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Oracle Retail 2025 Study Reveals Consumer Attitudes on Disruptive Technologies and Their Impact on Future Retail Experiences

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:08
Press Release Oracle Retail 2025 Study Reveals Consumer Attitudes on Disruptive Technologies and Their Impact on Future Retail Experiences Research Highlights Differing Sentiments on the Role of Automation, Drones, IoT, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality and Wearables in Customer Experience

Oracle Industry Connect, Orlando, FL.—Mar 22, 2017

Today Oracle announced the findings of new research that examines consumer attitudes to new technologies and how their implementation will shape consumer behavior in the years to come. Insights from the Oracle Retail 2025 study highlight that consumers are most willing to engage brands with new technology if they feel that they are in control of their experience.

“Consumers clearly indicated that they have a conservative appetite for retail techologies that requires deep personal data and make decisions on their behalf,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager at Oracle Retail and Oracle Hospitality. “This signals brands to focus on building a strong foundation to win trust. Warm attitudes toward utilizing virtual reality and receiving recommendations for custom-made accessories produced with 3D printing points to consumers’ willingness to adopt new technologies if they are in control of their experience.”

The Retail 2025 Report results provide a benchmark for where consumers are on the retail technology adoption lifecycle and the impact on retail in the next eight years. The Retail 2025 Report polled 709 consumers in February 2017.

Smart Gets Smarter

AI, VR and IoT present the opportunity to better anticipate consumers’ next purchase. However, establishing a strong foundation of trust is critical to success when rolling out new experiences to consumers. If brands over step the reaction can be visceral.

  • 64 percent of respondents liked the option of using virtual reality to navigate a personalized in-store experience and having a hand-picked wardrobe to try on in-store
  • 58 percent of consumers indicated a positive attitude toward the idea of having their grocer suggest a shopping list for their approval based on purchase history, social and environmental data
  • 54 percent of respondents indicated that having a grocer automatically charge and ship items based on purchase history, social and environmental data was invasive
Fast Gets Fierce

Velocity in fashion is critical and it will only get faster. 3D printing and drone deliver will accelerate the product design to consumer process from months, to days and eventually hours.

  • 67 percent of consumers like the option of near real-time delivery to their doorstep by drones
  • 64 percent of consumers responded favorably to the concept having a retailer suggest a custom-made accessory for them produced with 3D printing
  • 57 percent of consumers find apparel recommendations from robots based on their social media profile invasive
Personalization Gets Perfected

Consumers are wary about volunteering data necessary for personalization but still look for a tailored experience, reinforcing the need for stronger brand relationships. On the flipside; there is a clear difference in consumer expectation for retailers to make data available and customize information about components, origin and recalls to their specific buying patterns.

  • 54 percent of respondents viewed the concept of linking their wearable activity tracker to their pharmacy so they can suggest products to meet specific health and wellness needs as favorable
  • 78 percent favor the option of having detailed information about product components (e.g., cotton, spandex, etc) and their origin prior to purchase
  • 46 percent of respondents indicated that receiving real-time alerts on current product recalls, and time since last recall by a manufacturer, based on previous purchase history would improve their experience
Contact Info Matt Torres
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dan.brady@bm.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.

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Oracle Utilities Launches Smart Grid and IoT Device Management Solution in the Cloud

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Utilities Launches Smart Grid and IoT Device Management Solution in the Cloud Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service is the Foundation for Next Generation Smart Grid and IoT Device Management

Oracle Industry Connect—Orlando, Fla.—Mar 22, 2017

Oracle today introduced Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service (ODCS), a new cloud offering that enables utilities to further automate the management of their grid assets and devices, at a total lower cost of ownership.

The utilities industry is going through tremendous transformation as a result of IoT and increasing distributed energy resources. The United States alone has more than 70 million smart meters installed [footnote] and utilities are increasingly deploying smart field sensors. As each smart device has its own unique requirements for maintenance, inspection, firmware upgrades and security, utilities are struggling to manage the lifecycle of these assets in a single, centralized way. In response to these challenges, Oracle has unveiled a cloud-based version of its Operational Device Management Solution that provides a scalable and future-proof way to manage IoT device operations.

Available as a new stand-alone cloud service, ODSC automates the management of smart grid and IoT devices. When combined with Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management solution, it delivers a unified solution in the cloud to extend asset performance management to smart devices at a massive scale. This complete visibility of smart assets delivers detailed insights into each device’s location, characteristics, health, and firmware upgrade status. In addition, utilities can extend ODCS for customer—owned asset registration processes such as smart thermostats and solar PVs. Additionally, by leveraging the cloud, utilities can reduce their total cost of ownership.

“We’re in front of the dramatic shifts the utilities industry is experiencing, providing new technologies that meet the needs of our customers as they navigate this changing landscape,” said Rodger Smith, general manager and senior vice president for Oracle Utilities. “We’re committed to innovation, and to providing cloud solutions that make operational excellence a reality for electric, gas and water utilities worldwide.”

The solution can be added to Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Analytics Cloud Service or used as a stand-alone solution depending on a utility’s requirements.

New Features in Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management Cloud Service:
  • Proactively adjust, update, and repair smart grid and IoT devices as needed
  • Enable significant cost savings by eliminating labor costs due to physical data collection with automated processes
  • Reduce total cost of ownership by using the most up to date IT infrastructure in the cloud and alleviating the need to continually maintain older systems
  • Find risks of device failures faster with increased visibility into the age and reliability of each device
  • Prepare for asset registration capabilities of customer-owned assets
Contact Info Valerie Beaudett
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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.

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Oracle Utilities Launches a New Asset Performance Management (APM) Solution in the Cloud

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Utilities Launches a New Asset Performance Management (APM) Solution in the Cloud Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service is the foundation that supports next generation APM

Oracle Industry Connect—Orlando, Fla.—Mar 22, 2017

Oracle today introduced Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service, an innovation foundation for asset performance management. The new cloud offering enables utilities to make the necessary transition from reactive to proactive asset management strategies. Utilities can increase asset reliability by finding asset failures faster and performing predictive maintenance with integrated APM and analytics.

