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New Oracle Commerce Cloud Helps Companies Quickly Build, Easily Optimize, and Nimbly Extend Selling Experiences

Oracle Database News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 13:00
Press Release New Oracle Commerce Cloud Helps Companies Quickly Build, Easily Optimize, and Nimbly Extend Selling Experiences Designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth for online businesses

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jun 29, 2015

Adding a key new piece to the rich Oracle Customer Experience (CX) applications portfolio, Oracle unveils Oracle Commerce Cloud, a flexible and scalable SaaS solution built for the Oracle Public Cloud. Oracle Commerce Cloud features the latest commerce technology and is designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth, while simplifying IT management and reducing costs.

Oracle Commerce Cloud’s modern SaaS infrastructure emphasizes simplicity, allowing online businesses to quickly launch feature-rich, responsive storefronts across desktop and mobile devices without sacrificing features or brand control. No longer limited by cookie-cutter site options, marketers and merchants get a fully responsive, configurable storefront out-of-the-box with pre-integrated core commerce features including: search/navigation, recommendations, promotions, reporting, payments, design templates and SEO. Catalog, content, design and merchandising management is all at the business’ fingertips in a unified experience management console.

“Commerce Cloud is a new, differentiating piece of the broader Oracle CX cloud applications portfolio and helps ensure online businesses no longer have to worry about deploying code, upgrading, and managing day-to-day infrastructure,” said Ken Volpe, senior vice president, product development, Oracle. “Online businesses can focus on building customer experiences that drive innovation and growth, and an automatically responsive user interface gives brands a limitlessly configurable storefront with proven features expected from the commerce experts.”

Oracle Commerce Cloud allows online businesses to consistently optimize every pixel of the customer experience and regularly apply feature upgrades to their brand esthetic with a solution that includes:

  • Rich experience and commerce capabilities: Unified catalog, commerce, search and navigation, pricing, merchandising, design and content management capabilities gives customers control to modify their sites as they see fit and instantly preview site experiences with drag and drop tools before going live. Additionally, out-of-the-box themes, layouts and modular widgets make it simple to get started, while enabling developers to build custom extensions or quickly and easily integrate extensions.
  • Unbounded customization and extension: Marketers and merchandisers can create compelling commerce experiences across a range of devices with responsive design and HTML5 user interfaces. Exposing APIs lets businesses build additional functionality or develop integrations that connect Commerce Cloud with their other systems while also allowing easy consumption for third-party development efforts.
  • Modern Cloud: Oracle Commerce Cloud provides a developer and agency friendly architecture that allows them to leverage JavaScript frameworks to simplify implementation and adoption, API-first architecture, and modern HTML5 user interface. Integrations with other Oracle applications via PaaS, Java Cloud, and Developer Cloud helps brands quickly plug into other Oracle Cloud Applications or third party technologies.
  • Part of full featured Customer Experience Suite: Oracle now has the most comprehensive portfolio of products with capabilities critical to modern customer engagements, including Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Service Cloud, Oracle Configure, Price and Quote Cloud and Oracle Social Cloud.

Expansion into Midsize Businesses

Oracle Commerce Cloud—pre-released in the spring of 2015—is already demonstrating early momentum, with several midsize and enterprise level B2C and B2B customers selecting the product to drive their ecommerce strategy in Oracle’s Q4FY15:

“As a Texas-based accessible luxury lifestyle brand, Elaine Turner is excited to get on board with Oracle Commerce Cloud. Oracle has a clear vision for Commerce and the teams in place to execute rapid innovation,” said Jim Turner, chief executive officer, Elaine Turner. “As Oracle Commerce Cloud evolves and grows, we anticipate our online business growing with it in areas like omni-channel support, segmentation and personalization. We anticipate accelerating our already strong growth online in addition to enhancing our customer experience lifecycle leveraging more of the Oracle CX Cloud Applications ecosystem.”

“As a local Chattanooga-based outdoor gear retailer, eCommerce is a strategic way to extend the reach of the Rock/Creek business. But we like to focus on bringing the best rock climbing, paddling, running and hiking gear to our customers—not managing a technology infrastructure,” said Mark McKnight, head of eCommerce, Rock/Creek. “With a SaaS solution like Oracle Commerce Cloud, Rock/Creek can simultaneously keep our technology costs low and stay innovative with the latest commerce features for online shopping experiences. Both are important to our business as our customers demand more from their online shopping experiences and as we continue to grow and scale our business.”

Partner Ecosystem, Bootcamps and Hackathons Unleash Power of Solution

Oracle Commerce Cloud is also focused on its vibrant partner community, a vital part of the solution. A global Commerce Cloud rollout and training program, featuring bootcamps and hackathons in the U.S. and Europe focused on helping partners leverage the unbounded extensibility of Commerce Cloud. Designed to get customers up and running quickly, the solution meets their needs today and will scale for future growth.

"Spindrift is very excited about the new opportunities Oracle Commerce Cloud will offer us as a full-service digital agency,” says Keith Hurley, Director, Spindrift (a DigitasLBI Company). “With Oracle Commerce Cloud we can now deliver the core commerce components of our customer implementations and also serve as the design agency for the broader customer experience. We will be able to focus on the broader business benefit from day one to deliver rapid, clean, performant solutions using our industry-leading knowledge.”

"Commerce Cloud ushers in the next generation of commerce through SaaS. A clean and thoughtful user interface enables marketers and merchandisers to deliver the user experiences their customers demand" says Rohit Garewal, Director of Strategy, Object Edge Inc. “As Specialized Oracle Gold partner, with Oracle Commerce Cloud, Object Edge sees a new opportunity to address the needs of businesses around the world with a leading commerce solution that is also integrated with the broader Oracle CX suite.”

Additional Information

To learn more about Oracle Commerce Cloud visit cloud.oracle.com/commerce or request a demo of the solution here.

