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Managing Azure SQL Database Authorization

Database Journal News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:01

When planning for deployment of Azure SQL Database, it is important to consider all of the security measures that can be implemented. Having already looked at dealing with firewall-based protection and having also briefly described authentication, authorization, and encryption characteristics, it’s time to take a closer look at some of the authorization options that allow you to control access to your data in a granular manner.

Categories: Database

Oracle Linux Now Hosted on the Docker Hub Registry

MySQL AB - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:59
Enterprise-grade operating system joins the most popular open source database for easy access by the Docker community.
Categories: Database, Vendor

PostgreSQL 9.4.1, 9.3.6, 9.2.10, 9.1.15 & 9.0.19 Released

PostgreSQL News - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 01:00

The PostgreSQL Global Development Group has released an important update with fixes for multiple security issues to all supported versions of the PostgreSQL database system, which includes minor versions 9.4.1, 9.3.6, 9.2.10, 9.1.15, and 9.0.19. This update includes both security fixes and fixes for issues discovered since the last release. In particular for the 9.4 update, there is a change to the way unicode strings are escaped for the JSON and JSONB data types.

All users should update their PostgreSQL installation at the next opportunity.

Security Fixes

This update fixes multiple security issues reported in PostgreSQL over the past few months. All of these issues require prior authentication, and some require additional conditions, and as such are not considered generally urgent. However, users should examine the list of security holes patched below in case they are particularly vulnerable.

  • CVE-2015-0241 Buffer overruns in "to_char" functions.
  • CVE-2015-0242 Buffer overrun in replacement printf family of functions.
  • CVE-2015-0243 Memory errors in functions in the pgcrypto extension.
  • CVE-2015-0244 An error in extended protocol message reading.
  • CVE-2014-8161 Constraint violation errors can cause display of values in columns which the user would not normally have rights to see.

This update also fixes the previously reported problem that, during regression testing on Windows, the test postmaster process was vulnerable to unauthorized connections. This vulnerability was fixed on non-Windows platforms in the prior update releases.

More information about these issues, as well as older patched issues, is available on the PostgreSQL Security Page.

JSON and JSONB Unicode Escapes

The handling of Unicode escape strings for JSON and JSONB in PostgreSQL 9.4.0 has been changed in a way which may break compatibility for some users. To fix some inconsistencies, type JSONB no longer accepts the escape sequence "\u0000". Type JSON accepts "\u0000" only in contexts where it does not need to be converted to de-escaped form. See the release notes for more detail.

Other Fixes and Improvements

In addition to the above, more than 60 reported issues have been fixed in this cumulative update release. Some of them affect only version 9.4, but many of them fix problems present in older versions. These fixes include:

  • Cope with the non-ASCII Norwegian Windows locale name.
  • Avoid data corruption when databases are moved to new tablespaces and back again.
  • Ensure that UNLOGGED tables are correctly copied during ALTER DATABASE operations.
  • Avoid deadlocks when locking recently modified rows.
  • Fix two SELECT FOR UPDATE query issues.
  • Prevent false negative for shortest-first regular expression matches.
  • Fix false positives and negatives in tsquery contains operator.
  • Fix namespace handling in xpath().
  • Prevent row-producing functions from creating empty column names.
  • Make autovacuum use per-table cost_limit and cost_delay settings.
  • When autovacuum=off, limit autovacuum work to wraparound prevention only.
  • Multiple fixes for logical decoding in 9.4.
  • Fix transient errors on hot standby queries due to page replacement.
  • Prevent duplicate WAL file archiving at end of recovery or standby promotion.
  • Prevent deadlock in parallel restore of schema-only dump.

In addition to the fixes above, the following contrib modules and extensions have had bugs fixed in this release: pg_upgrade, auto_explain, hstore, pageinspect, pgcrypto, pg_test_fsync, tablefunc, and xml2. Also, multiple functions across several contrib modules have been modified with the correct level of volatility. There are also multiple cleanup fixes based on minor issues found by the Coverity Scan static analyzer.

This update also contains many changes to PostgreSQL's timezone files. This includes an update to tzdata release 2015a, with updates to Chile, Mexico, Caicos Islands, and Fiji. PostgreSQL now takes date into account when assigning an offset based on a timezone abbreviation for historically changeable timezones. We have also done a general cleanup on timezone abbreviations, and added "CST" as an abbreviation for China Standard Time.

As with other minor releases, users are not required to dump and reload their database or use pg_upgrade in order to apply this update release; you may simply shut down PostgreSQL and update its binaries. Users who have skipped multiple update releases may need to perform additional post-update steps; see the Release Notes for details.

Links: * Download * Release Notes * Security Page

Categories: Database, Open Source

Licensing distributed DB2 10.5 servers in a high availability (HA) environment

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 06:00
Are you trying to license your IBM DB2 10.5 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows servers correctly in a high availability environment? Do you need help interpreting the announcement letters and licenses? This article explains it all in plain English for the DB2 10.5 release that became generally available on June 14, 2013.
Categories: Database

Kansas City Power & Light Deploys Oracle Utilities Solutions for Greater Insight into Meter Data and Accelerated Network Restoration

Oracle Database News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:00
Kansas City Power & Light Deploys Oracle Utilities Solutions for Greater Insight into Meter Data and Accelerated Network RestorationIntegrated Oracle Utilities solutions provide foundation for KCP&L’s advanced metering infrastructure initiativeDistribuTECH, San Diego, Calif. – February 3, 2015News Summary

Utilities want solutions that turn their meter data into useful and actionable information. Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), a regulated electric utility serving more than 840,000 customers in Missouri and Kansas, recently implemented Oracle Utilities Network Management System, Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics, Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway, and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management to support its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) initiative. The Oracle solutions help KCP&L bring smart grid operations and business processes together to enable storm-proven outage management and key distribution management functions, which in turn help to improve operational excellence and pave a streamlined pathway for critical customer communications.

