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The CMO Club and Oracle Study: CMOs Struggling to Deliver Consistent Customer Experiences Need to Leverage Marketing Technology

Oracle Database News - 12 hours 44 min ago
The CMO Club and Oracle Study: CMOs Struggling to Deliver Consistent Customer Experiences Need to Leverage Marketing TechnologyNew CMO Solution Guide offers best practices for leveraging emerging marketing technology to enhance the customer experience

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE – LAS VEGAS – March 31, 2015 – Oracle and The CMO Club today released the findings of a study that shows CMOs in every industry are struggling to deliver a consistent customer experience across all customer touch points, and that organizations are not getting the most out of their marketing technology platforms. To help CMOs address this complex challenge, The CMO Club and Oracle Marketing Cloud worked with the heads of marketing from major brands, including American Express, Gap, Hilton Worldwide, and PetSmart, to develop “The CMO Solution Guide to Leveraging New Technology and Marketing Platforms.” The guide is one of the first to be developed in collaboration with CMOs, shares insights into marketing technology challenges, and offers best practices for leveraging emerging marketing technology to deliver a consistent, personalized and engaging customer experience.

To help meet skyrocketing boardroom expectations around financial performance and unprecedented customer expectations, the CMO’s role is expanding to encompass a broader customer experience remit, which requires a clear vision, greater collaboration with technology counterparts, and breaking down organizational silos to meet consumer expectations. “My job now is to look at the decision journey of the customer and optimize based on what the customer wants,” said Mary Ann Fitzmaurice Reilly, senior vice president, Marketing Integration & Customer Insights, American Express.

“CMOs are increasingly responsible for delivering the right customer experience at every touch point,” said Nadine Dietz, CMO of The CMO Club. “Marketing automation helps deliver consistent experience at scale, but requires the right mix of technology, analytics, people, and processes for success. Given the sea of technology options available and monumental integration challenges faced while implementing marketing solutions, we felt it was time to issue a Solution Guide for CMOs from CMOs to collectively support each other in this shared mission."

The study found that optimizing the customer experience across all touch points, including marketing, sales and support, was the number one priority for CMOs. Yet, only 13 percent of the 110 CMOs surveyed said they are able to truly deliver a personalized and engaging customer experience across channels. Additionally, 21 percent did not know where to start in terms of understanding a customer’s end-to-end experience with their brand, and said they needed help evaluating marketing technologies to be sure they are aligned to the organization’s goals.

Marketing and Technology Best Practices

The CMO Solution Guide to Leveraging New Technology and Marketing Platforms outlines five solutions from CMOs for CMOs to better leverage technology and enhance the customer experience. Solutions include:

Be the customer champion every step of the way: CMOs need a clear understanding of how customers and prospects interact with their brands at every stage, from consideration, to engagement, to purchase and advocacy. They are the voice of the customer, translating insights to actions across every organizational function. Become BFFs with your CIO: Of those surveyed, only one of 110 respondents referenced a positive relationship with their CIO. A critical action item for a CMO is to reach out to their CIO to collaborate, plan, and integrate activities. Co-design the optimal customer-driven technology roadmap: CMOs need to develop an understanding of the technology that is required to deliver the optimal customer experience and co-design the technology roadmap with the CIO, allowing flexibility in design to incorporate new technology and third party applications. Rethink your marketing organization and processes: There are many formal and informal opportunities to create collaboration across marketing departments and technology. As critical as it is to building the right culture and cross-functional environment, it’s also critical to hire the right talent. Establish a system for continuous improvement: The customer is outpacing companies in terms of their expectations for personalized service compared to a company’s ability to act on the information – both technologically and analytically. The CMO of today must – in addition to being agile – be open to taking chances and remain risk receptive.

“Most brands and marketers are only utilizing 15 percent of technologies and capabilities they are already paying for, so the focus should not be in adopting more technologies, but in applying them to solve business needs and inspire behaviors,” said Mayur Gupta, global head, Marketing Technology & Innovation, Kimberly-Clark.

“Every business talks about focusing on the customer, but few actually deliver. Why? Simply put, digital marketing technology alone can’t tell a compelling story. It requires the right mix of people, process, and technology to be successful,” said Andrea Ward, vice president, Marketing, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “Customer centricity and marketing simplicity is at the heart of the Oracle Marketing Cloud, which enables marketers to focus on what they do best – getting compelling and relevant content in front of the right audiences across any digital channel in a way that drives actions.”

Additional Information View The CMO Club and Oracle guide here. Learn more about The CMO Club. Learn more about Oracle Marketing Cloud by following us on Twitter and Facebook and reading our Modern Marketing Blog.About The CMO Club

The CMO Club is the world’s most engaged and inspired community of Senior Marketing Executives who help each other solve their biggest challenges, within a candid, trusted, and sharing environment. Collaboration fueled by inspiring events and within the members-only Digital Solutions Clubhouse raises the standard for what is required to be a successful Chief Marketing Officer. With more than 850 members, The CMO Club is the go-to center for today’s Senior Marketer for peer-based personal and career success support. For more details, please visit www.thecmoclub.com.

About Oracle

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Categories: Database, Vendor

Hitting The Oracle Target

Database Journal News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 08:01

SGA and PGA management can be confusing.  Oracle can make it easier with two views that provide advice on how to set the associated parameters.  Read on to see what those views are and how to read the data.

Categories: Database

Oracle Learning Cloud Unveiled at Oracle HCM World

Oracle Database News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Learning Cloud Unveiled at Oracle HCM WorldNew standard for learning designed for digital workforce helps employees learn contextually and socially from wherever they are

ORACLE HCM WORLD, WASHINGTON, DC – March 27, 2015 – Digital disruption is impacting all aspects of the workforce. Today, employees expect the same capabilities at work that they get in the consumer world. Unveiled today at Oracle HCM World in Washington, DC, Oracle has introduced Oracle Learning Cloud to help shift the corporate learning paradigm to one that enables employees at all levels to learn contextually and socially regardless of their location.

Creating a new standard in enterprise learning, the new Oracle Learning Cloud reflects changing user preferences as digital natives join the workforce. Designed for the way people learn today, the next generation learning solution goes beyond traditional learning management systems to provide today’s digital workforce with better access to content, within context, shared by subject experts, and backed by the power of the Oracle Cloud.