  Contact Info Diana Wong
Oracle
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diana.wong@oracle.com Peter Mertens
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Categories: Database, Vendor

A Brief History of Oracle Backup and Recovery

Database Journal News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:01

Over the years Oracle backup and recovery has changed significantly, from manual backups to the most recent version of RMAN.  Read on to see where we were and where we are now.

Categories: Database

Database .NET v16 released

PostgreSQL News - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 01:00

I am happy to announce the new major release of Database .NET v16, an innovative, powerful and intuitive multiple database management tool, With it you can Browse objects, Design tables, Edit rows, Export data and Run queries with a consistent interface.

Free, All-In-One, Portable, Single executable file and Multi-language.

Major New features from version 14.8 to 16.0:

  • Added Group by Connection
  • Added Single-click button
  • Added Displaying Data Types on the column header
  • Added Search Connection Explorer
  • Added Importing and Exporting specific fields
  • Added Changing the column order of an existing table
  • Added Displaying Data Types on the column header
  • Support for SQL Decimal handling
  • Generating scripts: Auto Order by referenced tables
  • New AutoComplete and IntelliSense
  • New Connection Properties
  • ...and more
The new version is immediately available for download.
Categories: Database, Open Source

DB2 Advanced Copy Services: The scripted interface, Part 4: Implementation for DB2 ACS

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 05:00
IBM DB2 Advanced Copy Services (DB2 ACS) supports taking snapshots for backup purposes in DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows databases. You can use the DB2 ACS API through libraries implemented by your storage hardware vendors, or you can implement this API yourself. As of IBM DB2 10.5, a feature called Scripted Interface for DB2 Advanced Copy Services was introduced. It allows you to implement shell scripts instead of C libraries. These scripts can use the tools provided by the storage vendors to run the snapshot operations. The scripted interface can be used independently from your storage hardware. Additionally, DB2 supports storage hardware as soon as it becomes available. The feature supports all three architectures of DB2: enterprise server, multi-partitioned database using the database partitioning feature (DPF), and databases using pureScale. And it's supported on all UNIX and Linux platforms on which DB2 is certified. Part 4 of this "DB2 Advanced Copy Services: The scripted interface" series demonstrates the usage of the scripted interface together with IBM System Storage and IBM Storage Manager. The DB2 database in this example is used by an SAP NetWeaver system.
Categories: Database

SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.1 is available

Following the release of SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.0 last month, the SQL Server engineering team is excited to announce the immediate availability of CTP 2.1 release for download. The release includes improvements for three new innovations releasing in SQL Server 2016 - Stretch Database, Query Store, Temporal - and Columnstore Index, introduced in SQL Server 2012:

  1. Stretch Database, which enables transparent stretching of warm and cold OLTP data to Microsoft Azure in a secure manner without requiring any application changes, includes the following fixes:
    1. Data migration does not trigger lock escalation in stretched tables, so no timeouts for INSERT or SELECT operations
    2. Automatic encryption and validation requirement of remote server certification, preventing “man-in-the-middle” security attacks
    3. Ability to run INSERT statement against updatable views created on top of stretch tables
  2. Query Store, the “flight recorder” which stores historical query plans and their performance characteristics, allowing DBAs to monitor and analyze plans and force a specific query plan on regression, includes:
    1. Parse statistics avg_parse_duration, last_parse_duration, avg_parse_cpu_time, last_parse_cpu_time removed from sys.query_store_query view
    2. The minimally allowed for flush_interval_seconds parameter, 60 seconds, is now verified in ALTER DATABASE statement
    3. Naming in sys.database_query_store_options and actual parameters in ALTER statements are in alignment with flush_interval_seconds and operation_mode
    4. Query Store on master and tempdb disabled and error message thrown ("Cannot perform action because Query Store cannot be enabled on system database master (tempdb)")
    5. Force_failure_count parameter is now cleared after plan is enforced
  3. Temporal, which enables handling and analyzing database records that changes over time, includes:
    1. Support for computed columns
    2. Support for marking one or both period columns with HIDDEN flag, allowing for frictionless migration for existing applications. The following applies to HIDDEN period columns:
        1. Column is not returned in SELECT * statements
        2. INSERT statement without column list do not expect inputs for HIDDEN columns
        3. Hidden column must be explicitly included in all queries that directly reference temporal table or other objects that reference temporal table (views, for example)
        4. BULK INSERT scripts that worked with non-temporal table (prior to adding system-versioning and hidden period columns) will continue to work and hidden columns will be auto-populated
        5. is_hidden flag is set to 1 in sys.columns view

  4. Columnstore Index includes:
    1. Improved seek performance
    2. Improved scan performance with partitioned tables

 

 

Categories: Database

SQL Server 2016 launches new rapid preview model with CTP 2.1

From Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform

In the SQL Server CTP 2 blog, T.K. Ranga Rengarajan, CVP of SQL Server engineering, discussed bringing cloud first innovations to SQL Server 2016. This includes a rapid preview model that exists in Microsoft Azure today.  With the release of SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview (CTP) 2.1, for the first time customers can experience the rapid preview model for their on-premises SQL Server 2016 development and test environments.  This born in the cloud model means customers don’t have to wait for traditional CTPs that are released after several months for the latest updates from Microsoft engineering, and can gain a faster time to production.  The frequent updates are also engineered to be of the same quality as traditional major CTPs, so customers don’t have to be concerned about build quality.  In addition, customers have the flexibility to choose which CTP they will deploy for the development and test environment and are not forced to upgrade to the most recent preview release. 

In SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1, available for download today, customers will see improvements to the Stretch Database technology released in CTP 2, along with improvements to the Query Store, Temporal Database and in-memory columnstore.  To learn more about the specific improvements for each feature please view the SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2.1 blog.

