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The Fishbowl Team Wins the 2017 Modern CX Hackathon at Oracle Openworld

The Fishbowl hackathon team headed out to San Francisco on Friday September 29th with Chatbots on the brain.  Their goal was to develop a solution that would improve sales productivity and margin as well as to improve executive insights and information access by allowing 24/7 conversational access to a sales pipeline.  And so the sales assistant chatbot was born.

The team spent the following 2 days writing code, utilizing Oracle’s cloud based services, and preparing their presentation for the judges.

The solution was dubbed SalesBot – The Intelligent Chatbot that adds optimization and Machine Learning to data access.  SalesBot would enable staff to:

Prepare for Sales Calls

 

  • View Customer Order history
  • List Past Work engagements
  • See Purchased Products
Manage Day to Day workloads
  • Create service Requests
  • Update and query contacts
  • View support tickets
Query Pricing Datasets
  • Quote estimates based on historical pricing data
  • Optimize margins
  • Estimate time to failure of parts

Congratulations to our team of Andy Weaver, Danny LeSage, John Sim, Matt Hornung,  and Tom Johnson.  We will be applying what we learned by expanding our already existing chatbot Atlas.  For more information or to see a demo contact info@fishbowlsolutions.com 

 

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Bloodhound Education Programme Teams with Oracle Academy to Advance Computer Science Education Worldwide

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:31
Press Release
Bloodhound Education Programme Teams with Oracle Academy to Advance Computer Science Education Worldwide Collaboration Aims to Inspire 3.5 Million Students Worldwide into Pursuing STEM Careers

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

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Oracle Provides the Data that Powers Bloodhound

Today, Oracle President of Product Development Thomas Kurian announced on stage that Oracle Academy will join forces with Bloodhound SSC Education Ltd., A non-profit organization established by the Bloodhound Project, to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. The collaboration connects Oracle Academy’s computer science curriculum with the technology behind the Bloodhound supersonic car project, which aims to smash the 1,000 mph world land speed record.

Earlier this year, Oracle announced that the Bloodhound Project selected Oracle Cloud to collect, analyze, and broadcast data from more than 500 real-time sensors installed on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car to classrooms around the world. This information gives students a detailed look at how technology is rocketing the world’s fastest land vehicle towards 1,000 mph, as well as provides Bloodhound engineers with valuable data to continually optimize the supersonic car’s performance.

Oracle Academy and the Bloodhound Education Programme will team up to make available two projects designed to help students build engineering knowledge, data analysis, and Java programming skills. The projects will leverage Oracle Academy’s Alice and Greenfoot workshops, introducing new content and data from the Bloodhound Project. The Alice-based project challenges students to create an animated virtual version of the Bloodhound team’s desert camp. In the Greenfoot-based project, students learn how to adjust engineering variables of the car design and test their impact on speed. The Bloodhound-themed Oracle Academy projects will be available to classrooms and computing clubs throughout 120 countries.

“Students still need a strong base in maths and physics, but this is a digital world and it’s equally important that they develop a taste for computer skills if they are to thrive in the modern workforce,” said Chris Fairhead, Chairman of the Bloodhound Education Programme. “Through our alliance with Oracle Academy, we have added this crucial piece of the puzzle to our education programme and are already seeing a great deal of interest from the teachers and schools we work with.”

Over the next three years, Oracle Academy will train 150 of Bloodhound’s volunteer teachers on Alice and Greenfoot, enabling them to effectively integrate these learning tools into STEM curricula and help students build coding skills. These resources and trainings will also be freely available to teachers worldwide, as part of Oracle Academy’s mission is to advance computer science education globally.

“At Oracle Academy, we are thrilled to team with the Bloodhound Education Programme and bring the excitement of the Bloodhound supersonic car to the 3.5 million students we reach yearly,” said Alison Derbenwick Miller, Oracle Academy Vice President. “We look forward to furthering our collaboration with the Bloodhound Education Programme, and advancing our commitment to prepare students for college and career-readiness in the 21st century.”

For additional information visit Oracle Academy’s Facebook and Twitter.

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Cathy Toft
Oracle
07825935966
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Julie Sugishita
Oracle Corporate Communications
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julie.sugishita@oracle.com
About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About Oracle Academy

As Oracle’s flagship philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields, offering a free and complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty trainings, support, and certification resources. Supporting more than 3.5 million students annually in 120 countries, the program works with public and private partners to provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future. Through Oracle Academy, students receive hands-on experience with the latest technologies, helping to make them college and career ready in the era of big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and beyond, please visit us at academy.oracle.com.

About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

About BLOODHOUND

The BLOODHOUND Project is an international education initiative focussed around a 1,000mph (1,609kmh) World Land Speed Record. The primary aim is to inspire the next generation of scientist and engineers by showcasing STEM subjects (science, technology engineering and mathematics) in the most exciting way possible.

At full speed, BLOODHOUND SSC will cover a mile (1.6km) in 3.6 seconds—that’s 4.5 football pitches laid end to end per second or 300m in the blink of an eye.

The world land speed record of 763mph (1228km/h) is held by Thrust SSC, a UK team led by BLOODHOUND’s Project Director Richard Noble and driven by Andy Green.

65% of students engaged by the BLOODHOUND Education Programme would now consider engineering or science as a vocation (sample size: 1,804).

BLOODHOUND’s education team have created over 1,000 pieces of free curriculum ready teaching resource.

The Model Rocket Car Challenge, supported by Guinness World Records, has seen students build model cars capable initially of speeds of 88mph, which then rose to 210mph and now 553mph (889km/h), a record held by Joseph Whitaker Young Engineers Club.

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation. Fees apply for new Database product offerings.

Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on Oracle’s current expectations and assumptions, some of which are beyond Oracle’s control. All information in this article is current as of October 3, 2017 and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

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ISVs Continue to Choose Oracle Cloud to Speed Innovation and Accelerate Market Success

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:30
Press Release
ISVs Continue to Choose Oracle Cloud to Speed Innovation and Accelerate Market Success SAP Business Applications Now Support Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

Oracle today announced that a growing number of independent software vendors (ISVs) are choosing the Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation, simplify IT, reduce costs and deliver stellar customer experiences. ISVs who have recently verified support for their applications on Oracle Cloud include Actifio, Altair, Calypso, Citrix, Commvault, DataStax, FireEye, Fortinet, Gemalto, Genesys, Informatica, Kaba Workforce Solutions, Palo Alto Networks, Sage XRT, Symantec and Veritas Technologies. SAP Business Applications Server ABAP/Java is also now certified to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Database as a Service.

For independent software vendors (ISVs), selecting the right cloud platform, and the right cloud partner, are critical decisions for their business. ISVs and application developers must balance the requirements of their current businesses and implementations with the need to invest in innovative new architectures, modern cloud capabilities and flexible deployment models.

Oracle Cloud Platform is redefining how companies modernize, innovate and compete in a digital world. With complete and integrated cloud services, the platform allows business users, developers and ISVs to cost-effectively build, deploy, and manage workloads seamlessly on premises or in the cloud—with superior choice, openness, security and built-in intelligence.

