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Cloud Communications Critical to Delivering Stellar Customer Experiences and Growth. A new Oracle Communications study The Cloud Redefines Customer Experience revealed that enterprises view in-application communications technologies as critical to enhancing customer experiences and gaining a competitive edge and higher growth. While 65 percent of enterprise IT decision makers polled noted that embedded communications will become the dominant way of communicating with employees, suppliers and customers moving forward, nearly half (46 percent) noted they lack the expertise to deploy new communications technologies.

“Businesses are under increased pressure to accelerate digital change to improve customer experiences and employee productivity, all while lowering costs,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications. “Businesses need the agility to take advantage of the latest communications technologies—be they chatbots, HD Voice, HD video, screen sharing, and annotation—to achieve these objectives, but many lack the infrastructure and expertise to do so. The race is on for companies to quickly implement these technologies, and they are increasingly looking to the cloud to help them achieve success.”

TORONTO — Banking solutions: SAP announced that Lloyds Banking Group will boost its payment capabilities and provide unmatched delivery to corporate and institutional clients with a cash management and payments platform from SAP, powered by SAP HANA. “The need for corporate banks to provide their clients with a seamless user experience as well as a high level of self-service becomes more and more imminent,” said Rob Hetherington, global head of Financial Services Industries at SAP.

API banking solutions. In today’s economy, banks seek to adapt a more customer-centric business model by delivering new services with greater transparency. Traditional banks understand that they must equip themselves with digital capabilities to avoid being disintermediated by new players in the industry. Oracle’s open API banking solution set can help banks make the difference they need. Packaged and ready for integration with any financial institution’s tech ecosystem, Oracle’s  end-to-end solution is well suited for open API initiatives that require design, documentation, simulation, management, identity/security management and monetization backed by business analytics.

“Times have changed and today, more than ever, a two-fold approach is necessary when implementing customer facing technology,” said Oracle Senior Vice President Chet Kamat. “Quite simply, the two aspects are acquiring plug-and-play lifecycle experience products—like mobile applications and omni-channel user experience solutions—and adopting open API banking. Oracle offers a solution versatile enough to cater to both these needs.”

Customer Success. To accelerate customers’ digital transformation in the cloud, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) launched the Oracle Cloud Excellence Implementer (CEI) program. The offering recognizes and rewards partners that continually demonstrate expertise, a successful track record, and superior customer satisfaction in delivering high-quality Oracle Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud implementations to customers.

“The cloud continues to represent a tremendous opportunity not only for our customers, but also for our partner community,” said Camillo Speroni, Vice President of Worldwide Strategic Alliances, Oracle. “As such, we remain committed to providing the intelligence and resources both parties need to make this transition as smooth and successful as possible. The CEI program was designed to recognize and support those partners that not only offer a marked expertise in Oracle Cloud solutions, but also a commitment to excellence in ensuring successful customer experiences and outcomes throughout the entire implementation process.”

Businesses Transform with Cloud. Oracle announced Oracle Live Experience Cloud, a customer engagement service for the mobile generation. With the mobile and digital landscape shaping the way customers interact with businesses, companies must quickly adapt to changing expectations to deliver frictionless, real-time, contextual experiences across channels. With Oracle Live Experience Cloud, users can address these new requirements and bring a new dimension to their mobile and business applications by being able to serve customers in the way that best meets their needs, be it HD voice, HD video, screen sharing, and annotations.

“Nothing is more aggravating than dealing with a call center or service desk where you are stuck in a long, dehumanized loop of menu options with a slow resolution,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president, general manager, Oracle Communications. “With Oracle Live Experience Cloud, businesses can eliminate customer friction points by harnessing the power of contextual communications and real-time engagement capabilities to offer a personalized and highly interactive digital experience that builds customer loyalty and improves business outcomes.”

Enterprise BI Platforms. Forrester Research has named Oracle a leader in its “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments, Q3 2017” report. This placement confirms Oracle Analytics Cloud as a leader in the analytics space.

“By offering a single, integrated platform capable of serving all of an enterprises’ analytics needs, including self-service data visualization, data preparation, embedded machine learning and predictive analytics, Oracle Analytics Cloud helps businesses improve efficiencies and drive innovation,” said Rich Clayton, vice president product management, Oracle. “Our unique, comprehensive platform can address the needs of executives, analysts and data engineers while helping reduce the time and financial resources necessary to integrate and optimize a plethora of technologies for data-driven innovation.”

Oracle Planning. Oracle announced that Marketing Investment Group SA (MIG) has selected Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning. MIG currently provides consumers with products of famous brands across more than 300 brick and mortar stores and 5 e-commerce outlets, through its own retail chain.