In addition to the new CTP model, SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is now being offered as a stand-alone install outside of the SQL Server release.  This means Azure SQL database customers can use SSMS for the new features being released in cloud as well as their on-premises SQL Server.  SSMS as a standalone tool will also follow the rapid preview model with frequent updates to keep pace with the new features being released in Azure SQL Database.  You can download the first Preview release of the standalone SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) June 2015 Preview, here. To learn more about the features included please take a look at SQL Server Management Studio June 2015 Release Blog.

Download SQL Server 2016 CTP 2.1 preview today!

As the foundation of our end-to-end data platform, with this release we continue to make it easier for customers to maximize their data dividends. With SQL Server 2016 you can capture, transform, and analyze any data, of any size, at any scale, in its native format —using the tools, languages and frameworks you know and want in a trusted environment on-premises and in the cloud.

To learn more about the release, visit the SQL Server 2016 preview page.  To experience the new, exciting features in SQL Server 2016 and the new rapid release model in place download the preview or trial the preview using a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure and start evaluating the impact these new innovations can have for your business.  Also, be sure to share your feedback on the new SQL Server 2016 capabilities using Microsoft’s Connect tool.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Categories: Database

New Oracle Data Center in Brazil Equips Latin American Companies to Transform Their Business with Oracle Cloud

Oracle Database News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 17:48
Press Release New Oracle Data Center in Brazil Equips Latin American Companies to Transform Their Business with Oracle Cloud Latest State-of-the-Art Facility Helps Ensure Customers’ Data is Stable, Protected and Secure

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jun 24, 2015

Oracle is committed to helping companies throughout Latin America embrace cloud computing to reduce IT complexities and boost productivity. As part of this effort, Oracle plans to open its new data center in Campinas, São Paulo in August of this year.

This state-of-the-art facility also supports growing demand for Oracle’s comprehensive cloud portfolio and was designed to help customers embrace Oracle Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings. Oracle Cloud SaaS applications are best-of-breed and integrated with social, mobile, and analytic capabilities to help companies deliver the experiences customers expect, the talent to succeed, and the performance the market demands.

“This new data center in Brazil signals our commitment to helping companies in Latin America fully embrace cloud computing, modernize their business and become the leaders in their industry,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “This is great news for our customers throughout Latin America who are ready to capitalize on the region’s growing economy and take advantage of the unlimited possibilities cloud computing offers.”

Each day, Oracle Cloud supports more than 33 billion transactions and this latest data center in Latin America brings Oracle’s computing footprint to 19 data centers worldwide. Having a data center in Brazil allows Oracle to better manage the service level objectives and data governance for customers throughout Latin America. The system environment at the data center in Brazil was built using Oracle Engineered Systems to give customers high performance, and stable and secure cloud services.

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Oracle Corporate Communications
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Azure SQL Data Warehouse opens for Limited Public Preview

By Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director, Data Platform

At the Build conference in April, we announced Azure SQL Data Warehouse, our new enterprise-class elastic data warehouse-as-a-service. Today, we’re pleased to announce that Azure SQL Data Warehouse is open for Limited Public Preview.  

With growing data volumes, you have been telling us that you want to take advantage of the cost-efficiencies, elasticity and hyper-scale of cloud for your large data warehouses. You also need for that data warehouse to work with your existing infrastructure and tools, utilize your current skills and integrate with many sources of data. With Azure SQL Data Warehouse, we deliver:

  • The first enterprise-class elastic data warehouse that includes the separation of compute and storage, enabling customers to pay for what they need, when they need it
  • The ability to pause the database  so you only pay for commodity storage costs
  • Full SQL Server experience that includes PolyBase that allows you to combine queries for your structured and unstructured data using the skills you have today  
  • Hybrid options – your data, your platform, your choice

Azure SQL Data Warehouse is based on SQL Server’s massively parallel processing architecture currently available only in the Analytics Platform System (APS), and integrates with existing data tools including Power BI for data visualization, Azure Machine Learning for advanced analytics, Azure Data Factory for event processing and Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s 100% Apache Hadoop managed big data service.

First enterprise-class elastic cloud data warehouse

This is the first elastic cloud data warehouse to offer enterprise class features our customers and partners expect and need like full indexing, stored procedure/functions, partitions, and columnar indexing. Without these features, organizations have to rewrite their existing applications and workflows at significant cost and slower time to market. This is the first fully managed cloud data warehouse to offer the compatibility SQL users need to migrate to the cloud.  Azure SQL Data Warehouse will be supported by a rich ecosystem of partners that support SQL Server today. Find out more about the partners we are working with from Garth Fort, GM of the enterprise partner group at Microsoft here.

And, because Azure SQL Data Warehouse independently scales compute and storage, users only pay for query performance as they need it.  Unlike other cloud data warehouses that require hours or days to resize, the service allows customers to grow or shrink query power in seconds. As you can scale compute costs separately from storage costs, costs are easier to forecast than competitive offerings.

Pause compute for lower costs

Elastic pause enables a customer to shut down the compute infrastructure while persisting the data and only paying for data storage. Customers can schedule pausing compute usage either through Azure SQL Data Warehouse or Azure Scheduler to optimize the cost of the service.

Leveraging existing SQL server skills with Hadoop

With the incredible growth of all types of data, the need to combine structured and unstructured data is essential. With Polybase, we offer the ability to combine data sets easily. SQL Data Warehouse can query semi-structured data stored in blob storage using familiar T-SQL, making it easy to gain insights from various data types.

Hybrid data warehouse – your data, your platform, your choice

Deploying on-premises data warehouse solutions can range from weeks to months. Azure SQL Data Warehouse takes seconds to provision. Cloud born data is more readily ingested into Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Other technologies such as Azure Data Factory and Power BI, which is available as a Connector to Azure SQL Data Warehouse today, provide the data management gateway which makes bringing data from on-premises sources to the cloud much simpler.  Azure SQL Data Warehouse also uses the same management as APS appliance to make hybrid management easier. 

 

One of the use cases for SQL Data Warehouse is the ability to cost effectively explore new insights and analytical workloads without impacting production platforms. This enables customers and partners to engage in new development and testing scenarios, based on real world requirements without the overhead production supportability and management constraints. 

