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Press Release Oracle Buys goBalto Adds Leading Solution for Accelerating Clinical Trial Site Selection and Activation to Oracle Health Sciences Cloud

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 17, 2018

Oracle today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire goBalto, which delivers leading cloud solutions to accelerate clinical trials by streamlining and automating the selection and set up of the best performing clinical research sites to conduct trials.

goBalto’s study startup solutions are activated at over 90,000 research sites across 2,000+ studies in over 80 countries to deliver significant savings to customers with over 30 percent quantifiable reduction in study startup cycle times.

Today, Oracle Health Sciences offers customers the industry's most advanced cloud solution for clinical trial planning, data collection, trial execution and safety management. goBalto adds the leading industry cloud solution that significantly reduces clinical trial startup time.  Together, Oracle and goBalto will provide the most complete end-to-end cloud platform dedicated to unifying action and accelerating results for the Life Sciences industry. 

“Clinical trial site selection and activation is one of the most manual and time-consuming processes for our customers,” said Steve Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Health Sciences Global Business Unit. “Oracle Health Sciences is designed to provide the industry with the best end-to-end clinical trial experience and the addition of goBalto will further allow our customers to remove another barrier from delivering treatments to patients faster.”

“We set out on a mission to streamline the clinical trial study startup process ten years ago because we saw how untenable it was for pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations to track 1,000+ sites by 1,000+ specialists on spreadsheets,” said Jae Chung, Founder and President of goBalto.  

“We are delighted to join forces with Oracle as the benefits offered to both our customers and employees as a broader clinical trial continuum are unparalleled in the industry,” said Sujay Jadhav, CEO of goBalto.

More information about this announcement is available at www.oracle.com/gobalto.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Oracle is currently reviewing the existing goBalto product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle’s standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle’s review of goBalto’s product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by goBalto or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and goBalto, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle’s proposed acquisition of goBalto, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words “anticipates”, “can”, “will”, “look forward to”, “expected” and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or goBalto, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business may deteriorate and/or Oracle or goBalto may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or goBalto. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor goBalto is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

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Announcing Public Preview of Accelerated Database Recovery

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 22:29

Today we are excited to announce the public preview of Accelerated Database Recovery!

Accelerated Database Recovery (ADR) is a new SQL Server Engine feature (available in Azure SQL, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, and SQL Server on-premises) that greatly improves database availability, especially in the presence of long running transactions, by completely redesigning the current SQL Server recovery process from the ground up. The primary benefits of ADR are:

Fast and consistent Database Recovery
With ADR, long running transactions do not impact the overall recovery time, enabling fast and consistent database recovery irrespective of the number of active transactions in the system or their sizes.

Instantaneous Transaction rollback
With ADR, transaction rollback is instantaneous, irrespective of the time that the transaction has been active or the number of updates that has performed.

Aggressive Log Truncation
With ADR, the transaction log is aggressively truncated, even in the presence of active long running transactions, which prevents it from growing out of control.

For more details, please refer to the Azure SQL Database documentation.

Who should consider Accelerated Database Recovery

– Customers that have workloads with long running transactions.
– Customers that have seen cases where their active transaction log is growing significantly.
– Customers that have experienced long periods of database unavailability due to SQL Server long running recovery.

How to learn more and participate in the Public preview

Please send an email to adr@microsoft.com to learn more and try out Accelerated Database Recovery (ADR). In the e-mail, include the name of your logical server (for single databases, elastic pools, and Azure Data Warehouse). Since this is a preview feature, your testing server should be a non-production server.

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Use Azure Site Recovery to migrate Windows Server 2008 before End of Support

Latest Microsoft Server Management News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:00

This blog post was authored by Sue Hartford, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Windows Server.

Dont let the name fool you. Azure Site Recovery (ASR) can be used as an Azure migration tool for 30 days at no charge. It has been used for years to support migration of our 64-bit versions of Windows Server, and we are pleased to announce it now supports migration of Windows Server 2008 32-bit applications to Azure Virtual Machines.

This is good news for organizations that wish to take advantage of the new 2008 End of Support option to get three additional years of Extended Security Updates for free in Azure. The 2008 and 2008 R2 versions of Windows Server will reach End of Support on January 14, 2020. But customers who migrate these versions to Azure Virtual Machines will continue to get free security updates until January 2023. This buys customers more time to upgrade or modernize, while starting to gain the benefits of cloud.

Did you know that if you have Software Assurance, you can use existing Windows Server licenses to save on Azure? In fact, if you are using the Datacenter edition of Windows Server on-premises, you can keep it running on-premises and save on Azure Virtual Machines at the same time. Find more details on our Azure Hybrid Benefit web page.

With the end of support for Windows Server 2008 in January 2020 fast approaching, now is a great time to begin modernizing your applications and infrastructure with the power of Azure. For more information about migration with Azure Site Recovery or other great tools from our partners, check out the Azure Migration Center.

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Oracle Code One Expands Support for Developers

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 09:00
Press Release Oracle Code One Expands Support for Developers Oracle Code One now covers more technologies and reaches new communities

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 16, 2018

Visitors to the Groundbreaker Hub at Oracle Code One will be able to get their hands on the Code Card.

To support and empower the developer community, Oracle Code One will take place alongside Oracle OpenWorld on October 22 to 25 at Moscone West in San Francisco. Oracle’s premier event for developers has expanded to include more languages, technologies and developer communities. Oracle Code One will cover a wide range of topics from AI, blockchain, digital assistants and containers to Java and more languages such as Go, Rust and Python. Registration is still open to all developers and available at oracle.com/code-one.

Oracle Code One features daily keynotes at 5:00 PM in Moscone North’s Hall D. In the Java technical keynote on Monday, October 22, Georges Saab, Vice President of Development at Oracle, will share Java SE updates from the last twelve months including recent enhancements made in the latest Java 11 release. They will also share a glimpse into future projects aimed at accelerating user productivity such as Java in container environments and exploration of new code review options for the JDK. This year’s Duke’s Choice Award winners will also be announced during the keynote.

The Oracle Code One keynote on Tuesday, October 23, will explore topics ranging from managed Kubernetes and serverless functions to blockchain and intelligent digital assistants powered by chatbot technology. The keynote will be presented by Matt Thompson, Vice President of Developer Engagement and Evangelism at Oracle; Amit Zavery, Executive, Vice President of Fusion Middleware and PaaS Development at Oracle; and Siddhartha Agarwal, Group Vice President of Product Management and Strategy for Oracle Cloud Platform. The Code One Meetup at 5:00 PM lets developers not registered for Oracle Code attend the keynote, join a fireside chat with iconic leaders who have made groundbreaking developer innovations and explore evening sessions.

