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Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2016

Intland Blog - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 11:00
31 May – 2 June 2016 Stuttgart, Germany Held between 31 May and 2 June 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany, the Automotive Testing Expo Europe 2016 will once again be an important event for automotive developers. Visitors and exhibitors are going
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Application Security: 6 Myths of Open Source Management

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 15:00
Application Security: 6 Myths of Open Source Managementhleclair Wed, 05/25/2016 - 14:00 Resource Type Webinars Resource Content Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca leaked 2.6 terabytes of data in the Panama Papers data breach. Resource Image Resource Link https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13983/202713?utm_source=Website&utm_medium=w… Resource Topic Security Exclude from resource page No
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Empowering Application Security Protection in the World of DevOps

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 16:00
Empowering Application Security Protection in the World of DevOpshleclair Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:00 Resource Type Webinars Resource Content How do organizations build secure applications, given today's rapidly moving and evolving DevOps practices? Resource Image Resource Link https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13983/201341?utm_source=Website&utm_medium=w… Resource Topic Security Exclude from resource page No
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PCI and Vulnerability Assessments - What’s Missing?

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Wed, 05/04/2016 - 16:00
PCI and Vulnerability Assessments - What’s Missing?hleclair Wed, 05/04/2016 - 15:00 Resource Type Webinars Resource Content All regulatory requirements (HIPAA, PCI, etc.) include a mandate for assessing vulnerabilities in systems that manage or store sensitive data. Organizations often opt to conduct vulnerability assessments on an annual, quarterly, or even monthly basis. But while vulnerability assessment tools can identify unpatched or misconfigured code bases, these tools overlook a large portion of an organization’s attack surface: known vulnerabilities in applications that are built in-house. These applications will not have public updates, nor will the thousands of open source components they utilize be included in public disclosures. This is concerning because over 6,000 vulnerabilities in open source projects have been reported since 2014. Register for this webinar to discover how to protect yourself. Resource Link https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13983/199317 Exclude from resource page Exclude from resource page
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Neo4j 3.0 Graph Database Released

Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, the world's leading graph database, today announced the immediate general availability of Neo4j 3.0 -- a landmark release propelling graph databases into the mainstream thanks to its massive scalability, new ...
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Neotys Announces NeoLoad 5.2

Neotys has announced NeoLoad 5.2, an enhanced version of its load and performance testing solution. The 5.2 release, now available in Beta is all about making NeoLoad users faster. Already the fastest solution for designing and executing performa ...
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Oracle Buys Opower

Oracle Database News - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:12
Press Release Oracle Buys Opower Together, Oracle and Opower Will Become the Largest Provider of Mission-Critical Cloud Services to the $2.3 Trillion Utilities Industry

Redwood Shores, Calif.—May 2, 2016

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower (NYSE: OPWR), the leading provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, for $10.30 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower’s cash.

Opower’s solutions enable over 100 global utilities, such as PG&E, Exelon and National Grid, to deliver a modern digital customer experience. Opower’s big data platform stores and analyzes over 600 billion meter reads from 60 million utility end customers, enabling utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, and improve customer satisfaction.

“Utilities want modern technology solutions that work together to meet their evolving customer, operational and compliance needs,” said Rodger Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit. “Together, Oracle Utilities and Opower will be the largest provider of mission-critical cloud services to utilities.”

“The combination will provide the industry with the most modern, complete cloud applications for the entire utility value chain, from meter to grid to end-customers," said Dan Yates, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Opower. "We are excited to join Oracle and to bring even more value to our customers as part of the Oracle Utilities Industry Cloud Platform."

The Board of Directors of Opower has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in 2016, subject to Opower’s stockholders tendering a majority of Opower’s outstanding shares and derivative securities exercised prior to the closing of the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

More information about this announcement is available at www.oracle.com/opower.

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The following 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. 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Opower, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Opower, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words “anticipates”, “can”, “will”, “look forward to”, “expected” and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or Opower, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or Opower may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Opower.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Opower, respectively, file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracle’s and Opower’s respective operational and other results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor Opower is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Opower product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle’s standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle's review of Opower’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by Opower or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Additional Information about the Acquisition and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed acquisition, Oracle will commence a tender offer for the outstanding shares of Opower. The tender offer has not yet commenced. This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Opower, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the SEC upon commencement of the tender offer. At the time the tender is commenced, Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file tender offer materials on Schedule TO, and Opower will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of Opower are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of Opower securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of Opower at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov.

