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July/August 2011


Partner News


Xsigo Certifies Oracle VM

Oracle Gold Partner Xsigo Systems has certified Oracle VM on its virtual I/O solutions.

By using Oracle VM with Xsigo’s virtual I/O technology, organizations can create a flexible, high-performance, converged datacenter infrastructure. Benefits include the ability to guarantee bandwidth to specific virtual machines, resulting in performance equal to traditional hard-wired connections; the ability to move a server or virtual machine from one physical network to another without recabling; and high-speed, low-latency switching that allows servers to move traffic at speeds up to 40 Gb/sec using standard TCP/IP protocols.

BIAS Achieves Specialized Status in 10 Areas

Systems integrator BIAS, an Oracle Platinum Partner, has achieved 10 Oracle PartnerNetwork specializations, including those for Oracle Exadata and Oracle GoldenGate. Oracle GoldenGate expertise provides BIAS with more flexibility when designing client systems based on Oracle Exadata. With both Oracle GoldenGate and Oracle Exadata expertise, BIAS provides a total migration package, including initial migration, test, and cutover for Oracle Exadata implementations systems. 

Avnet Expands Oracle Relationship in Asia-Pacific

Avnet Technology Solutions, an IT solutions distribution company and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., has expanded its relationship with Oracle in the Asia-Pacific region. An Oracle Platinum Partner, Avnet will provide channel partners in Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, and India with a complete range of Oracle hardware and software solutions. 

Avnet’s expansion in the region is a result of acquisition and business growth. In January 2011, Avnet acquired itX, which distributed Oracle products in Australia; Avnet subsequently launched new franchises in India, New Zealand, and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. Avnet will provide Oracle partners in these countries with channel support, including training, enablement, lead generation, comarketing, technical integration, services, and ongoing support. Avnet will also give partners access to its SolutionsPath practices, which allow partners to gain expertise in industries such as energy, financial, government, healthcare, and retail. Avnet also provides datacenter technology expertise related to mobility, networking, security, storage, and virtualization.

Syntellect to Integrate Computer Telephony with Oracle E-Business Suite

Oracle Gold Partner Syntellect, the provider of the computer telephony integration platform Syntellect CT Connect, is working with Oracle to build and certify an adapter between the latest releases of Syntellect CT Connect and Oracle E-Business Suite. 

Currently, Syntellect CT Connect for Oracle E-Business Suite provides integration between Oracle Advanced Inbound Telephony and a variety of telephone switches. It enables agents answering calls to quickly understand the context of a call through screen pop-ups containing relevant information about the customer. Additionally, click-to-dial functionality allows agents to dial contacts directly from within business applications. All telephone interactions with customers are automatically logged. 

ClearPeaks and Projected Consulting Launch Partnership

Oracle partners ClearPeaks and Projected Consulting have joined forces to offer complete Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle business intelligence (BI) solutions. The two companies, both providers of enterprise performance management and BI solutions, offer organizations the benefits of their combined experience, in-depth knowledge, and expertise. 

The partnership launched with the ClearPeaks BI Academy, held alongside the related Oracle E-Business Suite courses already offered by Projected Consulting at its Oracle Approved Education Center.

Oracle Gold Partner ClearPeaks is a Specialized partner for Oracle BI solutions and an Oracle BI training partner. Projected Consulting is an Oracle Platinum Partner. 

SmartDog, Centroid, eVerge Achieve Specializations

Three Oracle partners have achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized status in various disciplines: 

SmartDog Services has achieved Oracle Platinum Partner status and Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized status in five separate Oracle disciplines: Oracle E-Business Suite financial management and supply chain management applications, Oracle Linux, Oracle Enterprise Manager, and Oracle Real Application Clusters. SmartDog’s specializations and Platinum status are an acknowledgement of the company’s expertise as measured by solution-specific education and testing and through the endorsements of companies who have benefited from its services in those areas. SmartDog Services provides consulting services for Oracle products and solutions, ranging from full-scale implementations to ongoing support.

Centroid, an Oracle Gold Partner and a provider of technology consulting and outsourcing services, has achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized status in Oracle Database 11g. To achieve this status, Centroid met stringent requirements for competency and business results, based on the needs and priorities of Oracle’s customer and partner communities. Centroid has also opened an Oracle Exadata Center of Excellence that offers deployment, implementation, and management services.

eVerge Group, an Oracle Platinum Partner, has achieved Specialized status in six categories: Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management, Oracle CRM On Demand, Oracle Business Intelligence foundation, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise human capital management solutions, PeopleSoft PeopleTools, and Oracle Public Sector. Since 1993, eVerge Group has completed hundreds of successful projects in these areas and built a broad understanding of how various Oracle solutions work together. 

