IOUG Podcast 15-SEP-2012 Itanium’s Back / Java 7 Cloudy Bugs / Fusion HCM Taleo Talent

For the week of September 15th, 2012:

Oracle Support for HP Itanium Temporarily Extended
More Critical Bugs Found in Java 7
Java EE 7 Not Going to Be Cloud-Ready for Near Future
Taleo Brings Shiny Glam to Oracle Fusion HCM

IOUG Podcast 15-SEP-2012 Itanium’s Back / Java 7 Cloudy Bugs / Fusion HCM Taleo Talent

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Being a slower than usual newsweek for Oracle-related technology (all building up to OpenWorld at month’s end), we did find a few worthy stories to disperse this week, among the numerous stories about Oracle’s legal battles courtesy of Dennis Brian Moore’s ever-diligent digging..

Doug Henschen’s article in  InformationWeek says that  Oracle announced on Tuesday that it will comply with a court ruling handed down last month telling the company to continue to port the latest versions of its database and application software to run on Hewlett-Packard Itanium servers. The Court backed HP’s claims that a 2010 contract with Oracle explicitly said that mutual product support must continue as it had in the past.  Oracle last year announced that Oracle Database 12c, due out in early 2013, would not be available on Itanium, but in Tuesday’s statement the company reversed itself. “A judge recently ruled that Oracle has a contract to continue porting its software to Itanium computers for as long as HP sells Itanium computers. Therefore, Oracle will continue building the latest versions of its database and other software covered by the judge’s ruling to HP Itanium computers,”

Lucian Constantin of IDG News reports this week that security researchers from Poland-based security firm Security Explorations claim to have discovered a vulnerability in the Java 7 security update released Thursday that can be exploited to escape the Java sandbox and execute arbitrary code on the underlying system. Oracle broke out of its regular four-month patching cycle on Thursday to release Java 7 Update 7, an emergency security update that addressed three vulnerabilities, including two that were being exploited by attackers to infect computers with malware since last week. Based on the experience of Security Explorations researchers with hunting for Java vulnerabilities so far, Java 6 has better security than Java 7. “Java 7 was surprisingly much easier for us to break,” says company CEO, Adam Gowdiak.  ”For Java 6, we didn’t manage to achieve a full sandbox compromise, except for the issue discovered in Apple Quicktime for Java software.”

Leaders of the effort to develop Java EE 7 – the next version of Oracle’s Java platform for enterprise computing – have recommended that certain planned components be deferred to a later version in the interest of keeping the project on schedule.  Linda DeMichiel, the specification lead for Java EE 7, wrote in a blog post that providing solid support for platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments and multi-tenancy would likely delay the project for another year. We have therefore proposed to the Java EE 7 Expert Group that we adjust our course of action — namely, stick to our current target release dates, and defer the remaining aspects of our agenda for PaaS enablement and multi-tenancy support to Java EE 8.”

Cloud vendors are already working on ways to support enterprise Java apps on their platforms. Many have chosen to support Spring, a lighter-weight framework, rather than Java EE. Several vendors – including CloudBees and Red Hat – already provide support for at least portions of the current Java EE spec in their cloud environments, and as these vendors gain more experience in this area, they may be able help the Java EE 8 effort avoid premature standardization of its remaining cloudy components.

On the Fusion Applications front, Oracle’s continued evolution of its Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) portfolio is now fully-extended in the areas that were least-addressed within the base product through integration of the Taleo technology products acquired earlier in 2012. New additions to the HCM Cloud Services product line include Analytics, Learning Management, Onboarding Process tracking, and Recruiting Portals.  The product line further diversifies by dividing itself into larger enterprise and small to medium sized business (SMB) categories through the Taleo Business Edition (TBE) products designed for organizations with fewer than 3,000 employees.  By extending the HCM featureset into much-needed analytics and career management areas, Oracle hopes to finally woo the existing PeopleSoft and e-Business Suite HR customers towards its highly functional Fusion HCM cloud offering as a lower cost plus higher functionality application set with virtually transparent migration paths as a featureset for remaining with the Oracle suite of HCM products.


IOUG Podcast 11-APR-2012 Bus Analytics Roadmap / Exalytics / World Record Performance

For the week of April 11th, 2012:
OpenWorld Tokyo 2012: Oracle Presents Business Analytics Strategy
Oracle’s Business Analytics Portfolio is Enhanced with New Certified on Exalytics BI Applications
New World Record x86 Performances for Oracle on Middleware and Transactional Database Benchmarks
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IOUG Podcast 11-APR-2012

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At OpenWorld Tokyo 2012 Oracle addressed the need to make IT infrastructure and business analytics technologies simpler and more efficient. In addition to presenting its strategy and plans for business analytics, the company also unveiled new additions to its product portfolio.

Oracle president Mark Hurd went on to outline four strategies that seek to position Oracle as the premier IT company. First, “From hardware, operating systems, databases, applications, we’re going to be best-of-breed,” he said, adding that the company is spending roughly $5 billion in R&D this year. Second, Oracle aims to vertically integrate to deliver extreme performance and lower TCO. Third, Oracle is, “building out their industry vertical solutions.” And finally to bring a, “new generation of applications via the cloud” built on common middleware.

One of the new products in the Oracle Business Analytics line is Endeca Information Discovery, whose general availability was announced at the conference. This product provides automated data modeling. Oracle also announced two new BI applications – Oracle Manufacturing Analytics and Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics – the first and only analytic applications for manufacturing and asset management analysis and will enable users in the manufacturing and asset-intensive industries to gain better insights and make decisions faster. Native support for tablet and mobile devices, such as the Apple iPad and iPhone is also provided. Also releaseed are new BI applications for SAP Sales & Distribution and Materials Management; and EPM System Release

Oracle announced two more world record benchmark results delivered by its software and hardware. The world record was achieved on the SPEC jEnterprise2010 benchmark, with Oracle WebLogic Server 12c,  Database 11gR2 on Oracle Linux R2 on Oracle’s Sun Fire X4800 M2 server. The benchmark is based on real-world ERP, manufacturing and supply chain management business cases.

In addition, an x86 world record TPC-C benchmark result was set with the same server, running Oracle Fusion Middleware with Tuxedo. Data files were distributed across four F5100 Flash Arrays. In this benchmark, popular for comparing OLTP performance on various configurations, Oracle achieved 5,055,888 transactions per minute (tpmC) with a price/performance of only 89 cents per transaction per minute

Oracle Database 11g now holds the TPC-C performance world record for all x86 systems, as well as the overall world record. And Oracle WebLogic Server now holds the x86 world record and a single node world record, in addition to holding the overall world record based upon the latest benchmark.

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