In addition to the Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, Oracle and Opower file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by Oracle or Opower at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Oracle’s and Opower’s filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

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Polarion 2016: Take a Look to Learn More

Polarion Software - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:38

Here at Polarion Software, we were excited to recently host two webinars discussing our newest update, Polarion 2016. If you were unavailable to attend, the on-demand complimentary webinar is now available for download. In the webinar, hear from Jiri Walek, our VP of product management, as he discuss some of the improvements our users can […]

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Oracle Launches Latest Oracle Field Service Cloud Offering to Power a Completely Connected Customer Service Experience

Oracle Database News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:35
Press Release Oracle Launches Latest Oracle Field Service Cloud Offering to Power a Completely Connected Customer Service Experience New field service capabilities can improve customer satisfaction and response times, while reducing service delivery costs

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 28, 2016

Oracle today announced a comprehensive new release of Oracle Field Service Cloud, formerly known as TOA Technologies. The latest release, which is part of Oracle’s end-to-end cloud customer service offering, delivers extensive new field service enhancements focused on mobility, ease of use, and connecting contact center agents delivering service via the phone, email, and chat to field technicians providing in person support.

Field service is a customer service cornerstone for brands spanning a number of industries—including telecommunications, utilities, high tech and manufacturing. A field service appointment may be the only time a company engages with its customers face-to-face to deliver a differentiated customer experience. Leveraging time-based, predictive, self-learning technology, Oracle Field Service Cloud helps create the most efficient job schedules and travel routes for field resources to ensure the right field resource arrives to every job on-time, with the parts and knowledge to complete the work the first time.

New features and integrations available in the latest release of Oracle Field Service Cloud include:

  • Expanded Field Resource Manager: Using a mobile device, field supervisors can now manage all field activities in real time with additional insights into field service team capacity. These new capabilities enable the field workforce to quickly respond to changing customer needs, while streamlining collaboration between resources in the field.
  • Automated Urgent Work Assignment: Companies can now respond to emergency situations using Oracle Field Service Cloud. When an event occurs, the application automatically locates the field resource nearest to the job and immediately routes them to the urgent event. The ability to take action automatically, without requiring human intervention, will help companies ensure relevant resources are quickly deployed – which in emergency situations, can make all the difference.
  • Integration with Oracle’s E-Business Suite: This integration helps streamline job scheduling and inventory tracking capabilities. New integrations with Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) help Oracle Field Service Cloud customers quickly and easily integrate with other cloud applications such as Oracle Sales Cloud.

“At Pella we continually strive to exceed our customer’s expectations and with the recent implementation of Oracle Field Service Cloud we are gaining new levels of customer service capabilities,” said Julia Neary, IT Manager, Fulfillment and Service, Pella Corporation. “We are already seeing a reduction in manual processes and improved management of our service technicians. More importantly we are able to leverage Oracle Field Service Cloud to respond faster, more reliably and more efficiently to our customer’s needs.”

Oracle Field Service Cloud is part of the Oracle Service Cloud portfolio which delivers a complete service experience across a wide range of modern contact center channels including web, phone, email, chat, social and the in-person field service interaction, all powered by the latest technology. This cross channel, connected and mobile service experience is something that competitive products fail to deliver.

Oracle believes that the latest release further cements Oracle Service Cloud’s leadership position cited by industry analyst firm Forrester Research in: The Forrester Wave™: Customer Service Solutions For Enterprise Organizations, Q4 2015 and The Forrester Wave™: Customer Service Solutions For Midsize Teams, Q4 2015. Both ranked Oracle Service Cloud as a Leader, with the highest current offering category scores in both reports. In addition, Oracle Service Cloud was noted among vendors that “deliver high-volume omnichannel service” and “have a foundational layer of knowledge management to deliver channel-specific answers to customer inquiries.

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Oracle Buys Textura

Oracle Database News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Buys Textura Adds Leading Construction Contracts and Payment Management Cloud Services to the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 28, 2016

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textura (NYSE: TXTR), a leading provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for $26.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $663 million, net of Textura’s cash.

