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Kohl’s Sets Foundation for Future Growth with Oracle Retail

Oracle Database News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:00
Kohl’s Sets Foundation for Future Growth with Oracle Retail Oracle Retail solution helps department store giant optimize item and store performanceRedwood Shores, Calif. – October 31, 2014News Summary

For department store retailers, what consumers buy and when they buy it varies widely from store to store depending on the region, weather, demographics, and factors such as the popularity of local sports teams. Value-oriented specialty department store Kohl’s is transforming many of its core retail operations to accommodate recent growth and ensure that both its store and online shopping experiences reflect the unique preferences of consumers, no matter where they live and shop. Most recently, Kohl’s overhauled its core merchandising, inventory, and pricing operations with the launch of a new Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management solution, allowing the retailer to coordinate a unified system of record for inventory to better serve customers across channels, and to simplify its business user experience.

News Facts Following its deployment of Oracle Commerce, Kohl’s implemented Oracle Retail Merchandising System and Oracle Retail Price Management to streamline and improve the inventory, pricing, and promotions operations that, for 1 million SKUs, determine how well larger categories and individual items perform both online and at each of Kohl’s more than 1,100 stores nationwide. The Oracle Retail implementation is part of a larger business transformation designed to support Kohl’s ongoing growth and enable marketing and merchandising teams to anticipate customer demand, identify market opportunities, and roll out new products and promotions online and in stores. By managing pricing and promotions from a unified view that delivers accurate, real-time insight from multiple sources, merchants will gain efficiencies with a more agile promotional pricing process. The company is using Oracle Retail to manage pricing for all items (or SKUs) on a store-by-store basis and for its e-commerce site, to preserve margins where demand remains high and for clearing and refreshing inventory where needed. To deliver a real-time view of the many variables influencing item and store performance, Kohl’s has integrated Oracle Retail Merchandising with multiple existing systems. By leveraging the best practices built into the Oracle Retail reference model, which is a comprehensive collection of industry-leading processes that guide retail operations, Kohl’s avoided customizations, simplified its merchandising overhaul, and allowed for faster upgrades in the future. Kohl’s implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine to optimize performance of its retail operations and ensure that merchants have rapid access to the information they need. The merchandising transformation at Kohl’s represents a key step in the retailer’s longer-term strategy, establishing a robust, stable, and scalable foundation for deploying new retail science, optimization, and planning solutions that will help to identify market opportunities and drive profitable growth. Next, Kohl’s plans to implement and use the industry-leading predictive technology embedded in Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization to more precisely tailor its selection of items, styles, and sizes to meet customer demand at each store. The Oracle Retail solutions represent an expansion of Oracle Applications already in use at Kohl’s, including Oracle Commerce, Oracle’s PeopleSoft financial management solutions, and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management; several components of Oracle Fusion Middleware; Oracle Database; and Oracle Exadata Database Machine. In 2013, Kohl’s moved its e-commerce operations to Oracle Commerce to deliver nearly 100 percent availability and support record high sales during the annual shopping spikes that accompany the holidays. To provide differentiated customer service, Kohl’s also deployed Oracle Service Cloud for web customer service, contact center, and knowledge management. The deployment enables Kohl’s to reduce costs while delivering a compelling customer experience through voice, e-mail, chat, and cobrowsing capabilities that support millions of web interactions per month and more than 2,000 contact center agents. Supporting Quotes “Oracle Retail has provided our merchants with more visibility to make informed decisions with better data to optimize performance at the item and store level,” said Janet Schalk, executive vice president and chief information officer, Kohl’s. “Equally important, the Oracle Retail implementation establishes a foundation for future growth and innovation.” “Consumers require access to their favorite brands 24/7 via nearby stores, their desktop, or using a mobile device, and Kohl’s is moving quickly to deliver that type of personalized and relevant commerce-anywhere experience. By implementing the Oracle Retail family of applications, Kohl’s is establishing a foundation to drive ongoing growth,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail.Supporting Resources About Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization Oracle Retail on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Oracle Retail Blog  Oracle Commerce Anywhere Blog Oracle Retail in the News Oracle Retail Asset and Centralized Knowledge PortalAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Contacts:

Greg Lunsford
Oracle
+1.650.506.6523
greg.lunsford@oracle.com

Mary Ellen Amodeo
Amodeo Associates
+1.612.963.5797
meamodeo@gmail.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Kohl’s Sets Foundation for Future Growth with Oracle Retail

Oracle Database News - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 13:00
Kohl’s Sets Foundation for Future Growth with Oracle Retail Oracle Retail solution helps department store giant optimize item and store performanceRedwood Shores, Calif. – October 31, 2014News Summary

For department store retailers, what consumers buy and when they buy it varies widely from store to store depending on the region, weather, demographics, and factors such as the popularity of local sports teams. Value-oriented specialty department store Kohl’s is transforming many of its core retail operations to accommodate recent growth and ensure that both its store and online shopping experiences reflect the unique preferences of consumers, no matter where they live and shop. Most recently, Kohl’s overhauled its core merchandising, inventory, and pricing operations with the launch of a new Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management solution, allowing the retailer to coordinate a unified system of record for inventory to better serve customers across channels, and to simplify its business user experience.

News Facts Following its deployment of Oracle Commerce, Kohl’s implemented Oracle Retail Merchandising System and Oracle Retail Price Management to streamline and improve the inventory, pricing, and promotions operations that, for 1 million SKUs, determine how well larger categories and individual items perform both online and at each of Kohl’s more than 1,100 stores nationwide. The Oracle Retail implementation is part of a larger business transformation designed to support Kohl’s ongoing growth and enable marketing and merchandising teams to anticipate customer demand, identify market opportunities, and roll out new products and promotions online and in stores. By managing pricing and promotions from a unified view that delivers accurate, real-time insight from multiple sources, merchants will gain efficiencies with a more agile promotional pricing process. The company is using Oracle Retail to manage pricing for all items (or SKUs) on a store-by-store basis and for its e-commerce site, to preserve margins where demand remains high and for clearing and refreshing inventory where needed. To deliver a real-time view of the many variables influencing item and store performance, Kohl’s has integrated Oracle Retail Merchandising with multiple existing systems. By leveraging the best practices built into the Oracle Retail reference model, which is a comprehensive collection of industry-leading processes that guide retail operations, Kohl’s avoided customizations, simplified its merchandising overhaul, and allowed for faster upgrades in the future. Kohl’s implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine to optimize performance of its retail operations and ensure that merchants have rapid access to the information they need. The merchandising transformation at Kohl’s represents a key step in the retailer’s longer-term strategy, establishing a robust, stable, and scalable foundation for deploying new retail science, optimization, and planning solutions that will help to identify market opportunities and drive profitable growth. Next, Kohl’s plans to implement and use the industry-leading predictive technology embedded in Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization to more precisely tailor its selection of items, styles, and sizes to meet customer demand at each store. The Oracle Retail solutions represent an expansion of Oracle Applications already in use at Kohl’s, including Oracle Commerce, Oracle’s PeopleSoft financial management solutions, and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management; several components of Oracle Fusion Middleware; Oracle Database; and Oracle Exadata Database Machine. In 2013, Kohl’s moved its e-commerce operations to Oracle Commerce to deliver nearly 100 percent availability and support record high sales during the annual shopping spikes that accompany the holidays. To provide differentiated customer service, Kohl’s also deployed Oracle Service Cloud for web customer service, contact center, and knowledge management. The deployment enables Kohl’s to reduce costs while delivering a compelling customer experience through voice, e-mail, chat, and cobrowsing capabilities that support millions of web interactions per month and more than 2,000 contact center agents. Supporting Quotes “Oracle Retail has provided our merchants with more visibility to make informed decisions with better data to optimize performance at the item and store level,” said Janet Schalk, executive vice president and chief information officer, Kohl’s. “Equally important, the Oracle Retail implementation establishes a foundation for future growth and innovation.” “Consumers require access to their favorite brands 24/7 via nearby stores, their desktop, or using a mobile device, and Kohl’s is moving quickly to deliver that type of personalized and relevant commerce-anywhere experience. By implementing the Oracle Retail family of applications, Kohl’s is establishing a foundation to drive ongoing growth,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail.Supporting Resources About Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization Oracle Retail on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Oracle Retail Blog  Oracle Commerce Anywhere Blog Oracle Retail in the News Oracle Retail Asset and Centralized Knowledge PortalAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademark

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

# # #

Contacts:

Greg Lunsford
Oracle
+1.650.506.6523
greg.lunsford@oracle.com

Mary Ellen Amodeo
Amodeo Associates
+1.612.963.5797
meamodeo@gmail.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

The Ins and Outs of Azure Stream Analytics – Real-Time Event Processing

Yesterday at TechEd Europe 2014, Microsoft announced the preview of Azure Stream Analytics. This post will give you the ins and outs of this new service.

What is Azure Stream Analytics?

Azure Stream Analytics is a cost effective event processing engine that helps uncover real-time insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications, and data. Deployed in the Azure cloud, Stream Analytics has elastic scale where resources are efficiently allocated and paid for as requested. Developers are given a rapid development experience where they describe their desired transformations in SQL-like syntax. Some unique aspects about Stream Analytics are:

  • Low cost: Stream Analytics is architected for multi-tenancy meaning you only pay for what you use and not for idle resources.  Unlike other solutions, small streaming jobs will be cost effective.
  • Faster developer productivity: Stream Analytics allow developers to use a SQL-like syntax that can speed up development time from thousands of lines of code down to a few lines.  The system will abstract the complexities of the parallelization, distributed computing, and error handling away from the developers.
  • Elasticity of the cloud: Stream Analytics is built as a managed service in Azure.  This means customers can spin up or down any number of resources on demand.  Customers will not have to setup costly hardware or install and maintain software.

Similar to the recent announcement Microsoft made in making Apache Storm available in Azure HDInsight, Stream Analytics is a stream processing engine that is integrated with a scalable event queuing system like Azure Event Hubs. By making both Storm and Stream Analytics available, Microsoft is giving customers options to deploy their real-time event processing engine of choice.

What can it do?

Stream Analytics will enable various scenarios including Internet of Things (IoT) such as real-time fleet management or gaining insights from devices like mobile phones and connected cars. Specific scenarios that customers are doing with real-time event processing include:

  • Real-time ingestion, processing and archiving of data: Customers will use Stream Analytics to ingest a continuous stream of data and do in-flight processing like scrubbing PII information, adding geo-tagging, and doing IP lookups before being sent to a data store.
  • Real-time Analytics: Customers will use Stream Analytics to provide real-time dashboarding where customers can see trends that happen immediately when they occur.
  • Connected devices (Internet of Things): Customers will use Stream Analytics to get real-time information from their connected devices like machines, buildings, or cars so that relevant action can be done. This can include scheduling a repair technician, pushing down software updates or to perform a specific automated action.

How do I get started?

For Microsoft customers, we are offering Azure Stream Analytics as a public preview.  To get started, customers will need to have an Azure subscription or a free trial to Azure. With this in hand, you should be able to get Azure Stream Analytics up and running in minutes. Start by reading this getting started guide.

For more information on Azure Stream Analytics:

Categories: Database

The Ins and Outs of Azure Data Factory – Orchestration and Management of Diverse Data

Yesterday at TechEd Europe 2014, Microsoft announced the preview of Azure Data Factory. This post will give you the ins and outs of this new service.

What is Azure Data Factory?

Azure Data Factory is a fully managed service that does information production by orchestrating data with processing services as managed data pipelines. A pipeline connects diverse data (like SQL Server on-premises or cloud data like Azure SQL Database, Blobs, Tables, and SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines) with diverse processing techniques (like Azure HDInsight (Hive and Pig), and custom C# activities).  This will allow the data developer to transform and shape the data (join, aggregate, cleanse, enrich) so that it becomes authoritative and trustworthy to be consumed by BI tools. These pipelines are all managed within a single pane of glass where rich health and lineage is available to diagnose issues or do impact analysis across all data and processing assets. Some unique points about Data Factory are:

  • Ability to process data from diverse locations and data types.  Data Factory can pull data from relational, on-premises sources like SQL Server and join with non-relational, cloud sources like Azure Blobs.
  • Provide a holistic view of the entire IT infrastructure that includes both commercial and open source together. Data Factory can orchestrate Hive and Pig using Hadoop while also bringing in commercial products and services like SQL Server and Azure SQL Database in a single view.

What can it do?

With the ability to manage and orchestrate the collection, movement and transformation of semi-structured and structured data together, Data Factory provides customers with a central place to manage their processing of web log analytics, click stream analysis, social sentiment, sensor data analysis, geo-location analysis, and more. In public preview, Microsoft views Data Factory as a key tool for customers who are looking to have a hybrid story with SQL Server or who currently use Azure HDInsight, Azure SQL Database, Azure Blobs, and Power BI for Office 365. In the future, we’ll bring more data sources and processing capabilities to the Data Factory.

How do I get started?

For Microsoft customers, we are offering Azure Data Factory as a public preview.  To get started, customers will need to have an Azure subscription or a free trial to Azure. With this in hand, you should be able to get Azure Data Factory up and running in minutes. Start by reading this getting started guide.