“To adapt and succeed in today’s digital workforce, HR and business leaders must simplify the employee experience and enable connections anywhere and via any device, personalize information and communicate it in a way that is relevant for their job, and create a culture where employees want to share their knowledge and encourage them to engage with each other in new and creative ways,” said Chris Leone, senior vice president, Oracle HCM Development. “The new Oracle Learning Cloud helps companies provide employees with a consumer-like experience to help retain and develop the talent they need to be successful.”

Traditional learning management systems have historically been prescriptive, often delivering information in silos, without integration to core HR, talent management, and social platforms. To help develop today’s digital workforce and create the leaders of tomorrow, the new Oracle Learning Cloud, part of Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud) enables HR and business leaders to offer curated and referral-based learning. With Oracle Learning Cloud, HR and business leaders can source content from both internal and external sources, including YouTube and Massive Open Online Courses (MooCs). Understanding that user-generated content and crowd-sourced information is king in the consumer world, Oracle designed its Oracle Learning Cloud to be social, contextual, intelligent, scalable and secure.

Social: It enables employees to capture, share and collaborate around best practices using rich media. It allows subject matter experts to build their own reputation by empowering them to create, assemble, and publish high quality content, and encourages social recommendations and discovery. Contextual: It allows organizations to provide real time, in-line learning to their employees. Intelligent: It has a recommendation engine that delivers personalized learning recommendations based on more than 100 person, job, and enterprise attributes. Scalable and Secure: With Oracle Cloud, it has the technical infrastructure needed to support transcoding and bit-rate adaptive stream (like YouTube and Netflix) so that employees can publish and consume from any modern device, from any network, such as 3G, 4G, or Wi-fi.

With the Oracle Cloud as its foundation, the new Oracle Learning Cloud also provides all of the compliance and administration features of traditional learning management systems.

Additional Information Learn more about Oracle HCM by following us on Twitter and Facebook Learn more about Oracle HCM WorldAbout Oracle

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Blanc & Otus
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Oracle Brings Modern Customer Experience to Las Vegas

Oracle Database News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 13:00
Oracle Brings Modern Customer Experience to Las VegasMarketing, Service, Sales, and Commerce thought leaders will share best practices for providing integrated, seamless, and differentiated customer experiencesRedwood Shores, Calif. – March 27, 2015

To help marketing, customer service, sales, and commerce professionals embrace modern customer experience (CX) best practices, Oracle will host the Modern Customer Experience Conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada, March 31-April 2. Held at the Venetian Hotel and Resort, the conference features CX thought leaders and the industry’s largest vendor-driven marketing-focused event, Oracle Modern Marketing Experience. The conference also includes dedicated events for customer service, sales, and commerce professionals.

Oracle Modern Marketing Experience attendees will gain knowledge and experience to make a difference in their companies and careers through insights from experts in marketing automation, social marketing, content marketing, and big data. The event will include three days of immersive sessions covering the strategies and tactics needed to make modern marketing succeed, as well as an exclusive, invitation-only CMO Experience program.

The Modern Customer Experience Conferences also includes Modern Commerce Experience, which will focus on delivering omnichannel e-commerce experiences; Modern Sales Experience, which will focus on business goals and technologies that can help sales teams create unique and engaging customer experiences that drive revenue; and Modern Service Experience, where attendees will learn about engaging customers, empowering employees and adapting quickly to constantly changing business and customer needs.

Oracle Modern Customer Experience Highlights: Inspiring keynotes: The opening keynote will feature insights from Oracle CEO Mark Hurd; best-selling author Daniel Pink; Oracle Marketing Cloud Senior Vice President and General Manager Kevin Akeroyd; and actor and filmmaker James Franco. Strong lineup of speakers: The conference also features speakers from key analyst firms including Gartner, Forrester Research, Aberdeen Group, Constellation Research, IDC, Ventana Research and Nucleus Research; executives from Oracle customers such as LinkedIn, Intuit, eHarmony, Symantec and Harley-Davidson; as well as sessions from Oracle Vice President of Customer Experience Strategy and Design Brian Curran; and Oracle Sales Cloud Vice President of Product Management Scott Creighton. Wide variety of content: Access more than 200 high-quality sessions, deep-dive training sessions, and expert keynotes covering marketing, sales, customer service and commerce, plus partner demos. Networking opportunities: Oracle’s experiential welcome reception on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. PT, gives attendees an opportunity to network with peers, Oracle partners, and industry influencers. Learn from the best: The 2015 Markie Awards reception and ceremony will showcase examples of excellence in modern marketing on Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. PT. Modern Service Experience will also recognize service innovators during a morning customer appreciation award ceremony on Wednesday, April 1. Party with peers: Oracle’s customer appreciation event (on Wednesday, April 1 at 9:30 p.m. PT in the Venetian Ballroom) will offer attendees a night of great music, fine food and drink, and more opportunities to connect with peers from around the world; and will feature GRAMMY-award-winning One Republic.

“To meet the ever increasing demands of today’s customers, marketing, commerce, sales and customer service professionals must be able to quickly and easily access customer data from a variety of sources and deliver the right messages to the right people, at the right time,” said Aaron Shidler, vice president, product development, Oracle. “With integration at the center of Oracle’s customer experience platform, Oracle Modern Customer Experience will offer insights into trends and best practices to help enhance customer engagement across all touchpoints.”

Additional Information Learn more about Oracle Modern Customer Experience Conferences, including Modern Marketing Experience, Modern Service Experience, Modern Sales Experience, and Modern Commerce Experience. Interested in attending? Register here. For more information on Oracle Customer Experience solutions, visit the Oracle Customer Experience blog, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Learn more about Oracle Marketing Cloud and its comprehensive suite of integrated solutions, including Oracle Responsys, Oracle Eloqua, Oracle Content Marketing, Oracle Data Management Platform, Oracle Social Cloud, and Oracle AppCloud. For more information on Oracle Marketing Cloud, visit the Oracle Marketing Cloud blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Oracle

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Oracle
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Categories: Database, Vendor

PPD, a Leading Global Contract Research Organization, Reduces Costs of Clinical Trials by Migrating Data to the Oracle Health Sciences Cloud

Oracle Database News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 06:07
PPD, a Leading Global Contract Research Organization, Reduces Costs of Clinical Trials by Migrating Data to the Oracle Health Sciences CloudPPD gains real-time and actionable insight into studies with simplified data exchange and monitoring through the cloud

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—March 26, 2015—Contract research organizations (CROs) are constantly looking for ways to improve project oversight and reduce costs while adding value and simplifying data exchange—especially in complex clinical trials involving multiple CRO partners. Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD), a leading global CRO, looked to Oracle Health Sciences Cloud for a solution. PPD is the first CRO to migrate trials from an onsite installation of Oracle’s Siebel Clinical Trial Management System to Siebel Clinical Trial Management System Cloud Service—creating a highly available, centralized-trial database that lowers costs, simplifies the management and improves the accuracy of multi-CRO clinical trial data, and accelerates studies. Ovum recognized Siebel Clinical Trial Management System as a market leader in its “Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a CTMS Solution, 2013–14” report.

