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January/February 2009

AT ORACLE: Oracle News Briefs

Oracle Business Process Management Suite Released

Now available, Oracle Business Process Management Suite supports organizations in increasing efficiency, visibility, and agility across a broad range of processes. A new component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Business Process Management Suite includes a preintegrated portfolio of modeling tools for business analysts, developer tools for system integration, business activity monitoring for dashboards, integration with Microsoft Office and desktop clients, and a unified portal for process participants.

The suite includes Oracle BPEL Process Manager, a standards-based tool for building and orchestrating processes and Web services; Oracle Business Activity Monitoring, which enables customers to build interactive, real-time dashboards and create proactive alerts; Oracle Business Rules, which allows business analysts to easily define and modify business logic without programming; and Oracle Business Process Management, a set of tools for creating, executing, and optimizing business processes.

“Oracle Business Process Management Suite offers the flexibility that business analysts demand while providing the power IT requires,” says Amlan Debnath, senior vice president, Oracle Server Technologies.

Oracle WebCenter Suite 10g Release 3 Available

With Oracle WebCenter Suite 10g Release 3, now shipping, organizations can increase productivity and improve user interaction with Enterprise 2.0-enabled portals and applications. A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle WebCenter Suite is a user interaction and portal platform that enables organizations to securely deliver extranet and intranet portals along with composite applications that integrate processes, content, business intelligence (BI), and enterprise application information in a single user interface. Oracle WebCenter Suite also supports delivery of a broad range of Enterprise 2.0 services, such as wikis, blogs, discussion forums, secure search, and RSS feeds.

Oracle WebCenter Suite consists of Oracle WebCenter Framework, a JavaServer Faces framework that accelerates development and deployment of rich, context-driven composite applications; Oracle WebCenter Services, a set of Enterprise 2.0, content, and communication services that can be embedded in existing portals and applications; Oracle WebCenter Interaction, which provides open, extensible, and scalable social computing capabilities for delivering team-based community spaces for heterogeneous environments; Oracle WebLogic Portal, which provides a scalable extranet and e-commerce platform to deliver a targeted user experience; and Oracle WebCenter Anywhere, a set of wireless and desktop services that enable users to connect with Oracle WebCenter Suite applications from any connected device.

“Oracle WebCenter Suite offers the most complete, open, and integrated Enterprise 2.0 solution that allows organizations to leverage existing IT investments while providing users with a better, more personalized experience,” says Vince Casarez, vice president, product management, Oracle.

Oracle Unveils Oracle Entitlements Server 10g Release 3

Now shipping, Oracle Entitlements Server 10g Release 3 allows organizations to enforce consistent authorization policies at a granular level across the enterprise and more rapidly deploy applications to help ensure compliance, improve business agility, and reduce IT costs. A component of Oracle Access Management Suite, Oracle Entitlements Server 10g Release 3 externalizes and centralizes fine-grained authorization policies via comprehensive, reusable, and auditable authorization policies and an intuitive administration model.

“While conventional access management technologies such as single sign-on can externalize authentication from applications, authorization logic is still embedded inside applications,” says Amit Jasuja, vice president, Oracle Identity Management. “Now with Oracle Entitlements Server, companies can centralize and externalize fine-grained authorization policies from applications. This enables enterprises to deliver granular, entitlement-based authorization as a service and drive a truly service-oriented security environment.”

Did You Know?

Security Budgets OK for Most Firms

80 percent of 350 companies surveyed in September 2008 said that their organization has budgeted sufficiently for information security. Overall, 48 percent of companies indicated that a user machine, network, or server in their organization had been breached in the previous two years, but that number rose to 61 percent among midsize organizations of between 1,000 and 4,999 employees. One in five companies has never had a formal security audit by an outside organization, while 12 percent have audits as often as twice a year.
Source: Fourth Annual Enterprise IT Security Survey, a survey from VanDyke Software and Amplitude Research