News Facts KCP&L deployed Oracle Utilities Network Management System, Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics, Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway, and Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management as an integrated foundation for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) initiative, enabling the company to capitalize on the exponential influx of customer and meter data. KCP&L, which is working to roll out AMI meters to many of its customers in the greater Kansas City, Missouri, region, selected the Oracle Utilities solutions in August 2013, and Oracle Utilities professional services consulted on the implementation. The integrated Oracle solutions assist KCP&L with outage detection and verification, as well as restoration confirmation. Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway provides meter status data to Oracle Utilities Network Management System, such as “last gasp” power-off messages and restoration power-up notifications. In addition, the Oracle applications support “meter pings” to request a power-on status from the meter. This improved access to information enables KCP&L to make better decisions, ultimately leading to enhanced reliability and service across the detection and restoration process. In the second phase of the deployment project—scheduled to go live in May 2015—KCP&L plans to expand its Oracle system to include functions such as fault location analysis, web switching, SCADA interface schematics, and storm management. In addition, the company is looking to implement Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management to further enhance its overall AMI infrastructure.Supporting Quotes “We work hard to provide exceptional reliability to our customers, and deployed Oracle Utilities Network Management System, Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics, Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management, and Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway to support our AMI initiative because of Oracle’s breadth of applications and proven expertise. We are confident that Oracle’s solutions will continue to enhance our AMI initiative and aid our overall mission,” said Duane Anstaett, vice president of Delivery, KCP&L. “Today’s utilities seek resources that can help turn raw data into powerful information, and Oracle Utilities applications provide a complete solution that helps utilities—such as KCP&L—to meet those pressures. The integrated Oracle platform enables KCP&L to improve operational efficiency, enhance system reliability, and better manage distribution assets,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.Supporting Resources Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management Oracle Utilities Network Management System Oracle Utilities Operational Device Management Oracle Utilities Smart Grid Gateway Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics Oracle Utilities Oracle Utilities on Facebook. Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and DiigoAbout 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.

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Contact Info

Samantha Thai
Oracle
+1.510.917.5564
samantha.thai@oracle.com

Lacy Cooper
O’Keeffe & Company
+1.540.364.5913
lcooper@okco.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Utilities Analytics Solution Helps Utilities Manage Storm Data in Near Real Time

Oracle Database News - Tue, 02/03/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Utilities Analytics Solution Helps Utilities Manage Storm Data in Near Real TimeDistribuTECH, San Diego, Calif. – February 3, 2015News Summary

Electric utilities need to respond quickly to power outages and provide timely, accurate updates to stakeholders and customers during major storm events. At the same time, these companies face the daunting task of gathering and managing data from an increasing number of sources. To help utilities streamline these processes, Oracle made significant updates to its Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics dashboards and ETL technology. Part of the Oracle Utilities Analytics 2.5.1 release, these enhancements enable utilities to organize and analyze incoming storm data in near real time so they can quickly identify issues, speed time to response and restoration, and improve communication with first responders, customers, and media during a storm outage.

News Facts With the release of Oracle Utilities Analytics 2.5.1, Oracle has introduced significant enhancements to its prebuilt Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics historical outage and reliability dashboards, as well as its ETL technology. The enhanced Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics dashboards enable utilities to harness the large amounts of data they generate during storms and major outages at a much greater scale and analyze it in near real time, helping to improve response rates and event management. ETL technology via Oracle Data Integrator and Oracle GoldenGate facilitates quick access to that information—data is refreshed within minutes, providing critical details such as outage density, customer outages color coded by square miles or regions, crews and assignments, and estimated restoration time. This improved information flow enables utilities to make better decisions in the storm room. Oracle Utilities Analytics 2.5.1 also helps improve reliability management and associated regulatory reporting for utilities. The solution’s historical outage dashboard shows data such as service area segment performance, device type, and worst-performing assets that utilities can analyze in order to pinpoint weaknesses in the grid and inform repair and replace decisions. Additionally, the reliability dashboard helps utilities manage performance data, which can then be recalled and matched against indices such as System Average Interruption Duration Index, System Average Interruption Frequency Index, and Momentary Average Interruption Frequency Index. The reliability dashboard can also package the data in a format appropriate for regulatory reporting. This latest version of Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics reduces the impact of analytics on the outage management system. Customer support teams and account management personnel can use Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics dashboards without having to log into and bog down the outage management application during a major storm event. The solution also enables utilities to scale a single outage management system exponentially, which benefits organizations needing to support new assets and customers due to merger and acquisition activity.Supporting Quote “Today’s utilities need tools to help manage complex, evolving, and often life-threatening situations in the event of an outage. The latest release of Oracle Utilities Analytics includes updates to its prebuilt historical outage and reliability dashboards that enable utilities to more effectively respond to storms, improve device management, and provide more-efficient customer operations,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.Supporting Resources Oracle Utilities Oracle Utilities Analytics Oracle Utilities Outage Analytics Oracle Utilities on Facebook. Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and DiigoAbout 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

Samantha Thai
Oracle
+1.510.917.5564
samantha.thai@oracle.com

Lacy Cooper
O’Keeffe & Company
+1.540.364.5913
lcooper@okco.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

T-SQL Programming Part 11 - Using SQL Server's GROUP BY clause to Summarize your Data

Database Journal News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 09:01

SQL Server’s GROUP BY clause provides you a way to aggregate your SQL Server data and to group data on a single column, multiple columns, or even expressions. Greg Larsen discusses how to use the GROUP by clause to summarize your data.

