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NoSQL Graph Database Neo4j 3.2 Released

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 16:55
Neo Technology, creator of Neo4j, the world's leading graph database, today announced the release of Neo4j 3.2, a major product release that introduces new enterprise scaling, governance and security capabilities and improves native graph per ...
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Beta 1

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 15:43
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Emerson Adopts Oracle HCM Cloud Suite to Unify its Global Workforce

Oracle Database News - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Emerson Adopts Oracle HCM Cloud Suite to Unify its Global Workforce Global technology and engineering solutions company implements Oracle HCM Cloud to achieve a holistic view of its 80,000 employees

Redwood Shores, Calif. —May 11, 2017

Oracle today announced that Emerson, a global technology and engineering solutions company, has adopted Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud to gain an in-depth view into its global employee base. The full Oracle HCM Cloud suite implementation for Emerson includes: Core HR, Payroll, Performance Management, Goal Management, Career Development, Talent Review & Succession Management and Workforce Compensation. The data analytics delivered by Oracle HCM Cloud will enable Emerson to support the complexities of a varied and shifting workforce as it transforms its business model from traditional manufacturing to a value-added, solutions provider.

To better assess and manage changes across its global workforce, Emerson needed a single global human resources solution that could align common global HR processes, support local compliance needs across 100 countries and engage its workforce. By seamlessly integrating Oracle HCM Cloud with its existing deployments of Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, Emerson can leverage powerful data analytics to identify and address HR trends and issues, such as recruitment and turnover.

“At Emerson, we pride ourselves in delivering the latest technologies to improve the processes and performance of our industrial, commercial and residential customers. In that same vein, we also aim to empower our employees by giving them easy access to the latest innovations,” said Jim Rhodes, vice president of human resources information systems at Emerson. “With Oracle HCM Cloud, we will be able to proactively support employees worldwide with truly integrated solutions for everything from performance and payroll to recruiting and employee records.”

Emerson’s previous on-premises solution was unable to provide a complete view of its employee base and required technical specialists to manage and maintain the system. With Oracle HCM Cloud, Emerson expects to drive efficiencies across its global business by taking advantage of in-house digital deployment services to provide unified, timely and accurate reports. Oracle HCM Cloud also delivers high-level data security features relevant for the management of sensitive employee information.

“When organizations are able to quickly and easily gain actionable insights into their global employee base they can improve both the employee and customer experience,” said Gretchen Alarcon, group vice president, HCM Product Strategy at Oracle. “Oracle HCM Cloud will enable Emerson to uncover valuable business insights that will ultimately help its transition to a value-added manufacturer.”

Emerson plans on implementing the Oracle HCM Cloud in a three-phase approach and will work with an Oracle implementation partner and Oracle Customer Support for trusted, secure and comprehensive support throughout the implementation process. 

  Contact Info Jennifer Yamamoto
Oracle
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To learn more about Oracle HCM Cloud, follow @OracleHCM on Twitter or Facebook, or read the Modern HR in the Cloud blog

About Emerson Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. Our Emerson Automation Solutions business helps process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturers maximize production, protect personnel and the environment while optimizing their energy and operating costs. Our Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions business helps ensure human comfort and health, protect food quality and safety, advance energy efficiency, and create sustainable infrastructure. For more information visit Emerson.com.

About Oracle

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

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Inflectra Recognized in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools

Inflectra News - Thu, 05/11/2017 - 01:00

Inflectra, a provider of powerful Application Lifecycle Management Solutions is pleased to announce that it has been included in the 2017 Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Agile Planning Tools. Published on 27 April 2017, the report’s authors: Thomas E. Murphy, Mike West, Keith James Mann placed Inflectra in the Magic Quadrant based on its Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision for its SpiraTeam Application Development Lifecycle Management (ALM) system.

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ClearMark Award 2017 Winners

VisibleThread - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 15:38
ClearMark Award 2017 Winners

ClearMarkLogo_bw_300dpi-2Tuesday, May 9th, VisibleThread attended the 8th ClearMark Awards in Washington D.C. We were delighted to sponsor this important ceremony and to spend time with many other plain language enthusiasts!

