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Oracle Demonstrates Advances in Autonomous Cloud, Extending Autonomous Capabilities Across Entire Cloud Platform

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Oracle Demonstrates Advances in Autonomous Cloud, Extending Autonomous Capabilities Across Entire Cloud Platform
Self-driving services use AI and machine learning to help organizations lower cost, reduce risk, accelerate innovation, and get predictive insights

Oracle CloudWorld, NEW YORK—Feb 12, 2018

Oracle President of Product Development Thomas Kurian demonstrated the latest advances in Oracle Cloud Platform, expanding its Oracle Cloud Platform Autonomous Services beyond the Oracle Autonomous Database, to make all Oracle Cloud Platform services self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing. With its enhanced suite of autonomous Cloud Platform services, Oracle is setting a new industry standard for autonomous cloud capabilities. Oracle is applying AI and machine learning to its entire next-generation Cloud Platform services to help customers lower cost, reduce risk, accelerate innovation, and get predictive insights.

As organizations focus on delivering innovation fast, they want a secure set of comprehensive, integrated cloud services to build new applications and run their most demanding enterprise workloads. Only Oracle’s cloud services can automate key operational functions like tuning, patching, backups and upgrades while running to deliver maximum performance, high availability, and secure enterprise IT systems. In addition, to accelerate innovation and smarter decision making, Oracle Cloud Platform is incorporating additional autonomous capabilities specific to application development, mobile and bots, app and data integration, analytics, security and management. 

“The future of tomorrow’s successful enterprise IT organization is in full end-to-end automation,” said Kurian. “At Oracle, we are making this a reality.We are weaving autonomous capabilities into the fabric of our cloud to help customers safeguard their systems, drive innovation faster, and deliver the ultimate competitive advantage with smarter real-time decisions.”

Oracle’s autonomous capabilities are integral to the entire Oracle Cloud Platform, including the world’s first autonomous database unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld. The Oracle Autonomous Database uses advanced AI and machine learning to eliminate human labor, human error and manual tuning delivering unprecedented availability, high performance and security at a much lower cost. Multiple autonomous database services, each tuned to a specific workload, will be available in 2018, including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service for analytics, Oracle Autonomous Database OLTP for transactional and mixed workloads, and Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database for fast, massive-scale reads and writes.

In addition to the Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Cloud Platform autonomous capabilities for application development, mobile and bots, integration, analytics, security and system management, are scheduled to be available in the first half of calendar year 2018. Oracle Cloud Platform services all share foundational autonomous capabilities including:

· Self-Driving to Lower Costs and Increase Productivity: Eliminate human labor to provision, secure, monitor, backup, recover and troubleshoot. Automatically upgrade and patch itself while running. Instantly grow and shrink compute or storage without downtime.

· Self-Securing to Lower Risk: Protect from external attacks and malicious internal users. Automatically apply security updates while running to protect against cyberattacks, and automatically encrypt all data.

· Self-Repairing for Higher Availability: Provide automated protection from all planned and unplanned downtime with up to 99.995 percent availability, resulting in less than 2.5 minutes of downtime per month including planned maintenance.

Examples of additional autonomous capabilities being added to functional areas across the rest of the Oracle Cloud Platform include: 

Application Development

· Automated artifact discovery, dependency management, and policy-based dependency updates increasing code quality and developer productivity

· Automated identification and remediation of security issues throughout the CI/CD pipeline significantly reducing security risks

· Automated code generation with single button deployment enabling rapid application development even by line of business users

Mobile and Bots

· Self-learning chatbots observing interaction patterns and preferences to automate frequently performed end-user actions freeing up time for higher productivity tasks

· Unsupervised, smart bots using machine learning to learn from user conversations enabling fluid, contextual conversations

· Automated caching of API calls to the nearest data center in real time for lowest latency responses based on end user location

Application and Data Integration

· Self-defining integrations automate business processes across different SaaS and on-premises apps

· Self-defining data flows with automated data lake and data prep pipeline creation for ingesting data (streaming and batch)


· Automated data discovery and preparation

· Automated analysis for key findings along with visualization and narration delivering quicker real time insights

Security and Management

· Machine learning-driven user and entity behavior analytics to automatically isolate and eliminate suspicious and malicious users

· Preventative controls to intercept data leaks across structured and unstructured data repositories

· Unified data repository across log, performance, user experience and configuration data with applied AI/ML, eliminating need to set and manage performance and security monitoring “metadata” such as thresholds, server topology, and configuration drift

Oracle today also demonstrated a single Oracle Digital Assistant for users to interact across Oracle’s SaaS and PaaS services including analytics. Oracle Digital Assistant provides centralized connection for the user to converse across the user’s CRM, ERP, HCM, custom applications and business intelligence data and uses AI to intelligently correlate data and automate user behavior. 

Oracle Digital Assistant capabilities include:

· Integration to speech-based devices like Amazon Echo (Alexa), Apple Siri, Google Home and Speech, Harman Kardon (Cortana), and Microsoft Cortana

· Deep neural net based machine learning algorithms to process the message from the voice based devices to understand end user input and take action

· Intelligent routing to the Bot with the knowledge to process the end user input

· Deep insights into user behavior, context, preferences and routines that is used by the Oracle Digital Assistant to self-learn to recommend and automate across all data sets on behalf of the user

“Platform as a Service has become a critical component of the cloud delivery model to help drive business agility and innovation for enterprises,” said Saurabh Sharma, Principal Analyst, Ovum. “With Oracle revealing its AI and machine learning-based Autonomous PaaS, Oracle is bringing productivity gains, cost reduction and human error reduction to the forefront of enterprises looking for possible ways to drive faster innovation. Oracle Cloud Platform’s autonomous PaaS capabilities will let enterprises scale, back-up, upgrade, diagnose, correct and secure enterprise PaaS cloud services.” 

