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Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity with Next-Generation Engineered Systems

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/21/2015 - 23:00
Oracle Tackles Data Center Cost and Complexity with Next-Generation Engineered SystemsNew integrated appliances deliver greater business value by reducing IT costsRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 21, 2015

At a live event today, Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison outlined Oracle’s strategy for reducing customer costs and increasing value with a new generation of engineered systems, including Oracle’s new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5.

Oracle’s integrated appliances are simple to use and ready for production deployment out of the box. Oracle experts integrate, optimize, automate, test, patch, and support the full software and hardware stack, significantly lowering customer costs. More than 10,000 units have shipped to date as Oracle customers across the globe adopt Oracle engineered systems and appliances to simplify their IT infrastructures, speed application deployments, and increase data center productivity.

“We’re going to compete for that core data center business. Our appliances and engineered systems deliver the highest performance by a large margin at the lowest purchase price for the data center core. They get the job done faster, more securely and more reliably than any competitive offering available today,” said Ellison. “Our customers want their data centers to be as simple and as automated as possible. With some of Oracle’s engineered systems and appliances, you can pay 50 percent less, BUT you have to be willing to take TWICE the performance.”

The new generation of integrated appliances include:

Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance X5: Paired with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Virtual Compute Appliance provides a complete, converged infrastructure system. Deployed in a matter of hours, this system dramatically reduces cost, risk, installation,and management time, and gives customers the ability to easily reduce infrastructure complexity by as much as 70 percent, deploy applications 7x faster, and cut capital expenditures by as much as 50 percent. Compared to Cisco plus EMC, Virtual Compute Appliance is 50 percent cheaper and easier to deploy. Oracle Database Appliance X5: Ideal for distributed and branch office deployments, Oracle Database Appliance offers a complete package of compute, storage, and software that saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database and application workloads. Oracle Database Appliance X5 adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to 4x. Oracle Big Data Appliance X5: Delivers comprehensive and secure Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. For faster, lower-cost throughput, the new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25x the processor cores. Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes. Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5: Provides a groundbreaking Oracle Database-integrated data protection solution that eliminates data loss exposure for all Oracle databases, with minimal impact to production environments. Available today, this new version offers faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation. Sixth-Generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5

The sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the highest-performing and lowest-cost platform for running Oracle Database. Oracle Exadata’s architecture features scale-out database servers, scale-out intelligent storage servers, and high-speed InfiniBand networking. Oracle Exadata X5 includes:

Faster base performance: 50 percent faster processors, 50 percent larger maximum memory capacity, and faster and larger flash increase overall performance. Extreme flash storage server: A newly introduced all-flash storage server uses ultra-fast PCIe flash drives, the latest Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and InfiniBand scale-out to achieve breakthrough performance and price per I/O. Oracle Exadata X5-2,Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 engineered systems can be configured with extreme flash storage servers. Elastic configurations: Storage and compute can now be configured and expanded one server at a time to provide granular on-demand expansion at a lower cost. Elastic configurations allow customers to configure Oracle Database In-Memory optimized systems as well as all-flash OLTP systems. Oracle VM support: Consolidated environments can achieve a high level of workload isolation using Oracle VM while taking advantage of ultra-fast InfiniBand networking. Virtual machine-based licensing reduces software costs. New software features: Oracle Exadata X5 has many new software capabilities, including faster pure columnar flash caching, database snapshots, flash cache resource management, near-instant server death detection, I/O latency capping, and offload of JSON and XML analytics, as well as support for Oracle Linux 6. Investment protection: Existing Oracle Exadata systems can be expanded with new X5-2 servers, and new software features are supported on previous generations of Oracle Exadata hardware. Exabus Connectivity: Oracle Exadata X5-2 supports native Exabus connectivity to the updated Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2 delivers breakthrough performance and scalability for Java, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications and will provide customers the ability to run on premise the same Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service capability offered in Oracle Cloud. Additional Information Join Oracle on LinkedIn and follow @Oracle on Twitter. To learn more about Oracle engineered systems, please follow @OracleHardware.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.

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

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Oracle
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Oracle
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Managing the Big Data Technical Staff

Database Journal News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 09:01

Big data is everywhere, and most large IT enterprises have installed one or more big data applications. These applications provide fast access to large stores of data, usually customer or sales data. Your technical staff that supports these applications and the systems that analyze and consume the data didn't exist ten years ago. Who are these new IT professionals, and how should you manage them?

Categories: Database

PoWA 1.2.1 released

PostgreSQL News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 01:00

Paris, Jan. 20 2015

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

Please also note that the project has a new dedicated mailing list, available at powa-users@googlegroups.com (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=fr#!forum/powa-users)

Feel free to join and ask any question.

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 features and changed in UI
  • UI is now compatible with mojolicious 5.0 and more
  • UI can now connect to multiple servers, and credentials can be specified for each server
  • The timestamps are now displayed in ISO 8601 format
  • POWA_CONFIG_FILE variable has been added to allow a specific config file location and/or name
  • Better charts display on smaller screens
Credits

DALIBO would like to thank the users and developpers who contributed to this release, especially Ahmed Bessifi and Luis Pinto Da Costa.

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 to powa-users@googlegroups.com (https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=fr#!forum/powa-users)

Links 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

Oracle Names Leon Panetta to the Board of Directors

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 07:00
Oracle Names Leon Panetta to the Board of DirectorsREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – January 19, 2015

The Oracle Board of Directors today announced that it has unanimously elected the Honorable Leon Panetta, former U.S. Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to the company’s Board of Directors. The election is effective as of January 19, 2015 and increases the size of the Board to 12 directors.


“We are honored to welcome Secretary Panetta to our Board,” said Larry Ellison, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Michael Boskin, independent Chair of the Nomination and Governance Committee, added, “Secretary Panetta is a dynamic leader with a distinguished record of public service at the highest levels of government. He will add deep expertise and brings a fresh perspective to our Board.”

Secretary Panetta served in the Obama Administration as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013 and as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011.  Previously, he was White House Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Bill Clinton.  From 1977 to 1993, Secretary Panetta was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing California’s 16th district, which included Monterey, San Benito, and parts of San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz.

