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IBM Datacap 9.0 Developer Kit

The IBM Datacap 9.0 Developer Kit provides applications and files that allow unlimited extension and customization of the product. These customizations can be used to tailor your application to perform unique functionality or operate in a manor specific to the needs of your organization.
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Oracle: The Nuts And Bolts Of Basic Compression

Database Journal News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:01

Oracle provides several levels of compression, with BASIC compression requiring no additional license cost. Read on to find out how this level of compression works and what you may expect when using it.

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Nordic PGDay 2015 - registration open and schedule posted

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 01:00

Nordic PGDay 2015 will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, at the Radisson Blu Falconer hotel in Fredriksberg, on March 11. It will feature a full day with a single track of PostgreSQL presentations from both Nordic and global PostgreSQL experts, covering a wide range of topics.

The schedule has now been posted, and is available on the website.

We have also opened up registration for the event. Early bird registration (before Feb 11th or the first 40 registrations) costs €40, and normal registration costs €60. There is a limited number of seats available, so we suggest you register early to make sure you get a seat.

We also still have openings for Supporter sponsorship, which includes free entrance to the conference. For more information and instant sign-up.

We look forward to seeing you in Copenhagen in March!

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Barman 1.4.0 released

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 01:00

26 January 2015: 2ndQuadrant is proud to announce the release of version 1.4.0 of Barman, Backup and Recovery Manager for PostgreSQL.

This major release features file-level incremental backup, a kind of full periodic backup which saves only data changes from the latest full backup available in the catalogue for a specific PostgreSQL server. Depending on the context and the database workload, the data deduplication ratio might easily reach 50-70% per full backup, leading to significant reductions in both backup time and disk space.

PostgreSQL 9.4 users will transparently benefit from the integration of Barman with "pg_stat_archiver" view. In particular, any continuous archiving problem will be immediately spotted by the "barman check" command directly on the source.

Management of WAL files has been improved, by optimising the calculation of WAL statistics, tying archiving with backup and by distinctively managing WAL trashing for exclusive and concurrent backups.

Relevant efforts in unit testing have made the code more robust. Minor bugs have also been fixed.

Many thanks for funding towards the development of this release go to BIJ12 (www.bij12.nl), Jobrapido (www.jobrapido.com), Navionics (www.navionics.com), Sovon Vogelonderzoek Nederland (www.sovon.nl), and Subito.it (www.subito.it).

For a complete list of changes, see the "Release Notes" section below.

Incremental backup

Incremental backup is a kind of full periodic backup which saves only data changes from the latest full backup available in the catalogue for a specific PostgreSQL server. The main goals of incremental backup in Barman are:

  • Reduce the time taken for the full backup process
  • Reduce the disk space occupied by several periodic backups (data deduplication)

This feature heavily relies on "rysnc" and hard links, which must be therefore supported by both the underlying operating system and the file system where the backup data resides.

The main concept is that two periodic base backups will share those files that have not changed, leading to relevant savings in disk usage. This is particularly true of VLDB contexts and, more in general, of those databases containing a high percentage of read-only historical tables. Barman implements incremental backup through a global/server option, called "reuse_backup", that transparently manages the "barman backup" command. Behaviour can also be changed at runtime through the "--reuse-backup" runtime option for the "barman backup" command.

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Release notes

  • Incremental base backup implementation through the "reuse_backup" global/server option. Possible values are "off" (disabled, default), "copy" (preventing unmodified files from being transferred) and "link" (allowing for deduplication through hard links).
  • Store and show deduplication effects when using "reuse_backup=link".
  • Added transparent support of pg_stat_archiver (PostgreSQL 9.4) in "check", "show-server" and "status" commands.
  • Improved administration by invoking WAL maintenance at the end of a successful backup.
  • Changed the way unused WAL files are trashed, by differentiating between concurrent and exclusive backup cases.
  • Improved performance of WAL statistics calculation.
  • Treat a missing pg_ident.conf as a WARNING rather than an error.
  • Refactored output layer by removing remaining "yield" calls.
  • Check that rsync is in the system path.
  • Include history files in WAL management.
  • Improved robustness through more unit tests.
  • Fixed bug #55: Ignore fsync EINVAL errors on directories.
  • Fixed bug #58: retention policies delete.

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Barman (Backup and Recovery Manager) is an open source administration tool for disaster recovery of PostgreSQL servers written in Python. It allows your organisation to perform remote backups of multiple servers in business critical environments and help DBAs during the recovery phase. Barman’s most requested features include backup catalogues, incremental backup, retention policies, remote backup and recovery, archiving and compression of WAL files and backups. Barman is distributed under GNU GPL 3.

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PGConf US 2015 Schedule & Early-Bird Registration Open

PostgreSQL News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 01:00

Debates abounded; coffee drunk; phone calls made at 8:30am on Saturday mornings; reporting queries run (of course in PostgreSQL). After reviewing 107 submissions, we are pleased to announce the PGConf US 2015 official schedule:

http://www.pgconf.us/2015/schedule/

PGConf US 2015 is taking place in New York City from March 25-27 at the New York Marriott Downtown. We are offering a day of trainings on March 25 in addition to the First Annual Regulated Industry Summit as well as our regular sessions on March 26-27.