Textura’s cloud services process $3.4 billion in payments for over 6,000 projects each month, helping keep projects on time and under budget while reducing risk for developers, contractors and subcontractors. Textura offers its cloud services in a consumption model preferred by the engineering and construction industry whereby the companies involved pay based on project activity. Further, usage of Textura’s cloud services creates a network effect that benefits all participants as more than 85,000 general and subcontractors are connected to the platform.

Oracle Primavera offers a complete suite of cloud solutions for project, cost, time and risk management. The Oracle Primavera flagship products have been completely re-architected for the Cloud, and the result is a set of cloud services that are growing rapidly as construction and engineering companies embrace digital transformation. Together, Oracle Primavera and Textura will form the Oracle Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit offering a comprehensive cloud-based project control and execution platform that manages all phases of engineering and construction projects.

“The increasingly global engineering and construction industry requires digital modernization in a way that automates manual processes and embraces the power of cloud computing to easily connect the construction job site, reduce cost overruns, and improve productivity,” said Mike Sicilia, SVP and GM, Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit, Oracle. “Together, Textura and Oracle Engineering and Construction will have the most comprehensive set of cloud services in the industry.”

“Textura’s mission is to bring workflow automation and transparency to complex construction projects while improving their financial performance and minimizing risks,” said David Habiger, Chief Executive Officer, Textura. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring our cloud-based capabilities to help extend the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform.”

The Board of Directors of Textura has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in 2016, subject to Textura stockholders tendering 66 2/3% of Textura’s outstanding shares and derivative securities exercised prior to the closing (as required by Textura’s certificate of incorporation) in the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

More information about this announcement is available at www.oracle.com/textura.

Contact Info Deborah Hellinger
Oracle Corporate Communications
+1.212.508.7935
deborah.hellinger@oracle.com Ken Bond
Oracle Investor Relations
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ken.bond@oracle.com About Oracle

Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

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

Safe Harbor

The following 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. 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Textura, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle's proposed acquisition of Textura, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words "anticipates", “can", “will”, "look forward to", "expected" and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or Textura, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or Textura may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Textura.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Textura, respectively, file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracle's and Textura’s respective operational and other results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor Textura is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Textura product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle's standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle's review of Textura’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by Textura or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Additional Information about the Acquisition and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed acquisition, Oracle will commence a tender offer for the outstanding shares of Textura. The tender offer has not yet commenced. This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Textura, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the SEC upon commencement of the tender offer. At the time the tender is commenced, Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file tender offer materials on Schedule TO, and Textura will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of Textura are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of Textura securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of Textura at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov.

In addition to the Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, Oracle and Textura file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by Oracle or Textura at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Oracle’s and Textura’s filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

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Future of Open Source Survey 2016 Results

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 19:00
Future of Open Source Survey 2016 Resultshleclair Wed, 04/27/2016 - 18:00 Resource Type Webinars Resource Content Today, open source drives technology and development forward. Resource Image Resource Link https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13983/199027 Exclude from resource page No
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Growing Craze for Autonomous Car Technology

Polarion Software - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 18:15

There is no denying it: Autonomous cars, also known as self-driving cars, could be generally available on our roads as early as by 2020 - so it’s time to start thinking about all of the legal, regulatory, and technological impacts.

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Oracle Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Markie Awards

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:32
Press Release Oracle Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Markie Awards The 2016 Markie Awards represent Oracle Marketing Cloud’s biggest award campaign in history with 350 submissions highlighting modern marketing success

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE—Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

To promote best practices and celebrate the accomplishments of modern marketers around the world, Oracle has announced the winners of the 2016 Markie Awards. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the annual Markie Awards recognize the top companies and leaders for creative, innovative, and effective modern marketing campaigns that delivered increased engagement, conversation and ROI. Past winners include notable companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, Intel, Marriott Rewards, DocuSign, Twitter and Rockwell Automation.

The Markie Awards highlight the best omnichannel success stories in an age where the customer experience is more important than ever before. This year marked the Markie Award’s biggest campaign yet with a total of 350 award submissions, up 80 percent over last year.

The 2016 Markie Awards featured 19 categories that reflect the evolving marketing landscape, including: Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem, Best Sales and Marketing Alignment, Best Mobile Experience, Rapid Transformation, Content is King, and Modern Marketing Leader of the Year.

