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Oracle Completes Acquisition of MICROS Systems

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:57
Oracle Completes Acquisition of MICROS SystemsRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 8, 2014

The combination of Oracle and MICROS will help Hotels, Food & Beverage (F&B) and Retail companies transform their businesses and compete more effectively in today’s environment. Oracle will continue its highly successful dedicated business unit model with MICROS by creating a new Hospitality Global Business Unit focused on the Hotel and F&B industry. This new unit will be led by Mike Webster, Oracle’s existing head of the Oracle Retail Global Business Unit.

“Together, Oracle and MICROS will help Hospitality and Retail companies 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 GM, Oracle Retail and Hospitality. “Our customers will appreciate our deep domain expertise across both Retail and Hospitality as we deliver mission-critical solutions to solve our customers’ most important business initiatives.”

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

Supporting Resources About Oracle and MICROS General Presentation Customer and Partner Letter FAQAbout Oracle

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

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

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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

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

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

Contact Info

Deborah Hellinger
Oracle Corporate Communications
+1.212. 508.7935
deborah.hellinger@oracle.com

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

  
Categories: Database, Vendor

Oracle Executive Keynotes to Address Complexity, Cost, Cloud, and Transformational Technologies at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 21:35
Oracle Executive Keynotes to Address Complexity, Cost, Cloud, and Transformational Technologies at Oracle OpenWorld 2014REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – September 8, 2014News Summary

Customers are taking advantage of modern technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and engineered systems to transform their businesses into real-time, customer-centric enterprises - reducing costs and generating fast insights, opportunities, and processes that help them innovate, differentiate and lead in their respective markets.

At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, visionary Oracle executives, customers, and partners will take the main stage to discuss how these technologies are having an impact on businesses globally, enabling them to transform IT and change the equation from complexity to innovation. The conference runs September 28 through October 2 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.

News Facts Oracle today announced the Oracle executive keynote lineup for Oracle OpenWorld 2014. The Oracle OpenWorld main stage conversation will take place over four days with visionary thought leaders from Oracle, examining the key trends and topics affecting business globally and discussing how technology is transforming IT from a complex and costly cost center to business innovation. The Oracle executives will be joined by leading customers and partners to discuss important business trends and transformational technology, including cloud computing; engineered systems; overcoming cost and complexity; the rise of social, mobile, and customer sophistication; and digital disruption on a global scale. Join the conversation. In the weeks leading to Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle President Mark Hurd will kick off the conversation with a series of videos that give a preview of his talk. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #OOW14.  Oracle OpenWorld 2014 takes place September 28 through October 2, 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.Oracle Executive Keynote LineupSunday, September 28 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D Oracle OpenWorld Opening Keynote

    Larry Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

Monday, September 29 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “The Business Value of the Cloud”

    Oracle President Mark Hurd will kick off the first full day of Oracle OpenWorld with a discussion addressing how winning companies are embracing technology, including cloud, engineered systems, and analytics, to reduce cost and complexity and create an effective modern enterprise that delivers great experiences to both employees and customers. Executives from dunnhumby, Pearson, Procter & Gamble, Tesco, Walgreens, Xerox, and other leading companies will join the conversation to share their success stories.

Tuesday, September 30 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “The Full Dimension of Cloud Services for the Modern Enterprise”

    Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle, will share how the cloud – from SaaS to PaaS to IaaS, to new offerings such as Data as a Service – changes everything and can turn IT from a cost center into a hub of innovation, growth, and customer insights.

Tuesday, September 30 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D CEO Keynote

    Larry Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, Oracle

Wednesday, October 1 | 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D “The Real Time Enterprise”

    John Fowler, executive vice president of systems at Oracle, will discuss how real-time enterprises, fully enabled by the latest cloud, database, and high-performance engineered systems technology, can achieve a continuous real-time view of customers, always-reconciled financials, deep instant analytics, and always-ready services for mobile and numerous other innovations.  

Supporting Resources Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Join us for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 San Francisco.  Register to attend. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Keynotes Like Oracle OpenWorld on Facebook Follow Oracle OpenWorld on Twitter Oracle OpenWorld Blog Oracle OpenWorld on LinkedInAbout Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco is the most important business and technology conference of the year for Oracle customers, prospective customers, and partners. This educational conference is dedicated to helping businesses optimize existing systems and understand upcoming industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. Oracle OpenWorld offers more than 2,500 educational sessions, hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, and exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world showcasing applications, middleware, database, server and storage systems, industries, management, cloud, and infrastructure solutions – all engineered for innovation. Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is September 28 – October 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more live, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on TwitterFacebook, and the Oracle OpenWorld blog.