There are so many cool sessions (in fact, we added on another track!) that it is hard to highlight everything, but here is a small glimpse of what to expect:

  • Large-scale PostgreSQL deployment case-studies from organizations such as TripAdvisor, Braintree, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Zalando, Stony Brook Medicine, and more
  • Theory and applications of those cutting-edge PostgreSQL features, such as JSONB, logical replication, row-level security, and BDR
  • Analyzing all of the latest PostgreSQL deployment options, from bare metal to cloud-based infrastructures
  • A "PostGIS Track" on March 26, featuring key contributors from the PostGIS & PostgreSQL community
  • How to optimize every single I/O op with talks from preeminent PostgreSQL performance experts
  • ...and why not "Fight for Small Data" with a variety of strategy talks

Our early-bird registration is open and tickets at the early bird rate are available through February 1, 2015. Tickets can be purchased directly from here:

http://pgconfus2015.eventbrite.com/?aff=pgann1

PGConf US 2015 is hosted by the United States PostgreSQL Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created to support PostgreSQL in the United States through user group development, conferences, educational initiatives, and fun. We would not be able to produce PGConf US without the generous support of our sponsors. We would like to highlight our Platinum and Gold sponsors:

For more information, please visit http://www.pgconf.us/

We look forward to hosting you in March!

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CPFL Energia’s New Business Unit, CPFL Telecom, Looks to Oracle Communications to Launch Telecommunications Services in Brazil

Oracle Database News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 14:00
CPFL Energia’s New Business Unit, CPFL Telecom, Looks to Oracle Communications to Launch Telecommunications Services in BrazilElectric energy generation and distribution company uses Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution to design and deploy centralized operational support systems in nine monthsREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Jan. 22, 2015News Summary

CPFL Telecom has successfully implemented Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution to support the launch of new telecommunications services in the increasingly competitive Brazilian communications market. With the Oracle Communications system in place, CPFL Telecom is now able to build and manage a new communications infrastructure and offer contemporary network services to its wholesale and enterprise customers. Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution is a key component of Oracle Communications Network Resource Management.

News Facts Oracle today announced that CPFL Telecom, a new business unit within CPFL Energia, has successfully launched new telecommunications services in the Brazilian market using Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution. CPFL Energia is one of the largest non-state-owned groups of electric energy generation and distribution companies in Brazil and is that country’s third-largest electric utility. This is the first deployment of Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution for utilities in the Brazilian market. Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution provides a comprehensive network inventory that is pre-integrated with order-management and trouble-ticketing functionality. This enables CPFL Telecom to offer next-generation metro-optical network services to other fixed/mobile operators and large enterprises in São Paulo, Brazil. CPFL Telecom has integrated Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution with its existing business and operational functions including billing, geographic information system, and fault management. This enables the new business unit to: Gain full visibility into network resources and services Eliminate the need for multiple data repositories Automate previously manual processes, including circuit design of network services and information shared among teams Plan proactively by monitoring network capacity usage, which helps the subsidiary avoid data traffic congestion and reduce time spent on service interruptions and troubleshooting Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution enabled CPFL Telecom to leverage its existing infrastructure without disruption. Currently, the business unit offers 232 gigabits per second of transport capacity over an 800-kilometer fiber-optic network. PromonLogicalis, a Gold-level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork in Brazil, managed the project and completed the implementation in nine months with support from Oracle Communications Consulting. Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution is a key component of Oracle Communications Network Resource Management, which also includes Oracle Communications Unified Inventory Management, Oracle Communications network integrity products, and Oracle Communications Network Intelligence.
Supporting Quotes “The deployment of Oracle Communications MetaSolv Solution enabled our entrance into the telecommunications market. We were able to launch network services to wholesale and enterprise customers using a standardized, integrated OSS solution—which was implemented in just nine months. This solution also enables us to stay ahead of market demand—now, we’re ready and able to deploy brand-new services in areas such as smart grid, digital cities, and the Internet of Things in the future,” said Emerson Hioki, director of telecom engineering, CPFL Telecom. “Like other utilities around the globe, CPFL Energia was looking to create new revenue streams by offering telecommunications services leveraging its existing transmission line infrastructure. We are pleased our technology helped to empower the company’s subsidiary, CPFL Telecom, to successfully enter and compete in the competitive Brazilian communications market,” said Liam Maxwell, vice president of products, Oracle Communications. “The constant search for operational excellence that creates value for all stakeholders is a hallmark of CPFL Energia. This guided our work from the early planning stages through process definition to solution implementation, leading to effectively establishing its subsidiary, CPFL Telecom. We are proud to have successfully delivered this important project together with Oracle,” Julian Nakasone, solutions director, PromonLogicalis.
Supporting Resources About CPFL Telecom

CPFL Telecom provides telecommunications infrastructure to fixed carriers, mobile operators, value-added and internet service providers. For more information about CPFL Telecom, visit the CPFL Telecom page on CPFL Energia’s website.

About PromonLogicalis

PromonLogicalis is a global provider of ICT services and solutions for telecommunications operators, public sector and large corporations from several segments in Latin America, with operations in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. For more information about PromonLogicalis, visit http://www.br.promonlogicalis.com.

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.

Trademark

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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Importance of Statistics and How It Works in SQL Server – Part 2

Database Journal News - Thu, 01/22/2015 - 09:01

Arshad Ali discusses what filtered statistics are and what's new in regards to statistics in SQL Server 2012.

Categories: Database

Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity with Next-Generation Engineered Systems

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:32
Press Release Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity with Next-Generation Engineered Systems New integrated appliances deliver greater business value by reducing IT costs

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 21, 2015

At a live event today, Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison outlined Oracle's strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems, including Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5.