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Oracle Powers the Next Generation of Finance with New Artificial Intelligence Applications

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Oracle Powers the Next Generation of Finance with New Artificial Intelligence Applications
Intelligent applications drive smarter finance decisions, increase efficiencies, and improve collaboration for higher revenues and reduced costs

Modern Finance Experience 2018, New York, NY—Feb 13, 2018

To empower the office of the CFO with data-driven insights they need to adapt to change, capitalize on new market opportunities, and increase profitability, Oracle today announced new artificial intelligence-based applications for finance. By applying advanced data science and machine learning to data from the Oracle Data Cloud and from partners, the new Oracle Adaptive Intelligent Applications for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) help automate transactional work and streamline business processes.

Oracle Adaptive Intelligent Applications for ERP are designed to enhance existing applications, including financials, procurement, enterprise performance management, order management, and manufacturing within the ERP Cloud suite.

CFOs and modern finance professionals are under pressure to increase the agility and effectiveness of their organizations. As such, they need to constantly monitor and assess what is working and what is not and redeploy resources for maximum returns.

“To increase their agility, organizations need to leverage the right tools to help improve process efficiency and uncover insights that can guide a business forward,” said Rondy Ng, senior vice president, Oracle Applications Development. “Oracle helps finance leaders drive business transformation with ready-to-go applications that combine advanced machine learning with the industry’s most comprehensive suite of cloud applications to deliver immediate value and results.”

With Oracle Adaptive Intelligent Applications for ERP, finance leaders can benefit from:

· Better insight: Applying analytics and artificial intelligence to finance can improve performance and increases agility across payables, receivables, procurement, and fiscal period close processes. Intelligent applications are also able to provide suggested actions to help mitigate vendor risk and fraud activity by detecting exceptions in vendor selection criteria. 

· Greater efficiency: Robotic process automation and artificial intelligence capabilities enable touchless transaction processing, minimizing the chance of human error. 

· Smarter business outcomes: Oracle delivers immediate impact by infusing machine learning across the entire suite of business applications; this is done by leveraging data from the Oracle Data Cloud and from partners to derive insights across multiple channels and platforms, including finance, HR, and project management to support strategic business decision-making. 

· Increased influence: The rich insights available to finance leaders via artificial intelligence empower CFOs to anticipate what comes next for the business and to make wise decisions, increasing the influence of the CFO and finance team in the organization. 

For example, using Oracle Adaptive Intelligent Applications for ERP can help a finance team at a large national retail brand collect first-party data on their suppliers, such as supplier purchase history, percentage of revenue, discounts taken with third-party data on supplier revenue, credit score, and other company attributes. The finance organization can then decide which suppliers to double down on and which to cease doing business with for maximum cost savings, while maintaining quality standards. The ability to quickly fine tune the business based on data-driven insights will increase the finance function’s value in the organization and CEOs will increasingly rely on the CFO and finance team for strategic recommendations to improve business performance.

By applying advanced data science and machine learning to Oracle’s web-scale data and an organization’s own data, the new Adaptive Intelligent Apps can react, learn, and adapt in real time based on historical and dynamic data, while continuously delivering better business insights.

According to the Gartner report, “Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Financial Management Applications,” written by Nigel Rayner and Christopher Iervolino, “The transformational potential of AI in financial management applications will come in the next two to three years as more AI technologies are embedded directly into financial management processes to automate complex, non-routine activities with little or no human intervention. Also, using AI to improve the accuracy and effectiveness of financial forecasting and planning will transform these processes.”1

The Oracle Adaptive Intelligent Apps are built into the existing Oracle Cloud Applications to deliver the industry’s most powerful AI-based modern business applications across finance, human resources, supply chain and manufacturing, commerce, customer service, marketing, and sales. The apps are powered by insights from the Oracle Data Cloud, which is the largest third-party data marketplace in the world with a collection of more than 5 billion global consumer and business IDs and more than 7.5 trillion data points collected monthly.

1 Gartner Report: “Impacts of Artificial Intelligence on Financial Management Applications,” Analysts Nigel Rayner, Christopher Iervolino, Published November 7, 2017.

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Report: Cloud Services to Increase U.S. GDP by $2 Trillion over the Next Decade

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Report: Cloud Services to Increase U.S. GDP by $2 Trillion over the Next Decade

New research from Dr. Michael Mandel, senior fellow at the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at Wharton, predicts cloud accessibility to technologies such as blockchain, AI, and automation, will power the next big wave of U.S. productivity

Oracle Modern Finance Experience, New York, NY—Feb 14, 2018

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today published a report examining the potential impact of cloud services on the United States economy. Authored by Dr. Michael Mandel, senior fellow at the Mack Institute of Innovation Management at the Wharton School and commissioned by Oracle, the report estimates that a cumulative US$2 trillion will be added to U.S. Gross Domestic Product over the next ten years as a result of the productivity and innovation gains that cloud services will deliver. These gains will be attained through the widespread diffusion of advanced technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, machine learning, and intelligent automation; as well as industry best practices.

The report, titled “Intelligent Finance: How CFOs Can Lead the Coming Productivity Boom” builds upon a 2017 study conducted by Dr. Mandel on behalf of the Technology CEO Council. It provides CFOs and finance leaders with a deeper understanding of the potential productivity and profitability gains that can be realized by embracing cloud services and the emerging technologies and best practices they contain.

