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Pre-Instrumentation For Windows Store Apps

Pre-Instrumentation For Windows Store Apps

ncover_pre_instrumentation_windows_storeThe last three posts concerning pre-instrumentation for NCover have provided a first look at scripting and project integration. A key factor in the addition of this feature to NCover is the growth in popularity of Windows Store (sandboxed) applications. NCover has specific tools to leverage pre-instrumentation for these types of applications. Here are some ways to use pre-instrumentation for Windows Store apps.

Simple Strategy

The process for capturing coverage follows the outline of instrumentation as it was outlined generally for the build process. Those steps are as follows:

  1. Instrument assemblies desired for coverage (re-sign if needed).
  2. Run tests and manually test application.
  3. Import coverage results.
Complex Caveats

Windows Store Apps complicate the process by sandboxing. This means that the application has limited access to resources on the local machine unless it is run in Debug mode and Allow Network Loopback is enabled. If you’re deep into development of Apps this is familiar territory. NCover pre-instrumentation overcomes the obstacles of a traditional CLR profiler by embedding the coverage instructions in the application assemblies and then collecting coverage data into a file on disk. Remember these key factors:

  • Instrumented assemblies must be bundled in the appx.
  • PreInstrument.dll must be added to the appx.
  • Always use an NCOVER_COVERAGE_FOLDER.
Pre-instrumentation by Task for Windows Store Apps

Apps are built like any other .Net application and contain one or more managed assemblies. These assemblies are processed into an Appx file for deployment. Prior to that deployment, the covered assemblies need to be pre-instrumented. The following pre-defined targets will serve as triggers for our pre-instrumentation choreography:

  • _ComputeAppxPackagePayload
  • _GenerateAppxPackageFile

Using these two targets, add custom targets to handle pre-instrumentation and packaging of the NCover.PreInstrument.dll (see msbuild integration for more detail on project targets for NCover).

Target to Instrument Assemblies
<!-- Create a target to pre-instrument any assembly for coverage.
    A conditional to make this target optional is a good plan.-->
<Target Name="NCoverPrep" BeforeTargets="_ComputeAppxPackagePayload" Condition="'$(NCOVER_ON)'=='True'">
  <ItemGroup>
     <!-- Limit the Item Group to just those assemblies needed. -->
     <CvgItem Include="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\$(OutputPath)\*<mystuff>.dll" />
     <CvgItem Include="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\$(OutputPath)\*<mystuff>.exe" />
  </ItemGroup>
  <!-- A little feedback to show our list of items to instrument -->
  <Message Text="Pre-Instrumenting assembly: @(CvgItem)" Importance="High" />
  <!-- Setup useful property for executing the command -->
  <PropertyGroup>
     <NCOVER_EXE>c:\Program Files\<whatever the path>\ncover.exe</NCOVER_EXE>
  </PropertyGroup>
  <!-- Call the command to instrument each assembly -->
  <Exec Command="$(NCOVER_EXE) instrument &quot;%(CvgItem.FullPath)&quot;" ContinueOnError="true" />
  <!-- OPTIONAL cleanup of static analysis files. These files are
        embedded into the instrumented assemblies so aren’t needed past
        the step of instrumentation.  -->
  <ItemGroup>
    <Unneeded Include="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\$(OutputPath)*.zip"></Unneeded>
  </ItemGroup>
  <Delete Files="@(Unneeded)" />
</Target>
Target for Packaging the Appx

Apps are delivered in a package, so before that package is assembled be sure to add to the package payload.

<!-- This Target will add PreInstrument DLL to the app package -->
<Target Name="NCoverPackageMap" BeforeTargets="_GenerateAppxPackageFile" Condition="'$(NCOVER_ON)'=='True'>
  <ItemGroup>
     <NCoverPackage Include="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\$(OutputPath)NCover.PreInstrument.dll">
       <TargetPath>NCover.PreInstrument.dll</TargetPath>
     </NCoverPackage>
  </ItemGroup>
  <Copy SourceFiles="@(NCoverPackage)" DestinationFolder="$(MSBuildProjectDirectory)\$(OutputPath)AppX" />
  <Message Text="Result $(MSBuildLastTaskResult): Finished modifying @(PackageMapFile)" Importance="High" />
</Target>

These targets will be invoked when building the appx package. If NCOVER_ON is true, the designated assemblies are instrumented and the supplemental NCover.Preinstrument.dll is added to the pkg. This same approach is required for Apps and the associated Testing Apps. Testing Apps are packaged independently of the App being tested, so instrumentation and packaging must be handled in both places.