The Java Community Keynote will take place October 24 and feature special guest, James Gosling, creator of Java, together with Stephen Chin, Director of Developer Marketing and Heather VanCura, Director at Oracle and Chair of the Java Community Process, the keynote will also include developer groundbreakers from Canoo Engineering AG, Gluon, IT-Beratung, Snyk.

“As developers look to build increasingly complex cloud native applications, Oracle continues to provide new, innovative capabilities like AI and Machine Learning, blockchain and Kubernetes support for developers to leverage,” said Siddhartha Agarwal, Group Vice President of Product Management and Strategy at Oracle. “Oracle Code One is where developers can engage with Oracle’s technical experts and the larger developer ecosystem to learn how to build the next generation of these applications and services. The event features an unrivalled variety of technical sessions and a community of peers with expertise in the tools, tricks and technologies relevant to building for the cloud. Oracle is engaging with developers wherever they are located around the world to enable innovation via learning resources, developer-focused events, hands on hackfests and free Oracle Cloud Trials to help them get started.”

Throughout Oracle Code One, developers will find more of the Java content they expect with extended workshops, talks, sessions and Hands-on-Labs to explore technologies from Oracle and the broader developer ecosystem, including GraalVM, Oracle JET, the Fn Project, OpenJFX and GraphPipe. Developers at Oracle Code One can also expect unexpected demos based on the latest emerging technologies, from AI to blockchain.

Among this year’s exciting demos, sessions and keynotes, attendees will get to experience:

  • The Code Card – With Wi-Fi, buttons and an e-link screen, developers can design their own Code Card IoT device. Visitors to the Groundbreaker Hub at Oracle Code One will be able to get their hands on the Code Card and join a workshop to learn how to program it using Oracle Cloud Functions, serverless technology powered by the Fn Project.

  • Demo: Alpha Zero AI Algorithm Connect Four – The Meet the Experts Lounge on Monday, October 22 at 4:00 PM will feature an interactive demonstration of a neural network trained to play Connect Four using the AlphaZero algorithm and deployed using Oracle’s open source GraphPipe.

  • Demo: Blockchain Beer – An exclusive demo of how a micro-brewery outcompetes big brands with the blockchain.

  • Panel: Groundbreaker Icons – A discussion by thought leaders in software development and open source, including Doug Cutting, (Hadoop), Neha Narkhede (Kafka), Graeme Rocher (Grails), Guido Van Rossum (Python) and Charles Nutter (JRuby).

  • AR Scavenger Hunt Game – Guests in the Developer Lounge can win money for charity by searching for chess pieces with their phone cameras, by downloading a special app. Find the scavenger hunt image and a 3D Java Duke appears on the screen with a quiz on the JavaFX 11 platform. For each correct answer on the scavenger hunt, Oracle will donate money to Iridescent, a science, engineering and technology education nonprofit organization that empowers underrepresented young people to become self-motivated learners, inventors and leaders. A leaderboard in the Oracle Code One Developer Lounge will show the number of players, the number of correct answers and how much money has been raised for Iridescent.

Oracle Code One is also an opportunity for developers to learn about the wide range of open source and open standards which Oracle champions. Since joining the Cloud Native Computing Foundation last year, Oracle has continued to advance key serverless and container projects, including announcing new open serverless standard support on its open source Fn Project and critical new features for Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes to address key Kubernetes issues. Oracle  also contributed many of its Kubernetes projects to the open source community, including JenkinsX Supported Cloud Provider for OKE, Flexvolume DriverVolume ProvisionerCloud Controller Manager and Terraform Kubernetes Installer. These announcements follow last year’s announcement that Oracle open sourced several container utilities. For developers working on machine learning, Oracle recently announced that it open sourced GraphPipe, to simplify how enterprises deploy and query machine learning models from any framework. Earlier this year, Oracle also released GraalVM, a polyglot virtual machine to run Java and JVM languages with full support for JavaScript and Node.JS, plus early support for Ruby, Python, R and LLVM bitcode.

In 2019, Oracle will host over 300 events around the world to connect with and educate developers with workshops, sessions and keynotes featuring prominent experts. To learn more about Oracle Developer Events, please visit: https://developer.oracle.com/events

Oracle Cloud Platform Momentum

At last year’s OpenWorld, Oracle announced new integrated cloud offerings that made it easier for developers to leverage transformative technologies and create modern applications. These included the launch of the Oracle Container Native Application Development Platform and the Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service, as well as the expansion of the Oracle Mobile Cloud portfolio to include artificial intelligence-powered chatbots.

To accelerate mobile and web application development and deployment, Oracle announced the availability of Oracle Visual Builder Cloud, which enables both business users and developers to build applications with little to no coding. Oracle API Platform Cloud provides full lifecycle API management services. Finally, Oracle Integration Cloud now brings pre-built application integration and process automation to the Oracle Cloud Platform, making the deployment and integration of these applications more seamless than ever.

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About Oracle Code One

Oracle Code One is the industry’s most inclusive developer conference, featuring a collection of international and local experts and speakers to explore the latest in developer technologies, languages, practices and leading-edge topics. Expanded from Oracle’s JavaOne, Oracle Code One brings together extensive technical Java content and numerous keynotes, sessions and workshops across 11 tracks covering a wide range of topics from chatbots, microservices, AI, and blockchain to languages such as Go, Rust, Python, JavaScript, SQL, and R. For more information, to register or to watch Oracle Code One keynotes, sessions and more, visit www.oracle.com/code-one. Join the Oracle Code One discussion on Twitter.

About Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld, the industry’s most important business and technology conference for the past 20 years, hosts tens of thousands of in-person attendees as well as millions online. Dedicated to helping businesses leverage Cloud for their innovation and growth, the conference delivers deep insight into industry trends and breakthroughs driven by technology. With hundreds of demos and hands-on labs, plus exhibitions from more than 400 partners and customers from around the world, Oracle OpenWorld has become a showcase for leading cloud technologies, from Cloud Applications to Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. For more information; to register; or to watch Oracle OpenWorld keynotes, sessions, and more, visit www.oracle.com/openworld. Join the Oracle OpenWorld discussion on Twitter.

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The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, timing, and pricing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products may change and remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation.

Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer

Statements in this article relating to Oracle’s future plans, expectations, beliefs, and intentions are “forward-looking statements” and are subject to material risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based on Oracle’s current expectations and assumptions, some of which are beyond Oracle’s control. All information in this article is current as of October 16, 2018 and Oracle undertakes no duty to update any statement in light of new information or future events.

