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I watched Larry Ellison’s keynotes at this week’s Oracle Open world conference in San Francisco. They are definitely serious in pushing their cloud offerings, even though they came in late. But Oracle claimed that they have been working on it for almost ten years. The big push is at all 3 levels – SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS. The infrastructure as a service claims faster and cheaper resources (computing, storage, and networking) to beat Amazon’s AWS. They make a good point on better security for the enterprises, given the risk of security breaches happening at greater frequency lately. One comment I have is that AWS is beyond just IaaS, they are into PaaS as well (e.g. Docker services, etc. for devops). Oracle’s big advantage is in offering SaaS for all their application suits – ERP, HCM and CRM (they call it CX as customer experience). This is not something AWS offers for... (more)

ERP Process Automation Demands More than a Simple Scheduling Solution

ERP Process Automation Demands More than a Simple Scheduling Solution ... (more)

Medical Device Company Lumenis Unifies Engineering and Business Processes with Dassault Systèmes’ ENOVIA Version 6

(European Customer Forum) - Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced today that Lumenis, the largest medical laser company in the world, has selected ENOVIA Version 6, after a meticulous evaluation process, to fully master the company’s engineering information and business processes. ENOVIA and its Life Sciences Accelerators will be implemented to respond to Lumenis’ aesthetic, ophthalmic, and surgical entities’ needs across its entire organization. ENOVIA Version 6 will provide Lumenis with an online collaborative framework to manage and control its planning processes in compliance with stringent quality standards and regulatory requirements across the company’s full range of products and will include its entire supply chain. Lumenis will manage all engineering data in the ... (more)

ClearStory Data Advances Data Blending and Harmonization Capabilities for Unprecedented Speed in Data Preparation and Business-Ready Insights

MENLO PARK, CA and LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 03/30/15 -- ClearStory Data, the company bringing business-oriented Data Intelligence to everyone, further advances its patent-pending Intelligent Data Harmonization™ system and intuitive user application, giving both data stewards and business users unprecedented power and speed for disparate data analysis and holistic, blended insights. ClearStory Data unveils this next advancement at the Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit in Las Vegas this week. The value to Global 2000 companies is reduced data prep time, easy blending of disparate data on the fly, and even faster results for multi-source data analysis. The data sources can be diverse in nature; spanning private data sources, external data sources and cloud applications. Today, companies across all major industries in highly competitive markets ... (more)

SYS-CON.TV's "SOA Web Services" and "Enterprise Open Source" Programs To Air in December

10th International "SOA Web Services Edge 2006 Conference & Expo" panel discussion taped live at SYS-CON.TV's Times Square studios will stream on Monday, December 5, 2005, and "Enterprise Open Source Power Panel" will stream on Wednesday, December 7, 2005. In this first "SOA and Web Services Power Panel" series, SYS-CON's group publisher and  "SOA Web Services Edge" conference chair Jeremy Geelan was joined by Eric Newcomer of IONA, Paul Lipton of CA, Aaron White of Mindreef and David Kershaw of Altova. "Enterprise Open Source Power Panel" participants included Andy Astor of EnterprsieDB, Shaun Connolly of JBoss, Yakov Fain of JDJ, and Eric Newcomer of IONA. "SOA and Web Services Power Panel" to stream on Monday, December 5, 2005 on SYS-CON.TV SOA Web Services Edge East 2006 Conference & Expo and Enterprise Open Source 2006 Conference & Expo, both to be held in Jun... (more)

Integration with Windows Vista, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Application Virtualization

Aspen Technology announced that aspenONE version 2006.5 uses the latest Microsoft technologies to simplify IT rollout and management. The integration of aspenONE with Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Office Excel, and SoftGrid Application Virtualization supports IT standards, speeds time to deployment, and extends the reach of aspenONE within operations for improved manufacturing performance. “aspenONE makes it possible to solve the difficult challenge of optimizing manufacturing performance in complex process industries such as energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. By incorporating the latest Microsoft technologies into the integrated suite of aspenONE applications, AspenTech enables process manufacturers to take full advantage of our combined technology solutions across the enterprise,” said Chris Colyer, Microsoft Director of Worldwide Manufacturi... (more)

Oracle SOA Suite

Service-oriented architecture is an architectural approach to building software applications as a collection of reusable business services. Interest in SOA is growing within the business community. To address the need for an infrastructure to enable the building of service-oriented applications, a new breed of SOA suites is emerging. Vendors such as Oracle, BEA Systems, and IBM now provide platforms specifically focused on SOA applications. In established, complex IT environments with diverse applications - including legacy applications that are tied together with custom adapters, and business scenarios that demand extensive partner interaction - the move to SOA may appear challenging. However, new SOA suites make it easy. We at Sierra Atlantic decided to review one of them - Oracle SOA Suite. Sierra Atlantic has more than a decade of experience implementing applicat... (more)

Real-World AJAX

So, what do AJAX and SOA have in common? The answer: Everything. Is AJAX an enterprise technology? The answer: Absolutely. As we move to next-generation enterprise architectures using newer notions such as Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), there's a need for a dynamic Web interface that can layer over services and provide more value to the enterprise. Moreover, the enterprise in general can benefit from the advantages of AJAX; it's just a matter of making enterprise developers as well as the SOA architects aware of AJAX. AJAX is becoming the standard dynamic interface for the Web. It adds value to SOA as well, providing the core-enabling technology for user interaction no matter whether we're dealing with applications that are remotely hosted or local to the enterprise. In essence, AJAX provides better edge technology for SOAs, or the top layer of technology deal... (more)

XA Transactions

Most developers have at least heard of XA, which describes the standard protocol that allows coordination, commitment, and recovery between transaction managers and resource managers. Products such as CICS, Tuxedo, and even BEA WebLogic Server act as transaction managers, coordinating transactions across different resource managers. Typical XA resources are databases, messaging queuing products such as JMS or WebSphere MQ, mainframe applications, ERP packages, or anything else that can be coordinated with the transaction manager. XA is used to coordinate what is commonly called a two-phase commit (2PC) transaction. The classic example of a 2PC transaction is when two different databases need to be updated atomically. Most people think of something like a bank that has one database for savings accounts and a different one for checking accounts. If a customer wants t... (more)

"Mergermania" Isn't Just Back - It's Back With a Vengeance

When in October of last year I asked the rhetorical question "Is Mergermania Back?" (JDJ, Vol. 9, issue 10), there wasn't much doubt that it already was, but it took until last month to truly demonstrate just to what extent. It's not just back; in March we saw it's back with a vengeance. IBM has gobbled up Ascential ($1.1 billion) and - SAP's attempts to do the same notwithstanding - Oracle just snagged Retek ($643.3 million), a much smaller deal than its January takeover of PeopleSoft ($10.6 billion), but a significant one nonetheless. Its industry significance was underlined by the CEO of Retek, Marty Leestma, who was crystal clear why ERP arch-rivals SAP and Oracle had both pursued his company so keenly, and said so: "This is the first time in 15 years that there hasn't been a new game-changing technology out there, and that's driving this consolidation," he said... (more)

Microsoft's Ballmer: "I See Nothing But Opportunity"

Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with. Nooo. What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)