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How to deploy SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters

SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters is a scale-out, data virtualization platform built on top of the Kubernetes container platform. This ensures a predictable, fast, and elastically scalable deployment, regardless of where it's deployed. In this blog post, we'll explain how to deploy SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters to Kubernetes.

First, the tools

Deploying Big Data Clusters to Kubernetes requires a specific set of client tools. Before you get started, please install the following:

Choose your Kubernetes

Big Data Clusters is deployed as a series of interrelated containers that are managed in Kubernetes. You have several options for hosting Kubernetes, depending on your use case, including:

  • Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS): You can use the Azure portal to deploy Azure Kubernetes Service. Azure Kubernetes Service allows you to deploy a managed Kubernetes cluster in Azure, all you manage and maintain are the agent nodes. You don't even have to provision your own hardware.
  • Multiple Linux machines: Kubernetes can also be deployed to multiple Linux machines, physical or virtual. This is a great option if you're looking for an opportunity to leverage existing infrastructure. You can use the kubeadm tool to create the Kubernetes cluster and a bash script (see sample script). Visit our documentation to learn how to automate the deployment.
Deploy SQL Server 2019 Big Data Clusters

After configuring Kubernetes, your next step is to deploy Big Data Clusters with the azdata bdccreate command. There are several different ways to do this as well:

Deployment scripts

Deployment scripts can make deployment easier and faster by deploying both Kubernetes and Big Data Clusters in a single step. They also often provide default values for Big Data Clusters settings. However, you aren't locked into the values defined by the script. Deployment scripts can also be customized, so you can create your own version that configures the Big Data Clusters deployment to your liking.

Two deployment scripts are currently available. The Python script deploys a big data cluster on Azure Kubernetes Service, and the Bash script deploys Big Data Clusters to a single node kubeadm cluster.

Deployment notebooks

There's one more option for deploying Big Data Clusters, and that’s running an Azure Data Studio notebook. There will also be a UX experience in Azure Data Studio for deployment.

Because SQL Server Big Data Clusters are deployed on Kubernetes, getting up and running is fairly painless. As you can see, you have several options each step of the way, but your path is made clear based on your use case. To learn more about what you can do with Microsoft SQL Server 2019, check out the free Packt guide Introducing Microsoft SQL 2019. If you're ready to jump to a fully managed cloud solution, check out the Essential Guide to Data in the Cloud.

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Oracle Expands Innovation Lab to Advance Industries

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Press Release Oracle Expands Innovation Lab to Advance Industries Oracle and partners apply latest technology to help construction, communications, and utility companies spark growth through modernization

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 19, 2019

Oracle is expanding its Chicago Innovation Lab, empowering more organizations to explore new technologies and strategies to bolster their digital transformation efforts. Since its successful launch last year, the Lab has helped construction organizations explore and test solutions from Oracle and the larger construction ecosystem in a simulated worksite environment. Today, Oracle is planning for an extended facility and broadening the scope of the newly named Oracle Industries Innovation Lab to feature additional partners and technologies to solve complex business issues and accelerate customer success across more verticals.

“We are at an inflection point with technology as the digital and physical worlds continue to blur for our customers across all industries,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units, Oracle. “This expanded Lab environment gives our customers and partners a place to co-innovate with tools and technologies that yield operational improvements and empowers them to use data to create new business opportunities and revenue streams. We’re coming together to help redefine the future for these industries.”

The Lab has already welcomed more than 650 visitors, including best-in-class technology partners, customers and industry thought leaders. There, they have worked together in a realistic worksite environment to test how leading-edge solutions such as connected devices, autonomous vehicles, drones, augmented reality, visualization, and artificial intelligence tools can positively impact the construction industry. Moving forward, the Lab will also feature simulated environments including Utility and Communication solutions.