“Oracle Siebel Clinical Trial Management System Cloud Service dramatically simplifies how we manage study data and communicate with clients, especially in studies involving multiple CROs,” said Andrew Masters, vice president of enterprise information management, PPD. “Clients can now access study data through Oracle’s Siebel cloud Service, so we no longer need to send data back and forth to them, saving us time, reducing the cost of studies and creating better results for our clients.”

Using Siebel Clinical Trial Management System Cloud Service with a standardized clinical trial management system (CTMS) configuration, PPD migrated data from 124 studies to the Oracle Health Sciences Cloud in just six weeks, achieving rapid time to value. In addition, the organization is reducing the in-house resources needed to support these trials by using the cloud to simplify the exchange of data for multi-CRO studies. With the highly available and secure monitoring cloud, PPD and trial sponsors gain actionable insight into studies to accelerate clinical development while reducing trial costs and risk.

“Oracle’s Siebel Clinical Trial Management System Cloud Service delivers comprehensive clinical trial management with all the performance, scalability, and cost benefits of Oracle Health Sciences Cloud,” said Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “The success of PPD, one of the world’s largest CROs, in rapidly migrating data from an on-premises environment to Siebel Clinical Trial Management System Cloud Service demonstrates the flexibility of the solution and its ability to simplify data exchange, ultimately leading to more-efficient clinical trial management.”

Siebel Clinical Trial Management System combines standardized, comprehensive clinical trial capabilities, integrated analytics tools, and unsurpassed data security with a cloud service that lets organizations effectively and economically manage clinical trial activities and improve CRO and sponsor relationships from early to late-stage clinical trials.

Validating Oracle’s industry leadership, Ovum, a leading IT research and analyst group, has positioned Siebel Clinical Trial Management System as a market leader in its “Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a CTMS Solution, 2013–14” report based on “its market share, breadth of offering, and long-term vision.” This report compares products of the top five CTMS vendors to help life sciences organizations better understand the CTMS vendor landscape. Siebel Clinical Trial Management System led the technology assessment category, scoring highest in breadth of offering, usability, development, and reporting.

“Ovum designates a market leader as having established a commanding market position with a product that is widely accepted as best of breed and worthy of a place on most technology selection shortlists,” said Andrew Brosnan, senior analyst, Ovum Health Sciences team. “Oracle’s support for mobile CRAs, risk-based monitoring platform, and integration with its Oracle Health Sciences Clinical Development Analytics product differentiates its offering from the rest of the market.”

Additional Information

Join the Oracle Health Sciences community on Facebook and follow @OracleHealthSci on Twitter.

About Oracle

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Samantha Thai
Oracle
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O’Keeffe & Company
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Categories: Database, Vendor

Implement InfoSphere Data Replication for Sybase with a remote database server

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:00
This tutorial explains how to implement InfoSphere Data Replication for Sybase with a remote database server, in an easy step-by-step manner.
Categories: Database

PostgreSQL Data Sync 15.3 released

PostgreSQL News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 01:00

SQL Maestro Group announces the release of PostgreSQL Data Sync 15.3, a powerful and easy-to-use tool for PostgreSQL database contents comparison and synchronization.

The new version is immediately available at
http://www.sqlmaestro.com/products/postgresql/datasync/.

Top 5 new features:
  1. An ability to select or disable certain synchronization operations (Insert, Update, and Delete) has been implemented. The corresponding command line switches have been added as well.
  2. Now it is possible to specify SQL scripts to be executed before and/or after synchronizing data of each table.
  3. Synchronization script file name and log file name are now stored in the project file. These settings can be overwritten with the appropriate command line options.
  4. The first page of the wizard has been redesigned in order to provide more comfortable access to recently opened projects and display the latest company news.
  5. The progress windows are redesigned in the modern style and become more informative.

There are also some other useful things. Full press release is available at the SQL Maestro Group website.

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Primavera Launches Project Portfolio Management Cloud Services Accelerators for Financial Services, Public Sector, and Engineering and Construction Industries

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:12
Primavera Launches Project Portfolio Management Cloud Services Accelerators for Financial Services, Public Sector, and Engineering and Construction IndustriesOracle’s new accelerators enable organizations to manage the lifecycle of initiatives, projects, programs, and contracts using rich functional capabilities, built-in industry best practices, and the power of the cloud
ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT – Washington DC – March 25, 2015

Organizations across industries are managing unprecedented change, whether due to increasing regulations, shifting competitive environments, or the need to constantly innovate. And these companies all have two things in common—any transformation must happen quickly, and the solutions deployed must be finely tuned to match how they work. In response to this need, Oracle has launched three new cloud services accelerators for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) in the financial services, public sector, and engineering and construction industries. Combining the proven history of Oracle’s Primavera products with Oracle’s cloud expertise, these purpose-built accelerators enable organizations to effectively address the challenges associated with managing project, program, portfolio, and contract lifecycles in their respective industries.

“Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all project and contract management tools. Our customers need cloud-based, specialized solutions that fit how they do business, get them up and running quickly with industry best practices, and provide the flexibility and power to change and grow with their needs. That’s why we have launched these three process- and industry-specific accelerators. With this announcement, we are looking to the cloud as the catalyst that will enable our customers to use EPPM to transform their organizations at the speed that they demand,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager, Primavera Global Business Unit, Oracle.

The three new cloud services accelerators include:

Oracle Business Process Portfolio Management Cloud Accelerator: To support financial institutions’ business transformation, continuous process improvement, and regulatory compliance change management, this accelerator provides end-to-end functionalities for managing, tracking, and executing service innovation initiatives, operational projects, and process changes across the enterprise. It complements the analytics capabilities of governance, risk, and compliance applications such as Oracle Financial Services Operational Risk, creating a comprehensive change management solution for the financial services industry.
Oracle Public Infrastructure Monitoring Cloud Accelerator: Governments at all levels are investing in infrastructure projects to improve quality of life for constituents while also reducing waste and improving efficiencies. To best manage these complex undertakings, this accelerator provides top-down project planning and bottom-up monitoring, enhancing the effectiveness of infrastructure changes for any type of government management—from federated to centralized. Oracle Contract Management Cloud Accelerator: In the engineering and construction business, projects are a team effort—contractors and owner organizations need to coordinate and collaborate to control contract management and keep costs in line with project expectations. This accelerator provides these organizations with preconfigured, flexible rules and processes, enabling them to quickly start managing contracts and controlling change throughout the project lifecycle with a system that allows for future business growth and expanded requirements.

