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We Energies Deploys Oracle DataRaker to Enhance Customer Service, Improve Operational Efficiency, and Reduce Costs

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:08
We Energies Deploys Oracle DataRaker to Enhance Customer Service, Improve Operational Efficiency, and Reduce Costs

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—March 25, 2015— We Energies—which provides electrical service to areas of Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and natural gas and steam energy to areas of Wisconsin—is committed to ensuring the highest levels of customer satisfaction. After undertaking the rollout of a mass fixed automated meter reading (AMR) network that will provide daily reads on approximately 1.6 million endpoints, the utility deployed Oracle DataRaker to update its IT infrastructure and to help enable more-proactive identification and prevention of imprecise meter readings for an overall improved meter-to-bill process.

With Oracle DataRaker in place, We Energies reduced its break-to-fix time by using data analytics to quickly find metering issues and prioritize meter repairs.

“Using data analytics was a game changer for how we approach our work and allowed us to gain the greatest possible benefit from our metering investments. We increased efficiency, improved customer satisfaction, and avoided IT costs,” said Joan Shafer, senior vice president, Customer Services, We Energies.

“After undertaking its fixed AMR network rollout, We Energies wanted to ensure improved customer service. With Oracle DataRaker, the utility improved its meter-to-bill department processes by reducing costs and delays in identifying meter issues,” said Rodger Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Utilities.

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Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Chooses Oracle FLEXCUBE as its Core Banking Solution

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:06
Press Release Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Chooses Oracle FLEXCUBE as its Core Banking Solution Leading Cooperative Bank in India to transform operations and improve customer experience with Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—Mar 25, 2015

Dombivli Nagari Sahakari Bank Ltd. (DNS Bank), one of the leading scheduled urban cooperative banks in India, has chosen Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking to transform its banking operations. The deal was finalized in May, 2014, and DNS Bank expects to go live with a state-of-the-art system in 2015. With 42 branches spread across 13 districts of Maharashtra and a business mix of Rs 5,500 crore, DNS Bank has a plan to grow to more than Rs 15,000 crore with more than 100 branches by 2019.

By implementing a new-generation core banking solution based on Oracle FLEXCUBE, DNS Bank plans to optimize its operational efficiency, profitability, and growth. With Oracle FLEXCUBE, DNS Bank hopes to provide superior customer experience, faster delivery of new and agile products and services and secure, feature-rich banking channels such as mobile and internet banking. Oracle FLEXCUBE will provide DNS Bank with the ability to improve business intelligence and decision support, provide better cross-sell and up-sell opportunities and reduce operating costs with ease of IT management.

“We congratulate DNS Bank in taking this step ahead toward a greater customer centricity through technology. We are excited to work with the bank and to showcase Oracle FLEXCUBE’s capability to address the cooperative bank sector. With more than 500 institutions using Oracle FLEXCUBE across the world, we have proven our capability to meet the benchmarks of different banking segments, showcasing true flexibility and ability to execute successful transformations,” said Chet Kamat, senior vice president, Oracle Financial Services.

DNS Bank is the first cooperative bank in India to implement Oracle FLEXCUBE, replacing the bank’s existing legacy system. By taking advantage of FLEXCUBE’s module-based system , transaction-processing capabilities and process framework, DNS Bank will have the ability to standardize its operations, create a robust service-oriented architecture and to process a large number of transactions with high availability.

“DNS Bank believes that with technology, we can offer differentiated and customized services to our customers. Changing our core system to a modern core banking system such as Oracle FLEXCUBE is a huge step ahead in our evolution. We are pleased with the functionality that Oracle FLEXCUBE delivers, its modern architecture, and its adaptability to the requirements of a cooperative business model such as ours,” said Uday Karve, chairman, DNS Bank.

Contact Info Valerie Beaudett
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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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Debub Global Bank Deploys Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking to Underpin Ambitious Expansion Plans

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:05
Press Release Debub Global Bank Deploys Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking to Underpin Ambitious Expansion Plans Ethiopian bank adopts Oracle core banking with Oracle’s SPARC servers and Oracle’s StorageTek tape and SAN storage to support cross-channel ‘Anywhere Any Branch’ strategy

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—Mar 25, 2015

Recently established Debub Global Bank (DGB) has become the latest bank in Africa to select Oracle solutions to underpin their expansion plans. The bank will be deploying Oracle FLEXCUBE Universal Banking, Oracle’s SPARC T5-2 server, and Oracle’s StorageTek storage solutions" to achieve its vision of becoming best-in-class within Africa’s banking industry. The hardware and software solution provides the foundation on which DGB can roll out its “Anywhere, Any Branch” cross-channel strategy.

“With one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and the entry of ambitious players such as Debub Global Bank into the finance sector, Ethiopia has the potential to become established as a leading financial center in the region,” said Sonny Singh, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Financial Services. “By running Oracle FLEXCUBE on Oracle servers with Oracle StorageTek tape and SAN storage, DGB has a strong, scalable foundation to support its expansion plans and execute its ‘Anywhere, Any Branch’ strategy across channels.”

With Oracle FLEXCUBE, DGB will benefit from consolidated customer and product details across all banking departments. The combination of Oracle FLEXCUBE software with Oracle hardware will help the bank protect its data, reduce its operational costs and improve time to market as well as deliver a better customer experience with anywhere, anytime banking. Additionally, Oracle Solaris is ideally suited for the banking industry, with security features designed to easily meet and document compliance with industry standards obligations. Oracle FLEXCUBE supports payments, retail, small and medium-size enterprise loans, trade finance, and treasury offerings.

As part of the rollout, Oracle Consulting Services and BFSI Consulting, a Gold level member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, will assist DGB with its implementation.

"We now have a scalable and reliable foundation to realize our vision of becoming a best-in-class bank in Africa,” said Aman Semir, IT director and CBS project manager, Debub Global Bank S.C. “Debub Global Bank has transformed its legacy platform to improve the customer experience with faster time to market of new, tailored product offerings and drive exponential customer growth. Oracle’s products will continue to serve as the backbone of our bank’s IT infrastructure and system solutions.”