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Engineered for Innovation: Oracle Engineered Systems help customers reduce IT complexity and focus on business innovation.

Oracle's integrated appliances are simple to use and ready for production deployment out of the box. Oracle experts integrate, optimize, automate, test, patch, and support the full software and hardware stack, significantly lowering customer costs. More than 10,000 units have shipped to date as Oracle customers across the globe adopt Oracle engineered systems and appliances to simplify their IT infrastructures, speed application deployments, and increase data center productivity.

"We're going to compete for that core data center business. Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today," said Ellison. "Our customers want their data centers to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle's engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50 percent less, BUT you have to be willing to take TWICE the performance."

The new generation of integrated appliances include:

  • Oracle's Virtual Compute Appliance X5: Paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides a complete, converged infrastructure system. Deployed in a matter of hours, this system can dramatically reduce cost, risk, installation, and management time, and give customers the ability to easily reduce infrastructure complexity by as much as 70 percent, deploy applications 7x faster, and cut capital expenditures by as much as 50 percent. Compared to Cisco plus EMC, Virtual Compute Appliance is 50 percent cheaper and easier to deploy.
  • Oracle Database Appliance X5: Ideal for distributed and branch office deployments, Oracle Database Appliance offers a complete package of compute, storage, and software that saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database and application workloads. Oracle Database Appliance X5 adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to 4x.
  • Oracle Big Data Appliance X5: Delivers comprehensive and secure Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. For faster, lower-cost throughput, the new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores. Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes.
  • Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5: Provides a groundbreaking Oracle Database-integrated data protection solution that eliminates data loss exposure for all Oracle databases, with minimal impact to production environments. Available today, this new version offers faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation.
Sixth-Generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5

The sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the highest-performing and lowest-cost platform for running Oracle Database. Oracle Exadata's architecture features scale-out database servers, scale-out intelligent storage servers, and high-speed InfiniBand networking. Oracle Exadata X5 includes:

  • Faster base performance: 50 percent faster processors, 50 percent larger maximum memory capacity, and faster and larger flash increase overall performance.
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  • Extreme flash storage server: A newly introduced all-flash storage server uses ultra-fast PCIe flash drives, the latest Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and InfiniBand scale-out to achieve breakthrough performance and price per I/O. Oracle Exadata X5-2,Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 engineered systems can be configured with extreme flash storage servers.
  • Elastic configurations: Storage and compute can now be configured and expanded one server at a time to provide granular on-demand expansion at a lower cost. Elastic configurations allow customers to configure Oracle Database In-Memory optimized systems as well as all-flash OLTP systems.
  • Oracle VM support: Consolidated environments can achieve a high level of workload isolation using Oracle VM while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. Virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs.
  • New software features: Oracle Exadata X5 has many new software capabilities, including faster pure columnar flash caching, database snapshots, flash cache resource management, near-instant server death detection, I/O latency capping, and offload of JSON and XML analytics, as well as support for Oracle Linux 6.
  • Investment protection: Existing Oracle Exadata systems can be expanded with new X5-2 servers, and new software features are supported on previous generations of Oracle Exadata hardware.
  • Exabus Connectivity: Oracle Exadata X5-2 supports native Exabus connectivity to the updated Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2 delivers breakthrough performance and scalability for Java, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications and will provide customers the ability to run on premise the same Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service capability offered in Oracle Cloud.
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Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity with Next-Generation Engineered Systems

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:00
Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity with Next-Generation Engineered SystemsNew integrated appliances deliver greater business value by reducing IT costsRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 21, 2015

At a live event today, Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison outlined Oracle’s strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems, including Oracle’s new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5.

Oracle’s integrated appliances are simple to use and ready for production deployment out of the box. Oracle experts integrate, optimize, automate, test, patch, and support the full software and hardware stack, significantly lowering customer costs. More than 10,000 units have shipped to date as Oracle customers across the globe adopt Oracle engineered systems and appliances to simplify their IT infrastructures, speed application deployments, and increase data center productivity.

“We’re going to compete for that core data center business. Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today,” said Ellison. “Our customers want their data centers to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle’s engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50 percent less, BUT you have to be willing to take TWICE the performance.”

The new generation of integrated appliances include:

Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance X5: Paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides a complete, converged infrastructure system. Deployed in a matter of hours, this system dramatically reduces cost, risk, installation,and management time, and gives customers the ability to easily reduce infrastructure complexity by as much as 70 percent, deploy applications 7x faster, and cut capital expenditures by as much as 50 percent. Compared to Cisco plus EMC, Virtual Compute Appliance is 50 percent cheaper and easier to deploy. Oracle Database Appliance X5: Ideal for distributed and branch office deployments, Oracle Database Appliance offers a complete package of compute, storage, and software that saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database and application workloads. Oracle Database Appliance X5 adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to 4x. Oracle Big Data Appliance X5: Delivers comprehensive and secure Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. For faster, lower-cost throughput, the new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores. Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes. Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5: Provides a groundbreaking Oracle Database-integrated data protection solution that eliminates data loss exposure for all Oracle databases, with minimal impact to production environments. Available today, this new version offers faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation. Sixth-Generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5

The sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the highest-performing and lowest-cost platform for running Oracle Database. Oracle Exadata’s architecture features scale-out database servers, scale-out intelligent storage servers, and high-speed InfiniBand networking. Oracle Exadata X5 includes:

Faster base performance: 50 percent faster processors, 50 percent larger maximum memory capacity, and faster and larger flash increase overall performance. Extreme flash storage server: A newly introduced all-flash storage server uses ultra-fast PCIe flash drives, the latest Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and InfiniBand scale-out to achieve breakthrough performance and price per I/O. Oracle Exadata X5-2,Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 engineered systems can be configured with extreme flash storage servers. Elastic configurations: Storage and compute can now be configured and expanded one server at a time to provide granular on-demand expansion at a lower cost. Elastic configurations allow customers to configure Oracle Database In-Memory optimized systems as well as all-flash OLTP systems. Oracle VM support: Consolidated environments can achieve a high level of workload isolation using Oracle VM while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. Virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs. New software features: Oracle Exadata X5 has many new software capabilities, including faster pure columnar flash caching, database snapshots, flash cache resource management, near-instant server death detection, I/O latency capping, and offload of JSON and XML analytics, as well as support for Oracle Linux 6. Investment protection: Existing Oracle Exadata systems can be expanded with new X5-2 servers, and new software features are supported on previous generations of Oracle Exadata hardware. Exabus Connectivity: Oracle Exadata X5-2 supports native Exabus connectivity to the updated Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2 delivers breakthrough performance and scalability for Java, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications and will provide customers the ability to run on premise the same Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service capability offered in Oracle Cloud. Additional Information Join Oracle on LinkedIn and follow @Oracle on Twitter. To learn more about Oracle engineered systems, please follow @OracleHardware.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.

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

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Managing the Big Data Technical Staff

Database Journal News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:01

Big data is everywhere, and most large IT enterprises have installed one or more big data applications. These applications provide fast access to large stores of data, usually customer or sales data. Your technical staff that supports these applications and the systems that analyze and consume the data didn't exist ten years ago. Who are these new IT professionals, and how should you manage them?

Categories: Database

PoWA 1.2.1 released

PostgreSQL News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:00

Paris, Jan. 20 2015

DALIBO is proud to present a new release of PoWA, a performance tool for PostgreSQL.

Please also note that the project has a new dedicated mailing list, available at powa-users@googlegroups.com (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=fr#!forum/powa-users)

Feel free to join and ask any question.

Realtime traffic analysis and dynamic graphs

PoWA is a workload analyzer that gives a clear view of the current activity of your PostgreSQL servers with a query runtime graph and a block hit/read graph along with a chart of time consuming requests over the specified time period.

If you zoom anywhere in one of the graphs, the chart will adjust and show you which queries were running at that time. If you click on a specific query, you will get additional graphs such as read/write time, number of rows affected, local and shared hit, etc.

A bunch of PL functions are also available to access and manage the stats.

New features and changed in UI
  • UI is now compatible with mojolicious 5.0 and more
  • UI can now connect to multiple servers, and credentials can be specified for each server
  • The timestamps are now displayed in ISO 8601 format
  • POWA_CONFIG_FILE variable has been added to allow a specific config file location and/or name
  • Better charts display on smaller screens
Credits

DALIBO would like to thank the users and developpers who contributed to this release, especially Ahmed Bessifi and Luis Pinto Da Costa.

PoWA is an open project available under the PostgreSQL License. Any contribution to build a better tool is welcome. You just have to send your ideas, features requests or patches using the GitHub tools or to powa-users@googlegroups.com (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=fr#!forum/powa-users)

Links About PoWA

PoWA is PostgreSQL Workload Analyzer that gathers performance stats and provides real-time charts and graph to help monitor and tune your PostgreSQL servers. It is similar to Oracle AWR or SQL Server MDW.

Code & Demo at http://dalibo.github.io/powa/

About DALIBO

DALIBO is the leading PostgreSQL company in France, providing support, trainings and consulting to its customers since 2005. The company contributes to the PostgreSQL community in various ways, including : code, articles, translations, free conferences and workshops.

Check out DALIBO's open source projects at http://dalibo.github.io

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Oracle Names Leon Panetta to the Board of Directors

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:00
Oracle Names Leon Panetta to the Board of DirectorsREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – January 19, 2015

The Oracle Board of Directors today announced that it has unanimously elected the Honorable Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to the company’s Board of Directors. The election is effective as of January 19, 2015 and increases the size of the Board to 12 directors.


“We are honored to welcome Secretary Panetta to our Board,” said Larry Ellison, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Michael Boskin, independent Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee, added, “Secretary Panetta is a dynamic leader with a distinguished record of public service at the highest levels of government. He will add deep expertise and brings a fresh perspective to our Board.”

Secretary Panetta served in the Obama Administration as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013 and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011.  Previously, he was White House Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton.  From 1977 to 1993, Secretary Panetta was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing California’s 16th district, which included Monterey, San Benito, and parts of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz.

 

Secretary Panetta and his wife Sylvia founded and currently co-direct the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located at California State University, Monterey Bay.  He has served as a Distinguished Scholar to the Chancellor of the CSU system, and as a member of the Board of Trustees and a Presidential Professor at Santa Clara University. He recently authored a best-selling memoir, Worthy Fights.

All members of Oracle’s Board of Directors serve one-year terms and are expected to stand for election at the company’s next annual shareholders meeting in November, 2015.


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 or contact Investor Relations at investor_us@oracle.com or (650) 506-4073.