At Oracle Industry Connect in Washington DC, these accelerators will be on display and discussed in the conference’s Primavera track, which begins with a keynote on Wednesday, March 25, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.


Additional Information

To learn more about Oracle’s Primavera solutions, connect on Twitter at @OracleEPPM and on Facebook at facebook.com/oracleprimavera.

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Oracle Introduces Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 Point-of-Service Terminal

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:11
Press Release Oracle Introduces Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 Point-of-Service Terminal Sleek workstation design and superior reliability enhance staff and guest experiences

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—Mar 25, 2015

News Summary

As hotels and restaurants employ mobile, social, and informational tools to connect with guests, they require a new type of “engagement” device at the point of service (POS). To meet this need, Oracle today introduced Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 with a fresh, modern design that provides hospitality and select retail venues with a next-generation POS terminal that works in concert with mobile, cloud, and social media to deliver consistent, integrated content across multiple sources.

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For hospitality businesses, Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 is part of an integrated strategy built around content delivery, moving well beyond transactions to offer guest recommendations, roll out special promotions, and personalize the guest experience. The workstation is a single engagement device that shares digital content from a variety of sources with both staff members and guests, from sharing a training video with a new worker to helping a guest view a spa package or menu special being offered.

Building upon a deep industry hardware legacy, Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 incorporates the design elements of mobile POS hardware to deliver an elegant, stationary engagement device with an attractive finish and small footprint. The ergonomic, all-in-one design minimizes the visual obstruction between guest and staff, while a 15.6-inch-wide HD touchscreen enables a beautifully rich, horizontal information format. The mount allows staff to adjust the screen angle or swivel it around for a guest to view.

The new terminal also expands the integrated family of Oracle’s MICROS engagement devices, which includes Oracle’s MICROS R-Series Tablet and Oracle’s MICROS E-Series Tablet in 8-inch and 11-inch versions. With an intuitive user interface and similar look and feel, Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 helps employees move seamlessly between tablet and workstation.

Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 operates the Microsoft Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro system and runs the latest Intel Atom processor for high performance and low thermal output. A modular, integrated, three-track magnetic card reader allows for 3DES or AES encryption upon swiping. In addition, Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 includes six USB ports, allowing users to attach peripherals such as printers, scanners, and cash drawers.

Like legacy MICROS hardware, the new workstation is designed to stand up to harsh, often unpredictable service environments and operates in a wide range of temperatures. It features a spill- and impact-resistant enclosure that can withstand the day-to-day abuse common in the hospitality and retail industries. With no moving parts, the workstation is designed for long-lasting durability.

The new terminal leverages select Oracle Hospitality and Oracle Retail applications to provide a fluid, intuitive touchscreen experience and minimize the learning curve for new employees. Oracle software and hardware is engineered to work together so implementation is simple and seamless.

Backed by Oracle’s industry-leading technology, service, and support, Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 provides adaptability to changing operational requirements and access to the latest technology. As part of the Oracle portfolio of hardware, software, and related services including cloud solutions, the terminal builds upon Oracle’s commitment to providing solutions that optimize business processes and offer guests superior service and experience through connected technology.

  • “Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 gives us a more modern look and intuitive user interface that supports hotel and restaurant staff at the point of service,” said John Huddle, director of Information Technology at Silver Diner, the iconic American restaurant chain. “We believe Oracle’s MICROS product delivers a better overall guest experience while providing us with a durable and flexible long-term solution.”

    “Technology continues to reshape the hospitality industry and allows a renewed focus on the guest. The design of Oracle’s MICROS Workstation 6 leverages new, modern technologies to help improve guest transactions, streamline business operations, and enhance guest loyalty,” said Ray Carlin, vice president, Strategy and Solutions Management, Oracle Hospitality. “The next-generation point-of-service terminal is a guest engagement device that is feature rich, elegant, and integrated with mobile, as well as exceptionally reliable and durable.”

  • Additional customers using Oracle Hospitality solutions tell their stories here
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Oracle
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Amodeo Associates
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New Oracle Consumer Study Challenges Retailers to Adapt to Modern Retail Marketplace

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:10
Press Release New Oracle Consumer Study Challenges Retailers to Adapt to Modern Retail Marketplace

Oracle Industry Connect, Washington DC—Mar 25, 2015

Enabled by technological advances, today’s consumers are reaching across borders and channels for shopping experiences that provide unprecedented choice and convenience. A new consumer research report, “Retail Without Limits - A Modern Commercial Society,” explores how a technology-powered “invisible hand” has transformed the retail environment and reveals lessons for retailers as they adapt to this new, nearly limitless retail marketplace.

Retail Without Limits

Find out what 5,000 consumers from around the world want from retailers.

Read the report

The report, issued today, is the result of a survey of 500 participants from each of 10 countries—Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, the UK, and the US. Findings reveal that consumers across the world are driven by convenience and want a converged commerce experience, in which retailers combine the best of digital and in-person resources.

What sets retailers apart in a global marketplace is giving shoppers better information where and when they need it. 70 percent of global respondents say that the best way retailers can add value to their shopping experience is to provide easy access to information about products and services online and in stores. Consumers’ demand for transparency and access transcends formats and borders. More than two-thirds of global consumers say that they are using smartphones to browse or buy products, and 56 percent have purchased direct from offshore international retailers.

“Consumers are enjoying an expanding global marketplace, and they are shopping it with the nearest mobile device,” said Jill Puleri, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “As retailers embrace this new global, mobile consumer they must also maintain profitability and lay the foundation for ongoing change.”

Retailers Must Learn, Adapt, and Execute

The study highlights that there are opportunities for retailers to differentiate themselves and win customers through better in-store experiences, more-effective mobile strategies, and increased access to information regarding inventory and pricing. Key findings are broken into the following categories:

The Convergence of Commerce: 83 percent of global respondents want retailers to invest in technology, and 57 percent of these stated that converged commerce was key. In China and Germany, this figure rises to 78 percent and 70 percent respectively.