Oracle Utilities will explore new concepts driving the future of energy. Lab demonstrations and real-world modeling will range from better managing loads on the grid with distributed energy resources, such as solar, wind and electric vehicles; to using artificial intelligence, IoT and digital-twin technologies to improve network operations and speed outage restoration; to optimizing connections with smart home devices to engage and serve customers, while bolstering the health of the grid with better demand planning. The Lab will also highlight how water, gas and electric utilities can leverage the latest technology to manage and enhance their construction efforts and minimize disruptions during site enhancements, maintenance and upgrades. 

Oracle Communications enables both mobile in-app and web-based digital engagement using contextual voice, HD video and screen sharing capabilities through its Oracle Live Experience Cloud. The Oracle Live Experience Cloud directly enables enterprises in the E&C industry to modernize customer experience and field service using enhanced digital engagement channels.

The use cases being demonstrated at the Lab will let customers simulate real-time collaboration on large construction models with massive amounts of data over a high speed, low latency 5G network. 

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Python in Visual Studio Code – November 2019 Release

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 10:52

We are pleased to announce that the November 2019 release of the Python Extension for Visual Studio Code is now available. You can  download the Python extension from the Marketplace, or install it directly from the extension gallery in Visual Studio Code. If you already have the Python extension installed, you can also get the latest update by restarting Visual Studio Code. You can learn more about  Python support in Visual Studio Code  in the documentation.  

In this release we focused mostly on product quality. We closed a total of 60 issues, 39 of them being bug fixes. However, we’re also pleased to deliver delightful features such as: 

  • Add imports “quick fix” when using the Python Language Server 
  • Altair plot support  
  • Line numbers in the Notebook Editor.  

If you’re interested, you can check the full list of improvements in our changelog

Add Imports “Quick Fix” when using the Python Language Server 

We’re excited to announce that we have brought the magic of automatic imports to Python developers in VS Code by way of an add imports quick fix. Automatic imports functionality was one of the most requested features on our GitHub repo (GH21), and when you enable the Microsoft Language Server, you will get this new functionality. To enable the Language Server, add the setting “python.jediEnabled: false to your settings.json file

The add imports quick fix within VS Code is triggered via a code action lightbulb. To use the quick fix, begin typing a package name within the editor for which you do not have an import statement at the header of the file. You will notice that if a code action is available for this package (i.e. you have a module installed within your environment with the name you’ve supplied), a yellow squiggle will appear. If you hover over that text, a code action lightbulb will appear indicating that an ’import’ code action is available for the package. You’ll see a list of potential imports (again, based on what’s installed within your environment), allowing you to choose the package that you wish to import. 

The add imports code action will also recognize some of the most popular abbreviations for the following Python packages: numpy as np, tensorflow as tf, pandas as pd, matplotlib.pyplot as plt, matplotlib as mpl, math as m, scipy.io as spio, and scipy as sp. 

The import suggestion list is ordered such that all import statements that appear at the top of the list are package (or module) imports; those that appear lower in the list are import statements for additional modules and/or members (e.g. classes, objects, etc.) from specified packages. 

Make sure you have linting enabled since this functionality is tied to the Language Server linting capability. You can enable linting by opening the Command Palette (View > Command Palette…), running the “Python: Enable Linting” command and selecting “On” in the drop-down menu. 

Altair plots support

The Notebook Editor and the Python Interactive window now both support rendering plots built with Altair,  a declarative statistical visualization library for Python.

Line Numbers in the Notebook Editor

Line numbers are now supported in the notebook editor. On selected code cells, you can toggle the line numbers by pressing the “L” key.

Other Changes and Enhancements

We have also added small enhancements and fixed issues requested by users that should improve your experience working with Python in Visual Studio Code. Some notable changes include:

  • Fix running a unittest file to not execute only the first test. (thanks Nikolay Kondratyev). (#4567)
  • Added commands translation for Farsi and Turkish (thanks Nikronic). (#8092)
  • Added command translations for Turkish (thanks alioguzhan). (#8320)
  • Place all plots on a white background regardless of theme. (#8000)

We are continuing to A/B test new features, so if you see something different that was not announced by the team, you may be part of the experiment! To see if you are part of an experiment, you can check the first lines in the Python extension output channel. If you wish to opt-out of A/B testing, you can open the user settings.json file (View > Command Palette… and run Preferences: Open Settings (JSON)) and set the “python.experiments.enabled” setting to false.

