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BlazeMeter Introduces Continuous-Testing-as-a-Service to Marketplace

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 20:56
BlazeMeter has launched a continuous testing as a service platform, thereby expanding the company’s portfolio options to meet the full spectrum of performance to mobile testing demands. The new platform, using cloud and open source tools, r ...
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Kansas City Power & Light Deploys Oracle Utilities Solutions for Greater Insight into Meter Data and Accelerated Network Restoration

Oracle Database News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:00
Kansas City Power & Light Deploys Oracle Utilities Solutions for Greater Insight into Meter Data and Accelerated Network RestorationIntegrated Oracle Utilities solutions provide foundation for KCP&L’s advanced metering infrastructure initiativeDistribuTECH, San Diego, Calif. – February 3, 2015News Summary

Utilities want solutions that turn their meter data into useful and actionable information. Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a regulated electric utility serving more than 840,000 customers in Missouri and Kansas, recently implemented Oracle Utilities Network Management System, Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics, Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway, and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management to support its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) initiative. The Oracle solutions help KCP&L bring smart grid operations and business processes together to enable storm-proven outage management and key distribution management functions, which in turn help to improve operational excellence and pave a streamlined pathway for critical customer communications.

News Facts KCP&L deployed Oracle Utilities Network Management System, Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics, Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway, and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management as an integrated foundation for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) initiative, enabling the company to capitalize on the exponential influx of customer and meter data. KCP&L, which is working to roll out AMI meters to many of its customers in the greater Kansas City, Missouri, region, selected the Oracle Utilities solutions in August 2013, and Oracle Utilities professional services consulted on the implementation. The integrated Oracle solutions assist KCP&L with outage detection and verification, as well as restoration confirmation. Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway provides meter status data to Oracle Utilities Network Management System, such as “last gasp” power-off messages and restoration power-up notifications. In addition, the Oracle applications support “meter pings” to request a power-on status from the meter. This improved access to information enables KCP&L to make better decisions, ultimately leading to enhanced reliability and service across the detection and restoration process. In the second phase of the deployment project—scheduled to go live in May 2015—KCP&L plans to expand its Oracle system to include functions such as fault location analysis, web switching, SCADA interface schematics, and storm management. In addition, the company is looking to implement Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management to further enhance its overall AMI infrastructure.Supporting Quotes “We work hard to provide exceptional reliability to our customers, and deployed Oracle Utilities Network Management System, Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics, Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management, and Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway to support our AMI initiative because of Oracle’s breadth of applications and proven expertise. We are confident that Oracle’s solutions will continue to enhance our AMI initiative and aid our overall mission,” said Duane Anstaett, vice president of Delivery, KCP&L. “Today’s utilities seek resources that can help turn raw data into powerful information, and Oracle Utilities applications provide a complete solution that helps utilities—such as KCP&L—to meet those pressures. The integrated Oracle platform enables KCP&L to improve operational efficiency, enhance system reliability, and better manage distribution assets,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.Supporting Resources Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management Oracle Utilities Network Management System Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics Oracle Utilities Oracle Utilities on Facebook. Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and DiigoAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

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Contact Info

Samantha Thai
Oracle
+1.510.917.5564
samantha.thai@oracle.com

Lacy Cooper
O’Keeffe & Company
+1.540.364.5913
lcooper@okco.com

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Oracle Utilities Analytics Solution Helps Utilities Manage Storm Data in Near Real Time

Oracle Database News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Utilities Analytics Solution Helps Utilities Manage Storm Data in Near Real TimeDistribuTECH, San Diego, Calif. – February 3, 2015News Summary

Electric utilities need to respond quickly to power outages and provide timely, accurate updates to stakeholders and customers during major storm events. At the same time, these companies face the daunting task of gathering and managing data from an increasing number of sources. To help utilities streamline these processes, Oracle made significant updates to its Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics dashboards and ETL technology. Part of the Oracle Utilities Analytics 2.5.1 release, these enhancements enable utilities to organize and analyze incoming storm data in near real time so they can quickly identify issues, speed time to response and restoration, and improve communication with first responders, customers, and media during a storm outage.