SAP Business Applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

For decades, Oracle has provided a robust, scalable and reliable infrastructure for SAP applications and customers. Today, SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP/Java is the latest SAP offering to be certified on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure—providing customers with better performance and security for their most demanding workloads, at a lower cost.

Cloud Infrastructure has been certified and is offered for SAP Application Server ABAP/Java.

For more information see the SAP whitepaper here and an overview of SAP solutions for Oracle Cloud here.

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Oracle
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Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus PR for Oracle
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About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program—an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: www.oracle.com/partners.

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Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on Oracle’s current expectations and assumptions, some of which are beyond Oracle’s control. All information in this article is current as of October 3, 2017 and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

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Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Delivers Industry’s Highest Levels of Performance for Production Enterprise Applications

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:03
Press Release
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Delivers Industry’s Highest Levels of Performance for Production Enterprise Applications New Compute Platform Provides Customers with 87 Percent More Performance than Competitors, and 54 Percent Better Price-performance

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

Oracle today announced enhancements to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure that provide enterprises with the highest levels of performance and reliability delivered by any major cloud vendor. These enhancements to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute, Storage, Networking, and Edge offer IT operations, developers, and researchers, infrastructure services optimized for production enterprise applications.

Achieving high performance and reliability for enterprise applications and production workloads is capital and resource intensive for most customers in their own datacenters and even more difficult in the public cloud. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure delivers a reliable foundation for production enterprise applications, providing unique enterprise reliability features and improving compute performance by 87 percent, with 54 percent better price-performance[i] compared to other major cloud providers. Now, back-office applications like enterprise resource planning (ERP), public-facing database applications like e-commerce, and performance-intensive applications like high-performance computing (HPC) run faster with greater reliability and at lower cost on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

“Enterprises are moving workloads to the cloud for a variety of reasons, whether it is to eliminate datacenters, migrate legacy workloads, or build and run performance-intensive applications in a more agile environment,” said Don Johnson, senior vice president, Oracle. “Running traditional and cloud-native production applications successfully in the cloud requires consistent high performance and reliability across the stack. Keeping all of these factors in mind, we have continued to improve Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to deliver industry-leading performance with simple, easy-to-understand pricing, making Oracle the most cost-effective cloud to run serious enterprise applications.”

Oracle enables enterprise reliability by being the first vendor to support trusted technologies such as local database clustering through Oracle Real Application Clusters, and Oracle Exadata as a managed cloud service. When combined with geographically distributed datacenter regions, each with multiple fault-independent availability domains, Oracle is providing a unique set of capabilities to maximize application availability and reliability.

Enhanced performance is made possible through a non-oversubscribed 25 Gigabit (Gb) network and optimized edge access with an industry-leading DNS. In addition, Oracle provides the best price and performance per CPU and GPU core, guaranteed storage performance at no additional cost, the lowest cloud data egress and access costs, and the most flexible pricing mechanisms to bring customers a better experience at the lowest prices in the industry.

Industry-Leading Compute to Boost Performance

In order to bring enterprises improved performance, Oracle has introduced an industry-leading system architecture (X7) and a new line of compute instances. The new Bare Metal Dense I/O instance provides 52 cores and 51 Terabytes (TB) of non-volatile memory express (NVMe) solid state drive (SSD) capacity, capable of millions of input/output operations per second (IOPS). These bare metal instances will improve performance for workloads related to simulations, computational fluid dynamics, analytics, and high scale enterprise applications. The new Bare Metal Standard instance offers the same number of cores, but can scale to 512 TB of SSD block volumes, enabling high storage capacity use cases no other cloud vendor can match. New Virtual Machine instances will also be available in 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24-core shapes, leveraging the faster processors and increased memory of the X7 architecture.

Oracle’s new bare metal GPU instances, which are up to 400 percent faster while costing 58 percent less than comparable solutions from competitors[ii], enable high performance for compute-intensive workloads used by researchers, analysts, developers, and animation professionals. GPUs are designed to process and analyze massive data sets more efficiently than general-purpose processors, making it ideal for complex machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms. These compute-intensive workloads are increasingly being run in the cloud due to the ability to deploy vast resources, obtain results, and release the resources more quickly than any other deployment model. This capability provides the ability to pay for only what a user needs to complete the desired computational task.

High Performance Storage with Guaranteed Performance at No Additional Cost

Oracle is the first major cloud provider to guarantee storage performance at no additional cost. Oracle’s new all-flash block volume storage is specifically designed to deliver within 10 percent of 60 IOPS per Gigabyte (GB) and 480 Kilobytes per second of throughput, 99.95 percent of the time.[iii] Optimized for performance-intensive, production enterprise workloads, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customers can now run resource-intensive workloads, such as databases and analytics, with block storage that is 25 percent faster and costs up to 98 percent less than the competition.[iv]

Oracle is also introducing a new Archive Storage service, leveraging the same APIs as the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage, available at only $0.003/GB/month. This offers customers a low-cost, integrated alternative for long term storage.

Enhanced Networking and DNS for High-Bandwidth Workloads

As companies increasingly utilize high-bandwidth applications and interact with customers in near real-time, applications must respond quickly with minimal latency. Oracle’s new 25Gb network infrastructure offers significantly more throughput than most traditional cloud network architectures and allows enterprises to cost effectively take full advantage of the latest connectivity to compute, storage, and database services.

Integrated DNS from Dyn, the leading cloud-based internet performance and DNS provider, is also now available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This best-in-class edge solution enables customers to monitor, control, and optimize enterprise back-office and public-facing applications to deliver faster access and greater end-user satisfaction.

Platform Enhancements and Integrated Solutions for Easy Migration

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offers packaged migrations for Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, and PeopleSoft, helping customers instantly modernize their infrastructure on the best price-performance cloud. Oracle is also making a new data transfer appliance available to import large quantities of data into the Oracle Cloud, as well as a new tagging service to support the management, monitoring, and automation of large amounts of resources.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure also announced a new version of its Ravello Service, which offers up to 14X better performance than the previous version. Enterprises can now run VMware VMs of up to 32 vCPUs to scale applications vertically and up to 2,000 VMs to scale horizontally. This increased performance and scale is combined with new high availability capabilities to enable customers to migrate applications with higher reliability requirements.

Oracle has also expanded its cloud infrastructure ecosystem with 25 certified tier-1 system integrators (SI) and its new Oracle Cloud Jump Start program enables customers to evaluate solutions offered by Oracle’s ISV and SI partners on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure at no cost. The Oracle Cloud Jump Start program is launching with solutions from partners, including Apprenda, App Associates, Astute, DataStax, Denovo, Forsythe, Mythics, Sunera, and Qubole.

[i] Based on industry-standard SPECint_rate2006 benchmarking, a measure of multicore, multisocket workloads. Compared to AWS M4.16xlarge
[ii] Based on a standard benchmark with TensorFlow as the main Neural Net Training Framework, AlexNet and Inception V3 computer vision models, and the ImageNet dataset. Compared to AWS p2.8xlarge and Azure NC24
[iii] Up to a maximum of 25,000 IOPS and 320 Megabytes per second throughput per volume
[iv] Based on a typical enterprise workload of 400 Gigabytes and 20,000 IOPS. Compared to Amazon EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1) volumes

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Oracle
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jesse.caputo@oracle.com
Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus
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About Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure serves as the foundational layer for the Oracle Cloud Platform, and is specifically architected to provide the consistently fast performance, comprehensive control, versatility, and predictable savings required for enterprise workloads. It supports mission-critical traditional and performance-intensive workloads, particularly Oracle Applications and Databases, usually found in on-premises environments, along with cloud-native applications. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides the servers, storage, networking, and edge services (such as DNS) necessary to deliver the innovation enterprises require.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

Safe Harbor

The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation.

Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on Oracle’s current expectations and assumptions, some of which are beyond Oracle’s control. All information in this article is current as of October 3, 2017 and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

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Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. 

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Oracle Expands Open and Integrated Cloud Platform with Innovative Technologies

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:02
Press Release
Oracle Expands Open and Integrated Cloud Platform with Innovative Technologies Adds Advancements in Container-Native Application Development, Comprehensive Data and Application Integration, and Embedded AI and Machine Learning Capabilities

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

Oracle today announced new integrated PaaS offerings that make it easier for organizations to capitalize on key transformative technologies. In addition to new autonomous data management cloud services, big data analytics, and AI capabilities, Oracle announced the addition of innovative technologies to its application development platform, data integration platform, and security and systems management portfolio.

Oracle Cloud Platform helps organizations build, deploy, secure, and manage workloads seamlessly on premises or in the cloud, connect and extend business applications, and drive new business insights.

“No matter where customers are in their cloud journey, Oracle plans to continue to offer the most comprehensive, open, and integrated platform to quickly and securely develop and deploy business-critical applications,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Platform. “With the latest Oracle Cloud Platform enhancements and new cloud services, we continue to offer our customers unparalleled choice and the best technology to help them deliver new innovations, embrace disruptive emerging technologies, and out-perform the competition.”

New Services that Enable Greater Flexibility and Ease of Use for Developers

Enabling choice and a more modern way for developers to build, deploy, and deliver applications across multiple channels, Oracle announced new services in its Application Development portfolio, including:

  • Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform that helps developers build, deploy and manage next-generation container-native applications using managed containers, serverless functions, and automated container-native continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) pipelines.
  • Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, an enterprise-grade distributed ledger cloud platform enabling developers to securely and quickly extend customers’ business applications and deliver tamper-resistant B2B transactions across their partner ecosystem.
  • Oracle Mobile Cloud portfolio has been expanded with simplified development and deployment of Artificial-Intelligence (AI)-powered chatbots and operational analytics to help organizations better engage with customers and employees across today’s most popular messaging platforms. 
  • Oracle AI Platform Cloud Service that combines a complete AI development environment with a best-in-class AI compute infrastructure, making it quick and easy for developers and data scientists to set up a secure, scalable environment for new deep learning models, data aggregation and model training.

Comprehensive Application and Data Integration Clouds for Simplified Integration and Faster time to Market
  • Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud brings together all of Oracle’s market-leading data integration products: Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Data Integration, and Oracle data quality solutions, into one, comprehensive solution delivered in the cloud. Organizations can easily integrate new sources of data in any format to help eliminate costly downtime, accelerate data integration for analytics or big data, and improve data governance. Incorporating proven technologies, such as Oracle GoldenGate, the platform enables customers to seamlessly migrate their databases with no data loss for phased or online migrations. In addition, it enables users to prepare and ingest data from on-premises or cloud solutions in real time with little or no impact to application performance of target systems.
  • Evolution of Oracle Integration Cloud Service to include capabilities for SaaS and on-premises integration, process automation including adaptive case management, 100+ out-of-the-box cloud adapters, and tooling for visual application development. Oracle offers a next-generation user experience that includes persona-based access to all of these capabilities and drives business value with faster time to market via pre-built integration templates. 
  • The industry’s most complete API management cloud solution to design, govern, manage, analyze, monetize, and secure APIs in a true Hybrid deployment. Oracle’s API Management tooling includes Apiary for developers to prototype, test, and document APIs with industry standards such as OpenAPI and API Blueprint.

Delivers All Capabilities Essential for Big Data Projects
  • Oracle Big Data Cloud Platform delivers critical capabilities essential to Big Data projects, enabling customers to simplify and accelerate data-driven business outcomes while making it easier for them leverage adaptive intelligence in their own applications and services. It includes new Oracle Analytics Cloud, Data Lake Edition, embedded machine learning and analytics capabilities in Oracle Big Data Cloud, and a unified Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud.

First Cloud-Native, Intelligent Suite for Security and Management
  • The industry’s first cloud-native, intelligent suite of security and management, consisting of Oracle Management Cloud and the Oracle Identity Security Operations Center portfolio of services.
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Oracle
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Blanc & Otus
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About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

Safe Harbor

The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation.

Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on Oracle’s current expectations and assumptions, some of which are beyond Oracle’s control. All information in this article is current as of October 3, 2017 and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

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Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. 

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Oracle Cloud Platform Innovates to Power Big Data at Scale

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:01
Press Release
Oracle Cloud Platform Innovates to Power Big Data at Scale New artificial Intelligence, data lake and data integration capabilities accelerate business insights, enabling customers to drive better business outcomes from data

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

Oracle today announced three major enhancements to Oracle Big Data Platform Cloud. The new services deliver critical capabilities essential to Big Data projects, and enable customers to simplify and accelerate data-driven business outcomes while making it easier for them to leverage adaptive intelligence in their own applications and services.

Big Data projects are critical to innovation, but can be challenging to execute due to complexity and the gap in skills required to coordinate all the necessary pieces. To help customers address these issues and more easily manage the entire Big Data lifecycle, Oracle is announcing integrated Big Data services in Oracle Cloud Platform.

“Big Data initiatives are an important part of growing an organization, but the process is still complex and challenging for everyone involved,” said Greg Pavlik, senior vice president and CTO, Oracle Cloud Platform. “By delivering an end-to-end, unified platform that simplifies and accelerates Big Data analytics projects in the cloud, we are minimizing challenges and helping customers increase their rate of success. Our vision is to empower our customers to analyze any type of data from any source for everyone.”

Unveils Oracle Analytics Cloud, Data Lake Edition, for Big Data Analytics

Oracle is unveiling Oracle Analytics Cloud, Data Lake Edition, which unlocks Big Data analytics at scale on Oracle Big Data Cloud and Apache Spark. With Oracle Analytics Cloud, Data Lake, any analyst can now explore all data in data lakes, blend it with personal, enterprise, or external sources to discover new insights, rapidly enhance and enrich those data sets and persist them by creating data flows that are executed at scale. A built-in fast layer with Oracle Essbase and Oracle Database Cloud serves the resultant data across the enterprise, delivering fast, interactive visualization and a layer of governance on Big Data. The platform further enhances analytics by providing recommendations for data enrichment and visualization powered by machine learning to make analytics users more productive.

Oracle Analytics Cloud, Data Lake Edition, also introduces automatic creation of machine learning models, which can be applied inline to intelligently augment data and data flow creation and execution. In addition, analysts can draw from hundreds of Oracle Advanced Analytics and Spark functions to further enrich their data and data flows.

