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China-Based Contract Research Organization Selects Oracle Cloud to Optimize Clinical Trial Data Management

Oracle Database News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 18:25
Press Release China-Based Contract Research Organization Selects Oracle Cloud to Optimize Clinical Trial Data Management

Redwood Shores, Calif.—May 12, 2016

Fountain Medical Development (FMD), a full-service Contract Research Organization (CRO) headquartered in Beijing, China, and its US affiliate, FMD K&L, have adopted Oracle’s cloud-based clinical data management solutions, to increase operational efficiencies and speed time to market. The solutions deliver increased productivity to the company’s drug development process, reduce overall costs, improve communications with its sponsors, and advance clinical study quality and speed, worldwide.

FMD was able to retire its aging, antiquated, legacy system and migrate to a more cost-effective cloud-based environment with Oracle Health Sciences InForm and Oracle Siebel Clinical Trial Management System (CTMS). The new, unified, technology platform has enhanced capabilities in data management, study planning and design, trial operations, analytics, and patient engagement.

“We are committed to delivering innovative solutions to our sponsors. This is why FMD decided to work with Oracle,” said Dr. Henry Wu, CEO, Fountain Medical Development. “Oracle’s data management solutions will enable us to improve our data quality, advance our trial data management efficiencies, reduce costs, and gain a deeper understanding of our clinical trial data across FMD’s integrated enterprise globally.”

Fountain Medical Development is a leading CRO offering a full range of International Conference on Harmonization Good Clinical Practice (ICH GCP) compliant clinical research services for multinational clients conducting clinical research in China. As one of the fastest growing clinical CROs in East Asia and China, FMD has established 12 operational offices throughout China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the United States, and Armenia, with a strong focus on data management and biostatistics.

By moving to Oracle Health Sciences InForm and Oracle Siebel CTMS), FMD will gain powerful analytics capabilities that will provide a faster and better understanding of its clinical trial data across its locations, saving the company time and effort.

“Clinical research is becoming more complex and holistic by the day, and contract researchers are challenged to provide more services than ever before. Oracle Health Sciences provides global contract research organizations, like FMD, with an integrated platform and advanced analytics tools to help CROs and their sponsors find the cures of tomorrow,” said Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.

FMD is a member of the Oracle CRO Advantage Program, an initiative that helps drive CRO success with Oracle Health Sciences products through training, sales and marketing support, and bi-directional communication on Oracle products and strategy.

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Oracle SRVCTL Issue in 11.2.0.4

Database Journal News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 08:01

When using Oracle 11.2.0.4 in a Grid configuration the srvctl utility can change the group on the Oracle executables, creating problems with locating the spfile and with disk access.

Categories: Database

PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 1 Released

PostgreSQL News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:00

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the first beta release of PostgreSQL 9.6 is available for download. This release contains previews of all of the features which will be available in the final release of version 9.6, although some details will change before then. Users are encouraged to begin testing their applications against this latest release.

Major Features of 9.6

Version 9.6 includes significant changes and exciting enhancements including:

  • Parallel sequential scans, joins and aggregates
  • Support for consistent, read-scaling clusters through multiple synchronous standbys and "remote_apply" synchronous commit.
  • Full text search for phrases
  • postgres_fdw can now execute sorts, joins, UPDATEs and DELETEs on the remote server
  • Decreased autovacuum impact on big tables by avoiding "refreezing" old data.

In particular, parallel execution should bring a noticeable increase in performance to supported queries.

Help Test for Bugs

As with other major releases, the improvements in PostgreSQL include changes to large amounts of code. We count on you to test the altered version with your workloads and testing tools in order to find bugs and regressions before the release of PostgreSQL 9.6.0. In addition to testing that the new features work as documented, consider testing the following:

  • Do parallel queries actually improve performance for you?
  • Can you make parallel queries crash or lose data?
  • Do our code changes cause PostgreSQL to not function on your platform?
  • Does improved vacuum freezing safely reduce autovacuum of large tables?
  • Does phrase search return the results you expect?

Version 9.6 Beta 1 also makes changes to the binary backup API. Administrators should test version 9.6 with PostgreSQL backup tools, including pgBackRest, Barman, WAL-E, and other packaged and in-house software.

As this is a Beta, minor changes to database behaviors, feature details, and APIs are still possible. Your feedback and testing will help determine the final tweaks on the new features, so test soon. The quality of user testing helps determine when we can make a final release.

Beta Schedule

This is the first beta release of version 9.6. The PostgreSQL Project will release additional betas as required for testing, followed by one or more release candidates, until the final release in late 2016. For further information please see the Beta Testing page.

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PostgreSQL 9.6 Beta 1 Released

PostgreSQL News - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 01:00

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group announces today that the first beta release of PostgreSQL 9.6 is available for download. This release contains previews of all of the features which will be available in the final release of version 9.6, although some details will change before then. Users are encouraged to begin testing their applications against this latest release.

Major Features of 9.6

Version 9.6 includes significant changes and exciting enhancements including:

  • Parallel sequential scans, joins and aggregates
  • Support for consistent, read-scaling clusters through multiple synchronous standbys and "remote_apply" synchronous commit.
  • Full text search for phrases
  • postgres_fdw can now execute sorts, joins, UPDATEs and DELETEs on the remote server
  • Decreased autovacuum impact on big tables by avoiding "refreezing" old data.

In particular, parallel execution should bring a noticeable increase in performance to supported queries.

Help Test for Bugs

As with other major releases, the improvements in PostgreSQL include changes to large amounts of code. We count on you to test the altered version with your workloads and testing tools in order to find bugs and regressions before the release of PostgreSQL 9.6.0. In addition to testing that the new features work as documented, consider testing the following:

  • Do parallel queries actually improve performance for you?
  • Can you make parallel queries crash or lose data?
  • Do our code changes cause PostgreSQL to not function on your platform?
  • Does improved vacuum freezing safely reduce autovacuum of large tables?
  • Does phrase search return the results you expect?

