Connecting Devices Securely With the Azure Sphere

By | Azure
Customer experience is rising in importance for businesses these days, and one of the primary factors that customers value is efficiency. As more and more devices become connected, creating the Internet of Things (IOT), companies and products are able to provide enhanced services that can significantly improve the customer experience. The benefits of connectivity are clear, as are the roadblocks. Until recently, security was one of the biggest obstacles to overcome. That’s all changing with Microsoft’s new end-to-end solution, the Azure Sphere. It’s about Connecting those MCUs Microcontrollers are all around us, in toasters, ovens, microwaves, cars, thermostats, remotes, etc. These consumer products use what are essentially dedicated mini-computers, CPUs designed with specific tasks to achieve. These MCUs can be connected to the internet to improve performance, adapt to our interactions, and enhance customer experience, but very few of these MCUs are currently connected. This is because connectivity creates vulnerability for the device. Security breaches by bad actors can have disastrous results, and many companies have been staying away from the risk. But Microsoft was determined to create an environment that would allow companies to securely reap the benefits of connectivity with peace of mind. The development of the Azure (more…)

Oracle 19C Available on Linux!

By | Oracle
If you are a fan of open source operating systems, you’re not alone. These robust systems are gaining popularity as the era of proprietary restriction putters to a close. These resources have a lot going for them, from high compatibility to high security and flexibility. Industry leading database providers are taking notice and incorporating Linux compatibility into their products. Now Oracle has announced the exciting news that their Oracle 19c database is available on Linux, one of the most well-known open source operating systems. This opens up an exciting host of possibilities and brings the Oracle database to a whole new client base. 19c Focus on The Client, Adds Linux to Boost Compatibility Oracle 19C is the newest release of the 12c database line, continuing to contribute to the continuous release schedule established in 2018. This release schedule means more flexibility and stability of the database created by eliminating the major and minor release pattern. This newest release features fewer new additions than last year’s 18c, but has many enhancements designed to continue improving the user’s experience and ease of use (for more on new features, check out our blog post What’s New in Oracle’s Database 19c)To that end, offering (more…)

Oracle EBS Gets a Boost with New Features from Enterprise Command Center

By | Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is a fantastic suite of applications to enable management of enterprise level operations. This comprehensive application suite does just that, providing clients with an end-to-end solution to accounting, HR, inventory and process management, and much more. With such a robust suite of tools, concerns about navigation and data visibility are always at the forefront. That is not an issue for Oracle EBS. With the addition of the Enterprise Command Center, this suite is more accessible than ever. Introduction of the Enterprise Command Center – In October last year, Oracle announced the release of the Enterprise Command Center (ECC) to improve reporting and navigation for their E-Business Suite. The ECC improves visibility and data navigation through tools and drill down dashboards that go to the transactional level. This represents the most comprehensive reporting tool to date, and significantly improves utilization of the application suite. Some of the best news about this release is that it comes without additional licensing fees. Anyone with an EBS license can begin using ECC free of charge. It is compatible with versions 12.2.4 and above. Additional Enhancements to ECC – As part of the ECC rollout plan, Oracle announced several enhancements due to (more…)

Why OCI is the Perfect Platform for Oracle EBS

By | Blog, Oracle
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is a fantastic compilation of tools for consolidating your enterprise functionality, management, and analytics. But what platform should you use to make the most out of your Oracle EBS? On-prem or third-party cloud infrastructure may not be making the most out of your Oracle applications. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) you will enjoy the fastest, most efficient, most optimized platform to get the maximum benefit from Oracle EBS. What is Oracle EBS? This suite of applications handles everything you need to run your enterprise level business functionality, including customer relationship management (CRM), human resources management (HRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and supply-chain management (SCM). The EBS collection is one of Oracle’s major product offerings with robust capabilities to consolidate your business management under one roof. With tools covering logistics, financials, order management, marketing, HR, and many more, Oracle EBS is an industry leading, comprehensive solution. Is On-Prem a Problem? If you are a current or future owner of Oracle EBS you may be wondering what infrastructure will best compliment this powerhouse of tools. More and more companies are moving away from in-house data centers because of the high cost of implementation and maintenance. These data centers (more…)
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What’s New in Oracle’s Database 19c

By | Oracle
Oracle is one of the leading providers of database services with decades of experience at the top of the pack. Their new product releases are always exciting to watch, improving upon their legacy of client-focused products and services. Last year they released database 18c, the first of a new annual release schedule, that featured the revolutionary Autonomous Cloud database along with Multitenant Architecture, In-Memory Columnar Architecture, and Native Database Sharding. This year’s database 19c continues to build on the foundations set in previous years with a focus on stability and efficiency. If you are thinking about upgrading or migrating to Oracle’s database 19c, here are a few special features to expect in this newest version. New Features in 19c This database version comes with some exciting enhancements to make your job faster and easier. While the main focus of this development cycle has been on stability, there are a few new features focused on automating and optimizing for the client. Let’s look at a few of these enhancements. Automatic Indexing – Indexing items takes time and can mean a lot of busywork for your IT team. With Automatic Indexing, Oracle’s 19c uses machine learning algorithms to identify items, map and (more…)

Is SQL PaaS Right for You?