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Oracle Answers the Call to Help Cities Improve Citizen Services

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:00
Press Release Oracle Answers the Call to Help Cities Improve Citizen Services San Jose and other cities turn to Oracle to transform non-emergency services

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 16, 2018

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The City of San Jose selected Oracle Service Cloud to launch a new 311 service that could help make it safer, more inclusive, sustainable and user-friendly.

Cities across the country have selected Oracle Service Cloud to rethink traditional 311 services and provide the best possible citizen experience. With Oracle Service Cloud, cities including The City of San Jose, The City of Albuquerque, Sacramento County and The City of Fort Wayne have been able to transform the way they engage with citizens for all non-emergency inquiries and services.   

The City of San Jose is the nation’s 10th largest city, with approximately one million residents. To support its goal of becoming America’s most innovative city by 2020, The City of San Jose selected Oracle Service Cloud to launch a new 311 service that could help make it safer, more inclusive, sustainable and user-friendly.

“The Oracle Service Cloud platform has enabled the City to more effectively respond to resident’s service requests,” says Desiree Jafferies, San Jose’s customer contact center manager. “It has transformed our customer experience, shifting away from a reactive response to a more proactive, real-time, data-driven service environment.”

The City of Albuquerque supports more than 900,000 citizens. To improve efficiency and provide its citizens with the best possible service, The City of Albuquerque selected Oracle Service Cloud to support its 311 service. With Oracle Service Cloud, The City of Albuquerque has been able implement a new conversational interface that allows residents to ask the Alexa voice-activated system to help with a range of requests from finding a lost pet to scheduling a large package pickup, removing graffiti, getting rid of litter or reporting an abandoned car.

“This service allows us to offer residents innovative channels to engage with their city government,” stated Mayor Tim Keller. “Alexa’s conversational user interface is convenient for the community and will help us make the most effective and efficient use of 311 resources. We’re integrating emerging technologies with government to ensure that people from all walks of life in Albuquerque have easy ways to participate with their City and utilize City services.”

Sacramento County supports more than 1.5 million citizens. To provide the best possible service and support to internal agencies and other public constituents, Sacramento County selected Oracle Service Cloud to integrate data from different sources and optimize how residents interact with its 311 service across channels. With Oracle Service Cloud, Sacramento County has been able to automate previously manual processes to free up its communications center staff to focus more on customer service, collaboration and public engagement.  

The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana is home to more than 250,000 citizens. To capture the voice of its citizens and publicly hold city departments and officials accountable, The City of Fort Wayne selected Oracle Service Cloud to modernize its 311 service. With Oracle Service Cloud, The City of Fort Wayne has been able to reduce costs by increasing self-service channels and enabling citizens to engage on their preferred channels, while also reducing average wait times by approximately 60 percent.

“With Oracle, we have been able to connect seven Divisions with 16 different departments and change the game by unifying the entire city’s metrics into one performance scorecard. This not only holds departments accountable for their service performance, but it has also enabled us to move from a reactive to a proactive organization,” said Eric Harris 311 Call Center Manager, The City of Fort Wayne. “Now through our unified system, citizens are able to take a picture of a pothole with their smartphone and we are able to fill it within four hours. The city has also been able to reduce agent training time from three months to three weeks.”

Oracle Service Cloud is part of Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite, which empowers organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. By providing a trusted business platform that connects data, experiences and outcomes, Oracle CX Cloud Suite helps customers reduce IT complexity, deliver innovative customer experiences and achieve predictable and tangible business results. 

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Oracle Honors Customer Innovation with Oracle Aconex Connect Awards

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 05:00
Press Release Oracle Honors Customer Innovation with Oracle Aconex Connect Awards Honorees in the Americas include Austin Industries, Burns & McDonnell, Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise and Valley Metro

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 16, 2018

Oracle has announced the winners of the Oracle Aconex Connect Awards in the Americas. Now in its third year, the global awards honor customers worldwide for innovation in delivering significant construction and engineering projects efficiently and effectively. Winners for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions were announced separately today.

As the industry matures, so does customer technology adoption and optimization. These customers, who have demonstrated exceptional results using Oracle Aconex products, are at the forefront of embracing digital transformation to improve outcomes for all project participants. They typically see this positive change through greater process efficiency, project-wide visibility, and new insights helping to drive more informed business decisions and continuous improvement.

“The winners of the Oracle Aconex Connect Awards continue to demonstrate the powerful combination of forward-looking technology and strategic vision,” said Leigh Jasper, Vice President, Aconex Strategy and Operations, Oracle Construction and Engineering. “Through strong leadership coupled with enterprise planning, organizations can significantly improve processes in key areas such as field performance and project controls, safety and quality. Ultimately, this translates to what everyone in the industry wants to do—improve operability and meet growth objectives.”

“Aconex is a critical resource for our growing agency where organizational transparency is key,” said Wulf Grote, Capital and Service Development Director, Valley Metro. “Their support means knowing information is always available so we can get it to the right people at the right time.”

Select results from the 2018 Americas Connect Awards winners:

  • Austin Industries cut time spent tracking and reporting RFIs and submittals by 75 percent and reduced the time spent on managing communication flow across their JV by 66 percent.
  • Burns & McDonnell previously reduced RFI cycles using Aconex from 3.64 days to 2.35 days and now through cross project standardization that has continued to decrease to an average of just 1.6 days.
 

Aconex customers were nominated for the Oracle Aconex Connect Awards in three categories: 

  • Hero Award – championing change in projects to minimize risk and save costs.
  • Project Award – collaborating effectively across project teams for successful delivery.
  • Enterprise Award – standardizing best project practices across enterprise portfolios.
 

This year a special award was introduced to acknowledge the significant contribution of women to the advancement of technology in engineering and construction.

Below is a full list of 2018 Oracle Aconex Connect Awards winners in the Americas:

  • Aguas Pacífico – Hero Award to Lilian Barrios for Excellence in Process Implementation on a Public Project.
  • Austin Industries – Project Award for Excellence in Project-Wide Collaboration on a Joint Venture (SFO Terminal 1 Boarding Area B Reconstruction).
  • Burns & McDonnell – Leadership Award to Patty Sullivan - 2018 Woman in Construction Technology.
  • Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise – Project Award for Excellence in Process Improvement on a P3 (Central 70).
  • Valley Metro – Enterprise Award for Excellence in Process Improvement to Support Company Growth and Hero Award to April Trevett for Excellence in Company-Wide Implementation and Adoption.
 

Global honorees for the 2018 Oracle Aconex Connect Award include: China Railway Major Bridge Engineering Group Co. LTD, Faithful + Gould (member of the SNC-Lavalin Group), Lendlease, Turner & Townsend Company and VINCI Construction Grands Projets, among others. Read more about selected 2018 Oracle Aconex Connect Awards winners here.