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Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation Selects Oracle Health Sciences Cloud Solutions as the IT Platform for Its 10-Year Clinical Study

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:01
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation Selects Oracle Health Sciences Cloud Solutions as the IT Platform for Its 10-Year Clinical Study

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC—March 25, 2015—Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the mission to reduce the impact of cancer, has selected Oracle’s Siebel Clinical Trial Management System and Oracle Health Sciences IRT as the IT platform for a comprehensive, 10-year clinical study, conducted in partnership with a tier-one pharmaceutical company and sponsored by Alliance Foundation Trials (AFT). The solutions will provide a proven platform for the decade-long study as well as future Alliance research initiatives.

“As part of our mission to reduce the impact of cancer, it is imperative that our clinical trials run as successfully and efficiently as possible. Going into a 10-year study, we need a proven, enterprise-scale clinical trial management infrastructure that we can count on today and into the future,” said Monica M. Bertagnolli MD, president, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation and chief executive officer, AFT. “Oracle Health Sciences applications provided a competitive solution.”

Siebel Clinical Trial Management System will help AFT ensure the efficiency and integrity of its studies, reducing risk while boosting research team productivity. The organization plans to create a centralized trial management database that provides users with the most relevant information based on their specific roles and responsibilities and is designed to speed access to critical data, improve monitoring and patient safety, and keep data secure. Users can also access the system via any browser from any device, further elevating productivity and the user experience.

The deployment of Oracle Health Sciences IRT is designed to enable AFT to more effectively manage patient randomization and global supply chains by extending interactive voice response (IVR) and interactive web response (IWR) systems. AFT also expects to gain the insight needed to change study parameters midstream while reducing service delivery and change-order costs, and looks to optimize the cost of event charges by leveraging the web in addition to the phone for capture.

AFT will benefit from the scalability, cost-effectiveness, and rapid deployment that cloud-based solutions deliver. It plans to leverage Oracle Health Sciences Cloud for Oracle Health Sciences IRT and a third-party cloud service provider for Siebel Clinical Trial Management System.

“Oracle is pleased to support AFT as it embarks on this important 10-year research study. Oracle Health Sciences solutions provide a highly reliable foundation that helps to drive efficient, effective, and insightful research. Our flexible cloud-based delivery options are designed to help AFT achieve faster time to deployment, lower cost of entry, and ready scalability when needed,” said Steve Rosenberg, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.

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About Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation

Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Foundation raises funds to help Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (part of the National Cancer Institute’s National Clinical Trials Network) answer important treatment questions through large-scale clinical trials. The foundation also conducts research in breast, lung, prostate, and bladder cancer that is supported by nonfederal sources through the limited liability entity Alliance Foundation Trials, LLC (AFT). Learn more about the Alliance.

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Boise State University Selects Oracle ERP Cloud to Transform Financial Processes and Reduce IT Complexity

Oracle Database News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 06:16

Oracle, The World's Largest Enterprise Software CompanyPress Release

Boise State University Selects Oracle ERP Cloud to Transform Financial Processes and Reduce IT Complexity

Cloud-based enterprise resource planning solution will help university modernize systems, enhance user experience, and deliver scalability to support future growth

ORACLE INDUSTRY CONNECT, WASHINGTON DC — March 25, 2015 Oracle today announced that Boise State University, a public research institution located in Boise, Idaho, selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud) to transform core financial processes and gain new agility to advance educational opportunities. By selecting Oracle’s cloud-based solution, the university will also eliminate the initial and ongoing costs of purchasing, building out, and modernizing hardware infrastructure—reducing its data center footprint and IT management burden while delivering scalability, reliability, and rapid time to value. Boise State will work with Oracle Consulting on the implementation.

Oracle ERP Cloud was chosen to help the university to achieve four important goals:

    § Automate and transform business processes across the entire ERP lifecycle including financial management and billing, procurement, grant management, project management and reporting to drive greater operational efficiency and organizational effectiveness.

    § Empower staff with information and critical insight when and where they need it

    § Reduce IT complexity and boost IT agility to meet rapidly changing needs

    § Improve total cost of IT ownership while ensuring scalability

In the first phase of the deployment, the university plans to roll out the system to more than 500 users—including finance team members, university administrators, and academic staff members. Oracle ERP Cloud, through its intuitive user interface as well as dashboard functionality, enables business users to access the financial and operational information they require without the need for IT team assistance, improving decision-making.

Boise State University, like many academic enterprises, found that its legacy on-premises ERP environment, which required ongoing investment as well as time-consuming and expensive upgrades, did not provide the agility the university required to keep pace with changing needs. As important, it prohibited the university from quickly adopting and benefiting from powerful new application functionality. With Oracle ERP Cloud, Boise State eliminates the direct and indirect costs associated with on-premises upgrades so it can benefit immediately from the latest features and advances, all while achieving scalability and reliability.

As part of the implementation, the university also looks to drive new levels of precision and transparency to grants management, a capability that is increasingly important as the organization rapidly expands its research and graduate programs.

“When we reviewed our options, Oracle ERP Cloud really stood out as a mature, reliable cloud solution in use across multiple industries. We are eager to experience the many benefits that Oracle ERP Cloud can deliver to our growing university, including greater agility to adapt to the rapidly changing dynamics in higher education and at our own institution. As we begin our move to Oracle Cloud, we are excited by the prospect that the savings from process improvements will more than offset the costs of the solution—all while delivering reliability and scalability and allowing us to benefit rapidly from the latest features and functionality,” said Jo Ellen Dinucci, associate vice president of finance and administration, Boise State University.

“The benefits of moving to a cloud based system are all there; reducing infrastructure costs, the opportunity to re-purpose staff to other needed areas, eliminating costly upgrades, keeping the system current, the ability to grow and scale as needed.” said Max Davis-Johnson, associate vice president/CIO, Boise State University.

“Boise State University is clearly demonstrating innovation at its best in the education and research industry by migrating to Oracle ERP Cloud,” said Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research, Oracle. “With this selection, the university can modernize its systems faster, with less effort and cost, and achieve rapid return on new services and applications. At the same time, it can benefit seamlessly from the most advanced functionality, while freeing IT team members to focus on projects that drive institutional innovation and excellence.”

