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Oracle Gives Partners a Fast Path to Cloud

Oracle Database News - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Gives Partners a Fast Path to Cloud Independent Software Vendors Gain New Revenue Opportunities through Oracle Cloud Marketplace

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jun 20, 2016

The conversion to the cloud is one of the most significant IT transformations in history. IDC predicts that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based. To help customers transition to the cloud with proven enterprise applications, while accelerating time-to-market for partners, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) today unveiled Oracle Cloud Platform Ready for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

The new offering enables ISV partners to quickly register and publish their Oracle Cloud-compatible applications on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, allowing them to fast-track new business opportunities in the cloud.  Partners can register here.

“Any new product we develop will go to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace first. We envision in the future that most of our customers will research, validate and request our solutions directly from the Oracle Cloud Marketplace,” said Charles Farnell, CEO, Ventureforth.

Oracle Cloud Platform Ready provides OPN members at Silver level or higher, a simple way to create an initial application listing on Oracle Cloud Marketplace in the Platform and Infrastructure sections in mere minutes. Any partner application that supports an Oracle Cloud compatible operating system or technology product can run on Oracle Cloud without the need for rewrite, and at no additional cost. To speed time-to-market, partners can quickly request access to Oracle Cloud Specialists and other technical resources directly from the Oracle Cloud Platform Ready registration. Additionally, ISVs with an Oracle Cloud Marketplace listing are eligible for the Oracle Cloud ISV Partner of the Year award and may apply for OPN Cloud Standard program benefits, including easy access to Oracle Cloud development and test environments.

“Oracle's Cloud Specialist team provided in-depth technical support during our proof of concept testing that allowed us to create automated deployment scenarios quickly and efficiently,” said Brent Rhymes, Executive Vice President Enterprise Sales & Marketing, Synacor/Zimbra. “Managed Service Providers can create new business opportunities by becoming a Zimbra Hosting Provider in the Oracle Cloud, while customers can deploy and manage their own collaboration solution within minutes. In each case, the flexibility of Zimbra plus the Oracle Cloud means users can start small and grow, or start big and get bigger.” 

In addition to quick access to Oracle Cloud Marketplace and development resources, partners engaging in the new offering will have the benefit of being able to reach Oracle’s expansive customer base, field sales, 25,000 global partners and 15 million developers through enhanced marketing and promotion efforts.

“The cloud represents a huge opportunity for our ISV partner community,” said Dan Miller, Senior Vice President of ISV, OEM and Java Sales, Oracle. “Through the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, and joint initiatives like Oracle Cloud Platform Ready, we are enabling ISV partners to focus more on their unique innovation, while leveraging the Oracle Cloud to get their solutions in front of a broad market of potential users quickly and at scale.”

Contact Info Candice van der Laan
Oracle
+1.650.506.0814
candice.van.der.laan@oracle.com About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

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

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Oracle and Mellanox to Collaborate on High Speed Cloud Networking Standards

Oracle Database News - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 12:00
Press Release Oracle and Mellanox to Collaborate on High Speed Cloud Networking Standards Companies to Work on Open Standards, Interoperability, and Backward Compatibility for InfiniBand products

Frankfurt – ISC—Jun 20, 2016

Oracle and Mellanox today announced a partnership to drive interoperability between their products and to jointly develop further industry standards for InfiniBand—a high speed Cloud networking technology.

Products supporting the InfiniBand standard not only provide extreme bandwidth and ultra-low latency for fast, agile, and secure cloud infrastructure, but they are also based upon industry standards and available from multiple vendors. Oracle and Mellanox Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) 100G InfiniBand products are engineered to the InfiniBandTM Architecture Specification Release 1.3 and allow customers to deploy a 100Gb/s fabric that is backwards compatible with the previous generations of InfiniBand-based systems (FDR, QDR, DDR, and SDR), enabling customers to protect their investments in InfiniBand-enabled applications.

Oracle’s core strategy is to enable its cloud solutions and Engineered Systems with open technologies that deliver the highest performance, efficiency, and security. Due to its superior performance, efficiency, and scalability, InfiniBand is a dominant fabric for building Super Computers, which rapidly process massive amounts of data. Oracle has chosen InfiniBand as the foundational technology for Engineered Systems to provide unparalleled performance and scale to Oracle’s suite of business critical applications.