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Asset owners and project leaders rely on Oracle Construction and Engineering solutions for the visibility and control, connected supply chain, and data security needed to drive performance and mitigate risk across their processes, projects, and organization. Our scalable cloud solutions enable digital transformation for teams that plan, build, and operate critical assets, improving efficiency, collaboration, and change control across the project lifecycle. www.oracle.com/construction-and-engineering.

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A small logical change with big impact

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 01:00

In R, the logical || (OR) and && (AND) operators are unique in that they are designed only to work with scalar arguments. Typically used in statements like

while(iter < 1000 && eps < 0.0001) continue_optimization()

the assumption is that the objects on either side (in the example above, iter and eps) are single values (that is, vectors of length 1) — nothing else makes sense for control flow branching like this. If either iter or eps above happened to be vectors with more than one value, R would silently consider only the first elements when making the AND comparison.

In an ideal world that should never happen, of course. But R programmers, like all programmers, do make errors, and using non-scalar values with || or && is a good sign that something, somewhere, has gone wrong. And with an experimental feature in the next version of R, you will be able to set an environment variable, _R_CHECK_LENGTH_1_LOGIC2_, to signal a warning or error in this case. But why make it experimental, and not the default behavior? Surely making such a change is a no-brainer, right?

It turns out things are more difficult than they seem. The issue is the large ecosystem of R packages, which may rely (wittingly or unwittingly) on the existing behavior. Suddenly throwing an error would throw those packages out of CRAN, and all of their dependencies as well.

We can see the scale of the impact in a recent R Foundation blog post by Tomas Kalibara where he details the effort it took to introduce an even simpler change: making if(cond) { ... } throw an error if cond is a logical vector of length greater than one. Again, it seems like a no-brainer, but when this change was introduced experimentally in March 2017, 154 packages on CRAN started failing because of it ... and that rose to 179 packages by November 2017. The next step was to implement a new CRAN check to alert those package authors that, in the future, their package would fail. It wasn't until October 2018 that the number of affected packages had dropped to a suitable level that the error could actually be implemented in R as well.

So the lesson is this: with an ecosystem as large as CRAN, even "trivial" changes take a tremendous amount of effort and time. They involve testing the impact on CRAN packages, coding up tests and warnings for maintainers, and allowing enough time for packages to be udpated. For an in-depth perspective, read Tomas Kalibera's essay at the link below.

R Developer blog: Tomas Kalibera: Conditions of Length Greater Than One

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File Not Found Exception while configuring Log Analytics

Latest Microsoft Server Management News - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 00:51

This is an update for our customers who are hitting below exception while configuring Log Analytics workspace from SCOM console. This blog talks about workaround for this issue, please follow the mentioned steps.

Workaround:

–          Copy the Advisor dll (version 1.0.5) from this link to Console folder (C:Program FilesMicrosoft System CenterOperations ManagerConsole).

–          Try to configure your Log Analytics workspace connection and this time it will work.

–          Remove this Advisor dll from Console folder after Log Analytics configuration is done.

[Note]: If you will not delete Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory  from Console, then you will hit the above exception while adding subscription to Azure MP.

What is causing this exception?

This exception will only occur when you have Azure MP installed on your system.

The reason is both Azure MP and Advisor MP use different versions of Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory library.

When the intended version of this library isn’t found, Console throws FileNotFound exception

 

 

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Extending Hardware Inventory for System Center Configuration Manager

Latest Microsoft Server Management News - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:33

Hello everyone, Jonathan Warnken here, and I am a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft. I primarily support Configuration Manager and I have been getting a lot of questions recently on how to collect custom information and include it in the device inventory within Configuration Manager. I wanted to share one way to accomplish this that demonstrates some of the great ways to extend the built-in features. For this post, I am going to show how to capture the information about local machine certificates. I do want to take a moment to thank MVP Sherry Kissinger for this post with the base powershell script used to collect the certificate information.

#Disclaimer
The sample scripts are not supported under any Microsoft standard support program or service. The sample scripts are provided AS IS without warranty of any kind. Microsoft further disclaims all implied warranties including, without limitation, any implied warranties of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The entire risk arising out of the use or performance of the sample scripts and documentation remains with you. In no event shall Microsoft, its authors, or anyone else involved in the creation, production, or delivery of the scripts be liable for any damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use of or inability to use the sample scripts or documentation, even if Microsoft has been advised of the possibility of such damages.#

Now on to the good stuff. PowerShell makes it easy to get information about certificates. Using get-childitem and selecting one certificate we can see all the information available

While you can collect all of this information we are going to limit this down to just the Thumbprint, Subject, Issuer, NotBefore, NotAfter, and FriendlyName. We are also going to add a custom value of ExpiresinDays and ScriptLastRan. Next, we use a PowerShell script to collect the information and publish it to a custom wmi class.

https://github.com/mrbodean/AskPFE/blob/master/ConfigMgr%20Certificate%20Inventory/publish-CertInfo2WMI.ps1

Next create a configuration item that uses the script to publish the certificates in the local machine personal store, the local machine trusted publishers, and the local machine trusted root certificate stores to wmi that will allow the hardware inventory to collect the information.

  1. Download https://github.com/mrbodean/AskPFE/raw/master/ConfigMgr%20Certificate%20Inventory/Inventory%20Machine%20Certificates.cab to c:tempExamples
  2. Navigate to Assets and ComplianceOverviewCompliance SettingsConfiguration Baselines
  3. Click on “Import Configuration Data” (You will find this as a button on the top toolbar or in the context menu when you right click on Configuration Baselines
    1. Select C:tempExamplesInventory Machine Certificates.cab
    2. Click Yes on the warning “The publisher of Inventory Machine Certificates.cab file could not be verified. Are you sure that you want to import this file?”
    3. Click next twice to progress through the wizard and once complete, click close.
  4. You will now see a new sub folder named Custom under Configuration Items (Assets and ComplianceOverviewCompliance SettingsConfiguration ItemsCustom) and a configuration item named “Inventory Machine Certificates” in the Custom folder.
  5. You will also see a Configuration baseline named “Inventory Machine Certificates”
    1. Deploy this baseline to a test collection

The documentation for using configuration items is available at:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/compliance/deploy-use/configuration-items-for-devices-managed-with-the-client

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/compliance/deploy-use/create-configuration-baselines

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/compliance/deploy-use/deploy-configuration-baselines

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sccm/compliance/deploy-use/monitor-compliance-settings