Dr. Mandel’s research shows a widening productivity divide between the organizations and industries that have invested in software technologies and those that haven’t. But, the report predicts cloud services will close the productivity gap as organizations and industries that have traditionally lagged in technology adoption begin to take advantage of more cost effective and accessible cloud-based solutions. These gains will benefit workers, shareholders, and the broader economy. 

“The cloud era will give low-productivity organizations and industries access to the same technology and best practices that companies in high-productivity industries benefit from,” said Dr. Michael Mandel. “By standardizing and automating routine tasks, the lower producers will increase efficiency and reduce the cost of many processes, which will help them self-fund further investments in technology, develop new capabilities, and redeploy and hire resources for higher-level and better-paid tasks.”

One low-productivity industry that is well-poised to take advantage of emerging cloud technologies is healthcare—a $3 trillion industry.

“Cloud services now provide us with the basis for integrating our financial data with population health data,” said Michael Murray, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Blue Shield of California, which provides healthcare coverage for more than four million Americans. “Through data analytics and better population health management, the United States could remove hundreds of millions of dollars in costs out of the healthcare system. It’s a huge economic opportunity and will ultimately enhance clinical quality and patient outcomes.”

“The potential impact of emerging technologies on society cannot be understated,” noted Dave Donatelli, executive vice president, Cloud Business Group, Oracle. “In addition to creating new jobs and industries based on technology innovations in areas such as 3D printing, artificial intelligence, and cognitive computing, new technologies can help address some of our country’s basic needs. For example, many Americans are struggling to afford the high cost of healthcare coverage and basic medical expenses. Imagine if technology could predict illness and health risks to keep the population healthier. Similarly, cloud-based technologies have the potential to bring down the cost of education, using artificial intelligence, bots, and IoT to create more efficient institutions and better student outcomes.”

As part of the research, Dr. Mandel conducted in-depth interviews with CEOs, CFOs, and other top executives at companies in key industries identified as essential to U.S. economic growth.

Oracle customers who participated in the report, include:

· Blue Shield of California (healthcare) 
· Carbon (manufacturing) 
· ConnectOne Bank (financial services) 
· FairfieldNodal (oil & gas) 
· Oracle (high tech) 
· Shawnee State University (education) 
· The Wonderful Company (retail/consumer)

The full report can be downloaded at

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Oracle PR

Caesars Entertainment Transforms Its Iconic Business with Oracle

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Caesars Entertainment Transforms Its Iconic Business with Oracle
World-leading gaming and entertainment company selects Oracle Cloud Applications to transform business processes

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 14, 2018

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, the world’s most diversified casino entertainment company, has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to improve the experiences of its guests and employees. With Oracle Cloud Applications, Caesars Entertainment has increased business agility and reduced costs by streamlining financial processes and improving employee productivity and engagement across its entire business operations, which includes Harrah’s, Caesars and Horseshoe.

To modernize business processes while continuing to provide its guests with unsurpassed service across 47 properties in five countries, Caesars Entertainment needed to completely rethink its existing business systems. With Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud services, Caesars Entertainment has transformed its business by connecting 650 disparate systems to a cloud-based solution that unifies business and employee data on a modern, unified platform.

“We are always looking at how we can provide guests with the best possible services and products,” said Keith Causey, senior vice president and chief accounting officer, Caesars Entertainment. “While we have traditionally focused on the guest experience, a critical part of that process involves the business applications we use to run our organization. Oracle Cloud Applications enabled us to modernize our financial and HR systems so that we could quickly and easily embrace industry best practices, connect disparate applications and data sets and improve productivity.”

Oracle Cloud Applications will enable Caesars Entertainment to benefit from a complete and fully integrated suite of business applications. With Oracle ERP Cloud, Caesars Entertainment will be able to increase productivity, lower costs and improve controls by eliminating spreadsheets and manual processes. Oracle HCM Cloud will enable Caesars Entertainment to find, grow and retain the best talent and achieve complete workforce insights by streamlining access to internal and external talent and delivering advanced reporting and analytics.

“Caesars Entertainment has become part of the American culture, earning its place in the minds of millions worldwide,” said Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development at Oracle. “With Oracle Cloud Applications, Caesars Entertainment has embraced modern finance and HR best practices, increased productivity and dedicated more resources to its ongoing mission to provide guests with amazing experiences.”

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Oracle PR

Oracle Cloud Applications Help Providence St. Joseph Health Deliver on its Digital Innovation Vision

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Oracle Cloud Applications Help Providence St. Joseph Health Deliver on its Digital Innovation Vision
Oracle Cloud Applications improves organizational efficiency, delivery of services, and patient outcomes for non-profit healthcare organizations

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 14, 2018

Oracle today announced that Providence St. Joseph Health has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to advance its critical business systems and streamline operational processes.

PProvidence St. Joseph Health needed a modern business platform that could scale to support its changing needs. With Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud, Oracle Human Capital (HCM) Cloud, and Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, Providence St. Joseph Health will be able to combine finance, employee, and supplier data to help improve productivity, reduce costs, and enhance visibility within the organization.

“We are focused on creating smarter and more efficient systems for managing our growing system, improving planning and forecasting, and enabling agile decision-making,” said Jo Ann Escasa-Haigh, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Operations at Providence St. Joseph Health. “We are excited to partner with Oracle to deliver a solution to match our expanding needs.”

Oracle ERP Cloud’s complete, modern, and innovative platform will help Providence St. Joseph Health transform its finance function by enabling increased productivity, lower costs, and improved controls. Oracle EPM Cloud will enable Providence St. Joseph to analyze data for accurate forecasting and budget planning. Oracle SCM Cloud will help increase the efficiency of operations by enforcing procurement policies, providing real-time insights, and automating demand/supply planning. Oracle HCM Cloud will provide insightful data and tools to help Providence St. Joseph Health optimize talent management, gain complete workforce insights, and increase operational efficiency to drive a better employee experience.