 

Secretary Panetta and his wife Sylvia founded and currently co-direct the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located at California State University, Monterey Bay.  He has served as a Distinguished Scholar to the Chancellor of the CSU system, and as a member of the Board of Trustees and a Presidential Professor at Santa Clara University. He recently authored a best-selling memoir, Worthy Fights.

All members of Oracle’s Board of Directors serve one-year terms and are expected to stand for election at the company’s next annual shareholders meeting in November, 2015.


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 or contact Investor Relations at investor_us@oracle.com or (650) 506-4073.

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

Statements in this press release relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, intentions and prospects, are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Many factors could affect our current expectations and our actual results, and could cause actual results to differ materially. We presently consider the following to be among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations: (1) Economic, geopolitical and market conditions, including the continued slow economic recovery in the U.S. and other parts of the world, can adversely affect our business, results of operations and financial condition, including our revenue growth and profitability, which in turn could adversely affect our stock price. (2) We may fail to achieve our financial forecasts due to such factors as delays or size reductions in transactions, fewer large transactions in a particular quarter, unanticipated fluctuations in currency exchange rates, delays in delivery of new products or releases or a decline in our renewal rates for support contracts. (3) Our cloud computing strategy, including our Oracle Cloud Software-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and our new Database as a Service offerings, may not be successful. (4) We have an active acquisition program and our acquisitions may not be successful, may involve unanticipated costs or other integration issues or may disrupt our existing operations. (5) Our international sales and operations subject us to additional risks that can adversely affect our operating results, including risks relating to foreign currency gains and losses. (6) If the security measures for our software, hardware, services or Oracle Cloud offerings are compromised or if such offerings contain significant coding, manufacturing or configuration errors, we may experience reputational harm, legal claims and financial exposure. (7) If we are unable to develop new or sufficiently differentiated products and services, or to enhance and improve our products and support services in a timely manner or to position and/or price our products and services to meet market demand, customers may not buy new software licenses, cloud software subscriptions or hardware systems products or purchase or renew support contracts. A detailed discussion of these factors and other risks that affect our business is contained in our SEC filings, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, particularly under the heading “Risk Factors.” Copies of these filings are available online from the SEC or by contacting Oracle Corporation’s Investor Relations Department at (650) 506-4073 or by clicking on SEC Filings on Oracle’s Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. All information set forth in this press release is current as of January 19, 2015. Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

Contact Info

Ken Bond
Oracle Investor Relations
+1.650.607.0349
ken.bond@oracle.com

Deborah Hellinger
Oracle Corporate Communications
+1.212.508.7935
deborah.hellinger@oracle.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Voice Brings a Mobile, Speech-Enabled Virtual Assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on Smart Phones

Oracle Database News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 13:00
Press Release Oracle Voice Brings a Mobile, Speech-Enabled Virtual Assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on Smart Phones Sales Reps now have a fast, friendly and fun way to talk to the Cloud

Redwood Shores, Calif—Jan 15, 2015

News Summary
  • Oracle Voice

    Looking for a fun, speech-enabled virtual assistant for your sales team? Try Oracle Voice.

  • Choose Task

    Want to create a task quicky after a meeting? Talk to Oracle Voice as you would in a natural spoken conversation.

  • Create Appointment

    Want to create an appointment quicky after a meeting? Talk to Oracle Voice as you would in a natural spoken conversation.

  • View Opportunity

    Getting ready for a sales meeting? Just tap on the microphone button and say the name of the Opportunity to bring up details.

A Sales system is only as good as the sales data it holds, and most of this data comes from field sales representatives who are expected to enter it on their laptops and desktops. But typical reps spend 32% of their time traveling and waiting for meetings. During these times, the only device available may be a smart phone. No surprise then that current sales data may be delayed getting into sales systems, impacting sales leaders' visibility into sales activity.

Release 9 of the Oracle Sales Cloud brings Oracle Voice (officially "Oracle Fusion Voice Cloud Service for the Oracle Sales Cloud"), a speech-enabled virtual assistant that lets sales reps speak directly to the Oracle Sales Cloud on their smartphones. Oracle Voice represents Oracle's ongoing commitment to bringing the best user experiences to the Oracle Applications Cloud. It's a fast, friendly and fun way for reps to view their work, so they walk into meetings prepared. Walking out of meetings, they are able to quickly create Notes, Activities and Contacts, and update Opportunities while the information is still fresh in their minds. With increased usage, everyone benefits from current sales data, improved visibility from sales activities, and better sales decisions.

News Facts
  • Oracle first delivered voice user experiences in Oracle Fusion Mobile Expenses on the smartphone, and found such a great reception we decided to pursue other areas where it benefits the user.
  • The next most meaningful group of users were sales representatives, whose primary device is often the smart phone and whose primary job is talking.
  • Instead of relying on slow typing on a smart phone, sales reps can enter information three times faster by speaking to the Oracle Sales Cloud through Oracle Voice – a key user experience improvement. Since details are precisely captured and follow-ups are quicker, deals are closed faster and more efficiently.
  • Oracle Voice focuses on letting field sales reps quickly accomplish a few key tasks that are frequent yet time-critical: creating and viewing Notes, Tasks, Appointments, Contacts and also editing and viewing Opportunities. For example, one-command access to Opportunity details and notes lets them walk into meetings better-prepared. Capturing sales information through notes and activities right after a meeting retains important details in the system that would otherwise be forgotten.
  • Oracle Voice allows users to switch between voice, touch, and typing as needed.
  • Users don't need any training to navigate and interact with Oracle Voice; they can simply tap and speak in a command. Oracle Voice takes them through a natural, conversational dialog to help them view or capture sales data in real-time.
  • The Oracle Applications Cloud, in this case, the Oracle Sales Cloud Release 9, provides a unique capability to deliver innovative user experiences, leveraging Nuance's automatic speech recognition and text-to-speech conversion.
  • Oracle Voice is currently only available in North America with support for US English.
  • In a recent study, 80% of Oracle field sales reps testing Oracle Voice said the product exceeded their expectations for productivity and ease of use.
  • "Oracle's own sales organization was involved in developing Oracle Voice for the Oracle Sales Cloud. We wanted to be sure that the user experience is seamless, works well on mobile devices, and is easy for all sales reps to use," said Kate Fitzgerald, Group Vice President, Oracle Sales Automation.