Version 9.6 Beta 1 also makes changes to the binary backup API. Administrators should test version 9.6 with PostgreSQL backup tools, including pgBackRest, Barman, WAL-E, and other packaged and in-house software.

As this is a Beta, minor changes to database behaviors, feature details, and APIs are still possible. Your feedback and testing will help determine the final tweaks on the new features, so test soon. The quality of user testing helps determine when we can make a final release.

Beta Schedule

This is the first beta release of version 9.6. The PostgreSQL Project will release additional betas as required for testing, followed by one or more release candidates, until the final release in late 2016. For further information please see the Beta Testing page.

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Simplifying MySQL Database Design using a Graphical Data Modeling Tool

Database Journal News - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 08:01

As in all aspects of database development and management, specialized software has emerged to make the process of proper database design much easier to accomplish. In today’s tutorial, Rob Gravelle shows you how to design, implement, maintain, and synchronize MySQL database schemas using the Navicat Data Modeler.

Categories: Database

Row Level Security Part 3 – Disabling Row Level Security for DBAs and Database Owners

Database Journal News - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:01

Row Level security is all about restricting database users from being able to view or update rows based on who they are and what roles they are in. But there are some users who you “might” not want to restrict access at the row level at all, like the database owner, or someone with sysadmin permissions. In this article Greg Larsen shows you how to disable RLS for database administrators (users in the sysadmin role) and database owners.

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A tour through tool improvements in SQL Server 2016

This post was authored by Ayo Olubeko, Program Manager, Data Developer Group.

Two practices drive successful modern applications today – a fast time to market, and a relentless focus on listening to customers and rapidly iterating on their feedback. This has driven numerous improvements in software development and management practices. In this post, I will chronicle how we’ve embraced these principles to supercharge management and development experiences using SQL Server tooling.

SQL Server 2016 delivers many SQL tools enhancements that converge on the same goal of increasing day-to-day productivity, while developing and managing SQL servers and databases on any platform. This post provides an overview of the improvements and I’ll also drop a few hints about what’s on the way. With SQL Server 2016:

  • It’s easier to access popular tools, such as SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) and SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT).
  • Monthly releases of new SQL tools make it easy to stay current with new features and fixes.
  • Day-to-day development is being simplified, starting with a new connection experience.
  • New SQL Server 2016 features have a fully guided manageability experience.
  • Automated build and deployment of SQL Server databases can improve your time to market and quality processes.
Finding and using the most popular SQL tools is easier than ever

We received insightful feedback from customers about how difficult it was to find and install tooling for SQL Server, so we’ve taken a few steps to ensure the experience in SQL Server 2016 is as easy as possible.

Free and simple to find and install SQL tools

SQL Server Management Suite

The SQL Server tools download page is the unified place to find and install all SQL Server-related tools. The latest version of SQL tools doesn’t just support SQL Server 2016, but it also supports all earlier versions of SQL Server, so there is no need to install SQL tools per SQL Server version. In addition, you don’t need a SQL Server license to install and use these SQL tools.

SSMS has a new one-click installer that makes it easy to install, whether you’re on a server in your data center or on your laptop at home. Additionally, the installer supports administrative installs for environments not connected to the Internet.

All your SQL tools for Visual Studio in one installer, for whichever version of SQL Server you use

SQL Server Data ToolsSQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) is the name for all your SQL tools installed into Visual Studio. With just one installation of SSDT in Visual Studio 2015, developers can easily integrate efforts to develop applications for SQL Server, Analysis Services, Reporting Services, Integration Services and any application in Visual Studio 2015 for SQL Server 2016 – or older versions as needed.

SSDT replaces/unifies older tools such as BIDS, SSDT-BI and the database-only SSDT, eliminating the confusion about which version of Visual Studio to use. From Visual Studio 2015 and up you’ll have a simple way to install all of the SQL tools you use every day.

Easy to stay current – new features and fixes every month

SQL Server Management StudioOne of the goals for SQL tools is to provide world-class support for your SQL estate wherever it may be. This could be comprised of SQL servers running on-premises or in the cloud, or some fantastic hybrid of both. We support it all. In order to enable world class coverage of this diverse estate, we have adopted a monthly release cadence for our SQL tools. This faster release cycle brings you additional value and improvements – whether it’s enabling functionality to take advantage of new Microsoft Azure cloud features, issuing a bug fix to address particularly painful errors, or even creating a new wizard/dialog to streamline management of your SQL Server.

These stand-alone SSMS releases include an update checker that informs you of newer SSMS releases when they become available. SSDT update notification continues to be fully integrated with Visual Studio’s notification system. You can keep up to date and learn more about the SSMS and SSDT releases at the SQL Server Release Services blog.

Day-to-day development is being simplified, starting with a new connection experience Connection DialogDiscover and seamlessly connect to your databases anywhere

No more need to memorize server and database names. With just a few clicks, the new connection experience in SQL Server Data Tools helps you automatically discover and connect to all your database assets using favorites, recent history or by simply browsing SQL servers and databases on your local PC, network and Azure. You can also pin databases you frequently connect so they’re always there when you need them. In addition, the new connection experience intelligently detects the type of connection you need, automatically configures default properties with sensible values and guides you through firewall settings for SQL Database and Data Warehouse.

Streamline connections to your Azure SQL databases in SSMS

The new firewall rule dialog in SSMS allows you to create an Azure database firewall rule within the context of connecting to your database. You don’t have to login to the Azure portal and create a firewall rule prior to connecting to your Azure SQL Database with SSMS. The firewall rule dialog auto-fills the IP address of your client machine and allows you to optionally whitelist an IP range to allow other connections to the database.

New Firewall Rule

Fully guided management experiences

SQL Server 2016 is packed with advanced, new features including Always Encrypted, Stretch Database, enhancements with In-Memory Table Optimization and new Basic Availability Groups for AlwaysOn — just to name a few. SSMS delivers highly intelligent, easy-to-click-through wizard interfaces that help you enable these new features and make your SQL Server and Database highly secure, highly available and faster in just a few minutes. There’s an easy learning curve, even though the technology that’s under the hood enabling your business is powerful and complex.

