5-Minute Briefing: October 2, 2013


    News Flashes

    Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual Oracle event for business decision-makers, IT management, partners and end users, introduced a flurry of new and updated products and technologies. Here, a round-up of some of the major announcements unveiled at the conference.


    EMC's CEO and chairman Joe Tucci gave a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 on the transition occurring in IT and the data center of the future. There are four key macro trends driving the transformation in IT, said Tucci. These tremendously disruptive and opportunistic trends include mobility, cloud computing, big data, and social networking. Jeremy Burton, EVP at EMC, cited a recent IOUG-Unisphere Research survey report which showed that the daily DBA activities most on the rise are systems monitoring, performance diagnosis, and managing backup and recovery. Oracle and EMC are integrating their technologies to allow customers to spend less time in the back office so they can devote more time to the front office dealing with more impactful business issues, said Burton.


    Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made three key announcements in his opening keynote at Oracle OpenWorld, the company's annual conference for customers and partners in San Francisco. Ellison unveiled the Oracle Database In-Memory Option to Oracle Database 12c which he said speeds up query processing by "orders of magnitude," the M6 Big Memory Machine, and the new Oracle Database Backup Logging Recovery Appliance. Explaining Oracle's goals with the new in-memory option, Ellison noted that in the past there have been row-format databases, and column-format databases that are intended to speed up query processing. "We had a better idea. What if we store data in both formats simultaneously?"


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    Why is data integration so difficult? For many organizations, data integration has been handled as a dark art over the years, implemented behind the scenes with ad hoc scripts, extract, transform, and load (ETL) operations, connectors, manual coding, and patching. Often, front-end applications to get at needed data are built and deployed one at a time, requiring considerable IT staff time, as well as creating a waiting period for business decision makers. To address this challenge, there's a renewed push across the industry to elevate data integration from being a series of one-off projects shrouded in mystery to the core of a multidisciplinary, enterprise architecture—incorporating new and existing approaches such as master data management, data virtualization, and data integration automation.


    IOUG News and Information


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    IOUG successfully hosted over 40 educational sessions this past week at Oracle OpenWorld focused on 12c, Webcenter, Big Data, Cloud, Strategic Leadership and much more. Additionally IOUG's kiosk provided an opportunity for users to find out more about the benefits of joining the user group. If you were at OpenWorld IOUG hopes you had the opportunity to meet us or take advantage of some of our member content. Look for upcoming emails on how to take full advantage of what you received from IOUG at OpenWorld!


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