Oracle Analytics Cloud is tightly integrated with Oracle Integration Cloud and Oracle Big Data Cloud. Together, this unified platform offers low total cost of ownership for the most comprehensive set of analytics capabilities in the industry, from self-service visualization and data preparation on data at any scale to enterprise reporting, advanced analytics, dynamic user-driven modeling, and self-learning mobile analytics that provide proactive insights.

Adds AI Capabilities to Oracle Big Data Cloud

Oracle has embedded three machine learning and analytics capabilities in Oracle Big Data Cloud, which minimize data movement and accelerate results. Oracle R Advanced Analytics for Hadoop accelerates the algorithms available in SparkMLlib up to 32X; GPU support for Apache Spark and TensorFlow frameworks further accelerate algorithm performance for deep learning analytics; and Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph enables customers to discover relationships and connections among customers, organizations, and assets, and enrich multi-structured data with location information.

Oracle Big Data Cloud also now includes Oracle Big Data Connectors to provide faster and easier data movement between Oracle Database and data lakes. Additionally, Oracle Event Hub Cloud also delivers a fully automated way to persist streaming data into Oracle Storage Cloud and integrates with Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud, helping to make building data lakes in the cloud both easier and cheaper than ever before.

Finally, Oracle is announcing two new services: Oracle Graph Cloud Service is a fully managed, highly scalable, graph database and analytics engine with integrated development and visualization tools. Oracle NoSQL Database Cloud Service is the only fully managed NoSQL database that gives customers the choice of storing their data in the Oracle Cloud or in their own datacenter.

Unveils Data Integration Platform Cloud

Oracle is announcing the Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud Service, which delivers unified, comprehensive enterprise-grade data ingestion and ETL capabilities. The service also features a push-down processing model for both streaming and batch ETL data pipelines for next-generation data ingestion from all Oracle and non-Oracle data sources and applications. Additionally, the service supports a wide range of data cleansing, data catalog, and metadata solutions for commonplace enterprise data sources to help ensure correct data usage and regulatory compliance.

Already an industry-recognized leader in streaming data platforms, Oracle Stream Analytics has been enhanced to run natively from Oracle Cloud Platform. Oracle Stream Analytics is based on core Big Data technologies like Apache Kafka and Apache Spark, and is tightly integrated with Oracle Big Data Cloud and Oracle Event Hub Cloud.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

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Oracle Empowers Developers with New Enablement Resources and Events

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 11:00
Press Release
Oracle Empowers Developers with New Enablement Resources and Events Extends Oracle Code Series, and Introduces New Online Resources and Tools to Help Developers Build Next Generation of Modern Cloud Apps

Oracle Code, San Francisco—Oct 3, 2017

Empowering developers to learn, innovate and deliver more value to their organizations, Oracle today announced new enablement resources and tools. Building on the success of its recent Oracle Code series, Oracle is expanding its lineup of events around the world. In addition, new materials in Oracle’s developer.oracle.com portal and expanded GitHub participation will help developers stay on top of the latest architectures and methodologies for building next generation cloud native applications.

“Developers want to build cloud native applications using the latest technologies such as spark, Kafka, serverless, Kubernetes and Tensorflow. Oracle is constantly exploring new tools and libraries to drive this innovation,” said Siddhartha Agarwal, vice president of product management and strategy at Oracle. “With today’s announcements, Oracle is giving developers even more resources to stay up to date and build the next generation of software automation in the cloud.”

Oracle Code

Designed specifically for developers, Oracle Code events provide insights and best practices for tackling development challenges and opportunities in the cloud. Over the last six months, Oracle held 20 Oracle Code events around the world, hosting more than 10 thousand attendees. In a survey, 88 percent of attendees said they would recommend attending Oracle Code events to a colleague. Keynotes, technical sessions and hands-on labs led by industry luminaries, community members and Oracle experts will feature sessions on emerging technologies from chatbots and machine learning to containerization and Java. New worldwide Oracle Code events are planned for 2018.

Enablement Resources

Oracle is committed to providing developers an open, modern and easy to use cloud development platform. To help developers stay on top of the latest architectures, methodologies and tools available, Oracle is expanding its online developer portal—developer.oracle.com—with more technology-specific pages dedicated to databases, Java and containerization. As such, developers have a centralized resource to gain new knowledge that will aid in the development of next-generation applications.

Oracle is also expanding its contributions of open source projects on GitHub, with Oracle employees now working on more than 250 repositories. They also support a constant stream of newly added projects, software development kits (SDK), command line interfaces (CLI), and projects that enable developers to leverage major open source technologies such as Kubernetes, Docker, Terraform, Node.js, Javascript, and Java.

Oracle Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) also provide a free and flexible way for developers to learn about Oracle technology. They are created by Oracle product experts, and delivered digitally through a combination of videos, hands-on lab guides, quizzes, and course-specific discussion forums. Upon completion of each MOOC, learners earn digital badges that can be showcased on their social networks.

Oracle has a long standing commitment to open source and has invested significant resources in developing, testing, optimizing, and supporting open technologies such as Kubernetes, MySQL, GlassFish, Java, Linux, PHP, Apache, Eclipse, Berkeley DB, NetBeans, VirtualBox, and Xen. A Linux Foundation platinum member since 2008, Oracle serves on its board of directors and participates in a number of Linux Foundation projects, including the Open Container Initiative (OCI), Xen Project, Hyperledger, Automotive Grade Linux, and the R Consortium.

Developers can get $300 free credit to try any Oracle Cloud service at https://cloud.oracle.com/tryit. Terms, conditions and restrictions apply.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

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New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 16 Now Available

Steven Chan - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:58

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure. Since the initial release of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 in 2013, we have released a number of cumulative updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 is now available:

Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.5 users should apply this patch.  Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.5 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch is cumulative: it includes 44 fixes in total, including all fixes released in previous EBS Release 12.2.5 bundle patches.

This latest bundle patch includes fixes for following bugs/issues:

  • Under message component layout, the 'None' text in attachment link is clickable when there are no attachments.

  • If the user accesses any non-existing function through OA.jsp just after restarting the application services, the subsequent access of any EBS URLs shows an error page.

  • 22590683 - FORWARD-PORT 21465867 TO 12.2.5

  • 24391264 - ICONS NOT ALIGNED WITH FUNC NAME IN OLD HOMEPAGE IN CHROME AND FIREFOX

  • 24398948 - CUSTOMER NAME MISALIGNED

  • 24833544 - ISUPPORT PAGE HTML WIDTH/ALIGNMENT ISSUES AFTER UPGRADING TO 12.2.5 FROM 12.1.3

  • 25056504 - NEED IMPORTPERZDOCCO.JAVA VERSION .3 BACKPORTED TO BUNDLE 8

  • 25636917 - SKIP NAVIGATION ELEMENTS TO PAGE CONTENTS LINK 26261007 - BACKPORT:

  • 25686188:LONG NOTIFICATION TITLE IS NOT WRAPPING

  • 26299803 - FLEX POPUP WITHIN AN ADVANCED TABLE IS PARTIALLY OPENED ON BR

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Parsing

Jonathan Lewis - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:15

Here’s a quick quiz.

According to the Oracle 12.1 Database SQL Tuning Guide the first stage of parsing a statement is the Syntax Check, which is followed by the Semantic Check, followed by the Shared Pool Check. So where you do think the statement text will be while the Syntax Check is going on ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the answer looks like ….

