how six 2017 CIO 100 leaders put AI to work...

Long a staple of sci-fi novels and summer blockbuster movies, artificial intelligence and machine learning are fast becoming a dominant force in the enterprise, helping businesses across industries transform operations, revamp customer experiences, and carve out new revenue opportunities..."

How to build any AI-driven smart service
ZDNet, August 11th, 2017
"Artificial intelligence (AI)-driven smart services for synchronous ledger technologies (blockchain), Internet of Things (IoT), customer experience, and future of work must start with an orchestration of trust...

The combination of machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, and cognitive computing will change the ways that humans and machines interact. AI-driven smart services will sense one's surroundings, learn one's preferences are from past behavior, and subtly guide people and machines through their daily lives in ways that will truly feel frictionless. This quest to deliver AI-driven smart services across all industries and business processes will usher the most significant shift in computing and business this decade and beyond..."

Exadata
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Reinventing Banking for Speed and Security
By: Maywun Wong
The Challenge: Maintaining a competitive edge, while increasing customer loyalty in a rapidly changing digital world.

Maywun blogs," Expectations of retail and commercial bank customers are changing. Banks are now expected to offer a superior digital experience, customized for each customer's personal preferences, that provide solutions and financial services to customers - not just transactions. To remain competitive in the modern marketplace, they must transition from a purely transaction-based business model to deliver data-driven, meaningful experiences to the modern consumer..."

    IT - Storage
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    Storage Class Memory Paradigm Still Elusive, but NVMe Is Here to Stay
    eWeek, August 11th, 2017
    "Despite all the talk surrounding Storage Class Memory, NVMe-based storage systems are supplying enough speed and throughput to handle the most demanding compute jobs...

    There is a lot of agreement over the latest storage technologies that will drive adoption of flash in the enterprise. At the Flash Memory Summit here this week, every major vendor made an announcement based around non-volatile memory express (NVMe) or NVMe over Fabrics (NVMeF)..."

    QLC NAND - how real is it and what can we expect from the technology?
    architectingIT, August 11th, 2017
    "Since NAND flash storage was first introduced into enterprise computing, we've seen a rapid explosion in the types and capabilities of flash products that can now be deployed in servers, HCI solutions and storage arrays. QLC is the next evolution of cost reducing, space increasing flash technology. What is it and what can we expect it to deliver?

    Flash storage works by storing an electrical charge in a cell and using the presence of this charge to determine whether the cell is storing a '0' or a '1'. Flash devices lay down billions of cells on a silicon substrate that can then be used to store gigabytes and now terabytes of information..."

    Nimbus Data Unveils 50 Terabyte ExaDrive SSDs
    insideHPC, August 9th, 2017
    "Nimbus Data unveiled ExaDrive, a powerful software and multiprocessor solution for next-generation solid state drives. Based on a patent-pending architecture, ExaDrive enables OEMs to offer SSDs with record-breaking storage capacity, unmatched density, superior longevity, and the lowest energy consumption per terabyte.

    With an interface and form factor identical to HDDs, but with vastly more capacity, ExaDrive will accelerate flash adoption in the data center. Viking Technology and SMART Modular Technologies recently began shipping 50 TB and 25 TB ExaDrive-powered SSDs for cloud infrastructure, technical computing, and digital content storage..."

    Smart Modular Introducing Osmium Drive, 50TB 3.5-Inch SAS SSD
    StorageNewsletter.com, August 8th, 2017
    "SMART Modular Technologies, a subsidiary of SMART Global Holdings, Inc., introduced the Osmium Drive. The Osmium Drive is a high-capacity SAS SSDe in a 3.5 inch form-factor.

    This MLC-based solid state drive can be integrated into current systems for cloud storage, big data, digital imaging, artificial intelligence computing and other data-intensive data center applications.

    The Osmium Drive combines capacity and power efficiency unmatched by conventional HDDs, and is available in capacities of 25TB and 50TB.

    With up to 50TB of flash in a single 3.5-inch SAS drive enclosure, the Osmium Drive offers over three times the capacity of most competing SSDs on the market while consuming one-eighth the power per terabyte compared to nearline HDDs..."