About Oracle

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

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

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

Kristin Reeves
Blanc & Otus
+1.415.856.5145
Kristin.reeves@blancandotus.com

Categories: Database, Vendor

University of California, Berkeley Supports Research Program Growth with Modern Financial Platform from Oracle

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 14:16
University of California, Berkeley Supports Research Program Growth with Modern Financial Platform from OracleRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 8, 2014News Summary

The University of California, Berkeley upgraded to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and implemented Oracle’s PeopleSoft Grants to achieve greater visibility into collections and spending. The new platform will help the university accurately prepare for continued growth in research programs while enabling faculty researchers to plan more effectively and improve program performance.

News Facts The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), US News & World Report’s top-ranked public university in 2014, upgraded its financial management system to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and implemented PeopleSoft Grants, PeopleSoft Contracts, and PeopleSoft Project Costing to significantly improve and automate business processes that support its research initiatives. The PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade uses a modern user interface that improves user interactions and workflow processes, helping to streamline the deployment of the grants, contracts, and project costing applications. The upgrade included 30 functional enhancements and reduced customizations by more than 20 percent, thereby cutting the cost and complexity of future upgrades. Huron Consulting Group, a Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), partnered with UC Berkeley throughout the implementation and completed the upgrade work stream of the project under budget and three weeks ahead of schedule. With the upgrade completed, UC Berkeley deployed PeopleSoft Grants in July 2014 to achieve better integration with PeopleSoft Financials, enabling faculty researchers and administrators to track grant award milestones, monitor spending and expenses to ensure they stay within billing limits, meet sponsor reporting deadlines, and accelerate invoicing for a system that managed more than $700 million in research funding in 2012-2013. UC Berkeley plans to add functionality through 2015, including new user interface enhancements, an integrated student system designed to deliver a single source of student data, and improved data for the university’s business intelligence initiative. Supporting Quotes “Through our upgrade to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and implementation of PeopleSoft Grants, UC Berkeley achieved significant user experience improvements,” said Delphine Regalia, assistant vice chancellor and controller, UC Berkeley. “The intuitive interface allows for easier navigation, providing finance department users and researchers with access to focused content that helps them perform their jobs more efficiently. The upgrade project team worked closely with Huron Consulting Group and Oracle to significantly reduce customizations by taking advantage of new features in 9.2. This can lower the cost of ownership by reducing the in-house maintenance effort and the test cycle times required to stay up to date with current releases.” “We are delighted to work with UC Berkeley to simplify its administrative processes so it can focus on its core education and research objectives,” said Cole Clark, global vice president of education and research, Oracle. “As a leading academic and research institution, UC Berkeley was focused on deploying a more integrated financial management system and taking advantage of the latest functionality available from Oracle. We enjoyed working with the team at Berkeley to complete the upgrade and implementation of PeopleSoft Grants and deliver significant process and system improvements for the campus,” said Jason Moebius, managing director, Huron Consulting Group.Supporting Resources Oracle in Higher Education Oracle’s PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 PeopleSoft Grants PeopleSoft Contracts PeopleSoft Project Costing 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 About Oracle

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

Trademarks

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

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Contacts:

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

Categories: Database, Vendor

New Oracle Value Chain Execution Application Increases Supply Chain Visibility and Improves Operational Efficiency for Yard and Service Facilities

Oracle Database News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 13:00
Oracle Value Chain Execution Application Improves Supply Chain Visibility and Operational Efficiency for Yard and Service Facilities Oracle Yard Management Manages and Tracks the Flow of Trailers and Their Contents for Improved Order Fulfillment and Logistics OperationsRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 8, 2014News Summary

As the supply chain becomes more complex, visibility and control between transportation and warehouse management systems has become critical for many businesses. Distribution center yards are often the missing link to achieving the required visibility and control. To connect these two systems and extend supply chain visibility and process automation to the yard, Oracle is introducing Oracle Yard Management, an extension to the Oracle Value Chain Execution suite of applications. This new offering helps organizations provide continuous control of their distribution material flow to improve order fulfillment and logistics operations.

