Wednesday May 30, 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 Oracle Spatial Award Winners!

I just returned from the 2012 Location Intelligence and Oracle Spatial User conference in Washington, DC, held by Directions Magazine. It was a great conference with presentations from across the country and globe, networking with Oracle Spatial users and meeting new customers and partners.

As part of the yearly event, Oracle recognizes special customers and partners for their contributions to advancing mainstream solutions using geospatial technology. This was the 8th year that Oracle has recognized innovative, industry leaders. 

 The awards were given in three categories: Education/Research, Innovator and Partnership. Here's a little on each of the award winners.

Education and Research Award Winner: Technical University of Berlin

The Institute for Geodesy and Geoinformation Science of the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) was selected for its leading research work in mapping of urban and regional space onto virtual 3D-city and landscape models, and use of Oracle Spatial, including 3D Vector and Georaster type support, as the data management platform.

Innovator Award Winner:  Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality

Istanbul is the 3rd largest metropolitan area in Europe. One of their greatest challenges is organizing efficient public transportation for citizens and visitors. There are 15 types of transportations organized by 8 different agencies. To solve this problem, the Directorate of GIS of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has created a multi-model itinerary system to help citizens in their decision process for using public transport or their private cars. They choose to use Oracle Spatial Network Model as the solution in our system together with Java and SOAP web services. 

Partnership Award Winners: CSoft Group and OSCARS

The Partnership award is given to the ISV or integrator who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in partnering with Oracle on the development side, in taking solutions to market. 

CSoft Group- the largest Russion integrator and consultancy provider in CAD and GIS. CSoft was selected by the Oracle Spatial product development organization for the key role in delivering geospatial solutions based on Oracle Database and Fusion Middleware to the Russian market.

OSCARS - Provides consulting/training in France, Belgium and Luxembourg. With only 3 full time staff, they have achieved significant success with leading edge customer implementations leveraging the latest Oracle Spatial/MapViewer technologies, and delivering training throughout Europe.

 Finally, we also awarded two Special Recognition awards for two partners that helped contribute to the Oracle Partner Network Spatial Specialization.

These two partners provided insight and technical expertise from a partner perspective to help launch the new certification program for Oracle Spatial Technologies.

Award Winners: ThinkHuddle and OSCARS 

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Friday May 25, 2012

5/31 Webcast: Geospatial Analytics in the Cloud: Case Studies from Oracle and TARGUSinfo

Learn Cloud-Based Spatial Best Practices

Attend this live Webcast Thursday, May 31, 2012 11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET to learn best practices and techniques to build robust, scalable, and secure cloud based spatial systems.

TARGUSinfo ElementOne is comprehensive cloud-based GIS analytics platform that provides rich data and cutting edge analytics. ElementOne is built on top of Oracle technologies – including Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Advanced Security, Partitioning and Spatial 11g, Oracle WebLogic 11g, and Oracle MapViewer 11g, and more -- to provide a feature-rich, secure, and highly scalable application to end-users looking to gather market insight, score prospects /customers, and perform location analysis.

Attend this Webcast and you’ll:

  • Learn best practices from ElementOne platform customers such as Dell, Michelin, Cricket, and Discount Tire
  • See a live demo of ElementOne in action
  • Hear techniques for using GeoRaster image overlays, network data model, topology to create and manage a variety of different types of trade areas and markets

Register for this live Webcast now.

Wednesday May 23, 2012

Maximize Availability and Performance – Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services eBook

Seamless data availability, optimal application performance, and reduced IT risk are critical to business success.

Learn how Oracle Advanced Customer Support (ACS) Services delivers tailored, mission critical support services to help you maximize availability and performance across the Oracle stack – from applications to systems.

Download this complimentary eBook, “Advanced Support: Maximize Availability and Performance.”

acs ebook

Learn More about Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services

Contact the Advanced Support team today.

Friday May 18, 2012

Maximize Availability with Oracle Flashback Database Feature

The calmest IT guy in the world understands what it takes to recover quickly from human errors. Learn more about Oracle Flashback recovery features and Oracle Database 11g maximum availability solutions. 

Watch the third video in this series and please remember to remain calm!

Maximize Availability with Oracle Active Data Guard

The calmest IT guy in the world understands what it takes to keep business data protected from downtime and eliminate idle redundancy of standby servers. Learn more about Oracle Active Data Guard and Oracle Database 11g maximum availability.

 Watch the second video in this series and please remember to remain calm!

