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Investment in the Nordic data centre market has hit $3 billion (£2.2bn) over the past 18 months, while the combined power for third party facilities and hyperscales is approaching 800MW for the region.

That is the key finding from a new report by BroadGroup, whose third Data Centers Nordic report has found that the region, noted by data centre and server operators due to its naturally cooler climes, is set fair for more investment by US and Asia-based vendors.

Third party m2 space will increase by more than 26% by the end of next year, with BroadGroup saying the landscape will be ‘significantly changed’ by a variety of factors during that time, from M&A activity, to new investors, and promotional initiatives by Nordic countries.

The report covers eight countries in total. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are fairly obvious, but BroadGroup also assesses Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with the three Baltic states owning 260 third party data centre facilities between them.

Plenty of reports have hit the news in recent months around investments from providers in the Nordics. Last month, a development from Kolos hit the news as being the world’s biggest data centre, build in the Arctic Circle in the Norwegian town of Ballangen. IBM is just one example of a company which has expanded to this region, building a cloud data centre in Oslo this time last year, while in Sweden a battle to give data centre providers reduced electricity rates was won late last year after new legislation was confirmed.

“Given the outlook for available renewable energy attached to greenfield and brownfield sites across the region, with more than 5500MW, the outlook for the end of 2018 and beyond is extremely positive,” said Philip Low, chairman of BroadGroup.

“As the Nordic markets are now much more integrated with Europe, existing colocation and content distribution hub opportunities, the emergence of edge [computing], fixed price contracts for renewable energy and further investment in connectivity present attractive opportunities for enterprises deploying IT assets globally.”

You can find out more about the report (subscribers) here.

Microsoft has announced the launch of ‘confidential computing’ in Azure, claiming to be the first public cloud provider to offer encryption of data while in use.

The project, for which a variety of Microsoft teams have been working for four years, is similar in scope to the Coco Framework, Redmond’s confidential computing blockchain initiative.

“Despite advanced cybersecurity controls and mitigations, some customers are reluctant to move their most sensitive data to the cloud for fear of attacks against their data when it is in-use,” Mark Russinovich, Microsoft Azure CTO wrote in a company blog post. “With confidential computing, they can move the data to Azure knowing that it is safe not only at rest, but also in use from [various] threats.”

The threats Russinovich outlined included classic scenarios; malicious insiders with administrative privileges, as well as hackers and malware exploiting bugs in operating systems. The platform Microsoft is building enables developers to take advantage of different trusted execution environments (TEE) – which ensure there is no way to view data from the outside – without having to change their code.

“We see broad application of Azure confidential computing across many industries including finance, healthcare, AI and beyond,” Russinovich wrote. “In finance, for example, personal portfolio data and wealth management strategies would no longer be visible outside of a TEE. Healthcare organisations can collaborate by sharing their private patient data, like genomic sequences, to gain deeper insights from machine learning across multiple data sets without risk of data being leaked to other organisations.

“In oil and gas, and IoT scenarios, sensitive seismic data that represents the core intellectual property of a corporation can be moved to the cloud for processing, but with the protections of encrypted-in-use technology,” Russinovich added.

You can find out more here.

Updated Sep 15 Oracle has announced it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) at the platinum level, boosting its push for Kubernetes with new open source product releases, while reporting cloud revenues of $1.47 billion in its latest financial results.

The foundation, whose role is to help sustain containers and microservices architectures, said Oracle’s ‘key role will help define the future of enterprise cloud.’

“CNCF technologies such as Kubernetes, Prometheus, gRPC and OpenTracing are critical parts of both our own and our customers’ development toolchains,” said Mark Cavage, vice president of software development at Oracle. “Together with the CNCF, Oracle is cultivating an open container ecosystem built for cloud interoperability, enterprise workloads and performance.”

Oracle becomes the third such vendor to sign up to the CNCF in a matter of weeks, after Amazon Web Services (AWS) confirmed its participation earlier this month and Microsoft did so in July. The cast list of the CNCF now reads like a who’s who of cloud computing, with Oracle the last holdout among the first and second tier players.

Alongside this, Oracle is releasing Kubernetes on Oracle Linux, as well as open sourcing a Kubernetes installer for its cloud infrastructure. “Developers gain unparalleled simplicity for running their cloud native workloads on Oracle,” as the company put it.

This is one of various initiatives Oracle has recently been putting into place regarding open source. The company announced in June it was making investments into Kubernetes, with a blog post from the developer team saying at the time: “Oracle is investing in Kubernetes first and foremost as a way to deploy and operate our new cloud services. We think our understanding of operating Kubernetes will translate into value for the community as we turn our real-world experience into action.” In the same month, Oracle also announced three new open source container utilities.