    "It understands me better than similar speech-enabled assistants do," said Andrew Dunleavy, Sales Representative, Oracle Fusion Middleware.

    "Busy sales people on the go need to very quickly and effectively interact with their enterprise systems. With Oracle's enterprise experience, and Nuance's natural language processing, we have made it as simple as using their voice," said Jeremy Ashley, Vice President, Oracle Applications User Experience.

    "Mobile smart phones and tablets are quickly becoming the leading devices for interacting with enterprise applications, and Oracle has led the way through our broad set of mobile apps. Working with Nuance, we are also leading the way in using speech interfaces to make it easier and more natural to interact with enterprise solutions," said Alan Fothergill, Vice President, Oracle Applications Development.

Contact Info Diana Wong
Oracle
+1.650.506.2757
diana.wong@oracle.com Simon Jones
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5155
sjones@blancandotus.com The Oracle User Experience

User experience is a strategic investment area for Oracle. A clear example of this is our research and development on our applications cloud user experiences, with a focus on simplicity, mobility and extensibility. Oracle investigates first the capabilities of our next-generation cloud technology, built on Oracle Fusion Middleware, to create these product experiences, ranging from its simplified UI to wearable devices. We then look to leverage these innovations across our other product lines through user experience design patterns and associated development tools. Our goals are always to see a clear gain in end-user productivity and a return on our customers' investment in our applications and technologies.

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://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.

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Oracle: Too Much Time On Your Hands?

Database Journal News - Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:01

Using parallel query can improve performance in some cases but AWR reports can report too much elapsed time when they are used.  Read on to see why and how you can get the actual elapsed time in those cases.

Categories: Database

Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer Service

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:03
Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer ServiceOracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services provides new UK bank with modern technology platform to accelerate innovation, reduce risk and lower costsLondon – 14 January 2015News Summary

Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth. Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements. Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.’s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date.

News Facts

    • Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth. Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements. Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.’s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date.

New Facts Hampden & Co. is an early entrant to the rapidly expanding UK challenger banking market, providing greater choice to customers. Hampden & Co. selected Oracle FLEXCUBE to manage its core banking, direct and mobile banking operations from a shortlist of three potential solutions, following a comprehensive IT system selection process. Hampden & Co. will benefit from significantly lower operational costs by running Oracle FLEXCUBE via Oracle’s UK data center based in Linlithgow, Scotland. Oracle’s proven applications and technology, coupled with the experience of Hampden & Co.’s executive management team, will play a significant role in helping the bank meet today’s rigorous compliance requirements outlined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Hampden & Co. will benefit from Oracle’s rapid deployment model for Oracle FLEXCUBE on its managed cloud, with business go-live due for the end of Q1 2015.Supporting Quotes “The UK’s high net worth sector has grown steadily over the past few years – even during tough economic times – which has created a growing demand for private banking services,” said Graeme Hartop, CEO, Hampden & Co. “Increasingly, private banks are focusing on wealth management rather than core banking, a gap in the market which we seek to address with the help of Oracle. We view delivery of outstanding client service as a priority, which in today’s world needs to be supported by the best technological core banking platform available.” “Hampden & Co. joins the Oracle family as the first UK bank to leverage core business cloud applications delivered from Oracle’s UK cloud facilities,” said Senthil Kumar, vice president, business development, Oracle Financial Services. “The leadership team at Hampden & Co. have done a remarkable job in completing their mobilization phase on time and readying the bank for business. We are pleased to be serving this new UK private bank that has placed Oracle at heart of its business model.”Supporting Resources Oracle FLEXCUBE Oracle FLEXCUBE Direct Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Mobile Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking Oracle Managed Cloud Services Oracle Financial Services Managed Cloud Solution Brief Oracle Financial Services Follow Oracle Financial Services on Twitter Join the Oracle Financial Services Community on Facebook Follow the Oracle Financial Services Blog Subscribe to the Oracle Financial Services YouTube Channel

 

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.

About Hampden & Co.

Hampden & Co. is an independent private bank established by a team of experienced bankers who understand that many successful and wealthy people still require a very personal banking service that is harder to find in the marketplace today.

The bank expects to welcome its first clients during the first quarter of 2015, and from its offices in Edinburgh and London, will aim to build lasting relationships founded on the basic principles of honesty, integrity and fairness, caring for the individual, their families and business interests.

Hampden & Co. will concentrate solely on the provision of banking facilities and its business will be based on a traditional and conservative model. In particular, it will not set sales targets for its bankers, in order to ensure that the best interests of its clients are never compromised.

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

Valerie Beaudett
Oracle
+1.650.400.7833
Valerie.beaudett@oracle.com

Oracle Press Office

CMG Team

Office: +44 (0) 844 875 1455

Email: OracleFinancial@cmgrp.com

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Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer Service

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:00
Hampden & Co. Selects Oracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services to Deliver Superior Customer ServiceOracle FLEXCUBE on Managed Cloud Services provides new UK bank with modern technology platform to accelerate innovation, reduce risk and lower costsLondon – 14 January 2015News Summary

A recent performance test of Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle’s SPARC T5 servers with Oracle Solaris demonstrated that the banking solution can enable banks with between 1 and 3 million accounts to deploy Oracle FLEXCUBE at up to 2.3 times lower cost than an IBM POWER configuration. 1 Testing also demonstrated up to 4.5 times shorter deployment times when using the new Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle FLEXCUBE.2

News Facts

    • Hampden & Co., a new UK private bank scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle Managed Cloud Services to provide a comprehensive, modern, highly secure, and compliant digital banking platform that is scalable in-line with business growth. Using Oracle Managed Cloud Services with Oracle FLEXCUBE will enable Hampden & Co. to deliver enhanced, personalized products and services by aggregating and managing data from multiple sources to better understand customer requirements. Additionally, having Oracle experts manage Hampden & Co.’s cloud-based IT infrastructure will allow the bank to focus business resources on innovation while operating at peak efficiency, with IT systems that are readily available, secure and up-to-date.