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Oracle HCM World to Bring Together Executives, Global Leaders, and HR Experts to Discuss Modern HR Best Practices

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 17:18
Oracle HCM World to Bring Together Executives, Global Leaders, and HR Experts to Discuss Modern HR Best PracticesHR industry event will feature critical HR discussions, expert keynotes, customer case studies and networking opportunities

Redwood Shores, Calif. – March 24, 2015 – To help HR professionals find, grow and retain the best possible talent in an increasingly competitive and mobile business environment, Oracle will host its second Oracle HCM World in Washington, DC on March 25 – 27, 2015 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The conference will feature industry leaders to discuss critical HR topics and best practices, including workforce planning, recruiting, on-boarding, leadership development and training.

Oracle HCM World will help attendees address the most crucial challenges facing HR today by bringing together HR, talent management, business leaders, and industry influencers to share best practices and discuss how forward-thinking organizations are employing modern HR to transform their organizations. Attendees will also learn about the latest developments in workforce management, rewards and optimization as well as social sourcing, flexible learning, predictive insight, transformative decision-making and game-changing technologies.

Conference Highlights Include: Keynote address from Oracle CEO Mark Hurd and 66th Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Thursday, March 26 at 8:00 a.m. ET. During that keynote, Mark Hurd will share his thoughts on the digital workforce and Dr. Rice will discuss recent changes to the geopolitical landscape. Opening keynote from Cara Capretta, vice president, HCM Transformation, Oracle, and Bertrand Dussert, vice president, HCM Transformation, Oracle, to discuss the global trends impacting the HR function and modern HR best practices. Additional keynotes from Oracle executives, including Chris Leone, senior vice president, Oracle Applications Development; Oracle partners Accenture, PwC, and Deloitte Consulting LLP; and industry expert Dave Ulrich, professor of business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and partner at the RBL Group. More than 90 sessions, demos and keynotes in eight tracks including Social and Core Human Resources, Talent Acquisition, Modern HR, and HCM Mobile Cloud. Advice and best practices from cutting-edge Oracle HCM customers, including Ovation Brands, Concentrix, Compass Minerals, Inc., and Cox Enterprises. Customer appreciation event, “THE Bash at the Museum,” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery the evening of Thursday, March 26.

“Cloud, mobile and social technologies are changing every aspect of how a company engages with its workforce,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “In this time of digital disruption, relying on the most modern and comprehensive HCM capabilities is more crucial than ever. Oracle HCM World will help our customers ensure they keep pace with the latest HCM advancements in order to work collaboratively across the organization and attract and retain the best people.”

Additional Information Learn more about Oracle HCM World Register to attend Learn more about Oracle HCM by following us on Twitter and FacebookAbout Oracle

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Newfield Supports Employee Performance with Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle Database News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:00
Newfield Supports Employee Performance with Oracle HCM CloudIndependent oil and gas company adopts cloud-based solution to manage critical human resource functions

Redwood Shores, Calif. – March 23, 2015 – In the oil and gas industry, expedition into new areas and successful development of ongoing operations drive growth. To capitalize on such opportunities, Newfield Exploration Company, a business engaged in exploring and producing oil and gas, adopted Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud (Oracle HCM Cloud), which gives employees and managers access to HR data and helps them identify and work toward individual, team, and company goals.

To support business expansion around the globe, Newfield will leverage the mobile capabilities of Oracle HCM Cloud, part of Oracle Applications Cloud, to eventually focus its 1,500 employees on goals and objectives that add value for shareholders. Newfield has selected Oracle HCM Cloud Mobile as the mobile interface its employees will use when the company is ready to launch this new application, based on features such as usability, goal-tracking capabilities, and real-time speed of the native iPad application.

Oracle HCM Cloud has helped Newfield strengthen employee development and foster teamwork and collaboration. Full visibility into goals and progress in Oracle HCM Cloud helps motivate Newfield employees to perform to their potential. Newfield plans to use Oracle HCM Cloud Mobile to increase personal connections across the growing team by giving employees who travel to different offices instant access to shared employee profiles—including backgrounds, previous interactions, and photos.

Additionally, with seamless integration into its existing cloud-based HR solution, Newfield’s IT department spends little time on upgrades and maintenance and is able to focus on end-user delivery and adoption.

“Advanced technologies like Oracle HCM Cloud are critical to our success as a company that thrives on discovering and working in uncharted territories,” said Thomas Smouse, vice president of administration and human resources, Newfield Exploration Company. “With Oracle HCM Cloud, we are transforming the way we communicate our goals throughout the organization, creating a more transparent environment. The increased clarity around goals has led to better collaboration and more productive employees focused on common milestones, which inevitably results in better business outcomes.”

Additional Information Join Oracle on LinkedIn and follow @Oracle on Twitter Connect with Oracle HCM via blog, Twitter, and Facebook View the Newfield case study video Learn more about Oracle HCM Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud MobileAbout Oracle

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Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to Deliver Solutions up to 20 Times Faster at a 35 Percent Lower Total Cost of Ownership

Oracle Database News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:00
Epsilon Deploys Oracle Linux and Oracle VM to Deliver Solutions up to 20 Times Faster at a 35 Percent Lower Total Cost of OwnershipRedwood Shores, Calif. – March 23, 2014 News Summary

To meet the growing demands of its dynamic customer base, Epsilon, an all-encompassing global marketing company and a worldwide leader in creating connections between people and brands, needed a more flexible, cost-effective architecture to support its database and business intelligence offerings. With Oracle VM and Oracle Linux, Epsilon has significantly accelerated its service delivery while improving the resiliency of its infrastructure and reducing total cost of ownership. Epsilon can now rapidly provision high-performance, location-independent, elastic, and production-ready database and business intelligence environments for its customers—delivering these solutions up to 20 times faster than before.