The ClearMark Awards recognize the best examples of plain language communication. Here are the 2017 winners:

 

Grand ClearMark Winners

 

Grand ClearMark Award Winner – English

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Planning for Retirement

 

Grand ClearMark Award Winner – Spanish

Center for Health Literacy, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences – How to Talk to Your Doctor HANDbook

 

 

Category Winners and Finalists

 

Category: Original Documents Original Documents – Long

Winner: InJoy Health Education – Understanding Your Newborn Guide

Finalists

  • MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy – Quick Guide to Health Insurance
  • catchfire – 2016 Health & Wellness Calendar
  • CommunicateHealth, Inc. – Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment Booklet
  • ThoughtForm, Inc – Philips Respironics CPAP Remote Setup Welcome Kits
  • The Haykel Group, LLC – Quick-Start Guide to Good Health
Original Documents – Short

Winner: March of Dimes – How long should I wait before getting pregnant again?

Finalists

  • catchfire – What’s Next Insert
  • IQ Solutions – Happiest Time poster
  • Health Literacy Media – Truman Medical Center Crisis Plan
  • The National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – Radiation Thermometer
  • Partners & Simons – Blue Cross and Blue Shield Appropriate Site of Service Quick Reference Guide
  • Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Keep Workers Safe on the Road
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) Scientific Superheroes
Category: Before/After Documents Before/After Documents – Long

Winner: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Behind on Bills? Start With One Step

Finalists

  • Partners & Simons – Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan Summary Book
  • Health Literacy Media – Baylor Rehabilitation Stroke Education: Your prescription for education and empowerment
  • Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – Interactive Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA)
  • Anthem, Inc. – 2016 Letter Transformation Project
Before/After – Short

Winner: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – State Park Back-of-map Redesign

Finalists

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana – Information Technology Service Notifications
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – State Park Rules Sign
  • Anthem, Inc. – Anthem Indiana Medicaid Member Website
  • Anthem, Inc. – Find a Doctor
Category: Websites Websites – Long

Winner: CLEO (Community Legal Education Ontario/Education Juridique Communautaire Ontario) – Steps in a Family Law Case

Finalists

  • Immigration Advocates Network – Immi.org
  • AARP – AARP Academy Work & Jobs Website

 

Websites – Short

Winner: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Planning for Retirement

Finalists

  • CommunicateHealth – Radon Toolkit for Public Health Professionals
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – Naturalization Eligibility Tool
  • The National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry – SoilSHOP (Soil Screening, Health, Outreach and Partners)
Category: Multimedia Multimedia – Long

Winner: Emmi  – Health Insurance: What You Need to Know Emmi Program

Finalists

  • Anthem, Inc. – Anthem Medicare Advantage 2017 e-Welcome Kit
  • InJoy Health Education – Breastfeeding: The First Few Weeks
  • Anthem, Inc. – Healthie Selfie Challenge

 

Multimedia – Short

Winner: AARP – AARP Livable Communities Weekly e-Newsletter

Finalists

  • Cigna – Cigna: Your ACA Roadmap
  • Anthem, Inc. – Inside My Plan Medicare e-Newsletter
Category: Spanish

Winner: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Center for Health Literacy – How to Talk to Your Doctor HANDbook (Spanish)

Finalists

  • Emmi – La nutrición para toda la familia
  • March of Dimes – ¿Cuanto tiempo debo esperar antes de quedar embarazada otra vez?

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5 Common Challenges When Using Selenium

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 13:10

There’s no denying the importance of Selenium when it comes to web browser automation. While its many automation benefits are obvious, there are common challenges both testers and developers alike encounter when using Selenium. In this blog post, I want to address five common challenges and show you how you can solve them with the Selenium WebDriver integration in Ranorex Studio.

Identifying dynamic content The challenge

It can be tricky to identify content with dynamically generated attributes using Selenium. Dynamic content is based on dynamic identifiers (IDs). These IDs are generated anew every time an element is displayed, which makes it difficult to address the web element based on this attribute. For example, the IDs in web applications based on the “Yahoo User Interface Library” look something like “yui_3_8_1_1_13679224741219_543”. This ID changes every time the webpage reloads. In this case, you cannot use the ID locator to identify the element.