Quest Introduces Backup Reporting Tool

Oracle Platinum Partner Quest Software has released Quest Backup Reporter for Oracle. This lightweight desktop solution enables DBAs to view all of their Oracle database backups across an entire enterprise from a single screen and then drill down into individual databases for detailed reporting. 

Quest Backup Reporter for Oracle tracks a variety of reporting metrics, including backup performance, storage consumption and growth rates, and policy reporting. It can also provide customizable alerts and notifications, and it enables DBAs to plan and view scheduled Oracle backups across the entire datacenter. 

Schooner Releases MySQL Tool

Oracle Gold Partner Schooner Information Technology has unveiled Schooner Active Cluster for MySQL Enterprise Edition, which enables enterprises using MySQL to provide high-performance synchronous replication and automated failover among nodes in a MySQL cluster. 

Schooner Active Cluster complements MySQL technologies such as semisynchronous replication and the native MySQL Cluster by guaranteeing consistency of data among master and slaves; reducing downtime with immediate and automatic failover and recovery; and providing guaranteed synchronous replication performed in parallel with executing transactions. It provides full cluster management from a single console, one-click clustering, and integrated backup tools. 

MindStream Analytics Achieves Hyperion Specialization

Oracle Gold Partner MindStream Analytics has achieved Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized status for Oracle Hyperion Planning. The company, a consulting and managed services provider, was recognized for its expertise in delivering Oracle Hyperion Planning services through competency development and business results.  

Infogain and OLR to Collaborate on Oracle Retail Solutions

Infogain and OLR, both Oracle Gold Partners, have formed a strategic alliance to provide global Oracle Retail consulting and systems integration services. Infogain specializes in point-of-sale and store operations systems, while OLR works in merchandising, planning, and optimization. Together, the two companies will provide end-to-end solutions for all types of retailers. 

The partnership addresses the need among retailers for cost-effective cross-channel integration. The two companies will provide a holistic offering based on Oracle Retail products and solutions, while providing additional support that complements existing integrations. Infogain has more than 1,000 professionals serving some 300 clients, including more than 50 of the Fortune 500. OLR is an experienced Oracle Retail delivery partner with operations in more than 25 countries. 

Fellow Consulting Enhances Oracle CRM On Demand

Oracle Gold Partner Fellow Consulting has updated CRM Gadget 2 Go, a client for Oracle CRM On Demand that allows users to access customer relationship management (CRM) information while offline and then synchronize it with Oracle CRM On Demand when back online. 

With the update, CRM Gadget 2 Go now supports barcode scanners; in one possible use case, this capability would enable service technicians to scan materials they use at customer sites and incorporate information about customer assets or replacement parts into a service request without performing manual data entry. 

Partners Achieve Validated Integrations

Three Oracle partners have achieved validated integrations with Oracle solutions: 

Accept Corporation, an Oracle Platinum Partner, has achieved validated integration of its Accept360 Ideas product with Oracle CRM On Demand 18 and Oracle CRM On Demand for Partner Relationship Management. The integration adds social collaboration–based capabilities to Oracle CRM, enabling users to create internal and external social communities. This gives business leaders visibility into market needs and creates a single repository of ideas and product requirements. Companies using Accept360 Ideas with Oracle CRM can capture and streamline market, customer, and partner feedback in the context of CRM objects.

Blue Coat Systems, an Oracle Gold Partner and a provider of Web security and wide-area-network (WAN) optimization solutions, has achieved validated integration of its Blue Coat ProxySG version 6 Acceleration Edition appliance for WAN optimization with Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 and Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1, as well as with Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management 7.8 and Siebel Customer Relationship Management 8.1. Blue Coat WAN Optimization appliances compensate for network bottlenecks and other conditions that cause centralized applications to perform slowly in branch and remote offices. The appliances optimize file access, e-mail, storage, and backup, as well as Web, cloud, and video applications.

Solix, an Oracle Gold Partner, has achieved validated integration of Solix Enterprise Data Management Suite (Solix EDMS) with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1. Solix EDMS archives transactional business objects for PeopleSoft Enterprise applications using criteria based on business rules, corporate policies, and retention periods, and allows customers to preview which transactions will be archived. The validation testing included Solix EDMS features such as data referential integrity and secure data archiving.