Transform how Customers Buy and Consume Cloud. Oracle Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new programs that lower costs by delivering increased automation and flexibility, and enable customers to get more value from their existing Oracle software investments. The new Oracle Cloud programs include Bring Your Own License to PaaS and Universal Credits. “We are completely transforming the way all companies buy and use cloud by providing flexibility and choice,” said Ellison. “Today, we combined the lowest prices with the highest performance and more automation to deliver a lower total cost of ownership for our customers.”

Oracle’s New SPARC Systems. Oracle announced its eighth generation SPARC platform, delivering new levels of security capabilities, performance, and availability for critical customer workloads. Powered by the new SPARC M8 microprocessor, new Oracle systems and IaaS deliver a modern enterprise platform, including proven Software in Silicon with new v2 advancements, enabling customers to cost-effectively deploy their most critical business applications and scale-out application environments with extreme performance both on-premises and in Oracle Cloud.

SAP Hybris. Businesses gained deeper insight into their customers and saw return on investment (ROI) rise after deploying SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud, according to a Forrester Consulting study, The Total Economic Impact™ Of The SAP Hybris Marketing Solution.

“Marketing technology should empower businesses to more deeply understand customers and engage with them intelligently,” said Marcus Ruebsam, SAP Hybris senior vice president and head of Strategy and Solution Management. “This latest study illustrates that SAP Hybris Marketing Cloud truly allows businesses to do just that. By consolidating marketing platforms and creating a more efficient data exchange between systems, organizations can develop complete customer profiles to enhance engagement and campaigns.”

Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Oracle has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) as a Platinum Member. In addition, Oracle is releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and open sourcing a Terraform Kubernetes Installer for the next-generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. As such, developers gain unparalleled simplicity for running their cloud native workloads on Oracle.

“Nobody has more experience managing complex enterprise workloads than Oracle. By joining the CNCF, we’re making it easier for enterprises to leverage the power of container-native technology to simplify their infrastructure environments to run in true hybrid cloud mode – in any cloud,” said Mark Cavage, vice president of software development at Oracle. “CNCF technologies such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, gRPC and OpenTracing are critical parts of both our own and our customers’ development toolchains. Together with the CNCF, Oracle is cultivating an open container ecosystem built for cloud interoperability, enterprise workloads and performance.”

Oracle Health Sciences. Oracle Health Sciences announced that its general manager, Steve Rosenberg, has been selected by PharmaVOICE magazine as one of the most inspiring people in the life sciences industry.

Oracle, Internet of Things (IoT). Oracle announced its collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation to develop an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for smart manufacturing. With Oracle Cloud, Mitsubishi Electric developed its new FA-IT Open Platform for factory automation. Using edge computing between devices and business applications, the new platform enables the rapid collection, analysis, and utilization of data at production site.

With organizations rapidly adopting Industry 4.0, manufacturers are increasingly seeking to optimize their total manufacturing processes by using IoT to collect data from all equipment in factories for visualization and analysis. 

FA-IT Open Platform leverages Oracle Database Cloud, Oracle Java Cloud, Oracle BI Cloud, Oracle IoT Cloud, Oracle IoT Production Monitoring Cloud, Oracle SOA Cloud, and Oracle Infrastructure as a Service. Information received in real time from machine tools and production terminals is received by Oracle IoT Cloud, enabling efficient real time processing with the extensible infrastructure. Mitsubishi Electric utilizes machine learning of Oracle Database Cloud, the reporting function of Oracle BI Cloud, and the cost-effective Oracle Cloud Infrastructure in the analysis of accumulated Big Data, contributing to further development of solutions in the factory automation area for customers and to smart manufacturing industry.

Oracle, IoT Cloud Portfolio. Oracle announced significant enhancements to the Oracle Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud. The offering now features built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning that powers Digital Twin and Digital Thread capabilities. As such, customers and partners can quickly gain operation-wide visibility and leverage predictive insights from connected assets. These insights can increase deployment times, reduce costs, improve business outcomes, and accelerate new market opportunities. Combining the power of Oracle IoT Cloud and enterprise applications, Oracle also introduced new industry solutions for digital field service, smart connected factories, and digital fleet management.

“IoT holds the potential to transform today’s siloed operations into a modern, interconnected, digital set of workflows with real-time visibility and responsiveness,” said Bhagat Nainani, group vice president, IoT Applications at Oracle. “Oracle continues to push the boundaries of IoT to help our customers significantly simplify their IoT deployments. By receiving real-time data streams enhanced with predictive insights, they can reach new levels of intelligence and a much quicker realization of ROI.”

