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Urban Leaders Power the Future with Oracle

Wed, 2019-11-20 07:00
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Urban Leaders Power the Future with Oracle Global Research Highlights Cloud and Advanced Technologies as the Driver of Innovation among Smart Cities

SMART CITIES EXPO WORLD CONGRESS, Barcelona—Nov 20, 2019

Data is at the core of successful smart city innovation, according to new research from Oracle and economic and urban research consultancy ESI ThoughtLab. The Building a Hyperconnected City study found that cities are drowning in data from advancements such as Internet of Things (IoT). The survey projected that there will be more than 30 billion connected devices generating data by 2020. The study notes that for cities to become truly ‘smart’, they must have a cloud infrastructure in place to extract, integrate, and analyze this data to glean the insights needed to enhance everything from citizen services to building projects.

The report surveyed 100 cities across the United States, APAC, EMEA and LATAM.

The hyper-connected multiplier effect

According to the study, the average return on investments in hyper-connected initiatives ranges from three - four percent. As cities become more interlinked, their ROI grows: cities just starting out realize a return of 1.8 percent for implementers and 2.6 percent for advancers, while hyper-connected leaders see a 5.0 percent boost. That can translate into enormous returns ranging from $19.6 million for implementers to $40.0 million for advancers and $83 million for hyper-connected leaders. 

Other key findings from the study include:

  • AI, Blockchain and biometrics are increasingly pervasive: Cities are using these technologies in key urban areas, such as IT infrastructure and telecoms, mobility and transportation, payment and financial systems, and physical and digital security. City leaders need the right technology platforms and applications to implement and leverage these tools and capabilities.
  • Cybersecurity requires careful planning and is expensive when not implemented properly: The study revealed that half of the 100 city leaders surveyed do not feel adequately prepared for cyberattacks.
  • Smart initiatives are bolstering constituent satisfaction: While physical and digital security top the list of priorities, citizen engagement and satisfaction have risen as a top five goal. 33 percent of innovative leaders in North America have appointed Chief Citizen Experience Officers.
 

“The public sector, particularly at local level, is dealing with seismic technological, demographic and environmental shifts. Data is the rocket fuel for this transformation, and progressive cities are turning to cloud, data platforms, mobile applications and IoT as a way to scale and prepare for the future,” said Susan O’Connor, global director for Smart Cities, Oracle. “In contrast, not taking advantage of emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain or virtual and augmented reality comes at a cost. Cities of the future need strategic, long-term investments in cloud data architecture, along with the right expertise to guide them through.”

Customer Commitment to Smarter Cities:

“As a data driven organization, we integrate, manage and use data to inform how we improve services for our constituents,” said Hamant Bharadia, assistant director of finance at the London Borough of Lambeth. “Oracle Cloud Applications for financial planning and payroll are an integral part of our digital strategy, setting us up for a modern way of working and engaging with our communities. They are an essential enabler for us to support innovation, improve public safety and realize our vision of making Lambeth a connected, inclusive place to thrive.” 

“Approximately 50% of Buenos Aires sidewalks are in poor condition, and we previously used spreadsheets to plan the routes for our crew to fix them,” said Alejandro Naon, chief of staff of planning of the undersecretariat of pedestrian ways, City of Buenos Aires. “Today, with Oracle CX Field Service Cloud, we can identify and fix the sidewalks exponentially faster because we receive images and information in real time. Our sidewalks are safer, our workers are more productive, and we recovered our Oracle technology investment in 18 months.”

“At the foundation of our smart government innovation is Oracle Analytics Cloud. It is both the heartbeat and hub for sharing information, enabling us to deliver data-driven citizen services and engagement with maximum impact,” said Chris Cruz, director and chief information officer, San Joaquin County. “Our entities throughout San Joaquin County, such as hospitals, law enforcement, transportation and public works, now partner more effectively and are better equipped to meet the health, social, safety and economic needs of our constituents.” 

Oracle's Smart City solutions transform the ways cities can harness and process the power of data through the integration of modern digital technologies and channels. The platform integrates technologies spanning cloud, digital outreach, omni-channel service, case management, mobility, social, IoT, Blockchain, and artificial intelligence while helping ensure comprehensive security and information privacy.

For more information, go to https://www.oracle.com/applications/customer-experience/industries/public-sector/

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Oracle Expands Innovation Lab to Advance Industries

Tue, 2019-11-19 07:00
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Oracle Expands Innovation Lab to Advance Industries Oracle and partners apply latest technology to help construction, communications, and utility companies spark growth through modernization

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 19, 2019

Oracle is expanding its Chicago Innovation Lab, empowering more organizations to explore new technologies and strategies to bolster their digital transformation efforts. Since its successful launch last year, the Lab has helped construction organizations explore and test solutions from Oracle and the larger construction ecosystem in a simulated worksite environment. Today, Oracle is planning for an extended facility and broadening the scope of the newly named Oracle Industries Innovation Lab to feature additional partners and technologies to solve complex business issues and accelerate customer success across more verticals.

“We are at an inflection point with technology as the digital and physical worlds continue to blur for our customers across all industries,” said Mike Sicilia, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units, Oracle. “This expanded Lab environment gives our customers and partners a place to co-innovate with tools and technologies that yield operational improvements and empowers them to use data to create new business opportunities and revenue streams. We’re coming together to help redefine the future for these industries.”

The Lab has already welcomed more than 650 visitors, including best-in-class technology partners, customers and industry thought leaders. There, they have worked together in a realistic worksite environment to test how leading-edge solutions such as connected devices, autonomous vehicles, drones, augmented reality, visualization, and artificial intelligence tools can positively impact the construction industry. Moving forward, the Lab will also feature simulated environments including Utility and Communication solutions.

Oracle Utilities will explore new concepts driving the future of energy. Lab demonstrations and real-world modeling will range from better managing loads on the grid with distributed energy resources, such as solar, wind and electric vehicles; to using artificial intelligence, IoT and digital-twin technologies to improve network operations and speed outage restoration; to optimizing connections with smart home devices to engage and serve customers, while bolstering the health of the grid with better demand planning. The Lab will also highlight how water, gas and electric utilities can leverage the latest technology to manage and enhance their construction efforts and minimize disruptions during site enhancements, maintenance and upgrades. 

Oracle Communications enables both mobile in-app and web-based digital engagement using contextual voice, HD video and screen sharing capabilities through its Oracle Live Experience Cloud. The Oracle Live Experience Cloud directly enables enterprises in the E&C industry to modernize customer experience and field service using enhanced digital engagement channels.

The use cases being demonstrated at the Lab will let customers simulate real-time collaboration on large construction models with massive amounts of data over a high speed, low latency 5G network. 

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Oracle, ITA Announce Wild Card Linkages Between Major College Championships and Oracle Pro Series Events

Mon, 2019-11-18 07:00
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Oracle, ITA Announce Wild Card Linkages Between Major College Championships and Oracle Pro Series Events

TEMPE, Ariz.—Nov 18, 2019

Oracle and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) jointly announced today the creation of wild card linkages between major college tennis championships and the Oracle Pro Series. The champions and finalists from the Oracle ITA Masters, the ITA All-American Championships and the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships will be awarded wild card entries into Oracle Pro Series events beginning with the 2020 season.