News Facts With the release of Oracle Utilities Analytics 2.5.1, Oracle has introduced significant enhancements to its prebuilt Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics historical outage and reliability dashboards, as well as its ETL technology. The enhanced Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics dashboards enable utilities to harness the large amounts of data they generate during storms and major outages at a much greater scale and analyze it in near real time, helping to improve response rates and event management. ETL technology via Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate facilitates quick access to that information—data is refreshed within minutes, providing critical details such as outage density, customer outages color coded by square miles or regions, crews and assignments, and estimated restoration time. This improved information flow enables utilities to make better decisions in the storm room. Oracle Utilities Analytics 2.5.1 also helps improve reliability management and associated regulatory reporting for utilities. The solution’s historical outage dashboard shows data such as service area segment performance, device type, and worst-performing assets that utilities can analyze in order to pinpoint weaknesses in the grid and inform repair and replace decisions. Additionally, the reliability dashboard helps utilities manage performance data, which can then be recalled and matched against indices such as System Average Interruption Duration Index, System Average Interruption Frequency Index, and Momentary Average Interruption Frequency Index. The reliability dashboard can also package the data in a format appropriate for regulatory reporting. This latest version of Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics reduces the impact of analytics on the outage management system. Customer support teams and account management personnel can use Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics dashboards without having to log into and bog down the outage management application during a major storm event. The solution also enables utilities to scale a single outage management system exponentially, which benefits organizations needing to support new assets and customers due to merger and acquisition activity.Supporting Quote “Today’s utilities need tools to help manage complex, evolving, and often life-threatening situations in the event of an outage. The latest release of Oracle Utilities Analytics includes updates to its prebuilt historical outage and reliability dashboards that enable utilities to more effectively respond to storms, improve device management, and provide more-efficient customer operations,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.Supporting Resources Oracle Utilities Oracle Utilities Analytics Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics Oracle Utilities on Facebook. Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and DiigoAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

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Contact Info

Samantha Thai
Oracle
+1.510.917.5564
samantha.thai@oracle.com

Lacy Cooper
O’Keeffe & Company
+1.540.364.5913
lcooper@okco.com

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Accelerate Automotive Innovation to Top Speed (Part 4 of 6)

Polarion Software - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 10:22
Fourth installment of a special 6-part series discussing ALM business best practices and strategies for product development in the automotive and related industries.
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BDDfy

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 14:02
BDDfy is a simplest BDD framework for .NET. It can run with any testing framework. Actually you don't have to use a testing framework at all. You can just apply it on your POCO (test) classes! It does not need a separate test runner. You can use ...
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Barkeep

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 13:57
Barkeep is "the friendly code review system" — a fast, fun way to review code. Engineering organizations can use it to keep the quality bar high. With it you can watch commits made to any Git repository, see diffs, write comments, and have those ...
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.NET Developers and Teachers

We celebrate the members of our .NET community that find time to work with, help organize and educate the greater community at large. We wanted to shine a light on two special MVPs that we often find at the head of the class. Thanks for all that you do as .NET developers and teachers.

Don Burnett

ncover_mvp_don_burnett_twitterDon has over 20 years experience in the industry as a developer. His focus has primarily been on user-centered design for interactive applications. He has a solid understanding of the benefits and limitations of Internet technologies – from Silverlight, Flash, XAML, CSS, XHTML, and HTML 5. We love him for his experience leading creative teams, managing resources, mentoring designers and developers – giving back to our .NET community in spades.

When he is not mastering C++ and .NET applications, he works as a teacher and developer with VNext Ann Arbor, a designer and developer group for web and mobile app technologies across platforms. Keep up with him there or on twitter @DonnyEMU.

Jeff Bramwell

ncover_mvp_jeff_bramwell_twitterJeff  has over 20 years of software development experience and is currently employed as Director of Enterprise Architecture by Farm Credit Services of America. He has been working with .NET technologies since the early pre-release days (mid 2000) and taught C# at a local university for several years.

Having focused on Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server for the past few years, Jeff leads the Omaha ALM User Group and has presented on Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server at the Omaha .NET User Group, the Heartland Developers Conference, Tulsa TechFest, VSLive!, and others. Keep up with him on his blog or on twitter @jbramwell.

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Central Washington University Uses PeopleSoft Solution to Launch New Digital Information Portal for Streamlined Access to Financial, Human Resources, and Student Information

Oracle Database News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 07:00
Central Washington University Uses PeopleSoft Solution to Launch New Digital Information Portal for Streamlined Access to Financial, Human Resources, and Student InformationUpgrade to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 Automates Business Processes for Improved Service Delivery to Students, Faculty, and Staff

Redwood Shores, Calif. – February 2, 2015 – Central Washington University (CWU), which enrolls more than 10,000 students across eight campuses, upgraded to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and PeopleSoft Financials 9.2, integrating the applications with PeopleSoft Campus Solutions via PeopleSoft Interaction Hub to provide a single, centralized source for students, faculty, and staff to access financial, human resources (HR), and student information.