Scale Business with Oracle NetSuite OneWorld. Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced that Lfplaza Group, a wholesale distributor of luxury and designer fashion clothing, bags, shoes and accessories, has scaled its business dramatically since deploying NetSuite OneWorld shortly after its launch in 2012. Based in Hong Kong, the company relies on NetSuite for financials, inventory management, CRM and marketing, as well as multi-subsidiary and multi-currency management for the Hong Kong, Australian and U.S. dollars, Chinese renminbi, British pound, Japanese yen, New Taiwan dollar and the Euro. NetSuite’s unified cloud business management platform has given Lfplaza scalability and agility as its business has soared from the startup phase to $300 million HKD (about $38.4 million USD) in revenue in just five years.

Starting out, Lfplaza had in place an entry-level accounting system from a Chinese software vendor. After evaluating several competing solutions, Lfplaza quickly settled on NetSuite OneWorld as an ideal fit for its objectives of an integrated system that could support rapid growth. NetSuite OneWorld today powers end-to-end processes for Lfplaza’s sales of goods from more than 100 brands to a network of over 600 wholesale clients and about 40 regional multi-brand boutiques across Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Hiring Five-Thousand Cloud Professionals. This year, Oracle is hiring more than five-thousand new engineers, consultants, sales and support people into its rapidly growing cloud business. This injection of talent will help Oracle sustain the momentum in what is already the world’s fastest growing multi-billion dollar cloud business. “Central to Oracle’s success is our empowered, inspired and engaged workforce,” said Joyce Westerdahl, Oracle Executive Vice President, Human Resources. “We’re hiring experienced sales and engineering professionals eager to contribute to Oracle’s cloud growth and champion our products. We are also recruiting high-performing recent college graduates and offering them a world-class training program to prepare them for a career in the technology industry.”  Careers at Oracle

SAP: European companies Mercadona, Swiss Post, Viohalco and Vitra have selected SAP SuccessFactors solutions for human capital management (HCM) to put people at the heart of their digital business strategies and deliver employee experiences required to win and retain top talent.

“People are the most powerful asset within any organization, and SAP SuccessFactors solutions deliver cloud-based HR tools that help attract and develop top talent, and empower employees to perform at their best, said SAP SuccessFactors President Greg Tomb. “We’re delighted with the recent momentum in Europe as more and more companies choose SAP SuccessFactors solutions to drive digital HR transformation and enable their people to succeed with an HR experience that is continuous, live, intelligent and connected.”

Human Resources (HR business transformation)
. SAP announced a series of new human resources scenario-specific capabilities. Enhanced mentoring and coaching with the SAP SuccessFactors Succession & Development solution, as well as an employee support work pattern for HR help desk operations, enable more agile and efficient processes while capabilities for HR and employee communications support engagement, transparency and discussion.

“In today’s competitive business environment, human resources professionals need modern tools to streamline administrative and employee support processes so they can focus on developing and supporting talent,” said Daisy Hernandez, SAP global vice president, Product Management, Enterprise Collaboration. “SAP is committed to blending online mentoring experiences with valuable real-life connections, helping to make important employee development programs like mentoring and coaching the best they can be.”

IBM and SAP have teamed up to provide a co-innovated solution for the retail and consumer packaged goods industries to help both increase profitability and improve the consumer experience. The solution uses near real-time data to markedly improve planning and execution in the physical store. Unique data sources, such as IBM’s Metro Pulse, flow through SAP Cloud Platform to provide insights that can be acted upon almost immediately. All of these transformative insights for better decision making are fueled by live business, unique near real-time market-demand signals and a digital core that helps make the execution possible.

IBM Metro Pulse uses IBM’s cognitive services to provide hyperlocal insights around weather, events, traffic and demographics and helps address key industry challenges such as on-shelf availability and demand forecasting accuracy. During trials of this cognitive technology across more than 100 stores in multiple American markets, the solution improved forecasting accuracy of volatile, hard-to-forecast products by 75 percent.

SAP’s expertise will bring together the various unique data sources, including IBM’s cognitive capabilities, on SAP Cloud Platform, allowing retailers to identify and take near-immediate action on these new insights to help improve business performance.

SAP announced that Harvard Business School’s Frances Frei, Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and positive psychology author Shawn Achor will be among the noted keynote speakers streamed live from Success Connect 2017 in Las Vegas, the premier event for human resources (HR) professionals.

SuccessConnect in Las Vegas will bring together the world’s foremost HR executives and business leaders to explore how SAP SuccessFactors solutions for human capital management (HCM) are transforming the employee experience in today’s digital economy. This year’s event will feature a host of business visionaries sharing insights on how to develop a workforce culture that maximizes every employee’s potential.

In Las Vegas, the SuccessConnect 2017 diamond-level sponsor is Deloitte. Platinum-level sponsors are /N SPRO Inc., Aasonn, Accenture, Dell Boomi, EY, GP Strategies, IBM and Virgin Pulse. Gold-level sponsors are 3D Results, ADP LLC (also the After-Hours Party sponsor), AspireHR, Benefitfocus Inc., Enterprise Information Resources, EPI-USE, GroupeX Solutions, Infosys Ltd., Kronos, Nakisa, NGA Human Resources, OpenText, PeopleDoc, PwC and Veritas Prime.