Maximize Availability with Oracle Database 11g and Real Application Clusters

The calmest IT guy in the world understands what it takes to keep business systems available. Learn how to increase server availability with Oracle Real Application Clusters and Oracle Database 11g  maximum availability solutions.

Watch the first video in this series and please remember to remain calm!

Thursday May 17, 2012

Big Data Episode 1: Overview for the Boss

The boss needs to present a big data strategy to the CEO. But what's it all about? And above all, what's the value to the business? In this video two team members give him an overview and will then get to work filling in the details.

May 23 Live Webcast: Oracle Database Appliance Best Practices

Simplify Database Management with Oracle Database Appliance Deployment Scenarios

Business users increasingly demand 24x7 availability of their data while IT departments face the challenge of ensuring maximum availability while operating with limited budgets.

By deploying Oracle Database Appliance, organizations can benefit from a reliable system that significantly reduces the time spent on routine system administration and maintenance, lowering operational costs, and allowing IT personnel to focus on higher value activities.

Using proven deployment best practices, midsize customers and enterprise departments alike can quickly integrate Oracle Database Appliance into their backup, test, development, and production environments. And since Oracle Database Appliance is based on Intel® Xeon® processors, organizations can ensure a high level of performance and scalability.

Join Oracle Database Appliance experts Tammy Bednar, David Swanger, and Intel expert Fabrizio Giamello for this live Webcast and learn how to:

  • Achieve a high quality of service at the lowest cost
  • Reduce up-front investment in hardware and software
  • Implement best practices across a multitude of deployment scenarios

Register today and get answers to your questions live from the experts.

Wednesday May 16, 2012

Have you registered for Kscope12?

Join the Oracle Database Insider team at this year's ODTUG Kscope12 conference in San Antonio, Texas. June 24-28. Use discount code DBI (Database Insider) for $100 off!

ODTUG (Oracle Developer Tools User Group) holds their premier event for the Oracle Technical community annually at the Kscope event. ODTUG Kscope12 is the place to be for the Oracle technical community in 2012. If you are a developer, architect, technical lead, or database administrator who works with Application Express, Business Intelligence, Oracle EPM; including Hyperion products, Essbase, Planning; Database Development or Fusion Middleware, Kscope12 is where you should be. It's hard to find a conference that's big enough to attract world renowned speakers and small enough to get the chance to share knowledge. Kscope12 is that conference.

Oracle at Kscope12

Oracle development experts and Oracle ACE Directors are featured speakers during the conference. In all, Oracle will participate in 54 sessions plus symposium sessions, and hands on lab sessions.

Exhibitor Showcase:
Oracle will have a 10x20 booth in the exhibit center, encourage your customers/partners to stop by and learn about Oracle in BI, database development, and many other tools. Meet and greet with experts and learn the latest news about Oracle technology and trends!

Networking Activities:
Something for everyone! Check out – and look for a host of networking and learning activities.And, you won't want to miss the special event planned for Wednesday, June 27 as Kscope12 participants leave the high tech world and go to Knibbe Ranch (pronounced ka-NIB-bee), an honest-to-goodness working ranch and the site of Kscope12's special event on Wednesday night.

Community Service Day:
Calling all volunteers!This year's Community Service Day will be dedicated to give back by painting and landscaping a clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio. Please plan to arrive in time to leave at 8:00am on Saturday morning, June 23.Pay it forward by delivering something back to the community and have a great day with people from around the world!

Listen to the Podcast to learn more!

Get Ready for ODTUG's June 24-28 Kscope12!
ODTUG VP, Monty Latiolais gives an overview of what to expect at this year's Oracle Development Tools User Group Conference Kscope12 in San Antonio this June 24-28th.

Tuesday May 15, 2012

Visit the Oracle Database 11g Resource Center!

24/7 Availability – Now Made Simple, Reliable, and Affordable

Ensuring 24/7 availability while operating on limited resources is a challenge for midsize businesses and enterprise departments. Without the right technology, skills and resources, protecting databases from downtime can be risky and error-prone.

If you’re searching for a simple, reliable, and affordable approach to ensure 24/7 availability, learn more by visiting the Oracle Database 11g Resource Center featuring:

  • “Oracle Database Assessment for Midsize Businesses and Enterprise Departments.” Take this assessment to see how your organization stacks up in terms of availability.
  • “Time Savings and Ease of Deployment Comparison Study.” See how Oracle Database Appliance can save organizations time and effort compared to Microsoft SQL Server.
  • Tutorials, white papers, demos, and customer case studies. Make an informed decision and see how customers are ensuring availability.