    IT - Technology
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    China tests hack-proof quantum satellite communications
    ComputerWeekly, August 11th, 2017
    "China has tested a prototype communication system that uses the principles of quantum mechanics to make it impossible for hackers to access...

    In the first trial of a communication system designed to be hack-proof, China has sent a stream of quantum encryption keys from a satellite to earth..."

    The convergence of AV and IT: the next big thing happening now
    information age, August 10th, 2017
    "The AV/ IT convergence trend is picking up momentum as more IT depts are inheriting AV technology against their will...

    As audio and video media migrates from analog to digital means of creation and production, the tools used to deliver AV content have evolved from bespoke cables and technologies to something quite universal in the IT and computing world: IP networking..."

      IT - Bitcoin
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      Nvidia CEO: Cryptocurrencies Are 'Here to Stay'
      CoinDesk, August 11th, 2017
      "Nvidia is riding high on the boom in cryptocurrency mining, according to the graphics card (GPU) manufacturer.

      Revealed yesterday, the California-based company's second-quarter earnings were up 56 percent year over year, with its GPU division taking in $1.9 billion during the second quarter - a rise of 59 percent compared to the same period in 2016.

      Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang struck a bullish tone about the prospects for selling to would-be miners, telling VentureBeat:..."

      The Bitcoin Price Just Inched Up to Set Another All-Time High
      CoinDesk, August 11th, 2017
      "The average price of bitcoin across global exchanges today reached $3,550 on the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, setting yet another new all-time high.

      The uptick coincides with a palpable improvement in public sentiment about the world's first cryptographic asset, with bitcoin recently receiving positive mentions from leading asset managers and gaining increasing exposure in western media..."

      IT - DevOps
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      Why DevOps is critical to your organization's success
      jaxenter, August 8th, 2017
      "DevOps is becoming a critical tool for organizations. In this article, Sirisha Paladhi explains why you need DevOps and how your company risks becoming irrelevant without it...

      Now standard within tech space, here's what you need to know about DevOps for the coming year. 2017 started off with a DevOps bang. VCs have poured an enormous amount of capital into DevOps technology companies. Other companies have approved the large-scale adoption of DevOps tools in this year's IT budgets with the recognition that this technology is now a 'must-have'..."

      Linux
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      Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 Reaches General Availability
      ServerWatch, August 9th, 2017
      "Oracle has released the latest update of its Oracle Linux operating system, providing organizations with a freely-available enterprise Linux operating system.

      Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 release that first debuted on August 1. Oracle LinuxOracle has been building its own Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux since October 2006.

      A key difference between Oracle Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux however is in the Linux kernel. Oracle Linux has long offered a Red Hat-Compatible Kernel as well as its own Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux (UEK). The UEK is optimized for Oracle application deployment, including Oracle's enterprise database..."

      Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 General Availability
      By: Scott Lynn
      Scott blogs, "Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 for x86-64 servers.

      The Oracle Linux operating system is an open foundation for the cloud. It is developed and extensively tested with demanding enterprise workloads like Oracle Database as well as many third-party applications in public and private clouds.

      While Oracle Linux is open source and includes standard technologies, tools, and features, Oracle extends the release to deliver a complete, integrated, and supported platform for performance-driven production workloads. In addition to the Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK), Oracle supplies the optimized Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux (UEK), which was first developed to support highly scalable Oracle Database, applications and Oracle Engineered Systems. Oracle provides flexible and cost-effective Linux support and the updates and software releases are free to download and distribute..."

      IT - Cloud
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      How to Identify and Prevent Overspending on Cloud Software
      eWeek, August 8 th, 2017
      "Organizations will spend a whopping $119 billion on cloud software in 2017, according to recent Forrester research. This represents a 23 percent increase over 2016, and there are no signs of this spending slowing down. As we move into an era where cloud spend will begin to dwarf on-premises software investments, IT administrators tasked with managing software across their enterprise will face new sets of challenges - some yet to be seen..."
      Hybrid Cloud: 10 notable statistics
      The Enterprisers Project, August 11th, 2017
      "The tech sector loves itself some numbers - the splashier, the better. Cloud computing has been no exception. Since cloud technology began revolutionizing IT shops of all shapes and sizes, we've seen a steady stream of lofty statistics and bold predictions about the future of cloud.