“Oracle Cloud Applications will support Providence St. Joseph Health in driving our vision of digital innovation in our business processes, agility in our deployment of solutions, and long-term value and scalability,” adds Janice Newell, Executive Vice President, Information Services & Chief Information Officer at Providence St. Joseph Health.

“Technology plays an important role in the healthcare industry, from helping offices run more efficiently to enabling hospital staff to deliver more accurate diagnoses and save more lives,” said Steve Miranda, Executive Vice President, Applications Product Development, Oracle. “Oracle Cloud Applications will significantly improve business systems and organizational efficiency to help Providence St. Joseph Health provide superior patient care and better respond to community health needs.”

Additional Information

For additional information on Oracle ERP Cloud applications, visit Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud’s Facebook and Twitter or the Modern Finance Leader blog.

More information on Oracle HCM Cloud can be found on the Modern HR in the Cloud blog, follow @OracleHCM on Twitter or Facebook.

For additional information on Oracle SCM Cloud, visit Facebook, Twitter or the Oracle SCM blog.

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Oracle Buys Zenedge

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Oracle Buys Zenedge
Adds Leading Cloud-Based Network and Infrastructure Security Capabilities to Protect Enterprises from Today’s Complex Digital Threats

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 15, 2018

Oracle today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Zenedge, which helps secure critical IT systems deployed via cloud, on-premise or hybrid hosting environments.

Customers leverage Zenedge’s Web Application Firewall (WAF) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation products to secure their applications, networks, databases and APIs from malicious Internet traffic. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), Zenedge’s products and 24/7 virtual Security Operations Center (SOC) defend over 800,000 web properties and networks globally.

Oracle delivers a comprehensive set of subscription-based cloud infrastructure services that enables businesses to run any workload in an enterprise-grade cloud managed, hosted and supported by Oracle. Zenedge expands Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle’s Domain Name System (DNS) capabilities, adding innovative application and network protection that augments existing Oracle security services and partnerships. Together, Oracle and Zenedge will allow enterprises to adopt cloud services without compromising performance, cost, control or security through an expanded Oracle Cloud Infrastructure platform.

“Customers demand enterprise-grade infrastructure to run their critical business systems in the cloud,” said Don Johnson, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Oracle. “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure as a Service delivers leading cloud services to address those needs. The combination with Zenedge equips Oracle Cloud Infrastructure with integrated, next-generation network and infrastructure security, to address modern security threats.”

“Customers achieve tremendous results with Zenedge’s innovative WAF and DDoS mitigation products, from a 99% reduction in illicit website traffic to a 99.75% improvement in page load times,” said Yuri Frayman, CEO of Zenedge. “We could not be more enthusiastic about joining forces with the leader in enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure, and delivering similar results to even more customers at scale.”

More information about this announcement is available at

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Oracle Honors Change Agents of Finance at Oracle Modern Finance Experience

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Oracle Honors Change Agents of Finance at Oracle Modern Finance Experience
Awards recognize organizations using modern cloud technologies to drive business transformation

Oracle Modern Finance Experience, New York—Feb 15, 2018

To promote best practices and celebrate the success organizations are achieving by modernizing financial and operational processes in the cloud, Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced the winners of the 2018 Change Agents of Finance Awards. The awards recognize top organizations and business leaders that are driving growth by embracing Oracle cloud solutions and modern best practices to transform the finance function and other critical business processes.

The 2018 winners include Beall’s Inc., Caesars Entertainment, Dropbox, Hilton, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC), Orange, Park Hotels & Resorts, and Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS).

The 2018 Change Agents of Finance Awards is a global program that encompasses 10 categories that represent the best of twenty-first century finance. Finalists were nominated and voted for by their finance peers based on their ability to deliver tangible business results through the application of innovative cloud technologies to their unique business case.

“The Change Agents of Finance Awards recognize visionary leaders that are reimagining their finance functions in order to thrive and grow in today’s digital economy,” said Doug Kehring, executive vice president and Chief of Staff, Oracle. “This year’s winners are industry pioneers leveraging Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud solutions to differentiate their organizations and deliver outstanding results.”

Winners of the 2018 Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards are:

· Frugal Finance Award: Wilmington Savings Fund Society (WSFS), Dominic C. Canuso, EVP and Chief Financial Officer 

· Better Together Award: Park Hotels & Resorts, Darren Robb, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer 

· Fast Finance Award: Caesars Entertainment, Michael Mann, VP of Transformation 

· Modern Close Award: National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (NRUCFC), Lori Culp, Assistant Controller 

· Roll With It Award: Hilton, Anand Naimpally, SVP, Finance 

· Shared Services Superstar Award: Orange, Djamel Benallal, Head of Finance Group Solutions 

· Crystal Ball Award: Dropbox, Annie Ogata, Corporate FP&A Lead 

· Oracle Billion-Dollar Story Award: Orange, Christophe Eouzan, Chief Accounting Officer 

· Top Talent Award: Beall’s Inc., Brian Crowley, CFO 

For additional information on these winners, please visit the Oracle Change Agents of Finance Awards website.

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Oracle PR

Oracle Extends Autonomous Capabilities Across Its Entire Cloud Platform

By Chris Murphy

A new computing era is coming, and the difference will be as big as going from driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission to using a self-driving car. 

