Oracle refreshes entire SaaS line, aiming to fuel cloud momentum

As the migration of enterprises to the cloud picks up steam, Oracle is intent on keeping up. It has taken to refreshing its SaaS applications twice a year, bringing them up to feature parity with its on-premises software and adding brand-new features for e-commerce and internet-centric supply chain management.

Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, announced Wednesday, is the newest iteration of the company’s cloud-based business applications. It upgrades the user interface across all the apps and delivers new capabilities for supply chain management (SCM), ERP, human capital management (HCM) and the CX Cloud Suite for customer experience management.

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On-premises HR users risk being left behind, Oracle says

Oracle is telling customers that the future of its HR platform will be in the cloud. It’s trying to do this without alarming users who host its applications internally.

Users of on-premises PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite HR system users won’t be abandoned as cloud use grows, Oracle promises. These systems will get regular updates and new features. There’s no end-of-life risk, said Mark Hurd, Oracle’s CEO. “No worries about that,” he said.

Even with that, however, Oracle’s cloud-basedHuman Capital Management (HCM) system will see many more new features and will pull ahead in capability over on-premises systems, said Hurd.

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Oracle settles with ex-worker over alleged fiddling of cloud accounts

Oracle has informed a federal court that it is settling a lawsuit in which a former employee had charged that she had been terminated from her job for refusing to go along with accounting principles that she did not consider lawful.

In a joint submission Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, lawyers for Oracle and the former employee, Svetlana Blackburn, asked to vacate a case management conference scheduled for Thursday, while submitting a notice of settlement to notify the court “that the lawsuit has been settled in principle, and to request thirty (30) days in which to file a dismissal.”

The lawsuit had drawn interest amid concern that companies could be dressing up their cloud revenue in a highly competitive environment. Gartner, for example, warned in December 2015, that “assessing vendor cloud revenue claims has become more challenging, with many vendors’ IT-related businesses being complicated and nuanced.”

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Oracle settles with ex-worker over alleged fiddling of cloud accounts

Oracle has informed a federal court that it is settling a lawsuit in which a former employee had charged that she had been terminated from her job for refusing to go along with accounting principles that she did not consider lawful.

In a joint submission Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, lawyers for Oracle and the former employee, Svetlana Blackburn, asked to vacate a case management conference scheduled for Thursday, while submitting a notice of settlement to notify the court “that the lawsuit has been settled in principle, and to request thirty (30) days in which to file a dismissal.”

The lawsuit had drawn interest amid concern that companies could be dressing up their cloud revenue in a highly competitive environment. Gartner, for example, warned in December 2015, that “assessing vendor cloud revenue claims has become more challenging, with many vendors’ IT-related businesses being complicated and nuanced.”

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Oracle settles with ex-worker over alleged fiddling of cloud accounts

Oracle has informed a federal court that it is settling a lawsuit in which a former employee had charged that she had been terminated from her job for refusing to go along with accounting principles that she did not consider lawful.

In a joint submission Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, lawyers for Oracle and the former employee, Svetlana Blackburn, asked to vacate a case management conference scheduled for Thursday, while submitting a notice of settlement to notify the court “that the lawsuit has been settled in principle, and to request thirty (30) days in which to file a dismissal.”

The lawsuit had drawn interest amid concern that companies could be dressing up their cloud revenue in a highly competitive environment. Gartner, for example, warned in December 2015, that “assessing vendor cloud revenue claims has become more challenging, with many vendors’ IT-related businesses being complicated and nuanced.”

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Oracle outlines plans to take on Amazon in cloud

Oracle executives on Tuesday revealed the results of years’ worth of engineering and development efforts on its IaaS public cloud and announced a new bare metal cloud database service and an international geographic expansion.

Oracle is typically not considered one of the top IaaS public cloud leaders, but the company has hopes of competing in the market by combining its infrastructure services – which focus on its core database services – with a suite of application development and software as a service offerings. At its Cloud World event in New York, company executives laid out their vision of how they will take on competitors such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Salesforce.com.

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Oracle survey: Java EE users want REST, HTTP/2

In September and October, Oracle asked Java users to rank future Java EE enhancements by importance. The survey’s 1700 participants put REST services and HTTP/2 as top priorities, followed by Oauth and OpenID, eventing, and JSON-B (Java API for JSON Binding).

