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May/June 2012

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Oracle PartnerNetwork Adds MySQL Specialization

Reflecting its commitment to MySQL innovation, Oracle has launched a MySQL specialization as part of the Oracle PartnerNetwork Specialized program. More than 3,000 independent software vendors, original equipment manufacturers, and value-added resellers already use MySQL in their solutions; those that earn MySQL specialization can spotlight their strengths and expertise, differentiate their offerings, and gain a competitive edge.

Under MySQL specialization, Oracle partners reselling MySQL solutions receive special branding, advanced educational and enablement resources, and easier and faster ordering and reselling. Partners that embed or bundle MySQL with software, hardware, or appliances can access the development license of the MySQL Enterprise Monitor and Query Analyzer features as well as other tools to improve their products’ quality, stability, and performance.

Accenture Garners Oracle Life Sciences Data Hub Specialization

Accenture is the first Oracle Diamond Partner to achieve Specialized status for Oracle Life Sciences Data Hub. The specialization underscores Accenture’s ability to help life sciences companies increase traceability and visualization of clinical data, conduct cross-trial analyses, and improve data analysis. Accenture and Oracle have worked together on successful Oracle Life Sciences Data Hub implementations for five years.

Oracle Life Sciences Data Hub integrates clinical and nonclinical data from multiple sources into a single environment for analysis, visualization, and reporting, providing better insights for more-informed decision-making, improved regulatory compliance, and greater productivity. To achieve Specialized status, Accenture met requirements based on the needs and priorities of the customer and partner communities, including completing online sales, presales, and support assessments and passing an implementation exam.

Oracle PartnerNetwork Launches Oracle Applications and Industry Partner Summit

Oracle PartnerNetwork hosted the first Oracle Applications and Industry Partner Summit January 9–11, 2012, in Scottsdale, Arizona. More than 350 senior sales and practice leaders from 80 leading systems integrators in North America were on hand for presentations from Oracle customers, partners, and executives.

Keith Block, executive vice president of Oracle North America, shared Oracle’s strategy and momentum and gave his perspective on the competitive landscape. Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle, shared roadmaps for Oracle Applications and discussed how partners can capitalize on Oracle Fusion Applications and Oracle’s cloud offerings. Sonny Singh, senior vice president of Oracle’s Industries Business Unit, outlined the company’s go-to-market strategy, detailed collaboration opportunities, and offered best practices for industry-specific selling.

Attendees learned that more than 47 application- or industry-specific specializations are now available to partners; 1,800 partners have earned nearly 6,000 Oracle Applications or industry specializations; more than 59,000 Application and Industry Boot Camp Training Days have been conducted, including 12,200 in FY 2012 alone; and more than 11,000 certified implementation specialists have achieved application- or industry-specific accreditations.

Acolade Achieves Oracle Enterprise Manager Application Quality Management Specialization

Acolade Consulting, an Oracle Gold Partner based in Sydney, Australia, has achieved Oracle Enterprise Manager Application Quality Management specialization. Acolade is proficient in providing Oracle’s application quality management solutions to organizations for use in thoroughly testing their packaged and Web- and SOA-based applications to ensure the quality, scalability, and availability of the applications and their underlying infrastructure.

Oracle Enterprise Manager application quality management solutions consist of three distinct offerings. Oracle Application Testing Suite includes Oracle Test Manager for test management; Oracle Functional Testing for automation testing; and Oracle Load Testing for stress, volume, and performance testing. Oracle Real Application Testing is a change assurance solution that enables businesses to fully assess the outcome of a system change on Oracle Database in a test environment. Oracle Data Masking Pack maintains a high level of data security by scrambling test data and yet maintaining end-to-end data integrity.

Together these solutions enable organizations to manage their entire quality assurance process, including defining test requirements, creating and executing automated and manual test cases, tracking defects, and performing load tests and database tests. This specialization demonstrates Acolade’s high level of qualification and project management experience.

ProcessWeaver Achieves Validated Integration

Oracle Gold Partner ProcessWeaver’s Enterprise Centralized Shipping (ECS) 3.0 solution has achieved Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.

This solution from ProcessWeaver is used to process shipments, update freight cost and shipment tracking information, and print shipping documentation such as carrier-compliant labels. The product works with multiple carriers (such as FedEx, UPS, DHL, and USPS) and freight forwarders. Integration of ProcessWeaver’s ECS solution with Oracle E-Business Suite increases productivity and improves customer service; validated integration ensures that the two products work together as designed.

Intel Sets Benchmark Records with Oracle Systems

Oracle Gold Partner Intel and Oracle recently achieved two benchmark records based on the two companies’ joint engineering collaboration.