News Facts To address the complexities of enterprise supply chains, Oracle is extending its Oracle Value Chain Execution solution with Oracle Yard Management. Part of the Oracle E-Business Suite Supply Chain Management family of applications, Oracle Yard Management manages and tracks the flow of trailers and their contents into, within, and out of the yards of distribution centers, production campuses, transportation terminals, and other facilities. Oracle Yard Management enables manufacturing, distribution, and asset-intensive organizations to improve order fulfillment and logistics operations by extending supply chain visibility and process automation into the yard. To deliver organizations with solutions that scale to meet their business objectives, Oracle Yard Management is designed for use by companies with larger facilities using Oracle Warehouse Management as well as smaller facilities using Oracle Inventory Management. Increase Supply Chain Visibility and Process Automation With Oracle Yard Management customers can: Coordinate and manage yard transactions: Execute, track and audit yard transactions including gate check-in and check-out, trailer movements, sealing and unsealing of trailers, and loading and unloading of trailers. Automate yard transactions: Use mobile RF devices or integrate to RFID solutions Expand logistics visibility: Gain visibility to both trailers and their contents as soon as they are checked into the facility and quickly locate trailers in the yard. Schedule dock appointments: Schedule directly within Oracle Yard Management or use carrier appointments collaboratively scheduled in Oracle Transportation Management. Synchronize yard, warehousing, and transportation operations: Synchronize activities inside and outside the dock, such as loading trailers based on the optimized shipment load sequencing recommended by Oracle Transportation Management. Oracle Yard Management provides the following key customer benefits: Accelerates warehouse throughput with more efficient dock operations. Increases visibility of trailers and their contents in the yard. Improves operational efficiency for yard and service facilities. Reduces detention costs of holding trailers.Supporting Quote “Shippers and logistics providers are well aware of the benefits of visibility and automation across the supply chain. One of the last remaining gaps in this process flow is the yard, which is not fully covered by either warehouse management or transportation management solutions,” said Cliff Godwin, senior vice president, Oracle Applications Development. “Oracle Yard Management closes this visibility and management gap by bridging warehouse management and transportation management operations. By streamlining, optimizing and automating yard activity organizations are able to enhance their supply chain performance and increase their overall operational efficiency.”Supporting Resources Oracle Yard Management Oracle Yard Management Data Sheet Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Value Chain Execution Oracle Transportation Management Oracle Warehouse Management Oracle Inventory Management Blog: Oracle Supply Chain ManagementAbout Oracle

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

Trademarks

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

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Karen Hartquist
Oracle
+1.650.506.3552
karen.hartquist@oracle.com

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

Categories: Database, Vendor

MySQL Date Gotchas

Database Journal News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:01

Rob Gravelle explores the perils of working with dates in MySQL.

Categories: Database

Introducing Open PostgreSQL Monitoring (OPM)

PostgreSQL News - Mon, 09/08/2014 - 01:00
Introducing Open PostgreSQL Monitoring (OPM)

Paris, September 8th 2014

Oversee and Manage Your PostgreSQL Servers

The OPM Development Group (see below) is proud to present the first public release of Open PostgreSQL Monitoring, a fully open source monitoring suite for PostgreSQL.

Get Graphs and Stats from your PostgreSQL instances!

PostgreSQL may be the most advanced database in the world but one of its biggest handicap is the lack of open source dedicated monitoring tools. Compared to its competitors, the PostgreSQL community has not been able to produce tools similar to Oracle Grid Control, MySQL Workbench or SQL Server Management Studio.

Today we'd like to present the OPM project: a fully open-source suite designed to provide dynamic graphs, custom stats series, performance analysis, server health overview and team management...

If you have serveral postgres servers in production, Open PostgreSQL Monitoring is the perfect to watch the current activity of your databases, with DBA-centric stats such as: database size, hit ratio, streaming replication lag, system load, page bloat, longest queries, WAL files generation, locks, backends status, etc.

Extensibility is the key

This initial public version is obviously a first step toward more features and more versatility.

OPM includes remote agents, a stat storage system and a web GUI. Most of the code is currently in Perl and the stat collection is based on Nagios, but the whole suite is designed to be extended to other monitoring frameworks and other languages. It is possible to your own remote agent, a specific stat storage or even an alternative user interface.

