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November/December 2009

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Oracle Announces Oracle iReceipts for iPhone

Oracle has introduced Oracle iReceipts for the Apple iPhone. This application enables users to capture receipt images with the iPhone camera as they occur and then submit them to Oracle’s PeopleSoft Expenses. Oracle iReceipts also automatically tags transactions with a user’s location, using GPS. The application is available to PeopleSoft Expenses 9.0 customers at the Apple App Store.

“For organizations that have employees who travel frequently or work remotely, it can be extremely time consuming to scan receipts for cash transactions, and e-mail—or copy and mail—them to a central accounts payable office as a part of expense reporting. And it can be even more time consuming for the accounts payable staff to manually enter those receipts into an ERP system,” says Paco Aubrejuan, vice president of Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise. “Oracle iReceipts for iPhone enables Oracle’s PeopleSoft Expenses users to scan receipts and populate cash transactions from their iPhones while they’re on the go, increasing productivity and improving accuracy.”

Oracle Database Vault Protects JD Edwards Application Data

Oracle Database Vault now includes extensible policies for use with Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications. Oracle Database Vault enables JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers to restrict access to application data by highly privileged users, enforce separation of duties within Oracle Database, prevent application bypass, and enforce enterprise security policies with multifactor authorization. With no special modifications required to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications, Oracle Database Vault defends transparently against unauthorized access to application data residing in the database as well as accidental or intentionally harmful database changes by users.

“Oracle Database Vault delivers immediate value to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers by transparently protecting application data within Oracle Database,” says Vipin Samar, vice president of Database Security at Oracle. “Using Oracle Database Vault, organizations can better comply with challenging global privacy mandates that call for limiting access to sensitive information by privileged users, without costly application changes.”

Did You Know?

Tech Execs Say Industry Will Lead Economic Recovery

66 percent of surveyed U.S. senior technology executives think their industry will fully recover from the current economic crisis ahead of the overall U.S. economy. Silicon Valley-based executives were even more bullish, with 77 percent expecting the technology sector’s recovery to outpace the U.S. recovery. 80 percent of the executives expect business conditions in the technology sector to improve in 2010. About 130 C-level executives from U.S. computer hardware and software companies were surveyed between May and July of 2009.
Source: KPMG

Private Clouds on the Horizon

28 percent of the IT executives surveyed are planning to deploy private cloud computing in 2009, according to a survey conducted at the International Supercomputing Conference in June 2009. 41 percent of the IT executives say improving efficiency is the biggest motivation for establishing a private cloud, followed by resource scalability (18 percent) and cutting costs (17 percent). 75 percent said business decision-makers don’t understand the potential of private clouds.
Source: Platform Computing

Senior Software Business Leaders Say Development Budgets Rising

60 percent of respondents to an online survey of more than 6,000 senior-level business leaders and software development professionals said their 2009 IT development budgets are up over their previous year’s budget. 26 percent said their budgets had increased more than 10 percent over their 2008 budgets. More than 60 percent are developing enterprise applications, and 51 percent are creating Web-based applications. The survey was conducted from April to June of 2009.
Source: SoftServe

Oracle On Demand Offers Load Testing Services

Oracle On Demand is now offering Oracle On Demand Load Testing Services to help organizations mitigate the risk of system changes, including implementations, upgrades, and patches. The systematic and robust testing approach of the services supplements a customer’s Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) change and release management processes, and improves the postchange performance and availability of the systems. The services also help determine whether the system and infrastructure have adequate capacity to accommodate the anticipated peak workload and the excess capacity to accommodate any increase to the anticipated peak workload before a load-induced failure occurs.

“Oracle On Demand Load Testing Services ensure more-reliable and more-timely implementations, upgrades, and patching and benefit a range of environments, from small mission-critical deployments to high-volume applications with complex business flows,” says Marc Fiedler, vice president of Oracle On Demand product management. The services are based on Oracle Load Testing for Web Applications, part of Oracle Application Testing Suite.