Visit the Oracle Database 11g Resource Center now.

Thursday May 10, 2012

Learn about the Business Value of Proactive Support Services from IDC

Check out IDC's new Whitepaper, Case Studies and Video, as well as Oracle's proactive support  capabilities for your Oracle Database.

Learn from IDC how to:

o Optimize your existing IT infrastructure

o Manage ongoing operations

o Resolve issue quickly and effectively

Are You Ready To Get Proactive in Supporting your Oracle Database?

Join thousands of Oracle customers who are already taking full advantage of proactive capabilities for their Oracle Databases. Discover processes, tools, and value through product specific pages in My Oracle Support.   Bookmark Oracle's proactive support capabilities page in My Oracle Support.  Let us help you solve problems quicker; streamline and simplify your daily operations; reduce risks and maximize up-time while lowering your organizations costs.

Act now to get started!

Thursday May 03, 2012

Upcoming May IOUG events! Look for one near your city

Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG) Regional Events:

May 8, 2012 – Portland, Oregon

OSWOUG (Oregon and Southern Washington Oracle Users Group)

Database Management and Performance ,  Oracle Unified Method,  Value Chain Planning incl.  Demantra, APCC, and ASCP.  Application Integration and data flow.

May 14-15, 2012 – Cleveland, Ohio

A Two Day Oracle Training Seminar – Cleveland State University

Featuring Cary Milsap, Richard Niemiec and more.

May 16, 2012 – Denver, CO

Big Data and Extreme Analytics Summit

Register online for this FREE event, or call 1.800.820.5592 ext.10566. Don’t miss this chance to meet with Oracle experts and network with peers. Click here to view session details.

May 17, 2012 – Williamsburg, VA

Oracle Conference on the James – Great Wolf Lodge

The Virginia Oracle Users Group (VOUG) and the Hampton Roads Oracle Users Group (HROUG) are
co-hosting a one-day technology-filled event, specifically targeting technical Oracle users in the tidewater, Richmond, and DC areas of Virginia.

May 23, 2012 – Blue Ash, Ohio

Greater Cincinnati Oracle User Group Meeting

“Managing Oracle Database with Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c” – Kevin Patterson, Oracle Corp

May 24, 2012 ��� Irving, TX

Dallas Oracle Users Group

Oracle Database Forum

May 31, 2012 – Pleasanton, California

The NoCoug Spring Conference - Carr America

Join Oracle Experts, partners and more on Big Data, Exadata, Database 11g topics and more.

IOUG Enterprise Data at Risk Seminar Series
April 24–May 17

5/8/2012 - Denver CO

5/9/2012 - Portland, OR

5/10/2012 - Salt Lake City, UT

5/15/2012 - San Francisco, CA

5/17/2012 - Santa Ana, CA

Wednesday May 02, 2012

3 Weeks until the Location Intelligence Conference and Oracle Spatial User Conference 2012!

May 22–23, 2012
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, DC

This year’s Oracle Spatial User Conference will be held in collaboration with Directions Magazine’s Location Intelligence Conference. On May 22, explore the latest trends in IT and geospatial solutions with industry leaders at Location Intelligence. Then, on May 23, dive deeper into technologies and solutions at the Oracle Spatial User Conference 2012. Attendees may attend either or both events.

Whether you’re an executive or a technical project leader, the event will help you:

  • Achieve extreme performance with Oracle Spatial 11g and the Oracle Exadata Database Machine
  • Deploy the latest Oracle Spatial and Oracle Fusion Middleware MapViewer features
  • Understand how leading government and commercial organizations are deploying location-enabled cloud, big data, smart grid, and business intelligence solutions
  • Differentiate your company as an Oracle Spatial specialized solutions provider

Attend keynotes and panels with Oracle executives, including

Peter Doolan, VP and CTO, Public Sector;James Steiner, VP, Server Technologies; Pat Sack, VP and CTO, National Security Group; and Xavier Lopez, Director, Server Technologies.

Register now for both events. For more information, visit the Website.

Join us! Virtual Developer Day: Database. May 15th, Live from your Computer!

Take part in Hands-on Oracle Database 11g Application Development

Learn the key tools, frameworks, techniques, and best practices for building database-backed applications through presentations and hands-on labs demonstrating innovative and performance-enhancing methods. Oracle database application development experts will answer your questions via real-time moderated chat. Tracks are as follows: Database, APEX, .NET and Big Data.

9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. PT
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CT
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. BRT

Register today!



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