Asset reliability and performance is core to well-functioning electric, gas, and water utilities. An aging workforce, pressure from regulators, and scrutiny on cost reduction goals are driving the need to extend the life of existing assets. Distributed energy resources (DER) are adding layers of complexity that underpin a utility’s asset reliability. Market research indicates that enterprise asset management supported by analytics and performance monitoring is one of the top investment priorities for utilities today (see footnote).   Asset operations decision-makers are looking at advanced analytics to improve asset reliability and monitor their performance.

In response to these challenges, Oracle Utilities is taking a comprehensive approach to APM. Historically, work order management, reliability-centric maintenance, asset tracking, advanced analytics, mobile scheduling, and operational reporting have been siloed applications. Today marks an important step towards integrating these capabilities.

“Predictive analytics are changing the game for utility asset maintenance. Extending the life of utility assets can avoid expensive capital projects and lower maintenance costs,” said Kevin Prouty, Vice President, IDC Energy Insights. “With the explosion of IoT devices and data around the corner, scalability of these systems will require IT infrastructure that can react and scale quickly. This makes utility asset maintenance applications even more prime for deployment in the cloud.”

Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management Cloud Service improves asset operations ability to predict risk of failures faster with out-of the-box APM analytics. The cloud deployment delivers immediate value by reducing total cost of ownership. With integrated analytics, utilities can operationalize insights by optimizing work and maintenance schedules in real time. Unlike stand-alone analytic solutions, integration of these analytics into established work order management systems is an accelerant to optimizing performance of assets.

“When you combine deregulation, changing legislation and market uncertainty stemming from increasing distributed energy resources, it’s no surprise that utilities are looking for more ways to improve operations and cut costs,” said Rodger Smith, general manager and senior vice president, Oracle Utilities. “Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management Cloud Service provides more detailed analytics and deep insights into asset age, health and performance. The cloud infrastructure also gives utilities the flexibility to scale up quickly as new assets are added to the infrastructure from rising IoT and distributed energy resources that are adding more sensors on the network.”

New Features and Benefits Include:
  • Prevent risk of asset failures faster with out-of-the-box analytics to support repair-versus-replace decisions
  • Detect patterns of asset failure with predefined dashboards and charts to improve investment and capital planning
  • Reduce total cost of ownership by using the most up to date IT infrastructure in the cloud and alleviating needs to constantly maintain older systems
  • Optimize asset reliability programs including ISO 55000 to increase overall value of asset operations more quickly
    • Footnote: “The Black & Veatch 2016 Strategic Directions: Smart City/Smart Utility” Research
    • Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management overview
    • Follow us on Twitter: @OracleUtilities
Contact Info Valerie Beaudett
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valerie.beaudett@oracle.com Christina McDonald
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christina.mcdonald@bm.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.

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Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Now Available in the Cloud

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Now Available in the Cloud Speeds Clinical Discoveries and Reduces Research Costs

Oracle Industry Connect—Orlando, Fla.—Mar 22, 2017

Oracle Health Sciences today unveiled Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Cloud Service that promises to lower the cost and increase the traceability of clinical development by streamlining end to end clinical data flow across clinical R&D.

Planning and managing clinical trials has become more complex as additional data is being generated, collected and analyzed to demonstrate clinical efficacy, ensure successful regulatory approval and ultimately bring more therapies to market faster. Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Cloud Service enables pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations to integrate, reconcile and analyze the growing variety and volume of clinical and healthcare data. By automating data flow and standardizing data for review, clinical researchers have near real time access to insights for clinical trial decision making—all at a dramatically lower total cost of ownership as a result of it being offered as a cloud service.

“The volume and complexity of data in healthcare and life sciences has increased on a massive scale as we capture more data from sources such as electronic health records, wearables and genomics. Clinical data managers and data scientists are now integrating more of this data into their clinical research and trials to improve the odds of more therapies making it to market and faster,” said Steve Rosenberg, general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “The industry has been looking for a purpose-built data management solution that supports the clinical data flow from source to submission, with a lightweight, cloud-based solution, and Oracle’s new cloud-based data management platform is able to manage all of this new information while ensuring FDA data compliance—at a dramatically lower cost.”

Oracle Data Management Workbench Cloud Service is pre-integrated with Oracle Health Sciences InForm, enabling two-way real time data flow. Additionally, it brings new levels of standardization, reusability and traceability among disparate clinical data sources by enabling clinical data managers to aggregate, clean and transform data into submission-ready deliverables more quickly than ever before. By using an integrated workflow, data discrepancies can be closed faster, reducing clinical review cycle times and increasing overall data quality.

Contact Info Valerie Beaudett
Oracle Communications
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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.

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Oracle Cloud Platform Continues to Gain Momentum with Customers, Partners, and Developers

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Cloud Platform Continues to Gain Momentum with Customers, Partners, and Developers Developers at Global Enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs leverage Oracle’s PaaS and IaaS to develop and run modern Web, mobile, and cloud-native applications

Oracle Code, NEW YORK—Mar 21, 2017

Today at its premier developer event, Oracle announced that an increasing number of global enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs are choosing the Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation, simplify IT, reduce costs, and deliver stellar customer experiences. 7-Eleven, Altair, Astute Business Solutions, Bitnami, Calypso Technology, Ford Motor Company, GE Capital Business Process Management Services, HashiCorp, Infotech, SAS, Vertiv Corporation, and Zensar Technologies are just a few of the many organizations that are using Oracle Cloud’s PaaS and IaaS services to easily develop, test, and deploy high-performance applications in the cloud. Additionally, Oracle continues to expand its cloud portfolio, making it even more compelling for customers to move to the cloud.

The Oracle Cloud Platform provides customers, partners, and developers with everything they need to build, deploy, and extend applications and run business-critical workloads in a low-latency, highly available, secure cloud environment. For developers, the Oracle Cloud Platform provides the foundation they need to provide cutting-edge applications that leverage the latest technology innovations. Developers can use the platform to quickly create applications with microservices, APIs, containers, machine learning, mobile backends, and chatbots using modern DevOps processes. With pre-integrated big data and analytics, integration, management and monitoring, mobility and Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities, developers can easily connect these applications to other cloud or on-premises systems and devices to gain new levels of intelligence and customer success. In the past two years alone, Oracle has delivered more than 50 PaaS and IaaS services to market and introduced new deployment options such as Oracle Cloud at Customer, providing unparalleled opportunity for customers.