New Facts Hampden & Co. is an early entrant to the rapidly expanding UK challenger banking market, providing greater choice to customers. Hampden & Co. selected Oracle FLEXCUBE to manage its core banking, direct and mobile banking operations from a shortlist of three potential solutions, following a comprehensive IT system selection process. Hampden & Co. will benefit from significantly lower operational costs by running Oracle FLEXCUBE via Oracle’s UK data center based in Linlithgow, Scotland. Oracle’s proven applications and technology, coupled with the experience of Hampden & Co.’s executive management team, will play a significant role in helping the bank meet today’s rigorous compliance requirements outlined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Hampden & Co. will benefit from Oracle’s rapid deployment model for Oracle FLEXCUBE on its managed cloud, with business go-live due for the end of Q1 2015.Supporting Quotes “The UK’s high net worth sector has grown steadily over the past few years – even during tough economic times – which has created a growing demand for private banking services,” said Graeme Hartop, CEO, Hampden & Co. “Increasingly, private banks are focusing on wealth management rather than core banking, a gap in the market which we seek to address with the help of Oracle. We view delivery of outstanding client service as a priority, which in today’s world needs to be supported by the best technological core banking platform available.” “Hampden & Co. joins the Oracle family as the first UK bank to leverage core business cloud applications delivered from Oracle’s UK cloud facilities,” said Senthil Kumar, vice president, business development, Oracle Financial Services. “The leadership team at Hampden & Co. have done a remarkable job in completing their mobilization phase on time and readying the bank for business. We are pleased to be serving this new UK private bank that has placed Oracle at heart of its business model.”Supporting Resources Oracle FLEXCUBE Oracle FLEXCUBE Direct Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Mobile Banking Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking Oracle Managed Cloud Services Oracle Financial Services Managed Cloud Solution Brief Oracle Financial Services Follow Oracle Financial Services on Twitter Join the Oracle Financial Services Community on Facebook Follow the Oracle Financial Services Blog Subscribe to the Oracle Financial Services YouTube Channel

 

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.

About Hampden & Co.

Hampden & Co. is an independent private bank established by a team of experienced bankers who understand that many successful and wealthy people still require a very personal banking service that is harder to find in the marketplace today.

The bank expects to welcome its first clients during the first quarter of 2015, and from its offices in Edinburgh and London, will aim to build lasting relationships founded on the basic principles of honesty, integrity and fairness, caring for the individual, their families and business interests.

Hampden & Co. will concentrate solely on the provision of banking facilities and its business will be based on a traditional and conservative model. In particular, it will not set sales targets for its bankers, in order to ensure that the best interests of its clients are never compromised.

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

Valerie Beaudett
Oracle
+1.650.400.7833
Valerie.beaudett@oracle.com

Oracle Press Office

CMG Team

Office: +44 (0) 844 875 1455

Email: OracleFinancial@cmgrp.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Study Shows Retail Organizations Leading Shift to Modern Marketing Best Practices

Oracle Database News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Study Shows Retail Organizations Leading Shift to Modern Marketing Best PracticesRetail organizations enhancing customer experience and overall business performance through advanced targeting and cross-channel marketing capabilitiesNational Retail Federation Big Show 2015, New York – January 13, 2015News Summary

To create a meaningful dialogue with customers, marketers need to leverage modern marketing best practices for executing personalized, targeted marketing campaigns across multiple channels. But modern marketing adoption rates vary from industry to industry, with some industries embracing marketing technologies and associated best practices faster than others. To assess marketing maturity across industries and demonstrate the business impact of modern marketing best practices, Oracle commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a global study of marketing decision-makers. The study found that retail marketers are leading the shift to modern marketing and are ahead of other industries in a number of key areas that ultimately impact the customer experience and overall business performance.

News Facts To assess marketing maturity across industries and demonstrate the business impact of modern marketing best practices, Oracle commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a global study of marketing decision-makers. The study, “Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer: The Business Impact of Marketing Maturity in the Age of the Customer,” which was initially released in October 2014, examined the adoption of modern marketing best practices across 20 industries including electronics, energy, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, media, retail, and telecom. The study found that marketers in retail organizations are leading the shift to modern marketing and are ahead of their peers from other industries in key areas including investments in data management and behavior tracking technology as well as marketing integration. According to the study, 46 percent of retail organizations have intelligent targeting capabilities that provide real-time feedback and advanced insights to enhance customer engagements and increase marketing effectiveness. In contrast, only 31 percent of total respondents from other industries cited the same level of targeting ability. When evaluating marketing integration, the study found that 42 percent of retail organizations currently leverage a fully integrated cross-channel marketing platform for enhanced marketing orchestration, while only 14 percent of respondents from other industries cited a similar level of integration. The study surveyed 492 marketing decision-makers across a range of industries in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Australia, and found that organizations that embrace modern marketing processes outperform their nonmodern marketing peers and competitors on key business performance indicators including revenue growth, market leadership, and workplace excellence. The study defined “modern marketers” as marketers that use a combination of real-time predictive models and statistical techniques including intelligent targeting and cross-channel marketing attribution to ensure personalized customer engagement throughout each stage of the purchase journey. A full copy of the study is available here: Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer: The Business Impact of Marketing Maturity in the Age of the Customer.Supporting Quote “To successfully compete in today’s digitally powered economy, marketers need to continually refine and evolve their approach in order to better understand and engage their customers,” said Andrea Ward, vice president of marketing, Oracle Marketing Cloud. “The retail industry has a long tradition of being customer-centric, and is leading the shift toward more customer-focused modern marketing practices. By embracing new data technologies and taking an integrated marketing approach, retailers are able to create a digital dialogue with their customers and deliver the right messages at the right time.”Supporting Resources Oracle Marketing Cloud Forrester Consulting “Why You Need To Be A Modern Marketer: The Business Impact of Marketing Maturity in the Age of the Customer” Oracle Modern Marketing Blog Oracle Marketing Cloud Twitter Oracle Marketing Cloud LinkedInAbout Oracle

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Oracle Launches Modern and Secure Oracle Financial Services Cloud

Oracle Database News - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 14:00
Oracle Launches Modern and Secure Oracle Financial Services CloudNew community cloud offering helps financial services companies address their IT security, privacy, and compliance needs and align with regulatory requirementsRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 13, 2015News Summary

Financial services companies have very specific needs related to IT security, privacy, compliance, and regulatory requirements. At the same time, these enterprises need to maintain back-office processes, streamline operations, and work efficiently to stay competitive. To facilitate the adoption of cloud technologies and address these common industry requirements and challenges within the financial services industry, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Financial Services Cloud.

