5 Minute Briefing: Oracle

    December 7, 2012: Human Error is Biggest Security Risk, Finds IOUG Study

    IOUG 5 Minute Briefing: Oracle
    Latest IOUG Security Study Finds Human Error to be Biggest Security Risk
    Oracle Announces Sun Storage Archive Manager and Sun QFS 5.3
    Worldwide Roadshow Planned to Showcase Oracle PaaS, SaaS, and Social Solutions
        Reach New Heights at COLLABORATE 13 – IOUG Forum
    IOUG Webinars
    Oracle News and Updates
    December 5, 2012
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    Latest IOUG Security Study Finds Human Error to be Biggest Security Risk

    The latest IOUG study on database security finds that there are measures that need to be taken to safeguard data from internal abuse; however, preventing privileged users from negligence or malfeasance is a serious challenge.  According to this year’s study, human error has beat out internal hackers or unauthorized users as the biggest security risk. In addition, more than half of respondents say their organizations still do not have, or are unaware of, data security plans to help address contingencies as they arise. These enterprise data security challenges, and more, are highlighted in a new survey of 350 data managers and professionals by the Independent Oracle Users Group.  Underwritten by Oracle Corporation and conducted by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc.,  it covered progress within three key areas of database security - prevention, detection, and administration.

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    Oracle Announces Sun Storage Archive Manager and Sun QFS 5.3

    Oracle Sun Storage Archive Manager 5.3 and Sun QFS 5.3 have been released, providing customers with end to end data integrity so that they can simplify and shorten the process of verifying their digital archives are uncorrupted and accessible. When used with Oracle’s StorageTek T10000C Tape Drives, a command from SAM-QFS initiates data verification within the tape drive itself, with no need to transfer the data back to the server.

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    Worldwide Roadshow Planned to Showcase Oracle PaaS, SaaS, and Social Solutions

    Oracle is planning a new event series called Oracle CloudWorld which is aimed at allowing senior Oracle executives, customers, partners and industry thought leaders to share how they drive business transformation using the Oracle Cloud. The debut of Oracle CloudWorld follows the expansion of the Oracle Cloud services portfolio at Oracle OpenWorld 2012. Oracle president Mark Hurd will kick off Oracle CloudWorld on January 15, 2013 in Dubai.

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    Reach New Heights at COLLABORATE 13 – IOUG Forum
    The IOUG Community is to Oracle technology users as Bear Grylls is to outdoor survivalists. Our members know how to navigate the wilds of Oracle database and technology country, because they’ve been there, and they’ve lived it!

    This April, at COLLABORATE 13– IOUG Forum, join our camp of seasoned pros in Denver to ascend to the peak of Oracle technology performance. Pick up the latest database technology best practices, and learn from front-line customer experience. You’ll go home ready to weather any technological challenge that comes your way. You’re on your own for grizzly bears, though.

    IOUG Forum - Key Topics:
    • Data Warehouse Appliance
    • Cloud Computing
    • Data Governance
    • Business Analytics
    • Real-Time Analytics
    Registration for COLLABORATE 13 is now open! Sign up today to upgrade your experience at COLLABORATE for even more education, access to the Oracle technology community and content to share with your colleagues.

    Celebrate with IOUG!
    IOUG members gain access to discounts of up to $400 off registration fees when taking advantage of early-bird rates valid until March 7, 2013 and have the added bonus of the 20th Anniversary Package.

    IOUG's rock solid 20th Anniversary Package:
    • One full conference registration
    • Special access pass to a lunch panel with key IOUG experts
    • Complimentary copy of a featured Oracle Press book
    • IOUG’s 20th anniversary "Best Of" Content Package
    • One Virtual Conference License to share with your team
    • Complimentary IOUG 20th Anniversary Gift
    Join IOUG in celebrating two successful decades of growth and commitment to technology and its users.

    Entuity Joins IOUG community

    Delivers network information to Oracle stack

    Entuity, a leading provider of enterprise network management, is excited to announce its new partnership with IOUG. Entuity looks forward to working with the IOUG community to help integrate in-depth network information with the Oracle stack for a holistic view of service delivery. Entuity brings to IOUG members truly unified network management that delivers automated discovery, topology, fault, events, device and flow-based performance all in a single product. Entuity’s high automation, along with business and technical views of the network, help to reduce or eliminate the time it takes to ensure that the infrastructure supporting applications stays free of problems. As an Oracle Gold and Oracle Verified Integration (OVI) Partner, Entuity integrates with Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) through an easy to install plug-in with the Entuity network management product. This integrated strategy enables real-time events, metrics, status information and other network data, to be correlated with OEM-managed IT components, such as servers, databases, and applications. It also helps rapidly determine whether the network or the application is causing performance degradation. For more information about the plug-in, watch our video. Visit us at  

    Registration is now open for BIWA Summit 2013

    This event, focused on Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing and Analytics, hosted by the IOUG BIWA SIG, will be held January 8-10, 2013 at the Hotel Sofitel, near Oracle headquarters in Redwood City, California.