“Customers using InfiniBand as the interconnect for clouds and high performance computing can be certain that as new speeds and features are incorporated into the InfiniBand architecture that they will be able to continue to work with the supplier of their choice and that new products will seamlessly integrate with their existing InfiniBand infrastructures,” said Raju Penumatcha, senior vice president, Netra and Networking, Oracle. “This continued partnership represents an enduring commitment to provide customers with the technologies and standards needed for true enterprise-class cloud infrastructures that enable them to accelerate application performance and quickly respond to changing business needs.”

“With a standards-based architecture, and the most advanced roadmap that is guided by the InfiniBand Trade Association, and a mature, open source software stack, InfiniBand offers customers the best of performance and interoperability with the support of a large community of suppliers, developers, and users,” said Gilad Shainer, vice president, marketing at Mellanox Technologies. “This partnership enables us to continue to optimize and expand InfiniBand’s role as a key technology for any cloud environment.”

Oracle EDR InfiniBand Fabric is on display this week at: ISC High Performance (Booth 910). For more information, please visit: www.oracle.com/goto/InfiniBand.

Mellanox EDR InfiniBand solutions are on display this week at the International Supercomputing Conference (booth 905). For more information, please visit: www.mellanox.com.

Contact Info Sarah Fraser
Oracle
+1.650.743.0660
sarah.fraser@oracle.com About Oracle

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

About Mellanox

Mellanox Technologies is a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Mellanox interconnect solutions increase data center efficiency by providing the highest throughput and lowest latency, delivering data faster to applications and unlocking system performance capability. Mellanox offers a choice of fast interconnect products: adapters, switches, software, cables and silicon that accelerate application runtime and maximize business results for a wide range of markets including high-performance computing, enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, cloud, storage, telecom and financial services. More information is available at: http://www.mellanox.com.

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SAFe or Scrum at Scale – Which Framework is Best for You?

Intland Blog - Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:08
When comparing frameworks for scaling Agile such as SAFe or Scrum at Scale, the question is not what the best framework for scaling Scrum is but rather which framework is best for you considering your knowledge base, your starting point
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Q4 FY16 SAAS AND PAAS REVENUES WERE UP 66%, AND UP 68% IN CONSTANT CURRENCY

Oracle Database News - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 21:00
Press Release Q4 FY16 SAAS AND PAAS REVENUES WERE UP 66%, AND UP 68% IN CONSTANT CURRENCY Q1 FY17 SaaS and PaaS Revenues Expected to be Up 75% to 80%

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jun 16, 2016

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced fiscal 2016 Q4 results. Total Q4 Revenues were $10.6 billion, down 1% in U.S. dollars and flat in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $8.4 billion, flat in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $690 million, up 66% in U.S. dollars and up 68% in constant currency. Total Cloud revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $859 million, up 49% in U.S dollars and up 51% in constant currency. Operating Income was $4.0 billion, and Operating Margin was 37%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $4.8 billion, and the non-GAAP Operating Margin was 45%. Net Income was $2.8 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was $3.4 billion. Earnings Per Share was $0.66, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was $0.81. Without the impact of the U.S. dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies, Oracle’s reported GAAP Earnings Per Share would have been 2 cents higher and non-GAAP Earnings Per Share would have been 1 cent higher.

Short-term deferred revenues were $7.7 billion, up 6% in U.S. dollars and up 7% in constant currency compared with a year ago. Operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was $13.6 billion.

For fiscal 2016, Total Revenues were $37.0 billion, down 3% in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $29.0 billion, down 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Cloud SaaS and PaaS revenues were $2.2 billion, up 49% in U.S. dollars and up 52% in constant currency. Total Cloud revenues, including IaaS, were $2.9 billion, up 36% in U.S dollars and up 40% in constant currency. Operating Income was $12.6 billion, and Operating Margin was 34%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $15.8 billion and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 43%. Net Income was $8.9 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was $11.2 billion. Earnings Per Share was $2.07, while Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was $2.61. Without the impact of the U.S. dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies, Oracle’s reported GAAP and non-GAAP Earnings Per Share would have been 17 cents higher.

