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.NET In The Know

The more .NET developers we meet, the more we grow to appreciate what true craftsmen they are, whether behind the keyboard or behind the lens.  Keep up the great work and thanks for all you do for .NET.

Nikhilesh Singh

ncover_mvp_nikhilesh_singh_twitterNikhilesh Singh is a programmer by profession and photographer by hobby. He has been part of team building software solutions for more than 13  years and has loved learning, sharing, caring, mentoring and managing teams. He is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist and Professional Developer and has built both thick as well as thin client solutions. He is passionate about honing skills to be a better software craftsman, be it using awesome tools like NCover or reading and watching Uncle Bob’s articles and webcasts. He loves to learn about functional programming and has been pursuing it quite a lot lately. When not coding, you will find him with his tripod and camera photographing his beautiful surroundings or participating in webcasts. You can follow him on Twitter at @nikhilsingh.

Hector Romano

ncover_mvp_andrew_hector_romano_twitterHector Romano, based in beautiful Buenos Aires, is a developer who has a love for creativity and enjoys experimenting with various techniques and patterns such as MVC and MVVM in web fields, as well as using service-oriented architecture (SOA) and aspect oriented (AOP) programming architecture. He has various Microsoft certifications to his credit and also enjoys using Agile development methodologies like SCRUM. He has a particular spot in his heart for developing database software, creating interconnections for different platforms and working in languages ​​using web services. Learn more about him by following him on twitter @RomanoTulioHec.

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Micro Focus Will Merge With the Attachmate Group

Software Development Tools Directory - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:44
Micro Focus International announced that it has reached agreement on the terms of a merger with the Attachmate Group. The Enlarged Group will be a leading global infrastructure software company with combined revenues of $1.4 billion*, Underlying ...
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Oracle Buys Front Porch Digital

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 01:00
Oracle Buys Front Porch DigitalAdds Leading Solution for Managing Massive Amounts of Rich Media Content to Oracle’s Comprehensive Storage Portfolio

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – September 14, 2014

News Facts Oracle today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. Front Porch Digital’s big data technologies help enterprises easily handle their rapidly expanding and complex volumes of digital media content, such as high definition films and TV shows, medical images and records, and real-time security monitoring feeds. More than 550 organizations worldwide rely on Front Porch Digital across multiple industries to ensure the availability and accessibility of their valuable content, including A&E Television, BBC, Discovery Communications, U.S. Library of Congress and NASCAR. In total, Front Porch Digital helps manage over 750 petabytes of digital content. Together, Oracle and Front Porch Digital will help organizations more effectively and efficiently manage the growing complexities associated with the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content. More information on this announcement can be found at www.oracle.com/frontporchdigital.Supporting Quotes “Organizations need a modern, integrated content storage management solution to manage and monetize their valuable rich media assets,” said John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Oracle Systems. “We will continue to build on Front Porch Digital’s success and unique capabilities, which complement Oracle’s existing high performance and scalable engineered storage solutions.” “Front Porch Digital has developed industry leading solutions that help companies manage large-scale digital content,” said Mike Knaisch, CEO, Front Porch Digital. “We are thrilled to be joining Oracle to continue our long-standing partnership. This combination will enable us to better serve and support our customers at a global scale.”Supporting Resources About Oracle and Front Porch Digital 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.

TrademarksOracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.This document is for informational purposes only and may not be incorporated into a contract or agreement.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

Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Front Porch Digital 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 Front Porch Digital’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by Front Porch Digital or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or technology, 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.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Front Porch Digital, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Front Porch Digital, 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 Front Porch Digital, 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 possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the 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 company does business may deteriorate and/or Oracle or Front Porch Digital 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 Front Porch Digital. 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 Front Porch Digital is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

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Code Coverage: Myth vs Reality

myth_vs_reality_twitterThrough our work with developers and development teams over the years, we have found that there are certain myths about code coverage that still exist today. In an effort to ensure that your development and QA teams are all working towards the same goal, we wanted to both share and dispel a few of them. Here are some of the most common ones:

Myth #1 – There is a perfect code coverage score

We often get asked “what is the right code coverage number for our team?” That question implies that there is a “perfect” coverage code number, which is our first myth. Although it would be nice, coverage scores can range across the spectrum and are determined through your specific testing strategy, the critical path of our your code and the overall complexity of your code. In fact, the way you structure your modules and write your actual code impacts your coverage results. Although there isn’t a single perfect score, we invite you to watch best practices webinar for suggestions on how to achieve coverage results that work best for your organization.