Insiders Are Biggest Security Risks

75 percent of all data breaches in the U.S. are caused by insiders, while outside hackers are responsible for just 1 percent of breaches, according to a survey of nearly 3,600 IT professionals in France, Germany, the U.K., and the U.S. 41 percent of data breaches occurred in mainframe environments.
Source: 2008 Study on the Uncertainty of Data Breach Detection, a study from Compuware and the Ponemon Institute

Most DBAs Don’t Expect Breaches

20 percent of respondents to a Web-based survey conducted in July and August 2008 said they expect a data breach or incident in the coming year. 25 percent said that they do not encrypt data within their databases. Of the 317 respondents to the survey, 57 percent were DBAs, 9 percent were IT managers, and 7 percent were developers. 40 percent of respondents manage more than 100 databases, and 20 percent manage more than 500.
Source: Enterprise Data Insecurity: Are Organizations Prepared for the Threat From Within?
The 2008 IOUG Data Security Report, a survey by IOUG, Oracle, and Unisphere Research (available to members only)

Oracle Adaptive Access Manager 10g Release 3 Available

Oracle Adaptive Access Manager 10g Release 3, another component of Oracle Access Management Suite, is also shipping. Unlike traditional security solutions that only examine user roles and privileges to grant access, Oracle Adaptive Access Manager 10g Release 3 profiles user behavior in real time to detect anomalies and fraud scenarios. It also features advanced fraud prevention and risk mitigation capabilities that help improve security and streamline compliance.

“With the increasing sophistication of internet fraud and regulations governing online data privacy, organizations need a robust security solution,” says Amit Jasuja, vice president, Oracle Identity Management. “Oracle Adaptive Access Manager 10g Release 3 validates user identities by using a variety of information including a user’s historical behavior, transactional information, and even third-party datasources. With this software, companies can successfully combat the threat of sophisticated security attacks and provide superior levels of protection for their consumers.”

Oracle Launches Oracle Hyperion On Demand

To meet the growing demand for enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions delivered through an on-demand model, Oracle is providing hosting and software management services for Oracle Hyperion products through Oracle Hyperion On Demand.Oracle Hyperion On Demand supports Oracle Hyperion Financial Management, Oracle Hyperion Planning, Oracle Essbase, Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management, and Oracle Hyperion Financial Reporting.

“The availability of Oracle services to host and manage Oracle Hyperion is the next logical step in helping our customers maximize the value of their EPM and business intelligence investments,” says John Kopcke, senior vice president, business intelligence and performance management, Oracle.

Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition Plus Includes New Integrations

Now available, Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition Plus includes new integrations with three components of Oracle’s EPM system. Specifically, integration with Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Workspace enables end users to access and interact with Oracle BI data alongside Oracle EPM data through a single Web interface. Integration with Oracle Hyperion Smart View for Office offers users a common solution for integrating Oracle’s EPM system content and Oracle BI content with Microsoft Office applications. Integration with Oracle Smart Space provides Oracle BI content such as dashboards and reports to end users via personalized desktop gadgets to enable real-time information access and collaboration.

Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition Plus also features enhancements for service-oriented architecture (SOA) development in Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher and introduces Oracle Application Server Metadata Repository Creation Assistant, a migration utility that accelerates the conversion of Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer metadata to Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition Plus metadata.

“Since the acquisition of Hyperion in 2007, Oracle has worked toward establishing tight integration between Oracle BI and Hyperion applications and Essbase,” says Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management, Oracle business intelligence. “This release of Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition Plus represents another milestone accomplishment in Oracle’s strategy to deliver an integrated EPM system.”

Oracle Real User Experience Insight Unveiled

Now available, Oracle Real User Experience Insight 4.5, a component of Oracle Enterprise Manager, helps IT organizations enhance end-user experiences and maximize the value of SOA and Web-based applications by providing intelligence about users. Oracle Real User Experience Insight includes integrated performance and usage data collection and analysis of Web user activity; a data exchange facility for business analytics solutions; and integrated BI and prepackaged reports that leverage built-in online analytical processing storage. It also provides advanced troubleshooting for issues that Web and SOA-based application users encounter, and enhanced service-level management and reporting.