With the Oracle solution, CWU automated and accelerated many previously paper-based financial and HR processes—including new-hire requisition requests, position description changes, and employee salary increase approvals—by adding workflow and automated signature capabilities.

The integrated PeopleSoft solution also provides the foundation for the MyCWU digital information portal, which enables students, faculty, and staff to customize their personal portal screens and easily access dashboards with up-to-date data and metrics that help support administrative efficiency.

“Our Oracle upgrade and implementation of MyCWU using PeopleSoft Interaction Hub has been a life-changing experience for our university,” says Jill Hernandez, director of applications at Central Washington University. “Our faculty, staff, and students now enjoy a user-friendly interface that provides seamless integration with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, PeopleSoft Human Resources, and PeopleSoft Financials, which provide them with easy access to the information they need to do their jobs.”

The Oracle solution enables managers to access dashboards that provide headcount analytics and position-level detail to support hiring decisions and point-in-time budgeting. Managers can also view dashboards with data on their direct reports, enabling them to make more effective personnel decisions and automatically initiate position changes, salary increases, or reporting changes. This self-service capability helps to alleviate the burden on the HR department.

CWU also takes advantage of PeopleSoft Selective Adoption, which enables the university to add new application functionality as it becomes available without any major upgrade—helping CWU deliver capabilities to end users more quickly and at a lower cost.

CWU worked with Oracle partner and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), Sierra-Cedar, on the upgrade. The university plans to continue rolling out new modules, such as PeopleSoft Time and Labor and PeopleSoft Absence Management, and eventually leverage PeopleSoft Recruiting Solutions and PeopleSoft ePerformance to further improve recruiting and staff compensation processes.

“With the PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade, CWU automated many previously time-consuming business processes—freeing staff time to focus on more strategic programs that support operational excellence and student success,” said Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research, Oracle. “Additionally, with PeopleSoft Selective Adoption, CWU can continue to take advantage of the latest PeopleSoft application functionality with minimal disruption to its campuses.”

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About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit http://oracle.com/

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Katie Barron Janice Clayton
Oracle O’Keeffe & Company
+1.703.364.2448 +1.443.759.8151
katie.barron@oracle.com jclayton@okco.com

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Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Are Platforms of Choice for CFOs Worldwide

Oracle Database News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:01
Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Are Platforms of Choice for CFOs WorldwideMore than 600 customers have selected Oracle’s rich, integrated suite of cloud services to drive growth and innovation

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 30, 2015 – In Q2 FY2015, quarterly sales for Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud) and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud (Oracle EPM Cloud) increased by 80 percent. This growth reiterates customers’ confidence that Oracle is best positioned to offer CFOs a complete, integrated suite of financial management, procurement, projects, and performance management cloud services, all designed to work seamlessly and securely together.

More than 600 enterprise and midsize companies worldwide have selected Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud to drive finance innovation and growth, including Transit Wireless, SoundCloud, Ringo Mobile, Communications Test Design, Inc., and lynda.com. Real estate leader RE/MAX was among those companies that recently selected Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud as part of a full suite of Oracle cloud services. With a global network of franchisee-owned and -operated offices and more than 90,000 sales associates, RE/MAX will rely on Oracle to help grow its business and meet regulatory reporting requirements as a newly listed public company.

“Our financial information has become transparent subsequent to our 2013 initial public offering,” notes Karri Callahan, acting chief financial officer and corporate controller, RE/MAX. “To support our ambitious growth strategy, we needed a more efficient finance system with embedded controls and extensive reporting capabilities. Oracle offered us pre-integrated, state-of-the-art cloud services. This was a compelling value, since we prefer to invest in technology innovations for our brokers and agents rather than maintaining separate systems.”

Oracle also added more than 250 new Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud customers in Q2 FY2015—150 of which were net new and replaced their legacy solutions with Oracle ERP Cloud. lynda.com, a leading online learning company, is another innovative, fast-growing organization that selected Oracle ERP Cloud to scale its online learning business globally.

“We looked at major players and other vendors during our rather exhaustive evaluation process for the right cloud ERP solution, and ultimately selected Oracle for its superior analytics and reporting, and completeness of its offerings for our finance organization,” said lynda.com CFO Elaine Kitagawa. “We are growing quickly and expanding internationally. Oracle’s global functionality and scalable platform were major factors in our decision. Oracle is clearly committed to becoming the ERP vendor of choice for fast-growing companies like lynda.com, and we are excited to have Oracle as our partner in this growth journey.”

