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Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2 Helps Utilities Improve Work Planning and Asset Maintenance Assessment Processes

Oracle Database News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2 Helps Utilities Improve Work Planning and Asset Maintenance Assessment ProcessesRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 9, 2014News Summary

Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2, with new enhancements to help electric, gas, and water utilities achieve greater operational efficiency through streamlined work planning processes and improved enterprise asset management and reliability. The latest release provides utilities with increased visibility into work planning information and enables them to become proactive in tracking, evaluating, and replacing assets to increase enterprise reliability.

News Facts Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2, with more than 40 feature enhancements to help utilities improve work planning processes, enterprise asset management (EAM), and assessment capabilities. Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2 enables utilities to streamline their work planning processes to support a continuous cycle of improvement for job plans to mitigate job delays and wasted time, which has a direct correlation to increased wrench time and asset reliability. Enhancements within the Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management failure mode and effects analysis tool include both preventive maintenance plans and corrective action work templates, allowing utilities to identify what failures their preventive maintenance program is attempting to mitigate as well as to identify the corrective action to take when a specific type of failure occurs. Additionally, the Oracle tool allows users to associate failures to specific components within an asset to ensure utilities can document and develop more comprehensive maintenance strategies. Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2 also offers enhanced asset condition assessment functionality to better support capital planning. Utilities can now automatically calculate a total asset condition score based on multiple and varied inspection assessments to give a more accurate picture of an asset’s health and life expectancy (for example, calculating how much more quickly an asset will fail in a highly corrosive environment). In addition, utilities can automatically derive a “Confidence Rating” based on the age of the condition assessments performed within the system. These new features combine to help utilities better track, evaluate, and make informed asset-repair or -replace decisions.Supporting Quotes “Oracle worked closely with Veolia to develop enhancements that ensure Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2 supports best business practices for maintenance planning and scheduling. An advanced EAM solution needs to effectively support an environment where it is easy to continually improve job plans. The new update contains significant enhancements that support a structured cycle of improvement for job plans, including the ability to locate work order templates associated to like assets based on shared bill-of-material records, and the ability to link both preventive maintenance plans and corrective action work templates to equipment class and type failure modes,” said Robert Dannenberg, manager, EAM Application Services, Veolia Water. “Oracle and Seattle City Light worked together to identify where we could gain efficiencies in the work planning process related to the installation of mass assets for new or replacement services. The new Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management features automate the process of adding hundreds of assets to the same work order task, which reduces the time we spend on routine activities so our planners can concentrate on planning critical work,” said Lesley Wilson, senior business analyst, Information Technology Services Division, Seattle City Light. “The Oracle team is doing great things with its Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management system. The more I see planning as all about continually improving work plans, I see Oracle continually improving Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management to allow that to happen. The latest release, 1.9.1.2, helps planners to register their job plans better against assets so they can record issues of the past to guard against issues in the future,” said Doc Palmer, founder of Richard Palmer & Associates and author of the bestselling Maintenance Planning & Scheduling Handbook. “Today’s electric, gas, and water utilities are recognizing the need to approach work planning and asset management with end-to-end visibility and control. Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Management 1.9.1.2 helps utilities meet those objectives by enabling them to simplify the work planning process, improve job scheduling, and enhance both short-term and long-term asset maintenance decisions. Further, it helps improve employee productivity and reduce costs. Ultimately, the latest release enables utilities to improve service through work planning and asset optimization,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.Supporting Resources Oracle Utilities Oracle Utilities on Facebook Oracle Utilities on Twitter Oracle Utilities on LinkedIn Oracle Utilities on YouTube Channel Oracle Utilities on DiigoAbout Oracle Utilities

Oracle Utilities delivers proven software applications that help utilities of all types and sizes achieve competitive advantage, business performance excellence, and a lower total cost of technology ownership. Oracle Utilities integrates industry-specific customer care and billing, network management, work and asset management, mobile workforce management, and meter data management applications with the capabilities of Oracle’s industry-leading enterprise applications, business intelligence tools, middleware, database technologies, and server and storage systems. The software enables customers to adapt more nimbly to market deregulation, meet ever-evolving customer demands, and deliver on environmental conservation commitments. Additionally, Oracle Utilities helps utilities prepare for smart metering and smart grid initiatives that enhance efficiency and provide critical intelligence metrics that can help drive more-informed energy and water usage decisions for consumers and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.oracle.com/goto/utilities.

