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Oracle News Briefs

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search Supports More Datasources

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g Release 10.1.8, now available, is a major upgrade to Oracle's comprehensive, standalone search engine that enables customers to make critical business information available to authorized users while enforcing corporate security policies. The latest release broadens support for a wide range of popular third-party datasources and directory servers and includes enhanced federated search capabilities.

"Oracle realizes that organizations want to empower their knowledge workers to quickly find relevant information from a wide range of datasources while imposing security policies," says Andy Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle. "The latest release of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g provides customers with broad access to enterprise information sources without compromising security."

In addition to searching Oracle sources, Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8 offers support for non-Oracle information sources such as EMC Documentum Content Server DocBases, FileNet Content Engine object stores, IBM Lotus Notes databases, and Microsoft Exchange. An extensible authentication, identity management, and authorization framework enables Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g to support third-party identity management directories such as Microsoft Active Directory, Novell eDirectory, Sun Java System Directory Server, and OpenLDAP, while supporting any unique authentication and authorization scheme of an enterprise information source through plug-ins delivered with the product.

A new "suggested link" feature works within a federation framework to enable search requests from one Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g instance to be federated to other Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10g instances present in the enterprise.

Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 3 Manages from the Top Down

Now shipping, Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 3 features top-down application management, a complete and integrated management approach for packaged and custom-built applications. While the newest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager provides an application-centric view of an organization's IT universe, it also includes a management solution for the entire infrastructure, including middleware, databases, underlying hardware, networking, and storage.

"This unique, business-focused approach provides our customers with a complete and integrated way to manage performance and availability, service levels, configurations, and deployment lifecycle for custom or prepackaged applications and infrastructure," says Richard Sarwal, senior vice president of systems management products, Oracle. "With these new capabilities, customers will be able to deliver better quality of service at a lower cost."

Across packaged and service-oriented architecture-based applications, the mapping between applications and their underlying infrastructure is becoming more and more complex. Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g Release 3 provides comprehensive mapping of applications and infrastructure, enabling organizations to align IT objectives with business objectives by measuring service-level agreements in real time and tracking them against actual performance.

Oracle Database Vault Certified with Oracle's PeopleSoft Applications

Oracle Database Vault is now certified with Oracle's PeopleSoft 8.4 and later versions, enabling organizations to implement a strong defense at the data layer of their IT infrastructures. This is the first in a series of Oracle Database Vault certifications that Oracle plans to conduct with Oracle and third-party applications.

Designed to protect against insider threats, enforce separation of duties, and increase data security, Oracle Database Vault enables organizations to automate internal controls to meet governance and compliance requirements. It allows organizations to create protection zones around sensitive data, providing for flexible security controls to manage who can access what data, when, where, and how. The security solution restricts access to applications and data even among highly privileged users such as DBAs.

Oracle plans to provide baseline security setups for Oracle Database Vault via Oracle Technology Network. The scripts are intended to provide PeopleSoft customers with predefined, secure Oracle Database Vault configurations for typical PeopleSoft environments, saving customers time and providing guidance.

"PeopleSoft customers have diverse security needs due to broad global deployments and ongoing administration of changing business models," says John Webb, vice president, PeopleSoft Enterprise product strategy at Oracle. "Oracle Database Vault offers our customers an effective tool for addressing these requirements with ongoing flexibility. Our customers can more readily comply with local privacy requirements, more effectively manage mergers and acquisitions, and adapt to future challenges related to securing mission-critical data."

Did You Know?