“The growth of Oracle’s ERP and EPM cloud offerings reflects the investment we’ve made to build solutions that work together seamlessly in the cloud and that anticipate the needs of CFOs,” said Rondy Ng, senior vice president, Applications Development, Oracle. “CFOs are turning to Oracle for our advanced reporting and analytics, global functionality and scalability, and seamless integration. It’s a decision that helps CFOs reduce costs while providing their organizations with a clear path to the cloud.”

Additional Information In recognition of Oracle’s continued momentum in the area of enterprise resource planning solutions, Oracle ERP Cloud was named a Leader in the November 2014 Nucleus Research report, “ERP Technology Value Matrix.” Read what companies have been saying about Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud. For more information on Oracle ERP Cloud, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information on Oracle EPM Cloud, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Read more about Oracle’s Q2 FY2015 success.About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

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Danielle Cormier-Smith
Oracle

+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com

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What Customers Are Saying About Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

Oracle Database News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:00
What Customers Are Saying About Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 30, 2015

Transit Wireless

Transit Wireless is an advanced wireless solutions company responsible for the design/build and operation of the neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) and Wi-Fi network for the New York City (NYC) subway system in New York. With more than 2.6 billion riders annually, the NYC subway is one of the largest public transportation systems in the world. Through a partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Transit Wireless has deployed wireless and Wi-Fi services in 76 out of 279 underground NYC subway stations. The company is now implementing a full suite of Oracle cloud services, including solutions for enterprise resource planning, procurement, projects, inventory, and human capital management.

“Our business model is rapidly evolving beyond subways to offer new types of wireless technology,” said Transit Wireless CEO William Bayne. “Oracle is able to provide a complete, integrated suite of true cloud services to support operational efficiencies and drive growth.”

Ringo Mobile

Ringo Mobile, a telecommunications company based in Italy, offers a mobile calling app that allows users to make low-cost international calls to any mobile or landline phone without using the internet.

“The cloud for us is a natural choice because our business is distributed and we already have a strong company culture that understands the value added of software as a service,” said Luca Brignone, managing director, Ringo Mobile. “Oracle’s cloud solution matches perfectly with our local needs and at the same time supports our multi-country approach. It is our intention that Oracle Cloud will unify all the ERP systems within our holding company. Starting with Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud allows us to adopt an important tool for our business: we have done a balanced investment and we are ready to extend our cloud solutions in a modular way without issues.”

Communications Test Design, Inc.

Founded in 1975, Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) is a full-service, global engineering, repair, and logistics company that provides cost-effective solutions to the communications industry. CTDI selected Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, part of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud, to support its rapidly growing business and to automate a traditionally manual process for budgeting, planning, and forecasting that was time-consuming and prone to errors.

“Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service will enable us to significantly reduce the time and effort needed to perform our daily P&L forecasting process, which is our most critical business management practice. In addition, the real-time analytical data and comprehensive reporting that we can generate from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service will enable us to make timely and well-informed decisions in order to run our business better,” said Paul Cardell, vice president, Corporate Operations, CTDI..

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

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

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Danielle Cormier-Smith
Oracle

+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com

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Testing Company QASymphony Raises $2.5M Series A

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:12
QASymphony announced that it has closed $2.5MM in Series A funding. Led by Buckhead Investment Partners (BIP Capital), Poplar Ventures, and KMS Technology, this strategic investment will allow the company to further fund sales and marketing initi ...
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CloudBees Gets $23.5 Million in New Financing

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 18:04
CloudBees, the Enterprise Jenkins Company and continuous delivery leader, today announced a $23.5 million financing round, led by longtime CloudBees investor Lightspeed Venture Partners. Existing investors Matrix Partners, Verizon Ventures and Bl ...
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New version of load testing tool enables on-demand virtual users from the cloud

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 17:45
TestPlant, the maker of the eggPlant range of software quality tools, today announced the launch of eggPlant Performance v6, the latest version of the company’s advanced performance and load testing tool. This release introduces cloud-based ...
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Forever 21 Matches Styles to Consumer Demand with Oracle Retail

Oracle Database News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:01
Forever 21 Matches Styles to Consumer Demand with Oracle Retail Supporting rapid growth worldwide, Forever 21 uses Oracle to streamline planning and to help ensure selections delight customersRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 29, 2015News Summary

Ever-changing styles and an array of colors, sizes and accessories challenge fashion retailers to anticipate consumer response and ensure the right mix is available online and in stores as each season unfolds. Taking advantage of advanced optimization technology from Oracle, popular fashion retailer Forever 21 is using Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization solutions to help predict demand and align assortments to meet customer expectations.