For more information on Azure Data Factory:

Categories: Database

Advania Selects Oracle SuperCluster over HP and IBM for Oracle E-Business Suite Consolidation

Oracle Database News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:00
Advania Selects Oracle SuperCluster over HP and IBM for Oracle E-Business Suite ConsolidationModernized infrastructure gives professional services firm lower maintenance costs, better consolidation ratio, and operational cost savingsRedwood Shores, Calif. – October 29, 2014News Summary

Advania hf, one of the largest IT service providers and consultancy firms in Iceland, has modernized its IT infrastructure to accelerate performance and scalability while cutting operational costs and simplifying management. By consolidating its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation on Oracle SuperCluster, Advania can now quickly build vital complex financial reports that support business decisions, while reducing its data center footprint and lowering total cost of ownership.

News Facts Advania hf, one of the largest IT service providers and consultancy firms in Iceland, has consolidated its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation and Oracle Database on Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris. With more than 10,000 corporate clients and 1,100 employees in 17 offices across three countries, Advania sought to modernize and streamline its infrastructure with a single high-availability solution to deliver higher performance and scalability with lower operational costs and simplified management. Advania selected Oracle SuperCluster over solutions from HP and IBM, ultimately recognizing that running Oracle software on Oracle SuperCluster provided better performance and both architectural and business continuity for its customers, while helping minimize risk. Using Oracle SuperCluster, Advania has achieved a more stable platform, freeing up valuable time for its own technicians. By signing up for Oracle Platinum Support, Advania has also been able to raise support service levels, and these elements in combination have lowered the operational cost of the application. Oracle SuperCluster delivers better performance and faster response times for the ERP suite than the company’s previous solution. Advania’s initial assessment shows an average of 60 to 70 percent faster report processing with the Oracle solution, enabling faster and more-informed business decisions. Advania was able to accelerate backup and recovery while also gaining the capacity to consolidate Oracle E-Business Suite instances for State, Customs, and Tax and accommodating future growth. Using the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite, Advania accelerated its time to deployment while helping reduce risk with documented best practices. Oracle Optimized Solutions provide a comprehensive framework across the architecture from client to application to database for optimizing the value of Oracle software running on Oracle SuperCluster.Supporting Quote “With Oracle SuperCluster, we have seen a substantial improvement in performance. We have stabilized and secured operations, increased accessibility, and improved efficiency across the business,” said Hallgrímur G. Sigurðsson, manager, Engineering Department, Advania hf. “Oracle was the obvious choice while looking for a single supplier for the entire IT platform, based on our previous experience and evaluation of other vendors.”Supporting Resources Advania Oracle SuperCluster Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Hardware on Facebook, TwitterAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

About Oracle SuperCluster

Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle’s most powerful Oracle Database Machine, is an integrated server, storage, networking, and software system that provides maximum end-to-end database and application performance. It requires minimal initial and ongoing support and maintenance effort, and helps reduce complexity at the lowest total cost of ownership. Oracle SuperCluster is ideal for Oracle Database and best for Oracle Applications customers who need to maximize return on their software investments, increase their IT agility, and improve application usability and overall IT productivity.

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

Contact Info

Michelle Jenkins
Oracle
+1.425.945.8306
michelle.jenkins@oracle.com

Drew Smith
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5127
dsmith@blancandotus.com

 
Categories: Database, Vendor

Advania Selects Oracle SuperCluster over HP and IBM for Oracle E-Business Suite Consolidation

Oracle Database News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:00
Advania Selects Oracle SuperCluster over HP and IBM for Oracle E-Business Suite ConsolidationModernized infrastructure gives professional services firm lower maintenance costs, better consolidation ratio, and operational cost savingsRedwood Shores, Calif. – October 29, 2014News Summary

Advania hf, one of the largest IT service providers and consultancy firms in Iceland, has modernized its IT infrastructure to accelerate performance and scalability while cutting operational costs and simplifying management. By consolidating its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation on Oracle SuperCluster, Advania can now quickly build vital complex financial reports that support business decisions, while reducing its data center footprint and lowering total cost of ownership.

News Facts Advania hf, one of the largest IT service providers and consultancy firms in Iceland, has consolidated its Oracle E-Business Suite implementation and Oracle Database on Oracle SuperCluster with Oracle Solaris. With more than 10,000 corporate clients and 1,100 employees in 17 offices across three countries, Advania sought to modernize and streamline its infrastructure with a single high-availability solution to deliver higher performance and scalability with lower operational costs and simplified management. Advania selected Oracle SuperCluster over solutions from HP and IBM, ultimately recognizing that running Oracle software on Oracle SuperCluster provided better performance and both architectural and business continuity for its customers, while helping minimize risk. Using Oracle SuperCluster, Advania has achieved a more stable platform, freeing up valuable time for its own technicians. By signing up for Oracle Platinum Support, Advania has also been able to raise support service levels, and these elements in combination have lowered the operational cost of the application. Oracle SuperCluster delivers better performance and faster response times for the ERP suite than the company’s previous solution. Advania’s initial assessment shows an average of 60 to 70 percent faster report processing with the Oracle solution, enabling faster and more-informed business decisions. Advania was able to accelerate backup and recovery while also gaining the capacity to consolidate Oracle E-Business Suite instances for State, Customs, and Tax and accommodating future growth. Using the Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite, Advania accelerated its time to deployment while helping reduce risk with documented best practices. Oracle Optimized Solutions provide a comprehensive framework across the architecture from client to application to database for optimizing the value of Oracle software running on Oracle SuperCluster.Supporting Quote “With Oracle SuperCluster, we have seen a substantial improvement in performance. We have stabilized and secured operations, increased accessibility, and improved efficiency across the business,” said Hallgrímur G. Sigurðsson, manager, Engineering Department, Advania hf. “Oracle was the obvious choice while looking for a single supplier for the entire IT platform, based on our previous experience and evaluation of other vendors.”Supporting Resources Advania Oracle SuperCluster Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Hardware on Facebook, TwitterAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

About Oracle SuperCluster

Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle’s most powerful Oracle Database Machine, is an integrated server, storage, networking, and software system that provides maximum end-to-end database and application performance. It requires minimal initial and ongoing support and maintenance effort, and helps reduce complexity at the lowest total cost of ownership. Oracle SuperCluster is ideal for Oracle Database and best for Oracle Applications customers who need to maximize return on their software investments, increase their IT agility, and improve application usability and overall IT productivity.

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

Contact Info

Michelle Jenkins
Oracle
+1.425.945.8306
michelle.jenkins@oracle.com

Drew Smith
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5127
dsmith@blancandotus.com

 
Categories: Database, Vendor

Microsoft Adds IoT Streaming Analytics, Data Production and Workflow Services to Azure

This blog post is authored by Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Machine Learning at Microsoft.

Today, I am excited to announce three new services: Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Data Factory and Azure Event Hubs. These services continue to make Azure the best cloud platform for our customers to build big data solutions.

Azure Stream Analytics and Azure Data Factory are available in preview and Azure Event Hubs is now generally available. These new capabilities help customers process data from devices and sensors within the Internet of Things (IoT), and manage and orchestrate data across diverse sources. 