We’re entering the era of self-driving software—autonomous, cloud-based services that use machine learning algorithms to eliminate human labor and human error. While the automated software of the past could do the tasks it was told to do, autonomous systems will handle exceptions and get continually better over time. 

“Autonomous is a learning system,” says Amit Zavery, executive vice president of Oracle Cloud Platform. “It understands what’s going on, understands what has been happening, predicts what is going to happen, and uses a lot more data to figure out what the best next action is.” 

Oracle is leading this shift. In October, the company laid out its vision for the autonomous database, whereby the database patches, tunes, and upgrades itself without human intervention, based on the priorities set by the people who run the database. 

Oracle is now laying out a broader vision for Oracle Cloud Platform autonomous services, taking this same self-driving approach beyond the database to tasks in application development, application and data integration, mobile and conversational artificial intelligence (AI), business analytics, security, and management. Autonomous platform as a service (PaaS) promises to lower IT costs and improve security because they require less human management and eliminate human error. These services also promise to speed IT deployments, by letting developers jump right to creating new functionality rather than having to spend time on the routine tasks of provisioning, optimizing, tuning, integrating, and securing systems. 

“As a user or developer, you don’t have to deal with a lot of those things yourself,” Zavery says. “You just go and build your business functions on top of it.” 

Autonomous PaaS services drive faster innovation with advanced capabilities such as auto code generation, self-defining data flows, automated data discovery and prep, voice-enabled integration links, machine learning-based continuous data analysis, or self-learning bots that understand user intent and continually refine that understanding. Oracle’s PaaS capabilities support the needs of the entire organization, including developers, enterprise architects, data scientists, IT operations, and business users. 

“We have been running very large, enterprise-caliber platforms for many, many years, and we have a lot of experience knowing what it takes to run, tune, and manage those systems,” Zavery says. “It’s a learning platform which keeps on improving with the more information we collect and the more users we get on the system.” 

Benefits of Autonomous Cloud Platform 

Improved security is among the most critical advantages of an autonomous cloud platform. A number of recent large-scale security breaches occurred when a company or organization failed to apply a patch that already was available for its software. Oracle’s autonomous database and all other platform services will apply those patches without a person having to schedule them—requiring no system downtime. And, through the application of AI capabilities like real-time auto cyberthreat detection and remediation, and user behavior analytics, Oracle Autonomous Cloud services lower security risk from both known and unknown vectors. 

Lower operating costs and improved system performance are the other big benefits of autonomous PaaS. Eliminating human labor to provision, secure, monitor, tune, back up, and troubleshoot a cloud service saves money, and lets technologists focus on more strategic work. In addition, because an autonomous cloud service is constantly using machine learning to tune itself—updating itself with the latest features, and resizing compute and storage without downtime—the service delivers optimal performance. 

So why is now the moment in time to create “self-driving” software? In some ways, it’s because of the same forces propelling the self-driving-car movement. 
AI and machine learning algorithms are maturing, to the point where Oracle is embedding those capabilities into more cloud services. 
Cloud computing can deliver the compute power, using the GPU processors that machine learning demands, needed for autonomous decision making. 
Oracle’s range of platform, infrastructure, and application cloud services gives it the massive amount of data needed to feed and teach a learning algorithm. 

“This is the first phase of it, and we’ll keep enhancing this capability as we move forward,” Zavery says, “but this is the next-generation computing platform.” 

Oracle’s Jewell: ‘Not Your Father’s Supply Chain’

By Margaret Harrist

Clinging to the status quo can become a death march in today’s digital economy. Companies with heavily customized applications are locked into old-school ways of doing business, unable to respond to changing customer expectations and demands. 

“Half of CEOs say their industries will drastically change in the next three years, but 76% of chief supply chain officers say their digital transformation projects are not aligned,” said Rick Jewell, Oracle senior vice president of applications development, during his keynote address at the company’s Modern Supply Chain Experience conference in San Jose, California, last week. 

“Whether that’s due to the siloed nature of their existing systems, or the inability of those systems to take on new models and capabilities, or whether it’s a fundamental inability to change processes, it’s not working for many companies,” Jewell said. 

The answer, he said, is for companies to adopt the modern processes and technical advances delivered by cloud applications. In the case of Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, those updates are delivered every quarter. 

“We want our applications to be as easy to use as what you have on your phone right now,” Jewell said. “In fact, we will measure our user experience against iPhone and Android applications.” 

With offerings that span product lifecycle management, supply chain planning, procurement, logistics, order management, manufacturing, and maintenance, Oracle SCM Cloud now has more than 1,800 customers worldwide. A growing list of cloud-based Internet of Things applications, pre-integrated with Oracle SCM Cloud modules, make it easy for companies of all sizes to get the benefits of IoT without having to hire a team of data scientists, Jewell said. 

For example, Oracle IoT Cloud lets a supply chain manager view the status of a piece of an equipment on a factory floor hundreds or thousands of miles away through a digital twin—a virtual representation of the equipment through which the manager can simulate conditions, run what-if scenarios, and pinpoint problems. She can remotely view the status of each component of that machinery and apply advanced analytics to assess what repairs or updates need to be made to prevent a maintenance issue. Furthermore, that maintenance order can be submitted automatically to Oracle Maintenance Cloud. 

“Looking forward, we’ll be adding more adaptive intelligence and machine learning capabilities as well as chatbots and blockchain—which has promise for, among other things, validating the location and authenticity of goods across the supply chain,” Jewell said. “This is definitely not your father’s supply chain.” 

martes, 6 de febrero de 2018

Versiones de Oracle Database traen cambios en política de actualizaciones a partir de la versión 18 ( originalmente designada como )

Sabemos a partir de la última actualización del documento informativo sobre las liberaciones de las nuevas versiones del motor de base de datos Oracle ( Doc Id. 742060.1 ), que la nueva versión de base de datos 18, conocida originalmente como, será liberada durante el segundo semestre del presente año, en versión ON-PREMISES.