The initial public preview is designed for data warehouses in the 5-10 TB range to give users the ability to start testing and providing feedback on the service. You can sign up now, and as we ramp the preview, new customers will be notified as they are accepted.

As with this Azure SQL Data Warehouse release, we continue to make it easier for customers to maximize their data dividends.  With our data platform you can capture, transform, and analyze any data, of any size, at any scale, in its native format —using the tools, languages and frameworks you know and want in a trusted environment on-premises and in the cloud.

To learn more about Azure SQL Data Warehouse and sign-up for the Public Preview, click here.

Categories: Database

Dell Updates Toad DB Tool Lineup for Collaboration

Database Journal News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 06:33

Toad lineup now offers support for SAP's HANA in-memory database, as well as improved capabilities for IBM DB2 and Hadoop.

Categories: Database

Introducing HypoPG, hypothetical indexes for PostgreSQL

PostgreSQL News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 01:00

Paris, June 24 2015

DALIBO is proud to present the first release of HypoPG, an extension that adds hypothetical indexes in PostgreSQL.

A hypothetical index is an index that doesn't exists on disk. It's therefore almost instant to create and doesn't add any IO cost, whether at creation time or at maintenance time. The goal is obviously to check if an index is useful before spending too much time, I/O and disk space to create it.

With this extension, you can create hypothetical indexes, and then with EXPLAIN check if PostgreSQL would use them or not.

What if I had an Index on this ?

Did you ever wonder how an index would increase the performances of your server, but you couldn't afford the time to create it on disk just for the sake of trying ?

Here's how HypoPG can help:

First let's create a simple use case:

# CREATE TABLE testable 
#   AS SELECT id, 'line ' || id val 
#   FROM generate_series(1,1000000) id;
# ANALYZE testable ;

Now let's install HypoPG and create an hypothetical index on this new table

# CREATE EXTENSION hypopg;
# SELECT hypopg_create_index('CREATE INDEX ON testable (id)');

You can now use EXPLAIN (without ANALYZE) to check if PostgreSQL would use that index !

# EXPLAIN SELECT * FROM testable WHERE id = 1000 ;
                                          QUERY PLAN
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Index Scan using 41079_btree_testable_id on testable  (cost=0.05..8.07 rows=1 width=15)
   Index Cond: (id = 1000)
(2 rows)

Yay ! If there were an index on the 'id' column, PostgreSQL would take advantage of it !

Links 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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Partners Rapidly Pivot to the Cloud with Oracle

Oracle Database News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 00:32
Press Release Partners Rapidly Pivot to the Cloud with Oracle Oracle PartnerNetwork Hosts Annual Partner Kick Off, Outlines New Strategies and Tools for Continued Partner Success and Growth in the Cloud in FY16

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jun 23, 2015

Oracle today welcomed partners from around the globe to its annual Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) kickoff. At the live, virtual event, OPN outlined how it will continue to work with its partner community to help them thrive in the cloud with Oracle in fiscal year 2016. Helping partners capitalize on this opportunity, the company outlined a number of new incentive, training and enablement resources.

“Our partners are under extreme pressure to move and scale to the cloud, all while leveraging existing technology investments, managing costs, and maintaining stringent SLA requirements,” said Joel Borellis, group vice president, Partner Enablement, Oracle. “Our job is to help them manage this process and future-proof their applications in the cloud quickly, securely and cost-effectively. The new cloud programs and incentives we are introducing are designed to do exactly that – giving our partners more choice in how they move to the cloud, while incenting their growth and success in the broad market.”

Cloud is one of the fastest growing areas across Oracle’s more than 26,000 partners. In the last quarter alone, Oracle’s cloud resale program grew 180 percent, which was larger than the last three quarters combined. Year over year growth was more than 650 percent. Today, more than 140 ISVs around the globe are already taking advantage of Oracle Cloud Platform offerings for ISVs, including Oracle Database Cloud Services and Oracle Java Cloud Services. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, which receives thousands of daily visitors, also features more than 450 unique and innovative cloud applications.

New Incentives Reward VADs and VARs for Growth in the Cloud

To amplify Oracle’s reach in the broad marketplace and help partners extend their own opportunities and revenue potential with the cloud, OPN added Oracle Cloud services to Oracle’s value added distributor (VAD) distribution offerings last year. The two-tier distribution model for the Oracle Cloud enables partners to leverage local VADs in their respective markets to take full advantage of Oracle Cloud reselling and implementation services.

Effective immediately, the Oracle Cloud resale program will enable both VADs and VARs (Value Added Resellers) to take advantage of new OPN incentive rebates, regardless of the Oracle Cloud technologies they are leveraging, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. This program provides partners the ability to sell multi-year deals, as well as take advantage of renewals and up-sell opportunities to gain ongoing annuity.

Enhanced Enablement Resources Smooth Transition to the Cloud

OPN is announcing several new programs that will enable partners to grow their business and customer value by reselling, developing, integrating and implementing cloud solutions with Oracle’s industry leading cloud application, platform and infrastructure offerings. New Programs include:

  • Oracle Cloud Business Builder: The new single-source website helps partners build their cloud business with Oracle. The site provides partners with information, tutorials, how to guides, videos and multiple resources to help them refer and resell, develop and integrate, and implement and architect Oracle cloud and enabling technologies. More information can be found here.
  • Recognitions for Cloud Excellence: Oracle has added new partner excellence award recognitions for partners, including the Cloud Transformation Global Partner of the Year, Cloud ISV Excellence Award and Oracle Exastack Partner Excellence Award. These acknowledgements recognize partners that are growing their businesses and delivering customer value with Oracle cloud and engineered system technologies.
  • Enhancements to the Oracle Partner Store: As the one stop shop for partner membership, deal registration, and ordering, the Oracle Partner Store has over 400,000 active users from over 30,000 companies worldwide, handling over 300,000 transactions per year. Most recently, Oracle has enhanced the mobile experience of the Partner Store, ensuring partners can easily register key information, regardless of their location or device. In addition to offering more products than ever before, including Oracle SaaS solutions, the site now enables partners to update their registrations with deal size, deal status and close date information – in turn optimizing the rebate, quoting and other processes. Oracle PaaS will also be added to the partner store in July 2015.
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Oracle Communications Virtualizes Its Products to Support Network Function Virtualization Industry Initiative

Oracle Database News - Tue, 06/23/2015 - 08:00
Press Release Oracle Communications Virtualizes Its Products to Support Network Function Virtualization Industry Initiative

Amsterdam, the Netherlands—Jun 23, 2015

Oracle today announced the release of four products that underscore its commitment to provide communications service providers (CSPs) with a fully virtualized, network function virtualization (NFV)-ready solution portfolio.