“The 10th anniversary of the Markie Awards represents a decade of marketing excellence from top companies and leaders around the world,” said Kevin Akeroyd, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “This year’s winners have gone above and beyond, fully leveraging the most innovative marketing technologies to create campaigns that put the customer at the heart of their programs, which delivered outstanding results.”

Winners of the 2016 Markie Awards are:

  • Best Use of Audience Data: Dell, Inc.
  • Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem: Lenovo
  • Best Email Marketing Campaign: Jetstar
  • Best International Campaign: Tomtom
  • Best Mobile Experience: Zalora
  • Best Social Campaign: Family Share Network/Deseret Digital
  • Content is King: Wine.com.br
  • Best Customer Retention or Loyalty Program: Cetera Financial Group
  • Best Use of Data Analytics and Insights: Thomson Reuters (MarkMonitor)
  • Best Integrated Consumer Marketing Program: AGA
  • Rapid Transformation: BT Global Services
  • Best Sales and Marketing Alignment: Sierra
  • Best Testing and Optimization of the Customer Experience: YOTEL
  • Best Lead Management Program: Juniper
  • Best Emerging Company Marketing Program: Mobovida
  • Modern Marketing Leader of the Year: Blake Cahill, Royal Phillips
  • Best Web or Commerce Experience: SunPower
  • Most Creative Marketing Campaign: Eaton
  • People’s Choice Markie Award - Best Video: Cisco Systems

“At Oracle, we strive to put the customer at the forefront of everything we do,” said Catherine Blackmore, group vice president, customer success, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “Therefore, we believe the best Modern Marketers are all about the customer, too. Oracle is proud to recognize and honor these winners for their customer-centric campaigns, outstanding achievements, and their dedication to Modern Marketing.”

The 2016 Markie Awards were presented on Tuesday, April 26th, during Oracle Modern Marketing Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Simplify Data-Driven Marketing

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:40
Press Release Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Simplify Data-Driven Marketing New innovations and integrations help direct-to-consumer marketers personalize the customer experience and optimize marketing spend

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE – Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

Extending its commitment to help consumer marketers target, convert and retain their ideal customers, Oracle has introduced new innovations and integrations for the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The latest additions empower marketers to use differentiated audience data for targeting on their paid media, orchestrate cross-channel interactions and further optimize the customer experience.

Marketers can now improve the customer experience through a new direct integration between Oracle Maxymiser and Oracle Responsys applications. The integration enables marketers to orchestrate Oracle Maxymiser-delivered messaging on a website in conjunction with messaging in email, SMS, MMS, push messaging, in-app messaging and display advertising. In addition, Oracle Maxymiser is now fully integrated with the Oracle Data Management Platform. The integration empowers marketers to tap into first, second and third party data and use it for audience testing and optimization initiatives.

To help marketers connect the right audience data and deliver a more consistent customer experience, new integrations with the Oracle Data Cloud have been introduced to the Oracle Marketing Cloud’s Data Management Platform. By leveraging Oracle Data Cloud’s enhanced modeling solution, the first integration gives marketers the ability to model their online audiences based on critical offline data, such as in-store purchase transactions. The second integration gives customers access to Oracle Data Cloud's AddThis Audience Discovery tool, which helps marketers better understand and target their ideal audience with relevant paid media campaigns. The powerful data-driven marketing solution uses natural language processing to look at keywords on billions of web pages across the web. It transforms those keywords into audience data that is based on the online behaviors of two billion unique users traversing more than 15 million websites around the world.

The latest additions to the Oracle Marketing Cloud also reduce the complexity of data-driven marketing by delivering greater insight into how customer engagement drives revenue. By leveraging the speed and scale of Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Marketing Cloud now provides marketers with advanced data visualization and investigation tools through an easy-to-use interface that delivers deep insights into performance across different channels. To further enhance usability, a new graphical audience segmentation feature allows B2C marketers to benefit from segmentation logic that is easier to visualize, test and reuse.

“Marketing has the opportunity to take the lead in driving a deeply personalized customer experience across all channels, touch points and interactions,” said Steve Krause, group vice president, Product Management, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “To help marketers capitalize on this opportunity, we have introduced a number of new integrations and innovations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that help B2C marketers orchestrate and personalize the full customer experience. The latest additions include powerful data integrations that will help brands increase engagement and optimize marketing spend.” 