Finances

The company’s most recent financial results, in June, saw total cloud revenues hit $1.36 billion (£1.06bn), or 13% of overall revenue, with Larry Ellison predicting its platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) businesses will outperform the software arm in due course.

With Q118 earnings announced on Thursday, Wallace Witkowski, writing for MarketWatch, said the previous day the company is “expected to mark a major milestone in its transition from traditional software sales to the cloud.”

As it transpired, the predictions were bang on. For the first time, total cloud revenues surpassed new software licenses. The ‘nearly $1.5bn’ Witkowski cited came in at $1.47bn for cloud revenues - up 51% from this time last year - while new software licenses were at $966m, again in line with Witkowski’s analysis of on-premises software ‘expected to fall lower than $1bn.’

To put these figures in perspective, the previous quarter saw new software licenses at $2.63bn, a decrease of 63% this time around. Yet cloud revenues for Q118 stand at 16% of total revenues.

Safra Catz, co-CEO, said Oracle was “off to a very, very strong start” in financial year 2018, while Mark Hurd, co-CEO, described the quarter to analysts as “strong…across virtually every metric that we track”, as well as noting the full year 2018 cloud booking growth should be “quite strong.” Ellison, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha, discussed what was to come for Oracle in the shape of a ‘fully autonomous’ next generation database.

“On October 1 at Oracle OpenWorld, we’ll announce the next generation of the Oracle database,” he said. “When we deliver it by the end of this calendar year Oracle will become the world’s first fully autonomous database. Based on machine learning, this new version of Oracle is [a] totally automated self-driving system that does not require a human being either to manage the database or tune the database.

“Using artificial intelligence to eliminate most sources of human error enables Oracle to deliver unprecedented reliability in the cloud,” Ellison added, citing a four nines SLA the company was working towards for the database. “To achieve that level of reliability, Oracle has to automatically tune, patch, and upgrade itself, while the system is running.”

Thus followed a swipe at Amazon – “AWS can’t do any of this stuff”, said Ellison – with the Oracle CTO adding that customers moving from Redshift, Amazon’s data warehouse solution, to Oracle can expect their costs to reduce by “half or more.”

Anyone who thought Salesforce, Oracle’s long-term target, would get off scot-free with the focus on AWS would be proved wrong. The press release attributed a quote to Hurd whose very first sentence boasted Oracle’s cloud applications business “continues to grow more than twice as fast as Salesforce.com”, while Ellison got stuck in after an analyst question around momentum in their cloud portfolio. “We sell double what Salesforce sells in absolute dollars,” said Ellison. “We did it last year and we will do more than that this year, and we are growing – and we are catching them very, very fast.”

You can read the full financial statement here (pdf).

If you want to get ahead – and get better paid – in the cloud game, then chuck in the sysadmin role and become a DevOps engineer instead.

That’s the primary finding from Puppet’s 2017 DevOps Salary Report, which finds that 66% of DevOps engineers and 69% of software engineers in the US take home pay packets of more than $100,000 per year – up 2% and 3% respectively from the year before – while sysadmins on six figures were only at 31%.

Naturally, this disparity lent itself among the 3,200 technology professionals polled to job titles themselves. DevOps engineer was the most popular overall with software engineer in second place, with the roles reversed for the US. System administrator was the fifth most cited occupation, behind system developer or engineer and architect.

Not surprisingly, more experienced respondents were more likely to be earning the bigger bucks, with more than half (56%) in the industry for between 15 and 20 years making more than $100k, a figure that rises to 63% for 20 years’ experience or more.

When it came to the number of servers employees were responsible for, there was a general trend of bigger is better. Only 27% of those managing fewer than 100 servers earned six figure salaries, compared with 52% for those managing 100,000 or more. Only 6% of respondents identified themselves as female with a ‘small number’ identifying as non-binary – a rise, albeit small, on the previous year’s survey.

“As more enterprises fundamentally change the way they deliver IT services and software to users around the globe in support of digital transformation efforts, they are also challenged with finding the right talent to help increase deployment speed and innovation,” said Alanna Brown, Puppet director of product marketing. “To address these issues, they are adopting new processes, technologies and cultural norms to keep pace with the rapid rate of change.

“This year’s salary report reveals that organisations are investing more heavily in talent and positions that better support DevOps as they rush to transform their businesses and remain competitive,” added Brown.

You can read the full report here (registration required).

According to IDC, only 25% of organizations have repeatable strategies for cloud adoption, with 32% having no cloud strategy at all, describing the need for a best practice based repeatable framework for planning cloud adoption that drives business success.

