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Just before VMworld, which is going on now, Mathew Lodge, vice president of product marketing, Cloud Services, VMware, discussed the conference whose theme is "Ready for Any," as well as best practices for cloud strategies and the changes taking place today in IT infrastructure.

Posted August 25, 2015

With the release of Oracle Cloud Platform 2015 and new Oracle Cloud Platform Services, things are clouding up across the Oracle landscape—but in a positive way. Larry Ellison, chairman and chief technology officer for Oracle, has made it clear in pronouncements that Oracle is in the cloud to stay.

Posted August 25, 2015

Hundreds of enterprise IT professionals converged in Orlando, August 9th-14th, for the annual SHARE summer conference, which featured more than 500 educational sessions. "Mainframe data is growing tremendously and companies want to utilize it," said James Vincent, president of SHARE. "They are investing in data analytics," he added. "But data security and privacy are really growing in importance."

Posted August 25, 2015

A recent DBTA webcast spotlighted an intriguing project in which IBM has partnered with SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) scientists in using signal patterns in their search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The project leverages IBM Analytics for Apache Spark, a powerful cluster-computing framework with in-memory processing and analytics.

Posted August 25, 2015

When anyone hears the word "fragmentation," they typically think of a physical disk platter problem where the fragmentation of physical blocks results in disk latency due to the extra head movement required to process a file. What about solid-state drives (SSDs)?

Posted August 25, 2015

Some industry pundits have been speculating that with cloud and IT automation, the need for database administrators (DBAs) is going to fade. However, this is far from reality. In fact, the DBA is even more vital than ever to enterprises—and the jobs of DBAs are evolving rapidly to meet new challenges and technology paradigms.

Posted August 10, 2015

Oracle recently rolled out major updates to Oracle Identity Management to help organizations securely manage access to mobile, cloud, and on-premise applications. Jim Taylor, senior director, product management, Oracle, discussed how the data security landscape is being shaped by greater digitization, more demand for access from more devices, and the relentless reports of high-profile data breaches.

Posted August 10, 2015

Let's rephrase the question above: The next ticking time bomb is your database. Regardless of whether you run Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, or MySQL, the odds lean toward your organization having a ticking time bomb. The only question to be posed is whether you are going to become collateral damage or diffuse the bomb before the damage happens.

Posted August 10, 2015

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard Microsoft has introduced the initial release of Windows 10. Windows 10 has been a widely anticipated release on the part of consumers and business alike, with Microsoft aiming to deploy Windows 10 on more than one billion devices within the next few years. Here are 10 technical and market reasons why Windows 10 will become Microsoft's biggest release ever.

Posted August 10, 2015

"Big Data," "Cloud," "Mobile," "IoT," "Social," "Real Time"—the stream of buzzwords seems unending. Helping Oracle customers stay on top of the latest technologies, deal with new challenges, and make the most of emerging opportunities, each fall Oracle presents OpenWorld, an event spanning the entirety of Oracle's offerings. The conference attracts tens of thousands of influential attendees who converge in San Francisco to learn about current and future technologies and trends from Oracle and the surrounding ecosystem.

Posted August 05, 2015

The Independent Oracle Users Group is headed to San Francisco this October to join the Oracle technology community at Oracle OpenWorld 2015. Representing the voice of Oracle technology professionals, IOUG members will present more than 35 sessions on critical Oracle technology topics, including big data, cloud, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, and more. There is a lot to discuss with the Oracle database and technology community, and I am looking forward to connecting with Oracle professionals with similar interests to address challenges and solutions face-to-face.

Posted August 05, 2015

Each year during Oracle OpenWorld, OAUG Geos and SIGs present more than 50 sessions on Sunday. The user-led SIG sessions feature users and expert consultants sharing their firsthand knowledge and problem-solving tips and suggestions on a range of topics including EBS, Hyperion EPM, OBIEE, BI, and more. In addition, many Geos host Sunday sessions that offer attendees the opportunity to meet peers from their local community.

Posted August 05, 2015

Connect with Quest at Oracle OpenWorld, Oct. 25-29, 2015, and learn more about how you could get the answers and solutions you need to solve ERP challenges facing your business. At OpenWorld, you will have many opportunities to connect with the Quest team; from breakout sessions to SIG meetings to various networking opportunities, you'll be able to discover how Quest members leverage the community to achieve a higher satisfaction with their ERP.