By | Azure
With the arrival of the new year, you might be considering how SQL Server can better fit your company’s growth in 2019.  SQL Platform as a Service (PaaS) could be a viable option for managing essential database operations. With PaaS, your SQL Server workloads would run as a hosted service in the cloud with most database management functions maintained by the cloud service provider instead of your IT team. Top Reasons to Consider PaaS Operates completely within the cloud. PaaS provides developers with an environment to develop and deploy applications entirely within the cloud. This includes complex enterprise applications your company may need to solve business problems and simple cloud-based applications. Scaling is easy. You can pay-as-you-go. Service providers allow you to take advantage of advanced development tools as you need them, giving you more value at an affordable rate. Your bottom line increases. You no longer need to purchase software licenses, application infrastructure, or development tools. Finally, your development team can have the opportunity to focus on managing the applications and services they create while the cloud service provider manages the rest. Decrease coding time. The development tools PaaS can provide include some pre-coded application components (i.e., security features, directory services, workflow, etc.) (more…)

Machine Learning, AI and Advanced Analytics

By | Database Technology Trends
Big data is big news across industry sectors. The digital age has given rise to information overload, and the most resourceful businesses are learning how to take advantage of that information. It takes a special type of skill to gain actionable insights from these massive amounts of data, and that is where advanced analytics comes in. With technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), data-driven business insights are possible like never before. Here’s a breakdown of how these technologies really work. The Science of Advanced Analytics – Traditional analytics refers to more linear quantitative analysis, usually generated by business intelligence (BI) systems. These are examinations of performance drawn from a structured and pre-defined framework. They use existing historical data from a database or data warehouse. With advanced analytics, we are able to follow the data without a pre-determined scope. All you need is a starting point. For example, consider the question: what type of people buy yogurt in the mornings? With traditional analysis, you would be left skimming through sales data and designing reports to cross reference yogurt sales and time of day, but that only tells you how many people have performed this action, not what type (more…)

Understanding Blockchain, the Trending New Tool

By | Database Technology Trends
There’s been an increasing amount of buzz around blockchain technology lately, and people are more interested than ever before. “A new technology that functions as a distributed ledger within a decentralized network and promises greater security, lower transaction costs, etc.” is usually how it’s described. But what does all of this really mean? What is Blockchain? In its simplest form, Blockchain is a digital ledger (consider the general ledger your organization’s finance/accounting teams use) that stores information across a network of computers. It stores information in batches called “blocks,” that are linked together in a chronological fashion, similar to a chain of blocks. This information can be virtually anything, but try imagining it in terms of a financial transaction, since that’s probably the easiest to visualize. To illustrate, here’s what happens when you make a purchase: Imagine purchasing new software online from Microsoft (for illustrative purposes only). The block would store the date, time, and dollar amount of your purchase. It would also log information about who is making the transaction. For security purposes, your name would be recorded as a unique “digital signature,” more like a username instead of your actual name. Once your block has been verified and (more…)
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What are Data Clusters and What Can They do For You?

By | Azure, SQL Server
Learning to effectively manage large datasets is key to optimizing your data analytics. Using data clusters can help optimize your data management. It involves grouping data points with similar characteristics into the same cluster to speed up processing time and improve analysis. Consider starting an analysis project on customer spending habits by gender in different regions. Your time on the project would be maximized if you’re able to use statistical techniques to automatically organize the data into logical groups prior to analyzing. How do data clusters work? Data clustering allows you to partition large volumes of structured and unstructured data/observations into logical groupings. One way it does this is by analyzing all of the data in the data warehouse and comparing each data point with clusters created. You rely upon the clustering algorithms to sort and cluster the data in a logical way. In a perfect world, all data points in the same group should be highly similar in nature, while data points in different groups should be dissimilar. There are several different models and algorithms that guide the clustering process. Here are a few: Hierarchical Method: This method creates separate successive clusters using specific criteria. Partitioning Method: This method (more…)

What’s New in Management Studio Version 17.6

By | SQL Server
Microsoft continues to make great strides in improving SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Version 17.6 comes with some impressive new features and bug fixes that enhance your user experience. Azure SQL Database Managed Instance Users If you’re using the newly developed Azure SQL Database Managed Instance, a new model of Azure SQL Database, you should definitely consider upgrading to SSMS v 17.6. One of the most notable changes is the added support for some of its most common management scenarios. After you complete the upgrade, you can expect a much more efficient support process if you encounter issues with the following: Databases – Creating, altering, backing up, and restoring databases are all fairly common tasks in database management, which makes their processes easy to support. Object Explorer – All technical issues that arise while using Object Explorer to manage objects in each SQL Server instance are eligible for support. SQL Linked Servers – You can relax when using Linked Servers to connect to other database instances on a remote server, same server, or an entirely different machine. The SQL Tools Team has you covered. SQL Agent Jobs – Your automated execution jobs/tasks usually consist of several steps. Any disruption can (more…)