The opportunity to earn wild card entries into Oracle Pro Series tournaments is available to college players from all five divisions (NCAA DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and Junior College). Singles and doubles champions from The All-American Championships and the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships as well as the Oracle ITA Masters singles champions will earn wild cards into Oracle Challenger level events. Singles and doubles finalists from the All-American Championships and the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships will earn wild cards into Oracle $25k tournaments. ITA Cup singles champions (from NCAA DII, DIII, NAIA and Junior College) will also earn wild card entries into Oracle $25K tournaments.

Eighteen individuals and eight doubles teams have already secured wild cards for Oracle Pro Series tournaments in 2020 following their play at the 2019 Oracle ITA Masters, 2019 ITA All-American Championships, 2019 ITA Cup, and 2019 Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. The list includes:

Oracle ITA Masters

  • Men’s Singles Champion – Daniel Cukierman (USC)
  • Men’s Singles Finalist – Keegan Smith (UCLA)
  • Women’s Singles Champion – Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine)
  • Women’s Singles Finalist – Jada Hart (UCLA)

Oracle ITA National Fall Championships

  • Men’s Singles Champion – Yuya Ito (Texas)
  • Men’s Singles Finalist – Damon Kesaris (Saint Mary’s)
  • Women’s Singles Champion – Sara Daavettila (North Carolina)
  • Women’s Singles Finalist – Anna Turati (Texas)
  • Men’s Doubles Champions – Dominik Kellovsky/Matej Vocel (Oklahoma State)
  • Men’s Doubles Finalists – Robert Cash/John McNally (Ohio State)
  • Women’s Doubles Champions – Elysia Bolton/Jada Hart (UCLA)
  • Women’s Doubles Finalists – Anna Rogers/Alana Smith (NC State)

ITA All-American Championships

  • Men’s Singles Champion – Yuya Ito (Texas)
  • Men’s Singles Finalist – Sam Riffice (Florida)
  • Men’s Doubles Champions – Jack Lin/Jackie Tang (Columbia)
  • Men’s Doubles Finalists – Gabriel Decamps/Juan Pablo Mazzuchi (UCF)
  • Women’s Singles Champion – Ashley Lahey (Pepperdine)
  • Women’s Singles Finalist – Alexa Graham (North Carolina)
  • Women’s Doubles Champions – Jessie Gong/Samantha Martinelli (Yale)
  • Women’s Doubles Finalists – Tenika McGiffin/Kaitlin Staines (Tennessee)

ITA Cup

  • Men’s Division II Singles Champion – Alejandro Gallego (Barry)
  • Men’s Division III Singles Champion – Boris Sorkin Tufts)
  • Men’s NAIA Singles Champion – Jose Dugo (Georgia Gwinnett)
  • Men’s Junior College Singles Champion – Oscar Gabriel Ortiz (Seward County)
  • Women’s Division II Singles Champion – Berta Bonardi (West Florida)
  • Women’s Division III Singles Champion – Justine Leong (Claremont-Mudd-Scripps)
  • Women’s NAIA Singles Champion – Elyse Lavender (Brenau)
  • Women’s Junior College Singles Champion – Tatiana Simova (ASA Miami)

“This is yet another exciting step forward for all of college tennis as we build upon our ever-growing partnership with Oracle,” said ITA Chief Executive Officer Timothy Russell. “We are forever grateful to our colleagues at Oracle for both their vision and execution of these fabulous opportunities.”

Oracle is partnering with InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, led by former World No. 1 and Hall of Famer Jim Courier and his business partner Jon Venison, to manage the Oracle Pro Series. InsideOut will work with the college players and their respective coaches to coordinate scheduling in respect to their participation in the Pro Series events.

The final schedule for the 2020 Oracle Pro Series will include more than 35 tournaments, most of which will be combined men’s and women’s events. Dates and locations are listed at https://oracleproseries.com/. Follow on social media through #OracleProSeries.

The expanding partnership between Oracle and the ITA builds upon their collaborative efforts to provide playing opportunities and their goal of raising the profile of college tennis and the sport in general. Oracle supports collegiate tennis through sponsorship of the ITA, including hosting marquee events throughout the year such as the Oracle ITA Masters and the Oracle ITA Fall Championships.

Through that partnership, the ITA has been able to showcase its top events to a national audience as the Oracle ITA Masters, ITA All-American Championships and Oracle ITA National Fall Championships singles finals have been broadcast live with rebroadcasts on the ESPN family of networks.

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ITA
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About the Intercollegiate Tennis Association

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is committed to serving college tennis and returning the leaders of tomorrow. As the governing body of college tennis, the ITA oversees men’s and women’s varsity tennis at NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College divisions. The ITA administers a comprehensive awards and rankings program for men’s and women’s varsity players, coaches and teams in all divisions, providing recognition for their accomplishments on and off the court. For more information on the ITA, visit the ITA website at www.itatennis.com, like the ITA on Facebook or follow @ITA_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram.

About Oracle Tennis

Oracle is committed to supporting American tennis for all players across the collegiate and professional levels. Through sponsorship of tournaments, players, ranking, organizations and more, Oracle has infused the sport with vital resources and increased opportunities for players to further their careers. For more information, visit www.oracle.com/corporate/tennis/. Follow @OracleTennis on Twitter and Instagram.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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New Study: Only 11% of Brands Can Effectively Use Customer Data

Mon, 2019-11-18 07:00
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New Study: Only 11% of Brands Can Effectively Use Customer Data Independent study highlights the challenges of bringing together different data types to create a unified customer profile

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 18, 2019

Despite all the hype around customer data platforms (CDPs), a new study conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by Oracle found that brands are struggling to create a unified view of customers. The November 2019 study, “Getting Customer Data Management Right,” which includes insights from 337 marketing and advertising professionals in North America and Europe, found that brands want to unify customer data but face significant challenges in bringing different data types together. 

Brands Want to Centralize Customer Data

As consumers expect more and more personalized experiences, the ability to effectively leverage customer data is shifting from a “nice-to-have” to table stakes:

  • 75% of marketing and advertising professionals believe the ability to “improve the experience of our customers” is a critical or important objective when it comes to the use of customer engagement data.
  • 69% believe it is important to create a unified customer profile across channels and devices.
  • 64% stated that they adopted a CDP to develop a single source of truth so they could understand customers better.

Unified Customer Profiles Lead to Better Business Results

Brands that effectively leverage unified customer profiles are more likely to experience revenue growth, increased profitability and higher customer lifetime values:

  • Brands that use CDPs effectively are 2.5 times more likely to increase customer lifetime value.
  • When asked about the benefits of unified data management, the top two benefits were increased specific functional effectiveness (e.g., advertising, marketing, or sales) and increased channel effectiveness (e.g., email, mobile, web, social media).