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The following 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. 

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Marketers Reduce Sales Cycles and Improve Conversion Rates

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:33
Press Release Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Marketers Reduce Sales Cycles and Improve Conversion Rates Innovative new platform enables business-to-business marketers to scale and optimize account-based marketing programs

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE - Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

Oracle today announced new account-based marketing capabilities within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that help business-to-business (B2B) marketers increase lead generation, reduce sales cycles and improve conversion rates. By supporting the entire B2B buyers’ journey from acquisition and prospecting to closing new business, the new Oracle Marketing Cloud Account-Based Marketing capabilities enable B2B marketers to optimize targeting on paid media, more effectively engage target prospects and simplify data management and integration.   

Account-based marketing can be extremely complex and difficult to scale as marketers often have to personalize interactions with multiple IT and business stakeholders during the deal cycle. In order to simplify the process and help marketers accelerate deal cycles and maximize revenue potential, the new Oracle Marketing Cloud Account-Based Marketing capability provides one of the industry’s largest sets of curated B2B account audience data for targeting on paid media through a new direct integration between Oracle Marketing Cloud and Oracle Data Cloud. Oracle Data Cloud has data on more than one million US companies and over 60 million anonymous business profiles.  B2B marketers can now use this data within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to prospect for anonymous users based on account, online behavior and offline data such as past purchases or other behavioral data. The powerful insights delivered enable marketers to systematically drive account-based re-targeting, site and content optimization.

In addition, to empower B2B marketers to execute account-specific campaigns that increase conversion rates and decrease sales cycles, the new capabilities include unique account-based messaging that enables communications to be personalized at scale. Marketers can also easily append account data to new and existing leads, eliminating the need to present long forms for lead capture, while significantly improving data quality. The new account scoring and nurturing capabilities are powered by integrations with Demandbase and other Oracle Marketing AppCloud partners. It can be administered directly inside Oracle Eloqua, the Oracle Marketing Cloud’s marketing automation product. 

“Account-based marketing can be very powerful, but it has always been unnecessarily complex for B2B marketers,” said John Stetic, group vice president of products, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “With the latest enhancements to the Oracle Marketing Cloud, customers will benefit from a simpler and more innovative approach to account-based marketing through new integrations, data services and expanded capabilities. B2B marketers will be able to more efficiently and effectively execute account-based marketing campaigns that demonstrate a clear ROI.

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Oracle Helps Organizations Personalize the Customer Experience

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:29
Press Release Oracle Helps Organizations Personalize the Customer Experience New innovations within Oracle Customer Experience Cloud Suite help organizations create consistent and personalized experiences across all channels and devices

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To help organizations deliver a consistent and personalized customer experience across all channels, touch points and interactions, Oracle today introduced a series of new innovations within the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite. The latest additions help organizations embrace modern customer experience best practices across sales, commerce, customer service and marketing through enhancements to Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Extending Oracle’s commitment to providing sales teams with the modern processes, tools, resources and intelligence required to increase revenues, Oracle Sales Cloud now includes new mobile capabilities. A new Call Report app improves mobile productivity by enabling sales reps to perform critical and frequent call report tasks on the go, while a new Mobile Commissions app enhances sales performance management by allowing the sales reps to review their compensation anywhere, any time. The latest additions build on an extensive range of mobile capabilities already available in the Oracle Sales Cloud including the Deal Management app, Oracle Voice app and the Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile app.

To help organizations further enhance selling experiences, Oracle has also updated Oracle Commerce Cloud. New visual merchandising and automated recommendation capabilities enable merchandisers to better understand the consumer experience and offer more responsive personalized interactions. In addition, a new release of Oracle CPQ Cloud helps organizations optimize commerce across channels by providing support for flexible document generation. The new Document Designer provides new drag and drop capabilities as well as new organization and execution tools.

In order to further help organizations enhance the on location customer experience, Oracle has also introduced new field service capabilities within the Oracle Service Cloud. A new release of Oracle Field Service Cloud enables customer service professionals to leverage time-based, predictive, self-learning technology to create the most efficient job schedules and travel routes for field resources. By enabling organizations to optimize field resources, the new release helps ensure the right field resource arrives to every job on time with the parts and knowledge required to meet the customers’ expectations.