Demand for Transparency: This outstrips any other consumer requirement in terms of adding value to an experience (70 percent). Access to product information across digital channels or in-store is also rated highly by global respondents (59 percent).

Mobile, Apps, Social: Mobile is the fastest growing method of shopping globally, with over two thirds of consumers (67 percent) stating they are using smartphones to enhance their shopping experiences.

The Global Opportunity: Over half (56 percent) of global respondents have bought goods from an offshore international retailer, with only the US (39 percent), Japan (41 percent) and the UK (43 percent) falling below the global average.

The Privacy Conflict: 56 percent of consumers say they recognize that giving retailers access to information can improve their shopping experience, but retailers need to move cautiously and build trust, because 55 percent of consumers have reservations or disagree with retailers having access to personal information. 23 percent are happy to download an app that allows retailers to track their movements in store and online.

Differentiate With Your Store: Stores are increasingly involved in online orders; the report shows that the percentage of consumers who buy goods online and collect them continues to rise. However, globally, 44 percent of consumers still prefer to shop in-store and take items home, most notably in Australia (69 percent), followed by Germany (57 percent), France (54 percent), the US (50 percent) and Russia (45 percent). Consumers still love at-home delivery, and 34 percent listed buying online with home delivery as their favorite way to shop.

“The consumer is driving the agenda, Oracle is in a unique position to support the new fundamentals of converged retail – right product, right place, right time, right price—anywhere,” said Puleri.

Retail Without Limits—A Modern Commercial Society

Oracle commissioned the study with Redshift Research in January 2015 to explore the expectations and habits of 5,000 adult shoppers via its online consumer panel.

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Oracle Communications Advances Network Function Virtualization by Delivering Carrier-Grade Data Center Performance

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:09
Oracle Communications Advances Network Function Virtualization by Delivering Carrier-Grade Data Center PerformanceWith an industry-first for Enhanced Platform Awareness resource optimization, Oracle Communications collaborates with Intel to demonstrate end-to-end service and network function orchestrationORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT – Washington DC – March 25, 2015

In a move to transform their networks, many communications service providers (CSPs) are starting to transition from their traditional appliance-based network functions to a virtualized, software-based model—also known as network function virtualization (NFV). The promise of this approach is more service agility and lower operational costs. But virtualization had yet to prove that it can deliver the same network speed and reliability performance provided by traditional network appliances—until now. Working with Intel and leveraging Enhanced Platform Awareness in OpenStack, Oracle Communications has delivered the industry’s first successful demonstration of carrier-grade network performance in a virtualized environment.

The project, led by Oracle and using the Intel® Open Network Platform (ONP), demonstrates that CSPs can realize more of the promise of NFV. Specifically, the initiative proves that by intelligently directing network activity to the Intel® processor, CSPs will have more capabilities in software that were previously limited to hardware. In turn, this means that CSPs could maintain service quality levels and develop new offers for customers as soon as CSPs begin to migrate their network functions to the data center.

“This initiative does more than just optimize Oracle Communications products for the Intel® Open Network Platform,” said Liam Maxwell, vice president of products for Oracle Communications. “It takes the theory of delivering carrier-grade capabilities in a commercial data center and turns it into reality. We’ve proven that we can orchestrate services and network functions from the top of the management and orchestration (MANO) stack all the way to individual network processors, and we can do it at scale.”

“The Intel® Open Network Platform server combines industry-leading server architecture with open source software to enable quicker delivery of NFV solutions. Our work with Oracle demonstrates how a powerful server can act as the catalyst for end-to-end NFV orchestration,” said John Healy, general manager, Software Defined Networking Division, Network Platforms Group, Intel Corporation.

For this initiative, Oracle Communications optimized specific products for the Intel ONP using OpenStack open source infrastructure management software and its Enhanced Platform Awareness capabilities. The optimized products are part of Oracle’s orchestration framework, including Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution. By directing the Intel platform to dynamically establish data center resource pools that mimic the specialized characteristics of a network appliance (such as large memory pages), the orchestration software can then route the work to the correct pool, based on each function’s unique needs. Moreover, this orchestration activity can work for any network equipment vendor’s interface, preserving the CSP community’s requirement to support multi-vendor environments. Oracle and Intel contribute to and support the widely accepted OpenStack initiative.

The project highlights the importance of orchestrating network functions at the processor-attribute level. In this scenario, Oracle Communications solutions optimize performance of the Intel XeonTM E5-2600 v3 processor, which is built specifically for networking requirements. The platform offers NFV software adaptability for network functions, while meeting the performance and reliability found in network appliances.

“NFV resource orchestrators need awareness of infrastructure inventory and capability as well as network function requirements in order to match the two for optimal cost and performance. Oracle and Intel have achieved noteworthy platform awareness with this project. Intel contributed broadly to the OpenStack Enhanced Platform Awareness Initiative, and now Oracle is the first to actually harness this capability as a function of its intelligent orchestration framework,” said Dana Cooperson, research director, head of Telecoms Virtualization Research, Analysys Mason.

The Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration Solution with Enhanced Platform Awareness using the Intel ONP will be on display at Oracle Industry Connect 2015, March 25 through 26, in Washington DC. Executive keynote speakers from Intel will address the value of the open industry collaboration on Wednesday, March 25, at 3:45 p.m., along with a panel discussion on Enhanced Platform Awareness on Thursday, March 26, from 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. in the Oracle Communications track at this collaborative, cross-industry event.


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Genie Retail Energy Improves Operations and Increases Efficiency with Oracle Utilities Load Profiling and Settlement

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:09
Genie Retail Energy Improves Operations and Increases Efficiency with Oracle Utilities Load Profiling and Settlement

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—March 25, 2015— Oracle today announced that Genie Retail Energy (GRE), a leading retail utility serving more than 360,000 electric and natural gas meters in six states, has deployed Oracle Utilities Load Profiling and Settlement with PowerRunner’s fully integrated FORrunner Forecasting Analytics accelerator as a physical and financial data aggregation solution to more efficiently validate, edit, and estimate usage data to forecast and settle with market operators. This solution provides GRE with an automated, in-house, microforecasting solution across multiple electricity and natural gas market segments.

GRE forecasts its own energy requirements, and the limitations of its legacy system forced it to manage some territories outside of its incumbent forecasting network, which proved to be time-consuming and inefficient.