The OPM project was started in 2012 and it's been used in production for months, monitoring dozens of servers like a charm. We're publishing today the version 2.3 with the hope that it will be useful for other PostgreSQL users around the world.

Credits

The OPM Development Group would like to thank all the developers who contributed to this release, especially Sebastien Fauveau from Art is Code for his UI/UX design skills.

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

Links

About OPM :

Open PostgreSQL Monitoring is a free software designed to help you manage your PostgreSQL servers. It's a flexible tool that will follow the activity of each instance. It can gather stats, display dashboards and send warnings when something goes wrong. The long-term goal of the project is to provide similar features to those of Oracle Grid Control or SQL Server Management Studio.

Code & Demo at http://opm.io/

About the OPM Development Group :

This project is driven by the OPM Development Group (OPMDG), a team of developers gathered to build efficient monitoring tools for PostgreSQL. So far the main sponsor of this project is DALIBO, the leading PostgreSQL company in France. However the project team is open to ideas and contributions: individuals and companies who share the goals of the OPMDG are welcome to join the team!

Categories: Database, Open Source

How to Manage Microsoft Azure SQL Database Using PowerShell with REST APIs

Database Journal News - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:01

Continuing his discussion of a somewhat unorthodox method of managing Azure SQL Database that involves directly invoking REST APIs, Marcin Policht shows some of the unique benefits of REST APIs by demonstrating their unique capabilities that are not available via PowerShell.

Categories: Database

Feed InfoSphere Streams applications with live data from databases

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 05:00
This tutorial shows you how to connect IBM InfoSphere Data Replication Change Data Capture (CDC) as a near real-time data source for InfoSphere Streams. Walk through several integration options for a ready-to-use and custom user exit, then explore the pros and cons of each. Downloadable example sources for the user exit are provided and can be customized to fit your requirements.
Categories: Database

Announcing the PASS 24 HOP Challenge

Calling all data junkies! How smart are you?  Want to get smarter?

Play along with #pass24hop Challenge on Twitter starting at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 to win a free Microsoft Exam Voucher!  Simply watch 24 Hours of PASS and be the first to answer the question correctly. At the beginning of each 24 live 24 Hours of PASS sessions (approximately 5-8 minutes into each hour) a new question regarding the session will be posted online on the  @SQLServer Twitter account. The first tweet with the correct answer will win a prize.  Your answer must include hashtags #pass24hop and #24hopquiz.

To take part in the #pass24hop Challenge, you must:

  1. Sign in to your Twitter account. If you do not have an account, visit www.twitter.com to create one. Twitter accounts are free.
  2. Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of @SQLServer.
  3. From your own account, reply your response to the question tweeted by @SQLServer.  
  4. Your tweet must contain both the #pass24hop and #24hopquiz hashtags to be eligible for entry.
  5. Your tweet must include the complete answer to the question, or it will be disqualified.
  6. The first person to correctly tweet a correct reply to the corresponding question will win the prize described below.  

Register now for 24 Hours of PASS and get ready for 24 hours of play!  

Learn more about the 24 Hours of PASS read the official rules below.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:

These are the official rules that govern how the ’24 Hours of PASS Social Media Answer & Question Challenge (“Sweepstakes”) promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules. In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.

WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?

This Sweepstakes starts at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and ends at 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and ends at 7:00 AM PT Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (“Entry Period”). The Sweepstakes consists of 24 prizes. Each Prize Period will begin immediately following each of the 24 session and run for 60 minutes.  

CAN I ENTER?

You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:

· You are professional or enthusiast with expertise in SQL Server or Business Intelligence and are 18 years of age or older; and

o If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes; and

· You are NOT a resident of any of the following countries: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.

PLEASE NOTE: U.S. export regulations prohibit the export of goods and services to Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Therefore residents of these countries / regions are not eligible to participate

• You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and

• You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and

• You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

This Sweepstakes is void wherever prohibited by law.

HOW DO I ENTER?  

At the beginning of each 24 live 24 Hours of PASS sessions (approximately 5-8 minutes into each hour) a new question regarding the session will be posted online on the  @SQLServer Twitter account. The first tweet with the correct answer will win a prize.  Your answer must include hashtags #pass24hop and #24hopquiz.  Failure to use this hashtag will automatically disqualify you.

