Integrating Oracle Cloud Mobile Apps into Your Workload

By | Oracle
As the digital world continues to expand, the demand for mobility solutions is increasing. The good news is that the prevalence of cloud migrations is making the transition much smoother. Oracle recommends you move any on-premise Oracle application to the cloud. As a leader, knowing your enterprise’s data and applications are accessible regardless of your physical location can do wonders for your peace of mind. Consider Oracle Mobile Hub If you are interested in enterprise mobility for your organization, consider the Oracle Mobile Hub. It provides a comprehensive platform that simplifies application development for your developers and business owners. It focuses on extending your back-end systems so you can take advantage of applications you already use in a secure mobile environment. You also have the option of using your own developers to build and deploy new apps that will integrate seamlessly onto the platform. What Other Capabilities Does Oracle Offer to Enhance Enterprise Mobile Strategies? Using Oracle’s mobile development framework, you can create a single application that will run on multiple devices, phones and tablets, and operating systems. Android and iOS are both compatible. Oracle’s service bus manages interactions between services and applications throughout the network. This includes both newly (more…)

How to Make Power BI Work for You

By | Database Technology Trends, SQL Server
If you’re searching for software that will enhance your analytics process while making it simpler and more flexible, Power BI is worth looking at. It provides tools that the non-technical users on your team can use to perform analytics with minimal help from the IT team. You can create intuitive models, data visualizations, and dashboards and share them with whoever you want. What is Power BI? –Power BI is a cloud-based analytics software service consisting of a combination of tools (i.e., visualization, self-service data analysis, etc.) that allows users to connect to multiple data sources—no matter where the data resides— and create customized, coherent insights. It’s not exactly new since many of its components were in the market prior to its 2015 release. For instance, Microsoft released Power Pivot as an Excel add-on in 2010. This tool alone is a game changer as it gives analysts the tools to import large volumes of data, create relationships between the data, and perform powerful analysis using PivotTables and Pivot Charts. Using Power BI, you can further manipulate these datasets to perform more complex analyses. Utilize All Components of Power BI – Power BI consists of many components. Users find some more useful (more…)

We’re Excited About SQL Server 2019, Here’s Why

By | Azure
Microsoft SQL Server 2019 is out in preview and it’s got some exciting new features. When Microsoft announced the release at their Ignite 2018 conference on Sept 24th, we couldn’t wait to see what was in store. This newest offering will continue to build on the solid foundation of SQL servers while expanding offerings of flexibility and further embracing big data by adding support for Kubernetes, Apache Spark, and Hadoop clusters. Embraces Big Data – Probably the biggest change to SQL 2019 is the ability to manage big data clusters. Big data has always been a bit of a gap in the arsenal of Microsoft’s SQL servers, but not anymore. With SQL 2019, Microsoft is fully embracing big data with Kubernetes. Kubernetes is an open-source container-based platform that represents exciting new possibilities for this SQL engine. With SQL on Kubernetes you will be able to can create high availability solutions with Linux containers and manage multiple data sources all in one place. Manage Relational and Non-Relational Data – The new engine can query data from a number of different sources, including relational and non-relational data storage. Microsoft has built in native support of Apache Spark and Hadoop Distributed File System (more…)

Reducing Application Errors with Application Continuity

By | Database Technology Trends
The database and application work hand in hand. When a client interacts with features on your website the application calls back to the database, and the database responds by giving it the right information or action. It’s a well-orchestrated conversation. When something happens that stops the conversation the application doesn’t get what it needs and the customer receives an error. This is where application continuity comes in. The idea is to enable maximum continuous communication between the application and your database instances even if there is an outage. This is a massive step in maintaining data integrity and improving the end user experience. The first step in understanding continuity is virtualization. This means that your database layers are virtualized in the stack and your infrastructure can create multiple nodes and instances for your workload, shuffling transaction and processing usage as needed. It is useful for scaling up and down easily and allows more redundancy to protect in case of outages. When one node goes down, whether for scheduled maintenance or unexpected failure, the other nodes are there to take its place and your customer is never the wiser. There are some software products that can help you design this virtualization (more…)

What You Need to Know to Migrate Your Oracle Database to the Cloud

By | Oracle
Many organizations are making the switch from on-prem to cloud databases. These cloud native warehouses can provide more reliable and timely access, cost-efficiency, and automated backup and recovery. If you are using any on-premises version of Oracle Database, you might want to consider whether moving to the Oracle Database Cloud is right for your company. There are numerous migration methods, and the process can be very simple when you work with an expert. Try reviewing these key factors prior to selecting a migration method and save yourself some additional time. Know Your On-Premises Operating System/Platform and Version – Ensure you have a full understanding of the platform your company is currently working on along with the version. Are you using Windows, Mac OS, or Linux? There are some operating requirements that will be applicable depending on the migration method you are interested in adopting. Know Your On-Premises Database Version & Cloud Database Version – Are you currently using Oracle Database 11g, 12c CDB, or 12c Non-CDB? Depending on your response and the cloud version you are transferring to, Oracle has multiple migration options for you to choose from. For example, a move from on-premises Oracle Database 11g to Oracle Database (more…)

