AT ORACLE: Briefs
Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2, the latest version of Oracle’s comprehensive real-time data integration solution, is now available. Tightly integrated with Oracle technologies, the new release delivers performance enhancements, increased support for business-critical and heterogeneous systems, and expanded management capabilities.
A component of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2 provides real-time data integration to business-critical applications, enabling improved business insight, query offloading to maximize online transaction processing performance, zero-downtime data migration, disaster recovery, and active-active database synchronization for continuous availability.
“To succeed in today’s highly competitive global markets, organizations need to have a holistic view of their data landscape,” says Brad Adelberg, vice president of development at Oracle. “Oracle GoldenGate 11g Release 2 enhances Oracle’s industry-leading data integration solution through improved performance, reliability, flexibility, and integration. This release minimizes downtime for our customers’ critical systems and supports better decision-making across the enterprise.”
Oracle has unveiled Oracle Retail Mobile Point-of-Service, a mobile extension to Oracle Retail Point-of-Service that enables store associates to assist customers and securely complete transactions from anywhere in the store using mobile devices. Fully integrated with Oracle Retail’s stores solutions, which ensures consistent business logic, Oracle Retail Mobile Point-of-Service has a scalable and flexible architecture that allows any combination of fixed and mobile checkout points and supports multiple mobile operating systems and devices, so retailers are not locked in to specific vendors.
“Oracle Retail Mobile Point-of-Service provides the flexibility to serve customers on their terms. By providing store associates with a consistent transaction interface and delivering actionable insights at any point of service, we help retailers level the playing field between store associates and digitally enabled customers,” says Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “Oracle Retail Mobile Point-of-Service provides an integrated and scalable architecture for retailers to create differentiated customer interactions.”
Oracle has released Oracle Application Development Framework (Oracle ADF) Essentials to bring Oracle ADF benefits to the global developer community. Free to use, Oracle ADF Essentials is standards-based and deploys on GlassFish Server Open Source Edition, providing a way for developers to adopt and extend Oracle ADF functionality to new environments.
Oracle ADF Essentials includes Oracle ADF Faces, a set of more than 150 advanced Web user interface (UI) components; Oracle ADF Controller, an extension of the JavaServer Faces controller layer that helps build complete reusable process flows; Oracle ADF Binding, which connects UIs to various business services; and Oracle ADF Business Components, declaratively configured, reusable components that implement common design patterns.
“Oracle ADF is already proven as the strategic framework used to build Oracle Fusion Applications,” says Chris Tonas, vice president, Applications Development Tools at Oracle. “With Oracle ADF Essentials, we’ve combined key tooling from Oracle ADF, Oracle JDeveloper, and Oracle Enterprise Pack for Eclipse in a free offering that should be a great way for many of our customers and partners to jump-start their development efforts.”
Oracle is offering enhanced support for the R statistical programming language, increasing the accessibility of big data analytics within the enterprise. Oracle’s open source distribution of R is available with Oracle Big Data Appliance and can also be downloaded now.
The enhanced support includes new platform ports of R for Oracle Solaris and AIX in addition to Linux and Windows, connectivity to Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database in addition to Oracle Database, and integration of hardware-specific math libraries for faster performance.
“Big data analytics is a top priority for our customers, and the R statistical programming language is a key tool for performing these analytics,” says Andrew Mendelsohn, senior vice president, Oracle Database Server Technologies. “With this announcement, we continue to enhance and expand our industry-leading support for R across the Oracle Database, Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database, and Hadoop platforms.”
Addressing the strong demand for Java in the embedded market, Oracle has unveiled Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.2, a complete client Java runtime optimized for microcomputers and other resource-constrained devices, and Oracle Java Embedded Suite 7.0, the first Java-based middleware stack for embedded systems.
With Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.2, applications for small embedded devices are no longer tied to a single hardware platform. In addition, Oracle Java ME Embedded 3.2 meets the unique requirements of small embedded, low-power devices, including on-the-fly application downloads and updates, remote operation, and the ability to add new capabilities without affecting existing functions.
Oracle Java Embedded Suite 7.0 helps organizations achieve faster time to market by leveraging proven middleware components with their existing Java skill sets. Oracle Java Embedded Suite 7.0 is now available for Linux on x86 and Linux on ARM. An evaluation implementation is available for download from Oracle Technology Network.