“Fourth quarter SaaS and PaaS revenue growth accelerated to 68% in constant currency, significantly higher than my guidance,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “SaaS and PaaS gross margins continued to improve throughout the year, exiting FY16 at 56%. Bookings in Q4 were also very strong enabling us to raise our guidance for Q1 SaaS and PaaS revenue growth, which we now expect to be between 75% and 80%.”

“We added more than 1,600 new SaaS customers and more than 2,000 new PaaS customers in Q4,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “In Fusion ERP alone, we added more than 800 new cloud customers. Today, Oracle has nearly 2,600 Fusion ERP customers in the Oracle Public Cloud – that’s ten-times more cloud ERP customers than Workday.”

“We expect that the SaaS and PaaS hyper-growth we experienced in FY16 will continue on for the next few years,” said Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. “That gives us a fighting chance to be the first cloud company to reach $10 billion in SaaS and PaaS revenue. We’re also very excited about the availability of version 2 of Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)—which will enable us to speed up the growth of our IaaS business, which customers want to buy in conjunction with our SaaS and PaaS.”

The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 6, 2016, with a payment date of July 27, 2016.

Q4 Fiscal 2016 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 of this event, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q4 results and fiscal 2016 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, Pass Code: 28515799.

Contact Info Ken Bond
Oracle Investor Relations
+1.650.607.0349
ken.bond@oracle.com Deborah Hellinger
Oracle Corporate Communciations
+1.212.508.7935
deborah.hellinger@oracle.com About Oracle

Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), visit www.oracle.com or contact Investor Relations at investor_us@oracle.com or (650) 506-4073.

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"Safe Harbor" Statement

Statements in this press release relating to Oracle's future plans, expectations, beliefs, intentions and prospects, including statements regarding our future guidance, and expectations of future SaaS, PaaS and IaaS growth, are "forward-looking statements" and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Many factors could affect our current expectations and our actual results, and could cause actual results to differ materially. We presently consider the following to be among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations: (1) Our cloud computing strategy, including our Oracle Cloud SaaS, PaaS, IaaS and data as a service offerings, may not be successful. (2) If we are unable to develop new or sufficiently differentiated products and services, or to enhance and improve our products and support services in a timely manner or to position and/or price our products and services to meet market demand, customers may not buy new software licenses, cloud software subscriptions or hardware systems products or purchase or renew support contracts. (3) If the security measures for our software, hardware, services or Oracle Cloud offerings are compromised or if such offerings contain significant coding, manufacturing or configuration errors, we may experience reputational harm, legal claims and financial exposure. (4) We may fail to achieve our financial forecasts due to such factors as delays or size reductions in transactions, fewer large transactions in a particular quarter, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, delays in delivery of new products or releases or a decline in our renewal rates for support contracts. (5) Our international sales and operations subject us to additional risks that can adversely affect our operating results, including risks relating to foreign currency gains and losses. (6) Economic, geopolitical and market conditions, including the continued slow economic recovery in the U.S. and other parts of the world, can adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, including our revenue growth and profitability, which in turn could adversely affect our stock price. (7) We have an active acquisition program and our acquisitions may not be successful, may involve unanticipated costs or other integration issues or may disrupt our existing operations. A detailed discussion of these factors and other risks that affect our business is contained in our SEC filings, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading "Risk Factors." Copies of these filings are available online from the SEC or by contacting Oracle Corporation's Investor Relations Department at (650) 506-4073 or by clicking on SEC Filings on Oracle’s Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. All information set forth in this press release is current as of June 16, 2016. Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events. 

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Lunch & Learn Seminar - “What Security Tools Miss”

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 19:40
Lunch & Learn Seminar - “What Security Tools Miss”hleclair Thu, 06/16/2016 - 18:40 07/13/2016 07/13/2016 Burlington, MA http://bit.ly/29OZDTk

Join Mike Pittenger, VP of Product Strategy at Black Duck Software, at The Capital Grille Burlington, MA where he’ll discuss how your organization can:

  • Automate identification of all open source you’re using and map against known and newly identified vulnerabilities
  • Accelerate remediation
  • Take action today to better enforce open security without impacting an agile SDLC

Space is limited, so sign up today for “What Security Tools Miss”

When: 

July 13, 2016 from 12:00- 1:00 pm

Where:

The Capital Grille
10 Wayside Road
Burlington, Massachusetts 01803

Questions or Concerns?

