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Five Minute Briefing - Oracle
December 17, 2014

Published in conjunction with the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), this bi-weekly publication contains news, market research, insight for the Oracle ecosystem, as well as IOUG news and information. Subscribers also receive IOUG ResearchWire, a bi-monthly reseach report for the Oracle community.

News Flashes

Oracle has opened its latest cloud development facility in Toronto's downtown tech center. The company plans to increase its Toronto cloud software development team by 30% with a focus on advancing Oracle Marketing Cloud.

2015 is going to be a big year for big data in the enterprise, according to Oracle. Neil Mendelson, Oracle vice president of big data and advanced analytics, shared Oracle's "Top 7" big data predictions for 2015. "The technology is moving very quickly and it is gaining to the point where a broader set of people can get into it - not just because it is affordable - but because they no longer require specialized skills in order to take advantage of it," he said.

Violin Memory has announced availability of its Oracle Performance Analysis Service (O-PAS). Violin says the tool helps IT professionals remove the complexity of reporting, analyzing and decision-making around Oracle databases to lower the costs of their Oracle deployments while increasing Oracle database and associated application performance.

Think About It

The introduction of increased transactional capability into non-relational databases makes sense—in the same way that providing SQL layers on top of Hadoop and many other non-relational stores makes sense. But it does raise the possibility of convergence of relational and non-relational systems. After all, if I take a non-relational database and add SQL and ACID transactions, have I still got a non-relational database, or have I come full circle back to the relational model?

IOUG News and Information

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