News Facts To help reduce costs and improve operational efficiency, Epsilon deployed Oracle VM and Oracle Linux to run its database as a service (DBaaS) and business intelligence as a service (BIaaS) solutions. With more than 7,000 employees across 70 offices, Epsilon sought to deliver high-performance, elastic database and business intelligence environments while efficiently consolidating workloads and enhancing agility and speed for complex legacy applications. With its Oracle-based infrastructure, Epsilon has realized more than 35 percent savings in total cost of ownership. Epsilon selected Oracle VM because its design is focused on ensuring applications run well under virtualization, not just providing virtualization of the underlying hardware, which has helped to simplify provisioning of the multitier technology stack of databases and business intelligence solutions for its customers. Oracle VM’s prebuilt templates enable Epsilon to improve time-to-provisioning for its customers so they can rapidly deploy enterprise applications from test to production and simplify lifecycle management, resulting in increased customer loyalty. With Oracle VM, Epsilon can standardize its virtual machine images, which accelerates deployment times of Oracle Database 12c, Oracle Real Application Clusters, and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition and streamlines the company’s IT processes and operational efficiency. Oracle VM has also enabled Epsilon to dramatically improve workload consolidation, helping the company to meet aggressive, client-specific requirements without significant downtime for hardware and software maintenance. In addition, Epsilon uses Oracle Enterprise Manager to manage its Oracle-based infrastructure through a single interface, simplifying management and helping to ensure always-on availability for critical customer systems. Supporting Quote "With Oracle technology, we have been able to build both DBaaS and BIaaS solutions that deliver superior capabilities to meet our customers’ scalability and performance demands and enhance customer loyalty, while lowering our overall total cost of ownership,” said Monish Sharma D.Sc., vice president, Technology at Epsilon. Supporting Resources Oracle Virtualization Download Oracle VM software (terms, conditions, and restrictions apply) Oracle’s Virtualization Blog Oracle Linux Follow Oracle VM on Facebook and Twitter Epsilon About Epsilon

Epsilon is a global leader in creating connections between people and brands. An all-encompassing global marketing company, it harnesses the power of rich data and groundbreaking technologies, engaging creative and transformative ideas to get the results its clients require. Recognized by Ad Age as the #1 World CRM/Direct Marketing Network and #1 US Agency from All Disciplines, Epsilon employs more than 7,000 associates in 70 offices worldwide. Epsilon is an Alliance Data company. For more information, visit epsilon.com, follow us on Twitter @EpsilonMktg, or call 1.800.309.0505.

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Getting Started with Database Engine Tuning Advisor in SQL Server – Part 2

Database Journal News - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:01

Arshad Ali demonstrates how you can use the command line interface to tune SQL queries and how you can use SQL Server Profiler to capture the workload for tuning with Database Engine Tuning Advisor.

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Analyze DB2 spatial data with a free geobrowser

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 05:00
A geobrowser for DB2, Informix and Netezza is now available as a free download. You can easily list tables containing spatial data and select the tables to be displayed as a map using a combination of points, lines and polygons. The color, symbols, linestyle and shading are user selectable. Map navigation tools allow you to zoom in and out, pan the map and select and display the alphanumeric values associated with each graphic object. The geobrowser can render the results of spatial analysis using DB2, Informix or Netezza. Application developers can use these components to construct custom spatial visualization applications. This tutorial shows you step-by-step how to use the free geobrowser to visualize data from DB2 tables.
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Community Spotlight: Grant Fritchey, Red Gate Software

In honor of the upcoming PASS Business Analytics conference, we wanted to take some time to spotlight the great work happening in the SQL and BI communities across the world. The conference is focused on business analytics, but PASS offers many great community activities for SQL Server and beyond. Learn about the various local and digital opportunities to connect with the PASS community here.

Name: Grant Fritchey
Role: Product Evangelist, Red Gate Software
Location: Grafton, MA, USA

What is an exciting project that you’re working on right now?

I’m helping to build a set of classes to teach people how to automate their database deployments in support of Database Lifecycle Management. Development is moving faster and faster in order to keep up with the demands of business. Because of this, databases must also be deployed faster and faster. But, you still have to ensure the protection of the vital business information stored within your databases. In the class I’m working on, we’ll show you how to get your database into source control alongside your application and how to perform continuous integration with databases. We’re going to cover all sorts of mechanisms for automating database deployments and database testing in order to work Database Lifecycle Management right into your Application Lifecycle Management.

What are your current analytics and/or database challenges, and how are you solving?

The main challenges we have with databases are the same ones we’ve always had: performance and uptime. The thing is, we have blazing fast hardware these days. Or, if you’re looking at online solutions like Azure, we have very large VMs as well as methods for sharing across servers and databases. All this means that the underlying architectures of our database systems can perform very well. But, we still have to deal with the database design and the T-SQL code being run against the database. More and more we’re taking advantage of ORM tools such as Entity Framework, which really do speed up development. But, around 10% of the queries still need to be coded by hand in order to ensure adequate performance. Add to this the fact that we need to deploy all this while still ensuring up-time on the databases… Figuring out how to get adequate functionality in place without affecting up-time is tough work.

How does data help you do your job better?

Decisions on what to do with systems need to be based on information, not guesses. Data gathered about my systems shows me where I need to prioritize my work and directs choices on resource allocation.

What’s your favorite example of how data has provided an insight, a decision, or a shift in how business gets done?

Recently I found that I was seeing a serious “observer affect” in how I was collecting performance data. While tuning queries I was using STATISTICS IO and STATISTICS TIME. I normally do this all the time. As I was adjusting the code, I wasn’t seeing the kind of performance improvements I expected. In fact, some of my solutions seemed to be working even worse. I was a little surprised because I thought I was following a good methodology, and so I tried turning off all the STATISTICS capturing and just used Extended Events. Suddenly, the tuning started was working extremely well. I went back and experimented until I discovered that for some of my queries STATISTICS IO was actually impacting query execution, affecting both the time and the reads. Turning it off cleared the problem completely. I’ve now changed to using extended events most of the time in order to minimize, or eliminate, that issue. Best of all, I’m able to use these within Azure SQL Database as well as in my earthed servers.