Always Encrypted Intro

Adopting DevOps processes with automated build and deployment of SQL Server databases

Features such as the Data-tier Application Framework (DACFx) technology and SSDT have helped make SQL Server the market leader of model-based database lifecycle management technology. DACFx and SSDT offer a comprehensive development experience by supporting all database objects in SQL Server 2016, so developers can develop a database in a declarative way using a database project.

Using Visual Studio 2015, version control and Team Foundation Server 2015 or Visual Studio Team Services in the cloud, developers can automate database lifecycle management and truly adopt a DevOps model for rapid application and database development and deployment.

What’s coming next in your SQL tools

In the months to come, you can look forward to continued enhancements in both SSMS and SSDT that focus on increasing the ease with which you develop and manage data in any SQL platform.

To this end, SSMS will feature performance enhancements and streamlined management and configuration experiences that build on the new capabilities provided by the Visual Studio 2015 shell. Similarly, SSDT will deliver performance improvements and feature support to help database developers handle schema changes more efficiently. Learn more about tooling improvements for SQL Server 2016 in the video below.

Improvements like these can’t happen in a vacuum. Your voice and input are absolutely essential to building the next generation of SQL tools. And the monthly release cycle for our SQL tools allows us to respond faster to the issues you bring to our attention. Please don’t forget to vote on Connect bugs or open suggestions for features you would like to see built.

See the other posts in the SQL Server 2016 blogging series.

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Get ready, SQL Server 2016 coming on June 1st

This post was authored by Tiffany Wissner, Senior Director of Data Platform Marketing.

SQL Server 2016 is the foundation of Microsoft’s data strategy, encompassing innovations that transform data into intelligent action. With this new release, Microsoft is delivering an end-to-end data management and business analytics solution with mission critical intelligence for your most demanding applications as well as insights on your data on any device. Recently, we had the opportunity to showcase the exciting capabilities and what customers are doing with SQL Server 2016 at our Data Driven event. Building on this momentum, today we are excited to announce the following:

  • SQL Server 2016 will be generally available on June 1, 2016. This will allow you to build mission-critical, and business critical intelligent applications with the most secure database1, the highest performance data warehouse2, end-to-end mobile BI on any device, in-database advanced analytics, in-memory capabilities optimized for all workloads, and a consistent experience from on-premises to cloud. These capabilities are built-in to SQL Server for industry-leading low cost of ownership.
  • New SQL Server 2016 performance benchmarks. Today, Lenovo published a new #1 TPC-H 30 TB world record3 using SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 on Lenovo System x3950 X6. This result, in addition to recent benchmarks by software and hardware partners, as well as key applications across variety of workloads, proves that SQL Server 2016 is the fastest in-memory database on the planet for your applications.
  • The SQL Server 2016 editions include Enterprise, Standard, Express, and Developer. In March, we announced that the SQL Server 2016 Developer edition will be a free download to enable broad access to and development on the full capabilities of the latest SQL Server release.
SQL Server general availability

SQL Server 2016 will be generally available on June 1, 2016.  SQL Server 2016 is a comprehensive high performance high scale data platform for your most demanding applications and insights on your data on any device. SQL Server 2016 seamlessly manages both relational and beyond relational (JSON, XML, Hadoop) data, seamlessly integrates structured data with Hadoop data, and seamlessly integrates on-premises data with cloud data. SQL Server 2016 is ideal for:

  • Mission critical intelligent applications delivering real-time operational intelligence by combining built-in advanced analytics and in-memory technology without having to move the data or impact end user performance.
  • Enterprise scale data warehousing with enhanced in-memory columnstore that increases query performance by over 100x vs disk based solutions. With SQL Server 2016, you can also access optimized MPP scale out software that can be combined with scale out appliance architecture with our Analytics Platform System (APS).
  • Applications requiring the highest levels of security with new Always Encrypted technology that protects your data at rest and in motion without impacting database performance.
  • Comprehensive business intelligence solutions on mobile devices with an end-to-end mobile BI solution built-in that can deliver insights on any device. You can also manage all of your KPIs, mobile reports and traditional reports from a modern web portal.
  • New big data solutions that require combining relational data with non-relational data with PolyBase technology built-in that allows you to query structured and unstructured data with the simplicity of T-SQL.
  • Hybrid cloud solutions that can reduce storage costs, improve high availability and simplify IT operations with new Stretch Database technology. This keeps more of your historical data at your fingertips by transparently and securely stretching warm and cold OLTP data to Microsoft Azure on-demand without application changes. In addition, faster replicas can be placed in Azure to give you cost effective disaster recovery and backups.

With this new innovation, SQL Server 2016 is the first born-in-the-cloud database, where features such as Always Encrypted and Role Level Security were first validated in Azure SQL Database by hundreds of thousands of customers and billions of queries.

DocuSign is one customer that’s benefitting from the new capabilities in SQL Server 2016. “We picked SQL Server for our platform because of its performance and ability to manage all types of data,” said Eric Fleischman, chief architect and vice president of platform engineering, DocuSign. “With the largest banks, insurers and other financial institutions counting on us we need to deliver secure software for our environment. New features in SQL Server 2016 like Always Encrypted allow us to deliver on this promise.”

SQL Server is also a recognized leader in Gartner Magic Quadrants for Operational Database, Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse, and Advanced Analytics. Gartner recently named Microsoft as leading the industry in their Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems in both execution and vision. We’re also a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse and Data Management Solutions for Analytics, and Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, as well as leading in vision in the Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms.

SQL Server 2016 delivers ground-breaking performance and scale

Applications and data warehouses need to manage and process greater volumes of data than ever before and we know performance is one of the top reasons customers upgrade to new versions of software. Today, Lenovo published a new #1 TPC-H 30 TB world record using SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 on Lenovo System x3950 X6.4 This result, in addition to recent benchmarks by software and hardware partners, as well as key applications, show that SQL Server 2016 is the fastest in-memory database on the planet for your applications.