      The latest and greatest numbers about cloud highlight that many organizations are in adoption mode..."

      Top 12 cloud security threats to watch out for
      jaxenter, August 10th, 2017
      "Cloud computing has taken off in the past few years and security is more important than ever as our data goes serverless. The convenience of cloud technology also has some drawbacks. In this article, Jenny Harrison goes over 12 important cloud security threats to watch out for..."
      Cloud management platforms offer a unified approach to hybrid IT
      SearchCloudComputing, August 9th, 2017
      "While more cloud platforms can mean more challenges, the right management platform makes an admin's job easier. But with all the options, how do you know which one to choose?

      The world of cloud can be overwhelming for enterprises that have finally decided to move data off the ground. There are numerous cloud providers, service offerings and pricing structures to choose from; not every enterprise is a one-size-fits-all operation..."

      IT - CxO
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      10 GDPR myths debunked
      CIO, August 11th, 2017
      "Don't be fooled. GDPR implementation is a complex undertaking and being unprepared could have significant and expensive repercussions...

      On May 25, 2018, the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect throughout all European Union member states. GDPR is a new regulation by which the European Commission intends to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals whose data is managed by organizations within the EU and for EU resident data worldwide..."

        Five things you need to know about executive protection
        CSO Online, August 10th, 2017
        "Executive protection requires risk assessment and adherence to rules. Here's how you get executive buy-in...

        Protecting executives today is about much more than physically shielding them from danger. The cyber security risks are higher than ever, and organizations need to ensure that the network and data access many high-level executives have doesn't become an easy entry point for attackers.

        CSOs and CISOs need to make executive protection a high priority for the organization. Here are five fundamentals that security leaders should keep in mind..."

        Leading IT through a merger: CIO lessons learned
        The Enterprisers Project, August 10th, 2017
        Eversource CIO Kathy Kountze stresses explaining the "why"

        'When Eversource Energy announced that it was going into a merger, CIO Kathy Kountze thought it might be a good time to step down. "As with most mergers, there was two of everybody, including CIOs.' Kountze said. 'My concern with the merger was that the competing cultures from multiple companies coming together were going to be a roadblock to tackling any meaningful challenges for the business. The budgets were all over the place, the leadership was fragmented, etc. I thought I was ready to move on"...'

        3 SaaS Applications You Aren't Using (But Should Be)
        Business 2 Community, August 8th, 2017
        "Now that software as a service (SaaS) is commonplace and cloud-based services are practically everywhere, you might think you've heard about every available offering. But cloud services are still expanding their reach into some surprising areas.

        The worldwide market valuation of SaaS is predicted to increase to $164 billion by 2022. Here are a few industries that SaaS has only begun to penetrate..."

        SFTA
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        ITPalooza 2017 At The Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center
        Thursday, December 7th, 2017: All Day
        You are invited to join the largest gathering of the South Florida technology community for ITP17. You'll connect with peers and industry experts, attend technology education sessions presented by regional and national subject matter experts all while experiencing the best IT and Technology available in our region.

        Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center

        Sponsor registration, with early bird prices, is open now.

        Exclusive SFTA Seminar: Navigating Enterprise Cloud and SaaS Deal Negotiations with Mark Grossman
        Thursday, September 14th, 2017: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
        Hilton Hotel - West Palm Beach

        You are invited to join this exclusive sfta seminar featuring leading tech lawyer mark grossman who is an internationally recognized technology law guru, keynoter and was the author of the miami herald's weekly "Techlaw" column.

        Whether you buy or sell cloud and saas solutions, mark grossman will lead you through proven techniques to negotiate the best cloud and saas deals for your company.

        Enterprises of all sizes are now comfortable with saas and cloud solutions. However, saas and cloud deals raise many complex legal issues that need to be thoroughly negotiated and documented in agreements. In this session - lawyer, author and frequent speaker on negotiating cloud and saas deals - mark will give you the benefit of what he has learned in his career as a tech deal negotiator.

        In this session, he will speak to the unique customs, usages, and norms of saas and cloud deals, and the particular provisions that are critical to agreements in this area. The discussion will include issues common to saas agreements including intellectual property, warranties, and limitations of liability.

        South Florida Technology Alliance

        vBeers-SF
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        SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Biergarten Boca Wed Aug 16th
        Wednesday, August 16th
        The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

        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.

        Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca

        • 309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton,FL 33432
        • 5:00PM - 8:30PM
        • features $5 burger and fries and happy hour beer prices - http://biergartenboca.com

        Upcoming Events:

        • Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
        • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown
        • Wednesday, September 6th @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
        • Wednesday, August 13th @ Funky Buddha Brewery

        Read on for detailed schedule

        SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Tap42 Midtown, Miami : Aug 23rd
        Wednesday, August 23rd 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
        The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

        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.

        Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown

        Upcoming Events:

        • Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
        • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown
        • Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
        • Wednesday, Sept 13rd @ Funky Buddha Brewery

        Read on for detailed schedule

        IT - DR
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        New Wikibon research challenges execs to cut downtime costs in half
        SiliconANGLE, August 8th, 2017
        "A perfect storm of heightened regulation, advanced cyberthreats and greater business risk is creating a new imperative for Global 2000 organizations to rethink data recovery for high-value applications.

        That's according to new research by Wikibon analyst David Floyer. In a recent Wikibon research report (subscription required), Floyer introduces a new phrase, 'application-led backup and recovery,' which takes a system view of recovery, versus a decades-old approach of relying on a storage-centric architecture to manage data protection and recovery. Wikibon argues that an application-led design can noticeably cut the cost of downtime relative to conventional approaches such as those typified by purpose-built backup appliances, or PBBAs..."

          Events
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          FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: You are Invited to Plan and Implement Business Continuity Webinar
          By: Zeynep Koch
          Zeynep is promoting a webinar, "Increase your infrastructure resiliency for disaster recovery, planned switchovers or data center migrations."

          • August 16, 2017
          • 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET

          "One of the most crucial aspects of cloud infrastructure is a robust business continuity and disaster recovery strategy. Implementing a comprehensive disaster recovery plan can be a daunting task. It's something that requires foresight, advanced preparation and routine maintenance. Join this webcast to hear from Oracle experts who will walk you through the key steps of an effective disaster recovery plan and how to automate end-to-end recovery for the entire Oracle stack including Oracle Linux and Oracle VM with Oracle Enterprise Manager..."

          IT - Networks
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          Preparations Should Begin for 400GE
          ITBusinessEdge, August 11th, 2017
          "The evolution to 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400GE) will gradually accelerate during the next few years, according to comments by Spirent Communications and a study by the Dell'Oro Group.

          Carrier Ethernet speeds currently in the field are significantly slower. During its second quarter earnings call on July 30, two Spirent executives suggested a bit obliquely that companies are starting to get serious about the upgrade. The transcript of the meeting was posted by Seeking Alpha..."

          Ten reasons for embracing SDN as part of digital transformation
          information age, August 11th, 2017
          "With many organisations focusing on digital transformation initiatives, enterprise networks are being used in new ways that are stretching their existing capabilities - sometimes to breaking point...

          The emergence of technologies such as cloud applications and AI-driven robotics, highlight the need for next generation networks, which are more flexible and able to keep pace with changes in capacity and usage. Software defined networking (SDN) is key to this..."

          IT - IoT
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          AI's First Stop: The IoT Edge
          ITBusinessEdge, August 11th, 2017
          "Machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence will likely infiltrate all levels of the IT infrastructure stack, but some architectures will take to it more readily than others. And while it is tempting to view AI in terms of the changes it will bring to the data center, the more imminent and profound impact will be on the Internet of Things (IoT).

          Particularly on the edge, AI offers the only viable means of assessing and coordinating the data flows from massive numbers of devices - many of them imbued with their own levels of intelligence - to produce results that are both meaningful and timely. Much of the storage and processing of IoT workloads will take place on the edge, so it only makes sense that it will incorporate intelligence as a core asset..."

          Planning for IoT's future
          information age, August 11th, 2017
          "The Internet of Things is an emerging technology that is making waves in numerous industries, helping harness the power of data...

          With a forecast 80 billion connected devices by 2025, the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to transform the way business operates. From AI to VR and the IoT, technology is already having a marked impact on the way businesses maximise profit, improve efficiency and operate..."