Oracle Enterprise Governance, Risk, and Compliance Manager Helps Organizations Unify Critical GRC Programs 

Oracle has unveiled Oracle Enterprise Governance, Risk, and Compliance Manager, which provides a common foundation that unifies an organization’s critical governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs. It also facilitates cross-enterprise, risk-based modeling, analysis, treatment, and decision-making. By bringing together GRC requirements, providing pervasive insight into all aspects of GRC activities, and establishing a consistent and disciplined process for managing enterprise risk, the new product embeds clear accountabilities for risk management and control across the enterprise.

The GRC platform features natively built components that enable organizations to concurrently address individual GRC initiatives. Built on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, Oracle Enterprise Governance, Risk, and Compliance Manager is preintegrated with Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise applications.

“For many organizations, the greatest GRC challenge is creating a consolidated view of compliance, risk, and internal controls,” says Chris Leone, group vice president, Oracle application strategy. “Oracle Enterprise Governance, Risk, and Compliance Manager addresses this challenge, by providing a complete, open, and integrated platform that provides the flexibility needed to efficiently and intelligently manage GRC programs. By coupling visibility across business functions with advanced risk analysis, it not only helps organizations put the process in place to facilitate GRC initiatives, but will also improve the predictability of their business results.”

Oracle VM Template Builder Now Available

Oracle has unveiled Oracle VM Template Builder, an open source, graphical utility that makes it easy to use Oracle Enterprise Linux “Just enough operating system” (JeOS)-based scripts for developing prepackaged virtual machines for Oracle VM. (Oracle Enterprise Linux JeOS is a version of Oracle Enterprise Linux that has been tailored to simplify the creation of Oracle VM Templates.)

End users and independent software vendors (ISVs) now have the option of developing Oracle VM Templates with these JeOS-based scripts directly or via the graphical Oracle VM Template Builder. Oracle VM Templates are virtual machines that contain preinstalled and preconfigured enterprise software that can be used by ISVs or end users to develop, package, and distribute applications for faster deployment.

“Oracle VM Template Builder extends the benefits of Oracle VM by enabling customers to more rapidly configure and deploy applications while reducing costs via server virtualization,” says Wim Coekaerts, vice president of Linux and virtualization engineering at Oracle.

In related news, Oracle has extended the Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Validated Configurations program to include Oracle VM server virtualization software. Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Validated Configurations enable fast, easy, low-cost deployment of Linux and Oracle VM solutions in the enterprise by providing pretested, validated architectures with documented best practices for software, hardware, storage, and network components.

“With Oracle’s pretested Validated Configurations, customers can significantly reduce testing and the time-consuming effort of determining a stable configuration, enabling them to rapidly deploy new applications,” adds Coekaerts. “Oracle is dedicated to helping customers mitigate risk by providing these best practices at no cost. With the addition of Oracle VM, users can deploy their virtual infrastructure software and applications faster and more cost efficiently.”

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Oracle On Demand Launches Payment Card Industry Compliance Service

Oracle On Demand has launched the Oracle On Demand PCI Compliance Service to help organizations achieve and maintain compliance with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS), a set of comprehensive and stringent security requirements aimed at ensuring the safe handling of credit card information. Any company that transmits, processes, or stores credit card data must comply with the PCI DSS.

Because customers can have unique needs in terms of PCI DSS compliance services, the Oracle On Demand PCI Compliance Service has both a base and an advanced PCI service offering that is tailored to the customer’s specific business needs.

“This offering has great value to our customers and leverages state-of-the-art security infrastructure, many years of managed hosting services experience, and our dedicated and experienced security personnel,” says Marc Fiedler, vice president of Oracle On Demand product management.

Visa and MasterCard have recognized Oracle On Demand as a Level 1 PCI DSS-compliant managed hosting service provider since 2006. Oracle is also a member of the PCI Security Standards Council.

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