Just as the cloud has transformed the IT industry, NFV is transforming the communications industry by enabling CSPs to move beyond the limitations of proprietary hardware to revolutionize service agility and speed to market. However, virtualizing networks is not enough; CSPs must consider how to transform the network to meet customer needs and grow the bottom line, while best leveraging existing assets in the new hybrid network reality.

With new releases of Oracle Communications Session Border Controller, Oracle Communications Converged Application Server, Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper, and Oracle Communications Policy Management, Oracle helps CSPs conquer the layers of complexity inherent in bridging physical and virtual environments as they continue on their journey toward NFV.

NFV-Enabled Oracle Communications Session Border Controller Helps CSPs to Quickly Scale New Services and Improve Network Agility and Responsiveness

The Oracle Communications Session Border Controller helps CSPs provide a complete range of secure and reliable fixed line and mobile services. The latest release delivers the product as a virtual network function (VNF) capable of running on a variety of hardware platforms, accelerating CSP networks toward a higher level of agility, elasticity, and flexibility. This release is the latest step in Oracle’s commitment to virtualize all of its network function offerings.

The new release of Oracle Communications Session Border Controller enables CSPs to:

  • Choose how they deploy the product to best meet their needs—on purpose-built hardware; a virtual machine; commercial, off-the-shelf hardware; or a hybrid configuration—as the design, deployment, and management of their networks evolves
  • Quickly respond to changing traffic volumes by adding capacity when and where it is needed, and freeing network resources when capacity is no longer required
  • Introduce new applications and services more quickly and adapt networks to support those services with minimal risk and cost by automating the building and deployment of session border controllers
Oracle Communications Converged Application Server Accelerates Service Innovation While Improving Resiliency of Core Network Application Servers

Oracle Communications Converged Application Server provides a carrier-grade, standards-based development and deployment platform for next-generation communications applications.  This upgrade—deployable as a VNF—supports the latest Java standards and is built on cloud-ready technologies, enabling CSPs to:

  • Use a modular architecture to build communications services
  • Accelerate service innovation, integration, and deployment by providing a simple and straightforward Java interface—familiar to any Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) developer—to minimize the complexity inherent in connecting services to network elements
  • Improve fault resiliency and scalability by building on the Oracle Coherence in-memory data grid technology, which provides fast, highly reliable data storage with shared memory and built-in event processing across application servers
Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper Simplifies API Creation to Reduce Operational Costs and Drive Revenue Growth Through New Applications

Oracle Communications Services Gatekeeper manages the entire application program interface (API) lifecycle. With this solution, CSPs and enterprises can use a simple graphical user interface to generate APIs in minutes, enabling them to accelerate application development, onboard development partners quickly, and monetize assets to drive revenue growth. The solution also helps organizations reduce operational expenses through simplified administration. Supporting Oracle’s VNF mission, the upgrade of this solution is fully virtualized and deployable on commercial, off-the-shelf hardware and engineered systems, or in the cloud.

Oracle Communications Policy Management Supports Network Advancement Through VoLTE, IMS, and Virtualization

The newest version of Oracle Communications Policy Management is a key component in the deployment of next-generation LTE networks. As network virtualization continues to advance, CSPs require the flexibility, reliability, and depth of feature functionality that enables them to evolve their networks through LTE, Voice over LTE (VoLTE), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), and virtualization. Oracle Communications Policy Management now takes the next step toward a fully cloud-enabled and virtualized policy management solution, preparing CSPs for NFV and software defined network (SDN)-enabled networks. The solution also:

  • Enables tight integration with charging and billing systems
  • Provides valuable network insights via an integrated policy analytics solution
  • Allows providers to serve all subscribers from a single policy management instance regardless of network access type

These four new product releases are the latest Oracle Communications offerings that will help CSPs on their NFV journey. Previous product releases that contributed to the NFV industry initiative include Oracle Communications Core Session Manager, Oracle Communications Application Orchestrator, Oracle Communications Network Orchestration Solution, and Oracle Communications Evolved Communications Application Server.

“The communications industry is in an era of major transformation and Oracle Communications is perfectly positioned to provide CSPs with a world-class, virtualized network,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “We have worked over the last year to provide a fully virtualized, NFV-ready portfolio to support this evolution. Communications networks are now software-based, and no one understands that better than Oracle.”

“Virtualization is changing the scale and economics of the technology landscape as services such as VoLTE and voice-over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) grow in popularity,” said Diane Myers, research director, VoIP, UC and IMS, Infonetics Research/IHS. “Oracle’s NFV-enabled solutions provide the capabilities needed to successfully virtualize communications service providers’ networks—including flexibility, scalability, automation, and maintainability.”

Oracle experts will be available to discuss network innovation, VoLTE, VoWi-Fi, and more during the LTE World Summit at Oracle booth 55. The event is scheduled for June 23 through 25, 2015, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Oracle Extends World’s Most Comprehensive Enterprise Cloud Portfolio

Oracle Database News - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 20:30
Press Release Oracle Extends World’s Most Comprehensive Enterprise Cloud Portfolio New platform and infrastructure services enable developers, IT professionals, and business users to drive innovation and accelerate digital transformation

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jun 22, 2015

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Larry Ellison Unveils New Oracle Cloud Platform Services

At a live event today, Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform extends Oracle’s leadership with the world’s broadest and deepest portfolio of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud.