“The rapid growth in the ‘internet of things’ is driving demand for open and cross-industry platforms that can help decrease time to market and deliver increased capabilities in embedded devices, while retaining tight control on development, production, and support costs,” says Nandini Ramani, vice president of engineering, Java Client and Mobile Platforms at Oracle. “Java’s uniquely flexible architecture supports these requirements through a highly secure virtual machine designed to support remote applications updates and downloads.
Oracle has introduced Oracle Fusion Tap, a native iPad application that runs off cloud-based enterprise applications and across Oracle Cloud Application Services to improve productivity for mobile users by providing access to key functionalities to keep business moving. Automatically personalized to each user, it enables secure access to day-to-day management of the user’s workforce and sales force automation.
“The mobile workforce is a business reality, and Oracle Fusion Tap is an example of how Oracle delivers mobile and cloud innovations that fundamentally improve productivity and how we work,” says Chris Leone, senior vice president, Applications Development at Oracle. “With Oracle Fusion Tap, users will have an all-in-one, easily extensible app that puts mission-critical data and colleague connection at their fingertips.”
The latest Oracle Solaris release, Oracle Solaris 11.1, delivers more than 300 new performance and feature enhancements.
Oracle Solaris 11.1 features database technology enhancements that deliver the best performance, availability, and I/O throughput of any UNIX platform used to run Oracle Database. These include improving lock latency for Oracle Real Application Clusters, resizing Oracle Database system global area (without a reboot), and observing and understanding database I/O bottlenecks using Oracle Solaris Dtrace.
New cloud infrastructure features add to Oracle Solaris 11’s highly efficient built-in virtualization capabilities across system, network, and storage resources and include support for the open standard Federated File System and expanded support for software-defined networks.
“Oracle Solaris 11 is the best UNIX operating system to run Oracle applications, deploy mission-critical cloud infrastructure, and protect customer investments,” says John Fowler, executive vice president, Systems at Oracle. “The Oracle Solaris engineering team has worked closely with the Oracle Database engineering team to deliver unique value that customers can only get from an Oracle solution.”
Oracle has agreed to acquire SelectMinds, a cloud-based talent management company. SelectMinds applications help hiring managers use social connections to manage and market job referrals.
“Recruiting candidates through employee referrals is widely acknowledged as the most effective method to find talent through trusted contacts,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle. “By adding SelectMinds to Oracle’s Talent Management Cloud, Oracle can help customers with a complete talent management solution, enabling streamlined recruiting practices, more quality referrals, faster employee on-boarding, and better performance.”
Oracle has unveiled seven Oracle Cloud preview services that augment its comprehensive cloud portfolio. These include Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, which streamlines financial planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes; Oracle Financial Reporting Cloud Service, which enables the creation and delivery of highly formatted, boardroom-quality management reporting; Oracle Data and Insight Cloud Service, which aggregates insightful and intelligent data from enterprise, social, and external sources; Oracle Social Sites Cloud Service, which enables brands to quickly expose sites to their customers; Oracle Developer Cloud Service, which simplifies collaborative software development by providing a standards-based environment that supports the complete development lifecycle; Oracle Storage Cloud Service, which allows businesses to store and manage digital content in the cloud; and Oracle Messaging Cloud Service, which enables data communications between applications inside and outside of the Oracle Cloud.
“Cloud is a strategic business at Oracle,” says Abhay Parasnis, senior vice president of product development at Oracle. “The breadth of opportunities available with the Oracle Cloud already exceeds anything else available in the industry, and with the introduction of these new services, Oracle continues to innovate, shape the market, and define the future of cloud-based services.”
Oracle has released new enhanced analytics software optimized for Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine that enables customers to view and analyze data at the speed of business. New capabilities enhance organizational ability to quickly access and leverage data assets in real time, from information discovery to visual and mobile analytics, through enterprise planning and reporting.
In addition, Oracle Endeca Information Discovery is now certified with Oracle Exalytics, allowing business users to easily explore diverse and unstructured information to find answers to questions that cannot be easily answered by more-traditional, quantitative business intelligence.