Please contact Jenny Ho for more information! Register now.

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Lunch & Learn Seminar - “What Security Tools Miss”

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 19:34
Lunch & Learn Seminar - “What Security Tools Miss”hleclair Thu, 06/16/2016 - 18:34 07/20/2016 07/20/2016 San Jose, CA http://bit.ly/1Xs2SF0

Join Patrick Carey, Director of Product Marketing at Black Duck Software, at Morton's The Steakhouse, San Jose, California, where he’ll discuss how your organization can:

  • Automate identification of all open source you’re using and map against known and newly identified vulnerabilities
  • Accelerate remediation
  • Take action today to better enforce open source security without impacting an agile SDLC

Space is limited, so sign up today for “What Security Tools Miss”

When: 

July 20, 2016 from 12:00- 1:00 PM

Where:

Morton's The Steakhouse

177 Park Ave #100

San Jose, California 95113

Questions or Concerns? 

Please contact Jenny Ho for more information! Register here.

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Speed up Your Test Run by 200% with Ranorex 6.0

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 14:02

You don’t want your automated test to take longer than it has to. Fact is, the debugger directly affects the test execution time. That’s why in Ranorex 6.0 tests run without debugger by default in Ranorex Studio. Simply press the ‘Run’ button – no administrator privileges are required – and start saving time.

We know, only hard facts count. That’s why we’ve conducted a comparison, running a test with and without debugger, so you can see the benefits of the new default setting for yourself.

Up to twice as fast test run in Ranorex 6.0

Test environment and data
We’ve used the Ranorex KeePass sample, one of our sample test solutions delivered with Ranorex Studio, so you can easily reproduce these tests. All test cases were enabled. To omit static delays which could influence the test results, we further activated the Turbo Mode for all recording modules. We ran the tests in two setups. In the first, the computer was in an idle state. As in everyday work life, however, a machine usually has to juggle multiple processes, we simulated a 100% CPU load with a CPU Burn-in in the second setup.

State Debugger enabled Debugger disabled Execution time reduction Idle 2 min 1.9 min 5% 100% CPU Load 11.3 min 5.4 min 52%

The results clearly show that when your computer is in an idle state, the new default settings merely reduce the test execution time by 5%. However, when you’re using your computer to the full capacity, your test will be twice as fast now. These two scenarios represent two extremes, with a realistic CPU usage being somewhere in the middle. One way or another, one thing is clear: this new default setting will definitely save you time. Especially if you’re using an older system, you’ll see significant improvements in execution time.

When to use the debugger

Debugging is important. You just don’t want the debugger to be part of your test execution by default, but use it legitimately, and only when it really does make sense. So when you do need it, you now simply have to press one button to enable the debug mode. Using the debugger, you can set breakpoints directly in the Ranorex code editor to intercept the test run at predefined positions. This allows you to look at specific steps more closely and perform manual interactions. An important note on the side: Please don’t forget that previously set breakpoints will be ignored in the new default run mode.

System specifications
We’ve conducted our tests using a virtual machine setup on a host machine with the following specifications:

Host Machine
Win7 64 Bit
Intel i5-3570 CPU @3.4 GHz (4 Cores)
16 GB RAM
Samsung EVO 840 SSD
Seagate ST3320620AS HDD
NVidia GT640 2GB

Virtual Machine
VirtualBox 5.0.16 (+ Extention Pack)
Win7 32bit VM – installed on HDD
1 CPU (ICH9; I/O APIC enabled; 100% Execution Cap; PAE/NX enabled; Paravirtualization: default; VT-x + nested paging enabled)
3072 MB RAM
Display: 128 MB memory; 2D + 3D acceleration enabled
AHCI SATA controlled using host I/O cache

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Polarion 2016 SR1 – What’s New and Noteworthy