About Oracle

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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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"How manual testers can break into automation without programming skills" presented at SQTM 2014

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:10
Ranorex will be at the International Conference on Software Quality and Test Management 2014 in San Diego, California on the 1st of October, 2014.

Jim Trentadue, Ranorex Test Automation Professional, will present the session "How manual testers can break into automation without programming skills" at the SQTM 2014.



"Practical – Proven – Feasible" is the conference's running theme. Centering on the success stories of experts and practitioners, the SQTM is the only conference that focuses on advancing the test and quality management professions.

SQTM provides practical methods based on Best Practices in the following areas:
  • Test Management
  • Test Automation Strategies
  • Mobile Testing
  • Agile Testing
  • Requirements Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Defect Prevention
  • Team Dynamics and Collaboration
  • Inspections and Review of All Lifecycle Artifacts
  • Risk Models
  • Effort Estimation

Come to our expert's session on the 1st of October, 2014 (9:00 - 9:50) and learn how to make the jump as a manual tester and focus on the right areas first such as automation test structure, object recognition and results interpretation.

Don't miss the session presented by Jim Trentadue!
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Seapine Software Releases Surround SCM 2014.1 With a New Web Client

Seapine Software Press Releases - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 08:00

[CINCINNATI, September 9, 2014] – Seapine Software, a leading provider of process centric product development solutions, has released Surround SCM 2014.1, the latest update to its software change and configuration management solution. This release includes a new web client that provides users with quick and easy access to source code and other digital assets versioned in Surround SCM.

"As software developers, we have a keen appreciation for the need to carefully manage a product’s development lifecycle and we are always looking for ways to improve our offerings to support ourselves and our customers,"said Rick Riccetti, President and CEO of Seapine Software. "Rolling out a web client for Surround SCM is key because it enables users to access code and other files from anywhere and on any platform, including mobile devices."

In addition to the new web client, Surround SCM 2014.1 includes:

  • Security enhancements that provide an even greater level of encryption, ensuring valuable digital property is protected.
  • 64 bit clients, including the CLI and API, which enable users to work and integrate with a true 64 bit client application.
  • A number of smaller enhancements to file sharing and bookmarks.

To learn more about this release, click here.

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Oracle Completes Acquisition of MICROS Systems

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:57
Oracle Completes Acquisition of MICROS SystemsRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 8, 2014

The combination of Oracle and MICROS will help Hotels, Food & Beverage (F&B) and Retail companies transform their businesses and compete more effectively in today’s environment. Oracle will continue its highly successful dedicated business unit model with MICROS by creating a new Hospitality Global Business Unit focused on the Hotel and F&B industry. This new unit will be led by Mike Webster, Oracle’s existing head of the Oracle Retail Global Business Unit.

“Together, Oracle and MICROS will help Hospitality and Retail companies respond to rapidly evolving customer expectations, increase revenue, and drive operational improvements with complete, open and integrated solutions,” said Mike Webster, Senior Vice President and GM, Oracle Retail and Hospitality. “Our customers will appreciate our deep domain expertise across both Retail and Hospitality as we deliver mission-critical solutions to solve our customers’ most important business initiatives.”

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

Supporting Resources About Oracle and MICROS General Presentation Customer and Partner Letter FAQAbout 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 www.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.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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

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

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

Contact Info

Deborah Hellinger
Oracle Corporate Communications
+1.212. 508.7935
deborah.hellinger@oracle.com

Ken Bond
Oracle Investor Relations
+1.650.607.0349
ken.bond@oracle.com

  
Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Executive Keynotes to Address Complexity, Cost, Cloud, and Transformational Technologies at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:35
Oracle Executive Keynotes to Address Complexity, Cost, Cloud, and Transformational Technologies at Oracle OpenWorld 2014REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – September 8, 2014News Summary

Customers are taking advantage of modern technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and engineered systems to transform their businesses into real-time, customer-centric enterprises - reducing costs and generating fast insights, opportunities, and processes that help them innovate, differentiate and lead in their respective markets.