The world’s fastest x86 online transaction processing database performance on the TPC-C benchmark was delivered by Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 server based on Intel Xeon E7 processors running Oracle Database, Enterprise Edition 11g with Oracle Linux.1

The SPECjEnterprise2010 world-record benchmark for Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g was set on a Sun Blade X6270 M2 server module based on Intel Xeon 5600 processors.2

Intel technology is also the basis for several of Oracle’s engineered systems:

  • Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, the first engineered system for analytics, is based on the Intel Xeon E7 processor family.

  • Oracle Big Data Appliance, an optimized solution for acquiring, organizing, and loading unstructured data into Oracle Database 11g, is based on Intel Xeon 5600 processors.

  • Oracle Database Appliance, an easy-to-deploy system engineered for midmarket customers and departmental database instances, is based on Intel architecture. 


ReadSoft PROCESSIT Achieves Several Oracle Ready Statuses

Oracle Platinum Partner ReadSoft AB has earned Oracle Linux Ready, Oracle Database Ready, and Oracle WebLogic Ready designations for PROCESSIT 7.1. ReadSoft software and services address document automation needs, including data entry, information verification, document workflows, and e-invoicing.

ReadSoft has R&D experts dedicated to Oracle-related consulting and development and makes those experts available to customers during implementation of ReadSoft solutions. The company is headquartered in Sweden, operates in 16 countries, and has partners in an additional 70. Some 5,000 customers use ReadSoft software.

Infosys Adds Oracle Exadata Specialization

Oracle Diamond Partner Infosys has achieved Oracle Exadata specialization and has installed an Oracle Exadata engineered system in the newly opened Shanghai, China, Infosys-Oracle Innovation Center. The Infosys-Oracle Innovation Center located at Oracle headquarters in Redwood Shores, California, also has access to the Oracle Exadata system and the ability to provide customer demonstrations. To gain Oracle Exadata specialization, Infosys completed Oracle Exadata certification criteria across all categories (sales, presales, implementation, and support).

Infosys is also involved in high-performance testing for big data and has developed accelerators for data warehouse migration. The company’s Value Complete data warehouse migration solution delivers extreme performance and scalability, while significantly reducing costs, time, and risks associated with migrating from any relational database to Oracle Exadata Database Machine. The solution includes workbench frameworks for database; extract, transform, and load; and reporting migration.

The Infosys-Oracle Innovation Center is a state-of-the-art facility jointly established by Infosys and Oracle to demonstrate Oracle Exadata accelerators, such as data warehouse migration and Oracle E-Business Suite migration console, and other solutions. The two companies also use the Innovation Center to develop Oracle-based solutions that maximize customer value and reduce costs.

KPIT Cummins Announces Milestones

Two KPIT Cummins companies recently made Oracle-related announcements. SYSTIME, an Oracle Platinum Partner, has achieved Oracle Validated Integration for its SYSTIME JD Edwards adapter for Oracle WebCenter 11g Release 1. The adapter optimizes Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne financial management solutions, using advanced workflow capabilities to accelerate document- and image-intensive business processes such as accounts payable and claims processing.

CPG Solutions, also an Oracle Platinum Partner, has introduced Oracle Accelerate for Life Sciences using Oracle’s Agile product lifecycle management solutions. This accelerated implementation of Agile product lifecycle management for medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers features preconfigured workflows, data models, and test scripts with optional preconfigured integration to Oracle E-Business Suite.

KPIT Cummins is a worldwide Oracle Platinum Partner that provides consulting, implementation, product development, and 24/7 global services. KPIT Cummins’ Oracle solutions–focused companies include CPG Solutions, a leader in manufacturing, supply chain, and engineering; and SYSTIME, the leading Oracle JD Edwards partner. KPIT Cummins companies have achieved five advanced specializations and 20 regular specializations.

ConSol Austria Earns Two Oracle Ready Statuses

ConSol Austria Software GmbH, an Oracle Gold Partner, has earned Oracle Database Ready and Oracle WebLogic Ready status for ConSol*CM version 6.5.5. ConSol*CM manages help desk, service management, customer relationship management (CRM), and sales processes and is built on a SOA platform that allows seamless connection to third-party systems such as enterprise resource management, CRM, process management, and monitoring systems.

Oracle Database Ready status demonstrates that ConSol*CM has been fully tested on Oracle Database 11g Release 2. Oracle WebLogic Ready status certifies that ConSol*CM is supported on Oracle WebLogic Server 11g Release 1.