Posted August 05, 2015

The IT industry continues to expand at a brisk pace with a steady influx of innovative products and technologies to help organizations extract value from data, integrate it with new and traditional sources, as well as ensure quality and security.

Posted August 04, 2015

An array of database technologies, including NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud database—or database as a service approaches, are increasingly being adopted to address the new requirements created by the explosive growth in data volume and variety. Social media, the Internet of Things, the need for mobile access, and real-time insights are just some of the new factors wielding pressure on organizations.

Posted August 04, 2015

The past few years have brought radical changes to the world of IT. After more than 40 years as the undisputed leader in enterprise data management, for the first time, the relational database is facing some worthy challengers.

Posted August 04, 2015

As organizations seek to leverage more data in more forms, some are finding that cloud-based, or cloud-friendly, databases provide advantages in terms of faster deployment, flexibility, reduced upfront capital commitment, and easy maintenance.

Posted August 04, 2015

NoSQL database technology is increasingly gaining ground in enterprises. It is true that the relational database is still the undisputed leader when it comes to enterprise data management. But today, newer technologies, and in particular, NoSQL database technologies, are making forays into the enterprise.

Posted August 04, 2015

Sometimes called the fifth NoSQL database technology, the MultiValue database dates back to the mid-1960s, with Don Nelson and Dick Pick widely credited as the founding fathers of the technology. Also referred to as Pick or MultiDimensional, a key advantage of MultiValue, is the database structure's use of attributes that can have multiple values, rather than one single value as with relational technology.

Posted August 04, 2015

Putting data to work by extracting useful information for competitive advantage is the goal for many companies. Why else amass huge stores of data if not to use it to understand customers' needs better, foresee new opportunities, and ward off impending threats.

Posted August 04, 2015

In-memory databases and grids have entered the enterprise mainstream. Today, new offerings are emerging in many forms—from extensions of relational database management systems to NoSQL databases to cloud-hosted NoSQL databases.

Posted August 04, 2015

While new and bigger data environments may seem complex, the objective is always simply to exploit data for decision making. Column-oriented relational databases - which store data in columns rather than in rows - were developed in the 1990s.

Posted August 04, 2015

Perhaps no technology is more aligned with the new world of big data than Hadoop, which allows for the distributed processing of large datasets across compute clusters

Posted August 04, 2015

Maintaining and optimizing database management systems has never been as important or as complex. Today, it involves far more than simply ensuring the high performance of a set of homogenous databases.

Posted August 04, 2015

Developing new database software quickly and collaboratively among globally located team members with varying skill levels, for deployment on cloud or on premise while also avoiding potential pitfalls that can create downtime and delays is a goal for many organizations. To effectively deal with today's rapid business cycles, what's needed are nimble development solutions.

Posted August 04, 2015

Four years ago in The Wall Street Journal, Marc Andreesen wrote that software is eating the world. Those words continue to resonate. But with the heavy focus on software, there is pressure on underlying database systems to remain up and running, always available and functioning with lightning speed.

Posted August 04, 2015

For data-driven enterprises, no activity is more vital than keeping the database systems up and running. Still, unplanned downtime does happen for a variety of reasons. To be prepared in the event of system failures, infrastructure owners and DBAs have developed strategies to increase resiliency and assure availability of data.

Posted August 04, 2015

Today, data is under assault from within organizations and from outside. The risks are endless. Breaches can be caused by any number potential threats - outside hackers, accidental staff mistakes, abuse by rogue employees, sharing data with outside partners. And, the damage can be costly, damaging finances and reputations.

Posted August 04, 2015

Data is flowing into organizations in greater faster and from more sources and in more formats than ever before. Along with this deluge, there is also a greater appreciation for the fact that is data can be leveraged for faster and better decision-making, connecting more appropriately with customers, creating better products, and avoiding risk.

Posted August 04, 2015

As organizations place more value on data than ever before, the adage "garbage in, garbage out" has taken on more significance. Sloppy data hygiene is reflected in subpar business outcomes.

Posted August 04, 2015

Effective data governance improves the usability, integrity, and security of enterprise data. As organizations gather, store and access increasing volumes of data, strong data governance allows them to have confidence in the quality of that data for a variety of tasks as well adhere to security and privacy standards.

Posted August 04, 2015

Data integration is critical to many organizational initiatives such as business intelligence, sales and marketing, customer service, R&D, and engineering. These days, however, data integration is getting more complicated. There are more types of data than ever before, as well as more sources, and more target platforms on can be stored.

