Thursday Apr 11, 2013

Thomson Reuters Oracle Customer Showcase, April 15-16, Eagan, MN

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a day hearing about how Thomson Reuters uses Oracle technology to transform their business.


The Thomson Reuters Oracle Customer Showcase is an interactive event that will be held April 15-16 at Thomson Reuter’s office in Eagan, Minnesota. The showcase features a variety of presentations from Thomson Reuters, Oracle Executives and line of business experts, including how Oracle Coherence and Oracle Database powered Thomson Reuter’s WestLaw project (described in more detail below). There will be tours of the Thomson Reuters data center, a hands-on solution pavilion, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. And to top it all off, attendees will be treated to a Minnesota Twins Baseball game.

Thomson Reuters Westlaw Improves Scalability and Performance with Oracle Coherence

Thomson Reuters Westlaw is one of the primary online legal research services for lawyer and legal professionals, providing proprietary data services and information from more than 30,000 databases of case law, statutes, synopses, treatises, best practices, news articles and public records.

A million times a day, Thomson Reuters Westlaw provides lawyers with the answers they need about historical law and the latest cases from a day, week or month ago so they can address their clients’ legal issues quickly and accurately.

With the nature of search changing almost daily, Thomson Reuters Westlaw decided to optimize their infrastructure around Web 2.0 to deliver cutting edge performance and capabilities. Their first challenge was to create an advanced search algorithm that would identify relevant documents using term matching, legal concepts, document characteristics and search patterns, so lawyers could do research faster with confidence they were not missing anything.

Next, the team created a sleeker interface and other features to improve workflow and help customer keep better track of the information they found.

Then, they had to find enabling software and hardware that would scale quickly, be available 24/7 and that was flexible enough to evolve and scale to meet constantly changing client needs. After meeting with many vendors and evaluating their offerings, Thomson Reuters Westlaw selected Oracle technology.

Oracle Coherence and Oracle Streams addressed Westlaw’s data consistency needs enabling them to maintain high availability despite being more computationally demanding than previous versions of the application. This was made possible because Oracle Coherence and Oracle Streams share the cache across all nodes so, if a particular node fails, another node picks up where the other left off. Oracle Coherence and Oracle Streams also provide data consistency across functions i.e. a lawyer wants to search terms highlighted on both onscreen and printed results.

Oracle Coherence also addressed Westlaw’s need to scale to an unprecedented degree immediately. Coherence provided the ideal solution for scalable data management. Scaling both capacity and throughput was easily achieved by adding more nodes to the Coherence cluster.

Find out more about how the improved performance, scalability and availability Oracle Coherence provides helps Thomson Reuters Westlaw better serve their clients and create unique competitive advantage.

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Register for: Thomson Reuters Oracle Customer Showcase

Read the article: Next Discovery: Thomson Reuters, Legal, sets new precedent for search performance

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Thursday Jan 31, 2013

2013: The Year of The Data Grid and Beyond

The SDTimes just published an article entitled "In-memory data grids see 2013 as a big year" predicting that the in-memory data grid market will hit the $1 billion mark by 2016. While the article includes a number of perspectives on reasons for such growth and the future direction of the market, this singular point hits home for me and puts the past twelve years in perspective.

As employee #1 at Tangosol, I have seen the Coherence product come into being, watched it define a new market, innovate and lead that new market. This market continues to mature, customers continue to find new ways to apply the technology, influence and define new markets such as NoSQL and BigData and the ecosystem around Coherence continues to grow at a rapid pace. I personally look forward to 2013 and beyond as Coherence continues to lead the market growth towards the $1 billion mark.

I would be remiss if I did not point out one final quote in this article:

"[Oracle Coherence is the] in-memory data grid cited as the most popular by [Massimo] Pezzini [vice president and fellow at Gartner Research]"

Monday Jan 28, 2013

Pegasus Solutions increases customer response time by 20-30x with Oracle Coherence

In this video Chris Neal, Systems Architect at Pegasus Solutions, Pegasus Solutions uses Oracle Coherence to increase availability and response time and reduce the cost of processing transactions. Chris also discusses the background on the need for an in-memory data grid solution, the process behind selecting Oracle Coherence and their various use cases including the use of Elastic Data.

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