Categories: Database

Central Washington University Uses PeopleSoft Solution to Launch New Digital Information Portal for Streamlined Access to Financial, Human Resources, and Student Information

Oracle Database News - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 07:00
Central Washington University Uses PeopleSoft Solution to Launch New Digital Information Portal for Streamlined Access to Financial, Human Resources, and Student InformationUpgrade to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 Automates Business Processes for Improved Service Delivery to Students, Faculty, and Staff

Redwood Shores, Calif. – February 2, 2015 – Central Washington University (CWU), which enrolls more than 10,000 students across eight campuses, upgraded to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and PeopleSoft Financials 9.2, integrating the applications with PeopleSoft Campus Solutions via PeopleSoft Interaction Hub to provide a single, centralized source for students, faculty, and staff to access financial, human resources (HR), and student information.

With the Oracle solution, CWU automated and accelerated many previously paper-based financial and HR processes—including new-hire requisition requests, position description changes, and employee salary increase approvals—by adding workflow and automated signature capabilities.

The integrated PeopleSoft solution also provides the foundation for the MyCWU digital information portal, which enables students, faculty, and staff to customize their personal portal screens and easily access dashboards with up-to-date data and metrics that help support administrative efficiency.

“Our Oracle upgrade and implementation of MyCWU using PeopleSoft Interaction Hub has been a life-changing experience for our university,” says Jill Hernandez, director of applications at Central Washington University. “Our faculty, staff, and students now enjoy a user-friendly interface that provides seamless integration with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, PeopleSoft Human Resources, and PeopleSoft Financials, which provide them with easy access to the information they need to do their jobs.”

The Oracle solution enables managers to access dashboards that provide headcount analytics and position-level detail to support hiring decisions and point-in-time budgeting. Managers can also view dashboards with data on their direct reports, enabling them to make more effective personnel decisions and automatically initiate position changes, salary increases, or reporting changes. This self-service capability helps to alleviate the burden on the HR department.

CWU also takes advantage of PeopleSoft Selective Adoption, which enables the university to add new application functionality as it becomes available without any major upgrade—helping CWU deliver capabilities to end users more quickly and at a lower cost.

CWU worked with Oracle partner and Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), Sierra-Cedar, on the upgrade. The university plans to continue rolling out new modules, such as PeopleSoft Time and Labor and PeopleSoft Absence Management, and eventually leverage PeopleSoft Recruiting Solutions and PeopleSoft ePerformance to further improve recruiting and staff compensation processes.

“With the PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade, CWU automated many previously time-consuming business processes—freeing staff time to focus on more strategic programs that support operational excellence and student success,” said Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research, Oracle. “Additionally, with PeopleSoft Selective Adoption, CWU can continue to take advantage of the latest PeopleSoft application functionality with minimal disruption to its campuses.”

Additional Information

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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 http://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.

Contact Info

Katie Barron Janice Clayton
Oracle O’Keeffe & Company
+1.703.364.2448 +1.443.759.8151
katie.barron@oracle.com jclayton@okco.com

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Monitor mobile devices with the Geospatial Analytics service

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 02/02/2015 - 06:00
Obtain, run, and extend a Node.js starter application that uses the Bluemix Geospatial Analytics service. With the Geospatial Analytics service, you can monitor moving devices from the Internet of Things. The service analyzes a device message stream from MQTT and tracks device locations in real time with respect to one or more geographic regions.
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Power BI Preview and SQL Server Analysis Services

Yesterday we announced exciting news for Power BI – a cloud-based business analytics service (software-as-a-service) for non-technical business users.  The preview introduces a number of new Power BI capabilities including dashboards, new visualizations, support for popular software-as-a-service applications, a native iPad app and live “hybrid” connectivity to on-premises SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models. With just a browser – any browser – or a Power BI mobile app, customers can keep a pulse on their business via live operational dashboards. They can explore their business data, through interactive visual reports, and enrich it with additional data sources.

How does it work with SQL Server?
To interact with SQL Server data in Power BI, connect to SSAS server via the ‘Get Data’ menu. From there, you can connect to a model and run queries for visualizations based on that model. Before your users can connect to an SSAS model, an administrator must configure a Power BI Analysis Services connector.

 

To learn more about the Power BI preview, watch as Michael Tejedor gives Jeremy Chapman from Office Mechanics a first look at what’s new.

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Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Are Platforms of Choice for CFOs Worldwide

Oracle Database News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:01
Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Are Platforms of Choice for CFOs WorldwideMore than 600 customers have selected Oracle’s rich, integrated suite of cloud services to drive growth and innovation

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 30, 2015 – In Q2 FY2015, quarterly sales for Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud) and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud (Oracle EPM Cloud) increased by 80 percent. This growth reiterates customers’ confidence that Oracle is best positioned to offer CFOs a complete, integrated suite of financial management, procurement, projects, and performance management cloud services, all designed to work seamlessly and securely together.

More than 600 enterprise and midsize companies worldwide have selected Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud to drive finance innovation and growth, including Transit Wireless, SoundCloud, Ringo Mobile, Communications Test Design, Inc., and lynda.com. Real estate leader RE/MAX was among those companies that recently selected Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud as part of a full suite of Oracle cloud services. With a global network of franchisee-owned and -operated offices and more than 90,000 sales associates, RE/MAX will rely on Oracle to help grow its business and meet regulatory reporting requirements as a newly listed public company.

“Our financial information has become transparent subsequent to our 2013 initial public offering,” notes Karri Callahan, acting chief financial officer and corporate controller, RE/MAX. “To support our ambitious growth strategy, we needed a more efficient finance system with embedded controls and extensive reporting capabilities. Oracle offered us pre-integrated, state-of-the-art cloud services. This was a compelling value, since we prefer to invest in technology innovations for our brokers and agents rather than maintaining separate systems.”