SQL Server 2016 owns the top TPC-E performance benchmarks5 for transaction processing, the top TPC-H performance benchmarks for data warehousing, and the top performance benchmarks with leading business applications like PROS and KPMG. Customers can also gain tremendous performance improvement by simply upgrading to SQL Server 2016 without application changes (e.g. queries will run up to 34x faster). In addition to leading performance benchmarks, SQL Server 2016 also delivers top price/performance for both workloads.

  • SQL Server 2016 holds two new TPC-E world record price/performance benchmarks.6
  • With today’s announcements, SQL Server 2016 holds #1 TPC-H 30TB7  benchmark using 12TB RAM support in Windows Server 2016.8 This is in addition to the #1 benchmarks9 for TPC-H in 10-TB10 , 3-TB11  and 1-TB12.
  • SQL Server 2016 holds top benchmarks for key industry applications (100X faster with PROS, 2.5X faster with KPMG).13
  • SQL Server 2016 provides tremendous performance gain upon upgrade for faster queries, faster availability and faster operations.14

SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2016 editions

Today we are announcing the features in our editions, including Enterprise, Standard, and Express. With Enterprise, customers benefit from low cost of ownership with the full capabilities of SQL Server built into a single offering including our mission critical database, high performance data warehouse, rich data integration capabilities, end-to-end mobile business intelligence and built-in advanced analytics.

We also are delivering significant value to our customers with SQL Server 2016 Standard including enhanced performance with basic availability, greater scalability up to 24 cores, modern reports, tabular modeling capabilities and robust security that enables multiple layers of protection and allows you to control access to sensitive data. With Express, available as a free download, customers can build and deploy small scale database applications at no cost.

In addition to Enterprise, Standard and Express, Developer edition provides access to the full capabilities of SQL Server to build and test new mission critical, intelligent applications. In March, we announced that the SQL Server 2016 Developer edition will also be available as a free download. With Express and Developer edition, we want to make the capabilities of SQL Server 2016 broadly available to developers.

SQL Server 2016 Enterprise

You can learn more about Enterprise Edition, or our other SQL Server 2016 editions.

Get ready for SQL Server 2016 today!

We’re so convinced that SQL Server 2016 is the option for our customers that we announced our offer to move your Oracle databases to SQL Server and receive the necessary licenses of SQL Server—free with software assurance.15 You can still take advantage of this offer and get the one data solution that has everything you need built in.

Today, you can download and test out SQL Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) 3, get ready to upgrade and migrate to SQL Server 2016, and find out more about the Oracle migration offer. Additionally, you can hear more about this announcement during Joseph Sirosh’s keynote at SQL Bits later this week.

 

1National Institute of Standards and Technology Comprehensive Vulnerability Database update 2/2016.

2TPC-H 30TB and 10TB non-clustered results as of 05/02/16, 04/06/15, 5/04/15, 4/15/14 and 11/25/13, respectively. http://www.tpc.org/tpch/results/tpch_perf_results.asp?resulttype=noncluster

3Non-clustered TPC-H 30 TB. https://lenovopress.com/lp0502-x3950-x6-tpch-30tb-benchmark-result-2016-05-02. http://www.tpc.org/3321.

4Non-clustered TPC-H 30 TB. https://lenovopress.com/lp0502-x3950-x6-tpch-30tb-benchmark-result-2016-05-02. http://www.tpc.org/3321.

5Non-clustered.

6http://www.tpc.org/4076. http://www.tpc.org/4076.

7Non-clustered.

8Lenovo sets #1 non-clustered TPC-H 30 TB world record using SQL Server 2016 and Windows Server 2016 on Lenovo System x3950 X6: Using SQL Server 2016 to full take advantage of 12TB RAM support in Windows Server 2016, Lenovo achieved a new world record with 1,056,164.7 QphH (144 cores) on the 30TB configuration. This benchmark is in addition to Lenovo’s #1 3TB world record using SQL Server 2016 on Lenovo System x3850 X6 (72 cores), beating Oracle’s previous best result for the same configuration and 38% performance gain vs. SQL Server 2014 using the same hardware. Hewlett Packard Enterprise also set #1 TPC-H 1-TB world record using SQL Server 2016 on HP Proliant DL380 G9 (44 cores).

9Non-clustered.

10http://www.tpc.org

11http://www.tpc.org/3319

12http://www.tpc.org/3320

13PROS, a world leader in revenue and profit realization solutions, posted 1,000% faster end to end scoring with their solution that has built-in machine learning capability, while KPMG, a leader in audit, tax, and advisory solution, posted 2.5X faster execution time with 10X table compression with their solution using SQL Server 2016.

14Based on internal tests from Microsoft, customers who upgrade to SQL Server 2016 will also experience tremendous performance gain including faster real-time analytics with up to 34x performance on in-memory columnstore queries, faster synchronization and greater availability with up to 7x faster AlwaysOn throughput, 3.6x faster reporting on AlwaysOn replicas, and 7-10x faster on database maintenance (DBCC).

15*Software Assurance subscription required. Some restrictions may apply. Limited time offer—free training and subsidized deployment services available until June 30 2016.

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Oracle Buys Opower

Oracle Database News - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:12
Press Release Oracle Buys Opower Together, Oracle and Opower Will Become the Largest Provider of Mission-Critical Cloud Services to the $2.3 Trillion Utilities Industry

Redwood Shores, Calif.—May 2, 2016

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower (NYSE: OPWR), the leading provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, for $10.30 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower’s cash.

Opower’s solutions enable over 100 global utilities, such as PG&E, Exelon and National Grid, to deliver a modern digital customer experience. Opower’s big data platform stores and analyzes over 600 billion meter reads from 60 million utility end customers, enabling utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, and improve customer satisfaction.

“Utilities want modern technology solutions that work together to meet their evolving customer, operational and compliance needs,” said Rodger Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Utilities Global Business Unit. “Together, Oracle Utilities and Opower will be the largest provider of mission-critical cloud services to utilities.”