Polarion Software - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 13:01

One of the things I always enjoy about my role is getting to showcase the latest output of our stellar development team. In the new version just released, Polarion 2016 SR1, we have focused less on introducing new features and more on enhancement of existing features, especially in Test Management and LiveDocs. We also put […]

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ORACLE AND SNAPCHAT MEASURE IMPACT OF SNAP ADS ON SALES IN STORES

Oracle Database News - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 00:38
Press Release ORACLE AND SNAPCHAT MEASURE IMPACT OF SNAP ADS ON SALES IN STORES New Measurement Research for Snapchat Advertisers Finds 92% of Ad Campaigns Saw Positive Offline Sales Increases

Redwood Shores Calif—Jun 15, 2016

Oracle and Snapchat today announced a partnership to measure the impact of digital advertising in the physical world. By teaming together, Oracle Data Cloud and Snapchat measure incremental store sales resulting from marketing campaigns run on Snapchat. By analyzing the impact of campaigns on in-store sales, Oracle Data Cloud will help consumer packaged goods (CPG) advertisers quantify and improve their ongoing marketing efforts on Snapchat.   Oracle Data Cloud also released new research analyzing the in-store sales lift from 12 CPG campaigns run on Snapchat for leading cosmetic, personal care, cleaning, packaged food, and beverage brands. Among the findings:   92 percent of the Snapchat ad campaigns drove a positive lift in in-store sales   Snapchat ad campaigns exceeded Oracle Data Cloud norms on all key metrics with sales lift being the primary driver.   “We are delighted to be working with one of the fastest-growing platforms in history to help Snapchat advertisers understand and improve the effectiveness of their campaigns,” said Eric Roza, Senior Vice President of the Oracle Data Cloud. “By combining offline sales data with cutting-edge analytics, we can help Snapchat advertisers maximize their return on investment and drive higher profits.”   “We’ve been listening closely to advertisers and delivering the data they need,” said Clement Xue, Global Head of Revenue Operations at Snapchat. “This research shows that Snapchat is more effective at driving sales for advertisers, and we’re delighted to offer this measurement solution going forward.”   Oracle Data Cloud is the largest global data-as-a-service solution, with access to more than $3 trillion dollars in consumer transaction data, 2 billion global consumer profiles, and 1,500+ data partners. Oracle Data Cloud integrates that data with more than 200 major media companies, including publisher exchanges, ad networks, DSPs, DMPs, and agency trading desks.   Contact Info Erik Kingham
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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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Migrating From a Fragmented Tool Environment to Integrated ALM

Intland Blog - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 17:00
Webinar date: Wednesday 15 Jun 2016 Time: 4:00 PM (CET) / 10:00 AM (ET) / 7:00 AM (PT) Webinar duration: 30 min What you can learn: Using a mix of single-point software tools to aid development is common practice, even
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Using Agile in Hardware Development & Manufacturing?

Intland Blog - Wed, 06/15/2016 - 11:00
The question of ALM-PLM integration has recently become one of the hottest topics among product developers, ALM and PLM tool vendors, and hardware engineering & software development experts worldwide. Understandably so: with the advent of IoT and software increasingly powering the
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SmartBear Collaborator 10 Enables Collaboration across Extended Development Team

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 16:35
SmartBear Software has released a major revision of Collaborator, the leading dev collaboration tool that helps development, testing and management teams work together to produce high quality code, applications and services. Collaborator 10.0 int ...
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Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Docker Partner

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 15:48
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced a strategic alliance with Docker, Inc., the company behind the open platform that enables organizations to build, ship and run distributed applications on any infrastructure.
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Mendix 7 Provides IoT Connectors

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 15:43
Mendix today unveiled Mendix 7, a major release that enables rapid development of next-generation Smart Apps. Leveraging the Mendix open platform ecosystem, Mendix 7 provides drag-and-drop connectors to best-in-class IoT, big data and machine le ...
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Remote Testing – Make the Most of Your Resources

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:20

The idea of automating tests is that you can optimize quality, speed and efficiency in testing. But what good’s that, if you can’t do any work during test execution instead, have to run one test after the other, and there is no fluid workflow when working in teams? We’ve taken test automation to the next level and offer a sublime feature that will save you time and supports a team approach: Ranorex Remote.