With Oracle Utilities Load Profiling and Settlement and FORrunner in place, GRE can efficiently and securely forecast demand and settlement. Additionally, the solution provides GRE with a forecasting platform that can support its expansion into new energy market segments and products. The Oracle and PowerRunner solution is now integrated with GRE’s customer information system (CIS) and other IT systems, enabling the company to implement the appropriate PowerRunner modules to quickly create highly accurate forecasts when entering a new utility territory.

“By replacing our inefficient legacy system with Oracle Utilities Load Profiling and Settlement with PowerRunner, we have significantly improved our operational productivity. Our forecasting processes now run very smoothly, and we look forward to realizing additional efficiencies in the future,” said Terrence Stronz, chief financial officer, Genie Retail Energy.

“With Oracle Utilities Load Profiling and Settlement in place, GRE now has access to the market-leading, fastest, most-accurate aggregator of consumption and financial data available, ultimately enabling it to improve its forecasting processes,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.

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We Energies Deploys Oracle DataRaker to Enhance Customer Service, Improve Operational Efficiency, and Reduce Costs

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:08
We Energies Deploys Oracle DataRaker to Enhance Customer Service, Improve Operational Efficiency, and Reduce Costs

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—March 25, 2015— We Energies—which provides electrical service to areas of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and natural gas and steam energy to areas of Wisconsin—is committed to ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction. After undertaking the rollout of a mass fixed automated meter reading (AMR) network that will provide daily reads on approximately 1.6 million endpoints, the utility deployed Oracle DataRaker to update its IT infrastructure and to help enable more-proactive identification and prevention of imprecise meter readings for an overall improved meter-to-bill process.

With Oracle DataRaker in place, We Energies reduced its break-to-fix time by using data analytics to quickly find metering issues and prioritize meter repairs.

“Using data analytics was a game changer for how we approach our work and allowed us to gain the greatest possible benefit from our metering investments. We increased efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, and avoided IT costs,” said Joan Shafer, senior vice president, Customer Services, We Energies.

“After undertaking its fixed AMR network rollout, We Energies wanted to ensure improved customer service. With Oracle DataRaker, the utility improved its meter-to-bill department processes by reducing costs and delays in identifying meter issues,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.

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Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Chooses Oracle FLEXCUBE as its Core Banking Solution

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:06
Press Release Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Chooses Oracle FLEXCUBE as its Core Banking Solution Leading Cooperative Bank in India to transform operations and improve customer experience with Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—Mar 25, 2015

Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Ltd. (DNS Bank), one of the leading scheduled urban cooperative banks in India, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking to transform its banking operations. The deal was finalized in May, 2014, and DNS Bank expects to go live with a state-of-the-art system in 2015. With 42 branches spread across 13 districts of Maharashtra and a business mix of Rs 5,500 crore, DNS Bank has a plan to grow to more than Rs 15,000 crore with more than 100 branches by 2019.

By implementing a new-generation core banking solution based on Oracle FLEXCUBE, DNS Bank plans to optimize its operational efficiency, profitability, and growth. With Oracle FLEXCUBE, DNS Bank hopes to provide superior customer experience, faster delivery of new and agile products and services and secure, feature-rich banking channels such as mobile and internet banking. Oracle FLEXCUBE will provide DNS Bank with the ability to improve business intelligence and decision support, provide better cross-sell and up-sell opportunities and reduce operating costs with ease of IT management.

“We congratulate DNS Bank in taking this step ahead toward a greater customer centricity through technology. We are excited to work with the bank and to showcase Oracle FLEXCUBE’s capability to address the cooperative bank sector. With more than 500 institutions using Oracle FLEXCUBE across the world, we have proven our capability to meet the benchmarks of different banking segments, showcasing true flexibility and ability to execute successful transformations,” said Chet Kamat, senior vice president, Oracle Financial Services.

DNS Bank is the first cooperative bank in India to implement Oracle FLEXCUBE, replacing the bank’s existing legacy system. By taking advantage of FLEXCUBE’s module-based system , transaction-processing capabilities and process framework, DNS Bank will have the ability to standardize its operations, create a robust service-oriented architecture and to process a large number of transactions with high availability.

“DNS Bank believes that with technology, we can offer differentiated and customized services to our customers. Changing our core system to a modern core banking system such as Oracle FLEXCUBE is a huge step ahead in our evolution. We are pleased with the functionality that Oracle FLEXCUBE delivers, its modern architecture, and its adaptability to the requirements of a cooperative business model such as ours,” said Uday Karve, chairman, DNS Bank.

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Debub Global Bank Deploys Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking to Underpin Ambitious Expansion Plans

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:05
Press Release Debub Global Bank Deploys Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking to Underpin Ambitious Expansion Plans Ethiopian bank adopts Oracle core banking with Oracle’s SPARC servers and Oracle’s StorageTek tape and SAN storage to support cross-channel ‘Anywhere Any Branch’ strategy

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—Mar 25, 2015

Recently established Debub Global Bank (DGB) has become the latest bank in Africa to select Oracle solutions to underpin their expansion plans. The bank will be deploying Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking, Oracle’s SPARC T5-2 server, and Oracle’s StorageTek storage solutions" to achieve its vision of becoming best-in-class within Africa’s banking industry. The hardware and software solution provides the foundation on which DGB can roll out its “Anywhere, Any Branch” cross-channel strategy.

“With one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and the entry of ambitious players such as Debub Global Bank into the finance sector, Ethiopia has the potential to become established as a leading financial center in the region,” said Sonny Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Financial Services. “By running Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle servers with Oracle StorageTek tape and SAN storage, DGB has a strong, scalable foundation to support its expansion plans and execute its ‘Anywhere, Any Branch’ strategy across channels.”

With Oracle FLEXCUBE, DGB will benefit from consolidated customer and product details across all banking departments. The combination of Oracle FLEXCUBE software with Oracle hardware will help the bank protect its data, reduce its operational costs and improve time to market as well as deliver a better customer experience with anywhere, anytime banking. Additionally, Oracle Solaris is ideally suited for the banking industry, with security features designed to easily meet and document compliance with industry standards obligations. Oracle FLEXCUBE supports payments, retail, small and medium-size enterprise loans, trade finance, and treasury offerings.

As part of the rollout, Oracle Consulting Services and BFSI Consulting, a Gold level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, will assist DGB with its implementation.

"We now have a scalable and reliable foundation to realize our vision of becoming a best-in-class bank in Africa,” said Aman Semir, IT director and CBS project manager, Debub Global Bank S.C. “Debub Global Bank has transformed its legacy platform to improve the customer experience with faster time to market of new, tailored product offerings and drive exponential customer growth. Oracle’s products will continue to serve as the backbone of our bank’s IT infrastructure and system solutions.”