The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers.

“Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That’s an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter,” said Ellison. “Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier and it’s one-tenth their price.”

Oracle Cloud Platform is experiencing exponential growth and is already powering some of the world’s most recognizable brands and organizations. Oracle Cloud Platform has more than 1,800 customers with 1,419 added in the last quarter. Australian Finance Group, Avaya, and Calix are a few of the many organizations using currently available Oracle Cloud Platform services, including the Database Cloud, Java Cloud, Documents Cloud, Business Intelligence Cloud, and the Database Backup Service.

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“According to IDC’s CloudView Survey, the top IT benefit of PaaS is having ‘a self-service environment for access to development and deployment tools’—and for business users the top benefit is ‘built-in integration with my SaaS applications,’” according to Robert Mahowald, program vice president, Cloud Software, IDC. “Having a full-service PaaS platform alongside a complete applications portfolio satisfies both needs, and users of the Oracle Cloud Platform benefit from access to the robust application development and deployment, data management, Big Data analytics, integration, and mobile capabilities, satisfying the key IT and LOB needs.”

Oracle Cloud continues to show strong adoption, supporting 70+ million users and more than 33 billion transactions each day. It runs on 54,000 devices and more than 700 petabytes of storage in 19 data centers around the world.

The new Oracle Cloud Platform and Infrastructure services now available:

  • Oracle Database Cloud – Exadata Service brings the full power of the Oracle Exadata database platform to the cloud. With this service, customers can run Oracle databases in the cloud with the same functionality, performance and availability of on-premises Oracle Exadata-based production databases, already in operation at thousands of mission critical sites worldwide. Oracle databases deployed in the cloud as part of this service are 100 percent compatible with those that are deployed on-premises, enabling a smooth migration to the cloud, as well as a seamless transition to a hybrid cloud strategy.
  • Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service provides storage for applications and workloads that require long-term retention at the lowest price in the industry. As a “deep cloud” archive, the Archive Storage Cloud is suited for infrequently accessed large-scale data sets, such as corporate financial records, medical and pharmaceutical archives, cultural preservation content, insurance records and digital film masters. The service, backed by enterprise-grade SLAs, enables organizations to access archived documents and data sets using industry-standard APIs, and integration with Oracle and third-party backup, archival and preservation software. It also provides an additional tier for on-premises Oracle storage systems, including ZS Series, FS Series and Oracle StorageTek tape solutions.
  • Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service provides a high-performance, secure platform for running diverse workloads on Hadoop and NoSQL databases to help enterprises acquire and organize Big Data. Combined with the new Big Data SQL Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud extends Oracle’s industry-leading implementation of SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, providing users with a comprehensive Big Data Management System in an enterprise cloud.
  • Oracle Integration Cloud Service simplifies integration between the cloud and on-premises Oracle and third-party applications. Innovative new features, such as pre-built integrations and embedded best practice recommendations, provide an entirely new application integration experience. The Integration Cloud provides simple and intuitive application integration that combines business users’ ease-of-use requirements with the proven mission-critical foundation of Oracle SOA Suite.
  • Oracle Mobile Cloud Service simplifies enterprise mobility by removing the complexity in the mobile backend infrastructure. A next-generation Mobile Back-end as a Service (MBaaS), the Mobile Cloud allows developers to rapidly develop and deploy engaging mobile apps integrated with a robust enterprise-grade backend cloud infrastructure. Mobile app integration, mobile APIs and security are abstracted from developers, allowing them to collaborate effortlessly and quickly to develop and deliver mobile apps that run on any device and meet any business need. Additionally, with built-in mobile analytics, business stakeholders can gain insights into mobile app usage and adoption and personalize engagements.
  • Oracle Process Cloud Service enables business users to innovate and deliver process applications independent of IT. With a zero-code, cloud-based process automation platform, the Process Cloud empowers business users to manage the entire lifecycle of business processes and gain actionable insight on process health and SLAs. Business users can now deliver mobile workflows, automate manual processes, and customize SaaS applications.
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“As part of modernizing our business, JDSU consolidated its extensive application footprint and moved key applications, like Oracle HCM, Talent Management and EPM, to the cloud,” said Rajeev Sethi, senior director, IT enterprise applications, JDSU. “The Oracle Cloud Platform portfolio, including the Database Cloud, Java Cloud, Integration Cloud and Business Intelligence Cloud services, have been instrumental in this success, They enable us to very easily move workloads to the cloud, extend our SaaS applications, integrate them with other cloud and on-premises systems and provide analytics for rich business insights.”

“By integrating Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service with NetApp AltaVault our customers can streamline their utilization of cold storage and finally take advantage of a long-term archival service at a much lower price point,” said Phil Brotherton, vice president, Cloud Solutions Group, NetApp. “We are extremely excited that our long-standing relationship with Oracle continues to evolve, and together we enable customers to get the most out of the hybrid cloud.”

“Symantec’s goal is to allow customers to leverage the cloud as easily as they manage their on-premises infrastructure,” said Pablo Stern, senior vice president and CTO, Veritas business, at Symantec. “Our NetBackup™ and Enterprise Vault™ customers in particular are looking to leverage the cloud for flexible, cost-effective data storage. By integrating NetBackup and Enterprise Vault with the Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service, we are providing customers seamless, secure, on-demand access to enterprise-grade cloud storage.”