“With a 360-degree view of end users’ interactions, Oracle Real User Experience Insight enables enterprises to isolate and remediate user problems before they impact the business, resulting in increased customer satisfaction, revenue, and productivity,” says Richard Sarwal, Oracle senior vice president, product development. 

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Oracle Launches Oracle Insurance

Oracle has created a new business unit in response to worldwide insurance industry software needs. Oracle Insurance will help insurance companies improve business agility through a complete, modern insurance software solution that manages the entire enterprise—from technical infrastructure to core insurance processing. Oracle’s products for the insurance industry support insurers in getting products to market faster, reducing operational costs, strengthening customer and distributor relationships, and meeting compliance requirements as they gain greater visibility into their business operations. These products include Oracle insurance policy administration, Oracle Insurance Insbridge Rating and Underwriting, Oracle Documaker, Oracle’s Siebel Insurance Claims, Oracle Insurance New Business, and Oracle Insurance Data Exchange, among others.

Oracle has also introduced Oracle Application Integration Architecture Foundation Pack for Insurance, which will enable insurance companies to accelerate application integration, especially between claims and financial systems, in order to process claim payments, set up claim reserves, and pursue outstanding debt.

“Oracle Insurance has the industry-leading applications and expertise that will help customers shift from legacy systems to modern technology and profitably grow their businesses,” says Rick Connors, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Insurance.

Oracle to Buy Haley

Oracle has agreed to acquire RuleBurst Holdings, the parent company of Haley, a leading provider of policy modeling and automation software, to create an end-to-end solution for social services agencies. Social services agencies are moving to commercial software to automate entitlements. With limited resources to serve a growing constituency, these agencies need to administer and distribute entitlements consistently and accurately as defined by the underlying legislation. Haley’s policy automation platform translates legislation and policies into defined, automated rules that are deployed in an application.

Together with its enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management applications, Oracle expects to create the first packaged software solution for social services agencies with an enhanced case management application.

“Governments and businesses face significant operating challenges with demographic shifts, globalization, and budget constraints. Haley’s patented technology simplifies the process of managing complex legislative and business policies,” says Charles Phillips, president, Oracle.

Oracle to Buy Advanced Visual Technology

Oracle has entered into an agreement to acquire Advanced Visual Technology (AVT), a leading provider of 3-D visual macro space planning software for retailers. AVT’s products enable retailers to collaborate with their stores and supplier partners to design and plan retail floor space in real time with a current photo-realistic view of each store.

“The combination of Oracle and AVT will create an industry-leading macro space management solution that will maximize profitability through better allocation of selling space,” says Duncan Angove, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “This will help enable retailers to gain rapid and profitable ROI from every inch of store space and help Oracle further realize its vision for insight-driven retailing.”

Oracle to Buy Primavera Software

Oracle has agreed to purchase Primavera Software, a leading provider of project portfolio management (PPM) solutions. Primavera’s PPM software helps companies propose, prioritize, and select project investments, and plan, manage, and control complex projects and project portfolios.

“Enterprise PPM is moving to the forefront of business strategy for industries managing complex and capital-intensive projects and has emerged as a global driver for value creation and business success,” says Charles Phillips, president, Oracle. “With 20 percent of the world’s gross domestic product spent annually on projects, the addition of Primavera is expected to extend Oracle’s leadership position in the enterprise application space.”

Oracle Acquires Tacit Software Assets

Oracle has acquired the intellectual property assets of Tacit Software. Tacit Software’s automated profiling technology is an expertise location solution that helps organizations uncover new opportunities for collaboration.

Oracle plans to integrate Tacit Software into Oracle Beehive, its enterprise collaboration platform.

“The addition of Tacit Software’s technology to Oracle Beehive underscores our commitment to a strong, differentiated presence in the collaboration software industry,” says Terry Olkin, chief architect and senior vice president, Oracle collaboration technologies.

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