The Marketing and Advertising Opportunity

While marketing and advertising professionals understand the critical role unified customer profiles play in personalizing the customer experience, the majority of brands are not able to effectively use a wide variety of data types:

  • 71% of marketing and advertising professionals say a unified customer profile is important or critical to personalization.
  • Only 11% of brands can effectively use a wide variety of data types in a unified customer profile to personalize experiences, provide a consistent experience across channels, and generally improve customer lifetime value and other business outcomes.
  • 69% expect to increase CDP investments at their organization over the next two years.

“A solid data foundation is the most fundamental ingredient to success in today’s Experience Economy, where consumers expect relevant, timely and consistent experiences,” said Rob Tarkoff, executive vice president and general manager, Oracle CX. “At Oracle we have been helping customers manage, secure and protect their data assets for more than 40 years, and this unique experience puts us in the perfect position to help brands leverage all their customer data – digital, marketing, sales, service, commerce, financial and supply chain – to make every customer interaction matter.” 

Read the full study here.

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Methodology

Forrester Consulting conducted an online survey of 337 professionals in North America and Europe who are responsible for customer data, marketing analytics, or marketing/advertising technology. Survey participants included decision makers director level and above in marketing or advertising roles. Respondents were offered a small incentive as a thank you for time spent on the survey. The study began in August 2019 and was completed in September 2019.

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Iconic South African Retailer Boosts Agility with Oracle

Thu, 2019-11-14 08:00
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Iconic South African Retailer Boosts Agility with Oracle Retail powerhouse Cape Union Mart International goes to the cloud to accelerate growth

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and CAPE TOWN, South Africa—Nov 14, 2019

Outdoor and Fashion retailer and manufacturer, Cape Union Mart International Pty Ltd, Inc. has selected Oracle to modernize its retail operations. With the Oracle Retail Cloud, the company plans to fuel growth across all sales channels with better inventory visibility and more sophisticated merchandise assortments that keep shoppers coming back for more.

“This is a complex project, touching virtually every part of our business. The Oracle team has partnered with us from start to finish; building our trust and giving us an insight into what we can expect in the implementation of the transformational project – we look forward to working with them and rebuilding our retail IT landscape into a world class environment, taking Cape Union Mart to the next level,” said Grant De Waal-Dubla, Group IT Executive, Cape Union Mart.

Cape Union Mart strives to deliver what their customers need with the right product in the right store at the right time. Until now, the brand has managed its retail assortments with a talented team and well-defined process in excel spreadsheets. As Cape Union Mart continued to grow, they needed a better way to manage their operations. With Oracle Retail, the brand can fully embrace automated, systemized workflows driven by dashboards and end to end reporting with a common user interface. This will lead to more seamless fulfillment and accurate demand forecasts.

“By choosing Oracle, Cape Union Mart can focus on business objectives and results, not technology. As a cloud provider, we take great pride in building appropriate real-time integration across the Oracle portfolio so our customers can get the information and results they needed quickly – whether that’s moving existing inventory or anticipating next seasons fashion trends and ensuring they are available for customers,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail.

Cape Union Mart International Pty Ltd will implement several solutions in the Oracle Retail modern platform including Oracle Retail Merchandising Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Allocation Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Pricing Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Invoice Matching Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Integration Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Assortment and Item Planning Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Science Platform Cloud Services, Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Store Inventory Operations Cloud Service, Oracle Middleware Cloud Services, Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud and Oracle Financials Cloud. Cape Union Mart has partnered with Oracle Retail Consulting for the implementation.

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About Oracle Retail

Oracle is the modern platform for retail. Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated platform for best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to accelerate from best practice to next practice, drive operational agility, and refine the customer experience. For more information, visit our website www.oracle.com/retail.

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The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Oracle Cloud Applications Achieves Department of Defense Impact Level 4 Provisional Authorization

Thu, 2019-11-14 07:00
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Oracle Cloud Applications Achieves Department of Defense Impact Level 4 Provisional Authorization

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 14, 2019

Oracle today announced that Oracle Cloud Applications has achieved Impact Level 4 (IL4) Provisional Authorization from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). With IL4, Oracle can now offer its software-as-a-service (SaaS) cloud suite to additional government agencies within the DoD community. Since the authorization was granted, the DoD has selected Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud to help transform its HR operations in support of 900,000 civilian employees.

All organizations need comprehensive and adaptable technology to stay ahead of changing business and technology demands. For federal government agencies in particular, it’s even more critical to have a reliable, highly secure solution to navigate time-sensitive workflows and make strategic mission decisions. To meet these demands, Oracle Cloud Applications enables customers to benefit from best-in-class functionality, robust security, high-end scalability, mission-critical performance, and strong integration capabilities.

“At Oracle, our focus is centered on our customers’ needs. For U.S. Federal and Department of Defense customers, they need best in class, agile, and secure software to run their operations – and we can deliver that,” said Mark Johnson, SVP, Oracle Public Sector. “With built-in support for Impact Level 4, the DoD community can now take advantage of Oracle Cloud Applications to break down silos, quickly and easily embrace the latest innovations, and improve user engagement, collaboration, and performance.”

“The Department of Defense awarded a contract to Oracle HCM Cloud to support its enterprise human resource portfolio. The award modernizes its existing civilian personnel business process functions to enable improved streamlined approaches in support of the workforce. The DoD's Defense Manpower Data Center is leading the implementation of the HCM Cloud, which replaces numerous legacy systems and is targeted for full deployment in mid 2020,” according to the DMDC Director, Michael Sorrento.

Oracle has been a long-standing strategic technology partner of the US government, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the first customer to use Oracle’s flagship database software 35 years ago. Today, more than 500 government organizations take advantage of Oracle’s industry-leading technologies and superior performance.

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The World Bee Project Works to Sustain Buzz with Oracle Cloud and AI

Wed, 2019-11-13 08:00
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The World Bee Project Works to Sustain Buzz with Oracle Cloud and AI

By Guest Author, Oracle—Nov 13, 2019

The declining bee population is not just a problem for honey lovers; it’s a threat to the global food supply.

Oracle announced a partnership with The World Bee Project CIC in 2018, offering the use of its cloud storage and AI analytics tools to support the organization’s goals and innovations such as its BeeMark honey certification.

The World Bee Project is the first private organization to launch a global honeybee monitoring initiative to inform and implement actions to improve pollinator habitats, create more sustainable ecosystems, and improve food security, nutrition, and livelihoods by establishing a globally coordinated monitoring program for honeybees and eventually for key pollinator groups.

The World Bee Project Hive Network remotely collects data from varying environments through interconnected hives equipped with commercially available IoT sensors. The sensors combine colony-acoustics monitoring with other parameters such as brood temperature, humidity, hive weight, and apiary weather conditions. They also monitor and interpret the sound of a bee colony to assess colony behavior, strength, and health.

The World Bee Project Hive Network’s multiple local data sources provide a far richer view than any single data source to harness and enable global-scale computation to generate new insights into declining pollinator populations.

After the data has been validated by The World Bee Project database it can be fed into Oracle Cloud, which uses analytics tools including AI and data visualization to provide The World Bee Project with new insights into the relationship between bees and their varying environments. These new insights can be shared with smallholder farmers, scientists, researchers, governments, and other stakeholders.

