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Oracle to Hold Annual Project Portfolio Management Day in South Africa

Oracle Press Releases - Thu, 2017-09-21 08:00
Press Release
Oracle to Hold Annual Project Portfolio Management Day in South Africa Customers, industry experts to share insights into improving project delivery

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 21, 2017

Today Oracle Construction and Engineering will host its annual Project Portfolio Management Day event in Johannesburg. Project management community peers and thought leaders will gather at the exclusive event to share knowledge and best practices to improve project planning and delivery. The event will take place at Summer Place in Hyde Park.

“The annual Project Portfolio Management Day provides a dynamic forum for a cross section of business and public organizations to come together and discuss the strategies and solutions they are applying to transform their organizations,” said Mike Sicilia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Construction and Engineering.

Moritz Botha, Director, eTendering at the National Treasury of South Africa, will deliver a keynote address. In addition, Mike Sicilia will discuss Oracle Construction and Engineering’s strategic vision to empower organizations to improve project and program management outcomes in a session called Building the World of Tomorrow.

The program will feature sessions exploring the event theme of Business Modernization Through Digital Transformation and will also include the following speakers:

  • Rubin Boer, Senior Business Analyst, PetroSA
  • Vaughn Harris, Director, BIM Institute
  • Daniel Birch, Senior Consultant, PWC
  • Corli Janse Van Rensburg, General Manager, Transnet Group Capital

For more information about the event, or to register to attend, please visit: Oracle's Annual Project Portfolio Management Day

Oracle Construction and Engineering helps companies reimagine their businesses. With best-in-class project management solutions, organizations can proactively manage projects, gain complete visibility, improve collaboration, and manage change. Our cloud-based solutions for global project planning and execution can help improve strategy execution, operations, and financial performance. For more information, please visit www.oracle.com/construction-and-engineering.

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Be careful when putting the Oracle ADR on xfs, or better 4K sector format drives

Yann Neuhaus - Thu, 2017-09-21 07:09

Today, after we did a fresh setup of a Grid Infrastructure cluster (12.1.0.2.170814) we faced two issues reported in the alert.log of the ASM instances (in fact you would see the same for the alert logs of any instance in that configuration but we did not had any other instance up and running at that time):

This:

ORA-00700: soft internal error, arguments: [dbgrfrbf_1], [/disk00/app/grid/diag/asm/+asm/+ASM2/metadata/INC_METER_SUMMARY.ams], [0], [4], [], [], [], [], [], [], [], []
ORA-27072: File I/O error
Linux-x86_64 Error: 22: Invalid argument
Additional information: 4
Additional information: 1
Additional information: 4294967295

… and this:

ERROR: create the ADR schema in the specified ADR Base directory [/disk00/app/grid]
ERROR: The ORA-48178 error is caused by the ORA-48101 error. 
ORA-48101: error encountered when attempting to read a file [block] [/disk00/app/grid/diag/asm/+asm/+ASM1/metadata/ADR_INTERNAL.mif] [0]
ORA-27072: File I/O error
Linux-x86_64 Error: 22: Invalid argument
Additional information: 4
Additional information: 1
Additional information: 4294967295

As it turned out this was an issue with the xfs block size. In the configuration we had the block size was set to 4096 (this was chosen by default when the file system got created):

$:/disk00/app/grid/diag/asm/+asm/+ASM1/metadata/ [+ASM1] xfs_info /disk00
meta-data=/dev/mapper/vg_root-lv_disk00 isize=512    agcount=4, agsize=13107200 blks
         =                       sectsz=4096  attr=2, projid32bit=1
         =                       crc=1        finobt=0 spinodes=0
data     =                       bsize=4096   blocks=52428800, imaxpct=25
         =                       sunit=0      swidth=0 blks
naming   =version 2              bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0 ftype=1
log      =internal               bsize=4096   blocks=25600, version=2
         =                       sectsz=4096  sunit=1 blks, lazy-count=1
realtime =none                   extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0
$:/disk00/app/grid/diag/asm/+asm/+ASM1/metadata/ [+ASM1] 

