News Briefs

August 2011

 

Oracle Health Sciences Cloud Meets Demands of Health Sciences Market

Oracle’s next-generation Oracle Health Sciences Cloud, a scalable and secure software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery platform, more effectively powers its portfolio of Oracle Health Sciences Cloud applications. The new Oracle Health Sciences Cloud is tailored for the specific regulations and requirements of the health sciences market.

The improved Oracle Health Sciences Cloud is a boon for customers because it offers improved performance, security, and scalability across a variety of networked environments. This connectivity is key because there is a driving need for data to be securely managed across multiple organizations, ranging from academic medical centers to life sciences companies. In addition, Oracle Health Sciences Cloud is developed and strenuously tested for the specific security and privacy requirements of the health sciences industry.

Oracle Health Sciences applications currently available as a service on the Oracle Health Sciences Cloud include electronic data capture, electronic patient-reported outcomes, and drug supply management, among many others. Another plus is that the latest Oracle Health Sciences Cloud platform takes advantage of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle’s Sun ZFS Storage Appliance, and Oracle Exadata.

Oracle Announces Oracle Coherence 3.7 Distributed In-Memory Data Grid Product

Oracle Coherence 3.7, Oracle’s distributed in-memory data grid product, simplifies the management and configuration of large-scale deployments and offers users many more data storage capabilities. Announced in April 2011, the newly updated product also offers intelligent and dynamic load balancing of client connections.

Now, Oracle Coherence 3.7 includes a new Elastic Data feature providing enterprises with the ability to leverage both memory and disk-based devices for data grid storage. This new capability provides access to data, no matter the storage medium used. In addition, it offers more flexibility in terms of capacity and resource planning.

The Elastic Data feature will have particular appeal for customers who need extremely high data capacity and low-latency data access, particularly those in online retailing or financial services. In addition, Elastic Data has the potential for smaller, more manageable deployments and for significantly increased capacity. Oracle Coherence 3.7 is part of Oracle Exalogic. It is also a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and is tightly integrated with other offerings in Oracle’s middleware stack.

Oracle Introduces Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics

Retailers have a critical way to increase enterprise performance and improve decision-making with the new Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics prebuilt business intelligence (BI) application, which was introduced in May 2011. The application provides users with performance metrics across an entire enterprise, and enables a faster response to market opportunities.

Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics utilizes Oracle BI applications to access and analyze data from various applications, including customer relationship management, retail operations, and financial and workforce management. And because the application is merchandising specific, it targets critical performance indicators offering insight into item sales, store performance, and profit trends. The software provides a variety of BI dashboards where users can easily take action on insights gained about particular indicators.

Oracle Retail Merchandising Analytics is part of the family of Oracle Retail analytics applications, all of which are optimized to run on Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic. The applications easily integrate with Oracle and non-Oracle applications, and reports can be delivered to desktops and mobile devices in a variety of formats.