Myth #2  – All code coverage metrics are the same

Earlier this week we had a prospect share with us, “we already have really high code coverage so we know our code is in good shape.” Although it’s great that they are measuring coverage, this leads to our second myth which is that all code coverage metrics are created equal. In this particular instance, the prospect was measuring line coverage. Line coverage and other metrics like method coverage fall into the category of metrics you can track but may not be particularly useful. In .NET, there may several sequence points in a single line, each with their own implications on the code. Does exercising any part of the line mean that you have full coverage?  In a word, “no.”  Not all code coverage metrics are created equal. We encourage you to understand your metrics and make decisions based on information rich metrics when it comes to the health of your code. You can find a quick refresher on code coverage metrics over here.

Myth #3 – 100% code coverage is 100% bug-free

Don’t get us wrong, if you have 100% branch coverage, you can feel pretty good that you are on the right path. In fact, we salute you!  However, our final myth, is exactly that, a myth. Remember, tests measure the quality of your code and code coverage measures the quality of your tests….as designed. Shakespeare referred to beauty as being in the eye of the beholder. As developers, we may feel that bugs are in the eye of the beholder. Is it performing as designed but not as the customer expects or wants? Are there new environmental or usage scenarios that didn’t exist when you published? Is the latest version of a web browser causing your web app to fail? These are questions that every development team faces sooner or later and although code coverage alone can’t solve these problems, it can help you ensure that as you engineer new solutions, those solutions perform as expected.

Understanding metrics like branch coverage, sequence point coverage, change risk anti-pattern score and how they fit into your testing strategy are all important in busting these myths and increasing both your confidence as developers and the quality of your code.

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NetBeans IDE 8.0.1 Now Available for Download

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:53
The NetBeans Team has released NetBeans IDE 8.0.1, with significant enhancements to features relating to HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3.
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FoundationDB Launches General Availability of SQL Layer

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:41
FoundationDB has announced the general availability of SQL Layer, a SQL database engine powered by the FoundationDB Key-Value Store. Best suited for operational applications with high concurrency, such as running a popular web site, SQL Layer inh ...
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EnterpriseDB Expands Cloud Access to Postgres With New Amazon Products

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:36
EnterpriseDB (EDB) has announced two new Postgres cloud database options on Amazon's AWS Marketplace. The Postgres deployments create new options for end users and include point-in-time recovery, support for Amazon's provisioned IOPS and ...
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Atlassian Redefines Git for the Enterprise

Software Development Tools Directory - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 17:34
Atlassian has announced Atlassian Stash Data Center, the first enterprise Git solution that supports massive scale. With high availability, performance at scale and fine-grained permissions, Stash Data Center is the ideal solution for enterprises ...
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How To Increase Transparency in Your Agile Planning Processes?

Intland Blog - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:54
One of the substantial values the Agile approach is based on is ‘we value responding to change over following a plan‘. Basically, this flexibility is what adds the ‘agility’ to Agile. That said, there’s an important thing to note: Agile never
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8 Best Practices for Building Quality Automotive Software Applications (Guest Blog)

Polarion Software - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 18:06
Guest blogger John Paliotta, CTO at Vector Software, provides some practical tips for building quality software in the face of record automotive industry product recalls.
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Progress Launches Contest to Spark the Next Great Business Application

Progress Software News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 14:00
Progress Launches Contest to Spark the Next Great Business Application
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All-Star Lineup of Partners to Keynote at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco

Oracle Database News - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:00
All-Star Lineup of Partners to Keynote at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San FranciscoRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 10, 2014
News Summary

Oracle’s extensive partner community is a critical component to driving the company’s success and the success of joint customers worldwide. Oracle is proud to welcome leaders in that community— from Oracle and some of the biggest names in the IT industry—to the main stage at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco this year to share their vision, accomplishments, and Oracle success stories.