This Forbes posting from Joe McKindrick also references this research, describing that "only about one in seven organizations with multiple cloud workloads (14%) actually have managed, or optimized cloud strategies. The largest segment, 47%, say their cloud strategies tend to be on the fly — opportunistic, or ad hoc", and that "only a somewhat larger group, 11%, were at the next-best level, “managed,” in which their enterprises are “implementing a consistent, enterprisewide best-practices approach to cloud;” and “orchestrating service delivery across an integrated set of resources.”

Vendors like AWS and VMware offer ready to use best practices that can help plug this gap.

AWS: Enterprise cloud adoption maturity

These challenges correlate with a simple adoption planning model offered by Stephen Orban, head of enterprise strategy at Amazon AWS and previously CIO of Dow Jones.

From his experiences enterprise organisations progress through four main stages of enterprise cloud adoption maturity, consistent with the IDC research:

Organising for the cloud: Building a cloud centre of excellence

In VMware’s whitepaper ‘Organizing for the Cloud’ (30-page PDF) they say the key to this transformation of IT is the implementation of a ‘Cloud Operating Model’. Central to this blueprint is that the IT team should become a cloud service broker, an incremental step up in a maturity model that they describe as a cloud capability model.

They also describe that creation of a ‘Cloud Centre of Excellence’ is the best way to achieve the required changes to the IT organisation itself. This COE should create an online knowledge base of best practices, and defining job roles and responsibilities, such as cloud leader, architect, analyst, administrator and developer and a service catalog manager among others.

Having implemented this matrix of new capabilities the IT team can then seek to identify and achieve the organisational improvements that will be of value to their business, such as:

Faster response to business needs Faster incident resolution Improved infrastructure deployment coordination Improved ability to meet SLAs

Fundamentally what VMware recommend that is the headline message of Enterprise Cloud is that it will achieve an increased focus on higher value initiatives.

IT value transformation

The headline resource from VMware to answer this question is this study commissioned from the IT Process Institute, their white paper: ‘IT Value Transformation Roadmap‘ 3 (24 page PDF).

In this document they offer a blueprint for a Cloud Maturity Model, a ladder of maturing capability that you can compare your organisation to, and use as a framework to plan your own business transformations, where:

“This cloud computing strategy brief presents a virtualisation- and private-cloud-centric model for IT value transformation. It combines key findings from several primary research studies into a three-stage transformation road map.”

In short this is an ideal strategy blueprint for any existing VMware customers. It proposes a three step maturity model that begins with virtualisation and grows into full utilization of cloud computing across three stages of:

IT production – Focus on delivering the basics and proving value for money. Business production – Utilise technology to better optimise business processes. ITaaS – Fully embrace utility IT as a Service, and leverage technology for enabling new service innovation.

This corresponds with an increasing maturity in the use of virtualisation, SaaS and other cloud architecture principles and external services, that begins with where most customers are now, mostly halfway through phase one.

Becoming a transformational leader: Start your journey

It also corresponds with a journey for the CIO as well; from operational manager of a cost centre with poor value for money perceptions, through to a boardroom-level change agent who is directly driving new profit-making initiatives.

Specifically the paper makes the point that this evolution results in the CIO being recognised for delivering strategic IT value:

What is strategic IT value? Strategic IT value is demonstrated when IT plays a key role in a company’s achievement of overall business strategy. In other words, when IT is keenly focused on business outcomes and plays a significant role in optimising and improving core value chain processes. Or, when the IT organisation drives innovation that enables new technology-enabled product and service revenue streams. When IT is effective, results can be measured by improved customer satisfaction and market share gains.

In contrast many CIOs can find themselves in somewhat of an operational corner - responsible for keeping the lights on but perceived as a poor value-for-money cost base for doing so. The IT Process Institute describe how CIOs can break this constraint cycle and shift from a cost focus to delivering strategic value for the business, through this three step progression.

VMware Cloud on AWS

In Taming the Digital Dragon McKinsey describe the hybrid cloud model as the blueprint for digital transformation, and AWS and VMware have released a major innovation to accelerate its adoption.

Announced on 28 Aug 2017 Amazon has launched VMware Cloud on AWS. With this update, VMware’s Software-Designed Data Center (SDDC) can now be used on Amazon’s AWS infrastructure, enabling users to run VMware applications across consistent public, private, or hybrid vSphere-based cloud environments, while also having optimized access to AWS services. This service was designed to support popular use cases, including data centre extension, as well as application development, testing, and migration.

The post AWS / VMware Enterprise Cloud adoption maturity – VMware Cloud on AWS appeared first on CBPN.

With the general cloud hype and the widely declared corporate intent to base future business solutions on cloud technology stacks, businesses may take the view that deploying cloud solutions involves little more than accessing a vendor’s cloud portal and following a few clicks, have your virtual services deployed and ready for operations.