          Five reasons why users will have more control of their IoT data
          ITProPortal, August 11th, 2017
          "Internet of Things adoption is at an all time high and consumers must have a say in what happens to their data...

          As the Internet of Things (IoT) readies itself for the Information Age's next big leap, we are going to see a lot more debate this year around data security and privacy with user control taking center stage.

          You're coffee maker is connected to the internet, and you're getting automatic delivery of those designer brand capsules. All is good! But what do say about your usage data? Do you have any privacy concerns?..."

          As Internet of Things attack threat grows, smaller businesses get better prepared
          SiliconANGLE, August 10th, 2017
          "The explosive growth of Internet of Things devices means that businesses are more vulnerable to cybersecurity risks than ever before, claim a couple of new studies on IoT security.

          F5 Networks Inc., a U.S. company that sells application threat intelligence tools for enterprises, said in its new global IoT threat report released today that attacks on IoT devices and infrastructure have risen by 280 percent from January through June. The company said a big chunk of this growth stems from the rise of Mirai malware, which infects IoT devices and gathers them into massive bot networks..."

          IT - Linux
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          Microsoft Previews Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows Server
          eWeek, August 9th, 2017
          "Windows Subsystem for Linux, one of last year's most noteworthy additions to the Windows 10 operating system, is now available in a preview version of Windows Server...

          Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is making the jump from the desktop to Windows Server. The software component, which was added to last year's Windows 10 Anniversary Update, allows the operating system to run Linux command-line tools and binaries in the ELF64 format..."

          Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 Reaches General Availability
          ServerWatch, August 9th, 2017
          "Oracle has released the latest update of its Oracle Linux operating system, providing organizations with a freely-available enterprise Linux operating system.

          Oracle Linux 7 Update 4 is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 release that first debuted on August 1. Oracle LinuxOracle has been building its own Linux distribution based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux since October 2006.

          A key difference between Oracle Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux however is in the Linux kernel. Oracle Linux has long offered a Red Hat-Compatible Kernel as well as its own Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux (UEK). The UEK is optimized for Oracle application deployment, including Oracle's enterprise database..."

          IT - Security
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          The ABCs of Identity Management
          CSO Online, August 9th, 2017
          "Identity management tools provide IT managers with tools and technologies for controlling user access to critical information within an organization...

          What is identity management? Broadly speaking, identity management systems (also known as identity and access management, or IAM, systems) enable the administration of individual identities within a system, such as a company, a network or even a country. More specifically, ID management in enterprise IT is about defining and managing the roles and access privileges of individual network users and the circumstances in which users are granted (or denied) those privileges..."

          Cyber threatscape
          Information Management, August 7th, 2017
          "While the world has no doubt become more aware of cyber security, the fact remains that cyber criminals are having staggering financial success without being caught...

          In recent years, coverage of cyber security incidents in the mainstream media has increased dramatically to the point that it is now common for some form of incident to be reported on a daily basis. While the world has no doubt become more aware of cyber security, the fact remains that cyber criminals are having staggering financial success without being caught..."

          The Importance of Keeping Your Cyber Security Plan Up-to-Date
          SmartDataCollective, August 8th, 2017
          "The threat of ransomware is on the rise, and more companies are falling victim to this invasive form of hacking. It isn't only small businesses that can fall victim to these practices and some big names have been revealed to have been targeted, including the National Health Service in the UK. This goes to highlight the importance of having an up-to-date security plan that is distributed around your company. Whether you run a startup that employs three people or you run a multinational company employing thousands, it makes sense to put a plan in place and stick to it..."
          How to address the cybersecurity analytics and operations skills shortage
          CSO Online, August 10th, 2017
          "The ability to detect and respond to threats is greatly impeded by a lack of cybersecurity skills and staff. Leading organizations offer a few suggestions...

          If you've followed my writing, you know that I passionately broadcast issues related to the global cybersecurity skills shortage. Allow me to report some sad news - things aren't improving at all. In 2016, 46% of organizations reported a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. In 2017, the research is statistically the same as last year: 45% of organizations say they have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.

          These numbers point to an overall dearth of talent, but the cybersecurity skills shortage is especially pronounced in cybersecurity analytics and operations..."