“The combination will provide the industry with the most modern, complete cloud applications for the entire utility value chain, from meter to grid to end-customers," said Dan Yates, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Opower. "We are excited to join Oracle and to bring even more value to our customers as part of the Oracle Utilities Industry Cloud Platform."

The Board of Directors of Opower has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in 2016, subject to Opower’s stockholders tendering a majority of Opower’s outstanding shares and derivative securities exercised prior to the closing of the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

More information about this announcement is available at www.oracle.com/opower.

Contact Info Deborah Hellinger
Oracle Corporate Communications
+1.212.508.7935
deborah.hellinger@oracle.com Ken Bon
Oracle Investor Relations
+1.650.607.0349
ken.bond@oracle.com About Oracle

Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

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

Safe Harbor

The following is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle's products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation. 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Opower, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Opower, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words “anticipates”, “can”, “will”, “look forward to”, “expected” and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or Opower, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or Opower may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Opower.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Opower, respectively, file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracle’s and Opower’s respective operational and other results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor Opower is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Opower product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle’s standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle's review of Opower’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by Opower or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Additional Information about the Acquisition and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed acquisition, Oracle will commence a tender offer for the outstanding shares of Opower. The tender offer has not yet commenced. This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Opower, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the SEC upon commencement of the tender offer. At the time the tender is commenced, Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file tender offer materials on Schedule TO, and Opower will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of Opower are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of Opower securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of Opower at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov.

In addition to the Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, Oracle and Opower file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by Oracle or Opower at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Oracle’s and Opower’s filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

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Implementing Azure SQL Database Elastic Database Jobs

Database Journal News - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 08:01

In a recently published article we described the basic characteristics of Azure SQL Database elastic database jobs. As we pointed out, their name is somewhat misleading since it implies that they are intended specifically for Elastic Database pools. However, their scope can include any custom-defined group of Azure SQL Databases, although the implementation in such cases is not yet available via the Azure portal but requires the use of Azure PowerShell (or the equivalent REST API). In this article, we take you through the sequence of steps illustrating this scenario.

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Announcing the release of pglogical 1.1

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 01:00

2ndQuadrant, the leading developers of PostgreSQL, are delighted to announce the release of pglogical 1.1 – the next generation in replication systems for PostgreSQL.

The 1.1 release brings new features along with bug fixes to pglogical. Same salient features are listed below:

  • Sequence replication support
  • Support for replica triggers
  • Foreign keys are no longer checked on the replica
  • Multiple subscriptions between single pair of nodes
  • The create_subscription function does not synchronize structure change by default
  • User can specify affected replication sets in replicate_ddl_command function
  • New functions for manipulating connection strings of nodes
  • PGLogical processes are clearly marked in the pg_stat_activity
  • Better behavior on worker crashes
  • Logging improvements
  • Ubuntu Xenial package

pglogical offers Logical Replication as a PostgreSQL extension, which provides the flexibility of trigger-based replication with the efficiency of log-based replication. This ground-breaking new technology has benefits for many key use cases

  • UPGRADE Upgrade PostgreSQL from 9.4 to 9.5, without downtime
  • SCALE OUT Copy all or a selection of database tables to other nodes in a cluster
  • AGGREGATE Accumulate changes from sharded database servers into a Data Warehouse
  • INTEGRATE Feed database changes in real-time to other systems

pglogical is open source and available for download as binary packages for PostgreSQL 9.4 and 9.5 versions. Visit http://2ndquadrant.com/pglogical/ for more detail.

2ndQuadrant’s respected 24/7 Production Support provides the fastest and highest rated response service for PostgreSQL anywhere and is available now worldwide.

2ndQuadrant leads the drive for improving the enterprise functionality for PostgreSQL, contributing major features every year in performance, replication, business intelligence and usability.

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Announcing the release of pglogical 1.1

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 01:00

2ndQuadrant, the leading developers of PostgreSQL, are delighted to announce the release of pglogical 1.1 – the next generation in replication systems for PostgreSQL.

The 1.1 release brings new features along with bug fixes to pglogical. Same salient features are listed below:

  • Sequence replication support
  • Support for replica triggers
  • Foreign keys are no longer checked on the replica
  • Multiple subscriptions between single pair of nodes
  • The create_subscription function does not synchronize structure change by default
  • User can specify affected replication sets in replicate_ddl_command function
  • New functions for manipulating connection strings of nodes
  • PGLogical processes are clearly marked in the pg_stat_activity
  • Better behavior on worker crashes
  • Logging improvements
  • Ubuntu Xenial package

pglogical offers Logical Replication as a PostgreSQL extension, which provides the flexibility of trigger-based replication with the efficiency of log-based replication. This ground-breaking new technology has benefits for many key use cases

  • UPGRADE Upgrade PostgreSQL from 9.4 to 9.5, without downtime
  • SCALE OUT Copy all or a selection of database tables to other nodes in a cluster
  • AGGREGATE Accumulate changes from sharded database servers into a Data Warehouse
  • INTEGRATE Feed database changes in real-time to other systems

pglogical is open source and available for download as binary packages for PostgreSQL 9.4 and 9.5 versions. Visit http://2ndquadrant.com/pglogical/ for more detail.

2ndQuadrant’s respected 24/7 Production Support provides the fastest and highest rated response service for PostgreSQL anywhere and is available now worldwide.

2ndQuadrant leads the drive for improving the enterprise functionality for PostgreSQL, contributing major features every year in performance, replication, business intelligence and usability.

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Monitor CPU Usage Information

Database Journal News - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 17:18

This script will monitor CPU Usage Information.

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Oracle Launches Latest Oracle Field Service Cloud Offering to Power a Completely Connected Customer Service Experience

Oracle Database News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:35
Press Release Oracle Launches Latest Oracle Field Service Cloud Offering to Power a Completely Connected Customer Service Experience New field service capabilities can improve customer satisfaction and response times, while reducing service delivery costs

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 28, 2016

Oracle today announced a comprehensive new release of Oracle Field Service Cloud, formerly known as TOA Technologies. The latest release, which is part of Oracle’s end-to-end cloud customer service offering, delivers extensive new field service enhancements focused on mobility, ease of use, and connecting contact center agents delivering service via the phone, email, and chat to field technicians providing in person support.