For more detailed options for the NCover Instrument command, see the online documentation. Any of the options for this command can be added as needed.

Collecting Coverage using NCOVER_COVERAGE_FOLDER

It turns out when you run the specialized testing assemblies built for Apps that the testing framework aggressively cleans up the artifacts. In this case simply modifying the manifest to retain *.ncprof artifacts seems the most likely approach, but it is not possible to map a file in the artifacts folder into the memory of a sandboxed application. Instead, NCover allows the application to create the file in the temp folder during execution. This location is met with the least amount of resistance to the manipulation required. The NCover Windows service will monitor for the creation of these .ncprof files and create a hard link to your specified NCOVER_COVERAGE_FOLDER. When the temp files are cleaned up after a test run, the file will remain in the designated coverage folder. This coverage folder MUST be on the same disk volume as the temp folder used by the executing App or TestApp.

Pre-instrumentation Output for Windows Store Apps

Messages and feedback from sandboxed apps are limited. Creating log files that are guaranteed to stay around after the fact of execution is problematic. For NCover Pre-instrumentation with Windows Store apps, the feedback log message and all error messages can be found the Windows event log.

The post Pre-Instrumentation For Windows Store Apps appeared first on NCover.

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QF-Test version 4.0.3 released

Software Development Tools Directory - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:12
The third minor releases after mayor version 4.0.0 of the established GUI test tautomation tool mainly focusses on added details, extended functionality and support and a few bug fixes.
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Graylog Raises $2.5 Million to Expand Open Source Big Data Analytics Platform

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 21:22
Graylog, Inc., the company behind the popular Graylog open source log analysis platform, has announced that it has raised a $2.5M round of financing to accelerate product development and expand its commercial capabilities. Graylog will provide se ...
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JFrog Announces New Release of Artifactory

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 21:19
JFrog, a provider of technologies and tools that maximize the effectiveness of the software build to release cycle, today announced that it has significantly enhanced its Artifactory Binary Repository Management solution with the introduction of ...
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qTest eXplorer from QASymphony Takes Agile Software Testing to Enterprise

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 21:13
QASymphony has announced new functionality for qTest eXplorer, bringing their leading testing solution to enterprise with web testing, mobile app testing, and cloud storage integration. This a huge step for Atlanta-based company, that also just c ...
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Sauce Labs Secures $15 Million for Geographic and Infrastructure Expansion

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 21:00
Sauce Labs, Inc., a cloud-based web and mobile application testing platform, has announced it has secured an additional $15 million in Series D expansion funding from current investor, Toba Capital. The news comes as Sauce Labs experiences overwh ...
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Piston and ActiveState Partner on OpenStack and Cloud Foundry

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 20:50
Piston Cloud Computing Inc. and ActiveState Software Inc. have announced a partnership to deliver a complete solution that enables agile development teams to easily stand up a production-ready private cloud environment. Using Piston with ActiveSt ...
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MongoDB Announced MongoDB 3.0

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 20:48
MongoDB has announced MongoDB 3.0 and MongoDB Ops Manager, the most significant release to date of the world's fastest growing database. The release dramatically expands the set of mission-critical applications that are best suited for MongoD ...
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Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub Registry

Oracle Database News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub RegistryEnterprise-grade operating system joins the most popular open source database for easy access by the Docker communityRedwood Shores, Calif. – February 5, 2015 News Summary

Oracle Linux images are now available on the Docker Hub Registry, a repository for Docker-based components, including applications and operating systems (OSs). Oracle Linux joins MySQL, which is already extremely popular on Docker Hub and has been downloaded millions of times. Additionally, Oracle plans to provide a new Oracle-maintained MySQL image for the official repos on Docker Hub in late February further enabling developers to rapidly benefit from the latest MySQL innovations.

Applications using the Docker open platform for distributed applications can be rapidly developed and deployed. They are portable across clouds and on-premises to help businesses innovate faster. With Oracle Linux and MySQL available on the Docker Hub Registry, Docker users will be able to easily build their applications with the certainty that comes from deploying on enterprise-grade products as they leverage a more streamlined and container-based approach to distributed application deployment. Additionally, developers can use the Docker tools directly without having to separately download OS images and manually import them into their own repository, saving time and reducing complexity.