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, visionary Oracle executives, customers, and partners will take the main stage to discuss how these technologies are having an impact on businesses globally, enabling them to transform IT and change the equation from complexity to innovation. The conference runs September 28 through October 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

News Facts Oracle today announced the Oracle executive keynote lineup for Oracle OpenWorld 2014. The Oracle OpenWorld main stage conversation will take place over four days with visionary thought leaders from Oracle, examining the key trends and topics affecting business globally and discussing how technology is transforming IT from a complex and costly cost center to business innovation. The Oracle executives will be joined by leading customers and partners to discuss important business trends and transformational technology, including cloud computing; engineered systems; overcoming cost and complexity; the rise of social, mobile, and customer sophistication; and digital disruption on a global scale. Join the conversation. In the weeks leading to Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle President Mark Hurd will kick off the conversation with a series of videos that give a preview of his talk. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #OOW14.  Oracle OpenWorld 2014 takes place September 28 through October 2, 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.Oracle Executive Keynote LineupSunday, September 28 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D Oracle OpenWorld Opening Keynote

    Larry Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

Monday, September 29 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “The Business Value of the Cloud”

    Oracle President Mark Hurd will kick off the first full day of Oracle OpenWorld with a discussion addressing how winning companies are embracing technology, including cloud, engineered systems, and analytics, to reduce cost and complexity and create an effective modern enterprise that delivers great experiences to both employees and customers. Executives from dunnhumby, Pearson, Procter & Gamble, Tesco, Walgreens, Xerox, and other leading companies will join the conversation to share their success stories.

Tuesday, September 30 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “The Full Dimension of Cloud Services for the Modern Enterprise”

    Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle, will share how the cloud – from SaaS to PaaS to IaaS, to new offerings such as Data as a Service – changes everything and can turn IT from a cost center into a hub of innovation, growth, and customer insights.

Tuesday, September 30 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D CEO Keynote

    Larry Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

Wednesday, October 1 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “The Real Time Enterprise”

    John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle, will discuss how real-time enterprises, fully enabled by the latest cloud, database, and high-performance engineered systems technology, can achieve a continuous real-time view of customers, always-reconciled financials, deep instant analytics, and always-ready services for mobile and numerous other innovations.  

Supporting Resources Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Join us for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 San Francisco.  Register to attend. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Keynotes Like Oracle OpenWorld on Facebook Follow Oracle OpenWorld on Twitter Oracle OpenWorld Blog Oracle OpenWorld on LinkedInAbout Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions – all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is September 28 – October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more live, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on TwitterFacebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

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 www.oracle.com

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.650.506.0806
nicole.maloney@oracle.com

Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5145
Kristin.reeves@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Crate

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 19:22
Crate is an easy to scale real time SQL open source data store. A shared-nothing, fully searchable, document-oriented cluster data store: a quick and powerful massively scalable backend for data intensive apps or analytics
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Cedar

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 18:30
Cedar is an open source BDD-style Objective-C testing framework with an expressive matcher DSL and convenient test doubles.
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Morris Medical Monday: Polarion MedPack Release Management

Polarion Software - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 17:20
Polarion consultant Daniel Morris looks at release management support, continuing his in-depth examination of Polarion's MedPack solution for medical device development.
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University of California, Berkeley Supports Research Program Growth with Modern Financial Platform from Oracle

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:16
University of California, Berkeley Supports Research Program Growth with Modern Financial Platform from OracleRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 8, 2014News Summary

The University of California, Berkeley upgraded to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and implemented Oracle’s PeopleSoft Grants to achieve greater visibility into collections and spending. The new platform will help the university accurately prepare for continued growth in research programs while enabling faculty researchers to plan more effectively and improve program performance.