“The partnership with Oracle will absolutely transform the scene as we can link AI with pollination and agricultural biodiversity,” said Sabiha Malik, founder and executive president of The World Bee Project CIC. “We have the potential to help transform the way the world grows food and to protect the livelihoods of hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers, but we depend entirely on stakeholders such as banks, agritech, insurance companies, and governments to sponsor and invest in our work so that we can begin to step toward fulfilling our mission.”

Oracle will be offering cloud computing technology and analytics tools to The World Bee Project to enable it to process data in collaboration with its science partner, the University of Reading, to enable science-based evidence to emerge.

Oracle is currently looking at funding models to support the expansion of The World Bee Project Hive Network to ensure a truly global view of the health of bee populations.

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Oracle Introduces Cloud Native Modern Monetization

Tue, 2019-11-12 07:00
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Oracle Introduces Cloud Native Modern Monetization Cloud native deployment option gives market leaders the agility to embrace 5G, IoT and future digital business models

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 12, 2019

Digital service providers are transforming their monetization systems to prepare for the upcoming demands of 5G and future digital services. Oracle Communications’ new cloud native deployment option for Billing and Revenue Management (BRM) addresses these demands by combining the features and extensibility of a proven, convergent charging system with the efficiency of cloud and DevOps agility.

Oracle Communications’ cloud native BRM deployment option provides a modern monetization solution to capitalize on the opportunities presented by today’s mobile, fixed and cable digital services. It supports any service, industry or partner-enabled business model and provides a foundation for 5G network slicing and edge monetization.

“As the telecommunications industry prepares itself to take advantage of 5G, architectural agility will be essential to monetize next-generation services quickly and efficiently,” added John Abraham, principal analyst, Analysys Mason. “With its cloud native compliant, microservices-based architecture framework, the latest version of Oracle’s Billing and Revenue Management solution is well positioned to accelerate CSPs ability to support emerging 5G-enabled use cases.“

Cloud native BRM enables internal IT teams to incorporate DevOps practices to more quickly design, test and deploy new services. Organizations can optimize their operations by seamlessly managing business growth with efficient scaling and simplified updates, and by taking advantage of deployment in any public or private cloud infrastructure environment. BRM further increases IT agility when deployed on Oracle’s next generation Cloud Infrastructure, which features autonomous capabilities, adaptive intelligence and machine learning cyber security.

“Service providers and enterprises are looking for agile solutions to quickly monetize 5G and IoT services,” said Jason Rutherford, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “Cloud native BRM deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure allows our customers to operate more efficiently, react quickly to competition and to pioneer new price plans and business models that capitalize on the digital revolution.”

Find out more about Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management, with modern monetization capabilities for 5G and the connected digital world. 

To learn more about Oracle Communications industry solutions, visit: Oracle Communications, LinkedIn, or join the conversation at Twitter @OracleComms.

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Katie Barron
Oracle
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About Oracle Communications

Oracle Communications provides integrated communications and cloud solutions for Service Providers and Enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation journey in a communications-driven world from network evolution to digital business to customer experience. www.oracle.com/communications

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers a complete suite of integrated applications for Sales, Service, Marketing, Human Resources, Finance, Supply Chain and Manufacturing, plus Highly Automated and Secure Generation 2 Infrastructure featuring the Oracle Autonomous Database. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Spain’s New York Burger Delivers Sizzling Service with Oracle

Tue, 2019-11-12 07:00
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Spain’s New York Burger Delivers Sizzling Service with Oracle Restaurant sees 50 percent decrease in customer wait times with Oracle MICROS

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 12, 2019

New York Burger set out to shake up the local food scene by bringing American style burgers and barbeque dishes to Madrid. Today, the fast growing chain is doing exactly that. To keep up with the pace of expansion while keeping customers happy, New York Burger has added Oracle MICROS Simphony Point of Sale (POS) System to its technology menu to seamlessly connect servers and the kitchen. With real-time order sharing, cooks can immediately start an order, reducing the time it takes orders to arrive to hungry diners. Since deploying the Oracle Cloud solution, the chain has realized a 50 percent decrease in customer wait-time across its five restaurants.

“As the business grew, we found our existing solution was not up to the challenge, and inefficiencies meant our customers were kept waiting,” said Pablo Colmenares, founder, New York Burger. “Oracle has definitely helped us to streamline our operations. It is simple and fast to use, and utilizing the product helped us become a smarter business. Oracle has a great global reputation, there’s a reason why the biggest brands in the world trust Oracle. Every strong tree needs strong roots and Oracle is our roots.”

Along with improving service efficiencies, Oracle MICROS Simphony POS System has helped New York Burger streamline menu management, gaining immediate data and reporting on their customers’ favorite menu items. These insights have been especially helpful as the restaurant chain has revamped its menu to better match customers’ preferences, removing items that were not popular and reducing food waste.  

New York Burger has also relied on Oracle’s solutions to further its green-friendly approach to operating its restaurants, enabling them to reduce waste and more closely align with its goal of being an environmentally-friendly restaurant. Oracle’s solution specifically helps management minimize excess costs, by reducing any unnecessary ingredient surplus.

“This innovative chain took a chance on bringing a new kind of cuisine to Madrid – to rave reviews. But today, the quality of the experience customers have at a restaurant must be in parallel with the quality of the food,” said Simon de Montfort Walker, senior vice president and general manager for Oracle Food and Beverage. “With Oracle, New York Burger is able to speed service and give servers more time with customers - delivering an unforgettable meal on both sides of the equation. And with better insights into tastes, trends and what’s selling well, New York Burger can reduce waste and conserve revenue while giving customers a menu that will keep them coming back again and again.”

Please view New York Burger’s video: New York Burger Delivers Joyful Food Sustainably with Oracle

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Oracle Food and Beverage, formerly MICROS, brings 40 years of experience in providing software and hardware solutions to restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, coffee shops, cafes, stadiums, and theme parks. Thousands of operators, both large and small, around the world are using Oracle technology to deliver exceptional guest experiences, maximize sales, and reduce running costs.

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Oracle Cloud's Competitive Advantage

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00
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Oracle Cloud's Competitive Advantage

By Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President, Oracle Cloud—Nov 12, 2019

I just got back from a press tour in New York, where the most common question I heard was: What's Oracle's competitive advantage in the cloud? I believe it's the completeness of our offering. Here's why.

The three main components of the cloud are the application, platform, and infrastructure layers. But most enterprises don't think about the cloud in terms of these silos. They take a single, holistic view of their problems and how to solve them.

Because we play in all layers of the cloud—and are continually adding integrations between the layers—we are in a unique position to help.

The application layer refers to software such as enterprise resource planning, human capital management, supply chain management, and customer engagement. These are core applications that enterprises rely on to run their businesses. Oracle is the established leader in this area, and we're continuing to innovate and differentiate by integrating artificial intelligence, blockchain, and other important new technologies into these applications.

These applications sit on the platform layer, which is powered by the Oracle Autonomous Database. We've taken our 40-plus years of expertise and combined it with advanced machine learning technologies to create the market's only self-driving and self-repairing database.