Whilst this approach will give an enterprise a cloud-based virtual environment, what’s delivered is far from being part of a corporate information ecosystem.

Businesses need to view cloud as providing a virtual data centre, in which they store virtualised versions of traditional infrastructure, including computing platforms, storage, operating systems, networks, firewalls, gateways and Internet/private connectivity, all of which needs careful design.

The major benefits which businesses will see are an OPEX-based cost model with vendors actively competing on price, fast times to deploy, and the flexibility to dynamically right-size environments.

One of the often overlooked challenges of deploying solutions into this new environment is around how to monitor and manage what is essentially a fairly dynamic set of services. How to maintain an accurate record of the components which have been deployed when there are specified policies to auto-scale these environments on demand for example?

Responding to an anomalous event or incident from a cloud solution is particularly difficult if your IT service management solution has no record of the virtual devices which have generated it. Also, in an increasingly complex cyber-landscape, how can businesses detect the difference between normal workload scaling throughout the day or in-line with customer demand, and a DDoS attack, in order to respond to each appropriately?

At risk of complicating matters further, most large organisations will likely be deploying solutions to multiple clouds from multiple providers, integrating these with in-house legacy estate. I also expect compute loads to be continually migrated between cloud providers, as each offers increasingly compelling services and price points, so far from offering a simplified IT environment, it’s clear that cloud adoption will drive a new set of service management challenges.

Traditionally, many organisations have relatively static IT estates, and have incrementally procured and integrated the service tooling to monitor and manage these estates, often from multiple vendors, with the on-going cost and risk of this tooling integration lying with the end-user organisations.

Whilst a degree of syntactic integration is typically achieved between tools via this approach, deep semantic integration generally is not. Consequently, it’s becoming clear to a number of public and private sector organisations that their existing service management tooling won’t be able to effectively manage cloud-based solutions without a tightly integrated set of tools based around a single, consistent view of the estate under management.

Evidence of this growing challenge is found in the growing number of cloud management offers in the market, where this complexity can be managed for you at a price, with Gartner for example now publishing assessments of the capabilities being offered. These providers include established IT consultancies, traditional hosting providers transitioning their business to cloud management and a number of new challengers.

Looking across the market however, most large organisations are currently opting to manage their own cloud or hybrid estates and will almost certainly encounter the various challenges which I have described above. So, in order to ensure the cohesiveness of the cloud ecosystem of an enterprise, the following learning points should be built into cloud management strategy:

Ensure that the cloud management solution is based around a single view of the inventory under management, both real and virtual, with all tools sharing that view. Using separate inventory views for different tools will create inconsistencies, degrade the overall functionality offered and present long-term integration challenges. Deploy a robust capability to discover assets deployed in both cloud and legacy environments and their respective dependencies, using this to keep the system inventory current, tracking demand driven, automated cloud deployments for example. Consider deploying tools which offer policy-based automated remediation capabilities in order to drive down cost of service, and provide timely resolution of incidents. To provide consistent deployment patterns across different cloud platforms in-line with internal policy, consider deploying an enterprise class cloud management tool supporting policy-based deployment patterns, alongside an overall governance framework. This is especially relevant where third parties or contract staff are provisioning cloud solutions on your behalf, and their compliance with corporate policy needs to be managed. Look at options to converge cyber and environment monitoring and management, in order that both views of the estate under management can be reconciled to a single solution view, allowing automated remediation capabilities within the service management toolset to deliver policy-based interventions in detected cyber incidents. To avoid piecemeal tooling integrations and related on-going costs, look at solution stacks from a single vendor, or alternatively options where a single vendor will underwrite the on-going integration of third party tools into their stack. Also, use tooling configurations which are as close as possible to the vendors’ defaults, avoiding excessive configurations which will drive up both deployment times and lifetime ownership costs.

In conclusion, whereas cloud offers significant potential to increase business agility, whilst driving down the investment required to achieve this, businesses must not neglect the complexity of managing cloud ecosystems. A key test for any business case for cloud adoption within an enterprise should be whether in includes adequate provision for end-to-end management of the solution, as without this, the probability of the described benefits actually being realised reduces significantly.

Enterprise interest in container technologies continue to grow, but adoption has not gone up with it, according to a report from the Cloud Foundry Foundation.

The Global Perception Study report, which polled more than 540 enterprise developers across different industries, found that only 25% of organisations polled were using containers in 2017, up only 3% from 22% in 2016. There was, however, a greater uptick in companies uating options, at 42% from 31% in 2016.