“Organizations across industries and geographies are increasingly taking advantage of the Oracle Cloud Platform to quickly develop and deploy business-critical applications,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud Platform. “By delivering the most advanced cloud capabilities, Oracle is helping customers and partners out-innovate the competition, transform their businesses, and increase profitability.”

To participate in upcoming Oracle Code events in a city near you, visit: http://developer.oracle.com/code

Customers and Partners Benefit from Oracle Cloud Platform

“Altair has a unique combination of engineering applications and enterprise computing offerings for high performance computing in the cloud,” said Sam Mahalingam, chief technical officer, Altair. “Our solutions performed extremely well on Oracle Cloud Platform in terms of accuracy, consistency, and cost efficiency. We will continue building solutions for the Oracle Cloud Platform that can leverage the latest infrastructure technology along with Altair’s leading cloud solutions for HPC.”

“We continue to be impressed by the breadth and depth of the Oracle Cloud Platform,” said Daniel Lopez, CEO, Bitnami. “Bitnami provides open source images to cover all the functionality a modern enterprise demands: from easy to use tools for developers to production-ready solutions, across Oracle Cloud’s IaaS services, virtualized and container-based platforms.”

“The shift to cloud has created a unique opportunity for us to bring technological innovation to the forefront of the financial industry,” said Pascal Xatart, CEO, Calypso Technology. “We are deploying these transformative solutions with Oracle, whose technology stack is an excellent combination of performance, security and agility that allows us to increase the value of our cloud services.”

“HashiCorp and Oracle share many common customers,” said David McJannet, CEO of HashiCorp. “Oracle Cloud’s growing support for HashiCorp Terraform will enable our customers to use a common approach to infrastructure provisioning for those workloads that they choose to run in Oracle Cloud. This will enable our joint customers to deliver better applications, faster on the infrastructure of their choice.”

“Our market is changing, and so must our industry-leading life science labeling solutions. So we decided to start delivering our ROBAR service via the cloud to make it easier for new customers to access our world class labeling solutions. For us, high availability, reliability and security are top priorities, especially in the highly regulated industry in which we operate,” said Ardi Batmanghelidj, president and CEO, Innovatum. “We considered several solutions, including Amazon, but chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service due to Oracle’s reputation as a leading technology provider. Oracle’s focus on security helped to tip the scales, along with the cost-effectiveness of its offerings.”

“Enterprises building modern apps rely on data services, and they want these data services on any infrastructure or cloud to support hybrid cloud and multi-cloud configurations,” said Edward Hsu, vice president of product marketing at Mesosphere. “Mesosphere DC/OS enables IT organizations to become hybrid cloud service providers, and we’re excited to have DC/OS on the Oracle IaaS to give businesses the broadest set of choices on where to run their modern applications.”

“Qubole Data Service (QDS) is a turnkey, Big Data-as-a-service platform that accelerates data insight across companies leveraging open source technologies like Spark, Hadoop, Hive, etc. We believe Big Data belongs in the cloud, and we’re excited to support QDS on the Oracle Cloud Platform,” said Ashish Thusoo, co-founder and CEO of Qubole. “Most of the world’s enterprise data touches the Oracle ecosystem, and we believe running on the Oracle Cloud Platform provides an ideal solution for turning data into valuable business insights at a compelling price/performance value.”

“SUSE, as an enterprise-focused ‘open’ open source company, has been collaborating with Oracle on many joint technology innovations and for many years,” said Dr. Thomas Di Giacomo, CTO at SUSE. “Today we’re very pleased and excited to announce that the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server image is available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. This opens the door to future cloud activities in the Oracle Cloud ecosystem around IaaS, PaaS, and enterprise cloud native DevOps, areas in which SUSE is rapidly expanding our solutions.”

“As as public cloud implementer for many years, and as early adopters of Oracle Cloud IaaS and PaaS, in the last quarter we have seen significant adoption of Oracle Cloud across our large managed services customer base in the UK and Ireland. We have projects on-going on Oracle IaaS, PaaS and SaaS in multiple industries including public sector, utilities and the financial services,” said Ken MacMahon, Head of Oracle Cloud Services at Version 1. “A real sweet-spot for its adoption for us has been customers who wish to leverage public cloud for deployment of key application workloads that are built on Oracle technology. This leverages both our Oracle and public cloud expertise to give customers the optimum benefits and power of the Oracle IaaS and PaaS."

Technology Innovations and Industry Accolades

Continuing its rich history of delivering game-changing cloud services, Oracle recently announced new enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform, making it even more compelling for customers to move their business-critical applications to the cloud. Most recently, Oracle became the first to offer Oracle Database Cloud on bare metal compute, and new virtual machine (VM) compute, load balancing, and storage capabilities, all on the same low latency, high performance modern IaaS platform. Oracle Cloud Platform now delivers differentiated database performance at every scale, and deeply integrated IaaS capabilities, for customers of any size to easily develop, test, and deploy their business-critical applications in the cloud.

Additionally, Oracle was recently recognized as a one of the 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors of 2017 in CRN Magazine’s Cloud 100 report.

Try Oracle Cloud for Free

Customers interested in trying Oracle Cloud can sign up for $300 in free credits at: https://cloud.oracle.com/tryit

Oracle Cloud

Oracle Cloud is the industry’s broadest and most integrated public cloud, offering a complete range of services across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. It supports new cloud environments, existing ones, and hybrid, and all workloads, developers, and data. The Oracle Cloud delivers nearly 1,000 SaaS applications and 50 enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries around the world and supports 55 billion transactions each day.

For more information, please visit us at http://cloud.oracle.com.

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Oracle Delivers Industry-Leading Retail Merchandising Solutions via Oracle Cloud

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Delivers Industry-Leading Retail Merchandising Solutions via Oracle Cloud Offering Deployment Choice to Retailers Worldwide via Oracle’s Integrated Cloud

Oracle Industry Connect, Orlando, Fla.—Mar 21, 2017

Oracle today announced that its industry leading Oracle Retail Merchandising Solutions are now available as a service via the Oracle Cloud.  The introduction of Oracle Retail Merchandising cloud services reflects Oracle’s ongoing investment in helping retailers drive strategic growth in a fast-paced global retail market by enhancing mobility, simplifying the user experience, inspiring customer engagement and creating a flexible, scalable business environment. 

