AT ORACLE: Oracle News Briefs

Oracle’s Enterprise Collaboration System, Oracle Beehive 1.5, Now Available

Oracle Beehive 1.5, the latest release of Oracle’s unified enterprise collaboration system, features new Web-based team collaboration capabilities, enhanced Web and video conferencing, and expanded integration with desktop productivity tools. Web-based collaboration allows teams to manage activities and information using wikis, calendaring, RSS, contextual search, and advanced file sharing, and can be centrally provisioned or set up by the team with no portal requirement. Enhanced Web and video conferencing capabilities enable organizations to apply security and content management policies to scheduled and on-demand conferencing. Support for popular desktop productivity tools helps eliminate training costs and user adoption challenges.

“As organizations rely increasingly on collaboration software to drive both communication and business process efficiency, repackaged groupware and point solutions are proving to be costly and difficult to manage on an enterprise scale. With its unified platform, Oracle Beehive provides enterprise-ready collaboration in a single, easy-to-manage system with a low total cost of ownership,” says David Gilmour, senior vice president of collaboration technologies at Oracle.

Oracle Advanced Security Encrypts Oracle Applications Data

Oracle Advanced Security, an option of Oracle Database 11g Enterprise Edition, now transparently encrypts all application data stored in an Oracle Database tablespace. Customers using the Oracle Transparent Data Encryption feature of Oracle Advanced Security can now encrypt entire data sets used by Oracle Applications for data privacy protection and to help meet regulatory requirements.

By transparently encrypting application data, customers can implement greater data protection across their applications using efficient transparent encryption and decryption inside their Oracle database. Oracle Transparent Data Encryption provides increased protection for application data stored in the database, without requiring enterprises to know which fields contain sensitive or regulated data, helping reduce deployment time and effort.

“Using Oracle Transparent Data Encryption in conjunction with Oracle Database 11g, customers can now efficiently encrypt not just select fields or columns but all the application data—enabling a greater level of data privacy protection,” says Vipin Samar, vice president of database security at Oracle.

Oracle Subsidiary Releases New Embedded InnoDB

Oracle subsidiary Innobase Oy has released Embedded InnoDB, an embeddable version of its InnoDB transactional storage engine for MySQL. Embedded InnoDB is designed specifically for developers, device makers, independent software vendors, and original equipment manufacturers.

Embedded InnoDB offers the performance, reliability, and functionality of InnoDB with an API for applications that require a small footprint and significant transaction processing capabilities. This new embedded solution is complete and self-contained, minimizing the memory and disk footprint and eliminating overhead and features unnecessary for the target applications.

“As devices and applications become more savvy and require information in real time, there is a growing requirement for faster, more reliable data transactions and storage at the application edge,” says Ken Jacobs, vice president of product strategy at Oracle. “Oracle continues to invest in InnoDB to bring fast, reliable, and high-performance transactional storage to both partners and end users.”

Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance Controls Suite Offered On Demand

Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance Controls Suite is now available through Oracle On Demand. The suite automates governance, risk management, and compliance safeguards for business applications. It enables organizations to reduce financial loss, compliance costs, and audit effort by automating controls that enforce enterprise policies. Through deep integration with an organization’s applications, Oracle Governance, Risk, and Compliance Controls Suite provides direct control over the three fundamentals of application behavior: user access, configuration, and transaction execution.

Oracle Retail Data Model, Now Available, Supports Retailers’ Decision-Making

Oracle has released Oracle Retail Data Model, a standards-based data model designed and pretuned for Oracle data warehouses, including the HP Oracle Database Machine. Oracle Retail Data Model combines Oracle’s retail application knowledge with its data warehousing and business intelligence platforms. The solution helps retailers make better decisions by providing out-of-the-box analytics for out-of-stock forecasting, loss prevention, product affinity, customer clustering and segmentation, halo impact, and promotional lift. Oracle Retail Data Model works with existing retail and point-of-sale systems while providing a data warehousing platform that is fast, secure, reliable, and completely customizable and scalable.

“Oracle Retail Data Model is the culmination of our efforts in combining Oracle’s deep retail industry and data warehousing expertise and technologies into a comprehensive, prebuilt, and tuned solution for retailers,” says Ray Roccaforte, vice president of data warehousing and analytics at Oracle. “Oracle Retail Data Model offers customers a solution designed for rapid, predictable deployment and integration with existing investments to help customers save time, effort, and costs.”

Did You Know?