“REST (JAX-RS 2.1) and HTTP/2 (Servlet 4.0) have been voted as the two most important technologies surveyed, and together with JSON-B represent three of the top six technologies,” a report on the survey concludes. “Much of the new API work in these technologies for Java EE 8 is already complete. There is significant value in delivering Java EE 8 with these technologies, and the related JSON-P (JSON with Padding) updates, as soon as possible.”

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Oracle survey: Java EE users want REST, HTTP/2

In September and October, Oracle asked Java users to rank future Java EE enhancements by importance. The survey’s 1700 participants put REST services and HTTP/2 as top priorities, followed by Oauth and OpenID, eventing, and JSON-B (Java API for JSON Binding).

“REST (JAX-RS 2.1) and HTTP/2 (Servlet 4.0) have been voted as the two most important technologies surveyed, and together with JSON-B represent three of the top six technologies,” a report on the survey concludes. “Much of the new API work in these technologies for Java EE 8 is already complete. There is significant value in delivering Java EE 8 with these technologies, and the related JSON-P (JSON with Padding) updates, as soon as possible.”

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Larry Ellison says Amazon is ’20 years behind’ Oracle

Larry Ellison continued his assault on Amazon during his second keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday.

“Amazon Web Services are simply not optimized for the Oracle Database. I’ll go further than that: Amazon Web Services aren’t optimized for their own databases either, as you will see,” he said, while displaying a set of benchmarks that showed Oracle Database performing several times faster on Oracle’s cloud than it does on Amazon’s cloud. “It doesn’t get better, it gets worse.”

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Larry Ellison says Amazon is ’20 years behind’ Oracle

Larry Ellison continued his assault on Amazon during his second keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld on Tuesday.

“Amazon Web Services are simply not optimized for the Oracle Database. I’ll go further than that: Amazon Web Services aren’t optimized for their own databases either, as you will see,” he said, while showing off a set of benchmarks that showed Oracle Database performing several times faster on Oracle’s cloud than it does on Amazon’s cloud. “It doesn’t get better, it gets worse.”

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Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

Larry Ellison has a message for Amazon Web Services: Oracle is going to give Amazon a run for its money in the cloud market.

“Amazon’s lead is over,” he said during his keynote address at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco. “Amazon’s going to have serious competition going forward.”

To that end, the company he co-founded is launching a set of new cloud data centers that are aimed at providing more powerful compute instances to help it compete against the likes of AWS, Azure and other cloud players. The generation 2 data centers will help bring a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud.

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IDG Contributor Network: Oracle delivers document signing — a big win for HelloSign

It’s been many years since I had to physically sign forms. Since then, I have been an avid user of electronic document signing services, in particular HelloSign. I take great delight at electronically signing every form that I receive, even when the sender is adamant that electronic signatures are not sufficient. After all, once an electronic image of a signature has been placed on a document, and then rendered as a PDF, there is very little way to tell the difference between it and a physically signed and scanned document.

At the end of the day, I have an aversion to paper and always take advantage of services that allow me to do away with filing. (As an aside, a shout-out to Receipt Bank, which I use to scan all of my paper receipts and invoices — no longer do I have to spend time filing paper receipts away!)

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Oracle will buy cloud warehouse management applications firm LogFire

Oracle will acquire LogFire, a provider of cloud-based warehouse management applications, with the aim of boosting the features of its supply chain management cloud offering.

The Redwood Shores, California, software and cloud giant expects that the addition of the LogFire applications will complement the logistics functionality of its Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud by adding warehouse management capabilities.

The financial terms of the proposed acquisition of the Atlanta, Georgia, firm were not disclosed. The management and employees of LogFire, which was started in 2007,  will join the Oracle SCM Cloud team.

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TmaxSoft is using clear licensing to woo Oracle database users

It’s no secret that Oracle’s aggressive licensing tactics can be a source of considerable pain for its customers, and that’s just where TmaxSoft is betting it has an edge. 

Not only does the company promise users of its Tibero database roughly half the license fees, it also uses a licensing model so transparent that it recently became the first to be verified by the Campaign for Clear Licensing.

Tibero’s price list is “a single page and very easy to understand,” said Martin Thompson, chief agitator for CCL, when the verification was awarded late last year. “The prices and products are clearly set out, and there are no hidden extras that customers need to look out for.”

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Oracle to buy cloud software provider NetSuite for $9.3 billion

Oracle has entered into an agreement to buy NetSuite, which provides cloud-based accounting, enterprise resource planning, customer relationship management, and other business software packages, for $ 9.3 billion.