After changing that to 512 all was fine again:

$:/home/ [+ASM1] xfs_info /disk00/
meta-data=/dev/mapper/disk00     isize=256    agcount=4, agsize=104857600 blks
         =                       sectsz=512   attr=2, projid32bit=1
         =                       crc=0        finobt=0 spinodes=0
data     =                       bsize=512    blocks=419430400, imaxpct=25
         =                       sunit=0      swidth=0 blks
naming   =version 2              bsize=4096   ascii-ci=0 ftype=1
log      =internal               bsize=512    blocks=204800, version=2
         =                       sectsz=512   sunit=0 blks, lazy-count=1
realtime =none                   extsz=4096   blocks=0, rtextents=0
$:/home/ [+ASM1] 

Indeed this was not so easy because the Cisco UCS systems we used for that came with internal disks that had a 4k sector size so we couldn’t even create a new xfs file system on that with the settings required.

[root@xxxx ~]# mkfs.xfs -s size=512 -m crc=0 -b size=512
        /dev/mapper/vg_root-lv_disk00_test 

      illegal sector size 512; hwsector is 4096

The solution was to get a LUN from the storage and use that instead. Another important note from the above linked data sheet:

NOTE: 4K format drives are supported and qualified as bootable with Cisco UCS Manager Release 3.1(2b)and later versions. However, 4K sector format drives do not support VMware and require UEFI boot.

Be careful …

 

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Oracle Named a Leader in 2017 Analyst Evaluation for Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments

Oracle Press Releases - Thu, 2017-09-21 07:00
Press Release
Oracle Named a Leader in 2017 Analyst Evaluation for Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments Oracle positioned as a leader in Business Intelligence for a broad and deep large-enterprise-grade BI portfolio

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 21, 2017

Oracle today announced that Forrester Research has named Oracle a leader in its “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments, Q3 2017” report. This placement confirms Oracle Analytics Cloud as a leader in the analytics space.

“By offering a single, integrated platform capable of serving all of an enterprises’ analytics needs, including self-service data visualization, data preparation, embedded machine learning and predictive analytics, Oracle Analytics Cloud helps businesses improve efficiencies and drive innovation,” said Rich Clayton, vice president product management, Oracle. “Our unique, comprehensive platform can address the needs of executives, analysts and data engineers while helping reduce the time and financial resources necessary to integrate and optimize a plethora of technologies for data-driven innovation.”

In Forrester’s 22-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence platforms with majority cloud-deployment providers, Forrester identified the 10 most significant vendors and researched, analyzed, and scored them.  

Forrester notes: “With Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle supports the complete spectrum of BI needs at enterprise scale, ranging from self-service analytics to complex requirements leveraging Essbase’s powerful MOLAP engine. The vendor can also support hybrid scenarios. Comprehensive advanced analytics capabilities and natural language functions round out the offering. Customers of Oracle’s other applications (e.g., CRM or ERP) can gain additional benefits from the Common Enterprise Information Model, as the semantic layer extends across products. Existing Oracle customers will also welcome the increased licensing flexibility. With Oracle Day by Day, Oracle has made a fresh start on mobile, focusing on users’ information needs rather than on simple BI delivery.”

Part of Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Analytics Cloud provides the industry’s most comprehensive cloud analytics in a single, unified platform, including everything from self-service visualization and powerful inline data preparation to enterprise reporting, advanced analytics, and self-learning analytics that deliver proactive insights. With support for more than 50 data sources and an extensible, open framework, Oracle Analytics Cloud gives customers a complete, connected, collaborative platform that brings the power of data and analytics to every process, interaction, and decision in any environment – cloud, on-premises, desktop and data center. Oracle Analytics Cloud has experienced significant growth in 2017, tripling adoption in the last 12 months. In addition, Oracle recently introduced two innovative mobile applications – that leverage machine learning and natural language processing – Oracle Analytics Cloud Day by Day and Oracle Analytics Cloud Synopsis. Respectively, these applications deliver proactive analytics and visual analysis to mobile devices, helping ensure the right information is always available and actionable.

