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SAP: Why we’re the right vendor for Big Data

8 Nov
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In the war to win mindshare on Big Data, SAP certainly is not pulling its punches.

In a sit-down session with the media two days ago, SAP put out its own campaign on why they were the right vendors to go to for Big Data compared to a competitor like Oracle or EMC.

It certainly seems like the vendors are really bullish about Big Data in the region in early 2013.

Head of database and technology marketing, Karim Mohamed, SAP Asia Pacific and Japan, gave three reasons why it made sense to go with SAP HANA (High Performance Analytical Appliance) for big data over their competitors.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Big data, Oracle, SAP,  

Oracle: Telcos, banks and government leading Big Data in ASEAN

31 Oct
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Big data is like the cloud-season all over again circa early 2009.

Having hit a threshold of mainstream respectability, every major IT vendor was talking about cloud in 2009 and trying to put their mindshare stamp on the space.

A few years down the road, the cloud is firmly entrenched in the lexicon of IT folks and even mainstream media.

The current hot IT meme of choice for 2012?

Big Data, as every big IT vendor — especially those in the storage and software space — is talking about some form of it.

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, Big data, Oracle,  

Goondu Q&A: Oracle WebLogic Server 12c

13 Mar
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Starting from today, Techgoondu will launching a monthly Q&A series where we will suss the views of tech executives on the latest trends and products in enterprise IT.

In the first of this new series, we interviewed Cameron Purdy, vice president for development at Oracle, to hear his views on the company’s new WebLogic Server 12c, an application server designed to help enterprises move their applications to the cloud.

The software supports the latest Java standards including Java Standard Edition version 7 and is the first to comply with the full Java Enterprise Edition 6 platform profile.

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, open source, Singapore, Oracle, Q&A, weblogic,  

Oracle zeros in on the cloud and big data

8 Oct
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Amidst the brouhaha surrounding the spat between Oracle and Salesforce at Oracle Openworld this year, Oracle unveiled a public cloud service to strengthen its position in the SaaS market. The world’s second largest software maker also announced significant products that would help companies make better business decisions by making sense of the growing avalanche of corporate data. Here’s a rundown of the key announcements and what they mean for enterprises:

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, open source, Software, cloud computing, crm, Exalogic, Oracle, Salesforce.com,  

No-show for Salesforce at Oracle OpenWorld this year

5 Oct
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The growing rivalry between Salesforce.com and Oracle reached a pinnacle this week when Oracle reportedly canned a Salesforce.com keynote at its annual confab.

In a statement today, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said Oracle cancelled his Wednesday morning address (U.S. time) at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 held in San Franciso’s Moscone Center. Instead, Benioff will organize a separate session at a nearby restaurant.

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, Internet, Software, cloud computing, Oracle, Salesforce.com,  

Oracle unwraps Fusion Applications

23 Sep
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Five years in the making, Oracle’s line of next generation business applications is finally out of the box.

The subject of almost every Oracle Openworld event for the last few years, Fusion Applications is built from the ground-up and represents a major engineering feat for the enterprise software giant.

According to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, the company spent “a lot of time” rewriting applications with features taken from its own Oracle E-Business Suite, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and Siebel.

Built with a service-oriented architecture in mind, Fusion Applications and its underlying Web services components can connect with other applications to pass on data that traverse a gamut of business processes. The software components are all built with Java and can run on industry standard Java middleware.

According to Oracle, Fusion Applications spans several product categories including Customer Relationship Management, Human Capital Management, Financials, Governance, Risk & Compliance, Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Project Portfolio Management.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Software, ERP, Oracle,  

The future of Java

22 Sep

The acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle had left developers on tenterhooks over the future of the Java programming language.

Those concerns were laid to rest on Monday by a top Oracle executive who shared the Java roadmap with JavaOne attendees on the sidelines of Oracle Openworld.

Thomas Kurian, Oracle executive vice-president for product development, said: “I’ve been at JavaOne since 1997, but this year is very special for us because it is the first year that Oracle is the steward and responsible for Java. What we want to do today is to make sure every developer is crystal clear on where we see the Java platform evolving.”

Oracle will unveil JDK 7 in 2011, with JDK 8 coming a year later, Kurian revealed. He also assured developers that Oracle is committed to delivering the best Java Virtual Machine as well as OpenJDK, the open source implementation of the Java programming language.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Featured, open source, Software, Java, Oracle,  

Oracle spins off new “unbreakable” Linux kernel

21 Sep
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Constrained by Red Hat’s tardiness in keeping Red Hat Enterprise Linux up to speed, Oracle has decided to spin off a new version of the Linux kernel dubbed the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel.

To date, Oracle Linux, which has claimed 5,000 customers, is built on the Red Hat Compatible Kernel that allows customers to continue running Red Hat applications.

In his keynote address Sunday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison highlighted key issues the company faced with retaining full compatibility with Red Hat.

“Oracle spends a lot of time finding bugs in Red Hat Linux and fixing them. However, when we find the bugs, Red Hat has been very slow in incorporating those bugs into their software,” he said.

Ellison also noted that Red Hat has also been slow to take up enhancements contributed by the community.

Tagged in: Enterprise, open source, Software, Linux, Oracle, Red Hat,  

Oracle joins cloud computing fray

20 Sep

Oracle became the latest major IT vendor to tap into the red-hot enterprise cloud computing market today when it unveiled its Exalogic Elastic Cloud today at its annual Oracle Openworld technology confab.

Targeted at large companies who wish to build their own “private clouds“, Exalogic is touted as a “compute cloud-in-a-box” product that includes a combination of servers, storage and networking components melded into a single machine.

“It includes all the hardware you need to run your applications, including 30 servers, infiniband networking that lets servers talk to one another and a high availability storage device,” Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said at the show’s opening keynote today. “It also has all the middleware you need to develop and run all your applications.”

Essentially, what Oracle has done is to make it easier for enterprises to set up virtualised data centres where IT resources can be dynamically deployed based on business needs with the help of virtualization technology. Oracle is employing Java VM in Exalogic, where applications can run on Linux or Solaris virtual machines.

The usual cloud computing characteristics apply to Exalogic: dynamic load balancing, failover using Oracle Coherence and the ability to add, remove or migrate virtual machines on the fly.

Tagged in: cloud, Enterprise, Software, cloud computing, Exalogic, Oracle,  

SAP will not contest liability of TomorrowNow in Oracle lawsuit

8 Aug
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In a turn of affairs, SAP announced this week that it would not contest the liability of TomorrowNow for downloading proprietary, copyrighted software products and other confidential materials used by Oracle’s support organization.

In 2007, Oracle filed a lawsuit against TomorrowNow, a now defunct SAP subsidiary that offered maintenance and support services for Oracle software at a much lower cost than that provided by Oracle. SAP had said then that it will aggressively defend the claims made in the lawsuit.

On Thursday, SAP said that it will accept financial responsibility for any judgment awarded against TomorrowNow, despite the fact that SAP was not involved in TomorrowNow’s service operations and did not engage in any of the copying or downloading alleged in Oracle’s complaint.

Tagged in: Enterprise, Software, Oracle, SAP, TomorrowNow,