What or who do you read, watch, or follow to help grow your data skills?

I go to SQLSkills.com over and over, sometimes multiple times in a day. It’s one of the single best resources for detailed SQL Server information. I also go to SQLServerCentral.com regularly to ask and answer questions. It’s a great resource for expanding your knowledge.

What’s your favorite SQL command and why?

RESTORE DATABASE: Because it has saved my job and the companies I’ve worked for so many times.

How does Azure help you protect your local databases?

There are a couple of ways you can use Azure to extend local capabilities. The first, and probably the easiest, is to use Azure Blob Storage as a means of ensuring that you have off-site storage of your backup files. You could pretty easily write a PowerShell script that copies your backups to Azure Storage. But, starting in SQL Server 2012, you can also issue a backup command to go straight to Azure Storage. Either way, you can be sure there’s a copy of your backups in case you suffer a catastrophic event locally.

Another way to extend your local capabilities to the cloud is to set up a virtual network. You can incorporate Azure Virtual Machines directly into your local network. Because of this, you can set up Availability Groups between Azure VMs and your local machines. This would enable you to have a failover setup to Azure, allowing for additional protection of your data and your systems.

Are there other ways Azure can be used in combination with local databases?

It’s my opinion that every developer should be using a local copy of SQL Server for their development. This is to allow them to experiment, learn, and, well, break stuff, without affecting anyone else. But, some laptops might be underpowered, or this could in some way violate a corporate policy. As a workaround, people can take advantage of the fact that SQL Database covers the vast majority of standard SQL Server functionality, at the database level. This makes it a great place to develop and test databases, especially if you’re already developing applications for Azure. You only need to keep the database around while you’re developing, and because you can keep the size small, the costs are extremely minimal.

Any other benefits for Azure in combination with local machines?

Tons. For one, expanded capacity. What if you need to get a lot more servers online quickly, but you’re hurting on disk space, or the servers are on back-order? Go back to that virtual network we talked about earlier. Set that up and now you can very quickly, even in an automated fashion through PowerShell, add SQL Server machines to your existing systems.

Another thing you could do, although this not something I’ve tried yet, is take advantage of the fact that in SQL Server 2014 you can actually add file groups that are in Azure Blob Storage. Do you need extra disks, right now, that you can’t get from the SAN team? Well, if you can afford a bit of latency, you can just expand immediately into Azure Storage. I’d certainly be cautious with this one, but it’s exciting to think about the expanded capabilities this offers for dealing with certain kinds of disk space emergencies.

Thanks for joining us, Grant!

Know someone doing cool work with data? Nominate them for a spotlight in the comments.

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Manage performance and administer DB2 databases using IBM Data Server Manager

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 05:00
IBM Data Server Manager is a new, integrated tool for managing performance and administering DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows databases. This tutorial starts with a brief introduction of Data Server Manager and a high-level explanation of the quick up-and-running process. The majority shows how Eric, a database administrator (DBA), can use Data Server Manager to investigate a statement performance alert. From start to finish, Eric uses one tool to learn about the alert, investigate the statement performance, review configuration changes, tune the statement, and review and implement the recommendations.
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Thomas LaRock Invites You to Attend the PASS Business Analytics Conference 2015

This is a guest blog post from Thomas LaRock, the President of PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server)

It’s no secret that the role of data in the IT industry, in business, and in the world at large is changing at a rapid pace. As technology continues to become a more integrated and integral part of our lives the value of data continues to rise.

At PASS we have a 16-year history of empowering IT professionals who use Microsoft data technologies. The SQL Server community is the largest and most engaged group of data pros in the world. PASS volunteers and the PASS Board of Directors work together to help the PASS community succeed in connecting, sharing, and learning from one another. A big part of that effort is keeping an eye on the future of the data profession.

What we see is that data analytics is the next frontier for professionals passionate about data. The growth of Big (and Little) Data, the advent of cloud computing, and advances in machine learning are all areas that present challenges for our community. Data analysts, data scientists, and line-of-business managers are in high demand as organizations realize the potential of collecting and understanding the wealth of information that is available from a variety of sources.

PASS is dedicated to helping our members harness the technologies, skills, and networks that are the foundation of solid and successful careers. We believe that keeping up with industry advances is a vital skill for all data professionals. Setting and achieving new goals as well as learning new ways of working with data is a must.

Whether you’re coming from a background in SQL Server, business intelligence, or social media there are specific cornerstones of turning all this data into something that can benefit your organization. We call this the “analyst’s journey.”

One such cornerstone is data discovery and integration. We want our members to be aware of the latest technologies in collecting, modeling, and preparing data for analysis. Next is data analysis and interpretation. We want to help our members understand the techniques and tools that enable sophisticated analysis, prediction, and optimization. Then there’s visualization: the creative side of things, where we get into report and dashboard design.

As with any career another key skillset is communication. The people who analyze and work with data are in the best position to help gain executive buy-in for data-driven business decisions. For years PASS has been the leader in helping data professionals improve their communication and soft skills.

One way in which we’re reaching out to those who want to learn more about analytics is the PASS Business Analytics Conference. This premiere event brings together a stellar lineup of business and analytics speakers including our keynote speakers Carlo Ratti and BI Brainz founder Mico Yuk. We have created a series of webinars and a Meet the Expert interview series to give people an idea of what the conference will offer. We also have replays from last year’s conference, and we have hours of training available through our Virtual Chapters.

We’re excited about data and analytics and we’re hearing from more and more SQL Server pros who share that excitement.

It’s a wonderful time to be a data professional.

See you in Santa Clara!