“Oracle Retail Merchandising accelerates the critical day-to-day operations that impact service levels, inventory margins and key business metrics for retailers worldwide.  Combined with the support, performance and security of Oracle Cloud, we are providing retailers of all sizes with the most flexible and powerful merchandising solution available today,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail.

Getting to the Work that Matters, Faster

The Oracle Retail Merchandising cloud services are a suite of software-as-a-service solutions that provides retailers with the breakthrough capabilities introduced earlier this year in Oracle Retail Release 16, including role-based dashboards that surface relevant buying, inventory, and financial information to the user and then leverage retail science and data analytics to accelerate critical decision making and take action. By using Oracle’s modern exception-based retailing methodology, and the over 500 additional metrics introduced with Oracle Retail Insights Cloud Service Release 16, to identify situations that require attention, the solution vastly reduces the amount of time merchandising professionals spend on nonproductive tasks and frees more time to focus on strategic business goals.

The complete suite of Oracle Retail Merchandising services available in the Oracle Cloud includes Oracle Retail Merchandising Foundation Cloud Service (end to end merchandising operations including sales auditing), Oracle Retail Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Allocation Cloud Service, and Oracle Retail Invoice Matching Cloud Service.

Delivering Game-Changing Capabilities

As an example, Oracle Retail 16 features such as style-level invoice matching and best-source allocations are powerful tools enabling merchants to better protect margins and improve service levels. To better serve mobile teams in a fast-paced retail environment, the Oracle Retail solutions allow managers to view and approve transactions on their preferred mobile device and create more granular segments to generate customer centric store clusters.  These capabilities reflect Oracle’s ongoing commitment to listen to its retail community and to continue to deliver the power of new solutions.

Oracle Provides Retailers Steady Cadence of Innovation

By providing its renowned merchandising, analytics and insights solutions via Oracle Cloud, Oracle helps ensure that retailers benefit immediately from the steady investment in new features and functionality across the retail solutions, while taking full advantage of Oracle’s world-class cloud services platform, performance improvements, science, analytics and security. Oracle now offers more than 34 Oracle Retail cloud services including the Oracle Retail Advanced Science, Oracle Retail Insights, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement Cloud Services and many more.

“For Oracle Retail, customers are at the heart of everything we do. It is through customers that we prove the value of our solutions and the Merchandising Cloud Services, Analytics Cloud Services and Insights Cloud Services are no exception,” said Carlin. “We are excited to be partnering with one of the largest fashion retailers in the world as they set a strategic path to leverage cloud technology to enable their global operations.”

Oracle Cloud Delivers Reliability and Scale

Oracle Cloud is the industry's broadest and most integrated public cloud, offering a complete range of services across SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. It supports new and existing cloud environments, and all workloads, developers, and data.  The Oracle Cloud delivers nearly 1,000 SaaS applications and 50 enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries around the world and supports 55 billion transactions each day.

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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.

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Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts Becomes First Hotel Group to Globally Implement Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud Amidst Accelerated Growth Phase

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts Becomes First Hotel Group to Globally Implement Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud Amidst Accelerated Growth Phase There are now over 30 properties on four continents using the cloud-based property management software to drive Business Intelligence, guest recognition and Revenue Management.

Oracle Industry Connect, Orlando, Fla.—Mar 21, 2017

Today Oracle announced the successful implementation of Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud property management software at over 30 Mӧvenpick hotels in 10 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud was selected to enable the brand to optimize synergies in distribution, marketing, guest recognition and operations. An initial implementation test was successfully completed in five properties in Jordan and Switzerland, and now nearly a third of the portfolio uses it. The hotel company plans to have all its properties using OPERA Cloud by 2018.

With continued growth over the last five years, Mӧvenpick needed a suite of technology that could further enhance its vision and plans for expansion. With 83 locations, multiple property management vendors and different configurations of software to manage, reducing the complexity of the Swiss hotel company’s IT investment was critical. Turning to a cloud-based property management solution has enabled its IT departments to focus on innovation instead of maintaining decentralized setups.

“As Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts is on track to operate 100 properties by 2020, we were particularly interested in the potential benefits of a cloud-based property management system. Considering the brand’s simultaneous growth in four different regions, mobility and scalability were priorities. We needed a cost-effective, low-upkeep system that is lightweight enough to provide the same responsiveness to island resorts in Asia, as it does to city hotels in Europe for example,” said Floor Bleeker, Chief Information Officer for Mövenpick Group.

“We also wanted a solution that could provide enhanced guest recognition. Our company’s vision is to ‘create Natural Enjoyment for our guests and partners around the world’. In OPERA Cloud, we found a system that ultimately benefits our guests—through recognition and improved operations,” he added.

With OPERA Cloud as a platform, Mӧvenpick Hotels & Resorts has been able to provide critical business intelligence insights to marketing and revenue management teams that drive decision making from the center and at property level. Analysis of guest needs and stay trends generate information that can help to enhance guest experience, encourage repeat visits and improve direct bookings. With a singular view of the customer, Mӧvenpick can ensure that global guests are recognized across all properties.

Implementation benefits experienced by Mӧvenpick include:

  • A lightweight system enabling accessibility from anywhere on any device
  • Standardized hotel operations and processes across an international footprint
  • The ability to implement business enhancing decisions via a singular cloud platform

“Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is the first hotel chain globally to embrace a complete transition to the cloud for its hotel operations platform,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager Oracle Hospitality. “OPERA Cloud was designed to support hoteliers like Mövenpick focus on elevating their signature guest experience while removing the complexity and cost of traditional IT investments. We look forward to Mövenpick’s continued global growth with OPERA Cloud.”

Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud services are a cloud-based, mobile-enabled platform for next generation hotel management. Based on Oracle’s OPERA, one of the leading enterprise solution suites for the hospitality industry, OPERA Cloud offers an intuitive user interface, comprehensive functionality for all areas of hotel management; secure data storage and hundreds of key partner interfaces to meet the needs of hotels of all types and sizes. By moving property management technology to the cloud, OPERA Cloud simplifies the IT infrastructure in properties, allowing hotel management and staff to focus on delivering exceptional experiences for their guests.