 

 

 

… the shared pool. Here’s a simple test, cut-n-paste from SQL*Plus running under 12.1.0.2 in the SYS schema (I’ve also done this in the past with older versions):

 

 

 


SQL> select user frrom dual;
select user frrom dual
                  *
ERROR at line 1:
ORA-00923: FROM keyword not found where expected

SQL> select kglhdpar, kglhdadr, kglobt03, kglnaobj from x$kglob where kglnaobj like '%frrom%' and kglnaobj not like '%kgl%';

KGLHDPAR         KGLHDADR         KGLOBT03      KGLNAOBJ
---------------- ---------------- ------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
00000000D1EE3880 00000000AEF43F40 bshhvh0ypcz6x select user frrom du
00000000D1EE3880 00000000D1EE3880 bshhvh0ypcz6x select user frrom du

2 rows selected.

SQL> 

So the statement is garbage and fails (or ought to be failing) on a syntax text – but I can find it in x$kglob – the library cache objects – in the SGA with a parent and child entry.

I have to say that when I first read, many years ago, that there was a syntax check it struck me that the fastest way of doing a syntax check on a “good” system would be to start with a search for the text in the library cache. If it were there (and on a good system it probably would be within a few minutes of startup) then you could have a flag that avoided the CPU cost of doing the syntax check and move straight on to the semantic (basically object and permissions) check.

 


ARRIS Selects Oracle Cloud to Supercharge its Next Phase of Growth and Better Serve Its Global Customers

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:04
Press Release
ARRIS Selects Oracle Cloud to Supercharge its Next Phase of Growth and Better Serve Its Global Customers Technology leader to use Oracle Cloud to integrate multiple processes and systems across its organization to scale efficiently and effectively

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

ARRIS International plc, a world leader in video and broadband technology, has selected Oracle Cloud Applications and Platform to provide a unified, modern business platform to support its growing, global business.

ARRIS is a trusted advisor to the world’s leading service providers. Its portfolio and expertise enable its customers to select the best technology to transform the way that millions stay informed, entertained, and connected across their favorite screens: TVs, computers, mobile devices, and more.

ARRIS selected Oracle’s next-generation Cloud Applications and Platform to help scale its fast-growing enterprise. The best-in-class technology lends speed and addresses the company’s top priority: making business easier for its customers. ARRIS will use Oracle Cloud to create a foundation for managing and expanding its operations, taking customer interactions to the next level.

ARRIS’s former platform was a combination of technologies from previous acquisitions. With Oracle Cloud Applications and Platform, ARRIS will unite multiple components of ARRIS’s business—from procurement and payment to product design and employee management—setting a new global standard for service.

“ARRIS is driving the adoption of cloud technology in our own industry to accelerate innovation in internet and video services, so we recognize Oracle Cloud’s power to improve efficiency, scale, and speed for our customers on a global level,” said Phil Baldock, chief information officer, ARRIS. “Our integrated suite of Oracle Cloud applications, enriched with the Oracle Cloud Platform, will be the foundation for managing and expanding our business at large. It will allow us to adapt to our customers’ ever-changing needs as we make it easier for them to deliver the next generation of entertainment and communication services for millions of consumers around the world.”

ARRIS will utilize the full suite of Oracle Cloud applications. Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud will equip ARRIS with insightful and actionable data to manage its global workforce for a more positive and consistent employee experience worldwide. Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud will offer a consolidated view of business operations—from planning to operations—to enable data-driven strategic decision making, lower costs, and reduce IT complexity. Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud will offer end-to-end business solutions that get products to market faster, while offering real-time insight into day-to-day logistics, procurement, and fleet management. Part of the company’s large transformation initiative, ARRIS is also using Oracle Cloud Platform services—Oracle Integration Cloud and Oracle Data Integrator Cloud—as the foundation for its new integration platform.

“Industry pioneers like ARRIS are continuing to pave the way for digital transformation, not only with the products and services offered to customers, but also in the way the business is run,” said Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development at Oracle. “Oracle’s best-in-class cloud applications are specifically designed to modernize businesses, promote agility, spur innovation, and reduce cost, and we look forward to partnering with ARRIS on its digital transformation journey now and for many years to come.”

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About ARRIS

ARRIS International plc. (NASDAQ: ARRS) is a world leader in entertainment and communications technology. Our innovations combine hardware, software, and services across the cloud, network, and home to power TV and Internet for millions of people around the globe. The people of ARRIS collaborate with the world’s top service providers, content providers, and retailers to advance the state of our industry and pioneer tomorrow’s connected world. For more information, visit www.arris.com.

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About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

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Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on Oracle’s current expectations and assumptions, some of which are beyond Oracle’s control. All information in this article is current as of October 3, 2017 and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.  

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Oracle Announces 2017 Cloud Platform Innovation Award Recipients

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:03
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Oracle Announces 2017 Cloud Platform Innovation Award Recipients Honors Customers Using Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS Services to Accelerate Innovation and Drive Business Transformation

Anthem, AT&T, Australian Finance Group, LinkedIn, National Pharmacies, Santander, Subaru of America, and Veritone Among Recipients
Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

Oracle today announced the recipients of its 2017 Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation Awards at an awards ceremony held at Oracle OpenWorld. This elite group of recipients includes customers and partners who are using Oracle Cloud Platform’s PaaS and IaaS to accelerate innovation and drive business transformation by increasing agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity.

This year, 58 award recipients were selected from around the world, representing a wide range of customers from small and medium businesses to the largest enterprises, spanning a wide range of industries. Whether customers are evaluating starting their journey to the cloud or have already embraced cloud, Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure deliver a comprehensive, open, integrated, performant, highly available, and secure suite to accelerate their journey to, and adoption of, cloud. Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS services are being used by organizations on a number of journeys to the cloud, including moving on-premises and ISV applications to the cloud; integrating, extending and securing SaaS applications; modernizing application development with cloud native, API first, mobile-first digital innovation; optimizing IT operations and security; and gaining real-time insights from structured and unstructured data. With Oracle Cloud at Customer, some recipients leveraged the value of Oracle Cloud within their own datacenters since a public cloud could not be used due to data residency or compliance reasons.

Recipients include: a.i solutions, Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, AICPA, Anthem, Inc., ARRIS, AS ONE Corporation, AT&T, Atradius, Australian Finance Group, Bajaj Electrical, Betacom Incorporated, BrightSource Energy, Calypso Technology, CoreLogic, Darling Ingredients, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Exelon, FireEye, FORS, Gluon, GTA Travel, Hrvatska elektroprivreda, Hub Group Inc., iCabbi, ILDONG Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., Immofinanz, Jefferies, L&T Finance Ltd., LinkedIn, Mythics, National Pharmacies, New Hope, NHS Business Services Authority, NSW Government - Department of Finance, NTT Communications, NY MTA, Ooyala, Radius Payment Solutions, Rakuten Card, Rent-A-Center, Ricoh Global, Ricoh USA, Rogers, Rumo, Ryder System, Inc., Santander, State of California Department of Conservation, State University of New York, Subaru of America, Inc., Swiss Post, Turning Point, UBI Banca, Veritas Technologies, Veritone, VHI Group Services Ltd., W. L. Gore & Associates, Woodford Investment Management, and Zenotech.