The NetSuite package of products is complementary to Oracle’s cloud products and the companies’ cloud packages will “coexist in the marketplace forever,” Mark Hurd, Oracle’s CEO, said in a press release.

The deal will allow Oracle to serve a broader range of customers, including smaller businesses, and expand to more industries and more countries, the company said. Asked what additional advantages the deal brings, and Oracle spokeswoman said, “We are declining additional comment today.”

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Is Oracle cooking its cloud books?

It wasn’t that long ago that Oracle’s lord and master, Larry Ellison, snarled that cloud computing was just hype. He said in 2008, “The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”

Fast forward to 2012 and you find Ellison proclaiming that Oracle was ready to offer “the most comprehensive cloud on the planet Earth.”

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Cloud washing goes beyond the Oracle lawsuit

“Cloud washing” is back. It’s the practice of inflating financial results for a company’s cloud business, usually by redefining existing services and products to fit the cloud umbrella. The SEC accused IBM of cloud washing its financial results several years ago. And some have criticized Microsoft for nebulous cloud financial reporting. Now Oracle is facing a lawsuit from a former senior finance manager, Svetlana Blackburn, who claims she was fired for not going along with its cloud washing. (Oracle denies any cloud washing and has countersued Blackburn for malicious prosecution.)

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Oracle pays $532 million to snatch up another cloud service provider

Hard on the heels of a similar purchase last week, Oracle has announced it will pay $ 532 million to buy Opower, a provider of cloud services to the utilities industry.

Once a die-hard cloud holdout, Oracle has been making up for lost time by buying a foothold in specific industries through acquisitions such as this one. Last week’s Textura buy gave it a leg up in engineering and construction.

“It’s a good move on Oracle’s part, and it definitely strengthens Oracle’s cloud story,” said Frank Scavo, president of Computer Economics.

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Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it’s planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light.

Roughly 100 low-income families were hastily evicted this summer from an apartment complex on the land in order to make it available for the sale to Oracle, according to reports, and they’re now seeking restitution.

Though some of the former tenants of Lakeview Apartments had leases through the end of the year, they were reportedly forced by owner Cypress Real Estate Advisors to move out early. Some have said their security deposits were not returned, and they have had no assistance as they’ve struggled to find comparably priced housing.

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Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it’s planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light.

Roughly 100 low-income families were hastily evicted this summer from an apartment complex on the land in order to make it available for the sale to Oracle, according to reports, and they’re now seeking restitution.

Though some of the former tenants of Lakeview Apartments had leases through the end of the year, they were reportedly forced by owner Cypress Real Estate Advisors to move out early. Some have said their security deposits were not returned, and they have had no assistance as they’ve struggled to find comparably priced housing.

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Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it’s planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light.

Roughly 100 low-income families were hastily evicted this summer from an apartment complex on the land in order to make it available for the sale to Oracle, according to reports, and they’re now seeking restitution.

Though some of the former tenants of Lakeview Apartments had leases through the end of the year, they were reportedly forced by owner Cypress Real Estate Advisors to move out early. Some have said their security deposits were not returned, and they have had no assistance as they’ve struggled to find comparably priced housing.

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Does Oracle have a shot in the IaaS cloud market versus Amazon and Microsoft?

Less than a week after Hewlett-Packard unceremoniously withdrew from the IaaS public cloud market, another legacy IT stalwart has jumped in.

In a grandiose display at the company’s OpenWorld conference in San Francisco, Oracle executives, led by czar/Chairman Larry Ellison made an ambitious, weeklong pitch for the company’s cloud. It stretches across all types of cloud options – from private on-premises IaaS systems, to an elastically scalable public cloud, plus a suite of SaaS and application development PaaS components.

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Oracle Hadoop Based Analytical Tools to Explore the Spatial Big Data Processing

Oracle Oracle Hadoop Based Analytical Tools to Explore the Spatial Big Data ProcessingThe elephant of Apache Hadoop is increasingly acclaimed by thousands of developers and companies around the world. As big data and the demands of real-time analytics increase globally, the emergence of Hadoop has created new oceans to explore data.

Now, Oracle has a new software product that is designed to help big data demands. This product called Oracle Big Data Spatial and Graph provides new analytical capabilities for Hadoop and NoSQL.

Users of the Oracle database have long had access to graphical tools and analytic space, which are used to discover relationships and analyze data sets involving location. With the intention to meet diverse data sets and minimize the need for data movement, Oracle created the product so that it can process data natively on Hadoop and parallel on MapReduce using structures in memory.