News Facts The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), US News & World Report’s top-ranked public university in 2014, upgraded its financial management system to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and implemented PeopleSoft Grants, PeopleSoft Contracts, and PeopleSoft Project Costing to significantly improve and automate business processes that support its research initiatives. The PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade uses a modern user interface that improves user interactions and workflow processes, helping to streamline the deployment of the grants, contracts, and project costing applications. The upgrade included 30 functional enhancements and reduced customizations by more than 20 percent, thereby cutting the cost and complexity of future upgrades. Huron Consulting Group, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), partnered with UC Berkeley throughout the implementation and completed the upgrade work stream of the project under budget and three weeks ahead of schedule. With the upgrade completed, UC Berkeley deployed PeopleSoft Grants in July 2014 to achieve better integration with PeopleSoft Financials, enabling faculty researchers and administrators to track grant award milestones, monitor spending and expenses to ensure they stay within billing limits, meet sponsor reporting deadlines, and accelerate invoicing for a system that managed more than $700 million in research funding in 2012-2013. UC Berkeley plans to add functionality through 2015, including new user interface enhancements, an integrated student system designed to deliver a single source of student data, and improved data for the university’s business intelligence initiative. Supporting Quotes “Through our upgrade to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and implementation of PeopleSoft Grants, UC Berkeley achieved significant user experience improvements,” said Delphine Regalia, assistant vice chancellor and controller, UC Berkeley. “The intuitive interface allows for easier navigation, providing finance department users and researchers with access to focused content that helps them perform their jobs more efficiently. The upgrade project team worked closely with Huron Consulting Group and Oracle to significantly reduce customizations by taking advantage of new features in 9.2. This can lower the cost of ownership by reducing the in-house maintenance effort and the test cycle times required to stay up to date with current releases.” “We are delighted to work with UC Berkeley to simplify its administrative processes so it can focus on its core education and research objectives,” said Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research, Oracle. “As a leading academic and research institution, UC Berkeley was focused on deploying a more integrated financial management system and taking advantage of the latest functionality available from Oracle. We enjoyed working with the team at Berkeley to complete the upgrade and implementation of PeopleSoft Grants and deliver significant process and system improvements for the campus,” said Jason Moebius, managing director, Huron Consulting Group.Supporting Resources Oracle in Higher Education Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 PeopleSoft Grants PeopleSoft Contracts PeopleSoft Project Costing Oracle Higher Education on Facebook Oracle Higher Education on Twitter Oracle Higher Education on LinkedIn Oracle Higher Education on YouTube Oracle Higher Education on Diigo 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 www.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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Contacts:

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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New Oracle Value Chain Execution Application Increases Supply Chain Visibility and Improves Operational Efficiency for Yard and Service Facilities

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Value Chain Execution Application Improves Supply Chain Visibility and Operational Efficiency for Yard and Service Facilities Oracle Yard Management Manages and Tracks the Flow of Trailers and Their Contents for Improved Order Fulfillment and Logistics OperationsRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 8, 2014News Summary

As the supply chain becomes more complex, visibility and control between transportation and warehouse management systems has become critical for many businesses. Distribution center yards are often the missing link to achieving the required visibility and control. To connect these two systems and extend supply chain visibility and process automation to the yard, Oracle is introducing Oracle Yard Management, an extension to the Oracle Value Chain Execution suite of applications. This new offering helps organizations provide continuous control of their distribution material flow to improve order fulfillment and logistics operations.

News Facts To address the complexities of enterprise supply chains, Oracle is extending its Oracle Value Chain Execution solution with Oracle Yard Management. Part of the Oracle E-Business Suite Supply Chain Management family of applications, Oracle Yard Management manages and tracks the flow of trailers and their contents into, within, and out of the yards of distribution centers, production campuses, transportation terminals, and other facilities. Oracle Yard Management enables manufacturing, distribution, and asset-intensive organizations to improve order fulfillment and logistics operations by extending supply chain visibility and process automation into the yard. To deliver organizations with solutions that scale to meet their business objectives, Oracle Yard Management is designed for use by companies with larger facilities using Oracle Warehouse Management as well as smaller facilities using Oracle Inventory Management. Increase Supply Chain Visibility and Process Automation With Oracle Yard Management customers can: Coordinate and manage yard transactions: Execute, track and audit yard transactions including gate check-in and check-out, trailer movements, sealing and unsealing of trailers, and loading and unloading of trailers. Automate yard transactions: Use mobile RF devices or integrate to RFID solutions Expand logistics visibility: Gain visibility to both trailers and their contents as soon as they are checked into the facility and quickly locate trailers in the yard. Schedule dock appointments: Schedule directly within Oracle Yard Management or use carrier appointments collaboratively scheduled in Oracle Transportation Management. Synchronize yard, warehousing, and transportation operations: Synchronize activities inside and outside the dock, such as loading trailers based on the optimized shipment load sequencing recommended by Oracle Transportation Management. Oracle Yard Management provides the following key customer benefits: Accelerates warehouse throughput with more efficient dock operations. Increases visibility of trailers and their contents in the yard. Improves operational efficiency for yard and service facilities. Reduces detention costs of holding trailers.Supporting Quote “Shippers and logistics providers are well aware of the benefits of visibility and automation across the supply chain. One of the last remaining gaps in this process flow is the yard, which is not fully covered by either warehouse management or transportation management solutions,” said Cliff Godwin, senior vice president, Oracle Applications Development. “Oracle Yard Management closes this visibility and management gap by bridging warehouse management and transportation management operations. By streamlining, optimizing and automating yard activity organizations are able to enhance their supply chain performance and increase their overall operational efficiency.”Supporting Resources Oracle Yard Management Oracle Yard Management Data Sheet Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Value Chain Execution Oracle Transportation Management Oracle Warehouse Management Oracle Inventory Management Blog: Oracle Supply Chain ManagementAbout 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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Karen Hartquist
Oracle
+1.650.506.3552
karen.hartquist@oracle.com

