Finally Oracle


Oracle showed some very good numbers in its latest earnings announcement. As it begins its second year of aggressive cloud promotion, the company overall is showing significant year-over-year improvements, thanks to its turn to cloud infrastructure, applications and platforms. Yet when read right, the numbers announce the end of the beginning of the end as much as they announce the end of the beginning. Oracle is the last major software vendor to adopt the cloud as its primary medium, and there’s no doubt about its direction.

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Oracle's Numbers


Oracle will announce its Q1 revenue and profit numbers after market close on Wednesday. There’s more than a little excitement about what might be revealed, specifically if the company can continue its rise, thanks to its cloud products. The anticipated answer is yes, for a number of reasons, but there’s also potential for a surprise. First the surprise. The company so far has been posting great numbers for its cloud products, including SaaS, PaaS and IaaS, but it has been careful to note that the improvement was coming from net new business.

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Oracle Unveils Exadata Database as a Service


Oracle has announced the availability of its Exadata platform on its next-generation cloud infrastructure, which essentially means the company is providing Exadata as a Service. The Oracle Cloud infrastructure is a comprehensive set of integrated, subscription-based services that let business run any workload in an enterprise-grade cloud managed by Oracle. It enables self-provisioning of multiple bare metal servers in less than five minutes, with each supporting more than 4 million IOPS. It also allows block storage that scales linearly.

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Oracle's Important Little Acquisition


Oracle has announced the acquisition of Apiary, a small company that tucks into its product line and will not make much of a splash in the financial pages or in tech circles. Nonetheless, it’s important strategic news. The value of the deal wasn’t publicized — but the dollars likely would get lost in Oracle’s rounding of profit and revenue figures. The reason the buy is so important lies in what Apiary does. It offers a framework and tools for developing APIs that can be used in the development of cloud-based applications and services.

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Oracle's Cloud Strategy: A Fine Balance


Oracle recently held a call for analysts to discuss its results for the last quarter, and there were multiple bright spots. It was much like a similar call 90 days previous, and together the calls drove home the conclusion that Oracle is turning into a cloud company. A casual observer might not be convinced, since the macro numbers show a company barely growing. Oracle told the story succinctly: Total Revenues were $9.0 billion, flat in U.S. dollars and up 1 percent in constant currency. However, the apparent stasis actually was good news.

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Service in the IoT Era


Oracle recently announced a new connection between its Service and IoT clouds. That makes total sense to me. I bet a lot of folks think of the Internet of Things as those machines that do things directed by algorithms — and if so, they might wonder why they need to be connected to customer service, such an obviously human channel. It’s not off base, however. Customer service for the foreseeable future will be an amalgam of human and automated service modes, each matched to need on a scale that’s sure to slide over time. Right now, the younger you are the more likely you are to use a variety of channels.

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Oracle Snags Palerra to Beef Up Cloud Security


Oracle has agreed to acquire cloud access security broker Palerra, whose LORIC software manages security and compliance for applications, workloads, and sensitive data stored across cloud services, the companies announced Sunday. Palerra “offers a unique combination of visibility into cloud usage, data security, user behavior analytics and security configurations, with automated incident responses,” wrote Peter Barker, Oracle’s SVP of identity management and security products, in a letter to customers and partners.

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Oracle Does the Cloud Dance


Sunday’s Oracle OpenWorld keynotes were good — especially when compared with prior years — but they still suffered from the perennial problem of trying to stuff too much content into a two-hour event. Diane Bryant, SVP at Intel and a big Oracle partner, spent an hour covering a very broad landscape and she did it with verve. There are so many intersection points between the companies that it’s hard to present a coherent story. Perhaps the most interesting information in Bryant’s presentation was that Intel was shipping a new line of chips.

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Oracle's Earnings Call


Oracle is flying high as it goes into its annual Oracle OpenWorld customer conference, based on the news from its earnings call on Thursday. It’s clear that the company has succeeded in pivoting from on-premises to cloud software offerings. The revenue acceleration from cloud products and services suggests that Oracle will derive an increasing share of its future revenues from cloud solutions. The quarter’s $816 million in combined revenue from cloud, SaaS and PaaS was up 82 percent from the prior year, noted Co-CEO Safra Catz.