Esta es una gran noticia, ya que inicialmente, existía incertidumbre sobre el tema de que si la nueva generación de bases de datos, conocidas como "Base de Datos Autónoma", estaría disponible para descarga y uso en sitio. Los rumores apuntaban a que aquellos clientes que quisieran utilizar la nueva versión, tendrían que migrar a la Nube de Oracle.

Oracle Database 18, estaría inicialmente disponible en la modalidad Oracle Public Cloud, durante el primer semestre, para las plataformas Oracle Cloud Service, Exadata Cloud Service y en modalidad On-Premises para Oracle Database Appliance y Exadata.

Los clientes utilizando EXADATA CLOUD at Customer, Oracle Cloud at Customer, Supercluster y MiniCluster, deberán esperar aún más tiempo, ya que no se establecido la fecha de su liberación en estas plataformas.

Para los clientes en modalidad On-Premises, utilizando Linux x86-64, Oracle Solaris SPARC, Oracle Solaris x86, Microsoft Windows x64 y HP-UX Itanium, IBM AIX on Power y IBM Linux on Ssystem Z, la disponibilidad de la versión será a partir del segundo semestre de este 2018.

Algo que si cambiará significativamente a partir de la nueva versión de base de datos, es que las nuevas versiones de características del producto, serán publicadas anualmente y ya no se lanzarán parches.

Para respaldar tanto las correcciones relacionadas con la seguridad como las correcciones de alta prioridad que no son de seguridad para cada versión, se ofrecerán actualizaciones trimestrales cada enero, abril, julio y octubre, tal y como se viene haciendo desde hace tiempo atrás. Estos son los conocidos CPU ( Critical Patch Update ).

A cada actualización le siguen hasta dos revisiones por separado durante los seis meses posteriores a la publicación de la Actualización.

Por ejemplo, Release.Update.1 y Release.Update.2, donde "1" y "2" representan las iteraciones de revisión.

La política de Oracle recomienda que los clientes estén al día con las actualizaciones. Al hacer esto, minimizan la posibilidad de encontrar errores conocidos y vulnerabilidades de seguridad.

Mantenerse al día con las actualizaciones reduce la probabilidad de requerir parches únicos e interinos que conducen a líneas de base de software únicas y a incrementar los costos de mantenimiento.

Es posible que algunos clientes hayan alcanzado un estado estable y quieran priorizar las actualizaciones de seguridad en lugar de las soluciones funcionales. En tales casos, pueden optar por aplicar revisiones:
  • Cuando aplican revisión Release Update 1, se retrasan con el contenido de una actualización en 3 meses.
  • Cuando aplican revisión Release Update 2, se retrasan con el contenido de la actualización en 6 meses.
Al optar por demorarse en tomar nuevos contenidos de actualización por 3 o 6 meses, los clientes pueden adoptar un enfoque más conservador para el mantenimiento del software de la base de datos, pero aún así, podrían solucionar problemas conocidos en las actualizaciones más recientes.

La nueva estrategia de actualización y revisión reemplaza los PSU y el parche de paquete de Base de Datos (DBBP) para el software de base de datos versión y las posteriores versiones.

A partir de julio de 2017, los términos heredados 'Patchset', 'Patchset Update' y "Database Bundle Patch 'no se utilizan para el software de base de datos y las versiones posteriores.

Tenga en cuenta que para las versiones de base de datos 12.1 y 11.2 Oracle continuarán lanzando PSU trimestrales y BP, mientras se encuentren en la política de ciclo de vida del producto.



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Partner Webcast: Database Security Assessment Tool and GDPR: Uncover New Opportunities

The newly released Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT) 2.0.1 is a light-weight, easy to use tool, focused on identifying how securely the database is configured, who are the users and what are their entitlements, what security policies and controls are in place, and where sensitive data resides with the goal of promoting successful approaches to mitigate potential security risks.

  • Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool 
  • Oracle Partner Opportunity 
  • Summary - Q&A 
Presenter: Pedro Lopes – DBSAT Product Manager - Oracle Database Security

Date & Time: February 27, 2018 | 10 AM - 11 AM CET

Oracle Blog's: A New Weapon in the War to Protect Your Data

By Vipin Samar, Oracle Senior Vice President for Database Security 

Data is a treasure. And in my last 20 years of working in security, I’ve found that hackers have understood this better than many of the organizations that own and process the data. 

Attackers are relentless in their pursuit of data, but many organizations ignore database security, focusing only on network and endpoint security. When I ask the leaders responsible for securing their data why this is so, the most frequent answers I hear are: 
Our databases are protected by multiple firewalls and therefore must be secure. 
Our databases have had no obvious breaches so far, so whatever we have been doing must be working. 
Our databases do not have anything sensitive, so there is no need to secure them. 

And yet, when they see the results from our field-driven security assessment, the same organizations backtrack. They admit that their databases do, in fact, have sensitive data, and while there may be firewalls, there are very limited security measures in place to directly protect the databases. They are even unsure how secure their databases are, or if they have ever been hacked. Given the high volume of breaches, they realize that they must get ready to face attacks, but don’t know where to start. 

Assessing database security is a good first step but it can be quite an arduous task. It involves finding holes from various angles including different points of entry, analyzing the data found, and then prioritizing next steps. With DBAs focused on database availability and performance, spending the time to run security assessments or to develop database security expertise is often not a priority. 

