Sunday, September 30, 2007

Video Game Distributor Chooses Oracle Demantra

Jack of all Games, the largest dedicated full line stocking video games distributor in the United States, has successfully implemented Oracle's Demantra to revamp its demand planning and forecasting operations. The leading game distributor implemented Oracle's Demantra to establish an efficient and reliable process for capturing and managing information while streamlining sales and ordering. Jack of all Games maintains exclusive distribution agreements with Take 2, Globalstar, Rockstar and Gathering of Developers to ensure that the hottest game titles reach national retailers as quickly as possible.

"Across the United States, we are shipping the latest games to all major retailers as well as many regional locations, video stores and all branches of the military. To ensure that our supply is consistent with our customers' demand, we needed a solution that would help to ensure that the right games, in the appropriate quantities are available when needed," said Jack of all Games Director, Manufacturing and Distribution Systems, David Moon. "After evaluating multiple vendor offerings, Oracle's Demantra stood out as the most comprehensive, scalable demand planning solution available today. The implementation took place in less time than originally forecasted and under budget."

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Coming of the Oracle Database Appliance

It looks like Oracle is making the move towards appliances, albeit in a more componentized way.

Oracle today announced the Oracle Optimized Warehouse Initiative to help accelerate data warehouse deployments by offering a choice of optimized solutions that combine the performance, reliability and scalability of Oracle(r) Database with hardware and storage from industry leading manufacturers.

As part of this initiative, Dell, EMC and Oracle today introduced the initial Oracle Optimized Warehouse. (See today's related press release at: ). Available through Dell, the Oracle Optimized Warehouse for Dell and EMC is comprised of Dell PowerEdge servers, EMC CLARiiON networked storage systems and Oracle Database.

"As the data warehousing market continues to grow and mature, Oracle is evolving to meet the changing needs of our customers," said Ray Roccaforte, vice president of Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence Platform, Oracle. "With the Oracle Optimized Warehouse Initiative, customers no longer need to choose between proprietary data warehouse solutions and Oracle-based solutions custom built on leading hardware platforms. Oracle now delivers the advantages of its market-leading database within a simple-to-buy, pre-built product optimized for data warehousing out-of-the-box."

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Oracle vs SAP gets trial date

Are you following this case? Didn't SAP admit wrong doing? Why is this going to court?

From ZDNet, Oracle vs SAP gets trial date.

Here are the key dates:

* Feb. 12, 2008: Another case management hearing.
* Nov. 13, 2008: The last date the judge will hear motions regarding the case.
* Feb. 9, 2009: The trial date.

Seems like a huge waste of resources to me.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Oracle Struts Its Software

A good article on Motley Fool, discusses Oracle's outstanding financial performance. I still think Oracle needs to do more to counter open source offerings but numbers like these are hard to argue with.

The numbers continue to speak for themselves at Oracle. First-quarter sales advanced 26% and earnings grew 28%. Better yet, new software license revenue grew 35%, well ahead of the 23% growth in license updates and product support and the 25% improvement in services revenue. Management explained it by noting that its installed base is growing, which only leads to lucrative product updates and related services down the road.

It looks like buying out the competition is having a doubly good effect. The competition no longer exists so Oracle really rules the business software arena. While competitors on the database market have made good progress (I'm talking DB2 v9, Postgres 8.2 and MySQL 5.2), they are always playing catchup. DB2 V9 started closing in on Oracle 10g but 11g creates a new playing field. Postgres and MySQL are working hard but still have a long way to go.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Dubai Police Depend on Oracle

Dubai Police has chosen Oracle as their database of choice.

Dubai Police has achieved remarkable returns on its technology investment as a result of deploying Oracle software solutions. Oracle built a robust foundation to automate and streamline Dubai Police's messaging processes with its market-leading Oracle® Database software. The solution now serves more than 5000 internal users.

"As a major government entity, Dubai Police has a growing pool of internal and external IT users - employees and clients respectively. In line with Dubai Government's e-government initiative, Dubai Police had a strategic need to migrate toward an enterprise-level IT infrastructure to enhance productivity and streamline operations," said Colonel Ahmed Hamdan Bin Dalmook, manager e-services department, Dubai Police. "We wanted to organise and automate our daily correspondence, and align our business processes between departments."

Friday, September 14, 2007

Oracle® Database 11g Running on HP with Windows Sets New World Record

Nifty! Oracle® Database 11g Running on HP with Windows Sets New World Record.

Oracle announced a new world record price/performance result with the TPC-C benchmark running Oracle® Database 11g on Windows. With this result, Oracle now holds the top two record benchmark positions in the coveted Top Ten TPC-C price/performance category. Optimized for small, medium and growing businesses (SMBs), the combination of Oracle Database 11g and Windows on an HP ProLiant server provides an ideal platform to meet these companies' individual business needs. This benchmark result further demonstrates Oracle's commitment to providing customers of all sizes unmatched price/performance and scalability.

"Out of the gate, Oracle Database 11g sets a new price/performance bar for the industry and it will continue to excel as it matures," said Juan Loaiza, senior vice president Systems Technology, Oracle. "This benchmark result furthers Oracle's commitment to SMBs, and our continuing promise to deliver on a long tradition of database excellence. SMBs that once thought Oracle was only for large enterprises need to take another look at Oracle Database."

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Oracle Buys Netsure, Analytics Provider

Ireland based Netsure, a communications intelligence and analytics provider, will become part of Oracle's Communications Global Business Unit, which delivers compelling communications-specific applications to service providers worldwide.

"The addition of Netsure's products to Oracle's comprehensive communications applications suite is expected to help Oracle's customers improve network utilization, optimize capacity planning and financial modeling, and streamline end-to-end network lifecycle management," said Oracle Senior Vice President and General Manager, Bhaskar Gorti. "In conjunction with Oracle's ERP, supply chain, inventory management and network discovery solutions, Oracle plans to provide service providers the ability to improve their network ROI and increase their operational efficiency as they launch, deploy and profit from next-generation IP services."

Monday, September 3, 2007

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