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

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.NET Going Above & Beyond for Better Code

Although programmers may do what they do in part for the money, at NCover we believe great programmers do what they do for the code.  Great applications represent the intersection of great ideas and great execution.  We tip our hats to two .NET developers who have demonstrated a capacity for both.  Code on!

Joost van Schaik

ncover_mvp_joost_van_schaik_Joost van Schaik is a Geographical Information Systems architect and developer at Vicrea Solutions, Amersfoort, The Netherlands. He has been in the industry since 1992, and has been blogging .NET samples since October 2007. His motto is “talk is cheap, show me the code.” His blog, dotnetbyexample.blogspot.com, is his way of giving back to the developer community. His development credentials and accolades are both broad and deep and include writing in C#, developing on ASP.NET, being recognized as a Windows Platform Development MVP and Nokia Developer Champion, being a XAML enthusiast and being a confessed MVVMLight addict. When he is not helping others building quality code, you may find him in the garden or behind the lens of a camera. Follow him at his blog or on Twitter at @LocalJoost.

Sherman Chen

ncover_mvp_sherman_chen_twitterSherman Chen started his journey as a .NET developer during the early days when Microsoft.NET was birthed. Sherman was only a student in polytechnic when he first learned about Visual Studio .NET. During that time, he also picked up his first C# 1.0 book, and began his first “Hello World” example. Fast forwarding, after graduating and finishing National Service, Sherman began his career as a Professional Software Developer. It was during his first 2 years on this job that exposed him to 3rd party UI Framework Elements. After 9 years of working as a Professional Web Developer & 15 years of learning about .NET, Sherman felt that its time to expand his capabilities. He is now focusing on cross platform design and development. Learn more about him at his blog or follow him on Twitter at @crossplatdev.

The post .NET Going Above & Beyond for Better Code appeared first on NCover.

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Scrum, Scrumban and Extreme Programming

Intland Blog - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 16:39
We have talked alot about Scrum, Scrumban and Agile Software Development methodologies lately but less about Extreme Programming. What are the similarities to Scrum? There is much confusion about Extreme Programming in that it is often thought of as an
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Open Source getting more financial support from the corporate world

Polarion Software - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:29
Companies known for proprietary software are increasingly supporting open source development projects.
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GWT.create 2015 Conference

Google Web Toolkit Blog - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 23:10
Vaadin is hosting the second GWT.create conference, with repeat events in Mountain View and Munich. This is going to be another exciting event, connecting GWT developers worldwide.

The following is a guest blog post from Fredrik Rönnlund of Vaadin Ltd.

GWT.create Conference, January 22-23. 27-28, 2015

The largest dedicated GWT conference is back in January.

Last year over 650 people joined the GWT.create conference and this time we're redoing the conference as an even larger conference.

We're happy to announce speakers from Google's GWT team, the original creators of GWT Bruce Johnson and Joel Webber from FullStory and steering committee members from Red Hat, Sencha, ArcBees, JetBrains, Bizo, Vaadin and many many more.