The platform layer is also where our analytics, security, and integration capabilities live. Analytics are helping businesses answer questions they couldn't answer before—and ask new questions they never would have thought of. And security, which used to be seen as an inhibitor to cloud adoption, is actually now a driver. Enterprises are saying, "Oracle's data center is going to be more secure than what we can manage on our own."

The application and platform layers rest upon Oracle's Generation 2 Cloud Infrastructure. Our compute, storage, and networking capabilities are purpose-built to run new types of workloads in a more secure and performant way than our competitors. We plan to open 20 Oracle Cloud data centers by the end of next year, which works out to one new data center every 23 days. And we're hiring 2,000 new people to support this infrastructure business.

Another differentiator for Oracle is our commitment to openness and interoperability in the cloud. As an example, we have a very strategic relationship with Microsoft. Joint customers can migrate to the cloud, build net new applications and even do things like run Microsoft analytics on top of an Oracle Database. We've also announced a collaboration with VMware to help customers run vSphere workloads in Oracle Cloud and to support Oracle software running on VMware.

We live in a hybrid and multicloud world. Oracle's comprehensive cloud offering, combined with our interoperability and multicloud support, helps customers achieve outcomes they simply couldn't with other vendors.

Watch Steve Daheb discuss the Oracle Cloud advantage on Cheddar and Yahoo Finance.

GRDF Reaches Four Million Smart Meter Milestone with Oracle

Tue, 2019-11-12 05:00
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GRDF Reaches Four Million Smart Meter Milestone with Oracle Leading French gas distributor continues natural gas expansion with world’s largest smart meter roll-out, expected to reach 11 million households by 2023

EUROPEAN UTILITY WEEK, Paris—Nov 12, 2019

Leading French DSO GRDF has rolled out more than four million smart meters, powered by Oracle Meter Data Management (MDM). This milestone is part of GRDF’s larger smart meter initiative that is on track to reach 11 million households by 2023. With this program, GRDF can further realize its vision of Improving energy management and enhancing customer satisfaction. GRDF serves 90 percent of France’s gas market.

“The move to smart meters and implementation of new digitized functionalities are critical to delivering a natural gas network that fosters energy transition for our territories,” said Vincent PERTUIS, GRDF Director for Smart Gas Metering Program. “With Oracle MDM, GRDF will be able to use data to continue to reimagine how we serve customers, accelerate decarbonization, and increase the flexibility and reliability of our network.” 

Using Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management (MDM), GRDF is modernizing its natural gas transmission network to make it an effective tool for the energy transition. The result will be a fully digitized and connected network that will deliver benefits to customers and the environment by integrating renewable gas, enhancing safety, providing data to better manage gas supply, and linking with other networks to enhance flexibility and storage capacity. 

The smart meter roll-out will provide GRDF with massive amounts of interval meter data that will be essential to running a more efficient, cleaner network. Oracle Utilities MDM helps energy providers not only capture the data but securely optimise its use and management to support core operations and fuel innovation.

“GRDF’s smart grid modernization project is the largest in the world and hitting the four million smart meter marker represents tremendous progress,” said Francois Vazille, vice president of JAPAC & EMEA, Oracle Utilities. “Oracle MDM is a critical component to GRDF’s digital transformation journey and in opening up new opportunities for GRDF to serve its customers with clean, reliable energy.”

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Brazilian Luxury Hotel Uses Oracle to Raise the Bar on Guest Experiences

Thu, 2019-11-07 07:00
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Brazilian Luxury Hotel Uses Oracle to Raise the Bar on Guest Experiences B Hotel Brasília personalizes guest services and reporting with Oracle Hospitality solutions

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 7, 2019

B Hotel Brasília, an independent luxury hotel located on Brasília’s spectacular Eixo Monumental stretch, has deployed an integrated suite of Oracle Hospitality and Oracle Food and Beverage cloud solutions to modernize its operations across the property and offer guests a stellar stay. 

“Our search for technology partners naturally led us to Oracle because of its industry recognition and the solution’s ability to meet our requirements,” said Ana Paula Ernesto, CEO, B Hotel Brasília. “Transitioning to cloud technology enables our staff to focus less on managing technology and more on curating the luxury experiences our guests demand. With a single view of operations across our hotel and dining facilities we can ensure guests are recognized across touchpoints while providing management with visibility into property performance.”  

Oracle Hospitality OPERA Property provides B Hotel Brasília, which offers 306 rooms and a rooftop bar and pool overlooking Brasília’s skyline, with a single view of every guest touchpoint from reservations and check-in to dining. The technology arms hotel personnel with detailed guest information allowing them to deliver more personalized services. In addition, OPERA enables hotel management to prepare and deliver a variety of reports for management including arrivals, departures, revenue and ratings – all from an easy-to-use dashboard view.

The Oracle Food and Beverage MICROS Simphony Cloud Point of Sale system for restaurants was implemented across the hotel’s dining venues including B Restaurant, Bar 16 and the Lobby Bar, offering wait staff the ability to take orders from mobile devices and deliver faster and more accurate food and beverage service to diners. 

“With our Oracle hospitality and food and beverage cloud solutions, we are uniquely positioned to serve as a strategic partner to both independent hotels and global chains that want to increase guest satisfaction, streamline operations and increase on-property revenues,” said Tanya Pratt, Associate Vice President, Oracle Hospitality. “With B Hotel Brasília’s digital transformation they have the power to create a competitive advantage with stellar service that can increase the property’s recognition globally.”

Watch the B Hotel Brasília video to learn how Oracle Hospitality Solutions are helping to drive the property’s growth.

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Oracle Hospitality brings over 40 years of experience in providing technology solutions to independent hoteliers, global and regional chains, gaming, and cruise lines. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to act on rich data insights that deliver personalized guest experiences, maximize profitability and encourage long-term loyalty. Our solutions include platforms for property management, point-of-sale, distribution, reporting and analytics all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility. Oracle Hospitality’s OPERA is recognized globally as the leading property management platform and continues to serve as a foundation for industry innovation. 

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Once-Reticent Utilities Accelerating Move to the Cloud

Wed, 2019-11-06 07:00
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Once-Reticent Utilities Accelerating Move to the Cloud Survey shows desire to boost customer experience driving utilities’ cloud adoption, although cybersecurity remains a top concern

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 6, 2019

A large majority (71 percent) of utilities now use cloud software, up from just 45 percent three years ago according to a new Oracle survey. Improving customer experience was noted as the key driver for increased cloud investment. But while progress has been made, 85 percent of respondents still cite security as a top concern and noted that regulatory acceptance remains a barrier to cloud adoption.

“Just a few years ago, utilities looked at cloud computing with skepticism at best. Today, many realize it’s essential to their survival,” said Brian Bradford, vice president, industry solutions, Oracle. “Utilities are increasingly seeing cloud as a fundamental asset in meeting ever-evolving expectations, mitigating security concerns, and turning data into an opportunity to modernize and evolve their operations to better serve constituents and customers.”