News Facts To help financial services companies adopt cloud applications while adhering to security, privacy, and compliance needs, Oracle has introduced Oracle Financial Services Cloud. Oracle Financial Services Cloud is a modern community cloud offering dedicated to the financial services industry including banks, insurance and investment companies, and securities institutions, as well as other regulated industry enterprises. Available now for US-based financial services companies, this new solution provides financial services companies with a secure move to the cloud that supports their compliance needs. Oracle Financial Services Cloud offers data privacy, compliance services, enterprise-level support, and low organizational risk, including in-region hosting, alignment with FINRA rules, and advanced security to provide data privacy and protection. Part of the Oracle Industry Applications Cloud portfolio, Oracle Financial Services Cloud supports the unique requirements of financial services companies for human capital management, enterprise resource planning, and customer experience in the cloud. Oracle Public Cloud provides a full portfolio of cloud offerings that are personalized, secure, and connected and provide a practical path to the cloud for Oracle customers. Oracle’s cloud portfolio delivers a complete range of production-level, cross-functional business applications for each part of an organization, all enriched with social engagement and collaboration tools and an intuitive user interface that works on any mobile device. These applications have been architected on a modern and open service-oriented platform and infrastructure to simplify integration needs and lower an organization’s total cost of ownership.Key Features: Oracle Financial Services Cloud offers industry-specific capabilities to financial services customers that are designed to help them manage back-office operations and human resources, and deliver an exceptional customer experience. Integrated functionality with Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud)—composed of Oracle Financials Cloud, Oracle Procurement Cloud, and Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud—lends complete solutions for back-office functions, including average daily balances and multiple reporting currencies. Oracle ERP Cloud provides key insight from advanced reporting and analysis tools. Its mobile capabilities enable users to access the solution anywhere at any time. Embedded social capabilities with social business objects encourage greater collaboration across teams. Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud) delivers modern HR in the cloud to help companies find, grow, and retain the best talent; enable collaboration on any device; provide complete workforce insights; and increase operational efficiency. Oracle HCM Cloud is designed to increase global agility by requiring consistency while supporting local HR practices. Workforce and talent management analytics provide strategic visibility to past and present data, and can help make future predictions. Talent management functionality helps businesses easily source, recruit, develop, and retain top talent to stay competitive. Users can access the full range of Oracle HCM Cloud solutions on their mobile devices via a single, unified experience in any browser or via the mobile application. Oracle Customer Experience Cloud (Oracle CX Cloud) is a complete set of best-in-class, integrated, cloud-enabled solutions that encompass the entire customer journey. Oracle has recently updated Oracle CX Cloud to help companies break down organizational barriers so they can personalize engagements, build advocacy, and grow revenue. Oracle CX Cloud is designed to help companies improve brand experience, including customer satisfaction, service quality, and reliability. Rules-based needs analysis helps drive demand across channels to increase sales and wallet share. The Oracle Cloud Platform enables customers and partners to easily build new applications, extend Oracle software as a service (SaaS) applications, and migrate existing on-premises applications to the cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform offers customers and partners the same platform as a service (PaaS) foundation upon which Oracle runs its own SaaS applications and upon which many SaaS providers rely. Unlike other clouds that offer services in one or two layers, Oracle Cloud is the only cloud that delivers a broad portfolio of integrated services across data, applications, platform, and infrastructure areas. Supporting Quote “Today’s savvy financial services companies are looking to migrate their applications to the cloud to take advantage of modern technologies, like social and mobile capabilities,” said Thomas Kurian, president, Oracle Product Development. “Designed to address the unique security concerns of the financial services industry, Oracle Financial Services Cloud is a dedicated community cloud with world class security to empower financial services companies to adopt cloud applications. By addressing the industry’s common cloud concerns and challenges around security, privacy, and compliance, Oracle has made it simpler for great institutions to modernize their key IT solutions.”Supporting Resources Oracle Financial Services Cloud Data Sheet: Oracle Financial Services Cloud Oracle Applications Cloud Press Release: “Oracle Unveils Latest Cloud Applications at Oracle OpenWorld” Sign up for Oracle Cloud Platform Services Learn more about Oracle Cloud Platform ServicesAbout Oracle

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Altimetrik chooses Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud over Competition

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:40
Altimetrik chooses Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud over CompetitionBecomes an Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud Service in IndiaNew Delhi, India and Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 12, 2015News Facts Altimetrik, a US-based Global Solutions Provider and Technology Innovation organization has chosen Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud and Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud, part of Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, to standardize its People Experience (PE) business practices and its resource management/utilization processes. Altimetrik is a Gold-level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork houses an experienced Capability Center for Oracle solutions which has decided to take-on the challenge of implementing the Oracle HCM and Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud with the help of its Oracle Fusion Certified workforce. Altimetrik employs more than 2,500 technology and functional consultants and engineers including group partners. Focusing on emerging technologies and business innovation capabilities across digital, connected solutions, and consumer technologies, Altimetrik’s talent pool consists of experts and engineers across several NextGen Technologies. To engage and manage the complexities of a high-caliber talent pool and to support its projected year-on-year growth rate of more than 50 percent over the next couple of years, Altimetrik selected Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle Project Resource Management Cloud. With this deployment, Altimetrik’s People Experience (PE) division (a.k.a HR division), will be able to focus on strategic and developmental facets of HR that fulfill employee satisfaction and company goals, with Oracle HCM Cloud managing HR’s transactional aspects at the back end. Capability managers responsible for employee career growth and work allocation mechanisms which are non-linear will be able to know what exactly their employees are doing and how they are being cross-leveraged across strategic initiatives. It will also help them to move away from a CAPEX to an OPEX model while creating a strong foundation for a cloud-based talent management solution. Altimetrik is committed to delivering a powerful user experience, lessons-learnt repository, implementation best practices and faster time-to-market solutions to its customers all derived from its very own implementation.Supporting Quotes “While trying to showcase to the world how user experience should be delivered Anywhere on Anydevice, we at Altimetrik thought that there is no better way than to do that internally and then share the experience with the industry and customers. We were looking for a cloud-based HCM platform having integrated mobile-enablement and analytics capabilities that will help us to deliver a heightened user experience to our growing high-caliber talent pool,” said Madhavan Satagopan, CTO, Altimetrik, and Vijay Karthick Kumbeswaran, Head of Enterprise Cloud Solutions, Altimetrik, when asked why they chose Oracle HCM. “At Altimetrik, the workforce largely comprises of Gen X / Gen Y talent and an important characteristic of this generation is transparency and doing away with the conventional mystery associated with People Experience (Human Resources) policies and programs. We found that the Oracle HCM Cloud platform not only lends to this transparency through end-user tooling, but also offers a good engagement platform for this workforce,” said Asha Poluru, Chief - People Experience at Altimetrik. “Our integrated, best of breed HCM and ERP cloud solutions are uniquely placed to cater to today’s changing business environment and the challenges that loom large for enterprises,” said Niraj Kaushik, Vice President, Applications, Oracle India. “We understand how critical these processes are for Altimetrik and are confident that Oracle’s embedded analytics and resource planning would enable better employee insights, self-service environment, flexible user experience and a great RoI for their business.”Supporting Resources Oracle HCM Cloud Oracle ERP Cloud Oracle PartnerNetwork About Oracle