These steps will extend the Hardware Inventory to collect the certificate information that has been published in WMI. To extend the inventory you must use a MOF file, MOF files are a convenient way to change WMI settings and to transfer WMI objects between computers. For more info see https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc180827.aspx

  1. Download https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mrbodean/AskPFE/master/ConfigMgr%20Certificate%20Inventory/CertInfo.mof to c:tempExamples
  2. Create a new Custom Device Client Setting (AdministrationOverviewClient Settings)
    1. Name the setting “Custom HW Inventory” and only enable Hardware Inventory
    2. Select Hardware Inventory on the left just under General
      1. Ensure Enable hardware inventory on clients is set to yes
      2. The default schedule is for 7 days, update the schedule if you would like to change it
      3. Click the “Set Classes …” button
        1. Click on the “Import …” button
          1. Select the c:tempExamplesCertInfo.mof
        2. Once back on the Hardware Inventory Classes dialog ensure the CertInfo (cm_CertInfo) class is enabled
        3. Click Ok
      4. Click Ok (again)
    3. Deploy the “Custom HW Inventory” Client Setting to a test collection.

Once the configuration item runs and publishes the data info WMI, the next time hardware inventory runs for systems in the test collection the certificate information will be available for reporting in Configuration Manager.

These steps will create console query that you can use to search for systems with a specific certificate thumbprint

  1. Download https://raw.githubusercontent.com/mrbodean/AskPFE/master/ConfigMgr%20Certificate%20Inventory/Find_Cert_Query.MOF to c:tempExamples
  2. Navigate to MonitoringOverviewQueries
  3. Click on “Import Objects”, this is available a button on the top toolbar and the context menu when you right click on Queries
    1. Click next to navigate through the wizard
    2. On the MOF File Name step, select c:tempExamplesFind_Cert_Query.MOF
  4. Once the import completes, you will see a query named “Find Machines with a Certificate by thumbprint”

  5. Once you have systems reporting the certificates as part of the inventory you can run this report
    1. When you run this report, it will prompt you for the thumbprint of a certificate to search for
    2. If any systems are found with the certificate the system name and the thumbprint will be returned by the query

This is a SQL query that can be used to view the certificate inventory data and can also be used as the basis for creating a custom report

Select sys.Name0 as ‘Name’, Location0 as ‘Certificate Location’, FriendlyName0 as ‘Friendly Name’, ExpiresinDays0 as ‘Expires in Days’, Issuer0 as Issuer, NotAfter0 as ‘Not After’, NotBefore0 as
‘Not Before’, Subject0 as Subject, Thumbprint0 as Thumbprint, ScriptLastRan0 as ‘Script last Ran’

from v_GS_CM_CERTINFO

Inner Join v_R_System as sys ON v_GS_CM_CERTINFO.ResourceID = sys.ResourceID

 

Thank you for reading, and I hope this helps you out!

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Cumulative Update #14 for SQL Server 2014 SP2

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:21

The 14th cumulative update release for SQL Server 2014 SP2 is now available for download at the Microsoft Downloads site. Please note that registration is no longer required to download Cumulative updates.
To learn more about the release or servicing model, please visit:

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  • Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 SP2 Latest Cumulative Update: https://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=53592
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Alshaya Partners with Oracle Cloud to Accelerate Growth and Expansion

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:00
Press Release Alshaya Partners with Oracle Cloud to Accelerate Growth and Expansion Multinational Franchise Operator Selects Cloud Suite to Arm Associates with New Tools to Personalize Customer Experience

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 15, 2018

A leading Middle East retail franchise operator, M.H. Alshaya Co., has teamed up with Oracle as part of an enterprise transformation to improve operational efficiency and build a foundation for future growth and innovation. Alshaya’s digital transformation will empower its associates by introducing retail best practices to create a more responsive and personalized customer service experience across its portfolio of recognized global brands.

For over 30 years Alshaya has been a pioneering force in retail as franchise operator of nearly 90 of the world’s best-known brands including H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory, Boots and Pottery Barn. This diverse brand portfolio has provided Alshaya with a footprint including more than 4,000 physical stores and 53,000 associates across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

To streamline omnichannel operations and support brand loyalty objectives, Alshaya will implement a suite of Oracle Retail, Oracle Customer Experience, and Oracle Cloud Applications. These solutions will be provisioned on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure solutions.

“Oracle is a proven, world-class retail solution provider with unmatched expertise and they will be a key partner in our transformation,” said Steve Marston, Chief Information Officer at M.H. Alshaya Co. “Alshaya has worked with Oracle for many years and we are delighted to extend our collaboration with them to modernize our operations, invest in our teams and foster future growth as we expand our omnichannel reach.”

Alshaya will work with Oracle Consulting Services to implement applications and cloud services across the portfolio. Alshaya associates will be empowered to segment and personalize the consumer experience and encourage loyalty with new customer relationship management capabilities. Updated operational and financial systems will accelerate growth as Alshaya continues to expand.

“Alshaya operates a complex global business model with an impressive brand portfolio. Our collaboration creates a unique opportunity to deliver long-term value for their customers,” said Mike Webster, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “Oracle is focused on innovation while uniquely helping our customers maintain a single view of customer, inventory, order and channel.”

Alshaya has selected a powerful, end-to-end modern retail solution from Oracle including:

  • Enabling a Modern Customer Experience with a Single View of Customer: Oracle Retail Xstore Point of Service, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement Cloud Service, Oracle Marketing Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud

  • Driving Operational Excellence with a Single View of Inventory: Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management suite with Oracle Retail Story Inventory Management

  • Modernizing Legacy Systems: Oracle Fusion Procurement Cloud, Oracle Talent Management Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud

  • Delivering Innovation and Scale: Oracle Infrastructure as a Service, Oracle Platform as a Service, Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle API Platform Cloud Service

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Chegg Creates New Monetization Opportunities with Oracle Cloud

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:00
Press Release Chegg Creates New Monetization Opportunities with Oracle Cloud Provider of digital services for students deploys Oracle Monetization Cloud to support flexible billing and revenue management, improve customer retention, and accelerate time to market

Redwood Shores Calif—Oct 15, 2018

Chegg, Inc., the Smarter Way to Student™, has deployed Oracle Monetization Cloud to enable innovative digital subscription services.

Chegg’s student-first, interconnected learning platform is transforming the way millions of students learn by reconnecting the link between learning and earning through tools and services that support students throughout their educational journey. Their mission is to help students save time, save money, and get smarter in order to improve the overall return on educational investment.

With Oracle Monetization Cloud, Chegg is able to offer students cross-product discounts, bundled services, free trials, and other pricing incentives to increase value to their student subscribers. The solution allows Chegg to reduce time to market for the introduction of new subscription products such as Chegg Math Solver, which went through configuration, testing and launch in just two weeks.