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Java Web Start Fails with 64-bit Java + IE 11 + Windows 10 Creators Update

Steven Chan - Thu, 2017-09-21 02:15

A customer identified a generic Java issue (JDK-8185661) with Windows 10 Creators Update: when JRE 32-bit and 64-bit are both installed, this bug prevents Java Web Start applications from being launched using IE 11.

This is a generic bug that affects all Java users.

Does this affect EBS users?

Yes. EBS requires Forms. Forms requires Java on the end-user's desktop. Therefore, this generic Java bug affects E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 users, also.

This is now documented as a Known Issue in our EBS documentation:

When will this bug be fixed?

This Java bug is expected to be fixed in an upcoming Java update, possibly as soon as Java 8 Update 166.

Oracle's Revenue Recognition rules prohibit us from discussing certification and release dates, but you're welcome to monitor or subscribe to this blog. I'll post updates here as soon as soon as they're available.    

Our thanks to Richard for researching this issue and drawing our attention to it.

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Golden Gate to AQ

Tom Kyte - Wed, 2017-09-20 19:26
I am trying to find the solution on sending the Data from Golden Gate Streams to Oracle Advanced Queue. Please advise what are the steps i need to follow.
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Error while compiling java source

Tom Kyte - Wed, 2017-09-20 19:26
Hi, My question is While compiling java source I am getting warning as : JAVA SOURCE compiled Warning: execution completed with warning Failed to resolve object details Code: <code>create or replace and compile java source named "DirTestLi...
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Invoke Remote stored procedure that has an Array of varchar's as IN parameter

Tom Kyte - Wed, 2017-09-20 19:26
I have the following scenario: 1 ? Two databases, SOURCE e TARGET, connected by a dblink. 2 ? On TARGET database, i have a procedure that invokes another procedure on database SOURCE 3 ? The procedure on database SOURCE has an IN parameter that ...
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What are the datatype restrictions, while moving tables via the ALTER TABLE <table_name> MOVE command

Tom Kyte - Wed, 2017-09-20 19:26
Hello, We are running, 12.1.0.2 db. I have been tasked to move all the tables,spread across various schemas, from un-encrypted tablespace to encrypted tablespace. I am planning on using the ALTER TABLE <table_name> move command, to move most...
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Query Performance Large SQL

Tom Kyte - Wed, 2017-09-20 19:26
Hi Tom, Thanks for taking time to read my question. I have a query that joins about 36 tables. Driving table has about 43 million records. 5 other tables have about 9 million records. Rest of the tables are small. Its a combination of inner and l...
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Quick Python script to backup remote directory using ftp

Bobby Durrett's DBA Blog - Wed, 2017-09-20 18:47

I looked around for some other ways to do this but decided to just code this up in Python. It connects to a remote Linux server using ftp and recursively copies all the files and directories back to a Windows machine.

Here is the source:

.gist table { margin-bottom: 0; }

This is an example of the ease of use of Python for quick scripting. It uses a low-level ftp library called ftplib.

Bobby

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RMAN Backup from Standby w Recovery Catalog Part 2

Michael Dinh - Wed, 2017-09-20 18:15

RMAN Backup from Standby w Recovery Catalog

What! There’s a part 2?

FRA from primary was getting full since archivelog deletion was not working.

  1. Why is there a need to delete archivelog since FRA performs clean up?
  2. If FRA performs clean up then why is the destination full?
  3. Go to 1.

Reminds me of, “Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third”

Notice the old configuration.

old RMAN configuration parameters:
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO BACKED UP 1 TIMES TO 'SBT_TAPE' APPLIED ON ALL STANDBY;
new RMAN configuration parameters:
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO APPLIED ON ALL STANDBY;
Archivelog deletion.
connect target;
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO APPLIED ON ALL STANDBY;
list archivelog all;
delete noprompt archivelog until time 'sysdate-7/24';
list archivelog all;
Archivelog deleted.

archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31831.359.955164907 RECID=87186 STAMP=955164906
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31832.886.955166705 RECID=87189 STAMP=955166705
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31833.594.955168505 RECID=87191 STAMP=955168504
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31834.411.955170305 RECID=87193 STAMP=955170304
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31835.418.955172107 RECID=87195 STAMP=955172106
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31836.448.955173905 RECID=87197 STAMP=955173906
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31837.438.955175705 RECID=87199 STAMP=955175705
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31838.811.955176699 RECID=87201 STAMP=955176703
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31839.922.955178497 RECID=87203 STAMP=955178499
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31840.468.955180295 RECID=87205 STAMP=955180294
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31841.910.955182097 RECID=87207 STAMP=955182097
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31842.830.955183897 RECID=87209 STAMP=955183897
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31843.986.955185697 RECID=87211 STAMP=955185696
deleted archived log
archived log file name=+FRA/QA/ARCHIVELOG/2017_09_20/thread_1_seq_31844.879.955186507 RECID=87212 STAMP=955186506
Deleted 14 objects
OH SH*T
RMAN> connect target;

connected to target database: QA (DBID=3476258591)

RMAN> connect catalog cat@rman

recovery catalog database Password:
connected to recovery catalog database

RMAN> list backup of archivelog from logseq=31831 until logseq=31844 thread=1 summary;

specification does not match any backup in the repository
Sign of JOY!
RMAN> list backup of archivelog from logseq=31831 until logseq=31844 thread=1 summary for db_unique_name all;


specification does not match any backup in the repository

List of Backups for database with db_unique_name QADR
===============
Key     TY LV S Device Type Completion Time     #Pieces #Copies Compressed Tag
------- -- -- - ----------- ------------------- ------- ------- ---------- ---
812913  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:05:43:11 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
812915  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:05:43:30 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
813550  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:09:36:44 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
813551  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:09:37:55 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
813559  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:09:41:33 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
813570  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:09:45:17 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
814104  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:13:36:44 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
814105  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:13:37:55 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
814112  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:13:41:05 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP
814114  B  A  A DISK        2017-09-20:13:41:45 1       1       YES        DAILY_ARCHLOG_BKUP

RMAN> show all;

RMAN configuration parameters for database with db_unique_name QADR are:
CONFIGURE RETENTION POLICY TO RECOVERY WINDOW OF 2 DAYS;
CONFIGURE BACKUP OPTIMIZATION OFF; # default
CONFIGURE DEFAULT DEVICE TYPE TO DISK;
CONFIGURE CONTROLFILE AUTOBACKUP ON;

Wondering if
CONFIGURE DEFAULT DEVICE TYPE TO DISK
had anything to do with
CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO BACKED UP 1 TIMES TO ‘SBT_TAPE’ APPLIED ON ALL STANDBY
not working?

You might ask, why not just use “CONFIGURE ARCHIVELOG DELETION POLICY TO APPLIED ON ALL STANDBY” only.

That depends if you want accuracy or not.

Was the requirement backup to tape or to disk?

If the requirement is backup to tape, feel lucky FRA got full; otherwise, there’s a false pretense of good backup going to tape.

 


How To Improve SEO By Researching Keywords

Nilesh Jethwa - Wed, 2017-09-20 15:49

These days, it’s no longer enough to simply post content online. Site builders should craft content that utilizes relevant keywords, but not just any type of keyword. These keywords and phrases need to be aligned with what a company’s targeted consumers are searching for when they use the Web.

SEO keywords don’t only help sites when it comes to search engine indexing. These keywords actually help see to it that people will find your website when they search for something that you might be offering. As they say, to reach the right people online, you have to speak their language and this is what these keywords aim to satisfy.

It’s extremely important for businesses to know how their consumers refer to their products or services. This will help you get found online – the reason why you’re doing business there in the first place. Having the right keywords in the right amounts will help boost your site’s ranking on search engines like Google.

This being said, you should not craft content for your website without doing a thorough keyword search first. It is important that you come up with a list of viable keywords and constantly update this list as you go along. There are different tools that can be used for this SEO initiative so try them out and stick with the one that suits your needs the best.