Field service is a customer service cornerstone for brands spanning a number of industries—including telecommunications, utilities, high tech and manufacturing. A field service appointment may be the only time a company engages with its customers face-to-face to deliver a differentiated customer experience. Leveraging time-based, predictive, self-learning technology, Oracle Field Service Cloud helps create the most efficient job schedules and travel routes for field resources to ensure the right field resource arrives to every job on-time, with the parts and knowledge to complete the work the first time.

New features and integrations available in the latest release of Oracle Field Service Cloud include:

  • Expanded Field Resource Manager: Using a mobile device, field supervisors can now manage all field activities in real time with additional insights into field service team capacity. These new capabilities enable the field workforce to quickly respond to changing customer needs, while streamlining collaboration between resources in the field.
  • Automated Urgent Work Assignment: Companies can now respond to emergency situations using Oracle Field Service Cloud. When an event occurs, the application automatically locates the field resource nearest to the job and immediately routes them to the urgent event. The ability to take action automatically, without requiring human intervention, will help companies ensure relevant resources are quickly deployed – which in emergency situations, can make all the difference.
  • Integration with Oracle’s E-Business Suite: This integration helps streamline job scheduling and inventory tracking capabilities. New integrations with Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) help Oracle Field Service Cloud customers quickly and easily integrate with other cloud applications such as Oracle Sales Cloud.

“At Pella we continually strive to exceed our customer’s expectations and with the recent implementation of Oracle Field Service Cloud we are gaining new levels of customer service capabilities,” said Julia Neary, IT Manager, Fulfillment and Service, Pella Corporation. “We are already seeing a reduction in manual processes and improved management of our service technicians. More importantly we are able to leverage Oracle Field Service Cloud to respond faster, more reliably and more efficiently to our customer’s needs.”

Oracle Field Service Cloud is part of the Oracle Service Cloud portfolio which delivers a complete service experience across a wide range of modern contact center channels including web, phone, email, chat, social and the in-person field service interaction, all powered by the latest technology. This cross channel, connected and mobile service experience is something that competitive products fail to deliver.

Oracle believes that the latest release further cements Oracle Service Cloud’s leadership position cited by industry analyst firm Forrester Research in: The Forrester Wave™: Customer Service Solutions For Enterprise Organizations, Q4 2015 and The Forrester Wave™: Customer Service Solutions For Midsize Teams, Q4 2015. Both ranked Oracle Service Cloud as a Leader, with the highest current offering category scores in both reports. In addition, Oracle Service Cloud was noted among vendors that “deliver high-volume omnichannel service” and “have a foundational layer of knowledge management to deliver channel-specific answers to customer inquiries.

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Oracle Buys Textura

Oracle Database News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Buys Textura Adds Leading Construction Contracts and Payment Management Cloud Services to the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Apr 28, 2016

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textura (NYSE: TXTR), a leading provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for $26.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $663 million, net of Textura’s cash.

Textura’s cloud services process $3.4 billion in payments for over 6,000 projects each month, helping keep projects on time and under budget while reducing risk for developers, contractors and subcontractors. Textura offers its cloud services in a consumption model preferred by the engineering and construction industry whereby the companies involved pay based on project activity. Further, usage of Textura’s cloud services creates a network effect that benefits all participants as more than 85,000 general and subcontractors are connected to the platform.

Oracle Primavera offers a complete suite of cloud solutions for project, cost, time and risk management. The Oracle Primavera flagship products have been completely re-architected for the Cloud, and the result is a set of cloud services that are growing rapidly as construction and engineering companies embrace digital transformation. Together, Oracle Primavera and Textura will form the Oracle Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit offering a comprehensive cloud-based project control and execution platform that manages all phases of engineering and construction projects.

“The increasingly global engineering and construction industry requires digital modernization in a way that automates manual processes and embraces the power of cloud computing to easily connect the construction job site, reduce cost overruns, and improve productivity,” said Mike Sicilia, SVP and GM, Engineering and Construction Global Business Unit, Oracle. “Together, Textura and Oracle Engineering and Construction will have the most comprehensive set of cloud services in the industry.”

“Textura’s mission is to bring workflow automation and transparency to complex construction projects while improving their financial performance and minimizing risks,” said David Habiger, Chief Executive Officer, Textura. “We are excited to join Oracle and bring our cloud-based capabilities to help extend the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform.”

The Board of Directors of Textura has unanimously approved the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in 2016, subject to Textura stockholders tendering 66 2/3% of Textura’s outstanding shares and derivative securities exercised prior to the closing (as required by Textura’s certificate of incorporation) in the tender offer, certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

More information about this announcement is available at www.oracle.com/textura.

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This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Textura, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle's proposed acquisition of Textura, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words "anticipates", “can", “will”, "look forward to", "expected" and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or Textura, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or Textura may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Textura.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Textura, respectively, file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracle's and Textura’s respective operational and other results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor Textura is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Textura product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle's standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle's review of Textura’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by Textura or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Additional Information about the Acquisition and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed acquisition, Oracle will commence a tender offer for the outstanding shares of Textura. The tender offer has not yet commenced. This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Textura, nor is it a substitute for the tender offer materials that Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file with the SEC upon commencement of the tender offer. At the time the tender is commenced, Oracle and its acquisition subsidiary will file tender offer materials on Schedule TO, and Textura will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC with respect to the tender offer. The tender offer materials (including an Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents) and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will contain important information. Holders of shares of Textura are urged to read these documents when they become available because they will contain important information that holders of Textura securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities. The Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, will be made available to all holders of shares of Textura at no expense to them. The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov.