Be sure to download the Python extension for Visual Studio Code now to try out the above improvements. If you run into any problems, please file an issue on the Python VS Code GitHub page.

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Webinar: Join Jeff Woolsey for what’s new in Windows Admin Center

Latest Microsoft Server Management News - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:00

This post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager.

Greetings Windows Server community!

I hope you will join me for a webinar on Thursday, November 21, for an overview of the exciting new features in our latest release of Windows Admin Center, version 1910. This release is packed full of powerful new capabilities to help you remotely manage and troubleshoot servers, virtual machines, and hyperconverged systems along with seamless integration to Azure so you can use cloud services to manage your on-premises datacenters.

Demos

If you know me, you know I love to demonstrate new features. I'll show you some of my favorites, including:

  • New and updated partner extensions from HPE and Dell EMC.
  • New Hyper-V management features.
  • Powerful new performance monitoring capabilities.
  • Azure Security Center integration.
  • Azure Monitor integration.
  • Integration with Azure Arc for centralized management and governance across cloud and on-premises workloads.

Register now for this webinar on November 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm Pacific time. If you can't wait, download Windows Admin Center, version 1910 and try it now. Our Windows Admin Center engineering team will also be online to answer your questions during the webinar.

For regular updates on what’s new follow us on twitter.

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Reflections on PASS Summit 2019 from the SQL Tools Team

Latest Microsoft Data Platform News - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:00

Last September at Microsoft Ignite 2018, Rohan Kumar, Corporate Vice President of Azure Data, announced the general availability of Azure Data Studio. This month, a little over a year later, Azure Data Studio took PASS Summit 2019 by storm, from keynote demos to community sessions to customer conversations at the Microsoft booth, we experienced overwhelming support for the immense growth of Azure Data Studio since its general availability announcement.

The conference kicked off with an exciting keynote by Rohan, who announced several general availability and preview milestones for Azure Data Studio and SQL Server, including the general availability of SQL Server 2019, the preview of Azure SQL Database Edge, and the preview of Azure Arc. Rohan's keynote was enriched by demos from team members, with several using Azure Data Studio to demonstrate the power of the newly announced capabilities of SQL Server. My favorite example is Asad Khan's, Partner Director of Program Management for SQL Server and Azure SQL, demo of a connected factory powered by SQL. In his demo, he highlighted Notebooks in Azure Data Studio while showing how devices collecting data at the edge can stream data into a SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster. Then, he visualized the data using the SandDance extension that received a huge spike in applause from the audience.

In addition to the day one keynote, Azure Data Studio was demoed in 16 total sessions including four sessions hosted by community members centered entirely around Azure Data Studio. Notebooks in particular made a huge splash at PASS Summit. By 4:00 PM on the first day of the conference, Steve Clement, an attendee tweeted, "Five sessions so far this week and all 5 have used ADS Notebooks. I'm noticing a theme here. #PASSSummit."

For those looking forward to the future of SQL Server Tooling, Vicky Harp, Principal Program Manager Lead, SQL Server Tools and Udeesha Gautam, Senior Software Engineering Manager, SQL Server Tools, gave a first look at upcoming features in a highly attended session of over 350 attendees titled What's new in SQL Server Tools. Highlights from their session include:

  • Vicky's internally-renowned Corgi demo, where she employs Notebooks in Azure Data Studio to name a Corgi using a SQL Server 2019 Big Data Cluster
  • Udeesha's demo of Azure SQL Database Edge testing and development in Azure Data Studio following its preview announcement in Rohan's keynote
  • PostgreSQL support in Azure Data Studio in preview
  • MariaDB and MySQL support in Azure Data Studio in preview (not yet publicly available)
  • UX mockups of database project support for Azure Data Studio
  • And more

Finally, we received a tremendous amount of support and feedback from the community at the Microsoft clinic and in our three focus groups. In many cases, we had users approach us just to rave about Azure Data Studio, and others tell us that they had not heard of Azure Data Studio until this conference, but they were excited to start using it. Both the clinic and our focus groups were important opportunities for our program managers and engineers to speak directly to customers, learn about their unique use cases for our tools, gather feedback, and answer questions.