Thomas LaRock

President, PASS

PASSBAConference.com

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TOTAL REVENUE UNCHANGED AT $9.3 BILLION BUT UP 6% IN CONSTANT CURRENCY

Oracle Database News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 21:51
TOTAL REVENUE UNCHANGED AT $9.3 BILLION BUT UP 6% IN CONSTANT CURRENCYTotal SaaS, PaaS and IaaS Cloud Revenue Up 29% to $527 Million and Up 33% in Constant CurrencyREDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – March 17, 2015

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that fiscal 2015 Q3 Total Revenues were unchanged at $9.3 billion. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies had a significant impact on results in the quarter. Without the strengthening of the U.S. dollar, Total Revenues would have been up 6% as measured in constant currency. Software and Cloud Revenues were up 1% to $7.2 billion, and up 7% in constant currency. Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) grew 30% to $372 million, and grew 34% in constant currency. Hardware Systems Revenues were down 2% to $1.3 billion, but were up 5% in constant currency.

GAAP Operating Income was down 5% to $3.4 billion, and the GAAP operating margin was 36%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was down 4% to $4.2 billion, and the non-GAAP operating margin was 45%. Without the impact of the U.S. dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies, GAAP Operating Income would have been up 4% and the operating margin would have been 37%, while non-GAAP Operating Income would have been up 4% and the operating margin would have been 46%. GAAP Net Income was down 3% to $2.5 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was down 1% to $3.1 billion. In constant currency, both GAAP and non-GAAP Net Income were up 7%. GAAP Earnings Per Share was $0.56, down 1%, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was $0.68, unchanged from last year. In constant currency, both GAAP and non-GAAP Earnings Per Share would have been up 9%.

Short-term Deferred revenue was $6.4 billion, up 6% in constant currency compared with a year ago. Operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was $14.5 billion.

“We beat the midpoint of my constant currency guidance on every single financial metric this past quarter,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “EPS was up 9%, Total Revenue was up 6%, Hardware Revenues were up 5%, Software and Cloud revenues were up 7%, and Total Cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS revenues were up 33%. Once you normalize for exchange rates, it was a very strong growth quarter for us.”

“In Q3, we sold nearly $200 million of new SaaS and PaaS business as measured in annual recurring revenue,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “In Q4, we expect to sell over $300 million of new SaaS and PaaS annual recurring revenue. That means we have a real chance to sell more SaaS and PaaS new business this coming quarter than any other cloud services provider. I think our hyper-growth in the cloud comes as a big surprise to a lot of people.”

“We are well on our way to selling over $1 billion of new SaaS and PaaS business in calendar 2015,” said Oracle Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison. “Salesforce.com has announced that it also expects to add about $1 billion of new SaaS and PaaS business this year. So it’s going to be a close race who sells more in the cloud this year, us or them. Stay tuned.”

Oracle also announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share of outstanding common stock, reflecting a 25% increase over the current quarterly dividend of $0.12. Larry Ellison, Oracle’s Chairman of the Board, Chief Technology Officer and largest stockholder, did not participate in the deliberation or the vote on this matter. This increased dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on April 7, 2015, with a payment date of April 28, 2015.

Q3 Fiscal 2015 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (816) 287-5563, Passcode: 425392. To access the live webcast of this event, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q3 results and Fiscal 2015 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Pass Code: 2334187.


About Oracle

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Statements in this press release relating to Oracle's future plans, expectations, beliefs, intentions and prospects, including statements regarding our expectations of future revenues from our SaaS and PaaS business and the competitive landscape for such business, 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, 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) 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. (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) 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. 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 March 17, 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
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deborah.hellinger@oracle.com

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PostgresOpen 2015 in Dallas - Call For Papers!

PostgreSQL News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:00

The Call For Papers for PostgresOpen 2015, being held in Dallas, Texas from September 16th to 18th, is now open!

If you are working with PostgreSQL, please visit and submit a talk!

We're looking for presentations on any topic related to PostgreSQL including, but not limited to, case studies, experiences, tools and utilities, migration stories, existing features, new feature development, benchmarks, performance tuning, and more!

We look forward to bringing the best PostgreSQL presentations and tutorials from speakers around the world to the first multi-day PostgreSQL conference in Texas!

Anyone and everyone in the PostgreSQL community is encouraged to submit a talk. Talks will be accepted up until May 17th, Anywhere on Earth (AoE), also known as: 2015-05-17 23:59:59-12:00.

Speakers will be notified by June 1, 2015 AoE, with the schedule to be published once selected speakers have confirmed.

Early Bird registration for PostgresOpen 2015 will start on May 4th.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Dallas!

Any questions? Please contact: program2015@postgresopen.org.

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Registration for PGConf US 2015 Closing Soon. Very Soon.

PostgreSQL News - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 01:00

If you've waited until the last minute to come to PGConf US 2015, that minute has arrived.

In only a week, registration will be closed for PGConf US 2015. PGConf US 2015 is taking place from March 25 - 27 and the New York Marriott Downtown in New York City, and is hosted by the United States PostgreSQL Association.

If you have not already, we invite you to review our schedule at http://www.pgconf.us/2015/schedule/. This year we have 4 tracks of talks, including a track focusing just on PostGIS and its applications.

We could not produce PGConf US 2015 without the generous support of our sponsors, including our platinum sponsors EnterpriseDB, 2ndQuadrant, and Citus Data, and our gold sponsors Amazon Web Services and Airfacts.

We hope to see you in a week!

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Actian and Attivio OEM Agreement Accelerates Big Data Business Value by Integrating Big Content

Actian Corporation (Ingres) Press Releases - Wed, 11/13/2013 - 14:03
Attivio AIE® integration into the Actian ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform delivers unmatched performance and insights at fraction of big stack vendor cost

Newton, MA and Redwood City, CA – November 13, 2013 Attivio, creator of the award-winning Active Intelligence Engine (AIE®) and Actian, a leader in next-generation big data analytics, today announced a strategic OEM agreement. The agreement gives Actian customers the power to integrate and correlate human-generated, unstructured content sources with their structured data analytics to dramatically increase the return on their information assets.

Actian’s ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform accelerates analytic performance and enables rapid deployment of highly targeted analytics for critical initiatives including customer segmentation, fraud prevention, risk avoidance and digital marketing optimization. The addition of Attivio AIE’s ability to include Big Content sources – social media, blog posts, email, research documents, SEC filings, insurance reports, legal depositions, open-ended survey responses and more – completes the Big Data analytics picture to greatly improve its impact and value.