How to solve it

Ranorex comes with a set of RanoreXPath weight rules that automatically decide which attribute to use to identify objects based on particular web libraries. If you want to resolve a specific problem when identifying web elements, you can add a rule to this set. Please have a look at the blog post “Automated Testing and Dynamic IDs” for detailed instructions. Once added to the rule set, you can create your script-free or code-based test scenarios and run them on your WebDriver endpoints. As a result, the object repository will be automatically filled with robust repository items.

RanoreXPathWeight Editor

Dealing with timing issues The challenge

Another challenge, especially when testing dynamic web applications, is handling timing issues – for example, when a query takes longer to provide the desired output. In Selenium, you have to manually implement a wait mechanism in code to overcome this issue.

How to solve it

Ranorex automatically creates search time-outs for each item in the object repository, providing a built-in safety net for possible timing issues. You can edit the search time-out of a repository item in Ranorex Studio (context menu item Properties). For further details about repository time-outs, please have a look at the chapter Waiting for UI Elements – Repository Timeouts in our user guide. In addition to the automatically added search time-outs, you can explicitly wait for a specific element to appear or disappear using a Wait For Exist or a Wait For NotExist action in the actions table. You can get an overview of all possible actions as well as detailed information about specific actions in the section Types of Action Items in our user guide.

Wait For Action

Maintaining web elements The challenge

Test maintenance is dreary and, unfortunately, unavoidable. Especially in complex test scenarios, it can be difficult to maintain web elements addressed in your automated tests. When using a pure Selenium WebDriver implementation to automate your test scenarios, the same web element may be used multiple times. If this element changes, you then have to alter every occurrence of it manually. Even if you have used the page object pattern to manage web elements, you have to find the element that has changed and fix it in code.

How to solve it

In Ranorex, you can use the central object repository to manage your web elements. Every time an element in your application under test changes, you only have to edit it once and all changes will be automatically applied to all occurrences of this web element. To do so, select the desired element in the repository and open its RanoreXPath. Simply re-track the element using Ranorex Spy to successfully identify the element for future test runs.

https://www.ranorex.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/02_Maintain.mp4 Implementing data-driven testing The challenge

Selenium WebDriver doesn’t have a built-in data-driven testing mechanism. This means you have to manually connect your automated tests to external data sources, read the data out of these sources and execute your test scenario with the added data if you want to data drive your tests.

How to solve it

Data-driven testing is already an integral aspect of Ranorex. Without any additional preparations, you can choose between several types of data connectors (simple data table, CSV file, SQL database and Excel file). Simply use the data from these external sources, to automatically execute your test cases with different data sets. You can find detailed instructions on how to perform data-driven testing in the dedicated user guide chapter.

Data-Driven Testing

Reporting The challenge

An important aspect of any test automation environment is getting a detailed and easily understandable report for each test execution. When you use Selenium WebDriver, there are several possibilities to achieve a reporting mechanism. All of which, however, have to be implemented in code using third-party integrations.

How to solve it

Using the Ranorex Selenium WebDriver integration, you don’t have to worry about reporting. When you execute a website test on a WebDriver endpoint, a detailed Ranorex report will be automatically generated. This report provides you with a comprehensive overview of the entire test execution flow. As it is a JUnit compatible report, you can easily integrate it into any CI process.

Reporting

As you can see, the matchless Selenium WebDriver integration in Ranorex Studio 7 allows you to finally use the best of both frameworks to your advantage and address common Selenium WebDriver pain points.

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Oracle API Platform Cloud Enables Customers to Drive Business Transformation and API-First Thinking

Oracle Database News - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle API Platform Cloud Enables Customers to Drive Business Transformation and API-First Thinking Helps developers monetize new opportunities and deliver better customer experiences

Redwood Shores, Calif.—May 10, 2017

Oracle today expanded Oracle Cloud Platform’s integration offerings with the availability of Oracle API Platform Cloud Service. Bringing together leading API-first design and governance capabilities from recently acquired Apiary and API management from Oracle, the new cloud service delivers end-to-end capabilities for designing, prototyping, documenting, testing, and managing the proliferation of critical APIs. Through a completely new and simplified API management experience, users can easily support changing business demands while having clear visibility into who is using APIs for better control and monetization of digital assets.