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Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation Selects Oracle Health Sciences Cloud Solutions as the IT Platform for Its 10-Year Clinical Study

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:01
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation Selects Oracle Health Sciences Cloud Solutions as the IT Platform for Its 10-Year Clinical Study

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—March 25, 2015—Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the mission to reduce the impact of cancer, has selected Oracle’s Siebel Clinical Trial Management System and Oracle Health Sciences IRT as the IT platform for a comprehensive, 10-year clinical study, conducted in partnership with a tier-one pharmaceutical company and sponsored by Alliance Foundation Trials (AFT). The solutions will provide a proven platform for the decade-long study as well as future Alliance research initiatives.

“As part of our mission to reduce the impact of cancer, it is imperative that our clinical trials run as successfully and efficiently as possible. Going into a 10-year study, we need a proven, enterprise-scale clinical trial management infrastructure that we can count on today and into the future,” said Monica M. Bertagnolli MD, president, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation and chief executive officer, AFT. “Oracle Health Sciences applications provided a competitive solution.”

Siebel Clinical Trial Management System will help AFT ensure the efficiency and integrity of its studies, reducing risk while boosting research team productivity. The organization plans to create a centralized trial management database that provides users with the most relevant information based on their specific roles and responsibilities and is designed to speed access to critical data, improve monitoring and patient safety, and keep data secure. Users can also access the system via any browser from any device, further elevating productivity and the user experience.

The deployment of Oracle Health Sciences IRT is designed to enable AFT to more effectively manage patient randomization and global supply chains by extending interactive voice response (IVR) and interactive web response (IWR) systems. AFT also expects to gain the insight needed to change study parameters midstream while reducing service delivery and change-order costs, and looks to optimize the cost of event charges by leveraging the web in addition to the phone for capture.

AFT will benefit from the scalability, cost-effectiveness, and rapid deployment that cloud-based solutions deliver. It plans to leverage Oracle Health Sciences Cloud for Oracle Health Sciences IRT and a third-party cloud service provider for Siebel Clinical Trial Management System.

“Oracle is pleased to support AFT as it embarks on this important 10-year research study. Oracle Health Sciences solutions provide a highly reliable foundation that helps to drive efficient, effective, and insightful research. Our flexible cloud-based delivery options are designed to help AFT achieve faster time to deployment, lower cost of entry, and ready scalability when needed,” said Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.

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Boise State University Selects Oracle ERP Cloud to Transform Financial Processes and Reduce IT Complexity

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:16

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Boise State University Selects Oracle ERP Cloud to Transform Financial Processes and Reduce IT Complexity

Cloud-based enterprise resource planning solution will help university modernize systems, enhance user experience, and deliver scalability to support future growth

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC — March 25, 2015 Oracle today announced that Boise State University, a public research institution located in Boise, Idaho, selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud) to transform core financial processes and gain new agility to advance educational opportunities. By selecting Oracle’s cloud-based solution, the university will also eliminate the initial and ongoing costs of purchasing, building out, and modernizing hardware infrastructure—reducing its data center footprint and IT management burden while delivering scalability, reliability, and rapid time to value. Boise State will work with Oracle Consulting on the implementation.

Oracle ERP Cloud was chosen to help the university to achieve four important goals:

    § Automate and transform business processes across the entire ERP lifecycle including financial management and billing, procurement, grant management, project management and reporting to drive greater operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness.

    § Empower staff with information and critical insight when and where they need it

    § Reduce IT complexity and boost IT agility to meet rapidly changing needs

    § Improve total cost of IT ownership while ensuring scalability

In the first phase of the deployment, the university plans to roll out the system to more than 500 users—including finance team members, university administrators, and academic staff members. Oracle ERP Cloud, through its intuitive user interface as well as dashboard functionality, enables business users to access the financial and operational information they require without the need for IT team assistance, improving decision-making.

Boise State University, like many academic enterprises, found that its legacy on-premises ERP environment, which required ongoing investment as well as time-consuming and expensive upgrades, did not provide the agility the university required to keep pace with changing needs. As important, it prohibited the university from quickly adopting and benefiting from powerful new application functionality. With Oracle ERP Cloud, Boise State eliminates the direct and indirect costs associated with on-premises upgrades so it can benefit immediately from the latest features and advances, all while achieving scalability and reliability.

As part of the implementation, the university also looks to drive new levels of precision and transparency to grants management, a capability that is increasingly important as the organization rapidly expands its research and graduate programs.

“When we reviewed our options, Oracle ERP Cloud really stood out as a mature, reliable cloud solution in use across multiple industries. We are eager to experience the many benefits that Oracle ERP Cloud can deliver to our growing university, including greater agility to adapt to the rapidly changing dynamics in higher education and at our own institution. As we begin our move to Oracle Cloud, we are excited by the prospect that the savings from process improvements will more than offset the costs of the solution—all while delivering reliability and scalability and allowing us to benefit rapidly from the latest features and functionality,” said Jo Ellen Dinucci, associate vice president of finance and administration, Boise State University.

“The benefits of moving to a cloud based system are all there; reducing infrastructure costs, the opportunity to re-purpose staff to other needed areas, eliminating costly upgrades, keeping the system current, the ability to grow and scale as needed.” said Max Davis-Johnson, associate vice president/CIO, Boise State University.

“Boise State University is clearly demonstrating innovation at its best in the education and research industry by migrating to Oracle ERP Cloud,” said Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research, Oracle. “With this selection, the university can modernize its systems faster, with less effort and cost, and achieve rapid return on new services and applications. At the same time, it can benefit seamlessly from the most advanced functionality, while freeing IT team members to focus on projects that drive institutional innovation and excellence.”

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Oracle HCM World to Bring Together Executives, Global Leaders, and HR Experts to Discuss Modern HR Best Practices

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:18
Oracle HCM World to Bring Together Executives, Global Leaders, and HR Experts to Discuss Modern HR Best PracticesHR industry event will feature critical HR discussions, expert keynotes, customer case studies and networking opportunities

Redwood Shores, Calif. – March 24, 2015 – To help HR professionals find, grow and retain the best possible talent in an increasingly competitive and mobile business environment, Oracle will host its second Oracle HCM World in Washington, DC on March 25 – 27, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The conference will feature industry leaders to discuss critical HR topics and best practices, including workforce planning, recruiting, on-boarding, leadership development and training.