As a new member of the SQL Tools team, this was my first time attending PASS Summit and regardless of my sleep deprivation and jam-packed schedule, I found myself constantly energized by the encouragement of the PASS community for our team's hard work. We truly take all of your comments seriously as guidance for our prioritization, and we strive day in and day out to delight our users through our work.

On a closing note, I will share one of my favorite tweets about Azure Data Studio this conference season, written by attendee Richard Munn: “If it was possible to marry and spend the rest of your life with software, my choice would be @AzureDataStudio!”

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Oracle, ITA Announce Wild Card Linkages Between Major College Championships and Oracle Pro Series Events

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
Press Release Oracle, ITA Announce Wild Card Linkages Between Major College Championships and Oracle Pro Series Events

TEMPE, Ariz.—Nov 18, 2019

Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) jointly announced today the creation of wild card linkages between major college tennis championships and the Oracle Pro Series. The champions and finalists from the Oracle ITA Masters, the ITA All-American Championships and the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships will be awarded wild card entries into Oracle Pro Series events beginning with the 2020 season.

The opportunity to earn wild card entries into Oracle Pro Series tournaments is available to college players from all five divisions (NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and Junior College). Singles and doubles champions from The All-American Championships and the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships as well as the Oracle ITA Masters singles champions will earn wild cards into Oracle Challenger level events. Singles and doubles finalists from the All-American Championships and the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships will earn wild cards into Oracle $25k tournaments. ITA Cup singles champions (from NCAA DII, DIII, NAIA and Junior College) will also earn wild card entries into Oracle $25K tournaments.

Eighteen individuals and eight doubles teams have already secured wild cards for Oracle Pro Series tournaments in 2020 following their play at the 2019 Oracle ITA Masters, 2019 ITA All-American Championships, 2019 ITA Cup, and 2019 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. The list includes:

Oracle ITA Masters

  • Men’s Singles Champion – Daniel Cukierman (USC)
  • Men’s Singles Finalist – Keegan Smith (UCLA)
  • Women’s Singles Champion – Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine)
  • Women’s Singles Finalist – Jada Hart (UCLA)

Oracle ITA National Fall Championships

  • Men’s Singles Champion – Yuya Ito (Texas)
  • Men’s Singles Finalist – Damon Kesaris (Saint Mary’s)
  • Women’s Singles Champion – Sara Daavettila (North Carolina)
  • Women’s Singles Finalist – Anna Turati (Texas)
  • Men’s Doubles Champions – Dominik Kellovsky/Matej Vocel (Oklahoma State)
  • Men’s Doubles Finalists – Robert Cash/John McNally (Ohio State)
  • Women’s Doubles Champions – Elysia Bolton/Jada Hart (UCLA)
  • Women’s Doubles Finalists – Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (NC State)

ITA All-American Championships

  • Men’s Singles Champion – Yuya Ito (Texas)
  • Men’s Singles Finalist – Sam Riffice (Florida)
  • Men’s Doubles Champions – Jack Lin/Jackie Tang (Columbia)
  • Men’s Doubles Finalists – Gabriel Decamps/Juan Pablo Mazzuchi (UCF)
  • Women’s Singles Champion – Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine)
  • Women’s Singles Finalist – Alexa Graham (North Carolina)
  • Women’s Doubles Champions – Jessie Gong/Samantha Martinelli (Yale)
  • Women’s Doubles Finalists – Tenika McGiffin/Kaitlin Staines (Tennessee)