“Docker users can take full advantage of the open source nature of Oracle Linux and MySQL to build their products,” said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and Virtualization Engineering, Oracle. “With Oracle Linux and MySQL images available on the Docker Hub Registry, users will be able to quickly create and publish custom Docker containers that layer applications on top of Oracle Linux and MySQL, which is a great time-saver for both independent software vendors and IT departments.”

“Providing Oracle Linux and MySQL via the Docker Hub Registry gives the Docker community direct access to an enterprise Linux distribution and to a widely popular open source database directly from Oracle,” said Nick Stinemates, Head of Business Development and Technical Alliances, Docker, Inc. “We look forward to continuing our strong collaboration with Oracle and enhancing the offerings for the Docker community.”

As an enterprise-grade, commercially supported Linux distribution available on the Docker Hub Registry, Oracle Linux features:

Oracle Ksplice technology: Allows the system administrator to apply online updates to the underlying OS kernel without interrupting the running applications inside the Docker containers. In addition to improving availability, this also increases security by allowing kernel security fixes to be applied without creating a maintenance window. Multiversion support and Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel: Oracle Linux images on Docker are available for both Oracle Linux 6 and 7 and utilize Oracle’s latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel. This provides an Oracle tested and supported container environment that gives developers and system administrators maximum flexibility to run Oracle Linux 6 or Oracle Linux 7 containers on either version of the OS. Free to use, distribute, and update: The Docker images for Oracle Linux are available under the same model as Oracle Linux itself—simply download and use. Existing Oracle Linux customers receive support for Docker with their existing support agreements. Flexibility with Oracle’s Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel: Since the latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel runs on both Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7, it allows users to choose which version of the OS they’d like to deploy on, potentially avoiding the need to update applications and increasing compatibility with other components. Additional Information Join Oracle on LinkedIn and follow @Oracle on Twitter. To learn more about Oracle Linux and MySQL, please follow @ORCL_Linux and @MySQLAbout 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 Announces Oracle Marketing Cloud’s New Life Sciences Consumer and Patient Solution

Oracle Database News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Announces Oracle Marketing Cloud’s New Life Sciences Consumer and Patient SolutionOracle Marketing Cloud solution helps marketers in life sciences field improve consumer and patient marketing effectiveness while addressing compliance concerns

Redwood Shores, Calif. – February 5, 2015 – To help life sciences organizations overcome marketing challenges and implement modern marketing technology that enhances customer and patient engagement, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Marketing Cloud's new life sciences consumer and patient solution.

The cost and complexity of HIPAA legislation compliance has had a significant impact on the adoption of modern marketing practices within life sciences organizations. Not only can this have a negative impact on the customer experience that life sciences organizations can provide, but as a recent Oracle and Forrester study found, it also can impact overall business performance.

The latest addition to Oracle Marketing Cloud helps marketers in life sciences organizations increase marketing efficiency and drive revenue by supporting the design and delivery of personalized communications across all channels. This new offering is a secure and scalable solution designed to give marketers in the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries the ability to develop highly targeted and personalized marketing campaigns while adhering to strict HIPAA requirements.

“In today’s complex and hyper-connected world, marketers must go beyond traditional single-channel marketing approaches to address each industry’s set of unique marketing challenges,” said John Stetic, group vice president, Products, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “We’ve leveraged our deep knowledge of the life sciences industry to develop a multichannel marketing solution that helps life sciences marketers reduce compliance complexity while creating meaningful and effective customer and patient engagements.”

To help life sciences marketers address compliance concerns, the new solution seamlessly integrates workflow and approvals processes with advanced encryption to protect sensitive information. It also captures audit trails of all customer communication in line with HIPAA guidelines.

To reduce complexity and help organizations achieve rapid time to value, Oracle Marketing Cloud’s new life sciences solution includes prebuilt data models and customized campaign templates based on industry best practices, as well as specialist workflow features.

This modern marketing solution leverages the advanced targeting and segmentation capabilities of Oracle Marketing Cloud to help marketers reach actively engaged audiences and establish a digital dialogue with customers and patients.

"At Jackson Healthcare, we seek a participative dialogue with hospital executives, physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and policymakers,” said Keith Jennings, director of Marketing and Content Strategy, Jackson Healthcare. “Oracle Marketing Cloud gives us a systemic infrastructure for distributing and measuring content in ways that propel our strategy and storytelling."

Oracle Marketing Cloud's new life sciences consumer and patient solution builds on Oracle’s existing expertise in life sciences and healthcare marketing technology, which includes Oracle Marketing Cloud's life Sciences professionals solution, and adds further depth to Oracle’s portfolio of industry-specific marketing solutions. Oracle Marketing Cloud now has industry-specific marketing solutions for manufacturing, wealth management, insurance, asset management, entertainment, nonprofits, and life sciences. Each industry product is developed with the industry user in mind, incorporating marketing, content, and data analysis best practices.