 

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/improving-seo-by-researching-keywords

Webinar: Version Control for the Oracle Database

Gerger Consulting - Wed, 2017-09-20 14:36

Version control of tables and PL/SQL code in the Oracle Database has always been challenging. Database programmers lack the tools that make version control easy for developers who code with file based programming languages such as Java and JavaScript. In fact, this is one of the primary reasons why large software teams avoid schemas and writing code in the database.

In this presentation you will learn how Gitora 3 can help you use Git, the prominent open source version control software, to manage every database object including tables and PL/SQL source code.

Sign up now.


Every attendee will receive a discount offer to purchase Gitora 3 developer licenses. :-)

About the Webinar:

In this presentation you’ll learn how to:

  • Manage any database object including tables and packages in Git.
  • Implement agile development best practices for database development
  • Execute commonly used version control commands in the Oracle Database and how executing these commands can change the source code in the Oracle Database automatically.
  • Get the differential script between two Oracle Database source code repositories automatically.
  • Minimize any errors such as accidental overwrites of packages, procedures and functions.
  • Prevent anyone from editing source code in the database outside of a version control system
  • Have multiple teams change the same logical packages, procedures and functions and merge their changes automatically.

About the Presenter:

Yalim Gerger is the founder of Gerger, the company behind Formspider, the application development framework for PL/SQL Developers. Gerger’s new product Gitora helps Oracle developers manage their source code with Git just like any developer using a file based programming language.

Yalim is one of the founding members of Turkey Oracle User Group and a frequent speaker at conferences and webinars.





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Podcast: Chatbot Development, First Steps and Lessons Learned - Part 1

OTN TechBlog - Wed, 2017-09-20 13:02

Amid the hype and discussion around chatbots, people are actually diving in and developing chatbot services.  Chabot development comes with a unique set of requirements and considerations that may prove challenging to those making their first excursion into this new breed of services. This podcast features a panel of developers who have been there, done that, and are willing to talk about it.

The panelists for this program were part of a pilot program that provided early access to the Intelligent Bot platform, which is now available as part of Oracle Mobile Cloud, Enterprise.

This program was recorded on Monday August 14, 2017.

The Panelists Matt Hornung
Software Consultant, Fishbowl Solutions
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Leon Smiers
Oracle ACE, Solution Architect, Capgemini
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Martin Deh
Consulting Member, Technical Staff, Oracle,
 
Additional Resources Coming Soon

Coming in October, the exploration of chatbot development continues with an entirely different panel. Oracle ACE Director Mia Urman of AuraPlayer, Peter Crew of MagiaCX Solutions, and Christoph Ruepprich of Accenture Enkitec Group discuss the triumphs and challenges in their first chatbot projects, and share their thoughts on working with Oracle's Intelligent Bot platform.

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List of Visualizations and Chart Engines

Nilesh Jethwa - Wed, 2017-09-20 12:30

The internet is quickly filling up with wonderful visualizations and this is because of greater awareness that "Visuals are better than spreadsheets" for conveying the story.

This couldn't be possible without the innumerable Charting engines made available by the dedication of open source developers.

Checkout the wonderful and interesting list of charts and engines that were submitted to Hacker News

Read more at http://www.infocaptor.com/dashboard/big-list-of-visualizations-and-chart-engines

E-Business Suite Technology Sessions at OpenWorld 2017

Steven Chan - Wed, 2017-09-20 11:51

This year, the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Group (ATG) will participate in 22 sessions as well as customer panels, demo booths, and several Special Interest Group meetings as guest speakers. Please join us to hear the latest news and connect with senior ATG development staff.

For detailed and up-to-date information, please see:

Meeting the Experts

OpenWorld is an excellent opportunity to meet directly with Oracle E-Business Suite tools and technology experts. You can have discussions regarding the Oracle E-Business Suite strategy, your specific business and IT strategy, key planning considerations to upgrade to the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite and more.

There are several ways of meeting with EBS Development staff:

General sessions: collar the speaker of your choice after his or her presentation.

Private meetings:  If you have confidential or in-depth questions about your implementation that cannot be discussed in front of other customers, a private meeting is your best option.  Contact your Oracle account manager to set up a private meeting in a reserved room in the Moscone On-site Customer Visit Center. 