“The Innovation Awards celebrate customers who are using Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS in new and unique ways to drive significant transformation within short timeframes by leveraging cloud,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president product development, Oracle Cloud Platform. “These customers have delivered significant value to their organizations by accelerating their journey to the cloud, and freeing up budget for even more innovation. We look forward to our continued partnership and their continued success.”

Part of the Oracle Excellence Awards, the Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation Awards, is an annual awards program that recognizes customers deploying revolutionary solutions. Recipients are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business impact from going live in the cloud, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of the implementation, and the originality of the architecture.

Oracle Cloud Platform is a comprehensive, standards-based, fully integrated combination of Oracle and open source technologies to build, deploy, migrate and manage a variety of different application workloads in the cloud. It provides a portfolio of innovative and accessible cloud-based services to capitalize on key transformative technologies such as big data analytics, AI, and IoT.

A few of the 2017 recipients are:

Moving Applications to the Cloud
“We don’t need that much hardware all the time, so it would never have been cost-effective to purchase it all. When we started exploring Oracle’s cloud, everything just worked – it was easy to get our JAVA 8 streaming API and Ubuntu environment up and running in minutes. We started in March, and by June we demonstrated the live solution running in real-time, displaying spacecraft trajectories to the audience, selecting and modifying them from a tablet,” said Sean M. Phillips, Principal Software Engineer

Integrating, Extending, and Securing SaaS Applications
“We are honored to be recognized as a 2017 Oracle Excellence Award winner. My focus is to continually improve experiences for our members in the fast-paced world of retail and health. Working with Oracle Cloud and our key partner Rubicon Red, provides a platform for sustained Innovation. Oracle Cloud Platform gives us the flexibility to connect and extend our core systems, and deliver innovative services via a range of user interface—including website, mobile devices, or emerging Chatbot technology,” said Ryan Klose, general manager, Corporate, National Pharmacies.

Modernizing Application Development
“Speed of engine deployment enhances our client and partner satisfaction, particularly in markets like legal and compliance where fast integration of natural language processing engines can be important. For cognitive engine development, the Oracle Wercker solution allows us to deploy almost any engine as a containerized artifact from the more than 5,500 we currently track in as little as 48 hours,” said Al Brown, senior vice president of engineering at Veritone. “Before we engaged Oracle, it could take as long as four weeks to deploy a cognitive engine.”

“AT&T will migrate thousands of existing Oracle Databases containing petabytes of data plus their associated applications workloads to Oracle Cloud. This collaboration accelerates our network transformation and migration to the cloud to expand efficiency, performance, and reduce cost while improving overall customer service,” said Sorabh Saxena, CIO Network and Shared Solutions, AT&T.

Optimizing IT Operations and Security
"The major benefit that we are looking at right now is mainly monitoring the infrastructure, the user experience, the usage of our capacity and the compute centrally from one location using Oracle Management Cloud. Earlier we used to have people monitoring from 13 locations and now we have a central team to monitor. It’s the Oracle Management Cloud with its machine learning capabilities which is going to tell us proactively when there are any issues,” said Pavan Tsunduru, CIO at Adani Ports.

Gaining Valuable Business Insight
“We chose Oracle Analytics Cloud to help us leverage vast amounts of trip data for our customers around the world. Working with our Oracle Partner Vertice, we streamlined the project delivery and costs, deploying in just 12 weeks for overall project savings of 20 percent. The speed and ease of using Oracle Analytics Cloud means we can make operational and strategic improvements internally, as well as delivering on-demand analytics to transform taxi companies and other ground transportation businesses into more data-driven organizations,” said Shane McDonnell, Marketing Director, iCabbi.

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Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

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NHS Business Services Authority Helps Improve Patient Care with Oracle

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:02
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NHS Business Services Authority Helps Improve Patient Care with Oracle Rapid, Large-scale Data Analysis Helps to Save £581 Million in Two Years

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), an Arm’s Length Body of the UK Department of Health that provides critical services to the NHS and its patients, has helped to improve patient care by uncovering new efficiencies since implementing Oracle Exadata in 2015. The new technology and processes have also helped enable the NHSBSA to create £581 million of savings for the NHS to put back into patient care.

Using Oracle Exadata, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) is able to provide data so that the NHS and other clients, for example Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), can make better-informed treatment decisions for patients. Since implementing the solution, it has been able to combine billions of data points on prescriptions, medicines, medical exemptions, doctor relationships, and call centre services from across the organisation and use this to reveal potential new efficiencies, all of which enable the wider healthcare system to provide better outcomes for patients.

Nina Monckton, chief insight officer at the NHSBSA said: “The NHS sits on billions of data points that have the potential to deliver tremendous value to the wider healthcare system in the UK when combined and analysed effectively. This is something we could never have done without significant processing power beyond what was available to us. Oracle Exadata has helped us make major headway so far, and we continue to uncover new ways to advise the wider NHS on improving the care it provides to patients each day.”

The ability to manipulate and draw insight from patient data has also helped the NHSBSA to manage prescriptions more securely and fight the pressing issue of anti-microbial resistance. By providing accurate, reliable data back to clinicians and policy makers it has enabled antibiotic prescribing to be reduced by 7%.

Dermot O’Kelly, senior vice president UK, Ireland 7 Israel at Oracle said: “Antimicrobial resistance is a major problem, not just in the UK but around the globe. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously agreed to tackle this issue just over a year ago, and by taking a data-driven approach to cut down the unnecessary use of broad spectrum antibiotics, the NHSBSA is showing the world how technology can help in the fight against over-medication and the rise of drug-resistant disease.”

Additionally, to help reduce the financial burden on the UK’s health system, the NHSBSA set itself the goal of delivering £1 billion in savings for the NHS to reinvest in patient care by the end of 2018. The NHSBSA responded by setting up an analytics lab, where it could consolidate its data, to uncover opportunities locked in this this information.

“The project was about working smarter and faster, reducing the risk of error in our operations and most importantly helping to present options to the wider NHS to enable it to deliver higher standards of patient care and better outcomes. In doing this we were able to uncover cost savings that will allow the UK healthcare system to invest even more funds into providing the best possible care.” concluded Monckton.

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About the National Health Service Business Services Authority

The NHS Business Services Authority is a Special Health Authority and an Arm’s Length Body of the Department of Health which provides a range of critical central services to NHS organisations, NHS contractors, patients and the public. Its purpose is to support a better NHS with a key strategic goal of creating £1 billion for patients.

For more information about the NHSBSA, please visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk

About Oracle

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About Oracle OpenWorld

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Charles Taylor InsureTech Looks to Oracle to Deliver its Core Insurance Platform in the Cloud for the First Time

Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 2017-10-03 10:01
Press Release
Charles Taylor InsureTech Looks to Oracle to Deliver its Core Insurance Platform in the Cloud for the First Time Policy Administration Platform Now Live Using Oracle’s PaaS to Help Insurers Roll Out New Services Quickly and at Scale

Oracle OpenWorld, San Francisco, Calif.—Oct 3, 2017

Charles Taylor InsureTech (InsureTech), the technology business of Charles Taylor plc a leading provider of professional services to the global insurance industry and a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, has today announced its core insurance platform, powered by INSIS is available in the cloud for the first time. The company has chosen Oracle Cloud to run the service, which will allow insurers to roll-out new propositions more quickly and better serve customers without having to make costly and disruptive investments to build out their own IT architecture.