Key benefits include: Simplified marketing compliance: The new Oracle Marketing Cloud solution for life sciences enables marketers to quickly and easily deploy compliant digital communications across all channels with custom approvals built into workflow and archived copies of all communications. Enhanced customer insight: Marketers can build a database of customer information and track the effectiveness of campaigns to enhance customer and patient understanding and provide deep insights into campaign performance while remaining compliant to HIPAA regulations. Optimized campaign management and execution: An intuitive user interface specifically designed for the life sciences industry makes it simple to create campaigns, landing pages, and forms, as well as to automate e-mail and content marketing programs. Rapid campaign execution: Oracle’s proven methodology and prepackaged best-practice templates for eDetailing, medical education events, formulary approval, and online product education campaigns reduce complexity and ensure rapid time to market for marketing campaigns. Fast and accurate targeting: Advanced targeting and segmentation capabilities enable life sciences marketers to enhance customer engagement and improve marketing effectiveness by delivering relevant and targeted content to the right audience, via the best channel. Access to knowledge: With the industry’s largest marketing technology ecosystem, which includes the Oracle Marketing Cloud Topliners community, customers can leverage insights and the experience from Oracle Marketing Cloud’s broad user base to align with best practices and refine marketing campaigns for greater effectiveness. Additional Information The new consumer- and patient-focused marketing solution will be showcased during a live webcast starting at 11 am PST/2 pm EST on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. To register for the webcast, go to http://app.marketing.eloqua.com/e/er?s=33&lid=20371. Learn more about Oracle Marketing Cloud by following us on Twitter and Facebook and reading our Modern Marketing blog. Learn more about Oracle Marketing Cloud Industry Solutions, including Oracle Marketing Cloud for Life Sciences. Learn more about Oracle Marketing Cloud Topliners and Modern Marketing Vertical Exchange.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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Winner of the Best Quality Tool Award 2015

Ranorex.com: Latest News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 10:00
Ranorex convinced both audience and jury at the Software Quality Days Tool Challenge and was voted winner of the "The Best Quality Tool Award 2015".

This year's challenge was focused on mobile testing – the goal was to automate a single test case for a mobile application live on stage in under 7 minutes! We would like to thank everyone in the audience as well the as jury for all the positive support.

About Software Quality Days
The seventh Software Quality Days took place from 20-23 January 2015 in the Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen in Vienna. This year the focus of the conference was on the topic of "Software and Systems Quality in Distributed and Mobile Environments". It was organized by Software Quality Lab GmbH. Around 350 participants from over 20 countries once again used the event as a platform for exchanging information, meeting other professionals in the field and networking. Read more about the software testing event
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Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub Registry

MySQL AB - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:59
Enterprise-grade operating system joins the most popular open source database for easy access by the Docker community.
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HHVM

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:28
HHVM is an open-source virtual machine designed for executing programs written in Hack and PHP. HHVM uses a just-in-time (JIT) compilation approach to achieve superior performance while maintaining the development flexibility that PHP provides
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TestStack.FluentMVCTesting

Software Development Tools Directory - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:27
This library provides a fluent interface for creating terse and expressive tests against ASP.NET MVC controllers. This library is part of TestStack. This library is testing framework agnostic, so you can combine it with the testing library of you ...
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TestCast 6.8.2 supports interim TTCN-3 version 4.6.2

Elvior - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 14:21


Elvior has released TesCast version 6.8.2. New version supports partially TTCN-3: 2015 - namely interim TTCN-3 version 4.6.2  - it includes new requirements from 3GPP community; for details see release notes. Customers can download TestCast new version from Elvior online support. Versions for Windows (.NET 3.5 and .NET4.5) and Linux are available.
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DataStax Acquires Aurelius, the Company Behind TitanDB

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 21:28
DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra™ to the enterprise, has announced the acquisition of Aurelius LLC, the innovators behind the open source graph database, Titan. As the leading experts in graph database technology, the Au ...
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Code Dx Version 1.6 Helps Developers to Identify Software Vulnerabilities

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 20:59
Code Dx, a provider of a robust suite of fast and affordable tools that help software developers and security analysts find, prioritize and visualize software vulnerabilities, today announced the release of version 1.6 of its innovative software ...
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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

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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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