Oracle also added more than 250 new Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud customers in Q2 FY2015—150 of which were net new and replaced their legacy solutions with Oracle ERP Cloud. lynda.com, a leading online learning company, is another innovative, fast-growing organization that selected Oracle ERP Cloud to scale its online learning business globally.

“We looked at major players and other vendors during our rather exhaustive evaluation process for the right cloud ERP solution, and ultimately selected Oracle for its superior analytics and reporting, and completeness of its offerings for our finance organization,” said lynda.com CFO Elaine Kitagawa. “We are growing quickly and expanding internationally. Oracle’s global functionality and scalable platform were major factors in our decision. Oracle is clearly committed to becoming the ERP vendor of choice for fast-growing companies like lynda.com, and we are excited to have Oracle as our partner in this growth journey.”

“The growth of Oracle’s ERP and EPM cloud offerings reflects the investment we’ve made to build solutions that work together seamlessly in the cloud and that anticipate the needs of CFOs,” said Rondy Ng, senior vice president, Applications Development, Oracle. “CFOs are turning to Oracle for our advanced reporting and analytics, global functionality and scalability, and seamless integration. It’s a decision that helps CFOs reduce costs while providing their organizations with a clear path to the cloud.”

Additional Information In recognition of Oracle’s continued momentum in the area of enterprise resource planning solutions, Oracle ERP Cloud was named a Leader in the November 2014 Nucleus Research report, “ERP Technology Value Matrix.” Read what companies have been saying about Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud. For more information on Oracle ERP Cloud, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For more information on Oracle EPM Cloud, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Read more about Oracle’s Q2 FY2015 success.About Oracle

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

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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.

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Danielle Cormier-Smith
Oracle

+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

What Customers Are Saying About Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

Oracle Database News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:00
What Customers Are Saying About Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 30, 2015

Transit Wireless

Transit Wireless is an advanced wireless solutions company responsible for the design/build and operation of the neutral-host distributed antenna system (DAS) and Wi-Fi network for the New York City (NYC) subway system in New York. With more than 2.6 billion riders annually, the NYC subway is one of the largest public transportation systems in the world. Through a partnership with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), Transit Wireless has deployed wireless and Wi-Fi services in 76 out of 279 underground NYC subway stations. The company is now implementing a full suite of Oracle cloud services, including solutions for enterprise resource planning, procurement, projects, inventory, and human capital management.

“Our business model is rapidly evolving beyond subways to offer new types of wireless technology,” said Transit Wireless CEO William Bayne. “Oracle is able to provide a complete, integrated suite of true cloud services to support operational efficiencies and drive growth.”

Ringo Mobile

Ringo Mobile, a telecommunications company based in Italy, offers a mobile calling app that allows users to make low-cost international calls to any mobile or landline phone without using the internet.

“The cloud for us is a natural choice because our business is distributed and we already have a strong company culture that understands the value added of software as a service,” said Luca Brignone, managing director, Ringo Mobile. “Oracle’s cloud solution matches perfectly with our local needs and at the same time supports our multi-country approach. It is our intention that Oracle Cloud will unify all the ERP systems within our holding company. Starting with Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud allows us to adopt an important tool for our business: we have done a balanced investment and we are ready to extend our cloud solutions in a modular way without issues.”

Communications Test Design, Inc.

Founded in 1975, Communications Test Design, Inc. (CTDI) is a full-service, global engineering, repair, and logistics company that provides cost-effective solutions to the communications industry. CTDI selected Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, part of Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud, to support its rapidly growing business and to automate a traditionally manual process for budgeting, planning, and forecasting that was time-consuming and prone to errors.

“Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service will enable us to significantly reduce the time and effort needed to perform our daily P&L forecasting process, which is our most critical business management practice. In addition, the real-time analytical data and comprehensive reporting that we can generate from Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service will enable us to make timely and well-informed decisions in order to run our business better,” said Paul Cardell, vice president, Corporate Operations, CTDI..

About Oracle

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

Trademarks

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

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Danielle Cormier-Smith
Oracle

+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Azure is the Ideal Cloud for Your Database Workloads with Increased SQL Server Compatibility, Security, Automation, and Power

By Tiffany Wissner, Sr. Director for Data Platform Marketing

Today we are announcing general availability for the latest update to Azure SQL Database, introduction of new SQL Database security features, more automation for SQL Server in Azure Virtual Machines and SQL Server on G-Series VMs.  Take a closer look at these exciting new improvements.

1.       New update to Azure SQL Database Generally Available in Europe

Generally available today in Europe, the latest version of SQL Database introduces near-complete SQL Server engine compatibility, greater support for larger databases, and expanded Premium performance. Internal tests on over 600 million rows of data show Premium query performance improvements of around 5x in the new preview relative to today’s Premium SQL Database and up to 100x when applying the In-memory columnstore technology. 

General availability will continue across United States regions on February 9, 2015 with rollout to most datacenters worldwide by March 1, 2015. General availability pricing will take effect for databases on V12 servers worldwide on April 1, 2015.

“As a company committed to maintaining the highest innovation standards for our global clients, we’re always eager to test the latest features,“ said John Schlesinger, Chief Enterprise Architect at Temenos. “So previewing the latest version of SQL Database was a no-brainer for us. After running both a benchmark and some close-of-business workloads, which are required by our regulated banking customers, we saw significant performance gains including a doubling of throughput for large blob operations, which are essential for our customer’s reporting needs.” 

2.       New Security Features for Azure SQL Database

Today also marks the introduction of a suite of security features coming to the latest version of SQL Database; Row-Level Security, Dynamic Data Masking, and Transparent Data Encryption. These security features will join the existing Auditing feature to help customers further protect their cloud data and help further meet corporate and industry compliance policies. Available in public preview today across all of the new service tiers, customers can implement Row-level Security on databases to enable implementation of fine-grained access control over rows in a database table for greater control over which users can access which data.