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Oracle Hospitality brings 35 years of experience in providing technology solutions to food and beverage operators. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to deliver exceptional guest experiences while maximizing profitability. Our solutions include integrated point-of-sale, loyalty, reporting and analytics, inventory and labor management, all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility. For more information about Oracle Hospitality, please visit www.Oracle.com/Hospitality.

About Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts:

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts, an international upscale hotel management company with over 16,000 staff members, is represented in 24 countries with 83 hotels, resorts and Nile cruisers currently in operation. Around 20 properties are planned or under construction, including those in Chiang Mai (Thailand), Al Khobar (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) and Nairobi (Kenya).

Focusing on expanding within its core markets of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts specialises in business and conference hotels, as well as holiday resorts, all reflecting a sense of place and respect for their local communities. Of Swiss heritage and with headquarters in central Switzerland (Baar), Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is passionate about delivering premium service and culinary enjoyment – all with a personal touch. Committed to supporting sustainable environments, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has become the most Green Globe-certified hotel company in the world.

The hotel company is owned by Mövenpick Holding (66.7%) and the Kingdom Group (33.3%). For more information, please visit www.movenpick.com.

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CSPs See Cloud Technology Investments as Critical to Improving Customer Experience

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:00
Press Release CSPs See Cloud Technology Investments as Critical to Improving Customer Experience New global study by Oracle reveals the top challenges and opportunities for CSPs as they navigate changing customer expectations

Oracle Industry Connect, Orlando, Fla.—Mar 21, 2017

A new Oracle study announced today conveys that Communication Service Providers (CSPs) top challenge is improving customer experiences, followed closely by keeping up with technological advancements. The survey, "The Communications Cloud: CSPs Take on Tomorrow", polled communications service providers around the world to understand how initiatives such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and the Cloud might help them overcome these obstacles and capitalize on new market opportunities.

“CSPs are leveraging cloud technologies to transform their networks and create more compelling experiences for their customers, partners, and employees,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “The move to cloud will continue to play a key role in helping CSPs improve their service agility and expand their business with new innovations in IoT, digital, and cloud services.”

CSPs are under attack from increased competition and challenged by shifting customer demands, while aiming to monetize new opportunities and managing network growth. Whether a market leader, or emerging challenger, managing customer expectations was equally challenging to all.

As such, they are turning to technology to help meet increasing customer expectations while managing reduced budgets. NFV and the Cloud were cited as two of the technologies that are helping CSPs improve their competitive position, however they are looking for more than just technology from vendors. CSPs are increasingly looking for partners that can go beyond technology alone to ensure successful implementations and long-term outcomes.

The survey found that CSPs are:

  • Looking to the Cloud: Seventy-one percent of CSPs believe that a communications cloud could simplify operations, speed time to market, and reduce overall effort.
  • Making Progress with Network Function Virtualization: Sixty percent of CSPs noted they have made progress with NFV and many believe it will achieve many of their objectives around cost savings and time to market.

     

  • Expecting More from Their Vendors: Regardless of competitive market position, CSPs generally feel best prepared to handle technical challenges. While quality, cost, and, reducing risk are critical, more than half of CSPs believe the most challenging communications cloud migration hurdles are nontechnical. The survey showed that it’s more important than ever for a cloud partner to provide access to information and expertise, rather than best technology alone.

To learn more about the study and download the Infographic, please visit: Cloud Survey Infographic.

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Oracle Financial Services and Numerix to Leverage Cross Asset Analytics in Oracle FRTB Compliance Solution

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Financial Services and Numerix to Leverage Cross Asset Analytics in Oracle FRTB Compliance Solution Oracle to deploy Numerix analytics in new solution to help customers comply with the Bank for International Settlements fundamental review of the trading book capital requirements

Oracle Industry Connect, Orlando, Fla.—Mar 21, 2017

Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications (OFSAA) has announced a collaboration with Numerix, provider of innovative capital markets technology, to develop and bring to market solutions that enable financial institutions to comply with the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB). The offering implements complementary solutions from both Numerix and Oracle to effectively meet the regulatory and business challenges accompanying the new FRTB framework.

“By working with Numerix, we are able to offer the best of both worlds: a comprehensive solution that helps financial institutions meet the computational and business challenges in FRTB compliance,” explains Ambreesh Khanna, Group Vice President and General Manager for Oracle Financial Services. “To develop the highest quality solutions for our customers, Oracle always seeks to work with the best and brightest.”

With the objective of improving the design and coherence of capital standards, the FRTB framework issued by the Bank for International Settlements has introduced fundamental changes in the capital calculation process. Banks are now required to make a significant investment in models and technologies to comply with changes by the end of 2019.

Oracle’s capabilities in financial risk, data management and regulatory reporting, underpinned with deep expertise and analytics from Numerix, will enable financial institutions to meet these new FRTB framework challenges effectively. The collaboration will employ Numerix solutions for mark-to-market, Greeks, market risk and counterparty credit risk. Key features of the offering include:

  • Comprehensive cover of all FRTB requirements, including profit and loss attribution, back-testing, risk factor identification, stress period identification and risk computations
  • Pre-configured methods for computing expected shortfall, CVA capital charge, default risk charge, stress expected shortfall and standardized approach
  • Industry-standard library of models and methods, spanning all asset classes (fixed income, equities, FX, credit, commodities, energy, inflation and hybrids)
  • Full integration with OFSAA’s data foundation and reporting capabilities

“At Numerix we’re proud of the diverse and dynamic ways that the Numerix model library and pricing architecture is integrated into other systems, such as Oracle’s. Combined expertise across the financial services industry ensures end users have the most comprehensive suite of capabilities at their fingertips,” said Steve O’Hanlon, CEO of Numerix. “As one of the industry’s most sophisticated model and pricing library, Numerix technology can easily be used in a wide range of solutions including for FRTB compliance. We’re proud to support Oracle with our world class analytics as they expand their capital markets applications and risk reporting solutions for FRTB.”