To enter, you must do all of the following:

  1. Sign in to your Twitter account. If you do not have an account, visit www.twitter.com to create one. Twitter accounts are free.
  2. Once logged into your Twitter account, follow the links and instructions to become a follower of @SQLServer
  3. From your own account, reply your response to the question tweeted by @SQLServer  
  4. Your tweet must contain both the #pass24hop and #24hopquiz hashtags to be eligible for entry
  5. Your tweet must include the complete answer to the question, or it will be disqualified.
  6. The first person to correctly tweet a correct reply to the corresponding question will win the prize described below.  

Limit one entry per person, per session.  For the purposes of these Official Rules, a “day” begins 5:00 AM PT Tuesday, September 9, 2014 and ends at 7:00 AM PT Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (“Entry Period”). If you reply with more than one answer per session, all replies received from you for that session will be automatically disqualified.  You may submit one answer to each session, but will be eligible to win only one prize within the 24 hour contest period.

We are not responsible for entries that we do not receive for any reason, or for entries that we receive but are not decipherable for any reason, or for entries that do not include your Twitter handle.

We will automatically disqualify:

  • Any incomplete or illegible entry; and
  • Any entries that we receive from you that do not meet the requirements described above.

WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES

The first person to correctly respond will receive a Microsoft Exam Voucher.  Approximate Retail Value each $150.  A total of twenty four prizes are available.

Within 48 hours following the Entry Period, we, or a company acting under our authorization, will select one winner per session to win one free Microsoft Certification Exam.  Voucher has a retail value of $ $150.  Prize eligibility is limited to one prize within the contest period.  If you are selected as a winner for a session, you will be ineligible for additional prizes for any other session.  In the event that you are the first to answer correctly on multiple session, the prize will go to the next person with the correct answer. 

If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we reserve the right to make final decisions on who is the winner based on the accuracy of the answer provided, ensuring that the rules of including hashtags is followed, and the times the answers arrives based on what times are listed on www.twitter.com.

Selected winners will be notified via a Direct Message (DM) on Twitter within 48 business hours of the daily drawing. The winner must reply to our Direct Message (DM) within 48 hours of notification via DM on Twitter. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, or you do not respond within 48 business hours, we will award the prize to an alternate winner as randomly selected. Only one alternate winner will be selected and notified; after which, if unclaimed, the prize will remain unclaimed.

If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate winner.

If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:

  • You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
  • You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
  • If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
  • If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf.

WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING? 
There will be 24 opportunities to respond with the correct answer. Your odds of winning this Challenge depend on the number of responses and being the first to answer with the correct answer.

WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS CHALLENGE? 
By entering this Challenge you agree:

· To abide by these Official Rules; and

· To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Challenge or any prize won; and

· That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Challenge; and

· That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Challenge, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law

WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS CHALLENGE IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED? 
This Challenge will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Challenge.

WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE CHALLENGE CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED? 
If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Challenge, we reserve the right to cancel, change or suspend this Challenge. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Challenge, we reserve the right to select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change or suspend the Challenge. If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Challenge by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Challenge, so please play fairly.

HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON? 
To find out who won, send an email to v-daconn@microsoft.com by September 15, 2014 with the subject line: “SQL Server QQ Winners

WHO IS SPONSORING THIS CHALLENGE? 
Microsoft Corporation 
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Redmond, WA 98052

Categories: Database

Oracle Completes Initial Tender Offer for MICROS Systems, Inc. with approximately 82.8% of Shares Tendered;

Oracle Database News - Wed, 09/03/2014 - 13:15
Oracle Completes Initial Tender Offer for MICROS Systems, Inc. with approximately 82.8% of Shares TenderedAnnounces Subsequent Offering Period to Permit Additional Shares to be TenderedRedwood Shores, Calif. – September 3, 2014News Facts

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) announced today that the initial tender offer, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Rocket Acquisition Corporation, for all outstanding shares of common stock of MICROS Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRS) (“MICROS”) expired at midnight (New York City time) at the end of September 2, 2014.

The depositary for the tender offer has advised Oracle that, as of the expiration of the initial tender offer period, approximately 62,093,103 shares of MICROS common stock (including approximately 2,096,274 shares subject to guaranteed delivery procedures) were properly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer, representing approximately 82.8% of the MICROS shares outstanding. All properly tendered shares have been accepted for payment, which will be made in accordance with the terms of the tender offer.