The report, conducted by research firm Zpryme, surveyed more than 150 global utility leaders to better understand the pace and breadth of cloud computing adoption. Respondents spanned investor-owned, municipal, cooperative and district/federal utilities representing electric, gas, water, and renewables. To download the full report, visit: https://etsinsights.com/reports/the-acceleration-of-cloud-computing-for-utilities/

Changing Customer Expectations

Customers are increasingly looking for more information regarding their overall utility usage and bill and how to lessen the impact of both. And they expect this with the high level of service and personalization that they are enjoying in other sectors, such as retail and banking. Utilities see cloud technologies as a means to provide the speed and control to meet these customer expectations. So, it was no surprise to see continued investment in customer experience and engagement (31 percent) and customer information (29 percent) cloud systems in the top five investment priorities for utilities in the coming years.

Drowning in Data

Sixty-four percent of utilities noted that cloud computing is critical to my company’s future success. A key driver is the need to better manage an ever-growing pool of data coming from smart meters, IoT sensors, customers’ home energy devices, and more. Utilities realize that it is becoming too great a task and risk to manage this influx without a significant investment in tools that can capture and analyze grid edge, supply chain, and customer data quickly. Utilities hope to use the technological flexibility provided by cloud computing to innovate by using data to solve business problems from grid optimization to managing distributed energy resources (DERs).

“Utilities are seeing the impact that digital transformation is having on their business model,” said Jason Rodriguez, CEO of Zpryme. “The challenge is so much greater than simply capturing millions of disparate data points. Utilities need IT tools to manage and drive better business decisions and cloud computing provides the agility to more effectively integrate data predictively use it.”

Security Concerns Remain

Utilities remain concerned about security (85 percent) and privacy (81 percent) and also rated these as the biggest barriers they face when it comes to using or expanding cloud computing. Concerns, however, were not around the vulnerability of cloud computing technology itself, but rather a growing barrage of increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats. Whether it is IoT devices, field area networks, or 5G networks, utilities are operating in a hyper-connected digital ecosystem that can provide new and varied opportunities for nefarious actors to expose their networks. Utilities recognize that they need to stay vigilant and that will require help from both regulators and vendors.

Regulatory Right-Sizing

While improving, many regulators globally still don’t allow for utilities to earn a rate of return on their cloud investments, which impedes upgrading legacy IT systems. While utilities recognize the role that regulators play in approving their prudent expenditures, 26 percent cited regulatory acceptance as a continued barrier to cloud adoption. The majority of utility respondents (75 percent), however, also note that regulators can play a strong role in helping protect customer privacy and security.

Clouds Ahead

Many utilities dipped their toe in the cloud waters with enterprise applications, such as enterprise resource management (ERP) or human capital management (HCM) and 74 percent plan to spend more on cloud in the next 3-5 years. While a move to better serve and engage customers is driving this next phase of cloud adoption, operational system investments are not far behind. Forty-three percent of utilities have increased their operational spending by at least 25 percent over 2015 levels.

To learn more about Oracle’s utility solutions, please visit: www.oracle.com/utilities

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Turning On or Tuning Out? Aiconix Applies AI to See What Holds TV Viewers’ Interest

Wed, 2019-11-06 06:00
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Turning On or Tuning Out? Aiconix Applies AI to See What Holds TV Viewers’ Interest

By Guest Blogger, Oracle—Nov 6, 2019

Why does one video go viral and another lose viewers? News agencies, publishers, and entertainment companies are becoming increasingly methodical about measuring audiences’ engagement. Aiconix, a German startup based in Hamburg, is applying artificial intelligence to ferret out the insights needed to help organizations answer those questions.

Deploying groups of testers in a neurolab in its home city, aiconix uses electroencephlogram technology to measure viewers’ emotions, including surprise or boredom, while watching video clips. It’s developed AI software called aingine based on data that can predict whether certain factors in clips, such as abrupt subject matter shifts or too little connection between a main theme and protagonist’s words, cause viewers to switch off. In addition, the software can identify what roles speakers play in a video, help journalists quickly identify and label subjects in video clips, and automatically produce transcripts with time codes, taking away some of the grunt work of TV production.

Thanks to a reliable and high-performing IT cloud infrastructure from Oracle, aiconix can offer its customers fast, secure performance with the ability to scale. The company, part of the Oracle Global Startup Ecosystem, is using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, including state-of-the-art graphics processors, to train its AI system. Oracle’s startup program connects promising startups with Oracle’s cloud resources and enterprise expertise.

“We needed a reliable data center in Germany where our aingine could run, scale, and grow with us,” says Eugen Gross, CEO and co-founder of aiconix. “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides us with a range of cloud resources and features we need. In addition, being part of the Global Startup Ecosystem gives us the personal support and direct access to customers.”

So far, the company has attracted customers at organizations including a large European press agency and a German news photography agency.

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Oracle Honors Excellence in Construction and Engineering

Tue, 2019-11-05 09:18
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Oracle Honors Excellence in Construction and Engineering Customer honorees in the Americas region include Austin Commercial, Ameren, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, DPR Construction and Facebook

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Nov 5, 2019

Oracle is today recognizing those Americas customers who are charting new paths and reimagining the building industry through technology with the 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Awards. Building on the Oracle Aconex Connect Awards, this new awards program highlights noteworthy customers that are successfully improving project delivery across industries.

Project- and asset-intensive organizations face numerous challenges, including growing project complexity, rising competition, fragmented project supply chains, and increasing risks. Selected from a large number of entrants, this year’s winners demonstrated compelling results in overcoming these challenges through their use of Oracle’s Construction and Engineering solution suite, including Oracle’s Primavera solutions, Oracle Aconex and Oracle Textura Payment Management.

“The Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Awards winners represent organizations of all sizes that have demonstrated remarkable success from the digital transformation of their businesses across the project and asset lifecycle,” said Mark Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Construction and Engineering. “From significant productivity gains, to better payment outcomes across the supply chain, to unlocking project intelligence for smarter decision making, the improvements realized by these organizations underscore their leadership in driving project delivery forward, with benefits that extend to all stakeholders. We congratulate the honorees and are thrilled to recognize their accomplishments.”

Select results from the 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Awards winners:

  • Austin Commercial achieved enterprise-wide standardization with Oracle Textura Payment Management, reducing pay application processing time from four to five days to just two days.
  • Ameren Corporation reduced the time spent evaluating project justifications by 90 percent (from 30-60 minutes, to just three to five) with Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) and Oracle’s Primavera Unifier.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina accomplished organizational transformation with the help of Oracle’s Primavera Unifier and is now able to close internal work orders 50 percent faster than previously.
  • DPR Construction eliminated 360 accounting hours per week through its implementation of Oracle Textura Payment Management and a direct link to its ERP system, meaning tens of millions of dollars now reach subcontractors up to seven days faster.
  • Sage Homes Northwest sped up work package assignment to new projects by 66 percent utilizing Oracle Primavera Cloud.
 

Customers were nominated for the 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Awards in the following categories:

  • Data-driven Insights
  • Enterprise-wide Standardization
  • Innovation in Sustainability
  • Innovator of the Year (Individual award)
  • Platform Expansion
  • Social Impact Project of the Year
  • Solutions Implementation
  • Systems Integration
 

In addition, honorees were recognized for their achievements in the following segments:  Energy and Resources, Industrial Manufacturing, Public Infrastructure, and Residential and Commercial.

