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2012

Special Report: Most Popular Stories of 2012

December 2012

Our roundup of the year's most popular stories demonstrates that our readers are focused on learning everything they can about top business trends, including big data, mobile and cloud computing.They also want to know about Oracle leadership's plans for the future, including how recent acquisitions will impact the company's solutions. Finally, Profit readers want to hear about how innovative companies around the globe are investing in upgrades to drive their businesses ahead.

“When I look at the list of most popular stories, I am excited by the diversity of stories we've been able to tell this year,” says Profit's editor in chief Aaron Lazenby. “We've been able to feature a number of experts, both inside and outside of the company, and across the globe. They've provided important insight—and shared their own experiences—which is critical during this time when technology is so rapidly changing the way we do business."

The Road Ahead
Oracle President Mark Hurd has a unique perspective on global business and the IT industry—and his insight is an essential part of delivering success for Oracle customers.

Korean Air Charts a New Course
In a bold move that involved retooling all major information systems, IT leadership at the Seoul-based international carrier systematically replaced or upgraded enterprise systems to help the company gain altitude.

Understanding the Importance of Culture in Global Business
“Cross-cultural differences have time and time again been identified as the most significant impediment to successful international ventures and projects,” says Denise Pirrotti Hummel, CEO of Universal Consensus. “These obstacles can be transformed into opportunities with a framework for tackling them head-on.”

Five Ideas: Project Management
In November, Oracle announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Instantis, a leading provider of cloud-based and on-premise project portfolio management solutions. Here, learn more about the proposed acquisition, plus get more insight from the November issue of Profit magazine.

The Effects of Big Data on the Logistics Industry
“With the right infrastructure to acquire, organize, and analyze this information, companies can equip executives and operations personnel with whole new insights into their customers, operations, and partner networks,” says Sundar Swaminathan, senior director of industry strategy and marketing at Oracle.

How Tablets Can Mobilize Sales
“Tablets are enabling field sales and service teams to sell more efficiently, replacing more expensive laptops, and reducing print and distribution costs for sales material,” says Susan Sink is director of Industry Strategy and Insight at Oracle.

Tips for Planning an ERP Upgrade
“The right strategies can help you reach your upgrade goals and deal with potential obstacles and risks,” according to OAUG President Mark C. Clark.

Platform for Efficiency

Boeing Global Services and Support works with Oracle Diamond Partner Capgemini to integrate supply chain processes with Oracle solutions.

Five Ideas: Cloud Computing
Find out about Oracle's solutions for both private and public clouds, and customers that are already using the power of Oracle's cloud computing technology to drive their businesses forward.

Playing to Win

As the gaming industry transitions more to online and mobile, so does Electronic Arts—with a superefficient hub to process millions of transactions a day.

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