Chegg is also using Oracle Monetization Cloud to consolidate multiple products into a single bundle. Formerly, Chegg customers needed to buy separate subscriptions for each service –each with a separate bill. By supporting the new Chegg “Study Pack” Oracle Monetization Cloud empowers Chegg to simplify their operations, take advantage of cross-selling opportunities, and improve their subscribers’ experience of initiating and paying for their services.

“We were able to replace our homegrown billing system with Oracle Monetization Cloud in a matter of months, working closely with the Oracle Communications Consulting team to meet our projected launch date, to quickly offer students more value and a better experience” said Pritie Sharda, director of e-Commerce, at Chegg.

Oracle Monetization Cloud is integrated with Oracle NetSuite ERP to provide Chegg with a streamlined financial management solution.

“As businesses innovate to offer greater digital services, they require increasingly flexible monetization capabilities,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Communications. “Chegg is leveraging Oracle Monetization Cloud to bring these services to market faster and provide a more appealing customer experience.”

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Consumer Energy Savings Hit Unprecedented 20TWh with Oracle Utilities Opower

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:00
Press Release Consumer Energy Savings Hit Unprecedented 20TWh with Oracle Utilities Opower Efficiency programs save enough energy to power San Francisco households for a decade or three million Tesla Model 3s traversing the length of the equator

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 15, 2018

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Consumer households supported by Oracle Utilities Opower Energy Efficiency programs have reached more than 20-terawatt hours (TWh) in cumulative energy savings. This equates to enough energy to power San Francisco homes for 10 years, Spain for a month or three million Tesla Model 3s traversing the length of the equator. 

Learn what else 20 TWh in energy savings can power here.

The digital revolution has enabled consumers to better control everything from how they shop to how they ride to work. Until relatively recently, however, they lacked the ability to effectively manage their energy usage to lessen both their environmental footprint and monthly costs. Opower first introduced its consumer Energy Efficiency programs to the market in 2008. Just ten years later, the 20 TWh milestone is a testament to how utilities and their customers have embraced these programs and transformed their behaviors to significantly reduce energy emissions.

“Opower revolutionized residential energy efficiency by empowering consumers at every economic level to manage their energy usage with no additional cost,” said Rodger Smith, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Oracle Utilities. “Together, with our utility customers, we have given 15 million consumers access to actionable data that is enabling them to take charge of their energy consumption. With 20 TWh of savings, we have only scratched the surface of what’s possible. It is inspiring to imagine the impact these programs will continue to have in creating a more sustainable energy future for everyone.”

The Opower energy efficiency programs, including Home Energy Reports, are part of a larger Oracle Utilities demand-side management product suite that includes Peak Management, Proactive Alerts, and energy management web tools. Working in tandem, these solutions are designed to inform and motivate consumers to better control their home energy consumption and cost, while allowing utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, reduce call center volume, and improve customer satisfaction.

Exelon’s Utilities – Driving Energy Awareness and Efficiency for Millions of Customers

Exelon’s utility companies (Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco) are committed to helping their customers save energy and have been key innovators and collaborators in reaching the 20 TWh efficiency milestone. As part of their comprehensive Business Intelligence and Data Analytics strategy, the company is driving consumer engagement and conservation efforts with a multi-pronged approach that includes Opower Home Energy Report programs and the first application of behavioral science in demand response through Opower Peak Management.

Today, Exelon’s Home Energy Report programs reach more than 3.6 million customers and have generated 2.85 TWh in total savings. Their Peak Management programs, which began at Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) in 2011, now touch 1.1 million BGE and 270,000 ComEd customers. The combined Peak Management programs have generated more than 1.9 GW in total demand reduction during critical peak periods, resulting in lower costs for consumers and increasing the overall reliability of the grid.

Collectively this impact is powering a cleaner and brighter future for Exelon’s utility customers and communities. Learn more about Exelon’s journey here.

The Future of Energy Efficiency

This 20 TWh milestone represents a solid step forward to a larger, more sustainable future for participating utility companies and their customers. Currently, Oracle Utilities Opower programs are on track to deliver 4 TWh of savings annually, which is equivalent to the power generated yearly by the Hoover Dam.

By comparison, Opower’s 20 TWh achievement is seven times greater than the next closest ranking energy efficiency provider in Navigant Research’s 2018 Home Energy Management Leaderboard Report.

“In just two years, Oracle Utilities Opower has gone from 11 TWh energy savings to 20 TWh – a milestone no other software provider has come remotely close to,” added Smith. “Working closely with our utility partners, we will continue to redefine how consumers reach their full energy saving potential, with innovative, scalable solutions that drive behavior change at the time and location that have the most impact.”

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Oracle Recognized as a Leader in Two Recent Gartner Reports: Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools and Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 05:00
Press Release Oracle Recognized as a Leader in Two Recent Gartner Reports: Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools and Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions Oracle positioned in both reports as a Leader based on completeness of vision and ability to execute

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 15, 2018

Oracle today announced that it has been named a Leader in two recent reports, Gartner’s 2018 “Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools” report1 and Gartner’s 2018 “ Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions” report 2.  This recognition is further validation of Oracle’s continued leadership in delivering a comprehensive portfolio of integration solutions.

“Our leadership illustrates the importance of data integration in the digital age and the value that Oracle’s data integration solutions deliver to customers every day,” said Jeff Pollock, vice president, product management, Oracle. “Oracle delivers a modern data integration solution bringing together data integration, data governance, and streaming data along with comprehensive cloud-based data warehousing, big data and analytics solutions.”

According to Gartner, “The data integration tools market is composed of tools for rationalizing, reconciling, semantically interpreting and restructuring data between diverse architectural approaches, specifically to support data and analytics leaders in transforming data access and delivery in the enterprise.” The report continued, “The discipline of data integration comprises the practices, architectural techniques and tools that ingest, transform, combine and provision data across the spectrum of information types. This integration takes place in the enterprise and beyond the enterprise—across partners and third-party data sources and use cases—to meet the data consumption requirements of all applications and business processes.”

The Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions report identified Leaders as “front-runners with an offering that supports the full range of metadata management capabilities. They exhibit a clear understanding of, and vision for, where the market is headed and are strong in matching customers’ requirements in a variety of use cases. They support both business and technical metadata scenarios, leveraging strategic partnerships to optimize the delivery of their solutions. These vendors establish market trends by providing new functional capabilities in their products, and by identifying new types of business problem to which they can bring significant value. Leaders have an established and/or fast-growing market presence, and a multinational presence,” according to Gartner.