There are two main components. One is a graph of property distributed to more than 35 high-performance analytic functions, parallel and in memory. The other is a collection of functions and services of spatial analysis to evaluate data based on how close or far you find something, whether it falls within a border or region, or for processing and displaying data and geospatial imagery. Analysts can then discover relationships and connections between clients, organizations and assets.

The Property Graph Data Management and Analysis facilitate the work on big data with the opportunity to develop models in real time, thanks to parallel in-memory analytics. Graphs are flexible and easy to evolve while the metadata is stored as part of the new graphs and reports findings can be added on the fly. With space instruments, users can take the data with location information, enrich them and use them to harmonize the whole environment.

According to the Oracle post, “With the spatial capabilities, users can take data with any location information, enrich it, and use it to harmonize their data. For example, Big Data Spatial and Graph can look at datasets like Twitter feeds that include a zip code or street address, and add or update city, state, and country information. It can also filter or group results based on spatial relationships: for example, filtering customer data from logfiles based on how near one customer is to another, or finding how many customers are in each sales territory. These results can be visualized on a map with the included HTML5-based web mapping tool. Location can be used as a universal key across disparate data commonly found in Hadoop-based analytic solutions.”

The Big Data Discovery analytic tool is the Oracle’s framework of big data Hadoop processing to profile, explore, analyze and find correlations in data from a Hadoop system. Last month, Oracle extended its middleware Data Integrator, which referred to specialists for database and data warehousing to engage in activities associated with big data. The Oracle Data Integrator solution for big data aim of helping companies to make data without learning Scala, Oozie or ETL, allowing to generate transformations in these languages ??with simple mappings.


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Oracle Triggers an Avalanche of 24 Cloud Services to Compete with Amazon

oraclecloud 300x168 Oracle Triggers an Avalanche of 24 Cloud Services to Compete with AmazonThe Cloud represents a market where Oracle wants to win. The 24 services launched by the database leader include all the tools companies need to conduct their operations in the cloud and thus should help customers make the move to the cloud.

Oracle Cloud Platform was enriched by nearly 24 new services for developers, IT professionals, end users and analysts to achieve, to expand and more easily integrate cloud applications. They are Oracle Database Cloud – Exadata Service, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud Service, Oracle Big Data Cloud Service and Big Data SQL Cloud Service, Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Process Cloud Service.

With the new services launched, companies can move all their applications hosted in the data center to the cloud Oracle. Oracle now claims to be the only cloud provider to offer a full range of enterprise software services, platform services and infrastructure services under the banner Oracle Cloud Platform. Compared to Oracle, cloud providers have chosen to focus on certain services: Salesforce.com has specialized in software and services Amazon has essentially focused its activity on infrastructure services.

The provider has also launched several integrated cloud services that must allow companies to move their operations to the cloud, including a service to develop and execute mobile applications directly from the Oracle cloud and an integration service which allows them to combine multiple enterprise applications into complete systems.

Oracle now offers online services for enterprise resource planning, managing the customer experience, management of human resources, management of business performance, and management services supply chain. The aim of these new offerings is to make Oracle a single window for all the cloud computing needs.

Oracle Databases deployed in the cloud as part of this service is 100% compatible with those deployed on-premises, thereby enabling a smooth migration to the cloud and seamless transition to a hybrid cloud strategy. The Oracle Big Data Service Cloud and Big Data SQL Cloud Service is a secure and efficient platform to run various loads on Hadoop and NoSQL databases and to help companies collect and organize their big data.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service offers a set of Android applications development tools or iOS operating entirely in the cloud. The developer can use Mobile Cloud to build a user interface or to configure an API for data exchange. All development will be done entirely through a browser, so it is not necessary to install software on the desktop machine to each developer.

Developers can use their favorite languages ??or go through the Mobile Application Framework Oracle framework. The service also includes a software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to follow their application, for example to know who uses it and how it is used.

The company also launched a service called Oracle Integration Cloud Service, which allows companies to work together their different enterprise applications and cloud services. Finally, Oracle has updated Business Intelligence Cloud Service, in particular by equipping it with new data visualization tools.

Oracle wants to clearly position themselves to Amazon, its main competitor, which also offers various solutions in the cloud. To attract customers, the company also said that the group is ready to compete with Amazon on price. Oracle claims 70 million users in the cloud. The services offered by Oracle are from 19 data centers spread across the planet, which manage 700 PB of data.


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