How does Ranorex Remote work?

Directly out of Ranorex Studio, you can deploy your tests to Ranorex Agents to execute them remotely. Using a Ranorex Runtime Floating License, you can install a Ranorex Agent on a physical or virtual machine. You can set up multiple agents within a network and configure the test environment according to your needs. This enables you to simultaneously execute multiple tests in various different test environments, in the same time it took to execute a single test before. Your application has to work no matter which technology or operating system your customers are using! Now you can test desktop, web or mobile applications using different operating systems, system configurations, browsers, etc. at the same time – there are no limitations. You can continue using your local machine during remote test execution. Once the test has been executed remotely, you’ll get immediate feedback on the test performance. The report itself is stored on the Ranorex Agent the test has been executed on.

Remote Testing

The ideal tool for working in teams

Just take agile testing, where immediate feedback and team collaboration are key success factors. Ranorex Remote now supports just that with a sublimely fluid workflow. Each team member can send tests to the same Ranorex Agents in a network and has full access to all information on these agents. As an agent can only execute one test at a time, the agent will queue the tests and execute them in order of arrival. Each team member can view the number of tests in the job queue of a specific agent, filter test reports according to test execution time and status, as well as delete or download reports directly from an agent. Thus, everyone in a team is equally informed about remote test execution. Just imagine a test run has failed, and you need immediate help or feedback from one of your colleagues: Simply pass on the information which agent the test has been executed on and when. Directly from the Remote Pad within Ranorex Studio, your colleague can now easily access the Run History of the Ranorex Agent, filter the report, download it locally and continue working with it. As each team member has full access to all remotely executed tests and their reports, it is easy to keep track of the testing progress.

Think that sounds fantastic? This feature is part of Ranorex 6.0. And as always: all major software updates are included in our maintenance services at no additional costs. Stop wasting time, get a Runtime Floating License and check out our User Guide for detailed instructions on how to set up your Ranorex Agents today!

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Oracle Joins the White House in Global Campaign to Empower Girls and Women

Oracle Database News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 12:00
Press Release Oracle Joins the White House in Global Campaign to Empower Girls and Women Pledges $3 Million to Educate Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jun 14, 2016

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President Obama endorses Oracle’s work in advancing computer science and STEM education globally.

On the heels of Oracle’s $200 million commitment to support Computer Science (CS) Education for All, today the White House announced Oracle’s additional $3 million investment to immerse girls worldwide in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The company’s commitment of direct and in-kind funding supports “Let Girls Learn,” a U.S. government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls around the world go to school and stay in school.

“It takes 25 years to build a computer engineer, not 25 hours, so we need to get started,” said Safra Catz, Oracle CEO. “The computer sciences lose too many girls too early and once lost, it’s nearly impossible to get them back. We want more girls focused on building upon science and math fundamentals and we want more women choosing the technical disciplines because they are both prepared to do so and because they believe it will advance their career opportunities.”

Oracle will offer more than 65 educational events and reach over 55,000 young girls globally through a powerful nexus of its corporate social responsibility programs spanning Oracle Academy, Oracle Education Foundation, Oracle Giving and Volunteers, Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL), and Oracle Diversity and Inclusion. Events will include summer computing camps, codefests, workshops and conferences designed to encourage and inspire adolescent girls to become original thinkers, creative designers and enterprising trailblazers.

Additionally, Oracle plans to expand its CS efforts in Egypt with an additional investment of nearly $1 million in educational resources and services over the next four years. The commitment is part of a new collaboration between the Ministry of Education in Egypt, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Oracle Academy, Oracle’s philanthropic educational program that impacts more than 2.6 million students in 106 countries. The partnership will support computing education in nine newly-created STEM schools throughout the country, including one boarding school exclusively for girls which will accept up the top 10 percent of girls across the governorates, reaching 150 girls each year and providing three years of paid education for each girl.