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Oracle Voice Brings a Mobile, Speech-Enabled Virtual Assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on Smart Phones

Oracle Database News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Voice Brings a Mobile, Speech-Enabled Virtual Assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on Smart Phones Sales Reps now have a fast, friendly and fun way to talk to the Cloud

Redwood Shores, Calif—Jan 15, 2015

News Summary
  • Oracle Voice

    Looking for a fun, speech-enabled virtual assistant for your sales team? Try Oracle Voice.

  • Choose Task

    Want to create a task quicky after a meeting? Talk to Oracle Voice as you would in a natural spoken conversation.

  • Create Appointment

    Want to create an appointment quicky after a meeting? Talk to Oracle Voice as you would in a natural spoken conversation.

  • View Opportunity

    Getting ready for a sales meeting? Just tap on the microphone button and say the name of the Opportunity to bring up details.

A Sales system is only as good as the sales data it holds, and most of this data comes from field sales representatives who are expected to enter it on their laptops and desktops. But typical reps spend 32% of their time traveling and waiting for meetings. During these times, the only device available may be a smart phone. No surprise then that current sales data may be delayed getting into sales systems, impacting sales leaders' visibility into sales activity.

Release 9 of the Oracle Sales Cloud brings Oracle Voice (officially "Oracle Fusion Voice Cloud Service for the Oracle Sales Cloud"), a speech-enabled virtual assistant that lets sales reps speak directly to the Oracle Sales Cloud on their smartphones. Oracle Voice represents Oracle's ongoing commitment to bringing the best user experiences to the Oracle Applications Cloud. It's a fast, friendly and fun way for reps to view their work, so they walk into meetings prepared. Walking out of meetings, they are able to quickly create Notes, Activities and Contacts, and update Opportunities while the information is still fresh in their minds. With increased usage, everyone benefits from current sales data, improved visibility from sales activities, and better sales decisions.

News Facts
  • Oracle first delivered voice user experiences in Oracle Fusion Mobile Expenses on the smartphone, and found such a great reception we decided to pursue other areas where it benefits the user.
  • The next most meaningful group of users were sales representatives, whose primary device is often the smart phone and whose primary job is talking.
  • Instead of relying on slow typing on a smart phone, sales reps can enter information three times faster by speaking to the Oracle Sales Cloud through Oracle Voice – a key user experience improvement. Since details are precisely captured and follow-ups are quicker, deals are closed faster and more efficiently.
  • Oracle Voice focuses on letting field sales reps quickly accomplish a few key tasks that are frequent yet time-critical: creating and viewing Notes, Tasks, Appointments, Contacts and also editing and viewing Opportunities. For example, one-command access to Opportunity details and notes lets them walk into meetings better-prepared. Capturing sales information through notes and activities right after a meeting retains important details in the system that would otherwise be forgotten.
  • Oracle Voice allows users to switch between voice, touch, and typing as needed.
  • Users don't need any training to navigate and interact with Oracle Voice; they can simply tap and speak in a command. Oracle Voice takes them through a natural, conversational dialog to help them view or capture sales data in real-time.
  • The Oracle Applications Cloud, in this case, the Oracle Sales Cloud Release 9, provides a unique capability to deliver innovative user experiences, leveraging Nuance's automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech conversion.
  • Oracle Voice is currently only available in North America with support for US English.
  • In a recent study, 80% of Oracle field sales reps testing Oracle Voice said the product exceeded their expectations for productivity and ease of use.
  • "Oracle's own sales organization was involved in developing Oracle Voice for the Oracle Sales Cloud. We wanted to be sure that the user experience is seamless, works well on mobile devices, and is easy for all sales reps to use," said Kate Fitzgerald, Group Vice President, Oracle Sales Automation.

    "It understands me better than similar speech-enabled assistants do," said Andrew Dunleavy, Sales Representative, Oracle Fusion Middleware.

    "Busy sales people on the go need to very quickly and effectively interact with their enterprise systems. With Oracle's enterprise experience, and Nuance's natural language processing, we have made it as simple as using their voice," said Jeremy Ashley, Vice President, Oracle Applications User Experience.

    "Mobile smart phones and tablets are quickly becoming the leading devices for interacting with enterprise applications, and Oracle has led the way through our broad set of mobile apps. Working with Nuance, we are also leading the way in using speech interfaces to make it easier and more natural to interact with enterprise solutions," said Alan Fothergill, Vice President, Oracle Applications Development.

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Oracle: Too Much Time On Your Hands?

Database Journal News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:01

Using parallel query can improve performance in some cases but AWR reports can report too much elapsed time when they are used.  Read on to see why and how you can get the actual elapsed time in those cases.

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Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer Service

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:03
Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer ServiceOracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services provides new UK bank with modern technology platform to accelerate innovation, reduce risk and lower costsLondon – 14 January 2015News Summary

Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth. Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements. Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.’s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date.

News Facts

    • Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth. Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements. Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.’s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date.