Come and hear about GWT3, Web Components, Polymer and Paper, Super Dev Mode, Functional UIs and remote controlled drones. This is your chance to collaborate with the core GWT teams, pitch your ideas and grab a beer in good company around emerging trends.

Early bird 20% discounted pricing available until September 30th at http://gwtcreate.com/register/.


See you in Mountain View, CA or Munich, Germany in January.
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NEW Ranorex Certification: Get Yourself Certified!

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:25
 

The Ranorex Certification Exam tests your competence in working with the Ranorex Test Automation Tools. It focuses on the Ranorex Studio, the Ranorex Recorder, creating data-driven tests, working with the Ranorex Repository, understanding Ranorex Reporting, standalone test execution and RanoreXPath expressions.

The exam includes 55 multiple choice questions and has to be completed in 75 minutes. 

Why should YOU get certified?
  • Improved career propspects
  • Fill gaps in your Ranorex knowledge
  • Ensure that you're on track, resulting in lower costs

Learn more about the many benefits of being a Ranorex Certified Professional!
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Oracle Completes Initial Tender Offer for MICROS Systems, Inc. with approximately 82.8% of Shares Tendered;

Oracle Database News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 13:15
Oracle Completes Initial Tender Offer for MICROS Systems, Inc. with approximately 82.8% of Shares TenderedAnnounces Subsequent Offering Period to Permit Additional Shares to be TenderedRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 3, 2014News Facts

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) announced today that the initial tender offer, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rocket Acquisition Corporation, for all outstanding shares of common stock of MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRS) (“MICROS”) expired at midnight (New York City time) at the end of September 2, 2014.

The depositary for the tender offer has advised Oracle that, as of the expiration of the initial tender offer period, approximately 62,093,103 shares of MICROS common stock (including approximately 2,096,274 shares subject to guaranteed delivery procedures) were properly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer, representing approximately 82.8% of the MICROS shares outstanding. All properly tendered shares have been accepted for payment, which will be made in accordance with the terms of the tender offer.

Oracle also announced today that its subsidiary, Rocket Acquisition Corporation, has commenced a subsequent offering period to acquire all the remaining MICROS shares outstanding, which expires at midnight, New York City time, at the end of Friday, September 5, 2014, unless extended. During this subsequent offering period, holders of shares of MICROS common stock who did not previously tender their shares into the tender offer may do so, and such shares will be immediately accepted and promptly paid for after tendered. The same per share consideration paid during the initial offering period will be paid during the subsequent offering period. The procedures for tendering shares of MICROS common stock during the subsequent offering period are the same as those applicable to the initial tender offer period as described in the offer to purchase, except that shares tendered during the subsequent offering period may not be withdrawn. The subsequent offering period enables holders of MICROS shares who did not tender during the initial offering period to participate in the offer and receive the offer price on an expedited basis, rather than waiting to receive payment until the completion of the merger described below.

Following the expiration of the subsequent offering period, Oracle will complete the acquisition of MICROS through a merger, pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement. In the merger, each of the remaining shares of MICROS common stock will be converted into the right to receive $68.00 per share, in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, which is the same amount per share which was paid in the tender offer. Following the merger, MICROS will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, and MICROS common stock will no longer be listed on NASDAQ.

About Oracle

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Black Duck Software Raises $20 Million to Advance Leadership in Open Source Software Logistics

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:30

General Catalyst Leads Latest Round to Expand Black Duck’s Influence in Proactive Open Source Management; Company Appoints Stephen Gregorio CFO to Manage Anticipated Growth

Burlington, Mass., – September 3, 2014Black Duck Software, the leading OSS Logistics solutions provider enabling the deployment and management of open source software (OSS), today announced that it has closed a $20 million investment round led by General Catalyst Venture Partners with all existing investors also participating in the round. The funding will be used to help the company expand its global go-to-market model to fulfill the rapidly growing OSS Logistics market opportunity. In addition, the company today announced the appointment of Stephen Gregorio as its Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President.

Gregorio, who played a critical role in securing the new funding, has over 25 years of financial management experience at high-growth technology companies including Verdasys, Interwise Corporation (acquired by AT&T) and Gensym Corporation, among others. Reporting directly to Black Duck President and CEO Lou Shipley, Gregorio will help Black Duck expand aggressively in the fast-growing OSS Logistics sector.