Coming soon, SQL Database will also preview Dynamic Data Masking which is a policy-based security feature that helps limit the exposure of data in a database by returning masked data to non-privileged users who run queries over designated database fields, like credit card numbers, without changing data on the database. Finally, we are excited to announce that Transparent Data Encryption is coming to SQL Database V12 databases for encryption at rest. As data security is at the top of mind for customers building new applications in the cloud, these new security features will be available the Basic, Standard and Premium service tiers. 

3.       More simplified availability, setup, backup, and patching for SQL Server in an Azure VM

SQL Server AlwaysOn technology provides both the high availability and disaster recovery capabilities needed for mission critical applications.  One of the challenges is getting the HA environment setup, as it’s not trivial.  Now with new auto HA setup capabilities using the AlwaysOn Portal Template added for SQL Server in Azure VMs, this really becomes a simpler task, freeing up your valuable time and resources to focus on other business priorities.  This automated setup provides listener configuration and provisions AlwaysOn VM cluster to meet HA and DR requirements.  This new capability applies for hybrid scenarios where you might be setting up failover for an on-premises SQL Server workload or a cloud only SQL Server workload when you want to setup failover from one Azure region to another.

Backups for data security are easier now as well with the ability to automate full SQL Server backups from an Azure VM to Azure Storage.  Additionally, SQL Server patches delivered through Windows Update also get better with new auto patching capability that gives you more granular control over the windows update scheduler for predictable timing of updates. Monitoring and managing SQL Server instances running in Azure VMs gets better as well with the ability to view and manage SQL Server alerts directly through the Azure Portal.

The new suite of new capabilities along with previously released Azure VM capabilities  helps make running large enterprise SQL Server workloads in Azure VMs more efficient than ever before.

4.       SQL Server on Massive G-Series VMs

The new G-Series VMs are ideal for large SQL Server OLTP workloads, especially combined with SQL Server 2014 in-memory OLTP technology, as the new Azure G-Series VMs offer up to 32vCPUs, 448GB of memory, and 6.59TB of local SSD.  Combine this with the in-memory OLTP technology built-in to SQL Server 2014, you can now maximize the performance of these large VMs by taking advantage of unique parallel processing in-memory architecture that removes database dead locks while ensuring 100% durability.  This means not only can you get x factor transactional performance gains, but you can also gain x factor improvement in concurrency by taking full advantage of 32vCPUs. 

Great options in Azure for your SQL Server enterprise workloads

Whether you are looking to run your SQL Server workload in an Azure virtual machine or via the SQL Database managed service, there’s no better time than now to move your enterprise workloads to the cloud or build new applications with Microsoft Azure.

If you have an ecosystem of IT resources who can continue to manage and maintain your application in the cloud, SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine is the ideal option—now with even more built-in productivity, power and scale. If you don’t have an ecosystem of IT resources or don’t want them maintaining and patching every database in your portfolio, the greater SQL Server compatibility, predictable Premium performance, built-in 99.99% availability and upcoming suite of security features make Azure SQL Database an ideal destination.

We’re excited to share these ongoing improvements of our SQL Server cloud offerings with you; helping make SQL Server on an Azure VM and Azure SQL Database two great migration or deployment targets for your enterprise-grade SQL Server workloads.

If you haven’t already, start a free trial on SQL Server in Virtual Machines or Azure SQL Database today!

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SQL Server AlwaysOn Template in Azure Portal Now Supports Existing Domains and is Much Faster

In August, we announced the SQL Server AlwaysOn Offering in the Microsoft Azure Portal Gallery. This offering fully automates the configuration of a highly available SQL Server deployment on Azure Infrastructure Services using AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

Now, we have updated this offering with some exciting improvements. Namely, we have added support for using existing domains, and we have optimized the time it takes to deploy, so you save even more time than before!

AlwaysOn Availability Groups in Azure

SQL Server AlwaysOn technology provides the high availability capabilities needed for mission critical applications.  One of the main challenges of this technology is that it requires a complex and time-consuming setup. With the new SQL Server AlwaysOn Template in the Azure Portal, this process is greatly simplified, freeing up your valuable time and resources. After entering the desired settings in the Portal, the setup is automatically completed for you. With this setup you get an Availability Group with two SQL VMs, a listener configured to point to the current primary, a file share witness, failover cluster, and two domain controller VMs for a new or existing domain.

Existing Windows Domain

With this update, you can select between having a new domain created for this configuration and utilizing an existing domain you have pre-configured with all your specific requirements. You can use the new domain option to have a domain fully created and set up for you. This is a good option if you do not have very specific domain requirements, or do not have an existing domain you wish to utilize. You can use the existing domain option if you have very specific requirements or prefer to reuse a pre-configured domain from on-premises or in Azure. With this option selected, the SQL primary, secondary, and file share witness will be successfully added to your existing domain.

To use an existing domain, first select the correct existing Virtual Network for that domain, then select the existing domain with the user credentials, as shown in the screenshot below.

Execution Time Cut in Half

Going through the manual setup of an AlwaysOn Availability Group can take anywhere from 2-6 hours, depending on your level of expertise on the technology. When this feature was initially released, it decreased the amount of work to set this up to 1 minute, and had the configuration completely deployed after about 1.5 hours. Now we have decreased that even further, to around 45 minutes. This saves even more valuable time and allows you that much faster access to highly available SQL VMs to use for your critical business applications.