    Take Advantage of Expert Technical Content
    Be sure to check out the many featured speakers, including:

    Hands-on labs will give you the opportunity to try out much of the Oracle  software for yourself. Be sure to check out the sessions schedule for the growing list of over 35 sessions on all sorts of BIWA-related topics with Tracks in Advanced Analytics, BI, Big Data, DW and EPM.  

    Follow the Twitter hashtag #BIWASIG for more up-to-date news on BIWA Summit.

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    IOUG Webinars

    Interrogating Your Cloud Applications with Oracle
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

    Presented by: Sumit Sarkar, Certified Consultant, IBM

    Register today to discover more information on how to make Cloud data and Oracle data communicate with one another more effectively. The webinar will present a demo of Oracle SQL Developer, in conjunction with Database Gateway for ODBC (DG4ODBC) connecting to
    Register today!  

    Embarcadero Hosted Webinar: The 30 Year DBA Evolution 

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012
    7:00am PST / 10:00am EST
    11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST

    Hosted by: Embarcadero
    Speaker: Martin Hubel

    In the past 30 years, relational databases have moved from query tools to OLTP engines for critical applications and beyond. Applications have changed from in-house development to the deployment of packaged applications. Outsourcing and off-shoring is becoming more popular, while at the same time, there are fewer people to do the job. As organizations evolve, are companies looking to eliminate the role of the DBA or change the role into something else?
    Register here.  

    Jailbreak the DBA! Doing more with less in a virtual world
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
    Featured Speaker: Daniel Young, Manager of Enterprise Database Administration at Indiana University

    Participate in this webinar to learn more about Indiana University’s effective use of enterprise class Oracle services to over 120,000 students, faculty and staff. Listen to the essential principals that have resulted in the Database Administration staff to focus on the important and not the mundane.
    Register today!

    Exposing WebCenter Data on Mobile & Desktop Devices through the REST APIing more with less in a virtual world

    Thursday, December 13, 2012
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

    Featured Speaker: John Sim, Senior Software Consultant

    Learn the most effective ways to leverage the WebCenter REST API and create cross-device compliant mobile and desktop applications using a single code base. During the webinar, web-based frameworks like Jquery mobile, Zepto, Sencha Touch, Phonegap, Appcelerator & Adobe Air will be reviewed and seen how easily they can enable content from WebCenter to be pulled, synced, and even stored locally for when instant access to content without internet access.
    Register here.  

    How Oracle Came to Rule the Database World & How to Tune it to Perfection!

    Monday, December 17, 2012
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

    Join this session to review Amazon’s top selling Oracle Database book by Rich Niemiec, Oracle 11g Release 2 Performance Tuning Tips & Techniques. The webinar has a technical focus containing numerous tips on topics such as interval partitioning, invisible indexes, function-based indexes, top 25 initialization parameters, flush buffer cache, SQL performance analyzer, xplan, table joins, extended statistics, exadata, and much more!

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    SharePoint is NOT an ECM System- Reasons Why
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

    Featured Speaker: John Sim, Senior Software Consultant

    Discover the most effective ways to control the WebCenter REST API and create cross-device compliant mobile and desktop applications using a single code base. Become familiar with frameworks, such as, Jquery mobile, Zepto, Sencha Touch, Phonegap, Appcelerator & Adobe Air, and how they can allow content from WebCenter to be pulled, synced, and stored locally.
    Register here.  

    Building the Integrated Data Warehouse With Oracle Database and Hadoop

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CST

    Featured Speaker: Gwen Shapira, Senior Consultant at Pythian, Oracle ACE Director Member, Oak Table Network

    From tracking customers in online stores to tweets and blog posts, unstructured data is rapidly growing and businesses are looking for ways to analyze it. In this presentation, learn why storing and processing unstructured data is a challenge best answered by specialized systems such as Hadoop.  Become more familiar with Hadoop and the advantages it has to offer.
    Register here.  