ITA Cup

  • Men’s Division II Singles Champion – Alejandro Gallego (Barry)
  • Men’s Division III Singles Champion – Boris Sorkin Tufts)
  • Men’s NAIA Singles Champion – Jose Dugo (Georgia Gwinnett)
  • Men’s Junior College Singles Champion – Oscar Gabriel Ortiz (Seward County)
  • Women’s Division II Singles Champion – Berta Bonardi (West Florida)
  • Women’s Division III Singles Champion – Justine Leong (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps)
  • Women’s NAIA Singles Champion – Elyse Lavender (Brenau)
  • Women’s Junior College Singles Champion – Tatiana Simova (ASA Miami)

“This is yet another exciting step forward for all of college tennis as we build upon our ever-growing partnership with Oracle,” said ITA Chief Executive Officer Timothy Russell. “We are forever grateful to our colleagues at Oracle for both their vision and execution of these fabulous opportunities.”

Oracle is partnering with InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, led by former World No. 1 and Hall of Famer Jim Courier and his business partner Jon Venison, to manage the Oracle Pro Series. InsideOut will work with the college players and their respective coaches to coordinate scheduling in respect to their participation in the Pro Series events.

The final schedule for the 2020 Oracle Pro Series will include more than 35 tournaments, most of which will be combined men’s and women’s events. Dates and locations are listed at https://oracleproseries.com/. Follow on social media through #OracleProSeries.

The expanding partnership between Oracle and the ITA builds upon their collaborative efforts to provide playing opportunities and their goal of raising the profile of college tennis and the sport in general. Oracle supports collegiate tennis through sponsorship of the ITA, including hosting marquee events throughout the year such as the Oracle ITA Masters and the Oracle ITA Fall Championships.

Through that partnership, the ITA has been able to showcase its top events to a national audience as the Oracle ITA Masters, ITA All-American Championships and Oracle ITA National Fall Championships singles finals have been broadcast live with rebroadcasts on the ESPN family of networks.

Contact Info Mindi Bach
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mindi.bach@oracle.com Al Barba
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abarba@itatennis.com About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees men’s and women’s varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men’s and women’s varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram.

About Oracle Tennis

Oracle is committed to supporting American tennis for all players across the collegiate and professional levels. Through sponsorship of tournaments, players, ranking, organizations and more, Oracle has infused the sport with vital resources and increased opportunities for players to further their careers. For more information, visit www.oracle.com/corporate/tennis/. Follow @OracleTennis on Twitter and Instagram.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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New Study: Only 11% of Brands Can Effectively Use Customer Data

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Mon, 11/18/2019 - 05:00
Press Release New Study: Only 11% of Brands Can Effectively Use Customer Data Independent study highlights the challenges of bringing together different data types to create a unified customer profile

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 18, 2019

Despite all the hype around customer data platforms (CDPs), a new study conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by Oracle found that brands are struggling to create a unified view of customers. The November 2019 study, “Getting Customer Data Management Right,” which includes insights from 337 marketing and advertising professionals in North America and Europe, found that brands want to unify customer data but face significant challenges in bringing different data types together. 

Brands Want to Centralize Customer Data

As consumers expect more and more personalized experiences, the ability to effectively leverage customer data is shifting from a “nice-to-have” to table stakes:

  • 75% of marketing and advertising professionals believe the ability to “improve the experience of our customers” is a critical or important objective when it comes to the use of customer engagement data.
  • 69% believe it is important to create a unified customer profile across channels and devices.
  • 64% stated that they adopted a CDP to develop a single source of truth so they could understand customers better.

Unified Customer Profiles Lead to Better Business Results

Brands that effectively leverage unified customer profiles are more likely to experience revenue growth, increased profitability and higher customer lifetime values:

  • Brands that use CDPs effectively are 2.5 times more likely to increase customer lifetime value.
  • When asked about the benefits of unified data management, the top two benefits were increased specific functional effectiveness (e.g., advertising, marketing, or sales) and increased channel effectiveness (e.g., email, mobile, web, social media).