With its patented query-time JOIN technology, Attivio AIE delivers unrivaled access to information from internal and external human-created information, so customers can integrate, correlate, access and analyze all of their assets, regardless of format. As a result, business users gain new, real-time business insights that help build revenue, cut costs, increase competitiveness and manage risk — insights that might otherwise go undiscovered.

“Big Content has become a vital piece in the Big Data puzzle,” said David Schubmehl, Research Director, IDC. “The majority of enterprise information created today is human-generated, but legacy systems have traditionally required processing structured data and unstructured content separately. The addition of Attivio AIE to Actian ParAccel provides an extremely cost-effective option that delivers impressive performance and value.”

“Through this alliance with Attivio, our customers now have access to all internal and external sources of unstructured content, solidifying our leadership position in the Big Data space,” said Fred Gallagher, VP Strategic Business for Actian. “With Attivio, we are giving customers more options and making this technology accessible to companies who recognize the value of innovation that is simply not available from legacy big stack vendors who typically impose expensive, long-term contracts, inflexible technology and long deployment times.” “Actian ParAccel delivers high-performance analytics on massive amounts of data,” said Sid Probstein, CTO at Attivio. “Being able to access and analyze outside sources from social media to any and all types of human-created content provides a complete and detailed view of customers and their requirements. It advances the entire field of BI and analytics.”

For more information about the Actian alliance and the Attivio Partner Network, please contact partners@attivio.com.

About Attivio

Attivio’s unified information access platform, the Active Intelligence Engine® (AIE®), redefines the business impact of our customers’ information assets, so they can quickly seize opportunities, solve critical challenges and fulfill their strategic vision.

Attivio integrates and correlates disparate silos of structured data and unstructured content in ways never before possible. Offering both intuitive search capabilities and the power of SQL, AIE seamlessly integrates with existing BI and big data tools to reveal insight that matters, through the access method that best suits each user’s technical skills and priorities. Please visit us at www.attivio.com.

Attivio and Active Intelligence Engine are trademarks of Attivio, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective companies.

About Actian: Take Action on Big Data

Actian powers the action-driven enterprise in the Age of Data, delivering rapid time to analytic value with a modular approach that connects data assets behind the scenes, enables unconstrained analytics and scales almost without limits. The Actian DataCloud Integration and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms help organizations leverage data assets for competitive advantage, delivering highly parallelized software that fully exploits modern chip, core and cluster infrastructures. Its scalable solutions deliver powerful business results for industry innovators. Actian serves tens of thousands of users worldwide and is headquartered in Redwood City, California. Stay connected with Actian Corporation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Actian, DataCloud, ParAccel, Action Apps, Ingres, RushAnalytics, Versant and Vectorwise are trademarks of Actian Corporation and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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Actian to Present at the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2013

Actian Corporation (Ingres) Press Releases - Mon, 10/28/2013 - 19:00

Redwood City, Calif. – October 28, 2013 — – Steve Shine, CEO and President of Actian Corporation (“Actian”), a next-generation leader in big data analytics, will present during the NASSCOM® Product Conclave 2013 – The Community Meet-up of Doers Who Share! event, held Oct. 28-30 at Vivanta by Taj – Yeshwantpur in Bangalore, India.

During the Opportunities in Big Data session, which takes place Oct. 30 at 2:00-2:30 p.m. IST in the Aura room, Shine will discuss the various opportunities presented by big data, as well as new areas of innovation for startups trying to effect meaningful competitive differentiation through analytics on big data.

Actian has a strong presence in India, helping companies like Future Group, Mahindra Comviva and ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corporation, harness the power of big data analytics to predict business trends, increase customer retention and gain a competitive advantage.

For more information on the NASSCOM Product Conclave 2013, please visit http://productconclave.nasscom.in/.

About Actian: Take Action on Big Data

Actian powers the action-driven enterprise in the Age of Data, delivering rapid time to analytic value with a modular approach that connects data assets behind the scenes, enables unconstrained analytics and scales almost without limits. The Actian DataCloud Integration and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms help organizations leverage data assets for competitive advantage, delivering highly parallelized software that fully exploits modern chip, core and cluster infrastructures. Its scalable solutions deliver powerful business results for industry innovators. Actian serves tens of thousands of users worldwide and is headquartered in Redwood City, California. Stay connected with Actian Corporation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Actian, DataCloud, ParAccel, Action Apps, Ingres, RushAnalytics, Versant and Vectorwise are trademarks of Actian Corporation and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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Actian Teams with Hortonworks to Deliver Reference Architecture that Addresses Most Vexing Hadoop Challenges for Enterprises

Actian Corporation (Ingres) Press Releases - Fri, 10/25/2013 - 03:51

Sand Hill research pinpoints Hadoop adoption hurdles at each phase of maturity cycle

Redwood City, Calif. – October 24, 2013 Actian Corporation (“Actian”), a next-generation leader in big data analytics, has further integrated its ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform on the Hortonworks Data Platform to address top Hadoop adoption hurdles of data extraction challenges, design-time friction and poor run-time performance.

The deep integration of Actian’s ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform on the Hortonworks Data Platform enables high-performance analytics without constraints, simplifies the delivery of data services for entire ecosystems of users, and significantly lowers the total cost of ownership for the modern data platform. By utilizing the new Hortonworks/Actian reference architecture, users can experience quicker time to analytic value by:

  • Easily moving data to and from Hadoop: Users can easily extract data from Hadoop and enrich it seamlessly from within the ParAccel Platform.
  • Eliminating design-time friction: ParAccel Dataflow’s easy-to-use drag-and-drop development capabilities negate the need for complex MapReduce coding or parallel programming.
  • Improving performance: Actian is Hortonworks Data Platform 2.0 and YARN certified, giving users the ability to leverage ParAccel Dataflow for the enhanced performance of pipeline parallelism alongside their existing MapReduce jobs.