Time is of the essence

Many of this blog's experts will be attending OpenWorld this year.  If you'd like to meet with us privately, please contact your Oracle account manager to arrange that as soon as possible.   

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Polish Retailer Marketing Investment Group SA Selects Oracle Planning

Oracle Press Releases - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:30
Press Release
Polish Retailer Marketing Investment Group SA Selects Oracle Planning Oracle Selected to Unify Processes and Drive Productivity at Leading Polish Retailer

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 20, 2017

Today, Oracle announced that Marketing Investment Group SA (MIG) has selected Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning. MIG currently provides consumers with products of famous brands across more than 300 brick and mortar stores and 5 e-commerce outlets, through its own retail chain.

MIG efficiently manages a growing network of over 100 Sizeer stores, 150 under the brands of 50 style and operating stores of such brands like Timberland, Symbiosis, Umbro and up8. Dynamic growth through continued expansion and store openings in new markets, along with inconsistent manual spreadsheets resulted in the need for an integrated planning system to drive unified processes and experiences. The implementation of Oracle Retail will deliver a coherent, iterative plan to follow a single version of truth for the whole company.

“To secure future growth, we required a solution that allows for more detailed purchase planning, faster and more informed buying process, and reduction of stock inventory levels during collection intakes,” said Krzysztof Nitsch, COO and Board Member, Marketing Investment Group. “We will empower our merchants and planners to better manage stock by season, by truly understanding the inventory levers with Oracle Retail.”

“As Marketing Investment Group grows their business, the role of inventory becomes critical to their success and margin attainment,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “We look forward to celebrating the success with Marketing Investment Group and Pronos.”

Oracle Retail collaborated with Pronos to deliver local, in-language implementation based on global expertise. Pronos brings unique fashion planning competencies with a lean delivery approach and accelerated schedule.

“We are partnering with the Marketing Investment Group to deliver a consistent and structured way of working across the business. The Oracle Retail implementation will facilitate the management of rolling objectives through proactive monitoring of an on-going business performance to drive productivity and visibility.” said Paweł Kowalewski, Vice President, Pronos. 

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About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud delivers hundreds of SaaS applications and enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries and territories while processing 55 billion transactions a day. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Draper James Gains Foundation to Grow Graciously with NetSuite

Oracle Press Releases - Wed, 2017-09-20 08:00
Press Release
Draper James Gains Foundation to Grow Graciously with NetSuite Southern Lifestyle Brand Supports Omnichannel Strategy with NetSuite’s Retail Apparel Edition

San Mateo, Calif.—Sep 20, 2017

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced today that Draper James, a fast-growing Southern-influenced apparel and homewares line founded by actor Reese Witherspoon, has implemented and gone live with NetSuite’s Retail Apparel Edition in 144 days to power its financials, inventory, customer and order management processes. Draper James now has an end-to-end view of the business across its wholesale distribution, ecommerce channels and three brick-and-mortar locations, to enable seamless omnichannel experiences for its customers and retail partners.

Witherspoon founded Draper James as a tribute to her Southern heritage and gracious Southern living, and in particular her grandparents, William James Witherspoon and Dorothea Draper – who never left the house without her pearls or wedding ring and always drove her white Cadillac with the proper driving gloves. To realize its mission to give everyone a taste of that contemporary yet timeless Southern style Witherspoon grew up with, Draper James needed to scale operations for growth across expanding channels – which included ecommerce, plans to open brick-and-mortar locations and engage in B2B partnerships with leading retailers.

When running a clothing line whose founder is an internationally acclaimed actor, a big part of delivering a great customer experience is ensuring that whatever Witherspoon is pictured wearing is available for purchase. And when a dress can sell out in mere minutes after she is photographed wearing it, ensuring supply matches demand is crucial.

That wasn’t so hard to do when Draper James first launched as an online brand in 2015. But demand for its dresses, t-shirts - adorned with phrases like “howdy,” - and friendly, powder blue gingham stationery, grew across the country. People everywhere from Greenville S.C. to Greenwich, Conn. were looking to incorporate a bit of Southern charm into their lives.  