INSIS, developed by Fadata, is an award-winning policy administration platform for Life, General and Health Insurance businesses that provides full coverage of all aspects of insurance business.

The launch of InsureTech’s insurance platform in the cloud reflects the insurance industry’s current digital revolution as firms seek to deliver an increasingly personalised, digital service to customers. By leveraging Oracle’s PaaS, Charles Taylor InsureTech has developed an insurance solution that combines its significant industry expertise and understanding of what insurance companies need with the proven scalability, stability, and security of Oracle Cloud.

Jason Sahota, CEO of Charles Taylor InsureTech said: “The insurance industry has often relied on a wait-and-see approach to adopting new technologies, but we’re now seeing a tech revolution as external factors force insurers’ hands to explore and invest in innovation.

“Customer expectations for a more personalised, digital experience can now be met using the proven security, scalability and operational benefits of the cloud. With access to the platform through the Oracle Cloud, insurers will be able to meet changing customer needs while having the peace of mind that they are investing in technology which is secure, industrialised and compliant.”

John Abel, Vice President of Technology and Cloud, Oracle UK, Ireland and Israel at Oracle said: “INSIS is one of the insurance industry’s leading policy administration software solutions. InsureTech’s core insurance platform offering can now help users enjoy the myriad benefits of cloud-based working, from flexibility and scalability to the guarantee that they are working with the most up-to-date version of the product.”

About Charles Taylor InsureTech Charles Taylor InsureTech is Charles Taylor’s independent insurance technology business. It draws together the Group’s specialist and bespoke technology solutions, systems development and implementation solutions into a single client-focused business and brings together the Group’s technology expertise, experience and knowledge of global insurance markets. In 2015, Charles Taylor and The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, acquired a majority interest in Fadata AD, a specialist provider of software solutions to the global insurance industry. Charles Taylor plc is a leading provider of professional services to clients across the global insurance market. The Group has been providing services since 1884 and today employs 2,000 staff in 76 offices spread across 29 countries in the UK, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group offers services, principally on a fee-based model and operates through three businesses—Management, Adjusting and Insurance Support Services. Charles Taylor also owns insurers, creating value through select acquisitions and operational efficiency.

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About Charles Taylor InsureTech

Charles Taylor InsureTech is Charles Taylor’s independent insurance technology business. It draws together the Group’s specialist and bespoke technology solutions, systems development and implementation solutions into a single client-focused business and brings together the Group’s technology expertise, experience and knowledge of global insurance markets. In 2015, Charles Taylor and The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm, acquired a majority interest in Fadata AD, a specialist provider of software solutions to the global insurance industry. Charles Taylor plc is a leading provider of professional services to clients across the global insurance market. The Group has been providing services since 1884 and today employs 2,000 staff in 76 offices spread across 29 countries in the UK, the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group offers services, principally on a fee-based model and operates through three businesses—Management, Adjusting and Insurance Support Services. Charles Taylor also owns insurers, creating value through select acquisitions and operational efficiency.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Designed for attendees who want to connect, learn, explore and be inspired, Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions led by more than 2,000 customers and partners sharing their experiences, first hand. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation.

Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on Oracle’s current expectations and assumptions, some of which are beyond Oracle’s control. All information in this article is current as of October 3, 2017 and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.  

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SQL Server 2017 RTM is available: time to try!

Yann Neuhaus - Tue, 2017-10-03 09:47

Now SQL Server 2017 RTM  is available. :-D
The first step is to go to the Evaluation Center here

Install_00

After completing the registration with your contact information, you download the file “SQL Server 2017-SSEI-Eval.exe
Install_02
Run SQL Server 2017-SSEI-Eval.exe and now it begins!

A first screen gives me 3 choices to install SQL Server

  • Basic: easy and fast to download and install SQL Server 2017
  • Custom: Download the setup package and launch the SQL Installation Center
  • Download Media: choose between an ISO or a CAB

Install_03

Basic Installation

In this mode, you have 2 steps to follow:

    • Accept the license

Install_basic_01

 

    • Choose the destination folder

Install_basic_02

And now the installation begins…
Install_basic_03
At the end, you have a SQL Server installed with a default instance as you can see in this summary window.
Install_basic_04
If you click on the button “Connect now”, the interface run a SQLCMD
Install_basic_05_connectnow

The second button “Customize”, run the SQL Server setup that you know to install a SQL Server instance
Install_basic_05_customize

The “Install SSMS” button retursn you to the web page to download SQL Server management Studio (SSMS)

Install_basic_05_ssms

Here the direct link to SSMS

At the end, you can see also the installation folder from your default instance…
Install_basic_06Be very carefuly with this installation type, at the end you have a default instance installed!

The last point to notice is that on C:\SQLServer2017Media, you retrieve the full Setup from SQL Server 2017
Install_basic_07

Custom installation

This installation asks the target location to dowload the installation files (Default is C:\SQLServer2017Media).

installation_custom

 

Remarks: If you have like me installed the Basic before and click the custom installation, it will detect that you have already the installation files (download phase is shunted!).

After the download, it will run the “Classical” setup (SQL Server Installation Center) to install an instance

Install_custom02

Download Media

This type of installation gives you the language choice, the package choice (.iso or .cab) and the folder for the download file.
Install_04
Click Download and let’s go!
Install_05
After few minutes, the file (iso in my case) is here.
Install_06

This last installation type is the best for me because I can mount the iso file on VMs to install and test SQL Server 2017!

Now, It’s time to test this new version for my Team and write a lot of blogs for you! 8-)

 

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Oracle 18c RU and RUR for pioneers and followers

Yann Neuhaus - Tue, 2017-10-03 08:44

In a previous post, I explained the announcement of the new release model, with Release Updates and Release Update Revisions replacing Proactive Bundle Patch and PSUs. Here is a description that will help you to plan your patching activity.

Which DBA are you?

There are currently a lot of discussions about the different types of DBAs. When it comes to patching, the DBA type is important.

Some DBAs are very conservative: do not use new features, do not upgrade to ‘.1′ releases, because every change can break anything. At least, maybe just patch to SPU for the security fixes. Some are more confident and apply the PSUs, with more fixes. The problem is that what is not fixed may be subject to a bug one day, and need an urgent one-of patch.

And some others are very pro-active: they patch and upgrade the development environment as soon as there is a new Proactive Bundle Patch, then they always have the latest fixes.

Actually, this does not depend only on the personality of the DBA but also on the ability to test. If you have only the production database with representative volume and activity, then any patch set can be dangerous. If in addition to that any intervention or decision takes 3 months, the problems encountered are even worse. But if you are in DevOps, where developers work on a production copy, when integration tests run every night, covering most of the critical use cases, then you can be confident that once those databases have run a few days with the latest Proactive Bundle Patch, then you can do the same in production. And if you come upon the low probability of a regression, you can react immediately with workarounds because you are agile.