The enhancements to the Oracle CX Cloud Suite also include new innovations and integrations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The latest additions empower consumer marketers to take advantage of powerful data insights to orchestrate and optimize the customer experience across marketing channels and enable business-to-business marketers to take a holistic approach to account-based marketing that improves results across the entire buyers’ lifecycle. For further details on the additions to the Oracle Marketing Cloud, please visit the Oracle Newsroom.

“Digitally empowered consumers demand personalized, engaging and consistent experiences whenever and however they interact with a brand, and organizations that fail to deliver risk losing revenue opportunities and ultimately market share,” said Rondy Ng, Oracle SVP. “To help organizations meet these increasing expectations, we have developed a complete customer experience suite that supports the whole lifecycle of customer interactions. With industry leading solutions across sales, commerce, service and marketing, Oracle is uniquely positioned to help organizations transform the customer experience and drive measurable results across every customer interaction.”

“Consumer expectations in the electronics industry have never been higher” said Scott Strickland, Chief Information Officer for Denon + Marantz Electronics.  “Creating a consolidated view of our end consumer’s journey – from tracking the frictionless initial sale to understanding their positive customer service experience to engaging via successful marketing campaigns and social media  – is our goal.  The Oracle CX Cloud Suite provides an integrated, cloud based solution that allowed us to exceed this goal and has quickly scaled with our business.”  

 

Part of Oracle Applications Cloud, Oracle CX Cloud Suite empowers organizations to improve experiences, enhance loyalty, differentiate their brands, and drive measurable results by creating consistent, connected, and personalized brand experiences across all channels and devices. The Oracle CX Cloud Suite includes Oracle Service Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Commerce Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud.

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UK Government websites fail to meet plain English guidelines

VisibleThread - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:06
VisibleThread identifies that 92% of Central Government and 66% of Local Governments sites analysed do not meet recommended readability standards

 

Cambridge UK, Wednesday 27th April 2016. VisibleThread, a global leader in content quality management, has released its latest readability reports. This analysis was undertaken on 26 Central Government agency websites and 12 Local Government websites.

In 2014, the UK Government’s Digital Service, part of the Cabinet Group’s Efficiency and Reform Service issued its content design: planning, writing and managing content guidelines. These guidelines mandate UK Government Departments to communicate online in a clear, concise and well-organized way. In its Writing for GOV.UK guide, there are specific guidelines to help writers. It goes further than mere recommendations stating:

 

Plain English is mandatory for all of GOV.UK. One of the parts most people pick up on is the plain English (or words to avoid) list. This isn’t just a list of words to avoid. Plain English is the whole ethos of GOV.UK: it’s a way of writing.

UK Government Agency Website Clarity
UK Local Authorities Website Clarity Index

 

VisibleThread analysed up to 300 pages on each website for the following key metrics:

  • Readability – How readable is the content?
  • Passive Language – Active Language communicates clearly. What proportion of sentences is passive?
  • Long Sentences – What proportion of all sentences are too long?
  • Word Complexity Density – How many complex, hard-to-understand words does the content contain?

 

The key findings are as follows:

  • 92% of UK Government agency websites failed to achieve the target readability score
  • Only 2 out of 26 Central Government Agencies achieved acceptable readability score. This compares with 4 out of 12 Local Government websites analysed.
  • No Central Government websites or the Local Government websites analysed met the target passive language score of 4%
  • Despite Twitter encouraging brevity, long sentences abound on Government websites. On some websites 30% of the sentences contained more than 20 words. None of the websites analysed met the target score of 5%.
  • The sentence complexity measure varied greatly between websites. Seven out of the 28 Central Government websites achieved an acceptable score. This was matched by four out of the 12 Local Government websites hitting the target score.

Heroes and Villains

In the Central Government agency report, National Savings and Investments came top of the 2016 rankings.  It scored very highly in the readability index compared to its peers, but also distinguished itself in a handful of other key areas to secure its place at the top.  At the bottom end of the scale, The British Business Bank languished in the bottom third of the league table in three out of the four possible categories indicating the need for a considerable improvement

Central Government Agencies

Hampshire County Council topped the 2016 UK Local Authority rankings.  It scored very highly in three out of the four assessment categories; only falling just outside the top three in the readability index. At the other end of the table, Hertfordshire County Council was at the bottom in three out of the four possible categories indicating an urgent need for action and improvement.

