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Jeff Erickson
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We offer a fresh look at how autonomous database and other cloud technologies are transforming the old shop floor, the way construction companies communicate—and even how jewelers are staying agile during the busiest time of the year. Plus, we’ll tell you about a developer skill that’s skyrocketing in demand and teach you how easy it is to store large files on Oracle Cloud.

Jeff Erickson, Oracle 
Built on Autonomous Database to Help Make Things Better, Faster
Whether they’re cranking out cupcakes or rubber gaskets, all manufacturers ask the same basic questions, notes MESTEC COO Mark Carleton: “Can we deliver the order by then? Do we have the materials? Will we need overtime?” Carleton helped build cloud-based MESTEC software by using Oracle Autonomous Database to get those answers—and improve shop floor performance over time. 
Blue Nile
Online Jeweler Says ‘Yes’ to Better Process
’Tis the season for proposals. Luckily, Blue Nile sells high-quality diamonds, engagement rings, and more on its website, where customers can even design pieces themselves. The company tracks ever-changing inventory needs, design trends, and even marketing approaches with EPM software on Oracle Cloud, which helps the finance team “spend more of our time doing analysis rather than digging through a bunch of spreadsheets,” says Blue Nile’s Stacie Robbins. The company’s next commitment. 
Kubernetes-Hungry Businesses Recruit to Fill Skills Gaps
Developers with cloud native skills are in high demand. That much was very clear at this year's KubeCon San Diego, a convention around the open source Kubernetes cloud orchestration platform. But “the skills gap will continue to widen. You can’t fill it with people, because there’s not enough people,” says Bob Quillin, vice president of developer relations for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. What should companies do about it?
Paving the Way for Connected Construction
The construction industry is experiencing dramatic change driven partially by the embrace of technologies such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. To tap into these trends, construction and engineering firms need a firm grasp of telecommunications technologies such as 5G, SD-WAN, signaling and policy, network and border control, and enterprise communications, to help bring better visibility and control to a smart supply chain. 
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Tech Dive: Better File Storage in Oracle Cloud
Developers often wonder: Where should they store large file attachments? With the release of Oracle Application Express (Oracle APEX) 19.2, there is now built-in support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Web Credentials, which provides a fast and easy way to work with Oracle Cloud Object Storage Service. Discover how easy it is to authenticate and interact with the Oracle Cloud Object Storage REST APIs in APEX. What’s the first step?
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