Oracle also announced today that its subsidiary, Rocket Acquisition Corporation, has commenced a subsequent offering period to acquire all the remaining MICROS shares outstanding, which expires at midnight, New York City time, at the end of Friday, September 5, 2014, unless extended. During this subsequent offering period, holders of shares of MICROS common stock who did not previously tender their shares into the tender offer may do so, and such shares will be immediately accepted and promptly paid for after tendered. The same per share consideration paid during the initial offering period will be paid during the subsequent offering period. The procedures for tendering shares of MICROS common stock during the subsequent offering period are the same as those applicable to the initial tender offer period as described in the offer to purchase, except that shares tendered during the subsequent offering period may not be withdrawn. The subsequent offering period enables holders of MICROS shares who did not tender during the initial offering period to participate in the offer and receive the offer price on an expedited basis, rather than waiting to receive payment until the completion of the merger described below.

Following the expiration of the subsequent offering period, Oracle will complete the acquisition of MICROS through a merger, pursuant to the terms of the merger agreement. In the merger, each of the remaining shares of MICROS common stock will be converted into the right to receive $68.00 per share, in cash, without interest and less any required withholding taxes, which is the same amount per share which was paid in the tender offer. Following the merger, MICROS will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, and MICROS common stock will no longer be listed on NASDAQ.

About Oracle

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

Trademarks

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

Contact Info

Deborah Hellinger
Oracle Corporate Communications
+1.212. 508.7935
deborah.hellinger@oracle.com

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

  Additional Information

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. This communication is for informational purposes only. The tender offer is not being made to, nor will tenders be accepted from, or on behalf of, holders of shares in any jurisdiction in which the making of the tender offer or the acceptance thereof would not comply with the laws of that jurisdiction. The tender offer is being made pursuant to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (including the Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and other offer materials) filed by Rocket Acquisition Corporation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 3, 2014, as amended from time to time. In addition, on July 3, 2014, MICROS Systems, Inc. filed a Solicitation/Recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC related to the tender offer. Stockholders of MICROS Systems, Inc. are urged to read these documents, all amendments thereto and other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety because they contain important information about the tender offer. The tender offer statement and certain other offer documents, along with the Solicitation/Recommendation statement, will be made available to all stockholders of MICROS Systems, Inc. at no expense to them. These documents are available at no charge through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. The Offer to Purchase, related Letter of Transmittal, the Solicitation/Recommendation statement and other offering documents may also be obtained for free by contacting the Information Agent for the tender offer, Innisfree, M&A Incorporated, toll-free at 888-750-5834.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and MICROS Systems, Inc., including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle's proposed acquisition of MICROS Systems, Inc., anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words "anticipates", “can", “will”, "look forward to", "expected" and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or MICROS Systems, Inc., that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the risk that anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or MICROS Systems, Inc. may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or MICROS Systems, Inc. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor MICROS Systems, Inc. is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

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

Categories: Database, Vendor

TSQL: Understanding How to Use the INSERT Statement to Populate Your Database Tables

Database Journal News - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 08:01

Before you can read data from your database you need to understand how to insert data into the tables in your database. There are a number of different ways to accomplish this. Greg Larsen explores the methods you can use when inserting data into a database table using the INSERT statement.

Categories: Database

IBM Cognos Proven Practices: IBM Cognos TM1 FEEDERS

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Tue, 09/02/2014 - 05:00
One of the more advanced concepts in the development of IBM Cognos TM1 cubes is the proper implementation of FEEDERS within TM1 rules. This document describes FEEDERS and how to use them effectively for improved performance when building IBM Cognos TM1 cubes.
Categories: Database

Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

Selected common SQL features for developers of portable DB2 applications

IBM - DB2 and Informix Articles - Mon, 09/01/2014 - 05:00
Are you writing SQL applications that need to be portable across platforms? Here's the information you need to make sure your applications are portable. The tables in this article summarize the common SQL application features and make it easy for you to develop applications using SQL that is portable across the DB2 family, including DB2 for z/OS, DB2 for i, and DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows.
Categories: Database

DbWrench Database Design 3.2 Released

PostgreSQL News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:00
DbWrench Database Design v3.2 Released

Although version 3.2 did not contain new features it is still a significant release for DbWrench.

The primary focus of this release was to make it Java 8 compatible. This included:

- Upgrading the underlying NetBeans windowing platform. Which should be more responsive.