  • Stream Analytics is a cost-effective event processing engine that helps uncover real-time insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications and data quickly and easily.
  • Azure Data Factory enables information production by orchestrating and managing diverse data.
  • Azure Event Hubs is a scalable service for collecting data from millions of “things” in seconds.

Azure Stream Analytics and Azure Event Hubs

Every day, IoT is fueling vast amounts of data from millions of endpoints streaming at high velocity in the cloud. Examples of streaming analytics can be found across many businesses, such as stock trading, fraud detection, identity protection services, sensors, web clickstream analytics and alerts from CRM applications. In this new and fast-moving world of cloud and devices, businesses can no longer wait months or weeks for insights generated from data.

With Azure Stream Analytics, businesses can gain insights in real time from data generated by devices, sensors, infrastructure, applications and other sources. Developers can easily combine streams of data – such as clickstreams, logs, metering data or device-generated events – with historic records or reference data. Complementing Stream Analytics, Azure Event Hubs is a highly scalable publish-subscribe ingestor that collects millions of events per second, allowing users to process and analyze data produced by connected assets such as devices and sensors. Stream Analytics provides out-of-the-box integration with Event Hubs – when connected, these two solutions enable customers to harness IoT by processing and analyzing massive amounts of data in real time.

One customer already using Stream Analytics and Event Hubs is Aerocrine, a medical products company focused on the improved management and care of patients with inflammatory airway diseases. The company is developing devices that include the ability to collect telematics data from clinics. The devices will connect to Azure and use Stream Analytics and Event Hubs to collect telematics information and perform near real-time analytics on top of the stream of the data from the instruments. The system will collect data about usage and performance to further improve the customer service experience and send out real-time alerts for maintenance.

Azure Data Factory

Most organizations today are dealing with a variety of massive amounts of data from many different sources: across geographic locations, on-premises and cloud, unstructured and structured. Effectively managing, coordinating and processing this data can be challenging, especially when the system needs to constantly evolve to deal with new business requirements, scale to handle growing data volume and be broad enough scope to manage diverse systems – commercial or open source – from a single place.

Azure Data Factory helps solve this problem by providing customers with a single place to manage data movement, orchestration and monitoring of diverse data sources, including SQL Server and Azure Blobs, Tables, Azure SQL Database and SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines. Developers can efficiently build data driven workflows that join, aggregate and transform data from local, cloud-based and internet services, and set up complex data processing systems with little programming.

Milliman, an independent actuarial and consulting firm, is continuously innovating solutions for its clients and is now taking advantage of Azure Data Factory to unlock Azure HDInsight to organize and report over large and disorganized data sets. Milliman’s SaaS solution, IntegrateTM, will provide a data management environment to support both the creation of input data for the models and reporting across the vast amount of data generated from the models.

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, is demonstrating IoT capabilities by offering remote monitoring services that collect data from sensors which is then securely sent to Microsoft Azure. A key component of their architecture is Data Factory. With Data Factory, Rockwell Automation is able to orchestrate critical data pipelines for time series sensor data by leveraging Microsoft Azure HDInsight so users can work with the data in Power BI and Azure Machine Learning.
 

Microsoft data services

Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Event Hubs and Data Factory are just a few of the data services we’ve added to Azure recently. Just this month at Strata + Hadoop World we introduced support for Apache Storm in Azure HDInsight, and over the past few months we announced Azure SQL Database, Azure DocumentDB, Azure Search and Azure Machine Learning. We’re delivering these new services so our customers have easier ways to manage, analyze and act on their data – using the tools, languages and frameworks they are familiar with – in a scalable and reliable cloud environment. To learn more, go here.

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Categories: Database

PASS Summit: Networking, Onsite Activities & SQL Family

Just one week from now, PASS Summit will bring together the #SQLFamily in Seattle for the best week of SQL Server and BI learning and networking on the calendar, Nov. 4-7. With a record 200+ technical sessions across 3 jam-packed days of connecting and sharing with 5,000 fellow SQL Server professionals from around the world, PASS Summit 2014 will be the biggest Summit yet.

In addition to sessions with top community and Microsoft experts, guidance from Microsoft CSS, SQLCAT, and SQL Tiger teams at the popular SQL Server Clinic, and hands-on instructor-led workshops, Summit attendees can get 50% off Microsoft certification exams onsite. What else can you look forward to at this year’s Summit? Here are just some of the networking activities, onsite events, and opportunities to immerse yourself in the #SQLCommunity like never before.

First Timers

First-time Summit attendee? Don’t know what to expect at the conference? Don’t miss one of our First-Timers’ orientation sessions Tuesday before the Welcome Reception to get an inside look at what’s in store for you at PASS Summit and tips on getting the most from your week. Then, jump into a Speed Networking session with your fellow First-Timers, and start making connections. We’ll also have daily “Get to Know Your Community” sessions on how to navigate Summit and get more involved in PASS and the #SQLCommunity year-round.

Speaker Idol

For the first time ever, watch as 12 presenter compete for a guaranteed speaking spot at PASS Summit 2015. With three rounds across three days, a panel of judges from the community will give Speaker Idol contestants real-time feedback and select the finalists for Friday’s “speak-off.” Drop by the Community Session Room (Room 400) to watch this competition and cheer on your favorite speakers.

Community Zone

The Community Zone, on the level-4 Skybridge, is the place to mix and mingle with members of the community. Local and Virtual Chapter leaders, Regional Mentors, SQLSaturday organizers, and MVPs will be on hand Wednesday through Friday to answer any questions you have about PASS. The Community Zone will also feature a different country/language spotlight every hour – come by and talk with community leaders from your area and who speak your native language. Plus, meet community leaders from around the world and you could win a $250 VISA gift card in our SQL Around the World scavenger hunt-style game. 

Luncheons

This year’s Summit features two great opportunities tolearn more as you dig into lunch. Thursday’s Women in Technology Luncheon welcomes special guest keynoter Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls CODE, to share her thoughts in a question-and-answer session. And join with MVPs, speakers, PASS Board members, and fellow attendees in our closing day Birds of a Feather Luncheon, focused on bringing people with the same passions together.

Evening Events

The fun continues even after sessions are over, with evening events designed to help you engage with the community and relax after an intense day of training. Help us kick off PASS Summit at Tuesday’s Welcome Reception, and rub shoulders with our sponsors and exhibitors at Wednesday’s Exhibitor Reception. Then enjoy Thursday’s Community Appreciation Party at the contemporary, cutting-edge Experience Music Project Museum, sponsored by PASS and Microsoft as a special thank you for being part of the #SQLCommunity.

Read what community bloggers are looking forward to at the SQL Server event of the year. And if you haven’t already, make sure you register by Oct. 31 to save $200 off the onsite rate. We can’t wait to see everyone there!