“We really needed to have unified data to remove the barriers between channels,” said Melissa Baird, VP of Systems and Procedures for Draper James. “If a customer shopped in the Lexington store, and the only dress left in the network was in Nashville, we wanted to allow the customer the ability to easily purchase it from an iPad and have it delivered directly to the location of their choice.”

Draper James couldn’t meet the buy-anywhere customer expectation and wasn’t pleased with its previous inventory management processes, being forced to perform time-consuming, error-prone and inefficient manual workarounds in Excel. Disparate systems held the company back from getting to know its customers better, and from ensuring that what they wanted to buy was in stock. It knew sustainable, efficient growth depended on managing and maintaining flexible inventory across channels.

Draper James implemented NetSuite’s Retail Apparel Edition in June 2017 in 144 days using NetSuite SuiteSuccess; a methodology designed to deliver faster time to value, increased business efficiency, flexibility and greater customer success. SuiteSuccess leverages NetSuite’s depth of experience in the retail industry and business operations functionality, including preconfigured dashboards for retail-specific roles and reports with business intelligence for retailers that provides insight into top selling items, units per transaction, shrink reports, sales per hour, sell-through figures and retail stock-ledger.

“Since we’re such a young business, we needed a vendor flexible enough to allow us to morph and grow as a company,” Baird said. “We wanted a good partner for the long run — a like-minded vendor that understood what we were trying to do as we scaled as a company.”

NetSuite allows Draper James to manage its business across ecommerce, wholesale distribution and brick and mortar channels in a smarter way, maintaining flexible inventory and avoiding stock-outs. Efficient, lean operations allow Draper James to keep a laser focus on listening to customers, detecting patterns and focusing on adding value to the customer journey across its different retail touch points.

Since implementing NetSuite, the now 30-employee company has forged wholesale distribution partnerships with luxury retailers like Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter, and opened brick and mortar stores in Nashville, Dallas and Lexington. The business is headquartered in New York, with a warehouse in Greenville, S.C. and much of its manufacturing done in the south.

NetSuite provides an end-to-end view of business for retailers such as Draper James across wholesale distribution and ecommerce channels, as well as company brick-and-mortar locations, to enable seamless, omnichannel experiences for customers.

NetSuite’s cloud-based software removes complexity, and allows fast-growing companies with many remote workers to run best-in-class processes without high implementation costs and overhead associated with managing on-premise software. In turn, the business can adopt new functionality when it needs it to reach new goals.  For more information on NetSuite’s products, please visit http://www.netsuite.com.

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Global Research Identifies Three Consumer Personas and Opportunities for Technology, Personalization to Innovate the Retail Experience

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Global Research Identifies Three Consumer Personas and Opportunities for Technology, Personalization to Innovate the Retail Experience Audit of 15,000 Consumers Reveals Trends in Mobile Payments, Returns and Emerging Technology

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 20, 2017

Today Oracle announced the 2017 findings of global research that audited 15,607 consumers across four key regions: EMEA (France, Germany, Italy, India, Spain, Sweden, UK) NA (Canada, USA), LAD (Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico), and JAPAC (Australia, China) on their retail preferences and attitudes. Findings in the Retail in 4 Dimensions: Understanding Consumer Behavior in an Age of Relativity report highlighted three personas demonstrative of consumer behavior. It also revealed opportunities for retailers to identify the customer experience with personalization, mobile payments, automatic replenishment and virtual reality. The research insights indicate that consumer preferences for delivery, returns and self-service established with ecommerce have taken hold in a global, omnichannel environment.

Three Shopper Profiles Emerge

As digital innovation continues its radical rearrangement of the retail landscape, three consumer behavior macro trends emerge globally in the report: a fully omnichannel consumer taking advantage of a mix of digital and physical engagement points; a savvy shopper looking for new, innovative and technology-driven retail experiences; and a price conscious hunter always searching for the greatest value for money.