Supply Chain Fusion Earns Demantra Specialization

Supply Chain Fusion, a supply chain consulting firm and an Oracle Gold Partner, has achieved Specialized status for Oracle Value Chain Planning–Demand Management (Demantra). This specialization recognizes Supply Chain Fusion’s proficiency in selling and implementing Oracle’s Demantra solutions.

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Supply Chain Fusion blends supply chain process expertise with comprehensive software skills and adds proprietary Fast Fusion methodology with accelerators to transform clients’ supply chains. To earn Specialized status, Supply Chain Fusion met rigorous requirements based on the needs and priorities of the customer and partner community, including completing online sales, presales, and support assessments and passing an implementation exam.

Delta Energy Solution Achieves Multiple Oracle Ready Statuses

Delta Energy Solution AG, a Swiss company developing gas and electricity trading and scheduling solutions for the European market, has earned Oracle Linux Ready, Oracle Solaris Ready, and Oracle Database Ready status for its ET3000 version 3.13 solution.

ET3000 provides software modules for the processing of the international energy trading of commodities such as electricity, gas, and CO2. Additionally, the company’s DeltaXE version 4 solution has earned Oracle Linux Ready, Oracle Solaris Ready, Oracle Database Ready, and Oracle WebLogic Ready status. DeltaXE provides time series management and is used in the processing and settlement of trades and energy distribution.

An Oracle Platinum Partner, Delta Energy Solution embeds Oracle software in a way that delivers high availability, high performance, and scalability suited to the fast-paced European utilities market.

Book Beat


Beginning Database Design, Second Edition

By Clare Churcher

Beginning Database Design, Second Edition, provides short, easy-to-read explanations of how to get database design right the first time. It is aimed at novice designers, especially those who are doing ad hoc design as a result of employing end-user tools such as Oracle Application Express, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Excel. The author offers numerous examples to help readers avoid the many pitfalls faced by new and not-so-new database designers.

The book helps designers ask and answer important questions about their data so they can understand the problems they are trying to solve and create a pragmatic design capturing the essential—while leaving the door open for refinements and extension at a later stage.


Oracle Database 11g Release 2 Performance Tuning Tips and Techniques

By Richard Niemiec
Oracle Press
Oracle Certified Master Richard Niemiec shows you how to systematically identify and eliminate database performance problems in this updated Oracle Press book. Filled with real-world case studies and best practices, the book details the latest monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimization methods. Learn how to find and fix bottlenecks, configure storage devices, execute effective queries, and develop bug-free SQL and PL/SQL code. Testing, reporting, and security enhancements are also covered. In addition, Niemiec discusses how to properly index and partition Oracle Database 11g Release 2; work with Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud; and efficiently manage disk drives, RAID arrays, and memory.


Agile Oracle Application Express

By Patrick Cimolini and Karen Cannell
Agile Oracle Application Express shows how skilled, motivated, and self-organizing developers can realize the commercial benefits of Oracle Application Express by coupling it with an agile software development approach to iteratively design, create, and deliver quality applications on time and within budget. You will learn why Oracle Application Express is well suited to agile processes, with its support for rapid prototyping and team development. The authors also discuss how support for enabling technologies such as SQL, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript in Oracle Application Express allows you to deliver any type of Web application to meet your development needs.


Oracle BAM 11g R1 Handbook

By Pete Wang

Oracle BAM 11g R1 Handbook is a practical best-practices tutorial focused entirely on Oracle Business Activity Monitoring, which enables business service and process monitoring through real-time data streaming and operational reports. Packed with best practices, the book covers business activity monitoring migration, high-availability configuration, and more. Wang dives straight into the architecture of Oracle Business Activity Monitoring 11g before moving on to managing business activity, monitoring server securities, populating data objects, and performing load testing, as well as building an Oracle Application Development Framework–based report. This intermediate-to-advanced guide includes step-by-step instructions and an accompanying demo project that will guide SOA report developers through application development and producing dashboards and reports.


PeopleSoft for the Oracle DBA, Second Edition

By David Kurtz

PeopleSoft for the Oracle DBA, Second Edition, is written for DBAs charged with supporting an Oracle’s PeopleSoft system, and especially those responsible for troubleshooting and resolving PeopleSoft performance issues. In this revised edition, readers will learn about the internet architecture in PeopleSoft applications and its use of Oracle Tuxedo. The book includes full coverage of key database issues such as indexing, connectivity, and tablespace usage as they apply to PeopleSoft applications.

The author also provides advice on managing and troubleshooting performance issues in a PeopleSoft environment, including how to pinpoint problems within the code.



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