Contact Info Alex Moriconi
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Numerix
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About Numerix

Numerix is the leading provider of innovative capital markets technology solutions and real-time intelligence capabilities for trading and risk management. Committed to out-of-the box thinking, the exploration and adoption of latest technologies, Numerix is dedicated to driving a more open, fintech oriented, digital financial services market. Built upon a 20+ year analytical foundation of deep practical knowledge, experience and IT understanding, Numerix is uniquely positioned in the financial services ecosystem to help its users reimagine operations, modernize business processes and capture profitability. For more information please visit www.numerix.com.

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GoCD

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:55
GoCD is an open source a continuous delivery server. GoCD helps you automate and streamline the build-test-release cycle for worry-free, continuous delivery of your product.
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Gorgon

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:50
Gorgon provides a method for distributing the workload of running ruby test suites. It relies on amqp for message passing, and rsync for the synchronization of source code.
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Your Move Modernizes Rental System and Gains ROI Within 7 Months with Progress

Progress Software News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 09:00
Your Move Modernizes Rental System and Gains ROI Within 7 Months with Progress
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Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs Unveil the New Operating Model for Agile Finance

Oracle Database News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs Unveil the New Operating Model for Agile Finance New report helps CFOs manage digital transformation initiatives by providing detailed insights into best practices of agile finance leaders

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 20, 2017

To help management accountants and finance professionals successfully navigate the business and technology changes that are transforming the finance function, Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) today released a new report that details the blueprint for modern finance. The report, Agile Finance Revealed: The New Operating Model for Modern Finance, identifies the traits of agile finance leaders and benchmarks their success in creating a dynamic new operating model that is resilient, responsive, and predictive, helping CFOs and their finance teams to shape the future of the business.

“With so much data at their disposal, CFOs must embrace a new operating model for modern finance,” said John Windle, FCMA, CGMA, chief financial officer at the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. “This means they must effectively use cloud and digital technologies as well as ensure that their finance staff develops a broader skill set that includes strong analytical and business partnering skills.”

Based on an extensive survey of senior finance executives and in-depth interviews with CFOs who have already embraced new operating models, the report found that the finance function must be transformed in order to remain relevant in a business environment that is increasingly defined by rapid, unpredictable, and constant change. According to the report findings, only 38 percent of respondents are currently agile finance leaders. To help CFOs and their teams meet the demands of this rapidly changing business environment, the report outlines the key attributes necessary for the successful implementation of a new operating model for finance:

  • Cross-functional, integrated teams: Centralized shared services or centers of excellence that are empowered by cloud and digital technologies like robotic process automation and machine learning to drive efficiency in accounting services and improve overall business performance.
  • Expertise in digital technologies: Use of new technologies such as big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) expand the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) role to be more predictive and enable it to generate the insights organizations need to develop innovative strategies that will drive higher performance.
  • New non-traditional finance skillsets: Expertise in statistics, data analysis, data visualization, and business partnering to support rapid decision-making and new performance management models.

“At Oracle, we believe that digital transformation brings companies into the future, and it enables them to be more competitive,” said Ivgen Guner, senior vice president, Global Business Finance, Oracle. “We also believe that the cloud gives CFOs an opportunity to restructure their current operating models to support new business models and more agile ways of working. The scale of these changes can be daunting and that’s why we worked closely with the American Institute of CPAs to develop a clear and actionable blueprint for modern finance that enables CFOs and their finance teams to lead digital transformation—not just react to it.”

The report found that while some major organizations have already made the transformation to the new operating model for modern finance, more than 80 percent of organizations are still in the process of implementing the required initiatives. The report also revealed that more than a third (36 percent) of finance leaders believe the current skill set of the finance function is too narrow and nearly a half (42 percent) said they need more data analytics skills if they are to deliver more forward-looking analysis for the business. To identify what sets agile finance leaders apart, the report examined how these leaders differ from those who are less advanced in their transformation journey in terms of structure, systems, and skills.

  • Implementing New Organizational Structures: Agile finance leaders significantly outstrip others in fully implementing the structural and systems elements of the new operating model. They are more likely to have migrated their end-to-end processes to shared service centers (41 percent vs. 13 percent) and to have a fully implemented cloud ERP (45 percent vs. 17 percent).
  • Technology Centralization: These leaders are also much more likely to have set up centers of excellence to handle areas that are most important for modern finance like FP&A (81 percent vs. 56 percent) and financial skills development (54 percent vs. 32 percent).
  • New Skills for the Finance Function: Agile finance leaders are also more likely to rate the skills of their finance function as ‘excellent’, particularly when it comes to newer, less traditional finance skills like data visualization (60 percent vs. 24 percent), big data expertise (60 percent vs. 21 percent), and influencing skills (55 percent vs. 23 percent).

The report includes insights from 483 senior finance executives in large businesses or other organizations across the U.S. and Canada, including five key industries: financial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare and finance. It also includes insights from CFOs from a range of organizations including GE Digital, Arby’s, HSBC Global Services Companies, Vanderbilt University, Rutgers University, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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joann.wardrip@oracle.com About the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 412,000 members in 144 countries, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

The AICPA sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, and offers specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; forensic accounting; business valuation; and information management and technology assurance. Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), it has established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation, which sets a new standard for global recognition of management accounting.

The AICPA maintains offices in New York, Washington, DC, Durham, NC, and Ewing, NJ. Media representatives are invited to visit the AICPA Press Center at aicpa.org/press.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 650,000 members and students in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

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Oracle Unveils Latest Innovations in Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service

Oracle Database News - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Unveils Latest Innovations in Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service New Lean Construction and Capital Improvement Program capabilities enhance Oracle Construction and Engineering’s comprehensive project success platform

Oracle Industry Connect, Orlando, Fla.—Mar 20, 2017

Oracle today announced the latest innovations to Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service, Oracle Construction and Engineering’s powerful project success platform.

The new Oracle Prime Projects capabilities, Oracle Lean Scheduling Solution and Oracle Capital Improvement Program Solution, add innovative project execution and capital planning features to Oracle Construction and Engineering’s suite of cloud solutions. Oracle Prime Projects enables users to manage all aspects of the project lifecycle from ideation to execution to delivery.

By providing real-time visibility into project cost, schedules, risk, and performance information, Oracle Prime Projects empowers stakeholders to make better decisions and deliver better outcomes across all stages of the project lifecycle. The cloud suite is mobile ready, offers built-in analytics, and features robust workflows and social tools to enable rich, real-time collaboration on mission-critical activities.