Categories: Database

NTT DOCOMO Implements Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to Support New LTE Infrastructure

Oracle Database News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:39
NTT DOCOMO Implements Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to Support New LTE InfrastructureNew services give subscribers advanced mobile capabilities while traveling abroadRedwood Shores, Calif. – October 28, 2014News Summary

NTT DOCOMO has implemented Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to accelerate the launch of new LTE roaming services. With this single, scalable system, NTT DOCOMO can support its rapidly growing volume of LTE roaming subscribers.

News Facts Oracle today announced that NTT DOCOMO, the leading wireless communications service provider (CSP) in Japan with more than 63 million subscribers, has implemented Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to support roaming for its mobile customers. Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router enables NTT DOCOMO to accelerate the launch of new, advanced mobile services that leverage an LTE infrastructure. The CSP can now support roaming on LTE bands to ensure subscribers have access to the same advanced capabilities while traveling abroad. With the Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router, NTT DOCOMO completed the entire project—from purchase order to live customer traffic—in just six months. Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router was implemented as a virtualized solution providing high reliability and advanced functionality with a small physical footprint well suited to support LTE roaming. With Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router, NTT DOCOMO can: Provide LTE roaming services outside of Japan Centralize routing, traffic management, and load-balancing tasks to enable the LTE network to grow incrementally to support increasing service and traffic demands NS Solutions Corporation, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, assisted NTT DOCOMO with the implementation of Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router, ensuring an on-time deployment in Japan. Quotes “The rapid growth of LTE in Japan and roaming markets demands that we support LTE roaming to provide our customers with a consistently high-quality mobile experience no matter where they are. Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router has given us the high reliability and advanced functionality we need to support our LTE roaming services since December 2013,” said Hiroshi Nakamura, Ph.D., senior vice president, managing director, Core Network Development Department, NTT DOCOMO. “As subscriber demands for LTE services and technologies expand internationally, CSPs must manage their networks and subscriber experiences to support data-hungry devices and applications. We are pleased to help NTT DOCOMO meet growing LTE demands and extend the benefit of LTE services well beyond Japan,” said Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.Supporting Resources Oracle Communications Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router Oracle Communications on YouTube Oracle Communications on Diigo Oracle Communications on Facebook Oracle Communications on Twitter Oracle Communications on LinkedInAbout NTT DOCOMONTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient, and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer.About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

Katie Barron
Oracle
+1.202.904.1138
katie.barron@oracle.com

Janice Clayton
O’Keeffe & Company
+1.443-759-8151

Jclayton@okco.com

 
Categories: Database, Vendor

NTT DOCOMO Implements Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to Support New LTE Infrastructure

Oracle Database News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:39
NTT DOCOMO Implements Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to Support New LTE InfrastructureNew services give subscribers advanced mobile capabilities while traveling abroadRedwood Shores, Calif. – October 28, 2014News Summary

NTT DOCOMO has implemented Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to accelerate the launch of new LTE roaming services. With this single, scalable system, NTT DOCOMO can support its rapidly growing volume of LTE roaming subscribers.

News Facts Oracle today announced that NTT DOCOMO, the leading wireless communications service provider (CSP) in Japan with more than 63 million subscribers, has implemented Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router to support roaming for its mobile customers. Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router enables NTT DOCOMO to accelerate the launch of new, advanced mobile services that leverage an LTE infrastructure. The CSP can now support roaming on LTE bands to ensure subscribers have access to the same advanced capabilities while traveling abroad. With the Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router, NTT DOCOMO completed the entire project—from purchase order to live customer traffic—in just six months. Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router was implemented as a virtualized solution providing high reliability and advanced functionality with a small physical footprint well suited to support LTE roaming. With Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router, NTT DOCOMO can: Provide LTE roaming services outside of Japan Centralize routing, traffic management, and load-balancing tasks to enable the LTE network to grow incrementally to support increasing service and traffic demands NS Solutions Corporation, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, assisted NTT DOCOMO with the implementation of Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router, ensuring an on-time deployment in Japan. Quotes “The rapid growth of LTE in Japan and roaming markets demands that we support LTE roaming to provide our customers with a consistently high-quality mobile experience no matter where they are. Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router has given us the high reliability and advanced functionality we need to support our LTE roaming services since December 2013,” said Hiroshi Nakamura, Ph.D., senior vice president, managing director, Core Network Development Department, NTT DOCOMO. “As subscriber demands for LTE services and technologies expand internationally, CSPs must manage their networks and subscriber experiences to support data-hungry devices and applications. We are pleased to help NTT DOCOMO meet growing LTE demands and extend the benefit of LTE services well beyond Japan,” said Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.Supporting Resources Oracle Communications Oracle Communications Diameter Signaling Router Oracle Communications on YouTube Oracle Communications on Diigo Oracle Communications on Facebook Oracle Communications on Twitter Oracle Communications on LinkedInAbout NTT DOCOMONTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient, and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer.About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Contact Info

Katie Barron
Oracle
+1.202.904.1138
katie.barron@oracle.com

Janice Clayton
O’Keeffe & Company
+1.443-759-8151

Jclayton@okco.com

 
Categories: Database, Vendor

More Than 100 Global Systems Integrators Join the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to Offer Implementation Services and Drive Cloud Success

Oracle Database News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:00
More Than 100 Global Systems Integrators Join the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to Offer Implementation Services and Drive Cloud SuccessAccess to hundreds of partner applications and services helps customers maximize the benefits of Oracle Cloud REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oct. 28, 2014News Summary

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications from Oracle partners that leverage the Oracle Cloud platform, has extended its offerings to include consulting and implementation services from more than 100 system integrators (SIs), including Capgemini, Deloitte, and Infosys. Customers can now easily locate and evaluate SI services that can help them maximize the business benefits of Oracle Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions, and SIs gain a centralized marketplace for promoting their services to Oracle’s global customer base.