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Automated Backup and Automated Patching for SQL Server in Azure Portal and PowerShell

In an effort to provide an extra level of convenience, we are releasing two features that will simplify the effort to ensure the health of your SQL Virtual Machine and your data. These features, Automated Backup and Automated Patching, automate the processes of backing up and patching your SQL Virtual Machines. Incredibly easy to set up, these features require little input to manage. And these will just be the initial services to be automated.

These services will be available to you for configuring SQL VMs in Azure via Portal and PowerShell. Via PowerShell, you will be able to enable these services for new and existing SQL VMs. In the Azure Portal, you will be able to enable these services when provisioning new VMs.

Automated Backup

This service enables you to configure a backup schedule on your SQL Server 2014 Enterprise and Standard Virtual Machines in a very convenient manner while ensuring your data is backed up consistently and safely. Automated Backup is configured to backup all existing and new databases for the default instance of SQL Server. This simplifies the usual process of configuring Managed Backup for new databases and then for each existing database by combining it into one simple automated setup.

This feature is disabled by default, and once it is enabled, requires very little effort to configure. If you do not wish to change the default settings, no work is required beyond enabling the service. If you wish to customize the settings, you can specify the retention period, storage account, and whether you want encryption to be enabled. The retention period, as is standard for Managed Backup, can be anywhere between 1 and 30 days. The storage account defaults to the same storage account as the VM, but can be changed to any other storage account. This provides you with a DR option, allowing you to back up your databases to storage in another datacenter. If you decide to encrypt your backups, an encryption certificate will be generated and saved in the same storage account as the backups. In this scenario, you will also need to enter a password which will be used to protect the encryption certificates used for encrypting and decrypting your backups. This allows you to not worry about your backups beyond the configuration of this feature, and also ensures you can trust that your backups are secure.

You can see a screenshot of what you will see in the Azure Portal here:

Automated Patching

Many customers told us that they would like to move their patching schedules off business hours. This feature enables you to do exactly this – define the maintenance window that would keep your patch installs in the range you have specified.

When you look on the settings available for the Automated Patching you could find you are familiar with those, because they mimic settings available from the Windows Update Agent (service that drives patching of your Windows machine). Settings are simple and powerful at the same time. All that you need to define to make sure patches are applied when you want is: day of the week, start of the maintenance window, and duration of the maintenance window. It relies on the Windows Update and the Microsoft Update infrastructure and installs any update that matches the ‘Important’ category for the machine.

This feature allows you to patch your Azure Virtual Machines in effective and predictable way even when those VMs are not joined to any domain and not controlled by any patching infrastructure.

There are a number of ways how you can configure Automated Patching, but the easiest way is to use new Azure Portal, you can see how the configuration screen can look like on the screenshot below.

SQL Server IaaS Agent

Both features are part of the new component that will be installed on the VM when features are enabled and this component is called SQL Server IaaS Agent. It is built in the form of Azure VM Extension meaning all the Azure VM Extension concepts are applicable making it perfect tool for the management of SQL in Azure VMs on scale. You can push this IaaS Agent to a number of VMs at once, you can configure, and you can remove or disable it as well.

This IaaS Agent moves SQL Server one step closer to be the best application to run in Azure VMs.

 

Try these features out for yourself at https://portal.azure.com.

For further details, here is the documentation page for these features.

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Forever 21 Matches Styles to Consumer Demand with Oracle Retail

Oracle Database News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:01
Forever 21 Matches Styles to Consumer Demand with Oracle Retail Supporting rapid growth worldwide, Forever 21 uses Oracle to streamline planning and to help ensure selections delight customersRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 29, 2015News Summary

Ever-changing styles and an array of colors, sizes and accessories challenge fashion retailers to anticipate consumer response and ensure the right mix is available online and in stores as each season unfolds. Taking advantage of advanced optimization technology from Oracle, popular fashion retailer Forever 21 is using Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization solutions to help predict demand and align assortments to meet customer expectations.

News Facts Fast fashion apparel retailer Forever 21, now the 5th largest specialty retailer in the U.S., implemented Oracle Retail Assortment Planning and Size Profile Optimization to help ensure that the apparel and accessories it places in stores each week are those that customers are looking for, and that will help to fuel ongoing growth. Forever 21 expects to open 600 new stores in the next three years, and the Oracle system will help its merchandising team support the growth with more streamlined and effective processes, using the system to predict when individual items will be in demand and in what colors, styles and quantities at each of its six websites and corporate, franchise and joint-venture owned brick-and-mortar locations in 43 countries. Taking advantage of the science incorporated into Oracle Retail Assortment Planning and Size Profile Optimization, Forever 21 can make data-driven decisions to create optimal assortments based on determining factors such as neckline, price point, fabric and other variables influencing sales. The Oracle Retail solution enables Forever 21 to improve planning decisions based on bottom-up data from its business units, taking into account the fast pace of style changes, number of SKUs, seasonality, and sizing demands, as well as product fabrication requirements and Average Unit Retail costs. To speed implementation and allow for smoother upgrades in the future, Forever 21’s mantra for the deployment was to “Keep it Simple” by avoiding customization and leveraging the comprehensive functionality of the Oracle Retail planning solution. Forever 21 worked with Oracle and Veltio, an Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold-level member, to launch the solution in May 2014 following a nine-month implementation program that included data cleansing as well as design and user acceptance testing. Supporting Quotes “The Oracle Retail solution gives us a blueprint of where the assortment is going to lead us,” said Robert Kim, vice president, Planning and Allocation, Forever 21. “Seeing the past performance by segment and looking at color penetration and fashion attributes is in itself a giant step forward, and the data can be sliced and diced in a way that is meaningful for our merchants. Oracle took a very complicated model and made it user-friendly. We expect to gain more insight and deliver an even better product assortment for our customers as we expand our use of the Oracle Retail solution.” “Forever 21 is optimizing its selection of merchandise to meet consumer expectations and to help improve performance across its diverse customer touch points,” said Jill Puleri, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “By using Oracle Retail optimization and planning solutions, Forever 21 is taking advantage of integrated retail science and leading predictive technology, features to improve the customer experience and drive sales.” 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 Asset and Community Knowledge PortalAbout Oracle