Oracle Lean Scheduling Solution

Oracle Lean Scheduling is a unique,-purpose-built cloud solution that integrates both critical path method (CPM) and Lean scheduling methods into a single, integrated engineering and construction production system. The solution simplifies the scheduling processes required to bridge the gap between CPM master schedulers and last planners, connecting the field office with the enterprise. The solution also breaks down similar silos in product manufacturing, connecting processes and data in an integrated system to optimize engineer-to-order and other complex manufacturing methods. Oracle Lean Scheduling is built to complement the power of Oracle’s industry-leading Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management platform, offering unmatched coordination, commitment, and community for engineering and construction projects, programs, and enterprises.

Oracle Capital Improvement Program Solution (Oracle CIP)

With a growing backlog of infrastructure demands and shrinking budgets, many public entities struggle to decide where to allocate scarce resources for the greatest impact. Oracle Capital Improvement Program leverages cloud architecture to help eliminate data silos and facilitate collaborative tasks across departments, improving enterprise decision making for customers such as cities, counties, airports, and school districts. Robust workflows and reporting capabilities enable organizations to automate, integrate and simplify steps in their multi-year portfolio planning and budgeting process. These process improvements help public entities better identify, prioritize, and plan their capital portfolios in a transparent, credible, and coordinated manner.

“Oracle Prime Projects provides organizations of any size with an easy-to-use, integrated cloud platform to manage the myriad complex processes associated with planning, building, and operating critical assets,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Construction and Engineering. “These latest innovations address key customer challenges and enhance the power of the Oracle Prime Projects platform to deliver superior outcomes in the cloud.”

For more information about Oracle Construction and Engineering, please visit http://bit.ly/2lTU3Zr.

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Theo & Philo Sweetens Business Operations with NetSuite Cloud ERP

Oracle Database News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 15:54
Press Release Theo & Philo Sweetens Business Operations with NetSuite Cloud ERP Social Enterprise Expands Internationally and Aids Filipino Nonprofit with NetSuite

San Mateo, Calif. and Makati City, Philippines—Mar 16, 2017

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, one of the industry's leading providers of cloud financials/ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, today announced that Theo & Philo, a bean-to-bar maker of single-origin Philippine artisanal chocolate, replaced QuickBooks and numerous Excel spreadsheets with NetSuite to gain scalability and flexibility to power its growth.

Since going live on NetSuite in November 2015, Theo & Philo has been using NetSuite for accounting, inventory management, order management, invoicing and purchasing – all within one cloud ERP system. With NetSuite, Theo & Philo is able to better plan and manage sourcing, production and distribution and increase efficiency while saving both time and money compared to the error-prone manual work required by their previous software and paper-based processes.

Founded in 2010, Theo & Philo (www.theoandphilo.com) grew steadily offering more than a dozen varieties of premium, locally-sourced chocolate products. As production volume soared 700 percent to about 14,000 bars a month, the organization faced challenges keeping pace with its previous system and inventory management was handled manually and tracked on paper.

“NetSuite is an integral part of our day-to-day operations and a scalable platform for our continued growth,” Theo and Philo Founder Philo Chua said. “We’re a lot more efficient and, as we grow, the automated process flows and checks and balances that we need are already in place within NetSuite.”

Through its continued global growth and success, Theo & Philo, a social enterprise and grantee of the NetSuite Citizenship software donation program, has been able to help improve social welfare in the Philippines in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, a nonprofit organization committed to ending poverty for 5 million Filipino families by 2024.

The features and benefits that Theo & Philo has been able to achieve with NetSuite include:

  • International growth. Theo & Philo has expanded sales to foreign distributors in recent months, using NetSuite’s multi-currency capabilities for transactions in the Euro for Germany and the U.S. dollar for Japan.
  • Real-time access. Compared to the limitations of its previous QuickBooks desktop application, Theo & Philo now enjoys anywhere, anytime cloud-based capable access to NetSuite with no need for on-premise software and servers.
  • Streamlined inventory and distribution. Real-time data has helped Theo & Philo control inventory and accelerate production and distribution with visibility that helps spotlight issues and areas for improvement.
  • Flexible customizations. Leveraging the NetSuite SuiteCloud Platform, Theo & Philo can adapt NetSuite to unique business needs, for instance, a customization by Tech for Good, a PGE Solutions sister company, enables the company to seamlessly manage consignment inventory and associated sales orders.
  • Future-proofed for growth. As a unified suite, NetSuite offers Theo & Philo functionality for CRM, ecommerce, product assembly, lot tracking and more as the social enterprise continues to grow.
Contact Info Christine Allen
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Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the Internet. Today, Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.netsuite.com.

Follow Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit’s Cloud blog, Facebook page and @NetSuite Twitter handle for real-time updates.

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Ranorex – One of Austria’s Best Employers 2017

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 08:58

I’m excited to announce that for the second year in a row now, the Great Place to Work® institute has chosen Ranorex as one of Austria’s best employers!

Each year, the Great Place to Work® institute conducts its renowned benchmark study to identify Austria’s best employers. The rating focuses on credibility, respect, fairness, pride and teamwork – values that are of great importance to a successful enterprise. Based on the responses of the extensive survey, we are delighted to see that 93% of our employees stated that “Taking everything into account, I would say this is a great place to work.”

It’s the team that matters most

Without a doubt, it’s every single member of our outstanding team that makes our company such a great place to work. At Ranorex, we are dedicated to providing the best possible environment for our team. We are proud to have a workplace culture that builds upon trust and transparency, and enables each team member to grow and have a meaningful impact on the company, its success and its values.

A meaningful workplace culture

I’m honored to be part of a company that sees the importance of a great workplace culture and does everything to foster it throughout everyday work life. For example when it comes to the areas of:

  • Work environment
    At Ranorex, you’ll benefit from the best possible work environment: from in-house gym, weekly yoga class, areas for relaxation to state-of-the-art technology and ergonomic desks.
  • Team spirit
    Team spirit is one of our core values – and we love to celebrate it: whether it is at a business run, the many team events and company trips or at the weekly breakfast.
  • Work-life balance
    While we love what we do, it’s not all about work. Flexible working hours and the opportunity to work from home enable our employees to achieve a satisfying balance between private and work life.

