AT ORACLE: Oracle News Briefs
Latest Release of Oracle Database Lite Available
Oracle has announced Oracle Database Lite Release 10.3.0.3, a comprehensive tool for developing mobile and embedded applications.
The new Oracle Database Lite environment enables users to access data on mobile clients, regardless of their connection status, freeing them from the performance constraints of network bandwidth. The small-footprint, open source SQLite database runs on mobile clients and can synchronize bidirectionally with an Oracle Database instance when a connection is available. The Oracle Database Lite Mobile Server enables the synchronization with the back-end database server.
Oracle Database Lite features a common access card that enables smart card user authentication for applications that require more security. Device reregistration enables multiple users to use the same device on different days or during different shifts.
“As companies look to more cost-effectively run global operations, workers need to be able to efficiently access data without interruption or hassle, despite their physical location—which is why demand for mobile applications continues to grow across many industries,” says Marie-Anne Neimat, vice president of software development at Oracle. “Oracle Database Lite’s support for mobile applications built on the open source SQLite database addresses this need and helps improve productivity for a large community of mobile workers who can now access their enterprise Oracle Database, no matter where their jobs take them.”
Oracle Introduces Oracle Communications Data Model
Now available, the Oracle Communications Data Model is a standards-based data model designed and optimized for Oracle data warehouses, including the Sun Oracle Database Machine. It provides a high-performance off-the-shelf data warehousing platform specific to the communications industry that gives communications service providers a fast, reliable, cost-effective, and easy-to-use way to get the most out of data. The data model features a standards-based, industry-specific data warehouse schema for communications service providers. With prebuilt data mining, online analytical processing, business intelligence metadata, and industry measures, it gives communications service providers faster insight into customer management, marketing, and network and product development. The data model can be used in any application environment and is extendable.
“Organizations are seeking tuned, standards-based solutions offering predictable deployment; integration with existing systems; and the performance, scalability, and reliability to meet their data warehousing needs,” says Ray Roccaforte, vice president of data warehousing and analytics at Oracle.
Oracle Provides Enhanced Talent Management Options
Oracle has released integrations between its PeopleSoft 9.1 talent management applications and PeopleSoft human capital management solutions. These integrations enable PeopleSoft human capital management customers to take advantage of the PeopleSoft 9.1 talent management business process enhancements while retaining their existing implementations. PeopleSoft 9.1 talent management applications offer solutions for performance management, succession planning, career development, and compensation, as well as recruiting and learning tools to help organizations attract, hire, train, and motivate the best candidates.
“Customers have told us they want to adopt the PeopleSoft 9.1 talent management solution very quickly, prior to upgrading core human resources,” says Paco Aubrejuan, vice president of PeopleSoft Enterprise development at Oracle. “We are delivering PeopleSoft 9.1 talent management to PeopleSoft human capital management integrations to enable these customers to take advantage of the newest integrated talent management functionality now without requiring them to upgrade.”
Oracle SOA Governance 11g is Introduced
Now available, Oracle SOA Governance 11g enables organizations to more effectively manage the SOA lifecycle. Consisting of Oracle Enterprise Repository, Oracle Service Registry, SOA management with Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle Web Services Manager, the Oracle Fusion Middleware component enables organizations to manage their heterogeneous software project artifacts under a unified governance umbrella.
Oracle SOA Governance 11g is fully integrated with Oracle SOA Suite 11g and Oracle’s AmberPoint, a leader in SOA management ( read more about AmberPoint). The new product provides organizations more continuity in a closed-loop governance process that covers both Oracle and third-party applications.
“As organizations expand SOA deployments, managing the numerous software artifacts in both SOA and application integration projects can be a complex and expensive process,” says Amlan Debnath, senior vice president, Oracle product development. “With the launch of Oracle SOA Governance 11g, Oracle becomes the only vendor to offer a unified management approach for both best-of-breed SOA and packaged applications within a single platform. This unified governance umbrella not only helps organizations deliver new business capabilities more efficiently but also helps ensure that they are closely aligned with key business objectives.”
Oracle Acquires Convergin
Oracle has agreed to acquire Convergin, a provider of real-time service brokering solutions.
Convergin’s Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)-based service broker platform enables communications service providers to manage services for a wide range of networks and application platforms, including prepaid charging. The solution enables service providers to focus on launching new services while moving to next-generation networks.
Convergin products complement the Oracle Communications integrated product suite, including Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management; Oracle Communications Converged Application Server, Standard Edition; and Oracle Communications Service Fulfillment.
“As communications service providers transition from legacy telephony networks to next-generation networks, the combination of Oracle and Convergin will accelerate service innovation while reducing network complexity and cost,” says Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.
New Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g Release Available
Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse 11g Release 188.8.131.52 delivers significant extensions to developers and open source communities that build Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) and Web services applications for the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform where Eclipse is the preferred integrated development environment. The pack’s enhancements significantly reduce the number of code cycles and increase code quality by catching errors at design time.
The release delivers Oracle WebLogic Server service component architecture (SCA) support to help developers define a server and easily configure Oracle WebLogic Server SCA libraries and metadata as well as an Oracle WebLogic Server Java Message Service (JMS) deployment descriptor editor that helps simplify and streamline authoring of JMS configuration files. The release also features AppXRay, a design-time dependency analysis and visualization tool that makes it easy for Java developers to work in a team setting, reduce runtime debugging, and improve code quality. Other new features include WYSIWYG Web page editing and JAX-WS Web service validation.