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Oracle Delivers Intuitive and Mobile User Experience for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management Solutions

Oracle Database News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Delivers Intuitive and Mobile User Experience for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management SolutionsSimplicity and mobility of new user interface can improve decision-making, increases employee productivity, and offers supplier collaboration opportunities

Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 29, 2015 – To help companies and organizations take advantage of modern mobile technologies, Oracle has delivered a new, simplified user experience for its PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management solutions within PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 10. The PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (PeopleSoft Fluid UI) included in PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 10 provides an intuitive and responsive user experience that is optimized across multiple platforms including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Many new features and functions take advantage of the PeopleSoft Fluid UI to provide employees, managers, and executives with a familiar native user experience that helps maximize productivity and effectiveness while reducing the need for training.

“Regardless of role, all enterprise application users expect simple-to-use and intuitive solutions,” said Paco Aubrejuan, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications. “The PeopleSoft team’s latest effort delivers new features in PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management that take advantage of PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. These should positivity impact user efficiency and satisfaction.”

In addition to the new PeopleSoft Fluid UI, the latest update to PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management also provides a range of enhancements including transaction simplification, embedded analytics, and compliance support. The PeopleSoft Selective Adoption model, enabled by the PeopleSoft Update Manager, makes these latest enhancements available to PeopleSoft 9.2 customers at the time of their choosing, without the need to upgrade, lowering the total cost of ownership and accelerating the delivery of valuable features to users.

Ease of Use with Robust Functionality

PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management deliver best-in-class financial and supply chain functionality that helps organizations increase productivity, accelerate business performance, and lower cost of ownership. With the new PeopleSoft Fluid UI, customers can benefit from:

Improved user engagement: PeopleSoft Fluid UI delivers a new PeopleSoft navigation paradigm that includes tiled role-based home pages for cash managers, procurement operations, project managers, and more, as well as a new navigation bar that presents information in a way similar to consumer mobile applications, driving user adoption by providing instant access to key areas of the solution. Personalization and configurability: Users now have the ability to tailor their PeopleSoft application to look and work the way they want, across all devices, within seconds. User-configured reporting criteria enables “manage-by-exception” that is unique to each user. Unified approvals: PeopleSoft Fluid UI enables managers to quickly approve transactions from across the enterprise—including financials and procurement transactions such as expense reporting, requisitioning, and cash flow management—through any device. Faster decision-making: Managers and users can view and analyze real-time financial, project, and procurement data remotely on mobile devices to help make strategic decisions quickly, based on the latest relevant information. Anywhere, anytime access: Users can complete everyday tasks such as entering expense reports and time sheets from their mobile devices. Managers can also take advantage of mobile features, including monitoring cash positions, project health, and supplier performance, regardless of location. Latest technology: PeopleSoft Fluid UI is enabled through the latest rendering technologies including HTML5 and CSS3 delivered in PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54.

Additional capabilities available in the latest update for PeopleSoft Financials and PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management solutions include:

WorkCenters: Expansion of PeopleSoft’s powerfully efficient WorkCenter framework continues across the PeopleSoft solution, including newly introduced WorkCenters for expenses, resource management, and more. Supplier 360-degree view: Users can now access a single page from which they can see information about a supplier needed to address tactical and strategic business issues and challenges. Users can personalize and share reports via the new PeopleSoft Configurable Analysis framework. Supplier collaboration: A comprehensive supplier portal offers suppliers a centralized portal from which they can access key information in PeopleSoft financial and procurement applications. Actionable insights: With numerous embedded analytics available through pivot grids (AR Items by Status, AR Aging, and Minimum Future Lease Obligation, for example) and intuitive new dashboards such as the Accounts Receivable dashboard, users gain real-time insights to make more-informed decisions. Activity guides: Activity guides help users simplify key processes and accelerate business transformations. The guides lead users visually through multistep processes such as contract and grant awards setup; help them monitor and manage progress, turnaround, and completion times; and more. Regulatory compliance support: The latest update introduces significant foundational enhancements in preparation for upcoming regulatory standards changes, including revenue recognition for PeopleSoft Contracts and PeopleSoft Project Costing as well as lease accounting for PeopleSoft Asset Management and PeopleSoft Real Estate Management.

“Here at Kansas City Power & Light, we are looking to expand our mobile capabilities in the future,” said Eddy Halter, director of procurement, Kansas City Power & Light. “Being able to create, review, and approve transactions sourced from PeopleSoft via a smartphone or tablet would definitely be a benefit for our organization.”

“Cardinal Point is excited about the new features in PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 Update Image 10 that enable the mobile workforce and improve the user experience, particularly enhancements that harness the power of the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface technology, like the project manager home page,” said Bill Gibbard, managing director, Cardinal Point Solutions. “We also appreciate Oracle’s continued dedication to its superiority in features, including functionality to help customers who are preparing for their adoption of recent changes in revenue accounting standards.”

Additional Information Learn more about Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications by reading the Oracle PeopleSoft Applications Strategy Blog, or following Oracle PeopleSoft on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. View PeopleSoft Talk with Marc Weintraub: The PeopleSoft Investment Strategy, featuring Paco Aubrejuan.About Oracle

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Oracle Service Cloud Enables Organizations to Better Understand the Customer Journey and Drive Service Collaboration

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 14:02
Oracle Service Cloud Enables Organizations to Better Understand the Customer Journey and Drive Service Collaboration Latest release delivers new features for more-connected customer engagements and improved service experiencesRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 28, 2015

As expectations for enhanced customer experiences grow, service teams need to focus on engaging and retaining consumers, empowering employees, and adapting quickly. The latest release of Oracle Service Cloud helps organizations meet these challenges, and offers tools that enable agents to better understand their customer’s needs and rapidly resolve cases to deliver an outstanding experience.