Perhaps this is somewhat to be expected; as the report notes, “nothing in enterprise moves as quickly as anyone predicts when it comes to the adoption of the latest and greatest technologies.” But the conversation, Cloud Foundry argues, is shifting from ‘why’ containers to ‘how’, which will drive larger scale adoption as organisations move forward.

When it comes to individual solutions, the report assessed several sources of information for the answers and found a conflicted data set. Sysdig found 43% of its users run Kubernetes, compared to 9% for Mesos and 7% for Docker Swarm, while Evans’ cloud development survey last year put Mesos at 44%, Kubernetes at 18% and Docker Swarm at 17%.

“Anecdote might lead us to believe the world already runs on containers, but the reality remains: enterprises continue to lag behind,” the report notes. “Increasingly, though, orchestration tools are not the problem. Companies have more mature options than ever before, with a particular interest in Kubernetes.”

In June, the Cloud Foundry Foundation saw Microsoft join its ranks as a gold member, with the Redmond giant announcing the launch of Azure Container Instances (ACI) a month later having also joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation.

This is a reasonable way of noting the technology’s rise – and it is starting to pervade the enterprise level, as Marco Ceppi, Ubuntu product strategist at Canonical wrote for this publication in August. “We see a lot of small to medium organisations adopting container technology as they develop from scratch, but established enterprises of all sizes, and in all industries, can channel this spirit of disruption to keep up with the more agile and scalable new kids on the block,” Ceppi wrote.

“In the 2016 Container Report we saw the excitement around containers and their potential – yet this excitement was constrained by the complex challenges of deploying, managing and orchestrating containers at scale,” said Abby Kearns, Cloud Foundry executive director in a statement. “In our follow up one year later, we see the same steady growth in interest but actual adoption of containers has still failed to accelerate.

“We believe the gradual or even glacial adoption of containers in production reflects more on the central challenge we pointed to in the Container Report – the challenges of container management are real, and loom larger at scale,” added Kearns.

You can read the full Cloud Foundry report here (registration required).

Delivering an IT service to a business is difficult. It needs to support and enable the success of the business. In my experience, every IT department wants to provide the best service it possibly can. Let’s face it, we all do – if the business is a success everyone wins.

There are a huge number of moving parts to the IT infrastructure of a company, with a great many complex interactions. These typically happen between teams that manage specific sections of this infrastructure. Unfortunately, there is often a disconnect between what the business needs and what the IT delivers. This is a result of the many different issues facing organisations.

Disconnect and miscommunication

Firstly there are communication challenges. There can be a lack of understanding of the business priorities by the IT departments. This is usually the result of a lack of alignment between business strategy and KPIs versus those of the IT department. Conversely there is often a lack of understanding by the business when it comes the problems facing the IT teams and a view that IT ‘should just work’.

The simple fact is that IT problems are often viewed as being difficult to translate into layman’s language but that does not need to be the case. The issues can be translated, perhaps only at a high level, but translated all the same. The detail itself may be complex but does everyone really need to know or understand the nitty gritty?

To use an old much used analogy – do you really need or even want to know the details behind why your car has broken down, or would you just like it to be fixed and know when you’ll be able to get on the road again? Trust is a big component here. Would you take your expensive car to a garage that hasn’t previously delivered on promises or would you try a different one?

It’s the same when it comes to IT. When an incident occurs that impacts the business the IT department often comes under extreme pressure to fix the problem from the business but also from themselves. The first step to fix the problem is to identify the cause. It could be obvious but frequently it can take days or even weeks to find, depending on the complexity and the visibility and the expertise the IT staff have.  The delays in resolution are commonplace for ‘grey’ issues. A grey issue is a malfunction in some unidentified part if the IT estate that is not causing an outage but is causing poor performance and user frustration.

Once the problem is identified the technical experts and management are required to come up with a remediation plan. While the problem must be fixed it needs to be done in such a way that doesn’t impact any other critical systems, and that ensure that no new holes in the system are created. The service needs to be restored as closely as possible to its previous state, the fix being planned and documented. It must also have the engagement of staff at a senior level.

There are always technical challenges in companies that dog the IT department. There is the familiar technical debt, where an ageing or out of date infrastructure is cajoled daily into performing above its capabilities. Staffing levels and lack of key skills can be a problem for all departments and IT is no exception. A lack of monitoring is another issue, and when there is monitoring, is it managed and acted upon?

Then there are the financial challenges around having a fully functioning state-of-the-art IT department that seamlessly aids the front end of the business. Keeping your infrastructure up to date is expensive and needs constant review, thanks to the rate of change in the industry. Also, skilled, qualified staff are in high demand and expensive. Loyalty and competence carries a price tag.

