Hello and welcome to my Oracle Retail technology blog!

Over the last few years we have witnessed several changes when retail IT has expanded its presence from mainframes to mobiles.

The tools and technologies that we use keep evolving and new ones are mushrooming around us all the time. Interesting technologies have come and gone, but most have found a place and a use that make them indispensable.

Here is a quick look at some of the most exciting developments in the Oracle Retail tech stack in the last few years:

  • Oracle Reports have been superseded by BI Publisher Reports that are capable of reaching audiences in ways Reports could not.
  • OBIEE's emergence as the cool new analytics platform.
  • Weblogic Server is now at the heart of all enterprise applications.
  • WebCenter and ADF have arrived, giving users collaborative and content management capabilities.
  • SOA and ODI allow seamless integration with external systems.
  • Engineered Systems geared for performance are waiting for you to invoke the most complex query you can come up with so they can throw the results back at you instantly.
  • Identity Management's ability to centrally manage users and give them ability to move seamlessly between apps.
  • Enterprise Managers (Grid Control/WLS EM/Cloud Control) now provide unprecedented level of insight into performance at every level.
  • SQL Developer, in spite of being a free tool is a polymath that goes way beyond running queries against the database.
  • Linux's maturity as a serious corporate operating system, it has graduated from the hacker labs and universities!
  • Java's meteoric rise to the top as the programming language of choice in the corporate world.

The only constant in this period of change has been the Oracle database - it is still the stage where most of the action is played out. The database continue to grow into new territories - from the internet (8i, 9i) to the grid (10g, 11g) and now heading for the clouds with 12c.

In this blog I hope to demonstrate how a retailer running Oracle Retail and Oracle infrastructure products can leverage the product features to do anything from saving time on routine activities to building solutions that enable your system to do things you never thought it could do!

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I am Ramnath Nayak, a Senior Principal Consultant with Oracle's Retail Consulting group in EMEA.

As a technical consultant I have worked extensively on Oracle Retail implementation projects for over a decade.

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