The latest Oracle Service Cloud release features:

Building on its commitment to help organizations deliver successful customer experiences, Oracle has updated Oracle Service Cloud with capabilities such as skills-based routing, visitor browser history, and better social monitoring. New tools to empower rapid resolution through collaboration, enhanced cobrowsing, and policy automation help service teams better understand the customer journey. Following Oracle’s acquisition of LiveLOOK, this latest release tightly integrates the enhanced Oracle Co-browse feature within Oracle Service Cloud. Oracle Service Cloud combines web, social, and contact center experiences for a unified, cross-channel service solution that enables organizations to increase sales and adoption, build trust and strengthen relationships, and reduce costs and effort. Part of the Oracle Customer Experience Cloud portfolio of applications, Oracle Service Cloud easily integrates with Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Social Cloud, and Oracle Commerce to provide a 360-degree view of the customer journey.Better Understand the Customer Experience

Oracle Service Cloud helps organizations better understand the customer experience with:

Skills-based routing: This capability helps match a specific inquiry with the best-available agent. Organizations can provide a differentiated quality of service based on customer value or other segment attributes, solve inquiries more quickly, and improve overall productivity. Visitor browser history: When consumers escalate from self-service to assisted service, visitor browser history empowers chat agents to locate recently viewed web pages and gain immediate insight into the actions that led to the customer’s need for help. This results in increased customer satisfaction and cost savings through reduced average handling time. Oracle Social Cloud: Broad social monitoring and powerful analytics help organizations better understand when to proactively engage their customers in social networks outside of their control. Oracle Social Cloud can seamlessly escalate social posts to Oracle Service Cloud, where a suite of service engagement tools can be leveraged for an effective response. Subsequent customer replies are automatically threaded with the original, which can trigger an Oracle Service Cloud action. This results in early identification of trends, improved customer satisfaction, and the elimination of costly cross-department friction. Drive Service Collaboration and Rapid Response with Oracle Service Cloud Oracle Co-browse: The updated Oracle Service Cloud more tightly integrates this feature, allowing customers to share their screen with an agent immediately in instant mode—no download required. This improves first-contact resolution rates and enables faster voice and chat interactions. Service collaboration: Fully integrated capabilities enable agents to harness expertise from across the organization via conversation threads and document sharing. Facilitated directly through the agent console or mobile devices, this collaboration drives faster and more complete case resolution. Policy automation: For organizations with many or frequently changing procedures, policy automation in the cloud delivers dynamic interviews to both agents and customers to immediately determine eligibility. This latest release includes enhancements to the interview experience, as well as modeling productivity improvements such as collaborative modeling and industry-specific sample projects to accelerate implementations.

“We are committed to helping modern customer service organizations drive service efficiency and effectiveness as well as improve customer acquisition and retention,” said Stephen Fioretti, vice president, Product Management, Oracle Service Cloud. “With the latest release of Oracle Service Cloud, we continue to deliver rapid innovation for our customers. The new features and capabilities will help companies better understand and serve their customers with service collaboration, optimized case routing, and improved agent productivity.”

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IBM Datacap 9.0 Developer Kit

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 06:00
The IBM Datacap 9.0 Developer Kit provides applications and files that allow unlimited extension and customization of the product. These customizations can be used to tailor your application to perform unique functionality or operate in a manor specific to the needs of your organization.
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Ancoria Bank Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE as Banking Platform for Its Operations

Oracle Database News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 16:00
Ancoria Bank Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE as Banking Platform for Its OperationsNew bank to deploy Oracle FLEXCUBE to service small to midsize enterprises and a segment of the retail sector Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 27, 2015
News Summary

As the financial services landscape continues to transition, independent banks are exploring business opportunities around the globe. Newly established Ancoria Bank is launching in Cyprus, where it will focus on servicing small to midsize enterprises, as well as a segment of the retail sector. Ancoria has selected Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle technology, as the backbone of its core banking operations.

News Facts Ancoria Bank has selected Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking, Oracle FLEXCUBE Direct Banking, and Oracle FLEXCUBE Information Server to support its mission of becoming the most flexible bank in Cyprus with the ability to issue new products and services within a matter of days. The Oracle FLEXCUBE solution will be installed on Oracle best-of-bread technology, consisting of Oracle Database, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle Business Intelligence and Oracle WebLogic Server with Oracle SOA Suite. Ancoria expects to commence operations in the second half of 2015 with two branches in the Cyprus cities of Nicosia and Limassol. Both of these branches will concentrate on commercial-banking products and services for small and midsize enterprises and the retail sector. Oracle Gold Level Partner and established Ancoria partner, NewCYTech Business Solutions Ltd, will implement the Oracle FLEXCUBE solution together with all underlying Oracle technology, with the help of Oracle Consulting Services. Supporting Quotes “Ancoria is yet another example of the growing number of independent banks around the world that are trusting Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle technology to run their banking operations and transform their businesses,” said Chet Kamat, Senior Vice President, Banking, at Oracle. “We see this as a great opportunity to deliver stable and flexible banking services to the market,” said John E. Loizou, chief executive officer for Ancoria Bank. “Oracle FLEXCUBE is a cutting-edge solution that will enable us to service our customers with new products and services at a rapid pace.” Supporting Resources Oracle Financial Services Oracle FLEXCUBE Follow Oracle Financial Services on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube channel Follow the Oracle Financial Services blog About Oracle

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