Posted August 04, 2015

Data replication advances a number of enterprise goals, supporting scenarios such as distribution of information as part of business intelligence and reporting initiatives, facilitating high availability and disaster recovery, and as part of a no-downtime migration initiative.

Posted August 04, 2015

A key component to data integration best practices, change data capture (CDC) is based on the identification, capture and delivery of the changes made to enterprise data sources. CDC helps minimize access to both source and target systems as well as supports the ability to keep of record of changes for compliance, and is a key component of many data processes.

Posted August 04, 2015

The overall goal of data integration is to achieve a complete view of enterprise data across disparate data environments. One approach that has come to the fore to overcome data silos and revive the original goal of the data warehouse is data virtualization.

Posted August 04, 2015

The cloud has enabled a range of capabilities such as big data analytics, unlimited capacity for storage, and a range of other on-demand services.

Posted August 04, 2015

In a fast-paced world, data driven decisions must be made quicker than ever before. When organizations need to analyze fast-developing business events as they happen in real time - with the ability to evaluate threats, risks, and opportunities - a streaming data solution is required to improve usability and speed time to insight.

Posted August 04, 2015

Business intelligence encompasses a variety of tools that enable organizations to collect data from internal systems and external sources, prepare it for analysis, develop, and run queries against the data, and create reports, dashboards and data visualizations.

Posted August 04, 2015

Organizations are continuing to see data as a treasure trove from which they can extract valuable insights. Data mining solutions provide the tools that enable them to view those hidden gems and facilitate better understanding of new business opportunities, competitive situations, and complex challenges

Posted August 04, 2015

Query and reporting solutions are part of a comprehensive business intelligence approach. When you have questions, these solutions provide the answers. For as long as enterprises have been gathering data, BI groups have been utilizing query and report programs as the primary applications that produce output from information systems.

Posted August 04, 2015

With more companies utilizing a variety of tools to back up their data, enterprises are looking to offload some of that information into a space that is offsite and cost-effective. Cloud could be the answer as it has transformed computing, making it less expensive, easier and faster to create, deploy, and run applications as well as store enormous quantities of data.

Posted August 04, 2015

Efficient, secure storage plays a critical role in the enterprise. Tech companies are beginning to offer smarter storage solutions, enabling greater efficiency through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies.

Posted August 04, 2015

In the age of big data, organizations require solutions that can help manage the three Vs, volume, velocity, and variety. Addressing the three Vs are the converging forces of open source, with its rapid crowd-sourced innovation, cloud, with its unlimited capacity and on-demand deployment options, and NoSQL database technologies, with their ability to handle unstructured, or schema-less, data.

Posted August 04, 2015

No matter what the causes, a series of unfortunate events added up to a lot of bad news for data security and availability during one week in early July. In addition to an outage at the New York Stock Exchange, IT issues resulted in the grounding of United Airlines planes for 2 hours on the same day, and new revelations surfaced about a data breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Posted July 21, 2015

If you read the headlines, downtime is a real and material risk to your business. Whether it's international hackers, massive power outages or just hardware and software that reaches its end of life, IT organizations continue to be challenged by unplanned downtime and data loss. And it's costing them as much as $1.7 trillion a year.

Posted July 21, 2015

Many developers are familiar with the relational way to model data but may not be as familiar with modeling data in a document database. There are three main things developers need to know about modeling data in a document database: document design, key design, and querying.

Posted July 21, 2015

Before enterprises create data architecture for business intelligence and analytics, there are a few key components they need to consider.

Posted July 21, 2015

Data integration requirements are growing more demanding. In today's computing environments, data must often be moved between on-premises systems and public clouds, between private and public clouds, between different hybrid clouds, or between different public clouds. A new report based on a survey conducted by Unisphere Research among 342 IOUG members looks at the current state of data integration in the cloud era, including the key issues, priorities and solutions being adopted by organizations. The "2015 IOUG Data Integration for Cloud Survey" was sponsored by Oracle.

Posted July 21, 2015

As Agile development increases in popularity, companies have achieved faster time to market, reduced risk, and increased ability to manage changing priorities in their projects. However, what Agile means for the DBA team is more database deployments more often.

Posted July 08, 2015

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is quoted as saying, "What's dangerous is to not evolve." His company has followed this mantra to the point where you can't tell any more if Amazon is a retail, media, or tech company. Organizations must follow Bezos' advice when it comes to evolving their digital analytics efforts or choose to live dangerously in an increasingly data-driven world.

Posted July 08, 2015

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