News Facts Fast fashion apparel retailer Forever 21, now the 5th largest specialty retailer in the U.S., implemented Oracle Retail Assortment Planning and Size Profile Optimization to help ensure that the apparel and accessories it places in stores each week are those that customers are looking for, and that will help to fuel ongoing growth. Forever 21 expects to open 600 new stores in the next three years, and the Oracle system will help its merchandising team support the growth with more streamlined and effective processes, using the system to predict when individual items will be in demand and in what colors, styles and quantities at each of its six websites and corporate, franchise and joint-venture owned brick-and-mortar locations in 43 countries. Taking advantage of the science incorporated into Oracle Retail Assortment Planning and Size Profile Optimization, Forever 21 can make data-driven decisions to create optimal assortments based on determining factors such as neckline, price point, fabric and other variables influencing sales. The Oracle Retail solution enables Forever 21 to improve planning decisions based on bottom-up data from its business units, taking into account the fast pace of style changes, number of SKUs, seasonality, and sizing demands, as well as product fabrication requirements and Average Unit Retail costs. To speed implementation and allow for smoother upgrades in the future, Forever 21’s mantra for the deployment was to “Keep it Simple” by avoiding customization and leveraging the comprehensive functionality of the Oracle Retail planning solution. Forever 21 worked with Oracle and Veltio, an Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold-level member, to launch the solution in May 2014 following a nine-month implementation program that included data cleansing as well as design and user acceptance testing. Supporting Quotes “The Oracle Retail solution gives us a blueprint of where the assortment is going to lead us,” said Robert Kim, vice president, Planning and Allocation, Forever 21. “Seeing the past performance by segment and looking at color penetration and fashion attributes is in itself a giant step forward, and the data can be sliced and diced in a way that is meaningful for our merchants. Oracle took a very complicated model and made it user-friendly. We expect to gain more insight and deliver an even better product assortment for our customers as we expand our use of the Oracle Retail solution.” “Forever 21 is optimizing its selection of merchandise to meet consumer expectations and to help improve performance across its diverse customer touch points,” said Jill Puleri, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “By using Oracle Retail optimization and planning solutions, Forever 21 is taking advantage of integrated retail science and leading predictive technology, features to improve the customer experience and drive sales.” Supporting Resources About Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization Oracle Retail on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Oracle Retail Blog  Oracle Commerce Anywhere Blog Oracle Retail Asset and Community Knowledge PortalAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

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Greg Lunsford
Oracle
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greg.lunsford@oracle.com

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Amodeo Associates
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meamodeo@gmail.com

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Oracle Delivers Intuitive and Mobile User Experience for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management Solutions

Oracle Database News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Delivers Intuitive and Mobile User Experience for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management SolutionsSimplicity and mobility of new user interface can improve decision-making, increases employee productivity, and offers supplier collaboration opportunities

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 29, 2015 – To help companies and organizations take advantage of modern mobile technologies, Oracle has delivered a new, simplified user experience for its PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management solutions within PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 10. The PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (PeopleSoft Fluid UI) included in PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 10 provides an intuitive and responsive user experience that is optimized across multiple platforms including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Many new features and functions take advantage of the PeopleSoft Fluid UI to provide employees, managers, and executives with a familiar native user experience that helps maximize productivity and effectiveness while reducing the need for training.

“Regardless of role, all enterprise application users expect simple-to-use and intuitive solutions,” said Paco Aubrejuan, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications. “The PeopleSoft team’s latest effort delivers new features in PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management that take advantage of PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. These should positivity impact user efficiency and satisfaction.”

In addition to the new PeopleSoft Fluid UI, the latest update to PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management also provides a range of enhancements including transaction simplification, embedded analytics, and compliance support. The PeopleSoft Selective Adoption model, enabled by the PeopleSoft Update Manager, makes these latest enhancements available to PeopleSoft 9.2 customers at the time of their choosing, without the need to upgrade, lowering the total cost of ownership and accelerating the delivery of valuable features to users.