New Facts Hampden & Co. is an early entrant to the rapidly expanding UK challenger banking market, providing greater choice to customers. Hampden & Co. selected Oracle FLEXCUBE to manage its core banking, direct and mobile banking operations from a shortlist of three potential solutions, following a comprehensive IT system selection process. Hampden & Co. will benefit from significantly lower operational costs by running Oracle FLEXCUBE via Oracle’s UK data center based in Linlithgow, Scotland. Oracle’s proven applications and technology, coupled with the experience of Hampden & Co.’s executive management team, will play a significant role in helping the bank meet today’s rigorous compliance requirements outlined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Hampden & Co. will benefit from Oracle’s rapid deployment model for Oracle FLEXCUBE on its managed cloud, with business go-live due for the end of Q1 2015.Supporting Quotes “The UK’s high net worth sector has grown steadily over the past few years – even during tough economic times – which has created a growing demand for private banking services,” said Graeme Hartop, CEO, Hampden & Co. “Increasingly, private banks are focusing on wealth management rather than core banking, a gap in the market which we seek to address with the help of Oracle. We view delivery of outstanding client service as a priority, which in today’s world needs to be supported by the best technological core banking platform available.” “Hampden & Co. joins the Oracle family as the first UK bank to leverage core business cloud applications delivered from Oracle’s UK cloud facilities,” said Senthil Kumar, vice president, business development, Oracle Financial Services. “The leadership team at Hampden & Co. have done a remarkable job in completing their mobilization phase on time and readying the bank for business. We are pleased to be serving this new UK private bank that has placed Oracle at heart of its business model.”Supporting Resources Oracle FLEXCUBE Oracle FLEXCUBE Direct Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Mobile Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking Oracle Managed Cloud Services Oracle Financial Services Managed Cloud Solution Brief Oracle Financial Services Follow Oracle Financial Services on Twitter Join the Oracle Financial Services Community on Facebook Follow the Oracle Financial Services Blog Subscribe to the Oracle Financial Services YouTube Channel

 

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About Hampden & Co.

Hampden & Co. is an independent private bank established by a team of experienced bankers who understand that many successful and wealthy people still require a very personal banking service that is harder to find in the marketplace today.

The bank expects to welcome its first clients during the first quarter of 2015, and from its offices in Edinburgh and London, will aim to build lasting relationships founded on the basic principles of honesty, integrity and fairness, caring for the individual, their families and business interests.

Hampden & Co. will concentrate solely on the provision of banking facilities and its business will be based on a traditional and conservative model. In particular, it will not set sales targets for its bankers, in order to ensure that the best interests of its clients are never compromised.

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Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer Service

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:00
Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer ServiceOracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services provides new UK bank with modern technology platform to accelerate innovation, reduce risk and lower costsLondon – 14 January 2015News Summary

A recent performance test of Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle’s SPARC T5 servers with Oracle Solaris demonstrated that the banking solution can enable banks with between 1 and 3 million accounts to deploy Oracle FLEXCUBE at up to 2.3 times lower cost than an IBM POWER configuration. 1 Testing also demonstrated up to 4.5 times shorter deployment times when using the new Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle FLEXCUBE.2

News Facts

    • Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth. Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements. Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.’s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date.

New Facts Hampden & Co. is an early entrant to the rapidly expanding UK challenger banking market, providing greater choice to customers. Hampden & Co. selected Oracle FLEXCUBE to manage its core banking, direct and mobile banking operations from a shortlist of three potential solutions, following a comprehensive IT system selection process. Hampden & Co. will benefit from significantly lower operational costs by running Oracle FLEXCUBE via Oracle’s UK data center based in Linlithgow, Scotland. Oracle’s proven applications and technology, coupled with the experience of Hampden & Co.’s executive management team, will play a significant role in helping the bank meet today’s rigorous compliance requirements outlined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Hampden & Co. will benefit from Oracle’s rapid deployment model for Oracle FLEXCUBE on its managed cloud, with business go-live due for the end of Q1 2015.Supporting Quotes “The UK’s high net worth sector has grown steadily over the past few years – even during tough economic times – which has created a growing demand for private banking services,” said Graeme Hartop, CEO, Hampden & Co. “Increasingly, private banks are focusing on wealth management rather than core banking, a gap in the market which we seek to address with the help of Oracle. We view delivery of outstanding client service as a priority, which in today’s world needs to be supported by the best technological core banking platform available.” “Hampden & Co. joins the Oracle family as the first UK bank to leverage core business cloud applications delivered from Oracle’s UK cloud facilities,” said Senthil Kumar, vice president, business development, Oracle Financial Services. “The leadership team at Hampden & Co. have done a remarkable job in completing their mobilization phase on time and readying the bank for business. We are pleased to be serving this new UK private bank that has placed Oracle at heart of its business model.”Supporting Resources Oracle FLEXCUBE Oracle FLEXCUBE Direct Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Mobile Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking Oracle Managed Cloud Services Oracle Financial Services Managed Cloud Solution Brief Oracle Financial Services Follow Oracle Financial Services on Twitter Join the Oracle Financial Services Community on Facebook Follow the Oracle Financial Services Blog Subscribe to the Oracle Financial Services YouTube Channel

 

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.

About Hampden & Co.

Hampden & Co. is an independent private bank established by a team of experienced bankers who understand that many successful and wealthy people still require a very personal banking service that is harder to find in the marketplace today.

The bank expects to welcome its first clients during the first quarter of 2015, and from its offices in Edinburgh and London, will aim to build lasting relationships founded on the basic principles of honesty, integrity and fairness, caring for the individual, their families and business interests.

Hampden & Co. will concentrate solely on the provision of banking facilities and its business will be based on a traditional and conservative model. In particular, it will not set sales targets for its bankers, in order to ensure that the best interests of its clients are never compromised.