WebNMS Framework Integrates with MySQL and Oracle Database

Oracle Platinum Partner WebNMS, a division of ZOHO Corporation, has integrated MySQL and Oracle Database 11g in its WebNMS Framework, a network and element management solution. WebNMS needed a relational database solution that would allow its management system to support the wide-ranging, complex requirements and standards of the communications industry. 

With the flexibility to integrate either MySQL or Oracle Database 11g in the WebNMS Framework, developers and network operators can accommodate the increasingly stringent demands for availability and performance on network management workloads, including the proliferation of nodes, higher bandwidth, and richer communication services. 

C3i Opens Asia Language Center in Dalian, China

Oracle Gold Partner C3i, a provider of technology support and business process outsourcing (BPO) services for the pharmaceutical industry, has opened a global operations center in Dalian, China. The center will provide support to joint C3i and Oracle customers in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese languages. 

C3i works with Oracle to provide training, multilingual support, and BPO services to life science and pharmaceutical organizations worldwide. It also supports global pharmaceutical sales forces using Oracle’s Siebel Customer Relationship Management. Oracle and C3i currently have four joint customers in the Asian market and expect to add new customers and help existing ones in other markets expand into Asia. C3i’s Dalian center shares a single technology infrastructure, best practices, and a global management team with C3i’s other locations. The 1,200-employee company provides end-to-end support solutions for more than 250,000 clinical users and 50,000 pharmaceutical sales representatives worldwide.

Book Beat


Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Architecture and Management

By Reza Shafii, Stephen Lee, and Gangadhar Konduri
Oracle Press
This book provides best practices for deploying, securing, virtualizing, and managing enterprise-grade Oracle Fusion Middleware applications throughout their lifecycles. It is organized into two parts: Part 1 provides an end-to-end description of the architecture of Oracle Fusion Middleware components—Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle Application Development Framework, and Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite. A separate chapter introduces each component of the Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g stack and includes a sample use case showing how the chapter’s concepts apply to a real-life scenario. Part 2 focuses on provisioning, securing, optimizing, monitoring, and virtualizing applications built on Oracle Fusion Middleware.


Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 11g R1: Business Service Management

By Ashwin Kumar Karkala and Govinda Raj Sambamurthy
This book is a pragmatic, hands-on guide to modeling and managing datacenters and their corresponding business services using Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g Release 1. It begins with a discussion of business service management, including the evolution of enterprise IT infrastructure and the modeling paradigms to manage it; the various techniques in modeling complex datacenters available in Oracle Enterprise Manager; and ways to model and define various composite targets such as groups, systems, and services. The book also helps readers understand active and passive modeling using beacons, service tests, and system targets, and provides information on monitoring through service levels and dashboards.


Expert Oracle Application Express

By John Scott and others

In this book, the authors—some of the top Oracle Application Express practitioners working today—explain how to develop secure applications that can be deployed globally, both inside and outside of large enterprises. From their years of experience, the authors share insights into application development challenges including scalability, globalization, configuration, and lifecycle management. Readers will learn methods for debugging and improving performance, ways to customize an application’s user interface, and techniques for securing applications from intrusion. Ideas are presented in a problem/solution format, complete with examples that readers can copy and adapt.


Data Architecture: From Zen to Reality

By Charles Tupper

Data architecture is the blueprint for organizing and structuring information for services, service providers, and consumers of data. This book explains the principles underlying data architecture, how data evolves with organizations, and the challenges organizations face in structuring and managing their data. It also discusses the methods and technologies used today for dealing with data. The book uses a holistic approach, covering topics including data modeling and data model management, data quality, data governance, enterprise information management, database design, data warehousing, and data warehouse design.


Getting Started with Oracle Hyperion Planning 11

By Enti Sandeep Reddy

This practical guide shows how to design, configure, and implement a robust planning, budgeting, and forecasting solution using Oracle Hyperion Planning. It walks the reader through installation of the product and then shows how to design planning applications and create planning objects. The book goes on to explain concepts related to Oracle Hyperion products such as data forms, task lists, business rules, validation rules, and workflows—all with the help of real-world examples. Finally, the book covers user provisioning, access rights, and budget process management. The book offers step-by-step instructions and detailed screenshots.


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