Below is a full list of 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Awards winners in the Americas:

  • Ameren Corporation (Ameren) – Platform Expansion in Energy and Resources, Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM), Primavera Unifier
  • AMP United, LLC – Enterprise-wide Standardization in Residential and Commercial, Oracle Primavera Cloud
  • ATCO Ltd. (ATCO) – Enterprise-wide Standardization in Energy and Resources, Primavera P6 EPPM, Primavera Unifier
  • Austin Industries (Austin Commercial) – Enterprise-wide Standardization in Public Infrastructure, Oracle Textura Payment Management
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – Enterprise-wide Standardization in Residential and Commercial, Primavera Unifier
  • DPR Construction – Systems Integration in Residential and Commercial, Oracle Textura Payment Management
  • Facebook – Innovator of the Year, Jason Mennig of the Data Center Engineering and Construction business unit, and Company award for Solutions Implementation in Residential and Commercial, Primavera P6 EPPM
  • FirstEnergy Corp. – Systems Integration in Energy and Resources, Primavera P6 EPPM, Primavera Unifier and Oracle Primavera Portfolio Management (OPPM)
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District – Systems Integration in Public Infrastructure, Primavera P6 EPPM, Primavera Unifier
  • Intercorp Retail – Solutions Implementation in Residential and Commercial, Primavera Unifier
  • Lendlease Corporation – Innovator of the Year for Data-driven Insights in Residential and Commercial, Michael Mull, Oracle Textura Payment Management, Textura Business Analytics and Innovator of the Year for Enterprise-wide Standardization in Residential and Commercial, Dominic Giannola, Oracle’s Primavera P6 EPPM
  • Matthew Harris – Innovator of the Year for Solutions Implementation in Public Infrastructure, Oracle Aconex
  • Monteith Construction Corp. – Solutions Implementation in Residential and Commercial, Oracle Primavera Cloud
  • Oceaneering International, Inc. – Innovator of the Year for Enterprise-wide Standardization in Energy and Resources, Dalbert Varnell Jr., Primavera P6 EPPM
  • Sage Homes Northwest – Systems Integration in Residential and Commercial, Oracle Primavera Cloud
  • VESTA – Enterprise-wide Standardization in Residential and Commercial, Oracle’s Primavera Unifier
 

Read about our Global 2019 Oracle Construction and Engineering Excellence Awards winners: https://www.oracle.com/corporate/awards/construction-engineering/winners.html

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Asset owners and project leaders rely on Oracle Construction and Engineering solutions for the visibility and control, connected supply chain, and data security needed to drive performance and mitigate risk across their processes, projects, and organization. Our scalable cloud solutions enable digital transformation for teams that plan, build, and operate critical assets, improving efficiency, collaboration, and change control across the project lifecycle. www.oracle.com/construction-and-engineering.

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Australia’s Favorite Department Store Gets More Agile with Oracle

Tue, 2019-11-05 07:00
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Australia’s Favorite Department Store Gets More Agile with Oracle Myer implements Oracle Retail technology to turbocharge merchandise, inventory, and planning processes

Redwood Shores, Calif. and Melbourne, Austrailia—Nov 5, 2019

Myer, Australia’s largest department store chain, embarked on a digital transformation to deliver more compelling products to customers. Carrying many products across 61 stores, Myer offers a wide range of cosmetics, clothing, footwear, toys, and homewares. By embracing Oracle Retail, Myer transformed its end-to-end merchandise systems, inventory processes, and planning capabilities, resulting in reduced stock and improved sales, margin, and markdown reduction. Today, Myer is better able to deliver the right inventory to delight customers across its properties.

“I am optimistic about the ability of our Oracle Merchandise Planning tools to improve the efficiency of our buying teams and to deliver a more profitable, more localised product range for our customers,” said Allan Winstanley, Chief Merchandise Officer, Myer.

The project was a business-led initiative supported by IT. The team established clear goals and expectations to achieve immediate business benefits and support long-term growth objectives. Myer built a solid foundation with Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning and Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization with support from Tata Consulting Services (TCS), a Platinum and Cloud Elite level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

Phase one of the implementations delivered immediate results with a stock reduction in time for holiday planning. In phase two, a cross-functional solution development team adopted an agile implementation methodology. The team worked in three weeks sprints to deliver regular solution functionality for seasonal strategies, item planning, clustering, option planning, and assortment planning from Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization. This approach allowed Myer to enjoy accelerated benefits and the project paid for itself.

“The project was delivered across various teams, including Merchandise, IT and Tata Consulting Services (TCS), where we transitioned from waterfall to an agile project delivery approach, which ensured the success of the project,” said Troy Smith, Chief Information Officer, Myer.

“Automate and simplify. We always encourage our customers to embrace these attributes and focus on operational excellence,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Retail. “By establishing a strong foundation, Myer can pivot to the customer and localize the assortment based on store demographics, climate, and other store attributes.”

The Myer Oracle project received multiple awards including the 2018 ACS Gold Disruptor Award, 2018-2019TCS APAC 4.0 EXCEL ERATE Best Project Embracing Business 4.0, and the 2017- 2018 Myer inspirational Team Award.

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Oracle is the modern platform for retail. Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated platform for best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to accelerate from best practice to next practice, drive operational agility, and refine the customer experience. For more information, visit our website, www.oracle.com/retail.

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Use of Blockchain Helps Speed Global Shipping Transactions

Thu, 2019-10-31 06:00
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Use of Blockchain Helps Speed Global Shipping Transactions

By Guest Author, Oracle—Oct 31, 2019

While ocean shipping has been steadily growing in recent years, multiple pressures are impacting the predictability of the far-flung supply chains and pressuring industry profits. Key to navigating these challenges for shippers, ocean carriers, terminal operators, and other parties involved with shipping ocean freight is better visibility and real-time access to information.

That’s a challenge given the sheer number of participants in a single shipment—and often leads to delays, disputes, and significant extra costs for shippers and carriers. But things are changing thanks to the help of emerging technology and the formation of a new blockchain consortium in this space pioneered by CargoSmart.

For the last year, CargoSmart and Oracle have been working together to develop a blockchain solution that aims to simplify the shipping documentation process and deliver a single source of truth for trusted, real-time sharing of information, thereby increasing trust and boosting efficiency.

More recently, CargoSmart announced a significant milestone in forming the Global Shipping Business Network (GSBN) blockchain consortium. Comprising of nine leading ocean carriers and terminal operators: CMA CGM, COSCO SHIPPING Lines, COSCO SHIPPING Ports, Hapag-Lloyd, Hutchison Ports, OOCL, Port of Qingdao, PSA International, and Shanghai International Port Group. This not-for-profit joint venture aims to accelerate the digital transformation of the shipping industry, with CargoSmart providing the resources underpinning it.

“The close cooperation between our R&D group and Oracle’s blockchain team has already helped to accelerate the development of some pilot applications. By leveraging Oracle’s enriched technical support and advice, CargoSmart has been able to achieve high levels of operational capability, reduce R&D time, and significantly improve the productivity of its blockchain application developers,” said Romney Wong, Chief Technology Officer of CargoSmart.