Hackers, on the other hand, are motivated to attack and find the fastest way in, and then the fastest way out. They map out the target databases, looking for vulnerabilities in database configuration and over privileged users, run automated tools to quickly penetrate systems, and then exfiltrate sensitive data without leaving behind much of a trail. 

If this were a war between organizations and hackers, it would be an asymmetric one. In such situations, assessing your own weaknesses and determining vulnerable points of attack becomes very critical. 

Assess First 

I am pleased to announce the availability of the Oracle Database Security Assessment Tool (DBSAT). DBSAT helps organizations assess the security configuration of their databases, identify sensitive data, and evaluate database users for risk exposure. Hackers take similar steps during their reconnaissance, but now organizations can do the same—and do it first. 

DBSAT is a simple, lightweight, and free tool that helps Oracle customers quickly assess their databases. Designed to be used by all Oracle Database customers in small or large organizations, DBSAT has no dependency on other tools or infrastructure and needs no special expertise. DBAs can download DBSAT and get actionable reports in as little as 10 minutes. 

What can you expect DBSAT to find? Based upon decades of Oracle’s field experience in securing databases against common threats, DBSAT looks at various configuration parameters, identifies gaps, discovers missing security patches, and suggests remediation. It checks whether security measures such as encryption, auditing, and access control are deployed, and how they compare against best practices. It evaluates user accounts, roles, and associated security policies, determining who can access the database, whether they have highly sensitive privileges, and how those users should be secured. 

Finally, DBSAT searches your database metadata for more than 50 types of sensitive data including personally identifiable information, job data, health data, financial data, and information technology data. You can also customize the search patterns to look for sensitive data specific to your organization or industry. DBSAT helps you not only discover how much sensitive data you have, but also which schemas and tables have them. 

With easy-to-understand summary tables and detailed findings, organizations can quickly assess their risk exposure and plan mitigation steps. And all of this can be accomplished in a few minutes, without overloading valuable DBAs or requiring them to take special training. 

Reviewing your DBSAT assessment report may be surprising—and in some cases, shocking—but the suggested remediation steps can improve your security dramatically. 

Privacy Regulations and Compliance 

DBSAT also helps provide recommendations to assist you with regulatory compliance. This includes the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR) that calls for impact assessments and other enhanced privacy protections. Additionally, DBSAT highlights findings that are applicable to EU GDPR and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmark. 

Oracle is a leader in preventive and detective controls for databases, and now with the introduction of DBSAT, security assessment is available to all Oracle Database customers. I urge you to download and try DBSAT—after all, it’s better that you assess your database’s security before the hackers do it for you! 

Oracle Blog's: Mack Trucks: A Bold New Rig Gets a New Digital Marketing Approach, Too

Mack Trucks is a powerhouse brand, with trucks bearing its bulldog hood ornament ever-present on construction sites and trash routes across North America. Out on the highway, though, Mack now holds less than 2% of the market for long-haul trucks—a position it intends to improve with the recent launch of the Mack Anthem, its first totally redesigned highway tractor in more than a decade. In rolling out the Mack Anthem, the company is grabbing the attention of customers, drivers, and dealers with a digital marketing campaign that is as bold and efficient as the sleek new big rig. 

Mack’s integration of modern social, email, and website tools was a big step for the 118-year-old American manufacturing icon, for which print ads, glossy brochures, and trade shows were the marketing vehicles of choice only four or five years ago. Those channels provided very little opportunity for Mack to craft different messages for its different customer segments, such as fleet managers and owner-operators, who might prioritize various elements of a truck differently. Mack still uses those analog channels, but it shifted into a higher gear for the Anthem launch with a digital campaign that emphasizes metrics over mindshare. 

“It allows us to be more targeted, more efficient, and able to measure our activities in a far more effective way,” says John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing, in an interview at the company’s customer center in Allentown, just miles from the Lower Macungie, Pennsylvania, factory that will build the new Anthem trucks. “In general, whoever has the best data and does the best job with it is going to win.” 

Country Music, VR, and More 

Among the Mack marketing team’s digital initiatives for the Anthem launch: 

• It produced a series of gated YouTube videos, released biweekly starting in early July, that built excitement for the forthcoming new highway model, culminating in a live stream of the Mack Anthem unveiling on YouTube and Facebook on Sept. 13, 2017. In all, Mack collected about 7,000 email addresses from the teaser campaign, and 3,700 people logged into the live stream of the launch event—significant numbers for a product that costs more than $100,000. 

• The marketing team launched a comprehensive social media campaign, pointing Mack’s Twitter followers (now more than 23,000), Facebook followers (170,000-plus), LinkedIn followers (more than 15,000), YouTube subscribers (in excess of 13,000), and its other social communities to videos, photos, text summaries, and other content on every aspect of the new truck line. From the start of the Mack Anthem tease campaign in July through the launch of the product in September, the brand pulled in more than 40,000 new social followers. 

Mack uses Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud Service and Oracle Social Cloud to connect social activity with the 175,000 profiles in its Eloqua database, so it knows if a person clicked on, say, a Facebook post to view an Anthem-related video and then later downloaded a white paper or looked for other information on Using Oracle Social Cloud, team members also receive an alert when Mack Anthem is mentioned on various social sites, so that they can respond where necessary. 

• The Mack marketing team distributed virtual reality viewers to potential customers, letting them take a VR tour inside the Anthem truck. Registrants requesting the viewers on’s Anthem landing page are required to provide their first and last name, company name, job title, email address and phone number. The marketing team then uses its Oracle Eloqua system’s lead-scoring model to qualify each individual. 