“Data is the new corporate currency and APIs are critical to business modernization and agility, enabling users to easily connect and share key information across applications and devices—mobile, IoT, in the cloud or on-premises,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud Platform. “The Oracle API Platform Cloud enables developers to capitalize on new opportunities by enabling users to simply and securely manage the entire lifecycle of their APIs.”

Part of the Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle API Platform Cloud Service is designed to eliminate the complexities associated with transforming on-premises API solutions into the cloud, so companies can thrive in the digital economy. Users can grant external developers and partners access to data locked behind firewalls, inside applications, and within data stores, enabling them to power a larger community to innovate and develop new monetization strategies. It also empowers developers to manage different interfaces for a variety of audiences using advanced, but easy-to-use, API management capabilities.

“As organizations continue to adopt not one but multiple cloud vendors, information has never been more federated. Real time access to such assets via APIs has therefore become a priority for our customers,” said Luis Weir, Chief Architect, Application Services, Capgemini UK. “Oracle API Platform Cloud Service delivers a pure-play third-generation API solution capable of creating and managing APIs that run in any vendor’s cloud and/or on-premises—while keeping the entire platform operations and API lifecycle central in the Oracle Cloud. The incorporation of Apiary into the platform, only makes it better as developers also get the tools they need to help ensure that those APIs are well designed, documented and are easy to consume.”

“Customers want to unlock the value in their systems by delivering APIs to internal developers and even customers to re-invent and remix critical business functions,” said Steve Giovannetti, CTO and Founder, Hub City Media. “Oracle API Platform Cloud reduces the administrative burden of launching services by handling API discovery, security, throttling, and versioning in an innovative hybrid cloud solution.”

“Trunk Club has been able to develop new solutions quickly with Oracle Apiary,” said Brian Lee, engineering manager at Trunk Club. “Originally, a lack of API documentation left a lot of room for interpretation, but since implementing Oracle Apiary, API documentation has been a game changer. Front-end and back-end teams have been able to focus on better API design, and the integrated mock server has allowed us to develop in parallel. Not only has development time gone down, but using Oracle Apiary also brought the architecture and payload discussion earlier in the development process, making it easier for us to collaborate across teams and platforms.”

Key capabilities in the Oracle API Platform Cloud Service include:

  • Design: Collaborate company and customer requirements via API Descriptions and Build API semantic guides for governance and control.
  • Build: Create APIs on top of existing services to enable access to data formerly locked inside legacy apps and data stores.
  • Security Features: Assign industry-standard security and threat protection to APIs with no coding, including OAuth 2.0, IP filtering, and rate limiting.
  • Hybrid Deployment: Choose to deploy the gateway on-premises, in Oracle Cloud or through third-party clouds with the ease of a single-click. Create API policy once, deploy everywhere—a rich lifecycle management tool.
  • Publish: Browse a comprehensive list of proven APIs from Oracle, the community, and your own organization.
  • Consume: Register third-party apps easily to allow them the same seamless API utilization as pre-loaded Oracle SaaS APIs.
  • Monitor: View operational API metrics on a single dashboard to take action quickly.

When used in combination with Oracle’s larger cloud portfolio, Oracle API Platform Cloud can deliver API management as part of a comprehensive and unified PaaS solution to simplify the use of API-related tools including identity management, process management, content management, integration and applications development.

Contact Info Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.415.235.4033
nicole.maloney@oracle.com Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5145
kristin.reeves@blancandotus.com About Oracle

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

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Federal Agency Websites Still Failing to Provide Citizens with Clear Information

VisibleThread - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:50
Federal Agency Websites Still Failing to Provide Citizens with Clear Information VisibleThread 2017 US Government Index finds improving web clarity scores in federal agency website content, but still failing to meet recommended readability levels.

 

Baltimore, MD, May 10, 2017 – VisibleThread, today announced findings from its website clarity review of 30 US Federal Agencies. Following the introduction of the Plain Writing Act 2010, VisibleThread first published this review in 2011 and then again in 2016. The 2017 analysis is a follow-up and comparison of federal agency websites indexed in 2016.

The agencies with the overall best scores were: The National Archives, Centers for Disease Control and The Community Oriented Policing Service. To see the full list of agencies across each clarity category, view the report at: http://info.visiblethread.com/2017-US-Government-Index.