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

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Oracle Study Shows Retail Organizations Leading Shift to Modern Marketing Best Practices

Oracle Database News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Study Shows Retail Organizations Leading Shift to Modern Marketing Best PracticesRetail organizations enhancing customer experience and overall business performance through advanced targeting and cross-channel marketing capabilitiesNational Retail Federation Big Show 2015, New York – January 13, 2015News Summary

To create a meaningful dialogue with customers, marketers need to leverage modern marketing best practices for executing personalized, targeted marketing campaigns across multiple channels. But modern marketing adoption rates vary from industry to industry, with some industries embracing marketing technologies and associated best practices faster than others. To assess marketing maturity across industries and demonstrate the business impact of modern marketing best practices, Oracle commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a global study of marketing decision-makers. The study found that retail marketers are leading the shift to modern marketing and are ahead of other industries in a number of key areas that ultimately impact the customer experience and overall business performance.

News Facts To assess marketing maturity across industries and demonstrate the business impact of modern marketing best practices, Oracle commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a global study of marketing decision-makers. The study, “Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer: The Business Impact of Marketing Maturity in the Age of the Customer,” which was initially released in October 2014, examined the adoption of modern marketing best practices across 20 industries including electronics, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media, retail, and telecom. The study found that marketers in retail organizations are leading the shift to modern marketing and are ahead of their peers from other industries in key areas including investments in data management and behavior tracking technology as well as marketing integration. According to the study, 46 percent of retail organizations have intelligent targeting capabilities that provide real-time feedback and advanced insights to enhance customer engagements and increase marketing effectiveness. In contrast, only 31 percent of total respondents from other industries cited the same level of targeting ability. When evaluating marketing integration, the study found that 42 percent of retail organizations currently leverage a fully integrated cross-channel marketing platform for enhanced marketing orchestration, while only 14 percent of respondents from other industries cited a similar level of integration. The study surveyed 492 marketing decision-makers across a range of industries in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Australia, and found that organizations that embrace modern marketing processes outperform their nonmodern marketing peers and competitors on key business performance indicators including revenue growth, market leadership, and workplace excellence. The study defined “modern marketers” as marketers that use a combination of real-time predictive models and statistical techniques including intelligent targeting and cross-channel marketing attribution to ensure personalized customer engagement throughout each stage of the purchase journey. A full copy of the study is available here: Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer: The Business Impact of Marketing Maturity in the Age of the Customer.Supporting Quote “To successfully compete in today’s digitally powered economy, marketers need to continually refine and evolve their approach in order to better understand and engage their customers,” said Andrea Ward, vice president of marketing, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “The retail industry has a long tradition of being customer-centric, and is leading the shift toward more customer-focused modern marketing practices. By embracing new data technologies and taking an integrated marketing approach, retailers are able to create a digital dialogue with their customers and deliver the right messages at the right time.”Supporting Resources Oracle Marketing Cloud Forrester Consulting “Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer: The Business Impact of Marketing Maturity in the Age of the Customer” Oracle Modern Marketing Blog Oracle Marketing Cloud Twitter Oracle Marketing Cloud LinkedInAbout Oracle

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Oracle Launches Modern and Secure Oracle Financial Services Cloud

Oracle Database News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Launches Modern and Secure Oracle Financial Services CloudNew community cloud offering helps financial services companies address their IT security, privacy, and compliance needs and align with regulatory requirementsRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 13, 2015News Summary

Financial services companies have very specific needs related to IT security, privacy, compliance, and regulatory requirements. At the same time, these enterprises need to maintain back-office processes, streamline operations, and work efficiently to stay competitive. To facilitate the adoption of cloud technologies and address these common industry requirements and challenges within the financial services industry, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Financial Services Cloud.