“Oracle Exalytics enables organizations to make decisions faster in the context of rapidly shifting business conditions while broadening user adoption of business intelligence through the introduction of interactive visualization capabilities that make every user an analyst,” says Balaji Yelamanchili, senior vice president, Oracle Analytics and Performance Management Products. “The latest software enhancements and certifications further increase the extreme performance and value of Oracle Exalytics—allowing users of all skill sets to gain the actionable intelligence they need to make better, more informed decisions.”
Oracle has unveiled new commercial extensions for MySQL Enterprise Edition. Available at no additional cost as part of MySQL Enterprise Edition and MySQL Cluster Carrier Grade Edition, the new commercial extensions deliver advanced-security and high-availability options.
One of the new extensions, MySQL Enterprise Audit, provides an out-of-the-box, easy-to-use auditing and compliance solution that helps organizations conform to industry best practices and satisfy regulatory requirements. Other extensions provide capabilities to dynamically enable and disable audit streams, implement policies that log all or selected login or query-based activities, and automatically rotate audit log files based on size.
“MySQL customers want to reduce the risk, cost, and time to deploy and manage business-critical applications,” says Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering at Oracle. “Our new security and high-availability commercial extensions specifically address those needs.”
Oracle has launched Oracle’s social relationship management solution, an integrated enterprise service that enables companies to listen, engage, create, market, and analyze interactions across multiple social platforms in real time. The solution is integrated with Oracle’s enterprise applications, including Oracle Fusion Marketing, Oracle Fusion Sales Catalog, and Oracle ATG Web Commerce, allowing organizations to use social capabilities to transform their corporate business processes and systems. It is also integrated with Oracle Platform Services, including Oracle Java Cloud Service and Oracle Database Cloud Service, enabling marketing teams to integrate social technology with their custom Web pages, landing pages, and marketing tools.
Oracle’s social relationship management solution includes Oracle Social Network Cloud Service, which provides a secure collaboration platform; Oracle Social Marketing Cloud Service, which enables marketers to centrally create, publish, moderate, manage, measure, and report across multiple social campaigns and platforms; Oracle Social Engagement and Monitoring Cloud Service, which enables organizations to analyze social media interactions while also empowering customer service and sales teams to effectively engage with customers and prospects; Oracle Social Sites Cloud Service, which provides a rich editing experience that end users can leverage to dynamically develop and launch social sites; and Oracle Data and Insight Cloud Service, which provides information and insights about common business entities.
“By fundamentally changing the way organizations connect with their different stakeholders, social is changing the rules of business,” says Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle. “With Oracle’s social relationship management solution, we are empowering our customers to embrace this change by integrating the tools required to listen, engage, create, market, and analyze social interactions into existing applications and services.”
Oracle has launched a new hardware offering, Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite. Based on Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster T4-4, Oracle Solaris, and Oracle VM Server for SPARC, Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite can deliver significant cost savings versus both new and existing hardware infrastructure.
“Oracle Optimized Solution for Oracle E-Business Suite delivers high-volume batch and online transaction processing performance with mission-critical availability and disaster recovery for Oracle E-Business Suite environments, while reducing risk and enabling significant savings in TCO,” says Ganesh Ramamurthy, vice president of engineering at Oracle. “Built on the SPARC SuperCluster, our newest solution takes advantage of Oracle hardware and software engineered together to deliver the high performance and availability needed for business-critical applications.”
Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2, the new release of Oracle’s open source virtualization software, delivers a smarter user interface; advanced networking capabilities; and Windows 8, Mac OS X 10.8, and Oracle Linux 6.3 support.
“As the only free, open source virtualization software that supports Windows, Mac, Linux, and Oracle Solaris platforms, users can install Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.2 on their preferred host platforms and run a huge variety of guest operating systems in virtual machines,” says Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president, Linux and virtual engineering at Oracle.
Oracle has updated Oracle Retail Data Model, its standards-based, enterprise-class data warehouse for retailers. The latest enhancements deliver advanced analytics for unique retail formats including consumer goods, wholesale and private label, multichannel, franchise control, and quick-serve restaurants and fine dining.
It has also been optimized for Oracle Database, Oracle Exadata Database Machine, and Oracle Big Data Appliance to deliver extreme scalability and performance.
“The enhancements to Oracle Retail Data Model provide deeper and broader insight for a wider range of retailers,” says Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “By taking advantage of its new capabilities, retailers will have unparalleled access to information that is relevant, timely, and actionable.”