The analysis measured up to 100 pages on each website, across these 4 dimensions:

  • Readability: How readable is the content?
  • Passive Language vs Active Language. What proportion of sentences are passive?
  • Long Sentences: What proportion of all sentences are too long?
  • Word Complexity Density: Proportion of complex words relative to total word count.

Why is this report relevant?

Seven years ago, the passage of the Plain Writing Act 2010 mandated clear communications in materials for U.S. citizens. Under the Act, federal agencies are required to use writing that is concise, clear and appropriate for the audience. At a minimum, readers with a high school level of education should be able to understand the content that is written on government websites.

“Clear communication saves agencies time and money, which is a win for both government and taxpayer,” said Fergal McGovern, CEO, VisibleThread. “In a time when policy favors fiscal conservatism, a focus on plain language helps agencies manage change and achieve greater compliance, when they typically have fewer resources.”

Complex language can negatively impact communication with the public.  The result is often unforeseen and unnecessary costs. VisibleThread’s report demonstrates examples of language that may have this unintended effect, similar to the following:

“In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 24405(a)(7), a person or entity is ineligible to receive any contract or subcontract made with XYZ grant funds if a court or department, agency, or instrumentality of the Government decides the person intentionally – (A) affixed a “Made in America” label, or a label with an inscription having the same meaning, to goods sold in or shipped to the United States that are used in a project to which this subsection applies but not produced in the United States; or (B) represented that goods described in subparagraph (A) of this paragraph were produced in the United States.”

 

Download the full report here:

2017 US GOVERNMENT WEBSITE CLARITY INDEX

About VisibleThread

VisibleThread’s solutions help organizations test & audit their written content for risk and content quality, with dramatically less cost. Customers include; Boeing, Intel, Accenture and Fannie Mae. Our software instantly finds brand compliance, poor readability and language risk issues within documents and entire websites. Customers produce better quality, more engaging content. Unlike consumer-grade analysis tools, VisibleThread processes hundreds of documents and web pages in minutes. Marketing, Sales and Risk/Contracts Teams in leading global organizations use VisibleThread.

Visit www.visiblethread.com for more information.

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Oracle Announces Data Center Plans for India

Oracle Database News - Wed, 05/10/2017 - 05:30
Press Release Oracle Announces Data Center Plans for India

ORACLE OPENWORLD, NEW DELHI —May 10, 2017

Oracle today announced it will expand its cloud services in India over the next six to nine months with plans for an Oracle data center in India.

Over the coming months Oracle will be reviewing proposals from government and business partners to provide customers with the capability to build and move workloads to an India-based cloud. The services will offer uncompromised security and performance at a significant price advantage over both existing on-premises infrastructure and competitive cloud offerings.

Oracle’s expanded infrastructure footprint is a result of tremendous customer demand.

“Our customers and partners in India have trusted their businesses and mission-critical workloads to the Oracle Cloud for years,” said Thomas Kurian, president of product development, Oracle. “With this expansion we will be able to further support customer choice adding to capabilities already available through deployments of Oracle Cloud at Customer, as well as other Oracle Cloud data center regions in Asia Pacific.”

Contact Info Vandana Shenoy
Oracle
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vandana.shenoy@oracle.com About Oracle

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

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Oracle Cloud Platform Adds New Levels of Performance, Availability, and Access for Oracle Database Applications

Oracle Database News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 16:00
Press Release Oracle Cloud Platform Adds New Levels of Performance, Availability, and Access for Oracle Database Applications Oracle Real Application Clusters, Oracle FastConnect, and Microsoft Windows Server available on Oracle’s next gen IaaS, providing customers an expanded range of infrastructure capabilities

Redwood Shores, Calif.—May 9, 2017

Continuing its Oracle Cloud Platform innovation, Oracle today announced major enhancements that make it easier for organizations to move enterprise database applications to the cloud. Oracle now offers Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), Oracle FastConnect private networking capabilities, and Microsoft Windows Server support for Oracle’s high performance next generation IaaS. These offerings enable a new range of customers to deploy and access Oracle Database applications in the cloud with performance and availability on par or exceeding on-premises, and demonstrate performance of up to 20 times faster on benchmark tests compared with Oracle running on a competitor’s cloud.* 