Ease of Use with Robust Functionality

PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management deliver best-in-class financial and supply chain functionality that helps organizations increase productivity, accelerate business performance, and lower cost of ownership. With the new PeopleSoft Fluid UI, customers can benefit from:

Improved user engagement: PeopleSoft Fluid UI delivers a new PeopleSoft navigation paradigm that includes tiled role-based home pages for cash managers, procurement operations, project managers, and more, as well as a new navigation bar that presents information in a way similar to consumer mobile applications, driving user adoption by providing instant access to key areas of the solution. Personalization and configurability: Users now have the ability to tailor their PeopleSoft application to look and work the way they want, across all devices, within seconds. User-configured reporting criteria enables “manage-by-exception” that is unique to each user. Unified approvals: PeopleSoft Fluid UI enables managers to quickly approve transactions from across the enterprise—including financials and procurement transactions such as expense reporting, requisitioning, and cash flow management—through any device. Faster decision-making: Managers and users can view and analyze real-time financial, project, and procurement data remotely on mobile devices to help make strategic decisions quickly, based on the latest relevant information. Anywhere, anytime access: Users can complete everyday tasks such as entering expense reports and time sheets from their mobile devices. Managers can also take advantage of mobile features, including monitoring cash positions, project health, and supplier performance, regardless of location. Latest technology: PeopleSoft Fluid UI is enabled through the latest rendering technologies including HTML5 and CSS3 delivered in PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54.

Additional capabilities available in the latest update for PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management solutions include:

WorkCenters: Expansion of PeopleSoft’s powerfully efficient WorkCenter framework continues across the PeopleSoft solution, including newly introduced WorkCenters for expenses, resource management, and more. Supplier 360-degree view: Users can now access a single page from which they can see information about a supplier needed to address tactical and strategic business issues and challenges. Users can personalize and share reports via the new PeopleSoft Configurable Analysis framework. Supplier collaboration: A comprehensive supplier portal offers suppliers a centralized portal from which they can access key information in PeopleSoft financial and procurement applications. Actionable insights: With numerous embedded analytics available through pivot grids (AR Items by Status, AR Aging, and Minimum Future Lease Obligation, for example) and intuitive new dashboards such as the Accounts Receivable dashboard, users gain real-time insights to make more-informed decisions. Activity guides: Activity guides help users simplify key processes and accelerate business transformations. The guides lead users visually through multistep processes such as contract and grant awards setup; help them monitor and manage progress, turnaround, and completion times; and more. Regulatory compliance support: The latest update introduces significant foundational enhancements in preparation for upcoming regulatory standards changes, including revenue recognition for PeopleSoft Contracts and PeopleSoft Project Costing as well as lease accounting for PeopleSoft Asset Management and PeopleSoft Real Estate Management.

“Here at Kansas City Power & Light, we are looking to expand our mobile capabilities in the future,” said Eddy Halter, director of procurement, Kansas City Power & Light. “Being able to create, review, and approve transactions sourced from PeopleSoft via a smartphone or tablet would definitely be a benefit for our organization.”

“Cardinal Point is excited about the new features in PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 Update Image 10 that enable the mobile workforce and improve the user experience, particularly enhancements that harness the power of the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface technology, like the project manager home page,” said Bill Gibbard, managing director, Cardinal Point Solutions. “We also appreciate Oracle’s continued dedication to its superiority in features, including functionality to help customers who are preparing for their adoption of recent changes in revenue accounting standards.”

Additional Information Learn more about Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications by reading the Oracle PeopleSoft Applications Strategy Blog, or following Oracle PeopleSoft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. View PeopleSoft Talk with Marc Weintraub: The PeopleSoft Investment Strategy, featuring Paco Aubrejuan.About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

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

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Danielle Cormier-Smith
Oracle

+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Pre-Instrumentation Targets for MSBuild

Pre-Instrumentation Targets for MSBuild

pre_instrumentation_msbuildThe flexibility of NCover pre-instrumentation has been demonstrated in two previous articles describing both the NCover Pre-Instrumentation and the Pre-Instrumentation for Continuous Integration. Pre-instrumentation for coverage collection with NCover can also be integrated directly into MSBuild projects. MSBuild targets are the core of Visual Studio projects and solutions. MSBuild is leveraged by a multitude of build engines, so MSBuild targets to pre-instrument assemblies are very helpful.