          Figuring out multifactor authentication
          FCW, August 7th, 2017
          "With the release of President Donald Trump's executive order on strengthening the cybersecurity of federal networks in May, the government now begins the torturous task of bringing its networks into compliance with the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. And although it was not named in the executive order, there is a renewed focus on NIST's work with Short Message Service two-factor authentication (SMS 2FA), which began last year..."
          IT's 9 biggest security threats
          CSO Online, August 10th, 2017
          "Hacking has evolved from a one-person crime of opportunity to an open market of sophisticated malware backed by crime syndicates and money launderers...

          Years ago the typical hacking scenario involved a lone attacker and maybe some buddies working late at night on Mountain Dew, looking for public-facing IP addresses. When they found one, they enumerated the advertising services (Web server, SQL server and so on), broke in using a multitude of vulnerabilities, then explored the compromised company to their heart's content. Often their intent was exploratory. If they did something illegal, it was typically a spur-of-the-moment crime of opportunity.

          My, how times have changed..."

          Security reality check: The real threat is closer to home
          ITProPortal, August 11th, 2017
          "Organisations and governments often underestimate insider threats and the damage they can do...

          When we think of a cyberthreat, we often imagine a nation state hacking group, or a virus trying to work its way into our company network. After all the media is full of depictions of incidents of this very nature - how many times has North Korea or Russia been blamed for hacking the West?..."

            IT - Social Media
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            The 25 Top Social Media Management Tools for Businesses of All Sizes
            jaxenter, August 8th, 2017
            "How do you stay on top of all your social media marketing tasks?

            From creating and publishing content to analytics and reporting, it can be pretty overwhelming to think of all the jobs social media marketers have to complete every day.

            Thankfully, there are a bunch of awesome social media management tools available to help. These tools can streamline your workflows, help you save some time and even ensure your content reaches the right audience at the right time.

            But how do you decide which product to use?..."

            IT - Virtualization
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            VirtualBox 5.2 to Let Users Export VMs to Oracle Public Cloud, Add GUI Changes
            Softpedia News, August 8 th, 2017
            "Oracle's Director of Product Management Simon Coter recently announced the availability of the first Beta release of the upcoming VirtualBox 5.2 major version of the open-source and cross-platform virtualization software.

            VirtualBox 5.2 looks to be a great release that should allow users to export virtual machines to the Oracle Public Cloud so that they can easily use them on other machines without all the hustle of exporting VMs to external drives and then import them to another VirtualBox installation..."

            IT - Email
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            Misplaced responsibility: why email security requires technology, not training
            ITProPortal, August 7th, 2017
            "It's important that we see email for what it is: an inherently vulnerable and often unstable form of communication, something that has a long - and lengthening - history of breaches and attacks...

            We think of email as safe in part because nobody likes to imagine that something so integral to their personal and professional lives - indeed, something that it would be hard to imagine modern life without - could pose a security risk..."

            IT - Big Data
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            Toyota, Intel and Ericsson team up to collect Big Data from cars
            CNET, August 11th, 2017
            'Toyota is linking arms with tech companies and auto industry suppliers such as Intel, Ericsson and Denso to create a new big data alliance to support the development of connected cars.

            Dubbed Automotive Edge Computing Consortium, the just-announced group will work together to marshal the data collected from vehicles and smart infrastructure. According to a statement from Toyota, "The objective of the consortium is to develop an ecosystem for connected cars to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, the creation of maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing." ...'

            Move Big Data To The Public Cloud With An Insight PaaS
            Forrester, August 8 th, 2017
            "In five years you'll be using Insight PaaS for big data in the public cloud. On-premise won't be an option. Here is why.

            Cloud Is The Hottest Market For Big Data Technology

            The shift to the cloud for big data is on. In fact, global spending on big data solutions via cloud subscriptions will grow almost 7.5 times faster than on-premises subscriptions. Furthermore, public cloud was the number one technology priority for big data according to our 2016 and 2017 surveys of data analytics professionals..."

            The importance of big data and analytics in the era of digital transformation
            ITProPortal, August 10th, 2017
            "As organisations begin their digital transformation journey, big data and analytics can play a key role in it being a success...