Oracle is the only cloud vendor to provide customers with complete and highly available enterprise application environments in the cloud. With this announcement, Oracle is delivering unique, integrated platform services to mid-sized and large enterprises that don’t have the expertise or capital to maintain comparable systems on-premises. Customers can now use Oracle’s next generation IaaS to deploy applications based on Microsoft Windows, Oracle Linux, and other Linux distributions, and scale to millions of operations per second, connect to Oracle RAC Databases on bare metal servers that support hundreds of thousands of transactions per second, and use Oracle FastConnect to connect these applications to on-premises networks at costs as low as one-twentieth of a competitor’s comparable offerings for high bandwidth users.** Customers can either use all the services and pay an hourly charge, or purchase a subscription for consistent billing.

“Enterprise customers and ISVs have high expectations for performance and availability for their database applications. At the same time, they want to preserve hard-won experience and best practices, particularly from on-premises deployments,” said Kash Iftikhar, vice president of product management, Oracle. “We introduced our next generation IaaS to address all of these requirements. With these database, compute, and networking enhancements, Oracle Cloud Platform offers a complete, high performance solution for business-critical database applications in the cloud.”

Oracle Removes Roadblocks, Frustration, and Guesswork for Infrastructure Customers

ICAT provides property insurance protection to over 65,000 homeowners and businesses located in hurricane- and earthquake-exposed regions of the United States.

“ICAT is in the catastrophe insurance business, so we’re very sensitive to risk and business continuity. We’ve run our mission-critical online quoting application on-premises with Oracle Database for years, but keeping up with business growth was a challenge,” said Mike Ferber, CIO, ICAT. “The Oracle Database Cloud Service on bare metal exceeded our performance requirements and made a move to the Oracle Cloud feasible. The ability to quickly scale up processing power, as well as leverage Oracle RAC in the cloud, gives us great confidence that we will be able to offer our customers the experience and reliability necessary with our new cloud-based system.”

Darling Ingredients Inc. is a world leader in organic ingredients and specialty products for customers in the pharmaceutical, food, pet food, feed, and other industries.

“Darling Ingredients has had an aggressive plan to move all of our key IT applications into the cloud. We have a number of critical Oracle and non-Oracle applications, many of which rely on Oracle Database,” said Tom Morgan, Oracle Apps DBA Manager at Darling Ingredients. “Oracle Database Cloud Services on bare metal met our stringent performance requirements. Having predictable, high bandwidth connectivity to our end users is critical, and Oracle FastConnect was a great solution.”

Penn State University’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS) provides High Performance Computing (HPC) resources and capabilities to the research community, both internal and external to the university through its Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI).

“HPC is typically the most demanding workload from a CPU, storage, and networking perspective,” said Chuck Gilbert, Technical Director and Chief Architect for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at Penn State University. “Oracle Cloud Platform, with its Bare Metal Cloud Compute Service, was our choice for HPC, equaling our on-premises resources and meeting our performance requirements. The addition of Oracle FastConnect makes it possible for our customers to move huge amounts of data in and out of the cloud securely and consistently. We’re leveraging Oracle Cloud to support our exponentially growing demand for HPC projects, and help researchers get resources and results faster. By leveraging a Hybrid Cloud Bursting Model, ICS-ACI will be able to service all workload demands from our researchers above and beyond existing on premises capacities.”

Oracle Enhances Oracle Cloud Platform Services

Oracle Cloud Platform offers the broadest range of integrated services to enable customers of any size and at any price point to easily develop, test, and securely and cost-effectively deploy their business-critical applications in the cloud. Oracle Cloud Platform’s next generation IaaS capabilities have been expanded to include:

  • Support for two-node Oracle RAC on bare metal compute, providing proven, continuous database availability through failures or software maintenance. Two-node RAC can scale on-demand from 4-72 OCPUs, with 1TB of RAM and 24TB of storage.

  • Oracle FastConnect on next generation IaaS delivers customers an on-demand private network connection that offers flexible bandwidth options (increments of 1Gb or 10Gb), can scale up and down with their business needs, and can be provisioned in minutes via console and API. Current global partner providers are Equinix and Megaport.