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Updated and Expanded Oracle Retail Portfolio Helps Retailers Shift to Commerce Anywhere

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:04
Updated and Expanded Oracle Retail Portfolio Helps Retailers Shift to Commerce AnywhereOracle and MICROS solutions extend retail-rich functionality on premises and in the cloudNational Retail Federation Big Show 2015, New York – Jan. 12, 2015News Summary

Enhancements to Oracle’s retail portfolio included in Oracle Retail 14.1 help retailers simplify their IT environments while delivering the commerce anywhere experience consumers expect. The new release builds on Oracle’s strategy for the combination of Oracle and MICROS, as well as extending Oracle’s retail offerings in the cloud.

News Facts Oracle Retail 14.1 delivers enhanced functionality that further integrates digital and physical environments to connect consumer experiences across channels. The new release enables retailers to support interactions and transactions anywhere, at any time, and on any device. The Oracle Retail solution offers several competitive differentiators for retailers looking to meet the requirements of today’s complex consumer journeys: New functionality supporting optimized inventory management and endless aisle visibility strengthens retailers’ ability to enable consumers to purchase what, when, and how they want while providing store associates with information they need to save the sale. Enhanced mobile capabilities and improved commerce integration deliver better shopping experiences across all channels and devices. Simplified and intuitive business user interfaces use role-based workflows and dashboards to leverage in-context, data-driven best practices. Advanced retail science now embedded throughout Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server improves automation, forecasting, and optimization. The enhanced enterprise platform enables retailers to more easily manage the multitude of rapidly evolving business processes and models, as well as the expansion into new assortments, channels, and countries with simplified integration between Oracle Retail planning solutions and Oracle Retail merchandising solutions. The updated Oracle Retail Reference Library—a collection of implementation information including business process models, architectural diagrams, and more—incorporates key enhancements in this latest release.Delivering New Retail Possibilities The addition of MICROS solutions to the Oracle Retail footprint enables greater and more profitable commerce anywhere strategies with expanded point-of-service functionality, a cloud-based commerce solution, and a retail-rich customer relationship management portfolio. The MICROS solutions extend Oracle Retail’s functionality to include additional cloud-based applications for brand compliance management, loss prevention, order management, order brokering, and workforce management. With Oracle Retail solutions now available in the cloud, retailers have another fast and cost-effective way to deploy their Oracle Applications and achieve maximum business value with low risk. Oracle will provide 20 live demonstrations of its extensive retail portfolio in booth 2521 at the National Retail Federation Big Show, January 11 – January 13, 2015, in New York City. Supporting Quotes “Oracle is committed to supporting our retail customers who need to be operationally fit and efficient to continue to adapt in a rapidly evolving marketplace, manage ever-changing customer expectations, and increase revenue,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail and Hospitality. “By extending the functionality of our retail suite, we continue to strengthen our retail-specific offerings and support retailers in the provision of commerce anywhere.” “Oracle and MICROS can help retailers respond to rapidly evolving customer expectations, increase revenue, and drive operational improvements with complete, open, and integrated solutions,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail and Hospitality. “Our customers appreciate our deep domain expertise as we deliver mission-critical solutions to solve their most important business challenges.”Supporting Resources Oracle Retail + MICROS = Retail Powerhouse (Oracle Webcast Replay) 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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Academy Sports + Outdoors Implements Oracle Retail Solutions to Support Growth

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:01
Academy Sports + Outdoors Implements Oracle Retail Solutions to Support GrowthStreamlined merchandising and inventory operations help enable continued expansion National Retail Federation Big Show 2015, New York – Jan. 12, 2015News Summary

As retailers manage an increasingly complex array of customer segments and channels, success hinges on simplifying and optimizing mission-critical operations such as pricing, inventory management, and allocation. For premier sports, outdoor, and lifestyle retailer Academy Sports + Outdoors, the 2014 implementation of Oracle Retail solutions is significantly reducing the time needed for key allocation tasks and is promising even more widespread benefits as the company deploys additional optimization tools.