Oracle’s integration solutions provide application and data integration capabilities to seamlessly connect applications, share data across hybrid environments to enable trusted global analytics, and modernize to the cloud. Oracle’s integration offerings include Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud, Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service, and Oracle Integration Cloud. Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud is a powerful and unified cloud based solution that helps companies migrate their data to cloud as well as modernize their data management platforms and data integration requirements through real-time data streaming, batch data processing, data enrichment and data governance. Oracle Data Integration Platform Cloud is also uniquely positioned to enable autonomous data warehousing along with Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service. Oracle GoldenGate Cloud Service is a focused data integration solution that provides real-time replication from database-to-database or database-to-big data. Oracle Integration Cloud is a powerful application integration platform with a large library of pre-built integration adapters to enable customers quickly integrate Oracle and third-party SaaS and on-premises applications, APIs, people and devices.

Download a complimentary copy of Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools here.

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[1] Source: Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, Mark Beyer, Eric Thoo, Ehtisham Zaidi, 19 July 2018
[2] Source: Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions, Guido De Simoni, Alan Dayley, Roxane Edjlali, 9 August 2018

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Oracle Recognized as a Leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 04:30
Press Release Oracle Recognized as a Leader in the 2018 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record Oracle included in Leaders quadrant of the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 15, 2018

Oracle announced today that Oracle Supply Chain Planning (SCP) Cloud has been positioned as a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record.

Oracle has traditionally had strong offerings in on-premises SCP applications, and the company believes the Magic Quadrant placement validates Oracle’s success in yet again creating best-of-breed business applications, this time, natively, on the cloud.

A complimentary copy of the report is available here.

Over the last 20 years, Supply Chain Planning has matured from a niche process for early adopters to an integral and indispensable strategic tool for competing in the global marketplace. Supply Chain Planning practices are now critical for ensuring high customer service levels at the lowest possible cost, in a business climate characterized by increased demand volatility and supply chain complexity. According to the Gartner Magic Quadrant, SCP SOR has seven key functional areas which are Stage 3 sales and operations planning (S&OP), demand planning including collaborative demand planning, inventory planning including collaborative inventory planning, replenishment planning including collaborative replenishment planning, order planning/promising, production planning, and manufacturing scheduling.

According to Gartner, choosing a SCP SOR is a key decision. “Not only must it provide planning integration and visibility across a supply chain, it also must provide a critical steppingstone in an SCP technology roadmap that will help enable the business’s future SCP aspirations. To be fully effective, an SCP SOR is deployed, at a minimum, at the supply chain planning organizational level, as opposed to SCP key functional capability or geographically.”

Oracle is committed to investing in an integrated supply chain planning service that works seamlessly with innovative new technology such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), and blockchain. Oracle SCP Cloud is integrated with the broader Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud including capabilities that contain product innovation, strategic material sourcing, outsourced manufacturing, integrated logistics, omni-channel fulfillment, and integrated demand.

“We believe that our recognition as a supply chain planning leader comes from listening to our customers,” said Vikash Goyal, Vice President of Product Strategy at Oracle. “Supply Chain Planning Cloud uses Oracle’s modern, autonomous technologies to significantly improve both the speed and the quality of decision making for our customers. Equipped with best practice processes, guided user experience and intelligent recommendations, supply chain planning cloud is easy to implement and simple to use. We will continue to invest and innovate in this area and help our customers become leaders in their industries.”

For additional information on Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, visit FacebookTwitter or the Oracle SCM blog.

Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record,” Amber Salley, Tim Payne, Alex Pradhan, 21 August 2018.

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Because it&#8217;s Friday: Hey, it&#8217;s Enrico Pallazzo!

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 13:54

It seemed like such a simple movie. The Naked Gun (1988) is slapstick comedy through-and-through, but I never would have guessed (h/t Steven O'Grady) how much detail and planning went into the jokes, especially the baseball scene at the end. There's lots of interesting behind-the-scenes info in Sporting News's breakdown of the movie. Even Drebin's bungled National Anthem performance was composed in advance for the scene:

That's all from us for this week. Next week, I'm in Australia for the Melbourne R User Group and the eResearch Australiasia conference, so I expect blogging will be a little lighter than usual. Have a great weekend!

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The Economist&#8217;s Big Mac Index is calculated with R

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 12:28

The Economist's Big Mac Index (also described on Wikipedia if you're not a subscriber) was created (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) as a measure to compare the purchasing power of money in different countries. Since Big Macs are available just about everywhere in the world, the price of a Big Mac in Sweden — expressed in US dollars — gives an American traveler a sense of how much more expensive things will be in Stockholm. And comparing the price of a big Mac in several countries converted to a single baseline currency is a measure of how over-valued (or undervalued) those other currencies are compared to that baseline.

Since its inception in 1986, the Big Mac Index has been compiled and calculated manually, twice a year. But starting with the most recent published index (July 2018, shown above), the index is now calculated with R. This is the first example of a new program at The Economist to publish the data and methods behind its journalism, and here the data and code behind the Big Mac Index have been published as a Github repository. The method behind the index is provided as a richly-commented Jupyter Notebook, where you can also find some additional charts and within-currency analyses not published in the main index.

The repository is published under an open MIT license, meaning you can remix the code to create a new index on prices of another international commodity, provided you can find the data. Find everything you need at the Github repository linked below.

Github (TheEconomist): Data and methodology for the Big Mac index

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Breaking into Windows Server 2019: SDN Load Balancers

Latest Microsoft Server Management News - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 06:17

Happy Friday folks! Brandon Wilson here once again to give you a pointer to some more information covering a topic touched on by the Windows Core Networking PG, and that is Software Defined Networking (SDN) load balancing in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.

“Notes from the Field: Microsoft SDN Software Load Balancers

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/networking/2018/10/10/notesfromthefield-slb/

Kyle Bisnett and Bill Curtis here from the field and two of the SDN Blackbelts that share knowledge around architecture, implementations, and lessons learned!  We are excited to have wrote this new blog below on our Software Load Balancing Multiplexers (SLB MUXs) that are part of the Software Defined Network (SDN) framework in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019.

At a high level, Microsoft SDN provides software-based network functions such as virtual networking with switching, routing, datacenter firewall for micro-segmentation, third party appliance support and load balancing.  As mentioned above, in this blog we will look at the SLB MUXs and the feature set that it provides such as Inbound NAT, Outbound NAT, how performant they are, and why it is such an appealing option to our customers! This is a Q & A style blog that customers have asked along the way.”

As always, if you have comments or questions on the post, your most direct path for questions will be in the link above.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you again soon!