We are honored and humbled by the award we have received and would like to credit our incredible team members. Thank you again for making Ranorex such a special place to work. We will continue to do our best to ensure inspiring working conditions, which allow us to create extraordinary solutions for our clients.

If you would like to join our team, please check out our open positions. We’d love to hear from you!

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Hearst Selects Oracle Cloud to Fuel Transformation and Business Growth of Its More Than 360 Businesses

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 22:00
Press Release Hearst Selects Oracle Cloud to Fuel Transformation and Business Growth of Its More Than 360 Businesses Diversified media leader to benefit from depth and breadth of Oracle’s secure, scalable, and unified cloud solutions to support global growth

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 15, 2017

Oracle today announced that Hearst, one of America’s largest diversified media, information, and services companies with more than 360 businesses, has selected Oracle Cloud to provide its multitude of businesses with a common innovation platform to accelerate business growth and global expansion. With Oracle Cloud, Hearst will streamline, simplify, and standardize business processes across finance, procurement, and HR organizations and provide an intuitive, insightful, and engaging experience to its employees.

Part of a larger strategy to transform Hearst via cloud applications includes the company’s digital transformation program, dubbed Project UniFi. It will take advantage of integrated Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud, and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud solutions to deliver a modern, unified technology platform for accurate and up-to-date insight to drive timely decision making and achieve agility.

“Our enterprise portfolio of businesses and investments needs a strong, common foundation to efficiently integrate Hearst’s diverse properties and future acquisitions,” said Bill Kager, vice president of finance, Hearst. “Oracle’s Cloud solutions will provide approximately 20,000 Hearst employees with human capital management, finance, and planning capabilities that will allow them to better communicate and execute their jobs.”

Beginning with the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., the digital transformation program will subsequently extend globally, allowing for seamless incorporation of acquisitions and future growth. Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud will allow Hearst to manage finances with a consolidated view into business operations via powerful visualizations and reporting analytics for insightful decision making and integrated planning and budgeting.

Oracle HCM will provide a global common model for HR processes reducing manual and duplicative efforts and ensuring tight HR process integration to drive complete and impactful reporting and analytics on Hearst’s diverse employee base. New employees will enjoy a superior onboarding experience, while everyone will get access to a simple, scalable, and intuitive user experience with mobile and self-service capabilities.

“We are very pleased to have a trend setting company such as Hearst join our fast-growing community of Oracle cloud customers who are achieving transformative business outcomes with one of the industry’s most complete, secure, and connected set of enterprise-grade cloud applications,” said Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development. “Our innovative, best-of-breed ERP and HCM cloud solutions are uniquely positioned to spur agility and innovation while driving business value and supporting global growth.”

Oracle delivers the industry’s broadest suite of enterprise-grade cloud services, including Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Data as a Service (DaaS).

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Hearst
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Q3 FY17 GAAP EPS UP 6% TO $0.53 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 7% TO $0.69

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 20:27
Press Release Q3 FY17 GAAP EPS UP 6% TO $0.53 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 7% TO $0.69 Q3 FY17 SaaS and PaaS Cloud Revenues Up 73% on a GAAP Basis and Up 85% on a Non-GAAP Basis

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Mar 15, 2017

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced fiscal 2017 Q3 results. Total Revenues were $9.2 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Non-GAAP Total Revenues were $9.3 billion, up 3% in U.S. dollars and up 4% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $1.0 billion, up 73% in U.S. dollars and up 74% in constant currency. Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were $1.1 billion, up 85% in U.S. dollars and up 86% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $1.2 billion, up 62% in U.S. dollars and up 63% in constant currency. Total Cloud and On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.4 billion, up 4% in U.S. dollars and up 5% in constant currency.

Operating Income was $3.0 billion and Operating Margin was 32%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $3.9 billion, up 3% in U.S. dollars and up 4% in constant currency, and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 43%. Net Income was $2.2 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was $2.9 billion, up 6% in U.S. dollars and up 7% in constant currency. Earnings Per Share was $0.53, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was $0.69, up 7% in U.S. dollars. Without the impact of the U.S. dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies, Oracle’s reported GAAP Earnings Per Share would have been 1 cent higher.

Short-term deferred revenues were $7.4 billion, up 7% in U.S. dollars and constant currency compared with a year ago. Operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was $13.5 billion.

“The hyper-growth we continue to experience in the cloud has rapidly driven both our SaaS and PaaS businesses to scale,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “On an annualized non-GAAP basis, our total cloud business has reached the $5 billion mark, and our SaaS and PaaS businesses grew at the astonishing rate of 85% in Q3. That growth and the resulting scale enabled our SaaS and PaaS businesses to increase non-GAAP gross margins to 65%. Our new, large, fast growing, high-margin cloud businesses are driving Oracle’s total revenue and earnings up and improving nearly every important non-GAAP business metric you care to inspect; total revenue is up, margins are up, operating income is up, net income is up, EPS is up. Take a look. Q3 was a very strong quarter.”

“Over the last year, we sold more new SaaS and PaaS than Salesforce.com, and we’re growing more than 3 times faster,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “If these trends continue, where we are selling more SaaS and PaaS in absolute dollars AND growing dramatically faster, it’s just a matter of when we catch and pass Salesforce.com in total cloud revenue.”

“Both our SaaS and PaaS businesses are doing great, but I’m even more excited about our second generation IaaS business,” said Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. “Our new Gen2 IaaS is both faster and lower cost than Amazon Web Services. And now our biggest customers can run their largest and most demanding Oracle database workloads in the Oracle Cloud—something that is absolutely impossible to do in the Amazon Cloud.”

Oracle also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share of outstanding common stock, reflecting a 27% increase over the current quarterly dividend of $0.15. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s Chairman of the Board, Chief Technology Officer and largest stockholder, did not participate in the deliberation or the vote on this matter. This increased dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 12, 2017, with a payment date of April 26, 2017.

Q3 Fiscal 2017 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (816) 287-5563, Passcode: 425392. To access the live webcast, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q3 results and Fiscal 2017 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Passcode: 83283985.

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