Sand Hill Group recently surveyed Hadoop users, primarily data architects and CIOs, to assess their level of maturity in Hadoop adoption and the top challenges they face. For 46.7 percent of respondents, the top challenge was knowledge and experience with the Hadoop platform, while 20.7 percent cited availability of Hadoop and Big Data skills and 6.7 percent struggled with the amount of technology development and engineering required to implement a Hadoop-based solution. Actian’s and Hortonworks’ joint reference architecture tackles these key challenges head-on.

“Hadoop is the clear winner for enterprises that seek to drive transformational, actionable business insights from their big data,” said Mike Hoskins, chief technology officer of Actian Corporation. “For all its power, Hadoop still presents significant barriers to enterprise-scale adoption. The combined Actian-Hortonworks solution overcomes challenges around MapReduce skills shortages, design-time friction and run-time performance to elevate Hadoop to true enterprise readiness. Actian has many global clients delivering groundbreaking big data projects. For nearly all of these, Hadoop is a central building block. The collaboration between Hortonworks and Actian provides a huge boost for performance, productivity and access to rich big data functionality, which helps increase adoption of Hadoop. For our mutual customers it boils down to faster time to value – in the end, that’s what really counts.”

“We have collaborated closely with Actian on the reference architecture for the ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platform and the Hortonworks Data Platform,” said Ari Zilka, chief technology officer of Hortonworks. “When used together, these products allow users to rapidly and effectively deploy high-performance Hadoop applications for scenarios ranging from archiving, ETL and operational applications to advanced analytics, including predictive analytics. By working together we are excited to help forward-thinking architects and CIOs successfully design and implement incredibly high-performing, hard-hitting big data applications with proven best practices, robust and secure architecture, and unmatched technology capabilities.”

“Design and implementation of next-generation big data integration processes can be a daunting leap for BI professionals who are used to classic ETL technology,” said Steve Miller, president and co-founder of OpenBI. “Actian’s approach – providing a visual data programming technology that executes natively in cluster – will increase productivity while opening up big data analytics programming to a much broader set of professionals.”

“Our research findings offer compelling insights into friction points on the march to harnessing Hadoop to unlock big data analytics value for the enterprise,” says M.R. Rangaswami, co-founder and managing director of Sand Hill Group. "With more than 35 percent of respondents indicating that the results of their Hadoop/Big Data initiatives were less than they expected, the market is ripe for more easy-to-use, easy-to-implement solutions on Hadoop such as Actian's analytics and ETL offerings.”

Hoskins and Zilka will jointly present at Strata + Hadoop World 2013 on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 1:45 p.m. EDT. In addition, both Actian and Hortonworks will provide hands-on demonstrations of the reference architecture at their Strata booths, #108 and #306, respectively.

About Actian: Take Action on Big Data
Actian powers the action-driven enterprise in the Age of Data, delivering rapid time to analytic value with a modular approach that connects data assets behind the scenes, enables unconstrained analytics and scales almost without limits. The Actian DataCloud integration and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms help organizations leverage data assets for competitive advantage, delivering highly parallelized software that fully exploits modern chip, core and cluster infrastructures. Actian serves tens of thousands of users worldwide and is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif. with offices in Austin, New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, New Delhi and Melbourne. Stay connected with Actian Corporation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Actian, Actian DataCloud, ParAccel, Action Apps, Ingres, Versant and Vectorwise are trademarks of Actian Corporation and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

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Actian Appoints New CMO and SVP of Business Development to Accelerate the Transformation of the Big Data Marketplace

Actian Corporation (Ingres) Press Releases - Thu, 10/24/2013 - 19:00

Ashish Gupta, Former Microsoft and Vidyo executive, is poised to redefine the data analytics marketplace by creating new opportunities not addressed by aging stack players

Redwood City, Calif. – October 24, 2013 — – Actian Corporation (“Actian”), a next-generation leader in big data analytics and cloud integration, has appointed Ashish Gupta as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of business development.

“We have very systematically evolved our business so that we have a very powerful engine for the market’s transition to the Age of Data,” said Steve Shine, chief executive officer of Actian Corporation. “Ashish Gupta brings the go-to-market experience to ensure that we build our base in big data analytics and cloud integration. More importantly, he has the strategic vision to work with the team to entirely redefine these markets as we leapfrog legacy stack players.”

Gupta brings a passion and track record for challenging established companies saddled with legacy approaches, often caught in the Innovator’s Dilemma, by exploiting disruptive technologies and creative marketing strategies to rapidly scale the new entrant’s business and open new markets not addressed by incumbents. He joins Actian from Vidyo, a video conferencing provider, where he served as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of corporate development. Under his leadership, Vidyo experienced significant growth, formed key strategic partnerships and built a leading brand in the industry – challenging the leaders of a 30-year-old industry. Prior to Vidyo, Gupta held various executive roles within the Microsoft Office Division where he led marketing, sales and business development teams for Microsoft’s Unified Communications Group, competing with established PBX vendors to create a leadership position for Microsoft Lync in the communications and collaboration market. Gupta has also served in executive roles at Alcatel/Genesys Telecommunications, Deloitte Consulting, Covad and Hewlett-Packard.

“Severe market disruption happens when innovative technologies materially shift an industry’s fulcrum to create new business approaches and markets,” said Gupta. “Actian’s portfolio has proven to be such a force in the industry by enabling next-generation analytical solutions and invisible integration for thousands of customers that use data to create sustainable competitive advantage. I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the company’s fast growth and market leadership.”

About Actian: Take Action on Big Data

Actian powers the action-driven enterprise in the Age of Data, delivering rapid time to analytic value with a modular approach that connects data assets behind the scenes, enables unconstrained analytics and scales almost without limits. The Actian DataCloud Integration and ParAccel Big Data Analytics Platforms help organizations leverage data assets for competitive advantage, delivering highly parallelized software that fully exploits modern chip, core and cluster infrastructures. Its scalable solutions deliver powerful business results for industry innovators. Actian serves tens of thousands of users worldwide and is headquartered in Redwood City, California. Stay connected with Actian Corporation on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Actian, DataCloud, ParAccel, Action Apps, Ingres, RushAnalytics, Versant and Vectorwise are trademarks of Actian Corporation and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

Categories: Database, Vendor