In addition to the Offer to Purchase, the related Letter of Transmittal and certain other tender offer documents, as well as the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, Oracle and Textura file annual, quarterly and special reports and other information with the SEC. You may read and copy any reports or other information filed by Oracle or Textura at the SEC public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. Please call the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330 for further information on the public reference room. Oracle’s and Textura’s filings with the SEC are also available to the public from commercial document-retrieval services and at the website maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov.

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Re-thinking SQL Queries Using Sets in Oracle

Database Journal News - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 08:01

Sometimes it's good to re-think how to write a query; set operations can provide performance benefits over 'straight SQL'.  Read on to see an example of this in action.

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Oracle Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Markie Awards

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 15:32
Press Release Oracle Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Markie Awards The 2016 Markie Awards represent Oracle Marketing Cloud’s biggest award campaign in history with 350 submissions highlighting modern marketing success

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE—Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

To promote best practices and celebrate the accomplishments of modern marketers around the world, Oracle has announced the winners of the 2016 Markie Awards. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the annual Markie Awards recognize the top companies and leaders for creative, innovative, and effective modern marketing campaigns that delivered increased engagement, conversation and ROI. Past winners include notable companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, Intel, Marriott Rewards, DocuSign, Twitter and Rockwell Automation.

The Markie Awards highlight the best omnichannel success stories in an age where the customer experience is more important than ever before. This year marked the Markie Award’s biggest campaign yet with a total of 350 award submissions, up 80 percent over last year.

The 2016 Markie Awards featured 19 categories that reflect the evolving marketing landscape, including: Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem, Best Sales and Marketing Alignment, Best Mobile Experience, Rapid Transformation, Content is King, and Modern Marketing Leader of the Year.

“The 10th anniversary of the Markie Awards represents a decade of marketing excellence from top companies and leaders around the world,” said Kevin Akeroyd, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “This year’s winners have gone above and beyond, fully leveraging the most innovative marketing technologies to create campaigns that put the customer at the heart of their programs, which delivered outstanding results.”

Winners of the 2016 Markie Awards are:

  • Best Use of Audience Data: Dell, Inc.
  • Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem: Lenovo
  • Best Email Marketing Campaign: Jetstar
  • Best International Campaign: Tomtom
  • Best Mobile Experience: Zalora
  • Best Social Campaign: Family Share Network/Deseret Digital
  • Content is King: Wine.com.br
  • Best Customer Retention or Loyalty Program: Cetera Financial Group
  • Best Use of Data Analytics and Insights: Thomson Reuters (MarkMonitor)
  • Best Integrated Consumer Marketing Program: AGA
  • Rapid Transformation: BT Global Services
  • Best Sales and Marketing Alignment: Sierra
  • Best Testing and Optimization of the Customer Experience: YOTEL
  • Best Lead Management Program: Juniper
  • Best Emerging Company Marketing Program: Mobovida
  • Modern Marketing Leader of the Year: Blake Cahill, Royal Phillips
  • Best Web or Commerce Experience: SunPower
  • Most Creative Marketing Campaign: Eaton
  • People’s Choice Markie Award - Best Video: Cisco Systems

“At Oracle, we strive to put the customer at the forefront of everything we do,” said Catherine Blackmore, group vice president, customer success, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “Therefore, we believe the best Modern Marketers are all about the customer, too. Oracle is proud to recognize and honor these winners for their customer-centric campaigns, outstanding achievements, and their dedication to Modern Marketing.”

The 2016 Markie Awards were presented on Tuesday, April 26th, during Oracle Modern Marketing Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Simplify Data-Driven Marketing

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:40
Press Release Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Simplify Data-Driven Marketing New innovations and integrations help direct-to-consumer marketers personalize the customer experience and optimize marketing spend

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE – Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

Extending its commitment to help consumer marketers target, convert and retain their ideal customers, Oracle has introduced new innovations and integrations for the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The latest additions empower marketers to use differentiated audience data for targeting on their paid media, orchestrate cross-channel interactions and further optimize the customer experience.

Marketers can now improve the customer experience through a new direct integration between Oracle Maxymiser and Oracle Responsys applications. The integration enables marketers to orchestrate Oracle Maxymiser-delivered messaging on a website in conjunction with messaging in email, SMS, MMS, push messaging, in-app messaging and display advertising. In addition, Oracle Maxymiser is now fully integrated with the Oracle Data Management Platform. The integration empowers marketers to tap into first, second and third party data and use it for audience testing and optimization initiatives.

To help marketers connect the right audience data and deliver a more consistent customer experience, new integrations with the Oracle Data Cloud have been introduced to the Oracle Marketing Cloud’s Data Management Platform. By leveraging Oracle Data Cloud’s enhanced modeling solution, the first integration gives marketers the ability to model their online audiences based on critical offline data, such as in-store purchase transactions. The second integration gives customers access to Oracle Data Cloud's AddThis Audience Discovery tool, which helps marketers better understand and target their ideal audience with relevant paid media campaigns. The powerful data-driven marketing solution uses natural language processing to look at keywords on billions of web pages across the web. It transforms those keywords into audience data that is based on the online behaviors of two billion unique users traversing more than 15 million websites around the world.

The latest additions to the Oracle Marketing Cloud also reduce the complexity of data-driven marketing by delivering greater insight into how customer engagement drives revenue. By leveraging the speed and scale of Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Marketing Cloud now provides marketers with advanced data visualization and investigation tools through an easy-to-use interface that delivers deep insights into performance across different channels. To further enhance usability, a new graphical audience segmentation feature allows B2C marketers to benefit from segmentation logic that is easier to visualize, test and reuse.

“Marketing has the opportunity to take the lead in driving a deeply personalized customer experience across all channels, touch points and interactions,” said Steve Krause, group vice president, Product Management, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “To help marketers capitalize on this opportunity, we have introduced a number of new integrations and innovations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that help B2C marketers orchestrate and personalize the full customer experience. The latest additions include powerful data integrations that will help brands increase engagement and optimize marketing spend.” 