News Facts Academy Sports + Outdoors implemented Oracle Retail solutions to support expansion with a mature, proven data model and to help optimize margins as the retailer grows sales in stores and online. Generating more than $4 billion in annual sales, Academy Sports + Outdoors operates more than 185 stores in 15 southeastern and midwestern states that are served by two distribution centers. When recent growth outpaced the capabilities of its legacy IT systems, the company launched a two-year project to upgrade the systems that support its merchandising, forecasting, inventory, and financial operations. Academy Sports + Outdoors chose Oracle Retail solutions to create an IT architecture that could keep pace with the company’s expansion. Earlier this year, the retailer completed its move to a full suite of integrated, standards-based Oracle solutions including Oracle Retail Merchandising System, Oracle Retail Price Management, Oracle Retail Sales Audit, Oracle Retail Invoice Matching, Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting, Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management, and Oracle Retail Allocation. The Oracle Retail solutions created an opportunity for Academy Sports + Outdoors to document and streamline legacy system integrations and upgrade processes based on modern best practices. The resulting foundational data model and integration architecture ensures faster adaptability and scalability for the future. This implementation gives Academy Sports + Outdoors the flexibility to upgrade and add new capabilities more readily, which in turn allows the company to efficiently optimize inventory and margins across regions and channels. Retailers undergoing a major IT upgrade often feel the need to choose either a phased approach or an all-at-once “big bang” implementation. Academy Sports + Outdoors used elements of both in a three-phase process. Logic Information Systems and Credo Technology Solutions, both Gold-level members in Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), and Cognizant, a Platinum level member of OPN, all contributed to the implementation and continue to support Academy Sports + Outdoors. Supporting Quotes “Transformation is critical to compete in an omnichannel market. Academy Sports + Outdoors is expanding rapidly, and with that growth comes the need for a system that is scalable and can grow with us,” said Mike Hazel, chief information officer, Academy Sports + Outdoors. “Oracle Retail provides us with a foundation for growth and an integration strategy.” “By putting in place an integrated, scalable suite of retail solutions, Academy Sports + Outdoors has established a foundation that enables growth and flexibility,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail and Hospitality. “Oracle Retail not only streamlines those processes that facilitate higher margins but it also layers in the advanced planning and optimization tools that enable retailers to fine-tune the customer experience and drive sales across regions and channels.” Supporting Resources About Oracle Retail Solutions About Oracle Retail Merchandising System About Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting 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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Chemmart Pharmacy Extends Innovative, Personalized Customer Experience to the Web with Oracle Commerce

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:00
Chemmart Pharmacy Extends Innovative, Personalized Customer Experience to the Web with Oracle CommerceAustralian pharmacy chain sees increase in sales, higher average order value by providing commerce anywhere National Retail Federation Big Show 2015, New York – Jan. 12, 2015News Summary

Establishing an online retail presence has helped Chemmart Pharmacy to extend its localized approach, enabling customers to liaise directly with their local pharmacy online. This innovative e-commerce business model built on Oracle Commerce enables the national chain to offer a greater range of products and services, better local inventory visibility, and a more personalized, relevant and convenient experience to each customer. Local stores are seeing the benefits of increased sales, including a tripling of the average order value, as each pharmacy manages its own online entity and recognizes the resulting revenue on its ledgers.

News Facts Chemmart Pharmacy has extended its business online with Oracle Commerce by launching Chemmart.com.au, enabling the Australian pharmacy chain to align its community pharmacy approach with the convenience, speed, and other benefits of a commerce anywhere offering. Using Oracle Commerce, Chemmart Pharmacy has developed an innovative, decentralized e-commerce model that allows each pharmacy to manage its online store, including range and pricing of prescription and general health items, ensuring revenue is directed back to each store, rather than to the corporate entity. Customers visiting the e-commerce site are required to select their local store before browsing and purchasing items or scheduling health checks or other services, and they can select whether to collect in store or have their order picked, packed and delivered by that local store. Since the Oracle Commerce deployment, Chemmart Pharmacy has tripled its average order size and seen an increase in purchases of higher value and non-prescription items. Chemmart Pharmacy attributes the sales increase to customers having access to a wider range of products online and a better understanding of item availability. In turn, this has resulted in significant adoption of Chemmart’s Click n’ Collect service, with forty-one percent of its customers choosing to fulfill purchases in this way. With work underway to incorporate mobile into the service offering early in 2015, Chemmart Pharmacy is extending its commitment to customers by delivering a comprehensive commerce anywhere experience. Chemmart Pharmacy chose Oracle due to its multi-store solution functionality, ability to handle complex legal and regulatory requirements for its franchise network, and the business site management capabilities, which are integrated in the solutions. Chemmart.com.au was successfully launched in April 2014 with support of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Gold level members Object Edge and HotHouse, as well as Temando and Intellipharm.Supporting Quotes “With the help of Oracle’s support and experience, we have been able to launch an e-commerce solution that aligns directly with our brand values,” said Andrew Vidler, general manager retail, Chemmart Pharmacy. “From a customer perspective, this local approach has the benefit of continuity of care and the convenience of choosing between home delivery or collecting the order at their local pharmacy.” “Oracle Commerce solutions have provided Chemmart with a strong start to its commerce anywhere journey, helping to ensure that each pharmacy can offer a truly multichannel brand experience and a seamless service,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail and Hospitality. Supporting Resources About Chemmart 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 and Proteus Integrate Proteus Digital Health Feedback System with Oracle Health Sciences InForm to Help Increase Clinical Trial Accuracy

Oracle Database News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:00
Oracle and Proteus Integrate Proteus Digital Health Feedback System with Oracle Health Sciences InForm to Help Increase Clinical Trial AccuracyOracle Health Sciences InForm electronic data capture platform utilizes Proteus solution, enabling greater accuracy in measuring medication adherence during clinical trialsRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 12, 2015News Summary

Highly engaged patients that consistently take their prescribed medications as directed are the cornerstone of a successful clinical trial. Researchers have long struggled to effectively and efficiently validate adherence—relying on an arduous and often inaccurate combination of self-reporting and lab tests. To help health sciences organizations more effectively track and manage the use of medication during clinical trials, Oracle has introduced Oracle Health Sciences InForm Medication Adherence Insights Cloud Service.

This solution not only enables clinical trial sponsors to automatically capture precise and timely data about medication adherence, it can also help accelerate insight about drug efficacy and safety and speed clinical trials, which can, in turn, increase trial success rates.