News Facts The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, a global marketplace where partners can publish applications and promote services that help Oracle customers maximize the value of their Oracle Cloud solutions, has extended its offerings to include SIs that provide Oracle Cloud implementation services and consulting. SIs can help Oracle customers fast-track their implementations and more quickly realize the benefits of Oracle Cloud SaaS applications. In addition to the hundreds of independent software vendors (ISVs) already participating with applications that extend and integrate with Oracle Cloud SaaS applications, more than 100 global SIs, including Capgemini, Deloitte, and Infosys, are now driving business growth and cloud success by promoting their Oracle Cloud implementation service offerings in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Oracle Cloud platform enables SIs to use the power of Oracle Database, Java, robust in-memory analytics, and social and mobile capabilities to build new functions for and extensions to Oracle SaaS applications for their customers. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers an easily searchable interface that not only lists available applications but also provides user ratings and reviews to help customers determine the best products and services for their organization. Partner applications are available for critical business functions such as channel management, lead generation, data quality, reporting and productivity tools, quoting, contract management, forecasting, sale incentives, compensation management, and more. Oracle Cloud delivers the industry’s broadest suite of enterprise-grade public cloud services, including data as a service (DaaS), SaaS, PaaS, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).Supporting Quotes “Oracle has a rich ecosystem of 400,000 customers, 25,000 partners, and 15 million developers. With the most recent enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, Oracle systems integrators can now leverage its power and reach to promote their implementation service offerings and uncover new business opportunities,” said Gopalan Arun, vice president of development at Oracle. “The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is specifically designed to help organizations quickly and easily find, evaluate, and purchase the applications they need to reach their business goals. As the perfect distribution channel for cloud applications, it also creates exciting opportunities for our partners by enabling them to easily develop, integrate, publish, and monetize their innovative applications.” “By providing value-added solutions that maximize the benefits of the cloud, the Oracle Cloud Marketplace helps businesses drive even more of the rapid business results they increasingly expect from the cloud,” said Subir Dutt, senior vice president, global Oracle practice leader at Capgemini. “Offerings in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace allow companies to quickly access, provision, and deploy capabilities to increase revenue and productivity and to improve engagement with their customers, suppliers, and employees. This platform will help Capgemini showcase our differentiated offerings to the large Oracle ecosystem.” “Oracle Cloud Marketplace is the ‘app store’ of the Oracle Cloud world—a new avenue for Oracle partners to reach a broad audience and for organizations to have ready access to the investments made in Oracle’s cloud solutions,” said Carmine Cutone, Deloitte digital Oracle customer practice leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP. “We are one of the pioneer solution providers supporting the Oracle Cloud Marketplace because it offers our clients the kind of prepackaged solutions that help lower risk and reduce the time for them to enjoy a return on their investments,” said Ravi Kumar, executive vice president and global head, Oracle Practice, Infosys. “In particular, clients will benefit from an unparalleled range of enterprise-grade cloud marketplace solutions accessible from one, single portal.” Supporting Resources Sign up - Oracle Cloud Oracle Cloud Oracle Cloud Marketplace Join the Oracle Cloud online communities: Twitter, Facebook, and blogsAbout Oracle Cloud Solutions

Oracle provides the industry’s broadest and most complete portfolio of public, private, and managed cloud offerings to give customers the choice of deployment model. Oracle Cloud delivers a broad suite of public cloud services across DaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Oracle also provides a rich portfolio of products and managed cloud services to deliver enterprise private clouds.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.650.506.0806
nicole.maloney@oracle.com

Drew Smith
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5127
drew.smith@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

More Than 100 Global Systems Integrators Join the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to Offer Implementation Services and Drive Cloud Success

Oracle Database News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:00
More Than 100 Global Systems Integrators Join the Oracle Cloud Marketplace to Offer Implementation Services and Drive Cloud SuccessAccess to hundreds of partner applications and services helps customers maximize the benefits of Oracle Cloud REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oct. 28, 2014News Summary

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking trusted business applications from Oracle partners that leverage the Oracle Cloud platform, has extended its offerings to include consulting and implementation services from more than 100 system integrators (SIs), including Capgemini, Deloitte, and Infosys. Customers can now easily locate and evaluate SI services that can help them maximize the business benefits of Oracle Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions, and SIs gain a centralized marketplace for promoting their services to Oracle’s global customer base.

News Facts The Oracle Cloud Marketplace, a global marketplace where partners can publish applications and promote services that help Oracle customers maximize the value of their Oracle Cloud solutions, has extended its offerings to include SIs that provide Oracle Cloud implementation services and consulting. SIs can help Oracle customers fast-track their implementations and more quickly realize the benefits of Oracle Cloud SaaS applications. In addition to the hundreds of independent software vendors (ISVs) already participating with applications that extend and integrate with Oracle Cloud SaaS applications, more than 100 global SIs, including Capgemini, Deloitte, and Infosys, are now driving business growth and cloud success by promoting their Oracle Cloud implementation service offerings in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace. The Oracle Cloud platform enables SIs to use the power of Oracle Database, Java, robust in-memory analytics, and social and mobile capabilities to build new functions for and extensions to Oracle SaaS applications for their customers. The Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers an easily searchable interface that not only lists available applications but also provides user ratings and reviews to help customers determine the best products and services for their organization. Partner applications are available for critical business functions such as channel management, lead generation, data quality, reporting and productivity tools, quoting, contract management, forecasting, sale incentives, compensation management, and more. Oracle Cloud delivers the industry’s broadest suite of enterprise-grade public cloud services, including data as a service (DaaS), SaaS, PaaS, and infrastructure as a service (IaaS).Supporting Quotes “Oracle has a rich ecosystem of 400,000 customers, 25,000 partners, and 15 million developers. With the most recent enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, Oracle systems integrators can now leverage its power and reach to promote their implementation service offerings and uncover new business opportunities,” said Gopalan Arun, vice president of development at Oracle. “The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is specifically designed to help organizations quickly and easily find, evaluate, and purchase the applications they need to reach their business goals. As the perfect distribution channel for cloud applications, it also creates exciting opportunities for our partners by enabling them to easily develop, integrate, publish, and monetize their innovative applications.” “By providing value-added solutions that maximize the benefits of the cloud, the Oracle Cloud Marketplace helps businesses drive even more of the rapid business results they increasingly expect from the cloud,” said Subir Dutt, senior vice president, global Oracle practice leader at Capgemini. “Offerings in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace allow companies to quickly access, provision, and deploy capabilities to increase revenue and productivity and to improve engagement with their customers, suppliers, and employees. This platform will help Capgemini showcase our differentiated offerings to the large Oracle ecosystem.” “Oracle Cloud Marketplace is the ‘app store’ of the Oracle Cloud world—a new avenue for Oracle partners to reach a broad audience and for organizations to have ready access to the investments made in Oracle’s cloud solutions,” said Carmine Cutone, Deloitte digital Oracle customer practice leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP. “We are one of the pioneer solution providers supporting the Oracle Cloud Marketplace because it offers our clients the kind of prepackaged solutions that help lower risk and reduce the time for them to enjoy a return on their investments,” said Ravi Kumar, executive vice president and global head, Oracle Practice, Infosys. “In particular, clients will benefit from an unparalleled range of enterprise-grade cloud marketplace solutions accessible from one, single portal.” Supporting Resources Sign up - Oracle Cloud Oracle Cloud Oracle Cloud Marketplace Join the Oracle Cloud online communities: Twitter, Facebook, and blogsAbout Oracle Cloud Solutions

Oracle provides the industry’s broadest and most complete portfolio of public, private, and managed cloud offerings to give customers the choice of deployment model. Oracle Cloud delivers a broad suite of public cloud services across DaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. Oracle also provides a rich portfolio of products and managed cloud services to deliver enterprise private clouds.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.650.506.0806
nicole.maloney@oracle.com

Drew Smith
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5127
drew.smith@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

POWA 1.2 is out !