With SAP Hybris Commerce, Arsenal Football Club Transforms Online Shopping for Fans.  Arsenal Football Club has transformed its online retail site with SAP Hybris Commerce solutions, allowing fans to shop faster, anywhere, anytime and with a choice of currencies.

Fans can now buy official Arsenal kit, training wear and accessories on any device in four currencies: euros, U.S. dollars, Australian dollars and British pounds. “The sports and entertainment industries are near and dear to our hearts at SAP, and we have a deep understanding of the expectations brands within this market have,” said Jamie Anderson, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at SAP Hybris.* “When it comes to athletics, fans can be particularly passionate consumers, demanding quality performance at all times. With this in mind, SAP Hybris solutions enable leading global organizations, like Arsenal Football Club, to deliver services and products to fans that reflect the standing and regard they have for the club. The benchmark is not what other sports clubs offer, but a solution fitting the expectation of world’s leading retailers.”

Oracle NetSuite, providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced that ROLI, a music technology innovator and maker of the award-winning Seaboard instrument, has implemented NetSuite OneWorld to manage critical business processes including financials, inventory management, order management, CRM, multi-currency management for the British pound, Euro and US dollar, and multi-subsidiary management for three subsidiaries in the UK and two in the US. As a result of its implementation of NetSuite OneWorld in September 2016, ROLI is better positioned to take advantage of rapid sales growth as innovative products like the Seaboard Block and Lightpad Block become more popular to music-makers.

ROLI selected NetSuite OneWorld due to its 360-degree customer view, inventory management and cloud-based architecture. NetSuite OneWorld provides the flexibility, agility and scalability ROLI needed for continued growth and a real-time view of business performance.

“As a company, ROLI is focused on innovation, growth and delivering world-class experiences for its customers and music lovers everywhere,” said Mark Woodhams, Managing Director, EMEA for Oracle NetSuite. “NetSuite OneWorld is an ideal fit for those goals, as a flexible, scalable solution with global reach that can serve as the foundation to continue to build upon its success.”

NetSuite OneWorld supports 190 currencies, 20 languages, automated tax calculation and reporting in more than 100 countries; customer transactions in more than 200 countries; and enables businesses to streamline their mission-critical business processes.

Gartner Inc. has positioned SAP as a leader in the 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools” report. The report recognized SAP as a leading provider based on its “ability to execute” and “completeness of vision,” after evaluating SAP data integration products.

“We believe Gartner recognizes SAP as a leader in this market thanks to our innovative data management foundation and its ability to drive digital transformation for our customers and partners,” said Greg McStravick, president of SAP Database and Data Management. “SAP’s comprehensive portfolio of enterprise information management solutions, including SAP Data Services software, SAP HANA smart data integration and the SAP Master Data Governance application, make up a complete end-to-end market-leading data management foundation for the governance, quality, computation, integration, movement, storage and analysis of data.”

Oracle Retail to Support Aggressive Annual Growth. Oracle announced that PurCotton has deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management Suite, Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization and Oracle Retail Insights to support the growth of its retail business. “Oracle Retail has built end-to-end process capabilities within our suite of applications and cloud services that can deliver individually or collectively to achieve Empowered Commerce,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “We are impressed by the growth trajectory and achievements of PurCotton and look forward to playing a role in their continued success.”

Enterprise Project Portfolio Management. ABC Aerolíneas, S.A. de C.V., operating as Mexican airline Interjet, has seen significant efficiency gains from using Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management to coordinate, manage and execute key projects.

"With the former tools, planning was more complicated and required us to develop complementary tools to show in a very graphic and simple way the status of each project and each responsible person. Primavera P6 EPPM has reduced the effort and time needed to analyze and present results, with benefits for those who manage the projects, those who execute and those who follow up. Oracle’s software has allowed us to contribute in a coordinated and effective way to the development of the company," said Carlos Núñez Brambila, Project Director of Interjet.

With Primavera P6 EPPM from Oracle Construction and Engineering, Interjet now also has the ability to streamline management responsibilities. It can designate one member of the project management team to control the project development, identify project deviations and bring visibility to key stakeholders to make informed decisions. Additionally, Interjet is able to map clear objectives and responsibilities for each project to corresponding specialists based on their knowledge and skills. The result is that resources are leveraged more effectively through closer coordination between various departments and managers.

“Oracle’s Primavera P6 EPPM provides the real-time collaboration, visibility and scalability that enable organizations like Interjet to manage projects of any size efficiently and effectively,” said Andy Verone, Vice President, Product Strategy, Oracle Construction and Engineering. “We are thrilled to deliver transformative solutions that are improving project and business outcomes for customers in Mexico and around the world.”