Local Authorities

Two years ago, UK Government recognised the need to communicate clearly and took the significant step of publishing its comprehensive ‘Writing for Gov.uk guide’. Our analysis demonstrates that there has been no uniform adoption of these crucial guidelines,” said Fergal McGovern, CEO of Visible Thread. “With few exceptions, poor communications on Government websites continue to confuse readers and lead to increased customer support costs.

The cost benefits achieved by improving clarity on websites and allowing citizens to complete error-free operations online are significant.  Website users avoid the need to revert to other means of communication, such as telephone or face-to-face interactions, to clarify information. The fact that such a small percentage of Government Websites have successfully adopted the Writing for Gov.uk guidelines is disappointing. However, Visible Thread’s analysis shows that, in many cases, efforts are required in only one of the four key measures to deliver a significant improvement in overall readability.

The full reports can be found here

 

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VisibleThread helps executives in large organisations govern content quality with less cost and risk. Communications, marketing and sales teams in diverse industries use our technology to improve many functions, including proposal development, contract review, and brand audits. Our software finds brand compliance, poor readability, and other issues in websites and documents. Unlike consumer-grade analysis tools, VisibleThread processes hundreds of documents and web pages in minutes. Fueled with greater insights, customers reduce costs and automate manual processes across their organizations. For more information, visit www.visiblethread.com.


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Louisville Water Company Overhauls Aging Systems to Drive Comprehensive Customer Experience Strategy with Oracle Solutions

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 08:05
Press Release Louisville Water Company Overhauls Aging Systems to Drive Comprehensive Customer Experience Strategy with Oracle Solutions Oracle Utilities solutions enable utility to cut billing process by more than 80 percent

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Today’s customers live in a universe tailored to their unique needs and wants. They require instant, digital gratification and organizations—regardless of industry—are challenged to shift strategies to accommodate these requests. Louisville Water Company (Louisville Water), which provides drinking water to more than 850,000 people in Louisville, Ky., recognized this need and turned to Oracle to help meet its growing customer expectations.

Like many utilities, Louisville Water relied on aging systems to manage its customer care and fieldwork activities with limited to no customer self-service capabilities. The utility, known throughout the industry for its high-quality water and engineering innovation, saw an opportunity to increase its customer satisfaction and drive its competitive advantage. Louisville Water worked with Oracle Utilities Professional Services to transform its business leveraging Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing, Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management, and Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service.

“This implementation was the largest technology project in Louisville Water’s 155-year-history,” said Dave Vogel, vice president of customer service at Louisville Water. “Some of the immediate benefits with Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing include significantly cutting down our cancel/rebill process time and the ability to view all customer information within one screen with easily accessible drop down and search menus. These simple benefits mean we can better serve our customers.”

Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management, another component of the implementation, helps Louisville Water to streamline field work processes. For example, the solution identifies the best field service representative available for the field activity and the most cost-effective field resources to complete the action. The solution’s daily work auto-assignment feature enables Louisville Water to use minimal manual intervention and provides alerts if overtime is needed based on work that is scheduled and being assigned for the day.

“Doing a large overhaul of aging systems can be a big undertaking, but with planned, measurable steps it is achievable and can have a significant impact on customers,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities. “Businesses across industries are beginning to turn to advanced technology offerings to enhance and improve customer service. Louisville Water’s overall implementation laid the foundation to continue enhancing the customer experience with self-service options and a redesigned bill.”

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Jenkins 2.0 Provides Native Pipeline Support

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 23:09
The Jenkins project, comprised of the community of practitioners using open source Jenkins, today announced the availability of Jenkins 2.0. The first major release after 10 years and 655 weekly releases, Jenkins 2.0 addresses the demands of team ...
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MemSQL Raises $36m in Series C Round

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 21:48
MemSQL has announced it has closed its series C financing raising $36 million. The oversubscribed round includes new investors REV and Caffeinated Capital, as well as all existing investors Accel Partners, Khosla Ventures, Data Collective, IA Ven ...
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