PostgreSQL News - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 01:00

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

Realtime traffic analysis and dynamic graphs

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

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

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

New metrics and a better UI

This release includes some new features and some fixes since the first public release.

The core is responsible of statistics gathering. It relies on pg_stat_statements. As a first change, in order to avoid storing useless informations, DEALLOCATE and BEGIN statements are now ignored by the core. The snapshot timestamps were fixed. In order to ease backups and diagnostics, now PoWA history tables are now marked as "to be dumped" by pg_dump. Performance for "per database aggregated stats" were also improved. And last thing, some more metrics were made available throught the SQL API : temporary data, I/O time, average runtime.

The UI was also improved. In addition to displaying the new available metrics, several features were added. First, the UI follows the selected time interval from page to page. The displayed metrics are now human readable. Also, the query metrics are now displayed on each query page. Each page now has a different title, regarding its context. In order to get a better display area, the original database selector as been removed. A menu entry now permits the user to navigate between databases. Several bugs were fixed, like the empty graph bug. Note that the configuration file has changed since the previous release.

For the complete list of changes, please checkout the release notes

For complete installation and upgrading instructions, please checkout the documentation

Credits

DALIBO would like to thank the users and developers who contributed to this release, especially Christopher Liu, menardorama, Victor D, Justin Miller, Arthur Lutz.

POWA is an open project available under the PostgreSQL License. Any contribution to build a better tool is welcome. You just have to send your ideas, features requests or patches using the GitHub tools or directly to powa@dalibo.com

Links

Download : http://dalibo.github.io/powa/

Demo : http://demo-powa.dalibo.com (login/pass = powa/demo)

About POWA

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

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

About DALIBO

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

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

Categories: Database, Open Source

Raymond James Financial Drives Smarter Operational Decisions with Oracle

Oracle Database News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:00
Raymond James Financial Drives Smarter Operational Decisions with OracleOracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c help centralize multiple data sources and enable better decision-making for 6,000 financial advisors REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – October 27, 2014
News Summary

With an increasing amount of data being produced every day, organizations need to effectively manage the information influx to support smarter, faster decision-making. Raymond James Financial (Raymond James), a Florida-based diversified financial services company, implemented Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c technologies to help meet this goal. With Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c, Raymond James established an enterprise information platform that integrates data from multiple sources and provides a consolidated company view, giving constituents quicker access to actionable, timely data that can boost operational efficiency and build a seamless customer experience.

News Facts Raymond James Financial, a diversified financial services company, has selected Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c to help enable better decision-making for its financial advisors. To power its strategic Operational Data Store Project, which supports next-generation financial advisor applications, Raymond James needed a flexible platform that would easily integrate with current systems and help manage continued information growth across disparate data sources. Using Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c, Raymond James has been able to integrate client and product data from seven sources, including HP NonStop systems, Microsoft SQL Server databases, and IBM Netezza data warehouse, to create a consolidated view of company operational data within financial advisor–facing applications. Oracle’s solution reduced data latency from five minutes to a median of nine seconds. This new centralized system provides enterprise-wide visibility into operational data, such as client portfolio information, while also helping to ensure data quality and governance. In addition, the Oracle solutions support repeatable processes in data migration and loading, which improves productivity and operational efficiency and accelerates time to market for new financial services. With Oracle, Raymond James has reduced the time needed to integrate a new data source into its data warehouse by 50 percent and reduced the time needed to generate client performance reports from minutes to seconds. This helps 6,000 financial advisors improve customer satisfaction through quicker response times, and accelerates speed to market for new solutions and enhancements. Additionally, with Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c, Raymond James can provide 24/7 support for business-critical processes such as calculating rates of return, which the company reduced from several hours to just 30 minutes. Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c are part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c, the leading business innovation platform for the enterprise and the cloud.Supporting Quote “We faced the difficult task of managing a growing number of data sources, and as a result needed an enterprise-grade solution that would help us overcome this challenge and enable better and timely decision-making,” said Chaitanya Palem, manager, Architecture and Core Services, Raymond James Financial. “Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c have enabled us to manage our massive pools of data, as well as accelerate time to market for future projects, improve performance and system availability, and reduce IT costs. But just as critically, the Oracle solutions have helped us improve customer satisfaction by delivering better, faster service.”Supporting Resources Oracle Data Integrator 12c Oracle GoldenGate 12c Oracle Fusion Middleware 12cAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.650.506.0806
nicole.maloney@oracle.com
Drew Smith
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5127
dsmith@blancandotus.com
 

Categories: Database, Vendor

Raymond James Financial Drives Smarter Operational Decisions with Oracle

Oracle Database News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:00
Raymond James Financial Drives Smarter Operational Decisions with OracleOracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c help centralize multiple data sources and enable better decision-making for 6,000 financial advisors REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – October 27, 2014
News Summary

With an increasing amount of data being produced every day, organizations need to effectively manage the information influx to support smarter, faster decision-making. Raymond James Financial (Raymond James), a Florida-based diversified financial services company, implemented Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c technologies to help meet this goal. With Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c, Raymond James established an enterprise information platform that integrates data from multiple sources and provides a consolidated company view, giving constituents quicker access to actionable, timely data that can boost operational efficiency and build a seamless customer experience.

News Facts Raymond James Financial, a diversified financial services company, has selected Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c to help enable better decision-making for its financial advisors. To power its strategic Operational Data Store Project, which supports next-generation financial advisor applications, Raymond James needed a flexible platform that would easily integrate with current systems and help manage continued information growth across disparate data sources. Using Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c, Raymond James has been able to integrate client and product data from seven sources, including HP NonStop systems, Microsoft SQL Server databases, and IBM Netezza data warehouse, to create a consolidated view of company operational data within financial advisor–facing applications. Oracle’s solution reduced data latency from five minutes to a median of nine seconds. This new centralized system provides enterprise-wide visibility into operational data, such as client portfolio information, while also helping to ensure data quality and governance. In addition, the Oracle solutions support repeatable processes in data migration and loading, which improves productivity and operational efficiency and accelerates time to market for new financial services. With Oracle, Raymond James has reduced the time needed to integrate a new data source into its data warehouse by 50 percent and reduced the time needed to generate client performance reports from minutes to seconds. This helps 6,000 financial advisors improve customer satisfaction through quicker response times, and accelerates speed to market for new solutions and enhancements. Additionally, with Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c, Raymond James can provide 24/7 support for business-critical processes such as calculating rates of return, which the company reduced from several hours to just 30 minutes. Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c are part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c, the leading business innovation platform for the enterprise and the cloud.Supporting Quote “We faced the difficult task of managing a growing number of data sources, and as a result needed an enterprise-grade solution that would help us overcome this challenge and enable better and timely decision-making,” said Chaitanya Palem, manager, Architecture and Core Services, Raymond James Financial. “Oracle Data Integrator 12c and Oracle GoldenGate 12c have enabled us to manage our massive pools of data, as well as accelerate time to market for future projects, improve performance and system availability, and reduce IT costs. But just as critically, the Oracle solutions have helped us improve customer satisfaction by delivering better, faster service.”Supporting Resources Oracle Data Integrator 12c Oracle GoldenGate 12c Oracle Fusion Middleware 12cAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit oracle.com.