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud Empowers Modern Finance Teams.
Extending its commitment to helping organizations drive predictable performance and report with confidence, Oracle announced significant expansions to Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud. The latest additions to Oracle EPM Cloud include new offerings for tax reporting, and profitability and cost management as well as new strategic modeling and disclosure management capabilities.

In today’s global economy, organizations need to continually refine their business models to respond to disruptive threats and competitive opportunities. To help organizations successfully manage these changes, from strategy to results, Oracle EPM Cloud empowers finance teams to quickly and effectively embrace digital technologies and modern best practices. As a result, Oracle EPM Cloud enables organizations to drive accurate and agile plans across finance and operational lines of business, accelerate financial close, streamline internal and external reporting, and ensure compliance with tax reporting regulations.

“Today’s business leaders are faced with unprecedented changes that demand a rethink of traditional EPM processes and models,” said Hari Sankar, group vice president, EPM product management at Oracle. “To be effective in this new operating environment, finance leaders need to drive operations with confidence, monitor results continuously, and course correct with agility. With the latest additions to Oracle EPM Cloud, we are empowering our customers to embrace change and take advantage of the cloud to capitalize on opportunities faster than their competition.”

To further extend Oracle EPM Cloud and give organizations fast and intuitive insight into profitability and cost, Oracle has introduced Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud. The new offering enables business users to take ownership of allocation-based business processes such as customer/product profitability, management allocations, and shared services costing. As a result, organizations can enhance business performance by gaining insight into hidden profit and cost drivers across key business dimensions such as products, customers, sales, and channels.

Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud Solutions. Higher education institutions have invested in Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud solutions for the modern planning and forecasting insights. Oracle EPM Cloud customers in higher education include: Lorain County Community College, San Francisco State University, Shawnee State University, University of Maryland, Baltimore, University of Wyoming, and the University System of New Hampshire.

Oracle EPM Cloud helps higher education institutions better align budget dollars with organizational priorities to achieve academic and financial goals. With an intuitive user experience and prebuilt financial functions, higher education institutions can get greater insights from Oracle EPM Cloud’s automated data analysis. Oracle EPM Cloud also helps with statutory and management reporting requirements higher education institutions may have to stakeholders, including state and local governments, governing boards, or accreditation bodies. The increased visibility into funding and tuition changes also helps them become more efficient and effective with public and private dollars.

“We provide higher education institutions with tools that provide transparency into the costs of higher education so they can offer their students the best academic experience possible,” said Hari Sankar, group vice president, EPM product management at Oracle. “By providing departments with insights on the revenue they generate and the resources they consume, Oracle EPM Cloud can help institutions make more informed decisions about resource alignment for their programs.”

Oracle Cloud Platform.
Oracle announced that it is gaining incredible customer momentum across the industry’s most comprehensive cloud business. In FY17, Oracle Cloud Platform revenues were up 60 percent from FY16 to $1.4 billion.  Organizations including Advanced Drainage Systems, ARRIS, Australian Finance Group, Benchmark, Detroit Water and Sewerage, Immofinanz AG, Malmo stad, Marz Systems, Mebrom, Nuvias Group, Pernod Ricard Asia, Telesoft, and Total are the latest to choose Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation and deliver best-in-class customer experiences.  

Oracle Cloud Platform provides organizations with everything they need to build, deploy, and extend applications and run business-critical workloads in the cloud.  Oracle’s PaaS helps enterprise IT and independent software vendor (ISV) developers rapidly build and deploy rich applications - or extend Oracle Cloud SaaS apps - using an enterprise-grade cloud platform based on the industry's #1 database and application server.  Oracle’s IaaS delivers a comprehensive set of integrated, subscription-based infrastructure services that enable businesses to run any workload in an enterprise-grade cloud managed, hosted, and supported by Oracle.

“Customer adoption of our Oracle Cloud Platform services is at an all-time high,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Platform. “We are committed to providing our customers with the most comprehensive, open, integrated, and differentiated cloud platform to help fuel innovation and redefine their businesses.”

Powerful Database Platform, Advanced Cloud Infrastructure.
Oracle announced that Oracle Exadata Cloud is now available on Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure. The marriage of Oracle Exadata, the highest performing on-premises and public cloud database platform, with Oracle Cloud’s unique bare metal compute and storage services, delivers a combination of performance and availability for the entire application stack that only Oracle can deliver. These integrated and fully programmable cloud services enhance all stages of application development and deployment through faster connectivity, provisioning, processing, and database access with unmatched technology and industry-leading price performance.