SOA Developers Pick Up the Pace

More than 40 percent of developers surveyed working on service-oriented architectures (SOAs) can complete a typical SOA development effort within three months. In the same survey a year earlier, only half as many could finish that quickly. More than 60 percent of all SOA projects are now completed in six months. The survey polled 400 Web services developers worldwide in December 2006.
Source: Web Services Development Survey, Winter 2006

Surprise! Accountants Consider Data Security Important

Information security management is the No. 1 technology concern of certified public accountants (CPAs) for 2007, according to a December 2006 survey of 1,500 CPAs in the U.S. Other high-priority areas include identity and access management, conforming to assurance and compliance standards, privacy management, disaster recovery planning, and IT governance.
Source: 18th Annual Top Technology Initiatives survey of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Need Help? Wait Two Months

It takes an average of 56 days to fill a full-time, staff-level information technology position and 87 days to bring in a new IT manager, according to a survey of 1,400 U.S. CIOs of companies with 100 or more employees.
Source: Robert Half Technology

U.S. IT Salaries Up More Than 5 Percent in 2006

A survey of more than 19,000 technology professionals showed that IT salaries in the U.S. increased an average of 5.2 percent in 2006 to US$73,308. Specialized expertise garnered even better pay: customer relationship management (CRM) specialists made US$90,499; Sarbanes-Oxley compliance pros made US$91,998; and enterprise resource planning (ERP) experts made US$96,161. Women's salaries continued to lag behind men's by an average of 9.7 percent.
Source: The Dice Salary Survey

Oracle Unveils Systems Management and Monitoring Offering for Oracle Identity Management

Now available, Oracle Management Pack for Identity Management provides a single, unified management solution for Oracle Identity Management customers. By extending the enterprise applications management capabilities of Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g, it enables organizations to reduce the cost and complexity of managing identity and access management systems across their IT environments.

The pack is a comprehensive, integrated management solution that enables customers to improve service levels and increase agility through capacity on-demand. It also allows organizations to perform one-step discovery of identity management components in their environment, monitor system performance, conduct fault diagnosis and remediation, apply service levels to identity management services, and automate configuration management through a single console.

"Oracle has provided the first native integration for managing identity management services," says Wynn White, vice president of security and management marketing at Oracle. "Going beyond basic Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)-based management, this new solution lets administrators set and track service levels and provide automatic configuration management."

Oracle Releases Oracle Communication and Mobility Server

Oracle's new Oracle Communication and Mobility Server is at the heart of Oracle's middleware strategy for the communications industry. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware and part of the Oracle Service Delivery Platform road map, Oracle Communication and Mobility Server enables developers to easily build, deploy, and manage complex, converged applications that combine internet-speed development and established, open IT standards such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Web capabilities on a single platform. The server includes a third-generation, programmable SIP and presence application server; proxy and registrar services; and an SIP-based voice over IP soft phone client. The server combines carrier-grade scalability and reliability with the flexibility of service-oriented architecture (SOA) to enable rapid service development and cost-effective deployment.

"Communications service providers [CSPs] are facing mounting competitive pressures due to declining revenues from traditional telephony services and increased demand for new, innovative communications services," says Vittorio Viarengo, vice president of development, Oracle. In response to these pressures, many CSPs are turning to established, standards-based enterprise IT techniques, such as SOA and internet-speed development. Oracle Communication and Mobility Server provides CSPs with an IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-ready, carrier-grade infrastructure for building new revenue-generating services while delivering the benefits of standards-based Java Platform, Enterprise Edition.

Oracle Data Integrator Supports Heterogeneous Environments

Now shipping, Oracle Data Integrator is a high-performance data integration solution that enables organizations to quickly integrate massive volumes of data dispersed across mixed IT environments.

Based on technology from Oracle's Sunopsis acquisition, Oracle Data Integrator delivers integration capabilities that support a heterogeneous technology environment and is natively optimized for high-performance interoperability with databases, data warehouses, and packaged applications from vendors including IBM, Microsoft, Netezza, Sybase, Teradata, and Trillium. Oracle Data Integrator also works with Oracle Database, Oracle Application Server, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle Business Activity Monitoring.

"Customers are demanding real-time access to information culled from disparate datasources across their organization," says Amlan Debnath, vice president, Server Technologies, Oracle. "Oracle Data Integrator provides the means to easily integrate data from a broad spectrum of sources to help organizations with mission-critical business initiatives, such as better insight through real-time data analysis."