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Power Bat – How Spektacom is Powering the Game of Cricket with Microsoft AI

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 14:45

A special guest post by cricket legend and founder of Spektacom Technologies, Anil Kumble. This post was co-authored by Tara Shankar Jana, Senior Technical Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft.

While cricket is an old sport with a dedicated following of fans across the globe, the game has been revolutionized in the 21st century with the advent of the Twenty20 format. This shorter format has proven to be very popular, resulting in a massive growth of interest in the game and a big fan following worldwide. This has, in turn, led to increased competitiveness and the desire on the part of both professionals and amateurs alike to take their game quality to the next level.

As the popularity of the game has increased, so have innovative methods of improving batting techniques. This has resulted in a need for data-driven assistance for players, information that will allow them to digitally assess their quality of game.

Spektacom was born from the idea of using non-intrusive sensor technology to harness data from “power bats” and using that data to power insights driven by the cloud and artificial intelligence.

Before we highlight how Spektacom built this solution using Microsoft AI, there are a couple of important questions we must address first.

What Differentiation Can Technology and AI Create in the Sports Industry?

In the last several years, the industry has realized the value of data across almost every sport and found ways to collect and organize that data. Even though data collection has become an essential part of the sporting industry, it is insufficient to drive future success unless coupled with the ability to derive intelligent insights that can then be put to use. Data, when harnessed strategically with the help of intelligent technologies such as machine learning and predictive analytics, can help teams, leagues and governing bodies transform their sports through better insights and decision-making in three critical areas of the business, namely:

  • Fan engagement and management.
  • Team and player performance.
  • Team operations and logistics.

For many professional sports teams and governing bodies, the factors that led to past success will not necessarily translate into future victories. The things that gave teams a competitive advantage in the past have now become table stakes. People are consuming sports in new ways and fans have come to expect highly personalized experiences, being able to track the sports content they want, whenever and wherever they want it. AI can help transform the way sports are played, teams are managed, and sports businesses are run. New capabilities such as machine learning, chatbots and more are helping improve even very traditional sports in unexpected new areas.

Spektacom’s Solution

What Impact will Spektacom’s Technology Have on the Game?

Spektacom’s technology will help in a few critical areas of the game. It will:

  • Enhance the fan experience and fan engagement with the sport.
  • Enable broadcasters to use insights for detailed player analysis.
  • Allow grassroots players and aspiring cricketers to increase their technical proficiency.
  • Allow coaches to provide more focused guidance to individual players.
  • Allow professional cricketers to further enhance their performance.

This technology has the capability to change the face of cricket as we know it. Prior to the introduction of this technology, there has not been an objective data-driven way to analyze a batsman’s performance.

Let’s take a closer look at the solution Spektacom has built, in partnership with Microsoft.

The Spektacom Solution

Introducing “power bats”, an innovative sensor-enabled bat that measures the quality of a player’s shot by capturing data and analyzing impact characteristics through wireless technology and cloud analytics.

This unique non-intrusive sensor platform weighs less than 5 grams and is applied behind the bat just like any ordinary sticker. Once affixed, it can measure the quality, speed, twist and swing of the bat as it comes in contact with the ball, and it can also compute the power transferred from the ball to bat at impact. These parameters are used to compute the quality of the shot – information that both professional and amateur players (as well as their coaches and other stakeholders) can use to improve player performance via instant feedback.The Spektacom solution is powered by Azure Sphere, Azure IoT Hub, Azure Event Hub, Azure Functions, Azure Cosmos DB and Azure Machine Learning.

The data from the power bats gets analyzed with powerful AI models developed in Azure and get transferred to the edge for continuous player feedback. In the case of the professional game, the sticker communicates using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) with an edge device called the Stump Box which is buried behind the wicket. The data from the stump box is transferred and analyzed in Azure and shot characteristics are provided to broadcasters in real-time. Since cricket stadiums have wireless access restrictions and stringent security requirements, to ensure secure communication between the bat, edge device and Azure, Stump Box has been powered by Microsoft’s Azure Sphere -based hardware platform. In case of amateur players, the smart bat pairs with the Spektacom mobile app to transfer and analyze sensor data in Azure.

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Tara

 

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How R gets built on Windows

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 14:28

I wasn't at the Use of R in Official Statistics (uRos2018) conference in the Netherlands last month, but I'm thankful to Jeroen Ooms for sharing the slides from his keynote presentation. In addition to being a postdoc staffer at ROpenSci, Jeroen maintains the official repository for the daily R builds on Windows — you might recognize his name from the verification certificate that pops up when installing R on Windows). His uRos2018 talk provides a fascinating glimpse into complex the systems, dependencies, and processes that come together to make installing R as easy as as double-click.

On thing I found if interest is that while R is a complex program in its own right — made up of a mix of C (32%), Fortran (24%) and R (37%)  code — it also relies on a number of external libraries to perform some of its underlying tasks. For example:

  • When you multiply two matrices or perform other linear algebra operations, R uses the BLAS and LAPACK libraries for the calculation. (Microsoft R open swaps in the Intel Math Kernel Library here, which provides the same calculations using different algorithms.)
  • When you download a file with download.file or install.packages, R uses the libcurl library to manage the network transfer.
  • When you use character data with foreign encodings (for example text with accents, symbols, and emojis), R uses the libicu library so those strings can be handled and compared in a uniform way.
  • When you use regular expressions with grep and regexpr, R uses the PCRE library to define the syntax and perform the search operation.
  • For graphics, R uses the cairo library to convert points, lines, and text into a bitmap image for display and/or export.

Using these libraries means that the R maintainers don't need to reimplement the wheel, but can instead use open-source libraries that are used in a plethora of systems to accomplish these universal tasks. On Linux-based systems, these libraries are generally pre-installed for any application to use. But on Windows (and Mac), R needs to build these libraries for its own use, which makes building R a complex process. Not only do you have to have the right set of compilers and scripts to build R itself, but also all its library dependencies as well. R packages may, in turn, depend on other third-party libraries and in that case the same issues apply to building them, too.

You can find all of the scripts used to create the official releases and daily builds (r-patched and r-devel) for R for Windows on Github. Brian Ripley and Duncan Murdoch (and now, Jeroen Ooms) have long provided RTools: a collection of Windows programs (shell commands, other programs) which, given the right compiler, will allow R's build scripts to run. One other interesting bit of news from Jeroen's keynote is that an experimental version of RTools is on the way, which promises to make it easier to build, distribute and install external libraries on Windows.

If you're at all interested in the inner workings of what it takes to make R run on Windows, I recommend checking out Jeroen's talk at the link below.

Jeroen Ooms: The R infrastructure

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