News Facts Oracle today announced an all-star lineup of main-stage partner keynotes at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne conferences, including Capgemini, IBM, Infosys, and Intel. The events take place September 28 through October 2 at Moscone Center and the Marriott Marquis. Tens of thousands of customers will take this opportunity to join the conversation with Oracle and partner executives about industry trends, the latest technology developments, and innovations in growth areas from big data to the cloud. For more information on partner-specific content and programming, visit OPN Central @ OpenWorld at www.oracle.com/openworld/opn. Oracle OpenWorld Partner Keynote Lineup Sunday, September 28 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Marriott Marquis, Salon 7-9 OPN Central @ OpenWorld kicks off Sunday, September 28, with a conversation featuring Oracle executives from around the globe. Speakers will highlight partner successes across Oracle’s portfolio of offerings and celebrate Oracle’s award-winning partners and their customers.

• Sunday, September 28 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D

“The Future of the Data Center in a Software-Defined World”
Renée J. James, president of Intel Corporation, will discuss how the world will not entirely transition to public cloud. Enterprises will continue to insist on choice, and depending upon performance, security, cost, and other criteria, many will demand more than public cloud providers can deliver. James will share how Intel and Oracle are working closely together to deliver complete solutions for private clouds that offer compelling value—value that in many cases exceeds that of public cloud solutions.  Tuesday, September 30 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “Leading Digital Transformation Now – No Matter What Business You’re In”
Dr. Didier Bonnet, Co-author of the soon to be launched new book, Leading Digital, senior vice president and global practice leader, Capgemini Consulting, will highlight how large companies in traditional industries – from finance to manufacturing to pharmaceuticals – are using digital to gain strategic advantage. Bonnet will also discuss the principles and practices that lead to successful digital transformation based on a two-part framework: where to invest in digital capabilities, and how to lead the transformation. Tuesday, September 30 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “Reshaping the World with Software”
Dr. Vishal Sikka, chief executive officer and managing director of Infosys, will touch upon the business imperatives that the ongoing digital transformation creates for solution providers like Infosys, and indeed, for every other company and industry on the planet. All companies will need to leverage software to renew the core of their business, inject new kinds of innovations that create new sources of business value, and, in the process, improve and elevate the lives of ordinary human beings. Dr. Sikka will share some of his ideas on the technological and commercial anchors around which service and solution platforms of the future will need to operate to succeed within this new reality. JavaOne Partner Keynote Lineup Sunday, September 28 | 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “KISSing the Cloud with Java Innovations”
John Duimovich, Java chief technology officer and IBM distinguished engineer, will discuss how developers continue to be challenged to create robust, high-quality, and effective applications, synced to the needs of their businesses. Increasingly, they are required to deliver these applications with faster development cycles and quicker responses to competitive pressures and opportunities—cost-efficiently and on a worldwide scale. Duimovich will share how he “Keeps It Super Simple” (KISS) addressing Java innovations in the cloud, including PaaS environments and developer-focused ecosystems that can give developers the tools and techniques they need to be successful. Thursday, October 2 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Ballroom “Java Optimizations in Big Data and Cloud Solutions”
Michael Greene, vice president and general manager of System Technologies and Optimization in Intel’s Software and Services Group, will discuss how the growth in big data is accelerating the need for high-performing hardware, software, and infrastructure. Java is a common denominator for big data and Hadoop, as well as for many existing horizontal and vertical cloud solutions. Greene will show how Intel’s Java optimization efforts and unique relationships with key industry players, including Oracle, help to ensure that Hadoop and other cloud software run best on Intel’s architecture. Supporting Quote “Oracle and its partners work tirelessly to deliver the technology and know-how our customers need to innovate and win in their respective markets,” said Rich Geraffo, senior vice president, Worldwide Alliances and Channels, Oracle. “We are proud to welcome a leading lineup of partners to Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne to celebrate these successes, and we look forward to ongoing collaboration in the coming year.”Supporting Resources Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) OPN Central @ OpenWorld Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Oracle OpenWorld on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn Oracle PartnerNetwork Blog Connect with the Oracle Partner community at OPN on TwitterOPN on FacebookOPN on LinkedIn, and OPN on YouTube.

 

About 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 being held September 28 through October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, please visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter, Facebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

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

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.