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

Nicole Maloney
Oracle
+1.650.506.0806
nicole.maloney@oracle.com
Drew Smith
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5127
dsmith@blancandotus.com
 

Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Commerce and ULTA Beauty Transform Customer Experience

Oracle Database News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Commerce and ULTA Beauty Transform Customer Experience Leading beauty retailer’s mobile-friendly platform integrates content and streamlines customer interaction managementREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oct. 27, 2014News Summary

As online cosmetic shopping booms, leading beauty superstore ULTA Beauty has responded with an enhanced online experience that helps customers compare products, take advantage of promotions, and try new items. ULTA’s 2013 upgrade to a new Oracle Commerce platform integrates search and navigation, facilitates commerce anywhere, enables cross-channel promotions, and caters to customers on nearly any device. As a result, customers can find what they want, when they want it—regardless of location or device.

News Facts ULTA Beauty, a leading US retailer of cosmetics, salon products, and services, implemented Oracle Commerce to support growing e-commerce sales and deliver a consistent consumer experience across more than 696 retail locations as well as mobile, web, guest services, and direct mail channels. By replacing a third-party search service with Oracle Commerce’s integrated search and navigation, ULTA Beauty dramatically improved site navigation and search results. The updated site lets consumers easily browse categories and find specific products among ULTA Beauty’s more than 20,000 items in cosmetics, fragrance, hair care, skincare, body and bath products, and salon styling tools. ULTA.com is now optimized for mobile, tablet, and desktop devices using a responsive web design architecture integrated with Oracle Commerce. The new architecture replaced a third-party mobile solution that required additional resources to maintain consistency between online and mobile channels. ULTA Beauty implemented Oracle Commerce with minimal customizations and relies on the solution’s best-in-class dynamic content capabilities to engage customers. ULTA Beauty also easily integrates third-party solutions with Oracle Commerce to further enhance the customer experience. Since going live with the upgraded site, ULTA Beauty has reduced processing time for key content deployments by 50 percent. The site also performed seamlessly during peak trading periods over the 2013 holiday season. Supporting Quotes “Elevating the customer e-Commerce experience is a priority for us and having the ability to design the customer experience and showcase the breadth of product offerings at ULTA Beauty is integral to our success,” said Jeffrey Hamm, director, e-Commerce, ULTA Beauty. “The Oracle Commerce upgrade has been instrumental in helping us achieve our vision for the business and deliver a personalized experience for our e-Commerce customers.” The Oracle Commerce platform offers a foundation for growth as we innovate and evolve to continually improve the ULTA shopping experience so we can continue to meet order volumes particularly during peak trading seasons,” said Michelle Pacynski, director, IT, e-Commerce, ULTA Beauty. “ULTA Beauty is using Oracle Commerce to create a more interactive purchasing path that improves customers’ experiences across stores, e-commerce, and all other channels. The result is convenient, 24/7 access to the products and services customers expect,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “Integrated search, better performance, flexibility across platforms, and best-in-class functionality are what make Oracle Commerce the go-to solution for retailers.”Supporting Resources About ULTA Beauty About Oracle Commerce Oracle Retail on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube Oracle Commerce Anywhere Blog Oracle Retail Blog  Oracle Retail in the News Oracle Retail Asset and Centralized Knowledge PortalAbout Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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

About ULTA Beauty:

ULTA Beauty is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the United States. ULTA Beauty provides affordable indulgence to its customers by combining unmatched product breadth, value and convenience with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer. ULTA Beauty offers a unique combination of over 20,000 prestige and mass beauty products across the categories of cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, skincare, bath and body products and salon styling tools. ULTA Beauty also offers a full-service salon and a wide range of salon haircare products in all of its stores. As of May 3, 2014 the Company operates 696 retail stores across 46 states and also distributes its products through the Company’s website: www.ulta.com

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Oracle
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Amodeo Associates
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meamodeo@gmail.com

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Oracle In-Memory Database: The Bloom Filter Example Re-visited

Database Journal News - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 08:01

Bloom filters can improve performance in recent Oracle releases, but Oracle 12.1.0.2 provides the In-Memory Database option and using that configuration can improve performance even further.  Read on to see how the in-memory option is configured and the performance it provides.

Categories: Database

Compare the Informix Version 12 editions

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 05:00
Get an introduction to the various editions of IBM Informix, and compare features, benefits, and licensing considerations in a side-by-side table. Regardless of which edition you choose, Informix brings you legendary ease of use, reliability, stability, and access to extensibility features.
Categories: Database

How to Hadoop: 4 Resources to Learn and Try Cloud Big Data

Are you curious about how to begin working with big data using Hadoop? Perhaps you know you should be looking into big data analytics to power your business, but you’re not quite sure about the various big data technologies available to you, or you need a tutorial to get started.  

  1. If you want a quick overview on why you should consider cloud Hadoop: read this short article from MSDN Magazine that explores the implications of combining big data and the cloud and provides an overview of where Microsoft Azure HDInsight sits within the broader ecosystem.  

  1. If you’re a technical leader who is new to Hadoop: check out this webinar about Hadoop in the cloud, and learn how you can take advantage of the new world of data and gain insights that were not possible before.  

  1. If you’re on the front lines of IT or data science and want to begin or expand your big data capabilities: check out the ‘Working with big data on Azure’ Microsoft Press eBook, which provides an overview of the impact of big data on businesses, a step-by-step guide for deploying Hadoop clusters and running MapReduce in the cloud, and covers several use cases and helpful techniques.  

  1. If you want a deeper tutorial for taking your big data capabilities to the next level: Master the ins and outs of Hadoop for free on the Microsoft Virtual Academy with this ‘Implementing Big Data Analysis’ training series

What question do you have about big data or Hadoop? Are there any other resources you might find helpful as you learn and experiment? Let us know. And if you haven’t yet, don’t forget to claim your free one month Microsoft Azure trial

Categories: Database

walbouncer: partial transaction log replication

PostgreSQL News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 01:00

We are proud to announce walbouncer 0.9 - a tool to filter transaction log. At this point we are moving rapidly closer to a production-ready tool.

The key advantage of walbouncer is that it is no longer necessary to replicate entire database instances. You can filter out entire databases and tablespaces and selectively choose what to replicate.

walbouncer can act as a WAL proxy distributing data flexible to various servers containing different subsets of data.

walbouncer is open source and can be downloaded freely from our website. Currently PostgreSQL 9.4 is supported.

Categories: Database, Open Source