“Partner Relationship Management (PRM) is critical for Avaya. We have about 20,000 partners worldwide serving our customers and a good portion of our revenue comes through that channel. Our current PRM application has become very complex and inflexible,” said Fari Ebrahimi, senior vice president and Global Chief Information Officer, Avaya. “With the goal to leverage our engagement solutions while we reduce cost, complexity and risk, we looked at a number of different offerings and eventually decided that Oracle is the best to help us achieve these goals for our next generation PRM solution. We selected Oracle Sales, Marketing and Social Cloud Services along with Java and Integration Cloud Services to provide extensions and integrations. With the new Oracle Cloud solution, integrated with our own engagement solutions, we expect to take our partner experience to the next level while reducing about 80 percent of customizations and 30 percent of ongoing costs.”

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Building MySQL Crosstab and Subreports

Database Journal News - Mon, 06/22/2015 - 08:01

In this follow up to the Generating Reports on MySQL Data article, Rob Gravelle converts an existing report into a crosstab and adds a subreport using the Navicat for MySQL database administration GUI.

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Oracle Appoints David Donatelli to Lead Converged Infrastructure Business

Oracle Database News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 19:26
Oracle Appoints David Donatelli to Lead Converged Infrastructure BusinessAs the Only Company Innovating from Chip to Cloud, Oracle Poised for Continued Hardware Growth Redwood Shores, Calif. – June 18, 2015

As Oracle continues to lead in hardware, the company has hired technology industry veteran and hardware infrastructure expert David Donatelli as Executive Vice President, Converged Infrastructure.

Reporting directly to Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, Donatelli will be responsible for Oracle infrastructure offerings including the company’s engineered systems, server, storage, networking and tape products. He will also help the company respond to customer demand for Oracle’s hardware solutions that operate in a hybrid cloud environment.

“David joins Oracle at a pivotal time, when we are the only major hardware company in the industry experiencing growth,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “I can think of no one more qualified to continue to accelerate our growth, differentiate our offerings, and further cement the leadership of Oracle’s global hardware business.”

Most recently, Donatelli served as executive vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Group at Hewlett-Packard. In that role, he led the group responsible for the enterprise hardware business, which includes storage, server, networking and converged infrastructure solutions.

“Joining Oracle was an easy decision,” said David Donatelli. “In an industry where our hardware competitors are in chaos, Oracle stands alone with our strategy to engineer all layers of the software and hardware stack to work together seamlessly whether on premise or in the Oracle Cloud. No one else in the industry can do this and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

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Oracle Announces Annual Partner Kickoff

Oracle Database News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 13:00
Oracle Announces Annual Partner Kickoff Virtual Event to Provide Partners Strategies for Growth in the Cloud in Fiscal Year 2016

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.; June 18, 2015 – Oracle will host its annual Oracle PartnerNetwork global kickoff event on June 23, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PT. The live, online event will provide partners with the strategies and information they need to embrace the cloud and profit with Oracle. Partners can register to participate in the webcast here.

For more than a decade, Oracle has been building out the industry’s most complete set of cloud offerings with solutions at every layer of the ecosystem, including SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, and DaaS. The event will provide partners a deeper understanding of Oracle’s focus on cloud transformation, as well as go-to-market and sales strategies for the upcoming fiscal year.

“Businesses today are operating in a world of disrupt or be disrupted,” said Joel Borellis, group vice president, Partner Enablement, Oracle. “The cloud has lowered the barrier to entry to adopt new technologies that can accelerate how companies keep up with this rapid pace of change. There is a huge opportunity for our partners to innovate and deliver increased value to their own customers faster than ever before. This event will focus on helping our partners understand the strategies and tools they need to accelerate their cloud offerings, driving greater market opportunity and customer value.”

Throughout the session, partners will also hear from other top Oracle executives on the company’s strategy, direction and key areas of focus for fiscal year 2016. Speakers will include executive vice president of product development Thomas Kurian, and executive vice president of hardware John Fowler. Partners will also hear from renowned cloud expert and managing director of THINKstrategies, Jeff Kaplan.

The event will highlight how partners can leverage new and existing OPN Enablement resources to enhance the expertise of their key team members. The interactive forum will provide partners an:

Update on Oracle’s channel strategy and direction for fiscal year 2016 Strategies on how to leverage Oracle’s Cloud portfolio, Oracle engineered systems, and Internet of Things technologies to differentiate themselves from the competition and drive better results for customers Overview of new OPN Enablement, specialization and incentive offerings Opportunity to submit questions via social media, which executives will answer live or online

Oracle Cloud continues to show strong adoption, supporting 70+ million users and 31 billion transactions each day. It runs on 40,000 devices and 600 petabytes of storage in 19 data centers around the world. Additionally, Cloud represents one of the faster growing areas of specialization and certification across Oracle’s more than 28,000 partners. More than 140 ISVs around the globe are already taking advantage of Oracle Cloud PaaS offerings for ISVs, including Oracle Database Cloud Services and Oracle Java Cloud Services. Today, Oracle PaaS provides the foundation for Oracle's own SaaS applications and powers 19 of the world’s top 20 SaaS providers. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, which receives thousands of visitors daily, also features more than 450 unique and innovative cloud applications.

Viewers can follow the event on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.

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

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Tricks for Integrating Big Data into Your Data Warehouse

Database Journal News - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:01

In many cases, the success of a big data application can be traced to how well it is integrated into your enterprise data warehouse. This article presents several ways to get this done quickly and efficiently from the beginning.

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Know your online fix-pack update progress using the db2pd tool

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:00
The fix-pack update for DB2 pureScale is now made easy and simple from DB2 10.5 and higher. You can apply the new fix-pack level online, while the client's workload or a query is running on the server instance. This tutorial explains how to determine the progress of an online fix-pack update to your DB2 pureScale instance, using the db2pd command.
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TOTAL CLOUD REVENUES UP 28% BUT WOULD HAVE BEEN UP 34% IN CONSTANT CURRENCY

Oracle Database News - Wed, 06/17/2015 - 21:18
TOTAL CLOUD REVENUES UP 28% BUT WOULD HAVE BEEN UP 34% IN CONSTANT CURRENCYTotal Revenues Down 5% to $10.7 Billion but Would Have Been Up 3% in Constant Currency REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – June 17, 2015

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced fiscal 2015 Q4 results. The results were significantly impacted by the strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies. Total Q4 Revenues were $10.7 billion, down 5% but would have been up 3% without the strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Software and Cloud Revenues were $8.4 billion, down 6%, but up 2% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $416 million, growing 29%, and up 35% in constant currency. Cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues were $160 million, growing 25%, and up 31% in constant currency. Hardware Systems Revenues were $1.4 billion, down 4%, but up 5% in constant currency.