The SPUer, the PSUer and the PBPer

In the previous release model, still used for 11g and 12c up to 12.2, this context will define if you are a SPUer (only security patches with very low risk of regression), PSUer (the critical fixes), or Proactive BPer (more fixes) but this will still not include optimizer fixes, and then may still require one-offs.

The .0, the .1 and the .2

With the new release model, you will have releases (R) every year, like 18c, increasing the first number, such as 18.1.0 which should arrive in January. Then during the support window, you will have Release Updates (RU) release quarterly to proactively bring software to the lasted fixes, increasing the second number, such as 18.2.0. But, because those may bring some regressions, you will have additional Release Update Revisions (RUR) which will fix the issues encountered in the last 6 months Release Updates, increasing the third number, such as 18.2.1 and 18.2.2

Then, there will be 3 types of approaches

The pioneer will go to the latest software

The pioneer is confident in his ability to cover most of the critical uses cases in his automated regression tests and is agile enough to fix quickly any issue in the non-covered cases. Then, he will upgrade to release 18.1.0 in January 2018. He will apply the Release Updates as soon as they are there: 18.2.0 in April, 18.3.0 in July, 18.4.0 in October. In January 2019 he can apply the 18c release update 18.5.0 or upgrade to 19c release 19.1.0

The wise will be on the latest Release Updates (RU)

Because each release brings a bunch of new features, they may come with regression on existing ones. Then, the wise DBA will prefer to wait that the pioneers have encountered them and that Oracle has fixed them in Release Updates. He can upgrade to 18.2.0 in April 2018, then apply the RU as they are released: 18.3.0 in July, 18.4.0 in October, 18.5.0 in January 2019,… He can continue for few years according to the support lifecycle (MOS 742060.1)

Of course, he doesn’t need to apply the RU immediately and can choose to lag for a few ones in order to be sure that more pioneers or eager wise ones have encountered more issues. But then, he will also lag on the security fixes, which is not good. And this is where Release Update Revisions come up.

The follower will be on the latest revision (RUR)

When you want to be up-to-date only on security fixes, with the minimal risk of regression, you will stay on the RUR branch, where the potential issues encountered on RU will be fixed. This is the same philosophy as applying only the SPU in the previous release model, but without lagging for years on other fixes. In the new release model, the RUR will be provided only for the last two previous RU. This extends the lifetime of RU by 6 months. The follower can apply the latest security fixes, but they will also come with other fixes. However, the risk is lowered here because the other fixes included are only those that have been tested for 6 months by other users. This 6 month lag on pro-active fixes keeps the risk minimal without running old software. He will upgrade to 18.2.1 in July for a 3 months lag, or waits October to upgrade to 18.3.2 for a 6 months lag.

Of course, you don’t have upgrade to 18c immediately and to patch every 3 months. But when you want to patch, you have the choice to be on the latest software to get new features immediately, or on latest RU to get new fixes immediately, or on latest RUR to let the others endure early problems for a few months. Be aware that RUs have a bit more than what Proactive BP included. In RU you may have some optimizer fixes, but those are disabled by default if there is a risk of plan change. You may also find some minor enhancements. You have the flexibility to switch between RU and RUR. And in the low probability that you need a one-off patch, it will be delivered quickly for the latest RU and RUR.

So what?

This new model helps to run a software that is not too old, which is more and more mandatory, at least for security reasons. Finally, all is about testing. Do you prefer to let others test the quarterly upgrades on their database, in the hope that what they run is similar to what you run on your database? Then be a ‘.1′ or ‘.2′ RUR follower. Or improve and automate your own testing and you can reduce the lag by being an up-to-date ‘.0′ RU patcher.

 

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Oracle 18c: self-driving, self-scaling, self-repairing AND documentation-free (?)

Dietrich Schroff - Tue, 2017-10-03 04:24
Yesterday Larry Ellison announced Oracle 18c:
After 12c now 18c?
Why 18 and not another number greater 12?
Inside a whitepaper released with the announcment the version 18c is not named at all.

The whitepaper just contains some high level information about the autonomous database:

and some licensing information:
But no real information about this new database 18c.
If this new database works like promised:
Fully automated patching, upgrades, backups, and availability architecture perform all routine database maintenance tasks—without the need for human intervention.then there is no need for documentation at all...

Oracle Open World; day 2 – highlights

Amis Blog - Tue, 2017-10-03 01:45

 

At Monday Oracle Open World really starts. A whole lot of general sessions with announcements and strategic directions on product / service level. In this post I’ll try to summarize the highlights of this day. Quite hard, there are a whole lot of interesting sessions which overlap. Always the feeling I’m missing something. And a very interesting session at the very end of the day as a surprise.

It started with the keynote of Mark Hurd, no big news, or it must be the revisiting of his predictions a year ago. This holds true:

– By 2025 the number of corporate-owned data centers will decrease by 80%

– 80% of production apps will be in the cloud by 2025

 

Hardware : not shouting out loud, but there’s a new generation of

– Engineered systems, the X7 line. Engineered for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (but also for on-premises)

– Sparc servers with the Sparc M8 processor.

 

As mentioned earlier, Oracle Management Cloud is becoming more dominant as ‘single pane of glass’.

OMC-overview

Software : Wim Coekaerts

– Solaris will be supported and developed for a long time !

image

Oracle Kubernetes Cloud is started!

A few slides about key announcements I really can’t judge by it’s value:

key-integration

key-security-management

The last session was about new features of Database 18c (december 2017), quite interesting. A few enhancements:

– Performance enhancements by low latency memory transactions, non-volatile memory support, in-memory column store improvements. Mainly for OLTP and IOT workload improvements.

– For Data Warehousing and Big Data are new features as In-Memory for external tables, Machine learning algorithmen, alter table merge function.

– Per-PDB switchover

– Centrally managed users in Active Directory

– Improved JSON support

– Centrally Managed Users Directly in Active Directory

Foto 02-10-17 18 16 40 (1)

– A REST API to provide instance management and monitoring

– Official Docker support (except RAC, is coming)

– SQLCI got more attention

– Gold Images as new Installation Approach, as zip-, tarfile, docker image, virtual box. Installation through RPM.

– First quarter 2018 18c XE is launched. Including PDB’s, probably 2GB, 2 CPU, 12GB storage (compressed, net 40GB). Meant for students, Proof of Concepts, not for production.

Foto 02-10-17 18 27 40 (2)

Regardz

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date function in oracle: find the date of a day

Tom Kyte - Tue, 2017-10-03 00:46
can i find the date of a day that is on which dates saturdays of a specific month fall in oracle sql ??
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conversion of MSACCESS query to Oracle SQL

Tom Kyte - Tue, 2017-10-03 00:46
The Goal is to convert a successful MS_ACCESS Query to Oracle SQL. Access Query ------------------ UPDATE target_table T INNER JOIN source_table S ON T.linkcolumn = S.linkColumn SET T.field1 = S.field1, T.field2 = S.field2, T.field...
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Oracle Express Commercial Use

Tom Kyte - Tue, 2017-10-03 00:46
Hi - Can you please confirm that the Oracle Express Database group is free for commercial use ? The licensing implies it is but it would be good to get confirmation from Oracle (Masters). Regards Erick
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