“Oracle’s next-generation cloud infrastructure is optimized for enterprise workloads and now supports Oracle Exadata, the most powerful database platform,” said Kash Iftikhar, vice president of product management, Oracle. “With the power of Oracle Exadata, customers using our infrastructure are able to bring applications to the cloud never previously possible, without the cost of re-architecture, and achieve incredible performance throughout the stack. From front-end application servers to database and storage, we are optimizing our customers’ most critical applications.”

Business Intelligence - Improve Business and Gain Insight. Connecting people to the information they need through the power of cloud technology, Oracle Analytics Cloud is experiencing significant growth with thousands of organizations subscribing to the service globally. In addition to tripling adoption over the last 12 months, nearly 75 percent of customers are new to Oracle Analytics Cloud, ranging from small and medium sized businesses accessing enterprise-class analytics for the first time to large organizations modernizing their analytics platforms. Arlington Orthopedic Associates, Outfront Media, and Skanska AB are among those using Oracle Analytics Cloud to identify new savings, help increase their return on investment, and fuel innovation. “Oracle Analytics Cloud makes it easy for customers to gain new insights and reap the rewards of digital transformation by offering the speed, scale, power, and flexibility organizations need in a single platform,” said Rich Clayton, vice president of analytics product strategy, Oracle.  “Customers clearly understand the value, which is driving strong growth across the board – in our base, with new customers, and in utilization, which is the highest of any Oracle Platform as a Service offering.”

Upgrade of Oracle Retail Release 16. Dubai Duty Free is the first customer to upgrade to Oracle Retail Release 16, Oracle announced today. One of the largest airport retailers in the world, Dubai Duty Free provides customers with first-class service, excellent value, a wide range of quality products and a world-class shopping environment. In less than 8 months, Dubai Duty Free completed its upgrade of Oracle Retail Merchandising System, Price Management, Invoice Match, Sales Audit, Warehouse Management, Store Inventory Management and Retail Insights from Release 12 to Release 16. The upgrade project also included interfaces to e-commerce, the point-of-sale system, warehouse automation and the Oracle E-business suite. The new functionality of Release 16 will increase user productivity through exception-based retailing, persona specific dashboards, operational efficiency, and widespread mobility. Additionally, the new technology allows click and collect with accurate inventory visibility and best-in-class processes with Oracle Commerce and Oracle Retail.

Meet Accelerating Market Changes with Major Innovations to Supply Chain Management Cloud. To help organizations meet rapidly changing business demands, Oracle announced significant expansions to Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud. Part of Oracle Cloud Applications Release 13, the latest release of Oracle SCM Cloud delivers a comprehensive, next-generation supply chain platform that enables organizations to embrace outside-in demand driven processes and capabilities without the complexities and constraints of traditional supply chain architectures. The new release includes a number of innovative solutions including: supplier collaboration, quality management, maintenance, sales and operations planning, demand management, and supply planning, as well as expansions across all existing solutions. “Business leaders recognize the undeniable benefits of digitizing core business functions like the supply chain, yet many still struggle to maintain outdated supply chain systems that are designed for the problems of the past—not the challenges of the future,” said Jon S. Chorley, chief sustainability officer and group vice president of supply chain management product strategy at Oracle. “Oracle SCM Cloud is built from the ground up for the cloud in order to support current and future business challenges. These enhancements go broader and deeper, demonstrating our commitment to supply chain excellence, which includes delivering the visibility, insights and capabilities organizations need to successfully balance supply and demand across increasingly complex global supply chains.” The six new products included in the latest release of Oracle SCM Cloud are: Oracle Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) Cloud; Oracle Demand Management Cloud; Oracle Supply Planning Cloud; Oracle Supply Chain Collaboration Cloud; Oracle Quality Management Cloud; Oracle Maintenance Cloud.

Oracle Banking Payments Offering. Oracle announced the worldwide release of its Oracle Banking Payments solution. The offering was built from the ground up leveraging ISO 20022 and is designed to help banks compartmentalize payments messaging, message transformation and payment processing while providing high fidelity insight. Using the Oracle Banking Payments API, banks can also innovate within the Internet of Payments, collaboration with 3rd parties or curate new business models in collaboration with Fintechs. “As a core banking vendor we have been supporting payments for over two decades. We run payments for over 500 banks across 140 countries. In many instances our applications cater to a significant proportion of a country or a jurisdiction’s volumes, for example we enable over 20% of the inward and 22% of the outward real time settlements in India” said Chet Kamat, senior vice president, Oracle Financial Services. “With Oracle Banking Payments, financial institutions can improve straight through processing, support real-time and immediate payment settlement and reduce time-to-market while driving innovation.” Digitization has brought banks to a payments arena tipping point where customers demand constant availability for real-time, frictionless payments. Grappling with increasing levels of operational complexities, banks have increasingly adopted siloed structures and multiple messaging standards leading to a disharmonized payment landscape. At the same time, new players are challenging incumbents by offering personalized products, exemplary efficiency and security. To remain competitive, financial institutions need to adopt a transformational approach that addresses the changing dynamics of the payments marketplace.