Q4 Operating Income was $4.0 billion, and the Operating Margin was 37%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $5.0 billion, and the non-GAAP Operating Margin was 46%. Net Income was $2.8 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was $3.5 billion. Earnings Per Share was $0.62, down 23%, and down 12% in constant currency, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was $0.78, down 14%, and down 5% in constant currency.

Short-term Deferred revenues were $7.2 billion, slightly down, but up 9% in constant currency compared with a year ago. Operating Cash Flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was $14.3 billion.

For fiscal year 2015, Total Revenues were $38.2 billion, essentially unchanged, but up 4% in constant currency. Software and Cloud Revenues were $29.5 billion, up 1%, and up 5% in constant currency. Cloud SaaS and PaaS revenues were $1.5 billion, up 32%, and up 35% in constant currency. Cloud IaaS revenues were $608 million, up 33%, and up 36% in constant currency. Total Hardware System Revenues were $5.2 billion, down 3%, but up 2% in constant currency. Operating Income was $13.9 billion, and the Operating Margin was 36%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $17.4 billion, and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 45%. Net Income was $9.9 billion, while non-GAAP Net Income was $12.5 billion. Earnings Per Share was $2.21, down 7%, but unchanged in constant currency. Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was $2.77 down 3%, but up 2% in constant currency.

“We sold an astonishing $426 million of new SaaS and PaaS annually recurring cloud subscription revenue in Q4,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “We expect our rapidly increasing cloud sales to quickly translate into significantly more revenue and profits for Oracle Corporation. For example, SaaS and PaaS revenues grew at a 34% constant currency rate in our just completed Q4, but we expect that revenue growth rate to jump to around 60% in constant currency this new fiscal year.”

“Coming into Q4, we forecast selling $300 million of new SaaS and PaaS annual recurring revenue,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “We dramatically beat that forecast by selling a cloud industry all-time-record amount of $426 million of new SaaS and PaaS business. That is a year-over-year bookings growth rate of over 200%. As our multi-billion dollar cloud business gets bigger, our SaaS and PaaS revenue growth rates are on their way up to 60% in constant currency. Compare this to our primary cloud competitors’ whose own revenue growth forecasts are on their way down to 44% and 22%.”


“We expect to book between $1.5 and $2.0 billion of new SaaS and PaaS business this fiscal year,” said Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. “That means Oracle would sell more new SaaS and PaaS business than salesforce.com plans to sell in their current fiscal year – the only remaining question is how much more. Oracle’s planned SaaS and PaaS revenue growth rate is around 60% in constant currency; salesforce.com has a planned growth rate of around 20%. When you contrast those growth rates it becomes clear that Oracle is on its way to becoming the world’s largest enterprise cloud company.”


The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on July 8, 2015, with a payment date of July 29, 2015.

Q4 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (816) 287-5563, Passcode: 425392. To access the live webcast of this event, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q4 results and Fiscal 2015 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Pass Code: 62149434.

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Oracle Expands Clinical Safety Monitoring and Reporting Capabilities with Oracle Argus 8.0 Solutions

Oracle Database News - Tue, 06/16/2015 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Expands Clinical Safety Monitoring and Reporting Capabilities with Oracle Argus 8.0 Solutions Safety platform upgrade delivers more reporting power and greater flexibility and support for worldwide regulatory requirements

DIA 2015—Washington DC—Jun 16, 2015

Oracle Health Sciences today announced the availability of Oracle Argus Standard Edition 8.0, Oracle Argus Enterprise Edition 8.0, and Oracle Argus Safety Japan 8.0—major new Oracle Argus releases for sponsors and manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and vaccines, as well as contract research organizations and health authorities.

This latest release of Oracle’s extensive pharmacovigilance platform is designed to help safety organizations comply with new reporting regulations, including those from the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) E2B(R3) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Electronic Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (eVAERS), while providing greater reporting capability and flexibility over previous versions.

Oracle Argus Standard Edition 8.0 introduces the ICH E2B(R3) and FDA eVAERS expedited reports, which are designed to support compliance with new legal requirements for adverse event reporting. The solution also features new integration with Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher for more-flexible periodic reports and with the Oracle B2B gateway for transmitting expedited reports to the regulatory authorities, according to legal requirements.

Oracle Argus Enterprise Edition 8.0 includes all of the components, and therefore, all the benefits, of Oracle Argus Standard Edition 8.0. In addition, it supports enhanced ad hoc reporting, point-in-time querying, and additional self-service analysis on the periodic report data set. These features are made possible through new and enhanced integration with Oracle Argus Safety, Oracle Argus Mart, Oracle Argus Insight, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and Oracle Health Sciences Empirica Signal. The new features enable better understanding of the aggregate data and allow safety organizations to reduce the costs of creating and maintaining reports over time.

Oracle Argus Safety Japan 8.0 supports compliance with new Japanese reporting regulations, including the Japan Development Safety Update Report (J-DSUR), as well as enhancements to the expedited and periodic regulatory reports for the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) in Japan. The solution also helps to improve workflow by introducing the Local Case Lock feature, allowing case processing centers in Japan to work more efficiently with their counterpart centers in the rest of the world.

“Today, safety and pharmacovigilance regulations are undergoing significant changes and becoming more complex than ever before,” said Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “Oracle Argus 8.0 helps our customers maintain or increase compliance, gain actionable insights into their data, and lower their total cost of ownership, while addressing the full set of global safety challenges.”

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