That scoring is based partly on each individual’s tagged engagement with other high-value content on Mack’s website, as well as an estimate of each person’s purchasing authority given his or her job role. “It’s all of those indicators that say, yeah, this guy’s interested in this truck, not someone who just wants to see what’s new from Mack and then is gone,” says Neil Tolbert, director of marketing communications. 

The marketing team still does part of that scoring manually, Tolbert says, pulling up the website of a qualified lead to see if the individual works for a current Mack customer or is a “conquest” opportunity to take business from a rival. As part of that due diligence, the team also looks at the size of the individual’s employer—owner-operator of a single truck all the way up to a national fleet such as ABF Freight or UPS. 

• Mack partnered with celebrity influencers. For example, the company’s marketing team enlisted country music artist Steve Moakler to record a road song for the Anthem launch, titled “Born Ready” and dedicated to drivers. More than 55,000 people have watched Moakler’s performance of the song on YouTube. The marketing team also produced a YouTube video with the Oakland Raiders’ Khalil Mack, the National Football League’s 2016/17 Defensive Player of the Year, on “What Makes a Mack.” More than 75,000 people have watched that video. 

Qualified Leads 

More than 9,300 people have opted in to some aspect of the Mack Anthem campaign (including 2,100 for the VR viewers), generating about 1,700 qualified leads, the company says. 

At the center of the campaign is the comprehensive Anthem landing page. There, customers and prospects not only can sign up for a VR viewer and watch the Moakler video, but they can also consume information on every aspect of the new truck line, from its fuel efficiency and easy maintenance to its driver-friendly dashboard and cab design (more on those attributes and features below). That landing page has drawn more than 146,000 visits so far. 

Also central to the Anthem digital marketing campaign is Mack’s Oracle Eloqua database of 175,000 customers and prospects. Explains Walsh: “We build profiles on all 175,000 of those folks, engage with them over time with compelling, personalized content, move them further and further through the sales funnel, through the consideration process, and continue to engage with them until they finally raise their hand and say, ‘I want to talk with a Mack dealer.’ At which point we consider them a qualified lead and hand them off to the appropriate Mack dealer.” 

In the days of analog-only marketing, he notes, that customer or prospect probably would have started with a sales rep at one of the 380 independently owned Mack dealer locations in North America, which account for about 90% of the company’s global sales. “The customer might have walked in the door and said, ‘Hey, tell me what you guys have to offer.’” Walsh says. “Today when customers come through the door, through the magic of digital they have self-educated themselves to a far greater degree. They're very knowledgeable when they walk in, not only about what we offer, but also about what the competition offers.” 

That education goes both ways. For example, if a potential customer’s activity on indicates he’s interested in learning more about Anthem’s mDRIVE automated manual transmission or the truck’s ample sleeping quarters, a dealer sales rep will have that information at his or her fingertips in order to have a more informed conversation with the prospect in the showroom. “I love that, that we're able to be that personal now,” Walsh says. “It’s part of the DNA of our brand.” 

Mack’s marketing team is partnering more closely with dealers, not only sharing leads but also digital best practices, to the point where dealers are now hiring their own marketing managers. Mack has set up a marketing sub-council with select dealer principals, to get their feedback and buy-in on all of its marketing activities, he says. 

‘Opening Doors’ 

The introduction of the Anthem represents a big step forward for Mack, which launched its last major new highway product, the Mack Pinnacle, back in 2005. The North American market leader in construction and refuse trucks, Mack is intent on building its share of the long-haul market, which accounts for about half of Class 8 truck sales. “Anthem is opening doors on the highway side of the business that have been closed to us for years,” Walsh says. 

As evidence that Mack, a unit of the Volvo Group, intends to be a major player in that market, it invested more than $84 million to overhaul the Lower Macungie factory where it builds the Mack Anthem and all its other trucks for North America and export. The Anthem is available as of January 2018 in three configurations: a 70-inch “stand up” sleeper (a driver well over 6-feet tall can stand at the wheel and walk back to the sleeping compartment without having to duck); a 48-inch flat top sleeper; and a day cab. 

Big and bold, with strong shoulders, large square headlights and a muscular grille (“it screams Mack Trucks,” Walsh says), the Anthem is nonetheless aerodynamic, delivering a 3% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with the Pinnacle Axle Back model it replaces. When factoring in powertrain improvements, the fuel efficiency gain is about 9%, says Walsh, who notes that fuel efficiency is one of the main purchase considerations by freight haulers and other cost-conscious customers. 

Another is uptime. The truck features Mack GuardDog Connect, a telematics service that monitors thousands of vehicle-performance data points and plugs back into the 600-person Mack OneCall uptime center at company headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. The Anthem’s modern interior, including a 5-inch, full-color dashboard screen for improved visibility and more intuitive navigation, was designed based on extensive feedback from drivers—“for drivers, by drivers,” Walsh says. 

Amid a severe shortage of drivers, particularly for Class 8 trucks, fleet managers are looking for comfortable, easy-to-operate, dependable, dare we say badass trucks that will attract drivers and keep them happy. “Customers often tell us, ‘We’d buy more trucks if we could find people to drive them,’” Tolbert says. 

Elevating Discussions 

Mack’s digital marketing efforts not only are bringing more focus to the company’s conversations with drivers, dealers, and customers, Walsh says, but they’re also elevating the marketing discussions in Mack’s boardroom, specifically around return on investment. 

“Today, I can see on the digital side what happens with every dollar we spend,” he says. “Then we can A/B test that, decide what's the best way to have a conversation with a customer to move them through the sales funnel. That's the journey we're on, and we're well down that road. It's super exciting.”