- Creating a new syntax highlighting SQL editor from the ground up.

A free trial download of this latest version is available at www.dbwrench.com.

Screen shots can be viewed here.

More About DbWrench

DbWrench is designed to increase the productivity of database developers by making creating and modifying databases much easier.

It's features include:

- Graphic entity relation diagram (ERD) designer

    - Forward engineer database designs with automatic SQL DDL script generation

    - Reverse engineer and visualize existing databases

    - A built in syntax highlighting SQL query editor

    - Runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux all in a single license
Categories: Database, Open Source

European Commission Clears Oracle’s Acquisition of MICROS

Oracle Database News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 19:05

European Commission Clears Oracle’s Acquisition of MICROSTender Offer Set to Expire, Tuesday, September 2REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – August 29, 2014

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has received approval from the European Commission for its pending acquisition of MICROS Systems, Inc. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of MICROS Systems is scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of September 2, 2014. Consummation of the tender offer remains subject to MICROS Systems’ shareholders tendering a majority of the outstanding shares of MICROS Systems common stock on a fully diluted basis.


About Oracle

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

Trademarks

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


This document is for informational purposes only and may not be incorporated into a contract or agreement.

Contact Info

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

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

Additional Information

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. This communication is for informational purposes only. The tender offer is not being made to, nor will tenders be accepted from, or on behalf of, holders of shares in any jurisdiction in which the making of the tender offer or the acceptance thereof would not comply with the laws of that jurisdiction. The tender offer is being made pursuant to a tender offer statement on Schedule TO (including the Offer to Purchase, a related Letter of Transmittal and other offer materials) filed by Rocket Acquisition Corporation with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on July 3, 2014, as amended from time to time. In addition, on July 3, 2014, MICROS Systems, Inc. filed a Solicitation/Recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the SEC related to the tender offer. Stockholders of MICROS Systems, Inc. are urged to read these documents, all amendments thereto and other documents filed with the SEC carefully in their entirety because they contain important information about the tender offer. The tender offer statement and certain other offer documents, along with the Solicitation/Recommendation statement, will be made available to all stockholders of MICROS Systems, Inc. at no expense to them. These documents are available at no charge through the web site maintained by the SEC at http://www.sec.gov. The Offer to Purchase, related Letter of Transmittal, the Solicitation/Recommendation statement and other offering documents may also be obtained for free by contacting the Information Agent for the tender offer, Innisfree, M&A Incorporated, toll-free at 888-750-5834.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and MICROS Systems, Inc., including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle's proposed acquisition of MICROS Systems, Inc., anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words "anticipates", “can", “will”, "look forward to", "expected" and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or MICROS Systems, Inc., that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or MICROS Systems, Inc. may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or MICROS Systems, Inc. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor MICROS Systems, Inc. is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

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

Categories: Database, Vendor

PGConf.EU 2014 schedule posted - Matt Asay to deliver keynote

PostgreSQL News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 01:00

PostgreSQL Conference Europe is pleased to announce that the schedule for the 2014 event, to be held in Madrid from 21st - 24th October, has now been published.

As well as a wide range of talks for PostgreSQL users, developers and decision makers, we’re pleased to announce that our opening keynote speaker will be Matt Asay, Vice President of Community at MongoDB, who will discuss how PostgreSQL and NoSQL databases can work together, and where each shine on their own.

The schedule is, of course, subject to changes, and a few slots are still empty as we work to confirm the last set of speakers.

PostgreSQL Conference Europe 2014 is the sixth annual PostgreSQL Conference Europe, previous events having been held in cities such as Dublin, Prague and Amsterdam attracting hundreds of PostgreSQL developers and users. For more information and to register, please visit the website.

A discounted "early bird" registration rate is available until 15th September. A discount room rate at the conference hotel is available until 8th September, so we suggest you book your accommodation soon!

We still have seats left at some of the training sessions held the day before the main conference, taught by PostgreSQL experts from around the world, that are subject to availability at a first come first serve basis. See the training section on the website for details.

We look forward to seeing you in Madrid!

Categories: Database, Open Source

Microsoft to Cut Azure SQL Prices This Fall

Database Journal News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:15

Microsoft is getting ready to slash prices by up to 50 percent after Azure SQL's new service tiers are made generally available next month.

Categories: Database