The Marketing and Advertising Opportunity

While marketing and advertising professionals understand the critical role unified customer profiles play in personalizing the customer experience, the majority of brands are not able to effectively use a wide variety of data types:

  • 71% of marketing and advertising professionals say a unified customer profile is important or critical to personalization.
  • Only 11% of brands can effectively use a wide variety of data types in a unified customer profile to personalize experiences, provide a consistent experience across channels, and generally improve customer lifetime value and other business outcomes.
  • 69% expect to increase CDP investments at their organization over the next two years.

“A solid data foundation is the most fundamental ingredient to success in today’s Experience Economy, where consumers expect relevant, timely and consistent experiences,” said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president and general manager, Oracle CX. “At Oracle we have been helping customers manage, secure and protect their data assets for more than 40 years, and this unique experience puts us in the perfect position to help brands leverage all their customer data – digital, marketing, sales, service, commerce, financial and supply chain – to make every customer interaction matter.” 

Read the full study here.

Contact Info Kim Guillon
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Forrester Consulting conducted an online survey of 337 professionals in North America and Europe who are responsible for customer data, marketing analytics, or marketing/advertising technology. Survey participants included decision makers director level and above in marketing or advertising roles. Respondents were offered a small incentive as a thank you for time spent on the survey. The study began in August 2019 and was completed in September 2019.

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Iconic South African Retailer Boosts Agility with Oracle

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 06:00
Press Release Iconic South African Retailer Boosts Agility with Oracle Retail powerhouse Cape Union Mart International goes to the cloud to accelerate growth

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and CAPE TOWN, South Africa—Nov 14, 2019

Outdoor and Fashion retailer and manufacturer, Cape Union Mart International Pty Ltd, Inc. has selected Oracle to modernize its retail operations. With the Oracle Retail Cloud, the company plans to fuel growth across all sales channels with better inventory visibility and more sophisticated merchandise assortments that keep shoppers coming back for more.

“This is a complex project, touching virtually every part of our business. The Oracle team has partnered with us from start to finish; building our trust and giving us an insight into what we can expect in the implementation of the transformational project – we look forward to working with them and rebuilding our retail IT landscape into a world class environment, taking Cape Union Mart to the next level,” said Grant De Waal-Dubla, Group IT Executive, Cape Union Mart.

Cape Union Mart strives to deliver what their customers need with the right product in the right store at the right time. Until now, the brand has managed its retail assortments with a talented team and well-defined process in excel spreadsheets. As Cape Union Mart continued to grow, they needed a better way to manage their operations. With Oracle Retail, the brand can fully embrace automated, systemized workflows driven by dashboards and end to end reporting with a common user interface. This will lead to more seamless fulfillment and accurate demand forecasts.

“By choosing Oracle, Cape Union Mart can focus on business objectives and results, not technology. As a cloud provider, we take great pride in building appropriate real-time integration across the Oracle portfolio so our customers can get the information and results they needed quickly – whether that’s moving existing inventory or anticipating next seasons fashion trends and ensuring they are available for customers,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail.

Cape Union Mart International Pty Ltd will implement several solutions in the Oracle Retail modern platform including Oracle Retail Merchandising Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Allocation Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Pricing Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Invoice Matching Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Integration Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Assortment and Item Planning Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Science Platform Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Store Inventory Operations Cloud Service, Oracle Middleware Cloud Services, Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud and Oracle Financials Cloud. Cape Union Mart has partnered with Oracle Retail Consulting for the implementation.

Contact Info Kaitlin Ambrogio
Oracle PR
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kaitlin.ambrogio@oracle.com About Oracle Retail

Oracle is the modern platform for retail. Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated platform for best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to accelerate from best practice to next practice, drive operational agility, and refine the customer experience. For more information, visit our website www.oracle.com/retail.

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Oracle Cloud Applications Achieves Department of Defense Impact Level 4 Provisional Authorization

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Thu, 11/14/2019 - 05:00
Press Release Oracle Cloud Applications Achieves Department of Defense Impact Level 4 Provisional Authorization

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 14, 2019

Oracle today announced that Oracle Cloud Applications has achieved Impact Level 4 (IL4) Provisional Authorization from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). With IL4, Oracle can now offer its software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud suite to additional government agencies within the DoD community. Since the authorization was granted, the DoD has selected Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud to help transform its HR operations in support of 900,000 civilian employees.