Oracle Banking Liquidity Management and Oracle Banking Corporate Lending.
Oracle announced the launch of two new solutions: Oracle Banking Liquidity Management and Oracle Banking Corporate Lending. These offerings are designed to meet the needs of banks looking to provide real-time, multi-currency, cross border, multi-entity banking services while maintaining high fidelity insight and multi-jurisdictional compliance. “The constraints of geographies, currencies, time-zones, cash and credit have lesser relevance in the world of digital corporates,” said Chet Kamat, senior vice president, Oracle Financial Services “With the shift towards digital it is critical that banks transform to cater to the emerging needs of their corporate customers. It is in this context that we have developed next generation liquidity and corporate credit solutions. We abstracted our experience of working across more than 140 countries, transforming the business of some of the largest corporate banks globally, to bring together functionalities that enable our customers to be leaders in the corporate banking space” With the launch of Oracle Banking Corporate Lending, Oracle now offers banks a full spectrum of assets to enable a performance-driven corporate credit business. The solution supports the entire credit lifecycle from customer onboarding to credit management and loan processing. Banks can now structure profitable financing deals, lower credit risk and embed optimized credit support at every stage of the customer’s business. Oracle Banking Liquidity Management helps banks adopt techniques such as multi-level sweeping and pooling, interest optimization and reallocations, across currencies, geographies and customer entities.

Oracle, Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management. Oracle has been named a leader in Gartner’s 2017 “Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management” report. Oracle believes this placement is another proof point of momentum for Oracle’s hybrid cloud strategy with Oracle WebCenter Sites and growth for Oracle Content and Experience Cloud, part of the Oracle Cloud Platform.
“We believe this placement is further validation of Oracle’s continued momentum in the content as a service space and larger PaaS and SaaS market,” said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, product development, Oracle Cloud Platform. “Without proper tools, organizations cannot manage all types of content in a meaningful way. Not only does our solution put content in the hands of its owners, but it also offers the versatility and comprehensiveness to support a broad range of initiatives.”

Oracle Cloud for ERP and Financials. Bank of America has selected Oracle’s cloud-based ERP and financial applications for both its international general ledger and its broker-dealer systems. Oracle has more than five thousand Fusion Financial cloud applications customers installed worldwide. “Bank of America is among the most sophisticated applications customers in the world,” said Mark Hurd, CEO, Oracle. “Companies in record numbers are migrating legacy ERP applications to Oracle ERP Cloud.  Oracle will deliver Bank of America the most modern, complete, global ERP applications in the world.”

Oracle Global Business Unit cloud solutions. Companies in growing numbers across industries are gaining new efficiencies while modernizing their businesses with Oracle Cloud. Retail, Hospitality, Financial Services, Health Sciences, Construction & Engineering, Utilities, and Communications customers are able to innovate faster, increase productivity, and lower costs with a growing array of Oracle Global Business Unit solutions. “With digital technologies now woven through every facet of society, at the heart of today’s new business environment is an even more informed and empowered customer,” said Bob Weiler, Executive Vice President, Global Business Units at Oracle. “Businesses must quickly evolve and innovate to keep pace with ever changing and growing demands, making the cloud a necessity. No one is better positioned than Oracle to help our customers navigate this new reality.”

Oracle, New Cloud-Based. Oracle introduced Oracle Health Sciences Clinical One Platform, a cloud-based eClinical environment that is intended to redefine the way technology supports clinical research, and its first capability in the new environment, Clinical One Randomization and Supplies Management. The Oracle Cloud delivers hundreds of SaaS applications and enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries while processing 55 billion transactions a day.

New Cloud-based Banking Solution Targets Default Debtors, Improves Customer Experiences - Financial institutions looking to recoup delinquent accounts while maintaining a positive association with their brands have a powerful new tool: Oracle Banking Collections. The cloud-enabled solution provides lenders a more comprehensive look at debtors’ total financial pictures and features so they can more easily repay their loans. “The Federal Reserve reported that as of March 31, 2016, total household debt in North America alone was $12.25 trillion. Oracle Banking Collections provides financial institutions a single system for comprehensive collection activity across all products related to a delinquent account. The collections process is designed for the digital world with efficient workflows, improved decision making and intuitive customer centric capabilities that empower the consumer with self-service remediation,” said Chet Kamat, senior vice president Banking Products for Oracle Financial Services. “Financial Institutions can choose to deploy the solution on the Oracle Cloud or on premise.”