Sample Targets
<PropertyGroup>
   <TargetAssembly>$(TargetDir)$(TargetFileName)
       </TargetAssembly>
   <NCOVEREXE>"d:\<install folder>\ncover.exe"</NCOVEREXE>
   <NCOVER_COVERAGE Condition=" '$(NCOVER_COVERAGE)' == '' ">false</NCOVER_COVERAGE>
</PropertyGroup>
<Target Name="TriggerNCoverPreinstrument"
     Condition="'$(NCOVER_COVERAGE)'=='true'"
     AfterTargets="AfterBuild" BeforeTargets="">
   <Message Text="******* SHOULD PRE-INSTRUMENT *********" Importance="High"/>
   <CallTarget Targets="NCoverPreinstrument"/>
</Target>
<Target Name="NCoverPreinstrument">
   <Message Text="NCover Pre-instrumentation for $(TargetAssembly)" Importance="High"/>
   <Exec Command="$(NCOVEREXE) instrument &quot;$(TargetAssembly)&quot;"
       ContinueOnError="true" />
</Target>

Adding these targets to a <project>.Common.targets is a simple way to enable every project in a solution to be assigned the NCoverPreinstrument target and to provide automatic instrumentation on any build command. By default, the NCOVER_COVERAGE property is set to “false” if the value is not otherwise provided before the build.

Most project files will have included projects. In the case below, there’s an include for Microsoft.CSharp.targets and then a second include for a custom project targets file. A custom targets file is a great way to add targets, items, and properties that are common to all project files in a solution.

<Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.targets" />
<Import Project="..\<my_solution>.Custom.targets" />  
      <!-- may have to add one of these -->
Adding the Targets

In the case above, just edit the <my_solution>.Custom.targets file and add the sample targets above. Custom target files are not included in projects by default. If you don’t have one, you can create one and add an Import command to all your MSBuild project files. A typical custom targets file would look like the following:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<Project xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003">
<PropertyGroup>
   <TargetAssembly>$(TargetDir)$(TargetFileName)</TargetAssembly>
   <NCOVEREXE>"d:\<install folder>\ncover.exe"</NCOVEREXE>
   <NCOVER_COVERAGE Condition=" '$(NCOVER_COVERAGE)' == '' ">false</NCOVER_COVERAGE>
</PropertyGroup>
<Target Name="TriggerNCoverPreinstrument"
   Condition="'$(NCOVER_COVERAGE)'=='true'"
   AfterTargets="AfterBuild" BeforeTargets="">
   <Message Text="******* SHOULD PRE-INSTRUMENT *********" Importance="High"/>
   <CallTarget Targets="NCoverPreinstrument"/>
</Target>
<Target Name="NCoverPreinstrument">
   <Message Text="NCover Pre-instrumentation for $(TargetAssembly)" Importance="High"/>
   <Exec Command="$(NCOVEREXE) instrument &quot;$(TargetAssembly)&quot;"
       ContinueOnError="true" />
</Target>
</Project>
Invoking Pre-instrumentation

These targets give us the flexibility to invoke pre-instrumentation in two separate ways. The first is to add -p:NCOVER_COVERAGE=true to any MSBuild command. This property will signal to MSBuild that pre-instrumentation should be performed on each assembly as it is built in the larger build process. That command would look like one of the following:

In a project folder:
> msbuild /p:NCOVER_COVERAGE=true

A specific project:
> msbuild some_project.csproj /p:NCOVER_COVERAGE=true

A solution build:
> msbuild my_solution.sln /p:NCOVER_COVERAGE=true

The second method to invoke pre-instrumentation is to directly call the NCoverPreinstrument target. This won’t trigger a rebuild of the project source targets, but it will instrument the target assembly from the last build.

In a project folder:
> msbuild /t:NCoverPreinstrument

A specific project:
> msbuild some_project.csproj /t:NCoverPreinstrument

A solution build:
> msbuild my_solution.sln /t:NCoverPreinstrument

Of course, it’s possible to simply add the targets to every project file, but this is one example of target integration with some simple elegance. Please post a reply with your own preferences and improvements.

The post Pre-Instrumentation Targets for MSBuild appeared first on NCover.

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Visit Ranorex at Swiss Testing Day and Save 15% on the Ticket Price

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 10:15
Ranorex will be at Swiss Testing Day on March 18th, 2015 in Zurich (Switzerland).

Swiss Testing Day is a Software Conference organized by Testers for Testers that will be taking place in the "Kongresshaus" in Zurich, Switzerland.

After the highly successful event last year, this year Swiss Testing Day is celebrating its 10th anniversary. This software testing conference includes first-rate keynote speeches and other interesting talks focusing on innovative solutions, methods and best practices in software quality management and software testing (presentations in both German and English). In addition to the parallel specialist presentations, there are also two top-notch keynote speeches:
  • Adrian Zwingli, Conference Chair, will look back on the last 10 years of software testing.
  • In the second keynote, Andy Holzer, the renowned writer and mountaineer, relates how he climbed to the summit of the world having been blind since birth.
     