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

Candice van der Laan
Oracle
+1.650.506.0814
candice.van.der.laan@oracle.com

Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5145
kreeves@bando.com

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WANdisco Releases Non-Stop Hadoop 1.9.6

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:20
WANdisco, a leading provider of continuous-availability software for global enterprises to meet the challenges of Big Data and distributed software development, today announced the release of Non-Stop Hadoop version 1.9.6, which introduces zoning ...
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DataStax Raises $106 Million

Software Development Tools Directory - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 18:19
DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra™ to the enterprise, today announced that it has secured $106 million in Series E financing. This amount, together with the $84 million investment in previous rounds, brings the total inve ...
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Does your sales proposal mirror your customer’s language?

VisibleThread - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:06

I was working with one of our VisibleThread users recently. They cited this example as one issue raised during a debrief for a lost bid; their customer talked about ‘risk abatement’ in the RFP, they talked about ‘risk mitigation’ in the proposal.

Mirroring - Obama and Cameron Now, most sales professionals are familiar with the psychology of mirroring. During a conversation, you make a gesture and the person you’re talking with makes a similar gesture. Or you start using the same idioms as the person you’re chatting with. Psychologists call this ‘mirroring’. It suggests agreement and alignment.

We analyze a lot of proposal content and we see frequent examples where proposals do not mirror the customer’s language. Examples include; over-use of your company name or inconsistent technical terminology in your proposal.

Lack of alignment damages probability of win. The government or commercial reviewer makes conscious and unconscious value judgments based on your proposal language. So if the reviewer perceives your proposal as predominantly stock boilerplate, with no attempt to mirror your customer’s language and needs, it impacts negatively.

So how do you know if you’re aligned?

Using ‘Discovery’, which shows us what concepts are at play across documents, we can identify lack of language mirroring. As an example, let’s assume you have this statement in the SOW (Statement of Work); “Assisting users in making use and taking advantage of data publication services”. The concept we need to cross check is “data publication services”. Do we talk about that in our proposal?

Let’s see how we can check.

Step 1: Upload your solicitation and response docs for analysis.

We take a number of solicitation and proposal documents, a mixture of PDF and MS Word formats, and upload them into VisibleThread.

Uploading docs for analysis

Step 2: Next Click ‘Discovery’ and analyze critical concepts.

Back to our example statement in the SOW; “Assisting users in making use and taking advantage of data publication services”. The concept we need to cross check is “data publication services”.

We extract the ‘concepts’ from the document using NLP (Natural Language Processing) techniques. You can see in the screen shot below that most of the concepts are ‘data’ related. We have 4 occurrences of ‘data publication services’, 2 occurrences of ‘climate data services’ etc. And we see the document content extracted in the bottom grid. This makes it really easy to review.

SOW showing concepts from solicitation


Step 3: So, let’s check if we’re mirroring these concepts in our proposal…

For this we look at a folder level view. Folder views are nice because they allow us compare multiple documents in one view.

The folder in this case contains 4 documents, 3 are solicitation related (including our SOW) and the 4th is our proposal. We can see the concepts arranged on the left, each column on the right hand side is a document. So you start to quickly see lack of alignment between the solicitation docs and the proposal. In this case, it’s pretty clear that we are not addressing; ‘data publication services’. Not only that, we are also missing references to ‘real-time data systems’ and ‘satellite data’. In the screen shot below, the yellow items are gaps in our proposal.

This lack of language alignment (or lack of mirroring) can be more serious. It can imply a material gap where we are missing vital content. In fact, a reviewer may view this poor alignment as making the proposal non-compliant.

Poor alignment between solicitation and proposal

Quite often we see another variation on this theme. In more complex proposals, the proposal itself may use inconsistent language. One section may not mirror another section, especially where multiple SMEs are contributors.

I came across this example recently; SME (Subject Matter Expert) 1 let’s call her “Jill” was very keen to talk about ‘onthologies’, while her colleague “Jim”, (SME 2) liked to talk ‘taxonomies’.

They were referring to the same concept in the Tech Volume. The issue here was that both terms were intermingled and therefore the reviewer will be left reeling. In this case, the anomaly was not clear until the Proposal Manager ran the above NLP based analysis on the documents in VisibleThread.

Summary

  • If you do not mirror your customer’s terminology in your sales proposal, you show lack of alignment. You may even be inadvertently non-compliant.
  • Language alignment (or the lack of it) between solicitation and response is hard to spot using manual methods.
  • With NLP techniques (available in VisibleThread), you can quickly identify gaps, and improve alignment and compliance.

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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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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