All organizations need comprehensive and adaptable technology to stay ahead of changing business and technology demands. For federal government agencies in particular, it’s even more critical to have a reliable, highly secure solution to navigate time-sensitive workflows and make strategic mission decisions. To meet these demands, Oracle Cloud Applications enables customers to benefit from best-in-class functionality, robust security, high-end scalability, mission-critical performance, and strong integration capabilities.

“At Oracle, our focus is centered on our customers’ needs. For U.S. Federal and Department of Defense customers, they need best in class, agile, and secure software to run their operations – and we can deliver that,” said Mark Johnson, SVP, Oracle Public Sector. “With built-in support for Impact Level 4, the DoD community can now take advantage of Oracle Cloud Applications to break down silos, quickly and easily embrace the latest innovations, and improve user engagement, collaboration, and performance.”

“The Department of Defense awarded a contract to Oracle HCM Cloud to support its enterprise human resource portfolio. The award modernizes its existing civilian personnel business process functions to enable improved streamlined approaches in support of the workforce. The DoD's Defense Manpower Data Center is leading the implementation of the HCM Cloud, which replaces numerous legacy systems and is targeted for full deployment in mid 2020,” according to the DMDC Director, Michael Sorrento.

Oracle has been a long-standing strategic technology partner of the US government, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the first customer to use Oracle’s flagship database software 35 years ago. Today, more than 500 government organizations take advantage of Oracle’s industry-leading technologies and superior performance.

Contact Info Celina Bertallee
Oracle
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celina.bertallee@oracle.com About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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The World Bee Project Works to Sustain Buzz with Oracle Cloud and AI

Latest Oracle Press Releases - Wed, 11/13/2019 - 06:00
Blog The World Bee Project Works to Sustain Buzz with Oracle Cloud and AI

By Guest Author, Oracle—Nov 13, 2019

The declining bee population is not just a problem for honey lovers; it’s a threat to the global food supply.

Oracle announced a partnership with The World Bee Project CIC in 2018, offering the use of its cloud storage and AI analytics tools to support the organization’s goals and innovations such as its BeeMark honey certification.

The World Bee Project is the first private organization to launch a global honeybee monitoring initiative to inform and implement actions to improve pollinator habitats, create more sustainable ecosystems, and improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods by establishing a globally coordinated monitoring program for honeybees and eventually for key pollinator groups.

The World Bee Project Hive Network remotely collects data from varying environments through interconnected hives equipped with commercially available IoT sensors. The sensors combine colony-acoustics monitoring with other parameters such as brood temperature, humidity, hive weight, and apiary weather conditions. They also monitor and interpret the sound of a bee colony to assess colony behavior, strength, and health.

The World Bee Project Hive Network’s multiple local data sources provide a far richer view than any single data source to harness and enable global-scale computation to generate new insights into declining pollinator populations.

After the data has been validated by The World Bee Project database it can be fed into Oracle Cloud, which uses analytics tools including AI and data visualization to provide The World Bee Project with new insights into the relationship between bees and their varying environments. These new insights can be shared with smallholder farmers, scientists, researchers, governments, and other stakeholders.

“The partnership with Oracle will absolutely transform the scene as we can link AI with pollination and agricultural biodiversity,” said Sabiha Malik, founder and executive president of The World Bee Project CIC. “We have the potential to help transform the way the world grows food and to protect the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers, but we depend entirely on stakeholders such as banks, agritech, insurance companies, and governments to sponsor and invest in our work so that we can begin to step toward fulfilling our mission.”

Oracle will be offering cloud computing technology and analytics tools to The World Bee Project to enable it to process data in collaboration with its science partner, the University of Reading, to enable science-based evidence to emerge.

Oracle is currently looking at funding models to support the expansion of The World Bee Project Hive Network to ensure a truly global view of the health of bee populations.

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