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Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Marketers Reduce Sales Cycles and Improve Conversion Rates

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:33
Press Release Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Marketers Reduce Sales Cycles and Improve Conversion Rates Innovative new platform enables business-to-business marketers to scale and optimize account-based marketing programs

MODERN MARKETING EXPERIENCE - Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

Oracle today announced new account-based marketing capabilities within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that help business-to-business (B2B) marketers increase lead generation, reduce sales cycles and improve conversion rates. By supporting the entire B2B buyers’ journey from acquisition and prospecting to closing new business, the new Oracle Marketing Cloud Account-Based Marketing capabilities enable B2B marketers to optimize targeting on paid media, more effectively engage target prospects and simplify data management and integration.   

Account-based marketing can be extremely complex and difficult to scale as marketers often have to personalize interactions with multiple IT and business stakeholders during the deal cycle. In order to simplify the process and help marketers accelerate deal cycles and maximize revenue potential, the new Oracle Marketing Cloud Account-Based Marketing capability provides one of the industry’s largest sets of curated B2B account audience data for targeting on paid media through a new direct integration between Oracle Marketing Cloud and Oracle Data Cloud. Oracle Data Cloud has data on more than one million US companies and over 60 million anonymous business profiles.  B2B marketers can now use this data within the Oracle Marketing Cloud to prospect for anonymous users based on account, online behavior and offline data such as past purchases or other behavioral data. The powerful insights delivered enable marketers to systematically drive account-based re-targeting, site and content optimization.

In addition, to empower B2B marketers to execute account-specific campaigns that increase conversion rates and decrease sales cycles, the new capabilities include unique account-based messaging that enables communications to be personalized at scale. Marketers can also easily append account data to new and existing leads, eliminating the need to present long forms for lead capture, while significantly improving data quality. The new account scoring and nurturing capabilities are powered by integrations with Demandbase and other Oracle Marketing AppCloud partners. It can be administered directly inside Oracle Eloqua, the Oracle Marketing Cloud’s marketing automation product. 

“Account-based marketing can be very powerful, but it has always been unnecessarily complex for B2B marketers,” said John Stetic, group vice president of products, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “With the latest enhancements to the Oracle Marketing Cloud, customers will benefit from a simpler and more innovative approach to account-based marketing through new integrations, data services and expanded capabilities. B2B marketers will be able to more efficiently and effectively execute account-based marketing campaigns that demonstrate a clear ROI.

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Oracle Helps Organizations Personalize the Customer Experience

Oracle Database News - Wed, 04/27/2016 - 13:29
Press Release Oracle Helps Organizations Personalize the Customer Experience New innovations within Oracle Customer Experience Cloud Suite help organizations create consistent and personalized experiences across all channels and devices

MODERN CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE CONFERENCE - Las Vegas, NV—Apr 27, 2016

To help organizations deliver a consistent and personalized customer experience across all channels, touch points and interactions, Oracle today introduced a series of new innovations within the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite. The latest additions help organizations embrace modern customer experience best practices across sales, commerce, customer service and marketing through enhancements to Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud.

Extending Oracle’s commitment to providing sales teams with the modern processes, tools, resources and intelligence required to increase revenues, Oracle Sales Cloud now includes new mobile capabilities. A new Call Report app improves mobile productivity by enabling sales reps to perform critical and frequent call report tasks on the go, while a new Mobile Commissions app enhances sales performance management by allowing the sales reps to review their compensation anywhere, any time. The latest additions build on an extensive range of mobile capabilities already available in the Oracle Sales Cloud including the Deal Management app, Oracle Voice app and the Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile app.

To help organizations further enhance selling experiences, Oracle has also updated Oracle Commerce Cloud. New visual merchandising and automated recommendation capabilities enable merchandisers to better understand the consumer experience and offer more responsive personalized interactions. In addition, a new release of Oracle CPQ Cloud helps organizations optimize commerce across channels by providing support for flexible document generation. The new Document Designer provides new drag and drop capabilities as well as new organization and execution tools.

In order to further help organizations enhance the on location customer experience, Oracle has also introduced new field service capabilities within the Oracle Service Cloud. A new release of Oracle Field Service Cloud enables customer service professionals to leverage time-based, predictive, self-learning technology to create the most efficient job schedules and travel routes for field resources. By enabling organizations to optimize field resources, the new release helps ensure the right field resource arrives to every job on time with the parts and knowledge required to meet the customers’ expectations.

The enhancements to the Oracle CX Cloud Suite also include new innovations and integrations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The latest additions empower consumer marketers to take advantage of powerful data insights to orchestrate and optimize the customer experience across marketing channels and enable business-to-business marketers to take a holistic approach to account-based marketing that improves results across the entire buyers’ lifecycle. For further details on the additions to the Oracle Marketing Cloud, please visit the Oracle Newsroom.

“Digitally empowered consumers demand personalized, engaging and consistent experiences whenever and however they interact with a brand, and organizations that fail to deliver risk losing revenue opportunities and ultimately market share,” said Rondy Ng, Oracle SVP. “To help organizations meet these increasing expectations, we have developed a complete customer experience suite that supports the whole lifecycle of customer interactions. With industry leading solutions across sales, commerce, service and marketing, Oracle is uniquely positioned to help organizations transform the customer experience and drive measurable results across every customer interaction.”

“Consumer expectations in the electronics industry have never been higher” said Scott Strickland, Chief Information Officer for Denon + Marantz Electronics.  “Creating a consolidated view of our end consumer’s journey – from tracking the frictionless initial sale to understanding their positive customer service experience to engaging via successful marketing campaigns and social media  – is our goal.  The Oracle CX Cloud Suite provides an integrated, cloud based solution that allowed us to exceed this goal and has quickly scaled with our business.”  

 

Part of Oracle Applications Cloud, Oracle CX Cloud Suite empowers organizations to improve experiences, enhance loyalty, differentiate their brands, and drive measurable results by creating consistent, connected, and personalized brand experiences across all channels and devices. The Oracle CX Cloud Suite includes Oracle Service Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Commerce Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud.

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