3 Top Analytics Tools To Boost Your Productivity

By | Azure, Database Technology Trends, Oracle, SQL Server
Data analytics have become a major focus for companies determined to be competitive in the market. Leaders need to be able to access and analyze timely data quickly to help drive business decisions that will sustain their companies’ competitive advantage. Thankfully, the growing technology market continues to make this possible. Companies already have numerous analytics tools to choose from, and the options will continue to grow. We will now discuss three of the top analytics tools you should consider before making your next strategic move. 1. Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) – SSAS is an innovative processing and data mining tool within the Microsoft SQL Server. It analyzes large amounts of data, provides business intelligence reports, and can be used to create business models to support business decisions. All data is stored within a data warehouse, and users can access to create cubes that allow faster analysis. These cubes are multi-dimensional and can be viewed in various ways. Imagine the data as a pivot table that can be modified using certain dimensions and attributes. Multi-dimensional expression (MDX) is the language used to query a cube. Compared to other leading analytics tools, Microsoft SSAS is less complex and much easier (more…)

5 Ways MS SQL Server Enhances Data Integrity

By | SQL Server
We’ve entered a time in which high quality data is at the heart of operating a successful organization. For many companies these days data IS the business. For others, data is a driver. In both scenarios its critical to maximize your data’s efficacy, and this means being sure you can trust that data. I’m talking about data integrity. It’s essential to be able to trust your data, and that means using a database you can trust that is actively working toward ensuring your data.  Microsoft SQL is a longstanding leader in the game. Their database offers top of the line stability and data integrity. If you are concerned about ensuring your data integrity this database might just be right for you. Why Microsoft SQL Server? – Microsoft SQL Server 2019 features upgrades that will give your organization greater access to large amounts of valuable data quickly. Once it’s released, querying multiple sources of data, both structured and unstructured, will be simpler and more secure than ever. MS SQL preview CTP 2.0 is now available in preparation for the upcoming official release. If you’re interested in experiencing some of the new features beforehand, consider downloading it soon. In the meantime, here (more…)

Cloud Security with Oracle’s Identity SOC

By | Oracle
Databases are high value targets. 76% of organizations have experienced a security incident.[i] Add that to the semi-novelty and porosity of the cloud, and it’s no wonder you’re a little nervous about security. If you’re not concerned, you’re not paying attention. But the best products out there are designed to help reduce your workload and bring peace of mind. Oracle’s cloud security protocols do just that. The innovative Security Operations Center gives you visibility, control and intelligent detection with less oversight. Oracle’s SOC Oracle’s Identity Security Operations Center (SOC) is comprised of several offerings to create a comprehensive security system for cloud, on-premises and hybrid environments. It takes Oracle CASB Cloud Service, Oracle Identity Cloud Service, Oracle Security and Monitoring Analytics Cloud Service, and Oracle Configuration and Compliance Cloud Service and rolls them into one package. Let’s look at some key features. Identity-Based – Network-centric security just doesn’t cut it anymore with the rapidly diversifying landscape of platforms and users. With more and more people accessing SaaS from mobile devices, you need a more intelligent way to monitor threats. Identity-based security uses machine learning and AI to detect patterns in user activity and target potential threats. Oracle’s Security Operations Center (more…)

3 Reasons to Consider Oracle EPM Cloud

By | Oracle
As a business leader, it’s up to you to make some big decisions about your data and processes. It can be tricky to figure out which platform is right for your company. There are no clear answers, except to find out what’s right for you. If your current system has room for improvement, you may want to consider Oracle’s EPM Cloud. The comprehensive data solution streamlines your business processes, providing innovation, flexibility and state-of-the-art security. Innovation In a recent survey conducted by Oracle, 81% of finance leaders reported their top-rated benefit of using Oracle’s EPM Cloud was consistent access to innovative technology. With Oracle’s EPM Cloud you are always at the front of new innovations and technology. Most groundbreaking tech is being released on the cloud, and it pays to take advantage of the platform. Cutting-edge analytics, like Machine Learning and AI, can analyze your data and detect patterns that human eyes would never catch. With this advanced analysis you can make more strategic decisions. Always up-to-date technology also means more options for automation. This saves you time and money and reduces the likelihood of errors. This newfound time can be better spent in strategy than in rote tasks. Flexibility (more…)
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What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c? (part 2)

By | Oracle
Last week we introduced Oracle’s database 18c, and focused on the new release structure and its increased accessibility on cloud environments.  If you missed this article, here’s a link to go check it out now before heading back over for part 2.  – What’s the Deal with Oracle 18c (part 1) This week we are focusing on more specific feature enhancements to those areas you have come to expect in an Oracle product.  Starting with security and moving on to platform architecture we are looking at how this newest release helps simplify your data management.  We will discuss key features from Database 12c that get exciting upgrades in this new release. Stability – Several new features increase the platform stability, including Real Application Clusters, Recovery Manager and Flashback.  Oracle takes advantage of the multi-server architecture to deliver enhanced backup and recovery features, and reduced downtime for scheduled activities. Security Enhancements – Oracle has always prioritized security and this newest version builds upon that foundation.  With simplified and optimized security protocols, this database will help you prepare for more stringent security requirements coming up in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Here are just a few ways Oracle emphasizes security in (more…)