“With the new AppXRay feature, Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse provides a means of easily visualizing the complex dependencies of your application, resulting in higher-quality code and faster development time,” says Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president of tools and middleware at Oracle.
Oracle Tuxedo 11g Unveiled
Oracle has launched Oracle Tuxedo 11g, an industry-leading application server that enables enterprises to rehost C/C++, COBOL, and other mission-critical applications. Part of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g, Oracle Tuxedo 11g provides a standards-based application development model with support for Ruby and Python in addition to C/C++ and COBOL. Two new components of Oracle Tuxedo 11g are (1) Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for CICS and Batch 11g and (2) Oracle Tuxedo Application Rehosting Workbench 11g. These tools redefine the process of mainframe migration to open systems by automating rehosting, which reduces the time, cost, and risk of migration projects and improves ROI.
Key capabilities in Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for CICS and Batch 11g include the Customer Information Control System (CICS) runtime, which runs IBM CICS applications unchanged in an applications grid environment; the 3270 terminal server, which provides complete legacy terminal support; distributed CICS resource management, which simplifies resource management and administration by enabling customers to run CICS jobs in a distributed configuration; the Oracle Tuxedo job enqueuing service for batch, which delivers IBM JES2-like job submission and management capabilities; and the batch execution environment, which enables organizations to support IBM batch applications by supporting job control language (JCL) and other batch utilities.
Oracle Tuxedo Application Rehosting Workbench 11g includes tools for ensuring application integrity, file migrators for flat files, indexed sequential access method (ISAM) files, and DB2 databases as well as migration tools for JCL and COBOL assets.
“Global organizations need the best-possible application server for mission-critical C/C++ and COBOL applications to ensure uninterrupted operation and service delivery in a cost-effective way,” says Frank Xiong, vice president of software development at Oracle. “With the new Tuxedo Application Runtime solution and increased support for SOA application development and enhanced language support, Oracle Tuxedo 11g sets the standard for scalability and performance and provides customers with an industrial-strength alternative to mainframe systems.”
Oracle Announces Major Healthcare Push
Oracle has announced Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base 6.1 and has introduced an enterprise healthcare analytics solution.
Oracle Healthcare Transaction Base offers a multiple-use data repository that enables healthcare organizations to normalize the structure and vocabulary of administrative, clinical, and financial healthcare data to help reduce costs and improve patient care. It includes expanded Web services support for addressing meaningful-use requirements for continuity-of-care documents.
Oracle’s enterprise healthcare analytics solution integrates data from electronic medical records, clinical systems, patient accounting, enterprise resource planning, research, and other healthcare systems to enable healthcare providers to rapidly unlock value from their clinical and operational data.
“The ability to aggregate patient information into a comprehensive data repository and access that information in near real time to improve decision-making is a critical differentiator for healthcare organizations,” says Neil de Crescenzo, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Health Sciences.
Oracle Launches Oracle FLEXCUBE 9.0
Transfer agents and fund managers can expand their businesses and even manage popular variants of hedge fund structures with Oracle FLEXCUBE Investor Servicing 9.0, Oracle’s solution for transfer agencies.
The new release is a single technology platform that enables transfer agents and fund managers to sustain market positions by expanding business with popular hedge fund variants such as simple, master-feeder, fund of funds, and side pocket. It also includes a variety of equalization fee methods and supports accrual and payment of equalization fees based on fund performance.
Oracle also offers improved management of operations compliance through its Oracle Mantas Know Your Customer and Oracle Mantas Anti Money Laundering software. Oracle FLEXCUBE 9.0 is supported across a range of geographies and entities and uses multiple products, currencies, languages, and time zones. It is also integrated with Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition to provide comprehensive reporting.
“Oracle FLEXCUBE Investor Servicing 9.0 is a comprehensive transfer agency and fund distribution system that can help transfer agents and fund management companies address their business challenges and manage complex workflow procedures,” says Joseph John, executive vice president, Oracle Financial Services Software.
Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0 Available
Oracle has released Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0 to equip communications service providers with a new way of orchestrating customer and technical information across front- and back-office systems for improved offer design, order cycle time, and accuracy. The solution offers rapid design and order delivery to help service providers unify historically disparate processes by more efficiently introducing new offers, capturing and fulfilling new orders, and providing visibility across the entire order lifecycle.
Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0 includes Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management, Oracle Product Hub for Communications, and Oracle Application Integration Architecture Foundation Pack Extension for Communications. It makes low-cost, in-flight order changes by enabling representatives to adjust existing orders to reflect new requests, and the updated orders automatically revise order fulfillment plans already completed or in process. This sequence helps accelerate order completion and reduce manual workarounds.
“Oracle Communications Order and Service Management 7.0 and the Oracle Communications solution for rapid offer design and order delivery can help communications service providers cost-effectively accelerate offer introduction and decrease order delivery time from days to minutes while improving accuracy,” says Dan Ford, vice president of product marketing, Oracle Communications.
Oracle has agreed to acquire AmberPoint, a provider of SOA management solutions. AmberPoint’s solutions help organizations diagnose and resolve issues in application performance and business transactions, such as insurance claims processing or account provisioning, in which multiple applications need to work together.
“AmberPoint and Oracle share a vision of providing customers with comprehensive SOA management capabilities that support modern IT environments and are also complete, open, and integrated,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle. “We expect that the addition of AmberPoint’s products to Oracle SOA Suite will provide stronger end-to-end governance that enables customers to manage the entire lifecycle of SOA-based solutions, providing visibility and management across heterogeneous environments.”