  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server on both 1, 2, 4, 8, 16-OCPU virtual machine compute and three 36-OCPU bare metal compute shapes provides users a range of compute, memory, and storage resources, with image portability across instance types, all on the same, high performance virtual cloud network.

  • Support for CentOS, RHEL, and Ubuntu, which along with Oracle Linux and Microsoft Windows Server distributions covers the vast majority of enterprise operating systems.

*Performance compares internal benchmarks of Oracle RAC on Oracle Database Cloud Service on bare metal versus Oracle Database 12.1 on Amazon Web Services M4.10xlarge EBS optimized instances (www.oracle.com/corporate/pressrelease/database-benchmarking-092016.html and docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/EBSOptimized.html).

**Price compares Oracle FastConnect versus Microsoft Azure Express Route in high bandwidth scenario (10 Gbps, 500 TB/month) (https://cloud.oracle.com/bare-metal-network/pricing and azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/details/expressroute/).

Contact Info Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.650.506.0806
nicole.maloney@oracle.com Jesse Caputo
Oracle
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The Oracle Cloud delivers hundreds of SaaS applications and enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries while processing 55 billion transactions a day. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at cloud.oracle.com.

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Open Source Database Testing Tools

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:50
Database testing is one of the areas that might have the smaller number of open source tools. The programming languages have many xUnit tools and mocking frameworks, but this is not the case for databases. This article provides a list of open so ...
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DbFit - Automated Open Source Database Testing

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:46
DbFit is an open source tool for automated database testing. Gojko Adzic initially created this tool with the goal to enable efficient database testing – in order to motivate database developers to use an automated testing framework. DbFit ...
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Must.js

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:41
An assertion library for JavaScript and Node.js with a friendly BDD syntax (awesome.must.be.true()). It ships with many expressive matchers and is test runner and framework agnostic. Follows RFC 2119 with its use of MUST. Good stuff and well tested.
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PlatformIO

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 13:38
PlatformIO is an open source ecosystem for IoT development. It offers cross-platform build system, Continuous and IDE integration. It is Arduino and ARM mbed compatible
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Progress Sitefinity 10 Delivers Cutting Edge User Authentication, Security, Management and Productivity

Progress Software News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:00
Progress Sitefinity 10 Delivers Cutting Edge User Authentication, Security, Management and Productivity
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Medical Case Study: Fritz Stephan

Intland Blog - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 09:27
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Lenox Deploys Oracle Commerce Cloud to Modernize Shopping Experience

Oracle Database News - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 14:30
Press Release Lenox Deploys Oracle Commerce Cloud to Modernize Shopping Experience Leader in Quality Tabletop, Giftware and Collectibles Engages Shoppers with Personalization

Redwood Shores, Calif.—May 8, 2017

Today Oracle announced that Lenox is using Oracle Commerce Cloud to modernize its omnichannel shopping experience and deliver a steady stream of new products and features at its namesake Lenox and Reed & Barton brands. By leveraging Oracle Commerce Cloud’s configurable, customizable storefront, Lenox can now personalize what customers see based on preferences and shopping patterns, and streamline business operations while supporting its mobile and desktop sales.

“Our focus is providing customers enduring luxury products and trend-setting brands with a fresh, engaging shopping experience. Oracle Commerce Cloud keeps us current in a rapidly changing consumer environment across online and mobile channels with over 25 percent improvement in year-over-year mobile sales,” said Ravi Kurumety, CIO, Lenox Corporation. “Consumers are inspired and empowered by a more visual, intuitive shopping experience where they can easily discover new complementary items and designs to patterns they already own.”

Oracle Commerce Cloud enables Lenox to better support and promote exclusive designs with leading brands and designers like Dansk, Marchesa, and Kate Spade New York, as well as its own popular Lenox dinnerware and giftware. Lenox selected Oracle Commerce Cloud for its speed to market and its retail-rich functionality. For Lenox, the results are a reduction in total cost of ownership, faster access to new features and payment options, empowerment of the business teams, and a more connected shopping experience when customers shop using a mix of mobile, call center and desktop.