As part of the company’s global campaign to support girls and women in technology, Oracle will drive several notable projects:

  • Oracle Academy will team with Arizona State University and others under the USAID Build-IT project to help women in Vietnam develop into IT leaders. President Obama recently endorsed Oracle’s contribution in furthering this effort.
  • Oracle Education Foundation and Oracle Volunteers will team to teach girls coding, electrical engineering and project management through girls-only workshops for Design Tech High School (d.tech), an innovative, free California public high school. Oracle is building d.tech’s new facility at its headquarters in Redwood Shores, Calif., making d.tech the world’s first public high school on a technology campus.
  • Oracle Giving and Oracle Academy will award grants and sponsorships globally to nonprofit organizations striving to increase girls’ access to educational opportunities and encourage them to pursue degrees in computer science and STEM fields.
  • Oracle Giving will continue its support for MentorNet, which engages STEM professionals in the virtual mentoring of undergraduates, 66% of whom are women.
  Contact Info Julie Sugishita
Oracle Corporate Communications
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As Oracle’s flagship philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computer science education globally to drive knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. To this end, Oracle Academy offers students and educational institutions a free and complete portfolio of software, curriculum, hosted technology, faculty trainings, support, and certification resources. The program works with public and private partners to provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future. Through Oracle Academy, students receive hands-on experience with the latest technologies, helping make them college and career ready in the era of big data, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and beyond.

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Governments in Australia and New Zealand fail to meet plain English website guidelines

VisibleThread - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 10:38
Governments in Australia and New Zealand fail to meet plain English website guidelinesVisibleThread identifies that 4 out of 5 of Australian Government websites analysed do not meet recommended readability standards. New Zealand fares better but still has a way to go to achieve its readability goals.

 

Cambridge UK, Monday 13th June 2016. VisibleThread, a global leader in content quality management, has released the latest in its series of Government website readability reports. They conducted this analysis on 28 Australian Government Agency Websites and 4 New Zealand Government agency websites.

The Governments of Australia and New Zealand have taken a positive stance on how they should communicate online. Both governments aim to communicate in a clear, concise and well-organized way that benefits all citizens.

In 2015, the Australian Government delivered on this commitment by creating the DTO (Digital Transformation Office) as a part of the Prime Minister’s portfolio. The DTO published the Digital Service Standard, a design guide with specific guidance for clear online writing.

“Sometimes in government people write in convoluted ways using language which hides or confuses the real message they want to convey,” said The Hon Jay Weatherill MP and Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet. “Plain English saves time and effort – for citizens, the private and community sectors and other parts of government”

The New Zealand Government similarly states in its Govt.nz style guide that “our goal is to make things as simple and clear as possible for our users — to make what government does easier to understand.”

In their sample of Government websites, VisibleThread analysed up to 100 pages on each site for these metrics:

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

They sampled these sites between May 9th and May 15th 2016.

The key findings are:

Australia

  • 79% of Australian Government agency websites sampled failed to achieve the target readability score
  • Only 6 out of 28 Australian Government Agencies achieved acceptable readability score.
  • No Australian Government website analysed met the target passive language score of 4%
  • Despite Social Media communications encouraging brevity, long sentences abound on Government websites. On some websites over 30% of the sentences contained more than 20 words. None of the websites analysed met the target score of 5%.
  • The sentence complexity measure varied greatly between websites. Only two out of the 28 Government websites achieved an acceptable score.

 

New Zealand

  • 50% of New Zealand Government agency websites failed to achieve the target readability score
  • Two out of the four New Zealand Government Agencies achieved acceptable readability score.
  • No New Zealand Government websites analysed met the target passive language score of 4%
  • On one website over 25% of the sentences contained more than 20 words. None of the websites analysed met the target score of 5%.
  • The sentence complexity measure varied greatly between websites. Only one New Zealand Government websites came close to an acceptable score.

 

High Fliers and Bottom Dwellers – Australia
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads topped the 2016 Australia Government Agency rankings. It scored very highly in Readability and ranked in the top 10 for all categories. However, the Department can improve its overall clear writing score by reducing sentence length and using active voice.

The South Australia Health Authority also performed well. Readability was slightly under the target score. However, it boosted its overall clarity by achieving target scores for using active voice and short sentences.