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Oracle Recognized as a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions for Oracle EPM Cloud

Wed, 2019-10-30 08:00
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Oracle Recognized as a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions for Oracle EPM Cloud Oracle is the only EPM vendor to be named a Leader in both Cloud Financial Close Solutions and Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis Solutions Magic Quadrant reports

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 30, 2019

Oracle has been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions” report for the third consecutive year. Out of 10 companies evaluated, Oracle is positioned as a Leader based on its ability to execute and completeness of vision. Oracle is the only Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) vendor to be named a Leader in both Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis Solutions and Cloud Financial Close Solutions Magic Quadrant reports. A complimentary copy of the report is available here.

According to the report, “Leaders provide mature offerings that meet market demand and have demonstrated the vision necessary to sustain their market position as requirements evolve. The hallmark of Leaders is that they focus on, and invest in, their offerings to the point where they lead the market and can affect its overall direction. As a result, Leaders can be vendors to watch as you try to understand how new market offerings might evolve. Leaders typically possess a large, satisfied customer base (relative to the size of the market) and enjoy high visibility within the market. Their size and financial strength enable them to remain viable in a challenging economy. Leaders typically respond to a wide market audience by supporting broad market requirements; however, they may fail to meet the specific needs of vertical markets or other more-specialized segments.”

“As the EPM Cloud market matures, we are seeing more organizations looking for an integrated EPM suite to connect their financial and operational planning with financial close and reporting processes,” said Hari Sankar, Group Vice President, Product Management, Oracle.  “We are proud to be the only vendor acknowledged as a Leader by Gartner in these two Magic Quadrant reports related to EPM.”

Oracle EPM Cloud is the only complete EPM solution on a common platform that addresses financial and operational planning, consolidation and close, data management, reporting, and analysis processes. With native integration with the broader Oracle Cloud Applications suite, which includes Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), Human Capital Management (HCM) and Customer Experience (CX) applications, Oracle helps customers to stay ahead of changing expectations, build adaptable organizations, and realize the potential of the latest innovations.

Oracle’s portfolio of enterprise performance management applications has garnered industry recognition. Oracle was recently named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis Solutions” for Oracle EPM Cloud, making it the only vendor to be named a Leader in both of Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrants related to enterprise performance management.

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Close Solutions, Robert Anderson, John Van Decker, Greg Leiter, 21 October 2019

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Cloud Financial Planning and Analysis Solutions, Robert Anderson, John Van Decker, Greg Leiter, 8 August 2019

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Penn State Elevates Student Success with Oracle

Tue, 2019-10-29 07:00
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Penn State Elevates Student Success with Oracle University selects Oracle Student Cloud to enhance the student experience

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Oct 29, 2019

The Pennsylvania State University, one of the world’s leading higher education and research institutions, has selected Oracle Student Financial Planning Cloud to support its “One Penn State 2025” strategic vision to transform education delivery, focusing on student engagement and support. The offering will be an integral component in the university’s efforts to help reduce the cost of education while enhancing student outcomes and success.

Student Financial Planning is a key pillar in Oracle Student Cloud, a complete suite of modules designed to support the entire student lifecycle, including traditional and non-traditional learning models, with powerful automation and optimization capabilities.

Consistently ranked among the top one percent of the world’s universities, Penn State includes 24 campuses, nearly 100,000 students and 31,000 faculty and staff, all focused on creating, sharing and applying knowledge to make a positive impact on communities across the world. Acknowledging the ever-increasing student debt and drop out crises U.S. college students face, Penn State will use Oracle Student Financial Planning Cloud to help empower students to make more informed academic and financial aid decisions to accomplish their academic, professional and personal life goals.

By providing increased transparency and better management of financial aid resources, Oracle Student Financial Planning Cloud and Oracle Student Cloud will streamline financial aid processes and deliver invaluable, data-backed insights into student behaviors and successes, thus freeing administrators to focus more on supporting the academic needs of its students.

“Penn State is pleased to select Oracle’s Student Financial Planning product as a first step in transitioning our student system to the cloud and to further the institution’s strategic goals,” said Michael J. Büsges, senior director, Enterprise Projects at Penn State. “Oracle has an established track record in meeting the needs of its Higher Education customers, and we look forward to working together on this important initiative.”  

Higher education institutions today are under intense pressure to enroll best-fit students, improve outcomes, and ensure student access – and be able to do more with less. At the same time, today’s students demand modern, consumer-like experiences and engagement with institutions. With $2.9 billion in financial aid (representing 15 million automated packages) already processed through Oracle Student Financial Planning Cloud, Oracle has proven solutions to help universities create a seamless student experience that leads to students’ academic success. With Oracle Student Financial Planning, universities are able to spend more time advising students on their financial aid choices and less time packaging their aid, which leads to improved student outcomes, elevated institutional standing and greater operational efficiency. Oracle Student Financial Planning also supports traditional, continued and online educational programs, as well as administrators’ compliance and integration needs.

“Leading institutions such as Penn State know that by simplifying and optimizing their operations they will be able to use resources efficiently and maximize funding sources,” said Vivian Wong, group vice president of Higher Education Development at Oracle. “Oracle’s commitment to supporting the higher education market includes our belief that no student should sacrifice their academic goals due to cost and we have created powerful cloud solutions to help universities tackle this challenge head on.”

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Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Speeds Up Decision Making at Telecom Fiji

Thu, 2019-10-24 09:00
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Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Speeds Up Decision Making at Telecom Fiji

By Peter Schutt, Senior Director, Oracle—Oct 24, 2019

Telecom Fiji, one of the largest communications providers in the remote South Pacific Fiji archipelago, needed to accelerate its digital transformation to meet the increasing demand for connectivity from local residents, businesses and tourists.

To speed up decision making to enhance customer service, Telecom Fiji is leveraging AI-powered algorithms from Oracle’s cloud-based Autonomous Data Warehouse and Analytics to integrate and sift through increasing amounts of data from multiple sources to produce actionable insights in minutes.

In the past, the IT staff spent weeks in manually-intensive processes of aggregating and correlating the data which raised the risk of errors being introduced into the results. Reports were also often late. The database administrators wrote SQL queries to generate raw data and then feed those results back to an analytics team for correlation in spreadsheets.

The autonomous database provisions easily and quickly in minutes to improve time to market, self-patches to eliminate downtime for maintenance, and auto scales capacity on demand for flexibility to maximize performance and minimize costs. Telecom Fiji would have had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to get equally, or less powerful equipment on-premises in its data center to power the same kind of data warehouse. 

The front-end Oracle Analytics platform is used to create dashboards to visualize and detail sales and marketing performance, product performance, service usage trends, service-delivery performance, and other key indicators.

“We can ask our IT staff to come up with ideas or innovative solutions on how they can use the analytics. Then they will be performing more of an advisory role to management,” said Shalvin Narayan, Head of IT, Telecom Fiji. “It did surpass my expectations because the amount of functionality and performance it was providing, with respect to the amount of investment was marvelous.”

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In this video, Shalvin Narayan, Head of IT for Telecom Fiji, shares how the company is using Autonomous Database to produce real-time actionable insights in minutes rather than weeks.

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