“With this funding in place, we are well-positioned to advance OSS Logistics solutions across the enterprise,” said Shipley. “Over the next 18 months, we will release powerful new solutions aimed at solving critical supply chain and software development challenges that have resulted from the explosive growth of OSS in enterprises worldwide. Black Duck is among the first to recognize the need for a smarter, more efficient approach to streamlining, safeguarding, and managing the software development and deployment chain. As such, we are ready to help the world’s most innovative organizations better leverage, secure, and grow their investments in open source to achieve greater business success.”

According to Gartner, a leading market research firm, 95 percent of all IT organizations will leverage non-trivial elements of OSS technology in their mission-critical IT portfolios by 2016, and fewer than 50 percent of organizations will have implemented an effective strategy for procuring and managing OSS. Black Duck has a rich history of helping Fortune 1000 firms dramatically improve software quality, hasten application development lifecycles, and improve compliance while mitigating security risks.

Black Duck’s Board of Directors and investment advisors are equally optimistic about the company’s future in this emerging market.

“We’ve partnered with Black Duck since it was founded, and over the past decade the company has successfully evangelized and supported the safe and proper use of open source software for thousands of enterprises worldwide.  Now that OSS has matured and become ubiquitous across organizations of all sizes, they are ready to drive the next phase of explosive innovation and growth in the market,” said Larry Bohn, Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners. “Black Duck provides the only platform that enables enterprises to manage the increasingly complex OSS logistics frontier. It’s a great example of a company we’ve been bullish on for a long time that maintained its focus while the market was catching up to its vision. Its future looks really exciting.”

Further accelerating Black Duck’s growth will be Gregorio’s proven financial management experience. In his previous positions, he successfully managed IPOs, handled merger and acquisition transactions on both sides, raised both debt and equity capital, and served as general counsel, negotiating customer, partnership, and channel agreements.

About General Catalyst
General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and growth equity investments. The firm backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies that transform industries, including KAYAK, Demandware, Stripe, Airbnb, The Honest Company, Warby Parker, Datalogix, BigCommerce, Snapchat, HubSpot, and Datto. The General Catalyst partnership leverages its broad experience to help founders build market-leading businesses. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA, and New York City. For more information, visit: www.generalcatalyst.com or www.twitter.com/gcvp.

About Black Duck Software 
Black Duck provides the world’s only end-to-end OSS Logistics solution, enabling enterprises of every size to optimize the opportunities and solve the logistical challenges that come with open source adoption and management. As part of the greater open source community, Black Duck connects developers to comprehensive OSS resources through The Black Duck Open Hub (formerly Ohloh), and to the latest commentary from industry experts through the Open Source Delivers blog. Black Duck also hosts the Open Source Think Tank, an international event where thought leaders collaborate on the future of open source. Black Duck is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information about how to leverage open source to deliver faster innovation, greater creativity, and improved efficiency, visit www.blackducksoftware.com and follow the company at @black_duck_sw.

Press Contacts
Tim Kenny
Black Duck
press@blackducksoftware.com    
781-425-4446

Gail Scibelli
fama PR for Black Duck
blackduck@famapr.com
617-986-5019

Categories: Vendor

Black Duck Software Raises $20 Million to Advance Leadership in Open Source Software Logistics

Black Duck Software Press Releases - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 12:30

General Catalyst Leads Latest Round to Expand Black Duck’s Influence in Proactive Open Source Management; Company Appoints Stephen Gregorio CFO to Manage Anticipated Growth

Burlington, Mass., – September 3, 2014Black Duck Software, the leading OSS Logistics solutions provider enabling the deployment and management of open source software (OSS), today announced that it has closed a $20 million investment round led by General Catalyst Venture Partners with all existing investors also participating in the round. The funding will be used to help the company expand its global go-to-market model to fulfill the rapidly growing OSS Logistics market opportunity. In addition, the company today announced the appointment of Stephen Gregorio as its Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President.

Gregorio, who played a critical role in securing the new funding, has over 25 years of financial management experience at high-growth technology companies including Verdasys, Interwise Corporation (acquired by AT&T) and Gensym Corporation, among others. Reporting directly to Black Duck President and CEO Lou Shipley, Gregorio will help Black Duck expand aggressively in the fast-growing OSS Logistics sector.