News Facts Oracle Health Sciences InForm Medication Adherence Insights Cloud Service is the first clinical trial data capture and management solution to automatically integrate adherence data from the Proteus Digital Health feedback system directly into an electronic data capture system. The platform helps researchers more accurately and efficiently track and manage the use of medication during clinical trials—a historically laborious and error-ridden process. The new solution automates data collection and captures accurate medication ingestion information. By providing direct and rapid validation of the quantity of medication a patient ingests and the time of ingestion, Oracle Health Sciences InForm Medication Adherence Insights Cloud Service can help health sciences organizations lower the risk of clinical trial failures by identifying medication adherence issues early, improving dosage decisions, and enhancing drug safety. The solution also helps accelerate trials and reduce costs by eliminating imprecise, time-consuming, and expensive manual processes for collecting adherence data, such as pill counts and patient questionnaires. This revolutionary solution resulted from Oracle’s strategic relationship with Proteus Digital Health. It combines the power of Oracle’s industry-leading clinical data capture and management system, Oracle Health Sciences InForm, with the Proteus Digital Health feedback system to create an innovative product that helps pharmaceutical developers accelerate time to market while reducing costs and improving safety. Supporting Quotes “Oracle Health Sciences InForm Medication Adherence Insights Cloud Service helps health sciences organizations effectively address two long-standing and complex challenges: measuring participant adherence to drug protocols and identifying the optimum dosing regimen for recommended use,” said Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “This groundbreaking solution—the direct result of a collaboration between Oracle and Proteus Digital Health—is a powerful example of how we can rapidly combine our industry-leading clinical trial data capture and management solutions with emerging technologies, such as digital pills, to help health sciences organizations transform the drug development and approval process.” “The medication adherence option uniquely addresses the most critical information in a clinical trial: ‘Did the patients use their medicine properly?’ Combining this powerful new data with the technology, analysis, and capabilities of Oracle Health Sciences creates a game-changing opportunity for drug development,” said Markus Christen, head of global development, Proteus Digital Health.Supporting Resources Oracle in Health Sciences Oracle Health Sciences InForm Medication Adherence Insights Cloud Service Oracle Health Sciences InForm Oracle Invests in Proteus Digital Health and Its FDA-Approved Ingestible Sensor Platform Follow Oracle Health Sciences on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube Proteus Digital Health, Inc. Follow Proteus Digital Health on TwitterAbout Oracle

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MySQL Workbench 6.2 Performance Reporting

Database Journal News - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 09:01

The MySQL Workbench introduced Performance Tools in version 6.1.0 and updated them further in version of 6.2. Rob Gravelle gives an overview of MySQL Workbench Performance reports.

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ByteDesigner version 2.3 is available

PostgreSQL News - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 01:00

NipData, the provider of data modeling, presentation and integration software, is very pleased to announce the release of ByteDesigner 2.3.

See the entire news here: http://www.nipdata.com/news/

ByteDesigner is the emerging enterprise tool for designing databases at all levels of an organization, using the same concepts found in tools costing thousands of dollars!

Its a powerful database design tool, with advanced SQL Editor, and support for all major RDBMS, that can design complex systems.

Online documentation is found here: http://www.nipdata.com/faq/byte-designer-manual.html

Supported platforms (13): Linux (Intel and PowerPC), Solaris(Intel and Sparc), Windows (Intel),
Mac OS X(Intel and PowerPC)
for both 32 and 64 bit.

Databases supported (9): Oracle, ODBC, SQL92, MySQL, PostgreSQL, DB2, FireBird, MS SQL, SQLBase

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Azure SQL Database Auditing

Database Journal News - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 16:37

While a diminished level of control is certainly a factor to consider when contemplating migration of on-premises systems to Microsoft Azure, especially when dealing with PaaS resources such as Azure SQL Database, you have a range of techniques at your disposal that allow you to control and monitor both the status of and access to your Azure-resident services. One of these techniques is SQL Database auditing.

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University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Transforms Talent Management Processes with Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud

Oracle Database News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:34
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Transforms Talent Management Processes with Oracle Human Capital Management CloudLeading Health Science Educator Improves Controls and Cuts Compensation Approval Time by 50 Percent with Oracle Talent Management CloudRedwood Shores, Calif. – January 7, 2015News Summary

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) educates more healthcare professionals than any other health-related institution in Texas. With a growing network of clinical and teaching hospitals, UTHealth needed to supplement its core human resources system with solutions to improve talent management and reduce manual processes. The institution implemented Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud to provide an easy-to-use system for employees, school administrators, the human resources department, and IT.

News Facts University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), the most comprehensive academic health science center in the UT system and home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, medicine, nursing, and public health, implemented Oracle Talent Management Cloud, part of Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, to help manage talent and compensation in conjunction with its core human resources system, Oracle’s PeopleSoft HCM. UTHealth needed to automate its manual merit recommendation and approval processes to make better use of the compensation team’s time, accelerate the approval process for workforce compensation, improve controls and visibility, and reduce manual processes, thereby saving time that could be directed to more strategic initiatives. The compensation team previously needed to reconcile approximately 100 spreadsheets to confirm employee eligibility for salary increases, and data entry typically took at least one month. To address these challenges, UTHealth implemented Oracle Talent Management Cloud, Oracle Compensation Cloud, and Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence. By using Oracle Talent Management Cloud for compensation, the team now can complete a compensation review cycle in as few as two weeks. In addition to reducing compensation approval cycle time, the Oracle HCM Cloud solutions enabled UTHealth to give school administrators higher levels of transparency into merit recommendations, which enabled them to make more informed compensation decisions. UTHealth plans to expand its use of Oracle Compensation Cloud for incentive plan management and implement Oracle Learn Cloud to help provide learning and development programs for its 5,000 employees. UTHealth worked with KBACE Technologies, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork, to implement Oracle HCM Cloud.Supporting Quotes “Our data entry team had to manually key in approximately 4,000 salary increase transactions into our existing Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications—with the entire process taking at least a month,” said Krishna Kadiyala, director, employee services and HR technology, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “Using Oracle HCM Cloud we are now able to automatically populate salary increase information into PeopleSoft HCM, thereby drastically cutting our manual processes, and improving the system for the entire organization, from senior administrators to our data entry team.” “We are committed to helping organizations such as UTHealth improve its processes so it can focus on its main goal of education,” said Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research, Oracle. “We look forward to continuing to work with UTHealth in its move to the cloud, creating a comprehensive talent management solution.”Supporting Resources Oracle in Higher Education Oracle HCM Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud Oracle Talent Management Cloud Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence for Oracle Talent Management Cloud Oracle Higher Education on Facebook Oracle Higher Education on Twitter Oracle Higher Education on LinkedIn Oracle Higher Education on YouTube Oracle Higher Education on Diigo Oracle HCM on Facebook Oracle HCM on Twitter Modern HR in the Cloud BlogAbout Oracle

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