Oracle HCM World will help attendees address the most crucial challenges facing HR today by bringing together HR, talent management, business leaders, and industry influencers to share best practices and discuss how forward-thinking organizations are employing modern HR to transform their organizations. Attendees will also learn about the latest developments in workforce management, rewards and optimization as well as social sourcing, flexible learning, predictive insight, transformative decision-making and game-changing technologies.

Conference Highlights Include: Keynote address from Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. ET. During that keynote, Mark Hurd will share his thoughts on the digital workforce and Dr. Rice will discuss recent changes to the geopolitical landscape. Opening keynote from Cara Capretta, vice president, HCM Transformation, Oracle, and Bertrand Dussert, vice president, HCM Transformation, Oracle, to discuss the global trends impacting the HR function and modern HR best practices. Additional keynotes from Oracle executives, including Chris Leone, senior vice president, Oracle Applications Development; Oracle partners Accenture, PwC, and Deloitte Consulting LLP; and industry expert Dave Ulrich, professor of business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and partner at the RBL Group. More than 90 sessions, demos and keynotes in eight tracks including Social and Core Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Modern HR, and HCM Mobile Cloud. Advice and best practices from cutting-edge Oracle HCM customers, including Ovation Brands, Concentrix, Compass Minerals, Inc., and Cox Enterprises. Customer appreciation event, “THE Bash at the Museum,” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery the evening of Thursday, March 26.

“Cloud, mobile and social technologies are changing every aspect of how a company engages with its workforce,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “In this time of digital disruption, relying on the most modern and comprehensive HCM capabilities is more crucial than ever. Oracle HCM World will help our customers ensure they keep pace with the latest HCM advancements in order to work collaboratively across the organization and attract and retain the best people.”

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Newfield Supports Employee Performance with Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle Database News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:00
Newfield Supports Employee Performance with Oracle HCM CloudIndependent oil and gas company adopts cloud-based solution to manage critical human resource functions

Redwood Shores, Calif. – March 23, 2015 – In the oil and gas industry, expedition into new areas and successful development of ongoing operations drive growth. To capitalize on such opportunities, Newfield Exploration Company, a business engaged in exploring and producing oil and gas, adopted Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud), which gives employees and managers access to HR data and helps them identify and work toward individual, team, and company goals.

To support business expansion around the globe, Newfield will leverage the mobile capabilities of Oracle HCM Cloud, part of Oracle Applications Cloud, to eventually focus its 1,500 employees on goals and objectives that add value for shareholders. Newfield has selected Oracle HCM Cloud Mobile as the mobile interface its employees will use when the company is ready to launch this new application, based on features such as usability, goal-tracking capabilities, and real-time speed of the native iPad application.

Oracle HCM Cloud has helped Newfield strengthen employee development and foster teamwork and collaboration. Full visibility into goals and progress in Oracle HCM Cloud helps motivate Newfield employees to perform to their potential. Newfield plans to use Oracle HCM Cloud Mobile to increase personal connections across the growing team by giving employees who travel to different offices instant access to shared employee profiles—including backgrounds, previous interactions, and photos.

Additionally, with seamless integration into its existing cloud-based HR solution, Newfield’s IT department spends little time on upgrades and maintenance and is able to focus on end-user delivery and adoption.

“Advanced technologies like Oracle HCM Cloud are critical to our success as a company that thrives on discovering and working in uncharted territories,” said Thomas Smouse, vice president of administration and human resources, Newfield Exploration Company. “With Oracle HCM Cloud, we are transforming the way we communicate our goals throughout the organization, creating a more transparent environment. The increased clarity around goals has led to better collaboration and more productive employees focused on common milestones, which inevitably results in better business outcomes.”

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Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to Deliver Solutions up to 20 Times Faster at a 35 Percent Lower Total Cost of Ownership

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Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to Deliver Solutions up to 20 Times Faster at a 35 Percent Lower Total Cost of OwnershipRedwood Shores, Calif. – March 23, 2014 News Summary

To meet the growing demands of its dynamic customer base, Epsilon, an all-encompassing global marketing company and a worldwide leader in creating connections between people and brands, needed a more flexible, cost-effective architecture to support its database and business intelligence offerings. With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before.

News Facts To help reduce costs and improve operational efficiency, Epsilon deployed Oracle VM and Oracle Linux to run its database as a service (DBaaS) and business intelligence as a service (BIaaS) solutions. With more than 7,000 employees across 70 offices, Epsilon sought to deliver high-performance, elastic database and business intelligence environments while efficiently consolidating workloads and enhancing agility and speed for complex legacy applications. With its Oracle-based infrastructure, Epsilon has realized more than 35 percent savings in total cost of ownership. Epsilon selected Oracle VM because its design is focused on ensuring applications run well under virtualization, not just providing virtualization of the underlying hardware, which has helped to simplify provisioning of the multitier technology stack of databases and business intelligence solutions for its customers. Oracle VM’s prebuilt templates enable Epsilon to improve time-to-provisioning for its customers so they can rapidly deploy enterprise applications from test to production and simplify lifecycle management, resulting in increased customer loyalty. With Oracle VM, Epsilon can standardize its virtual machine images, which accelerates deployment times of Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Real Application Clusters, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and streamlines the company’s IT processes and operational efficiency. Oracle VM has also enabled Epsilon to dramatically improve workload consolidation, helping the company to meet aggressive, client-specific requirements without significant downtime for hardware and software maintenance. In addition, Epsilon uses Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage its Oracle-based infrastructure through a single interface, simplifying management and helping to ensure always-on availability for critical customer systems. Supporting Quote "With Oracle technology, we have been able to build both DBaaS and BIaaS solutions that deliver superior capabilities to meet our customers’ scalability and performance demands and enhance customer loyalty, while lowering our overall total cost of ownership,” said Monish Sharma D.Sc., vice president, Technology at Epsilon. Supporting Resources Oracle Virtualization Download Oracle VM software (terms, conditions, and restrictions apply) Oracle’s Virtualization Blog Oracle Linux Follow Oracle VM on Facebook and Twitter Epsilon About Epsilon

Epsilon is a global leader in creating connections between people and brands. An all-encompassing global marketing company, it harnesses the power of rich data and groundbreaking technologies, engaging creative and transformative ideas to get the results its clients require. Recognized by Ad Age as the #1 World CRM/Direct Marketing Network and #1 US Agency from All Disciplines, Epsilon employs more than 7,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. Epsilon is an Alliance Data company. For more information, visit epsilon.com, follow us on Twitter @EpsilonMktg, or call 1.800.309.0505.

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