Business often thinks of IT as a ‘sunk’ cost, a bit like facilities management for example. This comes from the idea that the IT department ‘keep the lights on’ in just the same way. But IT is also a vital part of a company’s bottom line. IT is present in every part of a business in ways the organisation itself often does not fully understand. In most organisations today IT is a core business function: in other words, without it the business would fail.

Misalignment between IT and business strategy means the IT department can’t allocate spend and effort to what the business needs. It is a frustrating experience for the IT department when they are brought to task for poor performance but offered no guidance on how they can best help the business succeed.

Pointers for success

For IT to help business succeed there are some key steps that can and should be taken. Firstly mapping business functions to IT components and identifying critical paths for application data and networking. This will clarify what goes where and identify the location of any weaknesses. This will also help should there be a need for remedial action as it allows for swift and economical targeting. It will help with capacity planning and for management information, reporting data based on actual facts rather than hearsay or ‘wetted fingers’.

Using comprehensive tools that monitor infrastructure, applications and capture packets will give the IT teams visibility and control of their systems. It will also give them the ability to pull disparate data from separate monitoring components. With this in place the IT department will be able to predict where problems may arise, spot unusual activity and be able to pinpoint and fix problems the moment they occur rather than using resources on time consuming forensic IT analysis after the fact. With less downtime and quicker response times the business, end users and the IT department all win.

IT and business must communicate, communicate, communicate. This cannot be stressed in enough. A clear and consistent two-way line of communication from board level down is essential. When business strategies, tactics and targets are defined everyone, including IT, should be comfortable that they are achievable, planned out and have a clear timeline.

IT not only keeps the lights on but impacts the bottom line. If IT understands what the business needs and vice versa, there is a far greater chance of the two succeeding together.

This new Quick Start automatically deploys Solace Virtual Message Router (VMR) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 20 minutes, into a configuration of your choice.

AWS Direct Connect has now landed in Houston, TX at CyrusOne West I-III data center supporting the US East (Ohio) AWS Region. Customers in Houston can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

AWS Direct Connect has now landed in Canberra, Australia at NEXTDC C1 Canberra data center supporting the Asia Pacific (Sydney) AWS Region. Customers in Canberra can now establish a dedicated network connection from their premise to AWS.

Amazon Pinpoint now supports two-way text messaging which enables Amazon Pinpoint customers to receive text messages from their users. When a user replies back to a text message, Amazon Pinpoint will pass that text message to the customer who can programmatically respond back to that text message.

Amazon’s AWS GovCloud (US) has achieved a Provisional Authorization (PA) by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) at Impact Level (IL) 5, as defined in the Department of Defense (DoD) Cloud Computing (CC) Security Requirements Guide (SRG) v. 1, Release 3.

AWS Storage Gateway has added Commvault V11 as a supported backup application for use with its virtual tape library (VTL), the Tape Gateway. You can now use Commvault V11 and the Storage Gateway VTL to backup and archive application data to scalable, cost-effective, and secure Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier storage, while preserving established tape management processes.

You can now record configuration changes to the following resource types using AWS Config.

This Quick Start deploys a data lake foundation that integrates Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Redshift, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon Athena, Amazon Elasticsearch Service (Amazon ES), and Amazon QuickSight.  

Use mssql-scripter, an open-source command-line interface, to generate database scripts in Azure Cloud Shell.

Azure ISO Certification expanded to include SQL Database, Active Directory, Traffic Manager, Web Sites, BizTalk Services, Media Services, Mobile Services, Service Bus, Multi-Factor Authentication, and HDInsight.

A new generation of D-Series instances can be used as VMs or Azure Cloud Services. These DV2 instances offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.

This post describes Azure Service Health Notifications (also known as Incident Notifications) within the Azure Management Portal.

The new generation of D-Series instances is available in Japan West. These Dv2 instances offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster than the current D-Series.

Azure AD Connect Health helps you monitor your on-premises identity infrastructure.

The April 2014 Guest OS release (versions 4.7, 3.14, 2.26, and 1.34), which incorporates all the latest MSRC updates, started release on May 2 and completed today May 6.

The new Dv2 instances carry the same CPU, memory, and disk configurations as the current D-Series, but they offer more powerful CPUs and run about 35 percent faster.

Press Release Q1 FY18 GAAP EPS UP 19% TO $0.52 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 12% TO $0.62 Q1 FY18 Cloud Revenues Up 51% to $1.5 Billion and Total Revenues Up 7% to $9.2 Billion

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 14, 2017

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced fiscal 2018 Q1 results. Total Revenues were up 7% from the prior year to $9.2 billion. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were up 9% to $7.4 billion. Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) revenues were up 62% to $1.1 billion. Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) plus Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) revenues were up 28% to $400 million. Total Cloud Revenues were up 51% to $1.5 billion.