“With this funding in place, we are well-positioned to advance OSS Logistics solutions across the enterprise,” said Shipley. “Over the next 18 months, we will release powerful new solutions aimed at solving critical supply chain and software development challenges that have resulted from the explosive growth of OSS in enterprises worldwide. Black Duck is among the first to recognize the need for a smarter, more efficient approach to streamlining, safeguarding, and managing the software development and deployment chain. As such, we are ready to help the world’s most innovative organizations better leverage, secure, and grow their investments in open source to achieve greater business success.”

According to Gartner, a leading market research firm, 95 percent of all IT organizations will leverage non-trivial elements of OSS technology in their mission-critical IT portfolios by 2016, and fewer than 50 percent of organizations will have implemented an effective strategy for procuring and managing OSS. Black Duck has a rich history of helping Fortune 1000 firms dramatically improve software quality, hasten application development lifecycles, and improve compliance while mitigating security risks.

Black Duck’s Board of Directors and investment advisors are equally optimistic about the company’s future in this emerging market.

“We’ve partnered with Black Duck since it was founded, and over the past decade the company has successfully evangelized and supported the safe and proper use of open source software for thousands of enterprises worldwide.  Now that OSS has matured and become ubiquitous across organizations of all sizes, they are ready to drive the next phase of explosive innovation and growth in the market,” said Larry Bohn, Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners. “Black Duck provides the only platform that enables enterprises to manage the increasingly complex OSS logistics frontier. It’s a great example of a company we’ve been bullish on for a long time that maintained its focus while the market was catching up to its vision. Its future looks really exciting.”

Further accelerating Black Duck’s growth will be Gregorio’s proven financial management experience. In his previous positions, he successfully managed IPOs, handled merger and acquisition transactions on both sides, raised both debt and equity capital, and served as general counsel, negotiating customer, partnership, and channel agreements.

About General Catalyst
General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that makes early-stage and growth equity investments. The firm backs exceptional entrepreneurs who are building innovative technology companies that transform industries, including KAYAK, Demandware, Stripe, Airbnb, The Honest Company, Warby Parker, Datalogix, BigCommerce, Snapchat, HubSpot, and Datto. The General Catalyst partnership leverages its broad experience to help founders build market-leading businesses. General Catalyst has offices in Cambridge, MA, Palo Alto, CA, and New York City. For more information, visit: www.generalcatalyst.com or www.twitter.com/gcvp.

About Black Duck Software 
Black Duck provides the world’s only end-to-end OSS Logistics solution, enabling enterprises of every size to optimize the opportunities and solve the logistical challenges that come with open source adoption and management. As part of the greater open source community, Black Duck connects developers to comprehensive OSS resources through The Black Duck Open Hub (formerly Ohloh), and to the latest commentary from industry experts through the Open Source Delivers blog. Black Duck also hosts the Open Source Think Tank, an international event where thought leaders collaborate on the future of open source. Black Duck is headquartered near Boston and has offices in San Mateo, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information about how to leverage open source to deliver faster innovation, greater creativity, and improved efficiency, visit www.blackducksoftware.com and follow the company at @black_duck_sw.

Press Contacts
Tim Kenny
Black Duck
press@blackducksoftware.com    
781-425-4446

Gail Scibelli
fama PR for Black Duck
blackduck@famapr.com
617-986-5019

Categories: Vendor

Ranorex Customer Experience Survey

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 08:27
The main goal of this short survey is to gather some detailed information about how you use Ranorex and find out your opinion of the software – in order to make the Ranorex tools even better.

Please take this opportunity to let us know how you use Ranorex in your test projects by participating in this Ranorex Test Automation Survey.

You can rest assured that the information submitted will be kept confidential.

The survey should only take about 4 minutes to complete – and your participation may save you time in the future when working with Ranorex!

Give us your feedback...

Categories: Vendor

Updated SoapUI and LoadUI Plugin Released

Inflectra News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 01:00
We have just released an updated plugin for the SoapUI web service functional testing and LoadUI load testing systems from SmartBear. The new versions provide enhanced reporting functionality. You can download the new versions from the RemoteLaunch home page.
Categories: Vendor