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Russian Gang Suspected of Hacking Oracle's POS System


Oracle has been investigating a point-of-sale system breach that may be the work of Russian cyberthieves. Hackers compromised at least 700 computers on the MICROS POS system, used by hundreds of thousands of hotels, restaurants and retail outlets worldwide to process credit card transactions, Krebs on Security reported earlier this month. More than 330,000 cash registers worldwide use MICROS, which ranks as one the world’s three largest POS systems. Oracle confirmed that it has alerted its customers about the intrusion.

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Security breach at Oracle could affect hundreds of thousands of businesses

Oracle, a software giant that makes point-of-sale credit card systems, has reportedly seen a massive security breach that could have far-reaching implications for its customers.

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Oracle Hauls In NetSuite


Oracle has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NetSuite — the company its former chief marketing officer, Zach Nelson, cofounded in 1998 — for $9.3 billion. NetSuite offers various software packages as cloud-based services, including ERP, accounting, CRM and sales force automation. What’s surprising about the deal is “why it took so long and why Oracle paid so much,” said Trip Chowdhry, managing director at Global Equities Research. Oracle “should’ve purchased NetSuite five years ago at half the price.”

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Oracle VP Des Cahill: Get in Tune With Your Customer


Oracle Vice President Des Cahill is the company’s head CX evangelist. An expert in B2B software and marketing, Cahill has spent most of his career in Silicon Valley, helping companies develop, refine and tell their stories. One of the main CRM challenges businesses face today is adjusting to the era of the empowered consumer, suggested Cahill. “The empowered consumer is a social amplifier. Now, if I have a problem with a business, I can tweet it out, and businesses are having to deal with this empowered consumer.”

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Oracle loses massive fair use case against Google, Android

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Oracle lost its case against Google and Google’s use of Java in Android yesterday. A jury found that Google’s use of Java APIs in Android was considered fair use, despite Oracle’s claims to the contrary.

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Oracle Plunks Down $532M for Customer Engagement Firm Opower


Oracle on Monday announced that it has agreed to acquire Opower for $532 million in cash. More than 100 global utilities, including PG&E, Exelon and National Grid, use Opower’s customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services, Oracle said. Opower’s big data platform stores and analyzes more than 600 billion meter reads from 60 million end customers of utilities. The transaction is expected to close later this year. “This acquisition brings together two synergistic areas,” analyst Holger Mueller said.

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Oracle Ups Java Damages Demand to $9.3B


Oracle has asked for $9.3 billion in damages in its multiyear lawsuit against Google over the use of Java in Android, according to a report filed last week in federal court. That amount is reportedly about 10 times what it had initially asked for. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for May 9 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. A damages expert hired by Oracle’s lawyers set actual damages at about $500 million and apportioned Google’s profits from the allegedly infringed Java copyrights at about $8.8 billion.

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Oracle to phase out much-maligned Java browser plugin

Article Image Oracle will soon wind down support for the Java browser plugin, reflecting an evolution in Internet standards and ever-mounting concerns about Web security.

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Oracle Banks on CX Cloud Verticals


Oracle last week announced a variety of industry-specific solutions and enhancements to several existing products at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. The company unveiled industry-specific vertical solutions for the financial services, communications, consumer goods, high-tech, industrial manufacturing and automotive fields as part of its Customer Experience Cloud. CX Cloud includes Oracle Commerce Cloud; Oracle Configure, Price and Quote Cloud; Oracle Marketing Cloud; Oracle Sales Cloud; Oracle Service Cloud; and Oracle Social Cloud.

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Everybody Loves Salesforce


Rumors about Salesforce.com being courted by Microsoft, Oracle and, possibly, Amazon.com have been swirling about Wall Street and Silicon Valley for about a week. However, it’s not clear how much substance there is to the speculation. The buzz began with a report last Wednesday, and analysts ran with it. Oracle stirred the pot Thursday when co-CEO Safra Catz demurred in response to a question about her company’s interest but remarked that an acquisition of Salesforce.com would disrupt the software market.

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Oracle Modern Customer Experience


Oracle did some smart things at last week’s Oracle Modern CX Conference and user meeting in Las Vegas. The company has been making strides in organizing its messaging and products around customer experience in the wake of its RightNow Technologies acquisition a few years ago. It’s been taking on the CX mantra whole hog. Today, Oracle CX spreads from customer service to include marketing and sales, with attention paid to B2B and B2C approaches. It’s really a full-featured tactic, and it provides useful differentiation.

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