GAAP Operating Income was up 7% to $2.8 billion and Operating Margin was 31%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was up 11% to $3.8 billion and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 41%. GAAP Net Income was up 21% to $2.2 billion, while non-GAAP Net Income was up 14% to $2.7 billion. GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 19% to $0.52, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 12% to $0.62.

Short-term deferred revenues were up 9% compared with a year ago to $10.3 billion. Operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was up 8% to $14.8 billion.

“The sustained hyper-growth in our multi-billion dollar cloud business continues to drive Oracle’s overall revenue and earnings higher and higher,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “In Q1, total revenues were up 7%, GAAP EPS was up 19%, and non-GAAP EPS was up 12%. Oracle is off to a very, very strong start in FY18.”

“With SaaS revenue up 62%, our cloud applications business continues to grow more than twice as fast as Salesforce.com,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “ERP is our largest and most important cloud applications business. We now have about 5,000 Fusion ERP customers plus 12,000 NetSuite ERP customers in the Oracle Cloud. That’s 30 times more ERP customers than Workday.”

“In a couple of weeks, we will announce the world’s first fully autonomous database cloud service,” said Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison. “Based on machine learning, the latest version of Oracle is a totally automated “self-driving” system that does not require human beings to manage or tune the database. Using AI to eliminate most sources of human error enables Oracle to offer database SLA’s that guarantee 99.995% reliability while charging much less than AWS.”

The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 11, 2017, with a payment date of October 25, 2017.

Q1 Fiscal 2018 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (816) 287-5563, Passcode: 425392. To access the live webcast, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q1 results and Fiscal 2018 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Passcode: 82330974.

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Press Release Oracle Joins the Cloud Native Computing Foundation Continues Open Source Commitment with Release of Kubernetes on Oracle Linux and Terraform Kubernetes Installer for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

OpenSource Summit North America, Los Angeles—Sep 13, 2017

Oracle announced today that it 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.

As enterprises accelerate how they build and deploy mission-critical applications, development teams are seeking an open, cloud-neutral, container-native technology stack that avoids lock-in. By joining CNCF, Oracle is demonstrating its support for this effort as well as the Kubernetes open-source community, the core component of the CNCF technology stack.

Kubernetes is the industry leading open source container orchestration and management platform rapidly emerging as the standard for containerized applications. Deploying Kubernetes can be complex, especially with regards to storage, security and networking. By open sourcing its fully-supported, automated Kubernetes Terraform template for the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle is helping developers avoid these challenges and easily install, run and manage Kubernetes-based container apps with the extreme performance of bare metal.

Additionally, Oracle is releasing Oracle Linux Container Services for use with Kubernetes, simplifying the configuration and setup of Kubernetes for any environment on Oracle Linux: public cloud, private cloud, and customer on-premises. This solution has been developed as an extension to Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux Container Services for Docker, with a streamlined installation model so developers can easily setup and deploy their orchestration environment in a matter of minutes.

“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 has decades of experience meeting the needs of world-class enterprises,” said Chris Aniszczyk, chief operating officer of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. “We are excited to have Oracle join CNCF as a platinum member, and believe that their key role will help define the future of enterprise cloud.”

Today’s announcement follows a string of recent news underscoring Oracle’s commitment to open source and the container ecosystem, including dedicating engineering resources to the Kubernetes project, open-sourcing several container utilities and making its flagship databases and developer tools to the Docker Store marketplace.

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Press Release Oracle Health Sciences Steve Rosenberg Honored Among PharmaVOICE 100’s Change Agents in Life Sciences Recognized for Opening Doors to Clinical Efficiency