Snooping on the Rise
In a survey of 400 IT administrators in the U.S. and the U.K., 35 percent admitted to accessing corporate information such as human resources records, layoff lists, customer databases, and merger and acquisition plans without authorization, and 74 percent said they could circumvent the controls currently in place to prevent access to internal information.
Source: Cyber-Ark

Business and IT Execs See Disaster Recovery Differently
Fewer than half of business executives say that disaster recovery and business continuity are important to business success, compared to 74 percent of IT executives, according to a March 2009 survey of 277 business and 220 IT executives from companies with 50 or more employees. 42 percent of IT decision-makers said insufficient funding is among the biggest obstacles they face in developing effective disaster recovery plans, compared to 32 percent of business execs; 30 percent of business leaders said they were unsure how frequently their firm’s disaster recovery plans were tested, compared to 5 percent of IT execs.
Source: SunGard

Companies Plan Legacy Modernization
Of 985 businesses surveyed during the first quarter of 2009, more than 30 percent have allocated budget to legacy modernization activities in the 2009/2010 time frame. Of the businesses planning near-term legacy system migration activities, 86 percent have allocated 10 percent or more of their total IT budgets for the work. The most important reasons for modernizing were reducing operating and license costs, reducing the time and cost of adding new functionality, and limited availability of legacy skills. More than 70 percent of the businesses surveyed anticipate purchasing migration services.
Source: BluePhoenix

Oracle Coherence 3.5 Provides Multiterabyte Support for In-memory Data Grids

Oracle Coherence 3.5, the latest release of Oracle’s in-memory data grid solution, now supports multiterabyte data grids through configurable off-heap storage outside of typical Java limitations. In addition, the new guardian feature bolsters continuous availability by automatically detecting and pre-emptively correcting service disruptions. The product also supports network dynamic configurability for capacity-on-demand cloud environments.

Oracle Coherence 3.5 strengthens integration with Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle WebLogic Portal. Native integration with Oracle WebLogic Server enables distributed HTTP session management across multiple applications and heterogeneous environments, increasing performance and availability and improving time to market. Native integration of Oracle Coherence as a distributed cache for Oracle WebLogic Portal dramatically increases the performance of large-scale portal applications.

Oracle Coherence*Web, an Oracle Coherence module, provides linear scalability for HTTP session management in clusters of hundreds of production servers. It improves performance in deployments that use large sessions and aggressive session expiry, and leverages an optimistic session-locking model that increases Web application throughput. It also includes new support for Oracle Coherence*Extend deployments, which isolate the application server tier from the session management tier.

“Oracle Coherence continues to deliver on the promise of easier scalability, predictability in performance, and simplified operation,” says Cameron Purdy, vice president of development at Oracle.

Oracle Real-Time Decisions 3.0 Available

Oracle has released Oracle Real-Time Decisions 3.0, a decision-management platform that delivers targeted recommendations during customer interactions. It helps organizations to optimize customer experiences with relevant and personalized cross-channel real-time recommendations. Oracle Real-Time Decisions 3.0 also recommends the best course of action using embedded predictive analytics and rules and enables self-adaptive processes through closed-loop predictive analytics automation and the integration of business intelligence (BI) into interaction processes.

“Helping our customers optimize their business processes using fact-based insight—even in real time—is a primary focus of Oracle BI products,” says Paul Rodwick, vice president of product management, Oracle business intelligence. “Oracle Real-Time Decisions is a key component of the Oracle business intelligence foundation and takes Oracle business intelligence to a new level as it helps personalize customer interactions on a real-time and transactional basis.”

Oracle Waives Extended Support Fees

Oracle has waived the first year of Extended Support fees for a number of major product lines. Extended Support extends Oracle’s Premier Support program for an additional three years. Affected products and time frames are as follows: Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.11 (through December 2010), Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management 7.8 (through May 2011), Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 8.9 releases (through June 2011), Oracle Database 10g Release 2 (through July 2011), and Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i10 (through November 2011).

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Oracle and Conformia

“This announcement demonstrates Oracle’s continued commitment to provide the highest level of support to customers in difficult economic times,” says Juergen Rottler, executive vice president of global customer services at Oracle.

Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler Now Available

Oracle has released Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler, a data modeler that integrates with Oracle SQL Developer to provide offline, file-based database modeling and design. Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler is an independent, standalone product with a full spectrum of data and database modeling tools and utilities, including modeling for entity relationship diagrams; relational (database design), datatype, and multidimensional modeling; full forward and reverse engineering; and data definition language code generation. Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler imports from and exports to a variety of sources and targets, provides several formatting options, and validates models through a predefined set of design rules.

“Every successful application starts with a strong data model,” says Mike Hichwa, vice president of software development at Oracle. “Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler provides not only a graphical way to develop data models but an effective way to communicate existing data models to application developers.”

Oracle Buys Intellectual Property Assets of Conformia

Oracle has acquired the intellectual property assets of Conformia Software, whose products enable life sciences companies to manage drug design, development, and transfer to production.

“The addition of Conformia Software technology underscores Oracle’s commitment to provide life sciences customers with a differentiated, out-of-the-box industry-based solution,” says Hardeep Gulati, vice president of product lifecycle management strategy at Oracle.

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