            Big data and analytics are topics firmly embedded in our business dialogue. The amount of data we're now generating is astonishing. Cisco predicts that annual global IP traffic will reach 3.3 ZB per year by 2021 and that the number of devices connected to IP networks will be more than three times the global population by 2021, while Gartner predicts $2.5M per minute in IoT spending and 1M new IoT devices will be sold every hour by 2021. It's testament to the speed with which digital connectivity is changing the lives of people all over the world..."

            How the Internet of Things is Changing Big Data Analytics
            SmartDataCollective, August 11th, 2017
            "Data has always played a key role in business, but the rise of big dataanalytics - vast stores of information that can be mined computationally to uncover valuable insights, patterns and trends - has made it virtually indispensable in the modern business space. The ability to collect and analyze this data, and to transform it into actionable results, is crucial to success..."
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              Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
              Vol 234 Issue 1; Vol 233 Issues 1, 2,3 and 4; Vol 232 Issues 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:

              • Thoughts on Java Report August 2017: Finally back on track
              • Oracle Delivers Next-Generation Cloud Applications
              • Monday Spotlight: Oracle Linux Newsletter July Issue
              • Is The Global Economy On The Cusp Of A 'Super-Cycle' Breakthrough?
              • Seaman Paper Asia Streamlines Business Operations with NetSuite OneWorld
              • Oracle Hospitality Introduces New Data Science Cloud Services to Help Food & Beverage Operators Optimize Every Sale
              • How We Encrypt Data In MySQL With Go
              • Oracle, SafeLogic and OpenSSL Partner on Next Generation FIPS Module
              • Research Says People Will Learn More Than Ever At Oracle OpenWorld 2017
              • Enterprise AI: Why Should You Care?

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

                IT - Server
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                Dedicated servers or cloud computing: The infographic
                jaxenter, August 7th, 2017
                "Choosing between your own dedicated servers or cloud computing is a tough decision. Luckily for you, Jenny Harrison explains how you can make this choice by going over the pros and cons based on variables like performance, speed, cost differentials, and scalability...

                Cloud computing is, undoubtedly, the next big thing in the tech-hosting world. Along with the potential to become the only solution to future data storage, cloud servers can provide levels of performance and security similar to those of dedicated web server hosting..."

                Developer
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                Designing and Building Stunning User Experiences with Cloud RDKs
                By: Karen Scipi
                Karen blogs, "Here they are - free and just for you: two Rapid Development Kits (RDKs) for Applications Cloud User Experience (UX). Download these RDKs with complete, stand-alone, integrated UI accelerator kits to help you design and build amazing and simplified modern interfaces with compelling and consistent SaaS user experiences for web and mobile, deployed to Oracle Cloud..."
                IT - Java
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                The role of Java in IoT
                jaxenter, August 8th, 2017
                "IoT has to manage a lot of data streams. That's where Java can help. In this article, Chirag Thumar explains the role Java can play in IoT and what benefits it can bring to the table...

                The internet is something that has taken the world by storm since it came into existence. It has helped technology reach new heights along with making life easier for the people around the world to connect. So taking things a step further, imagine a technology which gives a unique identity to all the inanimate devices. A kind of technology that helps the machines to understand and determine when they need to be upgraded or when their errors need to be checked. It is this new wave of technology which is called the Internet of Things or simply IoT..."

                Red Hat News
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                Friday Five - August 11, 2017
                Red Hat, August 11th, 2017
                "The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye...

                • Red Hat Enhances Cloud-Native Security, Application Consistency with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
                • Forbes - Red Hat Pushes Linux Towards The 'Four Footprints' Of Technology
                • Information Age - Digital transformation is now a matter of survival
                • HelpNetSecurity - Container security: The seven biggest mistakes companies are making
                • Global Banking and Finance Review - The great innovation challenge: How financial services is embracing container technology

                Read on for details.

                Red Hat Enhances Cloud-Native Security, Application Consistency with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
                Red Hat, August 9th, 2017
                Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6, the latest version of Red Hat's enterprise-grade Kubernetes container application platform. Organizations across the globe, like Copel Telecom, are turning towards cloud-native applications as a pathway to digital transformation, but critical IT needs like greater application security, compliance and service consistency must still be answered.

                Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.6 helps to address these challenges with a new PCI-DSS applicability guide and fine-grained network policy and control, as well as the introduction of new features designed to deliver consistent applications across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.

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