“In order to leverage these behavior trends and successfully reach these consumers, brands need to innovate on three fronts,” said Ray Carlin, SVP and GM Oracle Retail. “They need to truly know their consumer to personalize their experience and embrace Omnichannel excellence as an enterprise discipline while create capacity for innovation.”

The Nomad is a nimble shopper who is not loyal to a brand nor a channel and will examine multiple options for researching and locating products before making a purchase.

In the research:

  • 42 percent of consumers are now shopping both online and in-store every week
  • 73 percent want to return online purchases to a retail store
  • 55 percent want to check product stock on their mobile while in-store

The Player uses technology to fuel and guide their shopping experience and look for brands that re-invent the customer journey.

In the research:

  • 44 percent of families noted that virtual sales assistants are important
  • 35 percent like the idea of near real-time delivery via drone or driverless car
  • 43 percent love the idea of being able to 3D print custom fashion

For The Dealer the thrill of the win and discount drives their shopping behavior.

In the research:

  • 84 percent say that competitive pricing and promotions first and foremost are the most important aspect of their shopping experience
  • 65 percent say personalized offers and promotions are most important to them in their shopping experience
  • 50 percent want real-time offers online depending on what they’re browsing at that moment

Opportunities for Retail Innovation Identified in Six Key Trends

In the Retail in 4 D: Understanding Consumer Behavior in an Age of Relativity report consumers have clearly identified technology’s role in establishing new global standards for the retail community. These include a common expectation for returns and delivery, a desire for mobile payments self-service and opportunities for personalization.

 “As consumers reinforce these trends through purchase behavior, cloud infrastructure will play a more critical role by delivering innovation faster and enabling the retail community to keep pace with existing expectations and experiences,” said Jeff Warren, vice president strategy, Oracle Retail. “What continues to be true is the rising expectations and anticipated evolution of a fully omnichannel shopping experience. Retailers can’t afford to delay adopting cloud solutions that enable a single perspective of consumer behavior across offline and online storefronts.”

Navigating Personalization and Privacy

  • 67 percent of consumers stated that they did not wanting to set up an account for e-commerce checkout and at the same time 57 percent want instant one-click checkout that can only be enabled through creation of a payment profile
  • 29 percent would find offers based on ‘social media’ data ‘creepy’
  • 52 percent want personalized offers in-store based on personal data from their store loyalty account

Fashion Driving Store Traffic and Personalization

  • 83 percent of consumers indicated that they shop in-store at least once a week, and for fashion 7 percent of respondents shop in-store every day and 22 percent shop in-store several times a week
  • 50 percent of millennials and pre-millennials think 3D custom printing would be very engaging
  • 40 percent of consumers browse or buy fashion online at least once a week

Faster, Smarter Payments and Self-service

  • 56 percent say self-checkout machines are important to them
  • A majority of millennials noted the ability to research and reserve items for in-store pickup on the same day (65 percent) and next day (58 percent) as important
  • 60 percent want mobile payment options in-store with millennials (67 percent) and pre-millennials recording a stronger preference in particular

Simplifying the Returns Process

  • 82 percent want the ability to return an online purchase with free shipping
  • 34 percent of consumers want returns windows exceeding 30 days
  • 70 percent of consumers want free 2-day shipping on all purchases

Auto Replenishment and Grocery Recommendations

  • 48 percent think online automatic replenishment would be important to their experience in the future
  • 33 percent think it would be ‘creepy’ for supermarkets to ship grocery items based on purchase, social and environmental data
  • 40 percent think it would be ‘awesome’ if supermarkets use technology to ‘suggest’ a shopping list without automatically charging for it

Opportunities for Emerging Technology

  • 48 percent of consumers want to use virtual reality at home to navigate a personalized in-store experience and receive home delivery and 48 percent would use virtual reality to prepare a curated wardrobe to be picked up in-store
  • 39 percent think robot assistance would be ‘creepy’ and the sentiment is shared across age groups
  • Millennials (42 percent) and families (43 percent) showed the greatest interest in delivery by driverless car or drone

To access your copy of the research findings visit: www.oracle.com/goto/retail-in-4d

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Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

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