News Facts To help financial services companies adopt cloud applications while adhering to security, privacy, and compliance needs, Oracle has introduced Oracle Financial Services Cloud. Oracle Financial Services Cloud is a modern community cloud offering dedicated to the financial services industry including banks, insurance and investment companies, and securities institutions, as well as other regulated industry enterprises. Available now for US-based financial services companies, this new solution provides financial services companies with a secure move to the cloud that supports their compliance needs. Oracle Financial Services Cloud offers data privacy, compliance services, enterprise-level support, and low organizational risk, including in-region hosting, alignment with FINRA rules, and advanced security to provide data privacy and protection. Part of the Oracle Industry Applications Cloud portfolio, Oracle Financial Services Cloud supports the unique requirements of financial services companies for human capital management, enterprise resource planning, and customer experience in the cloud. Oracle Public Cloud provides a full portfolio of cloud offerings that are personalized, secure, and connected and provide a practical path to the cloud for Oracle customers. Oracle’s cloud portfolio delivers a complete range of production-level, cross-functional business applications for each part of an organization, all enriched with social engagement and collaboration tools and an intuitive user interface that works on any mobile device. These applications have been architected on a modern and open service-oriented platform and infrastructure to simplify integration needs and lower an organization’s total cost of ownership.Key Features: Oracle Financial Services Cloud offers industry-specific capabilities to financial services customers that are designed to help them manage back-office operations and human resources, and deliver an exceptional customer experience. Integrated functionality with Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud)—composed of Oracle Financials Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, and Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud—lends complete solutions for back-office functions, including average daily balances and multiple reporting currencies. Oracle ERP Cloud provides key insight from advanced reporting and analysis tools. Its mobile capabilities enable users to access the solution anywhere at any time. Embedded social capabilities with social business objects encourage greater collaboration across teams. Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud) delivers modern HR in the cloud to help companies find, grow, and retain the best talent; enable collaboration on any device; provide complete workforce insights; and increase operational efficiency. Oracle HCM Cloud is designed to increase global agility by requiring consistency while supporting local HR practices. Workforce and talent management analytics provide strategic visibility to past and present data, and can help make future predictions. Talent management functionality helps businesses easily source, recruit, develop, and retain top talent to stay competitive. Users can access the full range of Oracle HCM Cloud solutions on their mobile devices via a single, unified experience in any browser or via the mobile application. Oracle Customer Experience Cloud (Oracle CX Cloud) is a complete set of best-in-class, integrated, cloud-enabled solutions that encompass the entire customer journey. Oracle has recently updated Oracle CX Cloud to help companies break down organizational barriers so they can personalize engagements, build advocacy, and grow revenue. Oracle CX Cloud is designed to help companies improve brand experience, including customer satisfaction, service quality, and reliability. Rules-based needs analysis helps drive demand across channels to increase sales and wallet share. The Oracle Cloud Platform enables customers and partners to easily build new applications, extend Oracle software as a service (SaaS) applications, and migrate existing on-premises applications to the cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform offers customers and partners the same platform as a service (PaaS) foundation upon which Oracle runs its own SaaS applications and upon which many SaaS providers rely. Unlike other clouds that offer services in one or two layers, Oracle Cloud is the only cloud that delivers a broad portfolio of integrated services across data, applications, platform, and infrastructure areas. Supporting Quote “Today’s savvy financial services companies are looking to migrate their applications to the cloud to take advantage of modern technologies, like social and mobile capabilities,” said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle Product Development. “Designed to address the unique security concerns of the financial services industry, Oracle Financial Services Cloud is a dedicated community cloud with world class security to empower financial services companies to adopt cloud applications. By addressing the industry’s common cloud concerns and challenges around security, privacy, and compliance, Oracle has made it simpler for great institutions to modernize their key IT solutions.”Supporting Resources Oracle Financial Services Cloud Data Sheet: Oracle Financial Services Cloud Oracle Applications Cloud Press Release: “Oracle Unveils Latest Cloud Applications at Oracle OpenWorld” Sign up for Oracle Cloud Platform Services Learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform ServicesAbout Oracle

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Altimetrik chooses Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud over Competition

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:40
Altimetrik chooses Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud over CompetitionBecomes an Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud Service in IndiaNew Delhi, India and Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 12, 2015News Facts Altimetrik, a US-based Global Solutions Provider and Technology Innovation organization has chosen Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud and Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud, part of Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, to standardize its People Experience (PE) business practices and its resource management/utilization processes. Altimetrik is a Gold-level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork houses an experienced Capability Center for Oracle solutions which has decided to take-on the challenge of implementing the Oracle HCM and Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud with the help of its Oracle Fusion Certified workforce. Altimetrik employs more than 2,500 technology and functional consultants and engineers including group partners. Focusing on emerging technologies and business innovation capabilities across digital, connected solutions, and consumer technologies, Altimetrik’s talent pool consists of experts and engineers across several NextGen Technologies. To engage and manage the complexities of a high-caliber talent pool and to support its projected year-on-year growth rate of more than 50 percent over the next couple of years, Altimetrik selected Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud. With this deployment, Altimetrik’s People Experience (PE) division (a.k.a HR division), will be able to focus on strategic and developmental facets of HR that fulfill employee satisfaction and company goals, with Oracle HCM Cloud managing HR’s transactional aspects at the back end. Capability managers responsible for employee career growth and work allocation mechanisms which are non-linear will be able to know what exactly their employees are doing and how they are being cross-leveraged across strategic initiatives. It will also help them to move away from a CAPEX to an OPEX model while creating a strong foundation for a cloud-based talent management solution. Altimetrik is committed to delivering a powerful user experience, lessons-learnt repository, implementation best practices and faster time-to-market solutions to its customers all derived from its very own implementation.Supporting Quotes “While trying to showcase to the world how user experience should be delivered Anywhere on Anydevice, we at Altimetrik thought that there is no better way than to do that internally and then share the experience with the industry and customers. We were looking for a cloud-based HCM platform having integrated mobile-enablement and analytics capabilities that will help us to deliver a heightened user experience to our growing high-caliber talent pool,” said Madhavan Satagopan, CTO, Altimetrik, and Vijay Karthick Kumbeswaran, Head of Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Altimetrik, when asked why they chose Oracle HCM. “At Altimetrik, the workforce largely comprises of Gen X / Gen Y talent and an important characteristic of this generation is transparency and doing away with the conventional mystery associated with People Experience (Human Resources) policies and programs. We found that the Oracle HCM Cloud platform not only lends to this transparency through end-user tooling, but also offers a good engagement platform for this workforce,” said Asha Poluru, Chief - People Experience at Altimetrik. “Our integrated, best of breed HCM and ERP cloud solutions are uniquely placed to cater to today’s changing business environment and the challenges that loom large for enterprises,” said Niraj Kaushik, Vice President, Applications, Oracle India. “We understand how critical these processes are for Altimetrik and are confident that Oracle’s embedded analytics and resource planning would enable better employee insights, self-service environment, flexible user experience and a great RoI for their business.”Supporting Resources Oracle HCM Cloud Oracle ERP Cloud Oracle PartnerNetwork About Oracle

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