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Oracle Application Management Services - Infosys has been positioned as a 'Leader' in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Oracle Application Management Services, Worldwide. Authored by Frances Karamouzis, Gilbert van der Heiden and Kris Doering, the Magic Quadrant evaluates 17 providers' capabilities to provide Oracle application management services. Ravi Kumar, Executive Vice President and Chief Delivery Officer, Infosys: "Infosys has consistently been recognized as a leader in the Oracle Application Management Services Magic Quadrant. This was achieved through our deep investments in automation platforms and robotics, and our focus on understanding clients' most challenging problems. Moreover, our acquisition of Panaya is helping us automate our service lines. We will continue to work closely with Oracle as our clients seek to transform their technology landscapes, by extending their use of cloud and analytics to bring greater innovation to their organizations."

Business Intelligence and Analytics Software - Business Intelligence and Analytics Software Market is expected to grow from $17.90 Billion in 2015 to $26.78 Billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 8.4%. Business Intelligence and Analytics Software Market by Segment (BI platforms, CPM Suite, Advanced and Predictive Analytics, Content Analytics, Analytics Application), by Services, by Deployment Mode, by Org. Size, by Verticals, by Regions - Global Forecast to 2020. The major vendors in the Business Intelligence and Analytics Software Market are IBM, Oracle, SAP, SAS, Microsoft, Micro Strategy, Qlik Technologies, Information Builders, Tableau Software, and many others. MarketsandMarkets

Oracle India is witnessing unprecedented demand for its cloud solutions. Oracle's Software as a Service (SaaS) business has seen the highest and fastest adoption rate till date, with Platform as a Service (Paas) close behind.

Global ERP Software - the global ERP software market is expected to reach $ 41.69 billion by 2020, registering a CAGR of 7.2% during 2014-2020. Emergence of cloud technology in the market would lead to a paradigm shift in the deployment methods from on-premise to cloud-enabled ERP. Cloud ERP software considerably reduces the investments required in alternative IT resources and offers greater flexibility. Thus, customers are shifting from on-premise to cloud ERP. Feature of accessing ERP from mobile devices would gain a surge in terms of adoption.
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Oracle Exadata Ready, Oracle Big Data Appliance, and Oracle Linux Ready Status - Axxana announced that its Phoenix System for Oracle version 1.2 has achieved Oracle Exadata Ready, Oracle Big Data Appliance Ready and Oracle Linux Ready status through Oracle Partner Network (OPN).

Financial Services Applications - According to new research report "Financial Services Application Market by Software (Audit, Risk & Compliance, BI & Analytics, Business Transaction Processing, Customer Experience, Enterprise IT), by Services, by Deployment, by Users & Region - Global Forecast to 2019", published by MarketsandMarkets, Financial Services Application Market to grow from $66.92 Billion in 2014 to $103.66 Billion by 2019, at a CAGR of 9.1%

Business Analytics - According to a new market research report "Business Analytics Market by Software (Query, Reporting, and Analysis Tools, Content Analytics, Data Warehousing Platform. and Others), by Deployment Type, by End User, by Vertical, and by Geography - Global Forecast to 2019", published by MarketsandMarkets, The overall Business Analytics Market size is expected to grow from $40,814.6 Million in 2014 to $66,719.8 Million in 2019, at an estimated CAGR of 10.3%.

Veteran software executive John Dillon has joined ModuleQ Advisory Board. Dillon has a long and distinguished career as CEO of such leading enterprise software companies as, Engine Yard, and Hyperion Solutions. "John's deep expertise in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Software-as-a-Service is highly relevant to ModuleQ's first product, a personal pipeline management app for sales professionals," said company founder David Brunner.

Oracle Enterprise Financial Planning and Budgeting - Organisations that align operational resources with strategic priorities through integrated planning, budgeting and forecasting can substantially improve productivity and profitability. Yet adopting these best practice planning processes has been a challenge for businesses that rely on spreadsheets or disconnected point solutions. To help organisations harness the power of integrated financial planning and budgeting quickly and cost-effectively, Oracle has released Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service, democratising access to world-class planning and performance management.

Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 - Frimesa Cooperativa Central, a producer and distributor of meat and dairy products in Brazil, has upgraded to the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. The modern, flexible and scalable platform has helped accelerate Frimesa’s financial processes and improve quality control in its manufacturing operations. This has enabled Frimesa to improve decision making and enhance financial, sales, logistics, production, planning and account processes.

Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c - CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has deployed Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to monitor and manage its Oracle infrastructure including applications, middleware, databases and hardware.

With Oracle Enterprise Manager, CERN manages over 3000 targets (amongst which are over 200 Oracle Database targets, over 50 Oracle Real Application Clusters targets and over 200 Oracle WebLogic Server instances), automates lifecycle and configuration management tasks—such as verifying security policies—and provides performance management and tuning of the CERN installation.

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