Unfortunately, the Australian Electoral Commission website fell well below VisibleThread’s recommended scores in all categories. Incredibly, 33% of all sentences encountered contained more than 25 words. It also had a relatively high score in terms of complex sentence use. These two factors combined affected its overall clear writing score.

Similarly, the Australian Federal Police fared poorly in its use of long sentences. Phraseology was less complex and its use of active voice ensured that it did not hit rock bottom.

Heroes and Villains – New Zealand
Since they analysed only four New Zealand Government Agency it is not possible to see any trends in the writing quality on New Zealand Government websites. However, it is encouraging to see that two of the four agencies analysed feature in the top 10. The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment just missed out on a top 10 place coming in a passable 11th place.

Inland Revenue New Zealand had the highest readability score of the entire list, indicating well-constructed content. If they concentrate on shortening sentences, they will further improve.

New Zealand Post trailed the group in 22nd place with long and complex sentences negatively affecting its overall placing.

The cost benefits achieved by improving clarity on websites and allowing citizens to complete error-free tasks online are significant. Website users can self-serve and avoid costlier means of communication, calling by telephone or face-to-face interactions. The fact that such a small percentage of Government Websites have reached an acceptable score is disappointing. However, Visible Thread’s analysis shows that in many cases, agencies can deliver clearer content, if they improve just one of the four key measures.

You can download the full report here:

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

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Oracle Cloud Helps Utilities Make Better, Faster Business Decisions

Oracle Database News - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 08:05
Press Release Oracle Cloud Helps Utilities Make Better, Faster Business Decisions New analytics capabilities enable better data collection and analysis to improve business insights

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The utility industry is in the midst of a significant transformation, and the increasing prevalence of digital technologies is driving organizations to embrace innovation. Capturing and analyzing data across infrastructures now play a crucial role in addressing changes and challenges. Today, Oracle Utilities announced new releases of two of its cutting edge analytics solutions, which enable utilities to better access, organize and analyze the massive amount of data they collect while saving time and reducing IT and maintenance costs.   Oracle Utilities Analytics Cloud Service helps utilities easily integrate their on-premise customer, meter, device, and workforce data into a single platform in the cloud. The cloud solution’s flexibility and scalability enables utilities of all sizes to leverage powerful data analytics without the need for in-house analytics experts. The cloud “future-proofs” smart grid and analytics strategies—enabling utilities to leverage the latest analytics capabilities to remain at the forefront of industry innovation. This new cloud service further enhances Oracle Utilities’ cloud analytics suite, which includes Oracle DataRaker, an advanced analytics solution providing actionable insight and predictive analytics services for big data.   “As a leading systems integrator and Oracle PartnerNetwork member, we worked closely with the Oracle Utilities team on co-development activities for Oracle Utilities Analytics,” said John Gustafson, Vice President, Energy and Utilities at Cognizant.   “This solution can enable utilities around the world to leverage robust analytics capabilities and gain immediate access to valuable insight. Drawing on Cognizant’s extensive global experience and expertise in implementing Oracle Business Intelligence and working with Oracle Cloud, we are continuing to develop new implementation resources for Oracle Utilities Analytics Cloud Service for utilities worldwide.”   The new version of Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management Analytics provides users with an extensive platform featuring pre-built analytics based on industry best practices to provide the most value to utilities for asset maintenance strategies. The upgraded solution offers:
  • • Four new dashboards with 26 pages of analytics to support 74 metrics related to work and asset management questions—enabling users to drill down even further into the data associated with these analytics.
  • • Hundreds of different report outputs based on organization hierarchy. Each report has the ability to provide answers to any level of the organization.
  “Utilities today collect massive amounts of data and they do not always have the means to analyze it and turn it into actionable business intelligence,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities. “Oracle Utilities Analytics Cloud Service and Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management Analytics provide utilities with the ability to analyze their data more quickly, and in a more meaningful way.” Contact Info Samantha Thai
Oracle
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Why Use ALM – Agile Software for Waterfall Project Management?

Intland Blog - Fri, 06/10/2016 - 09:24
In Waterfall Project Management, there is a top – down management style with an emphasis on upfront planning. The application lifecycle occurs in distinct phases in a specific order, with each phase completed before moving on to the next. In
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