    Big Data, Integration, and Governance: Ask-the-Experts
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

    Data archiving, data quality, data security, discovery, MDM ... The list of best practices recommended by analysts and industry experts continues to expand every year. So how can you make sense of it all and get the most value for your organization from your Oracle applications and/or Oracle Database and data? Join us as our panel of experts share case studies and their expertise to help you understand which best practices to prioritize and focus on. Don’t miss this interactive discussion.
    Register Here. 

    Testing the Bounds of Data Governance

    Presented by: Kimberly Madia, WW Product Marketing Manager, IBM and Thomas Wilson, President and CEO, Unisphere Media

    Join this webcast to review the findings of the (2012 IOUG Test, Development and QA Survey) and discuss the best practices and issues that it highlights. Learn effective ways to deliver quality applications and functionality as a result of improved streamlining and processes.
    This webinar is now available online.  Visit the link to watch the webinar and enter your information to receive access to the survey.

    Get Social with IOUG

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    • Follow the latest in Oracle Database news, IOUG educational opportunities and user group updates on Twitter: @IOUG, or by following the hashtag: #IOUG.
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    Oracle News and Updates

    Don’t miss these upcoming Oracle webcasts!

    Maximum Availability with Oracle GoldenGate
    Thursday, December 13, 2012
    10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

    Register now for this Webcast and see how the bidirectional and real-time data replication capabilities of Oracle GoldenGate can help you maximize high availability for Oracle Database and other major databases.

    "The Calmest Man in the World" understands what it takes to keep business systems available. 
     Watch the videos and see how Oracle Database High Availability Solutions provide business continuity that’s expected from your IT environment.
    To learn more about Oracle High Availability, register now  to receive the IOUG High Availability Survey Report and Webcast.

    Webcast: Increase Performance and Agility with Oracle’s New Data Center Fabric Solutions
    Join us on Tuesday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m. PT for a live Webcast, and chat directly with S.K. Vinod, Senior Director of Product Management. Learn how you can reduce infrastructure complexity by 70% and cut costs by 50% with Oracle Virtual Networking (formerly Xsigo).
    Register Today! 

    Access the Enterprise Manager 12c e-book  today to fast-track your enterprise to the cloud. The new e-book includes demos, videos, self-assessments, and white papers. 
    Learn about the only comprehensive management tool for planning, deploying, and managing the cloud.

    SPARC 25th Anniversary: The Past, Present, and Future
    Watch leading SPARC contributors discuss the challenges and rewards of consistently redefining the limits of enterprise IT. With exclusive content - case studies, webcasts, e-books, infographics, etc.

    Oracle SPARC 25th Anniversary Event Highlights Video
    To celebrate SPARC’s 25th anniversary, the Computer History Museum assembled a panel  including some of the leading figures in SPARC’s evolution to discuss the past, present, and future of SPARC.

    Webcast: SPARC SuperCluster: Extreme Consolidation and Secure Self-Service Cloud
    Learn how the new release of Oracle’s SPARC SuperCluster engineered system enables extreme levels of application consolidation and the rapid deployment of secure cloud services for database and application infrastructure. 

    Online Launch Event: Oracle Solaris 11 - Innovations for Your Data Center
    Discover the new features of Oracle Solaris 11.1 and Oracle Solaris Cluster directly from the people behind the technology and how the latest developments continue the twenty-year tradition of Solaris innovation. 

    Find Your Answer Quickly
    The Get Proactive Instructional blog shows you how to use PowerView to find the right answer. You’ll also see how to browse & refine searches to get the best match fast for your product and task. Learn how and check blog frequently for new posts.

    Webcast: Increase Performance and Agility with Oracle’s New Data Center Fabric Solutions
    Join us on Tuesday, December 11th at 10:00 a.m. PT for a live Webcast, and chat directly with S.K. Vinod, Senior Director of Product Management. Learn how you can reduce infrastructure complexity by 70% and cut costs by 50% with Oracle Virtual Networking (formerly Xsigo).
    Register Today! 
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    When is a Definition Enough Within a Database Design?

    By Todd Schraml

    In writing a definition for an entity, an attribute, or any other element within a database design, the desired end is a descriptive text that is clear, factual and concise. Semantics are an ambiguous and often painful tool to employ. Balancing the need for clarity against the desire to avoid redundancy can be a juggling act that is hard to accomplish. One might not easily recognize what is complete versus what is lacking, versus what has gone too far. But even so, within a definition if one finds oneself listing valid values and decoding the value's meaning, then one has likely already moved beyond what is "concise." Lists of values easily add bulk and quantity of verbiage into a definition, yet such lists do not usually increase the quality of a definition. 

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