Oracle Commerce Cloud was implemented by Oracle Commerce Cloud Consulting (OC3), a team that specializes in e-commerce and is at the forefront of delivering innovation in a cloud services framework. 

“With fantastic support from our executive team and Oracle, we were able to deploy Oracle Commerce Cloud in just about 6 months. The cloud service allows Lenox to personalize customer promotions, introduce new products faster, and deliver more effective search results and recommendations, driving increased visibility and productivity,” said Kurumety.

“With compelling offers from our consulting team, we were able to deliver a rapid deployment in partnership with Lenox in time for the peak trading season,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “Our cloud first strategy allows us to deliver new innovations more frequently to serve the retail market.”

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matt.torres@oracle.com 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 while processing 55 billion transactions a day. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at cloud.oracle.com.

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Oracle Optimizes Global Transportation and Trade Compliance Processes

Oracle Database News - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 13:30
Press Release Oracle Optimizes Global Transportation and Trade Compliance Processes New cloud trade and transportation management capabilities help organizations modernize logistics processes, increase perfect order performance and lower supply chain costs

Redwood Shores, Calif.—May 8, 2017

Oracle today announced a broad set of market-driven enhancements to Oracle Logistics Cloud that empower organizations to streamline global transportation and trade compliance processes. Under constant pressure to deliver goods faster, organizations can take advantage of the latest release of Oracle Logistics Cloud to streamline transportation processes, increase the occurrence of perfect order performance and reduce order cycle times. The new capabilities will also help organizations speed up delivery across all modes of domestic and international transport in order to help customers receive goods faster.

The latest release of Oracle Logistics Cloud includes new capabilities in both Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Cloud and Oracle Global Trade Management (GTM) Cloud. The latest innovations help logistics, global trade and supply chain professionals achieve regulatory compliance by creating a more efficient logistics network that provides complete visibility and control over all orders and shipments. Built as a native trade and transportation platform, Oracle Logistics Cloud provides a unified, cloud-based solution for managing all aspects of a global logistics network.

“It’s challenging to manage the complexity involved with transporting goods to different regions and countries, and we’re committed to innovation in logistics cloud applications to make it as easy as possible for organizations to comply with trade and customs regulations,” said Derek Gittoes, vice president of supply chain management product strategy at Oracle. “The latest release of Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud helps organizations streamline global transportation and trade compliance processes by providing a new modern user interface that maximizes user productivity.” 

Built for the cloud, the latest releases of Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud introduce intuitive user experience enhancements that provide users with the vital information needed for decision making on the device of their choice. With the Logistics Adaptor in Oracle Integration Cloud Services (ICS), customers can deploy Logistics Cloud quicker and easier with products such as Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud to enable an end-to-end order-to-cash solution in the cloud.

Additional features include:

  • Broad support for import, export, and transit declarations to ease the process of preparing customs declarations for users
  • New fleet management capabilities effectively manage private and dedicated fleet and carrier resources, allowing increased utilization and cost savings
  • New rate maintenance features enable customers to insert and update freight rates in a simpler manner than ever before through spreadsheet importing and exporting capabilities
  • Advances in 3D load configuration, which help organizations optimize the packing of trailers and containers, improve equipment utilization and reduce the number of trucks needed to move goods
  • Enhancements in dock scheduling capabilities streamline and simplify the dock appointment process
  • Support for license reservations ensure that the license will be guaranteed to be available when the goods are shipped. This is part of the License Management functionality in Oracle Trade Compliance, which reduces delays in delivering goods to customers.

The latest releases of Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud are available now for existing and new customers. Organizations can choose flexible deployment options to best fit their needs.

For additional information on Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, visit Facebook, Twitter or the Oracle SCM blog.

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

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TestCast MBT in video games testing.

Elvior - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 12:43


Elvior has developed model based testing solution for games made with Unity® software.

MBT (model based testing)  is proved to be more effective approach for testing games due to the high abstraction level, which makes the test suite easily maintainable and to be used for regression testing a game in development.

The TestCast package offers an out of the box testing solution for games made with Unity® software. The package includes modeling tool, test executor, adapter communicating with the SUT and scripts, which should be added to the game.

TestCast MBT offers a high abstraction level and the approach can be used with game development platforms other than Unity® software.

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