A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Data Integrator eliminates the need for a separate extract, transform, and load server by executing the transformation operations within the source system or target data warehouse, improving performance, lowering cost, and simplifying administration. Oracle Data Integrator also helps increase developer productivity, supports both batch and real-time data integration, and enables users to lower the cost of developing and maintaining data integration maps with innovative, declarative, set-based modeling tools and prepackaged code libraries called Knowledge Modules.

Oracle Application Express 3.0 Now Available

The latest version of Oracle Application Express, Oracle's rapid Web application development tool for Oracle Database, features PDF printing, flash chart integration, Microsoft Access migration support, enhanced Web services, and drag-and-drop item creation and layout. Oracle Application Express 3.0 also includes several new item types, including Shuttle, Minimal and Standard HTML Editor, Item with Pop-up Color Picker, and Date Picker with Custom Format Mask. Also new to Oracle Application Express: the display of weekly and daily calendars, page and region caching, application and schema comparison utilities, and password and account controls that allow administrators to set rules for password creation and expiration and allow accounts to be locked.

Oracle Acquires Hyperion

Oracle has agreed to buy Hyperion Solutions, a global provider of performance management software solutions.

"The acquisition of Hyperion makes Oracle the category leader in the high-growth enterprise performance management [EPM] market," says Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. "Hyperion's EPM software, coupled with Oracle's business intelligence tools and analytic applications, form an end-to-end performance management system that includes planning, budgeting, consolidation, operational analytics, and compliance reporting."

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 Oracle Secure Enterprise Search
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search Release 10.1.8 (download)
 Oracle Enterprise Manager
Oracle Management Pack for Identity Management
Oracle Application Express
Oracle and Hyperion
Oracle Management Pack for Linux
Identity Governance Framework

The Hyperion acquisition is part of Oracle's overall strategy to expand Oracle's offerings to SAP customers. "Thousands of SAP customers rely on Hyperion as their financial consolidation, analysis, and reporting system of record," says Oracle President Charles Phillips. "Oracle already has PeopleSoft HR, Siebel CRM, G-Log, Demantra, i-flex, Oracle Retail, and Oracle Fusion Middleware installed at SAP's largest ERP customers. Now Oracle's Hyperion software will be the lens through which SAP's most important customers view and analyze their underlying SAP ERP data."

Oracle Simplifies Management of Linux Environments

Oracle has released Oracle Management Pack for Linux, an enterprise-class Linux management solution for Oracle Unbreakable Linux users. Based on Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g, the Oracle Management Pack for Linux provides Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program customers with comprehensive Linux server lifecycle management, helping to reduce the complexity and cost of managing their Linux operating system environments. With a complete view of their Linux environments, customers can increase operational efficiency and reduce downtime.

"The Oracle Unbreakable Linux support program now features the industry's most comprehensive Linux management solution, at no additional cost to users," says Wim Coekaerts, vice president of Linux engineering at Oracle. "Drawing upon our wealth of application and systems management expertise, we offer our customers a single, integrated solution that is unmatched by other Linux support providers."

Oracle Management Pack for Linux offers system and application administrators an integrated solution for managing their Linux environments, including servers, applications, and databases. The pack includes tools for provisioning, patching, monitoring, and administering Linux servers.

Oracle Submits Identity Governance Framework to Liberty Alliance

Oracle has submitted the Identity Governance Framework royalty-free to Liberty Alliance, a global identity consortium that works to build a more-trusted internet for consumers, governments, and businesses worldwide. The Identity Governance Framework is an open standards-based initiative developed by Oracle to help organizations better govern and protect sensitive identity-related employee, customer, and partner information as it flows across heterogeneous applications. Liberty Alliance will leverage its expert groups, diverse global membership, and leadership to address the technology, business, and privacy aspects of digital identity management to further develop the Identity Governance Framework specifications.

"Oracle has taken the lead in developing an important framework to allow organizations of all sizes and in every market sector to better manage and protect a wide range of private identity information," says Brett McDowell, executive director of the Liberty Alliance. 

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