The conference will bring together people involved in all aspects of software testing.

Ranorex will participate with an exhibition booth at Swiss Testing Day 2015. We look forward to meeting you for some inspiring discussions about test automation. This year's program at Swiss Testing Day looks great!

Participate in Swiss Testing Day and receive 15% discount on the ticket price by entering the promotional code "Promo_Ranorex" when you register (valid until February 28th, 2015).
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Featured Extension: Live Status Reveals Optimal Work Item Flow and Current State

Polarion Software - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 05:58
Extension of the Month post features a cool new extension from Polarion's partner in China.
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Oracle Service Cloud Enables Organizations to Better Understand the Customer Journey and Drive Service Collaboration

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:02
Oracle Service Cloud Enables Organizations to Better Understand the Customer Journey and Drive Service Collaboration Latest release delivers new features for more-connected customer engagements and improved service experiencesRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 28, 2015

As expectations for enhanced customer experiences grow, service teams need to focus on engaging and retaining consumers, empowering employees, and adapting quickly. The latest release of Oracle Service Cloud helps organizations meet these challenges, and offers tools that enable agents to better understand their customer’s needs and rapidly resolve cases to deliver an outstanding experience.

The latest Oracle Service Cloud release features:

Building on its commitment to help organizations deliver successful customer experiences, Oracle has updated Oracle Service Cloud with capabilities such as skills-based routing, visitor browser history, and better social monitoring. New tools to empower rapid resolution through collaboration, enhanced cobrowsing, and policy automation help service teams better understand the customer journey. Following Oracle’s acquisition of LiveLOOK, this latest release tightly integrates the enhanced Oracle Co-browse feature within Oracle Service Cloud. Oracle Service Cloud combines web, social, and contact center experiences for a unified, cross-channel service solution that enables organizations to increase sales and adoption, build trust and strengthen relationships, and reduce costs and effort. Part of the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud portfolio of applications, Oracle Service Cloud easily integrates with Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Social Cloud, and Oracle Commerce to provide a 360-degree view of the customer journey.Better Understand the Customer Experience

Oracle Service Cloud helps organizations better understand the customer experience with:

Skills-based routing: This capability helps match a specific inquiry with the best-available agent. Organizations can provide a differentiated quality of service based on customer value or other segment attributes, solve inquiries more quickly, and improve overall productivity. Visitor browser history: When consumers escalate from self-service to assisted service, visitor browser history empowers chat agents to locate recently viewed web pages and gain immediate insight into the actions that led to the customer’s need for help. This results in increased customer satisfaction and cost savings through reduced average handling time. Oracle Social Cloud: Broad social monitoring and powerful analytics help organizations better understand when to proactively engage their customers in social networks outside of their control. Oracle Social Cloud can seamlessly escalate social posts to Oracle Service Cloud, where a suite of service engagement tools can be leveraged for an effective response. Subsequent customer replies are automatically threaded with the original, which can trigger an Oracle Service Cloud action. This results in early identification of trends, improved customer satisfaction, and the elimination of costly cross-department friction. Drive Service Collaboration and Rapid Response with Oracle Service Cloud Oracle Co-browse: The updated Oracle Service Cloud more tightly integrates this feature, allowing customers to share their screen with an agent immediately in instant mode—no download required. This improves first-contact resolution rates and enables faster voice and chat interactions. Service collaboration: Fully integrated capabilities enable agents to harness expertise from across the organization via conversation threads and document sharing. Facilitated directly through the agent console or mobile devices, this collaboration drives faster and more complete case resolution. Policy automation: For organizations with many or frequently changing procedures, policy automation in the cloud delivers dynamic interviews to both agents and customers to immediately determine eligibility. This latest release includes enhancements to the interview experience, as well as modeling productivity improvements such as collaborative modeling and industry-specific sample projects to accelerate implementations.

“We are committed to helping modern customer service organizations drive service efficiency and effectiveness as well as improve customer acquisition and retention,” said Stephen Fioretti, vice president, Product Management, Oracle Service Cloud. “With the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud, we continue to deliver rapid innovation for our customers. The new features and capabilities will help companies better understand and serve their customers with service collaboration, optimized case routing, and improved agent productivity.”

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BigLever Software Introduces Integrated Product Line Engineering and Product Lifecycle Management Solution

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 22:14
BigLever Software has announced today that the company has partnered with Aras to deliver the industry's first integrated PLE and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution, the Aras Innovator/BigLever Gears Bridge. The integration of PLE an ...
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