Redwood Shores Calif—Sep 13, 2017

Today 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. Steve will be recognized with this prestigious award during the PharmaVOICE 100 Celebration on Thursday, September 14 in New York City.   Steve was chosen as a PharmaVOICE 100 honoree for his leadership in driving the development of new and innovative technologies that are positively impacting efficiencies in clinical research, which help pharmaceutical companies bring new drugs to market faster. With nearly 40 years in technology, and 22 years in Health Sciences technology, including his pivotal role in accelerating the adoption of Electronic Data Capture (EDC) and defining the Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE), Steve recognized both the potential value and the significant challenges in bringing the data revolution and the cloud to life sciences. From the conservative regulatory environment to the sensitive nature of introducing new treatments to humans, Steve knew it was never going to be an easy road but to Rosenberg, these challenges have made his job worthwhile.   “I have a drive to succeed and grow our business while enabling our customers to innovate on their mission to develop new medicines. The patient is waiting, and it is our job and our joy at Oracle to push innovation in technology to help our customers reach these patients faster,” said Rosenberg.   In 2014, Mr. Rosenberg was asked by the head of Oracle Industries to take on a leadership role within the company’s health sciences business, which provides the infrastructure and technology that powers everything from clinical trials to population healthcare. Since joining Oracle, he has overseen the development of innovative technologies including the launch of the company’s most recent offering, Oracle Health Sciences Clinical One Platform, an eClinical platform that unifies clinical development operations and information and reimagines how technology supports clinical trials for maximum efficiency. The company’s flagship drug safety cloud offering, Oracle Health Sciences Argus continues to lead the market, enabling drug manufacturers to make faster and better safety decisions, optimize their global compliance and manage risk.   “Steve is a true change agent whose insights and commitment to technology innovations is helping to bring more life-saving therapies to market faster. His early understanding of the data revolution and the cloud in Life Sciences has enabled him to get in front of the data management challenges and create leading-edge technology to solve some of today’s most pressing issues in the eClinical space,” said Taren Grom, editor of PharmaVOICE.    This year’s distinguished honorees were nominated by thousands of PharmaVOICE readers and were selected for inclusion based on substantive accounts describing how they have inspired or motivated their colleagues, peers, and even competitors; their positive impact on patients, their organizations, and the industry at large; their innovative and game-changing strategies and thinking; their mentorship and guidance to the next generation of leaders; as well as their willingness to give their time and resources to their communities and philanthropic causes.   “It is truly an honor to be recognized for my contributions to the life sciences industry, but more importantly, for our work in bringing innovative technology to our customers, who give hope to patients who wait in the balance for new therapies that have the potential to save their lives or deliver a better quality of life,” Rosenberg went on to say.   Additional Information For additional information, visit Oracle Health Sciences Clinical One Platform, Oracle Health Sciences Argus Safety and Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench. Engage with us on Twitter About Oracle The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information about Oracle, please visit us at oracle.com.   Trademarks Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.   ###   Contact Info Valerie Beaudett                                                                                 Oracle                                                                                                             +1.650.400.7833                                                                                 valerie.beaudett@oracle.com                                                              About Oracle

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Press Release Oracle Expands IoT Cloud Portfolio, Enabling Customers to Accelerate Intelligence and ROI from Connected Assets Introduces Digital Twin, Digital Thread, and artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Aug 31, 2017

Oracle today 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 decrease 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.”

Today’s expansion follows the recent introduction of new Oracle IoT Cloud Applications for asset monitoring, connected workforce, fleet monitoring, and production monitoring. Also, in the past six months alone, Oracle has more than tripled its IoT application ecosystem of device and systems integration partners. Oracle IoT Cloud is offered both as software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, as well as platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings, enabling a high degree of adaptability for even the most demanding implementations.

“Hitachi Consulting is constantly looking for industry leaders like Oracle to help clients and prospects harness the power of data and IoT to optimize operational and financial performance, outpace their competition and solve significant business problems,” said Garth Carter, vice president North America Sales, Hitachi Consulting. “Our longstanding, strategic relationship with Oracle delivers industrial IoT solutions to digitize the physical world for manufacturing, energy, and transportation. In particular, Hitachi is leveraging Oracle IoT Applications—asset monitoring and production monitoring—that are uniquely engineered to meet specific industry and functional needs. These applications have a depth of OT, IT and IoT functionality that no competitor can match.”

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Digital Twin for Supply Chain Management Digital Twin is a digital representation of a physical asset or equipment that enhances traditional analytics approaches. The object model includes multi-faceted views into current, historical, and predictive data, as well as operational and behavioral dimensions of that asset. This enables remote users to not only monitor the health of that asset to prevent failures before they occur, but also to run simulations of “what-if” scenarios in the context of the business processes. With Digital Twin, organizations have a new operational paradigm to interact with the physical world, allowing lower operational and capital expenditures, minimizing downtime, and optimizing asset performance. Digital Thread for Supply Chain Management Supply Chain practitioners have spent millions of dollars in implementing SCM and ERP systems, but most often, data is manually fed into these systems. Digital Thread is a connected business process framework that leverages IoT and creates a “system of systems” by connecting traditionally siloed elements in real-time throughout the digital supply chain. By providing an end-to-end view of an asset throughout the entire manufacturing lifecycle, Digital Thread seamlessly bridges the entire supply chain process—from product design and order fulfillment, to manufacturing and product life cycle management, to warehousing and transportation, to logistics and procurement. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Built-in AI and machine learning features are now fully integrated across Oracle’s IoT solutions portfolio. These technologies leverage machine data in the context of business data from applications, such as manufacturing, maintenance, service, and logistics. The built-in operational analytics help detect anomalies, predict equipment failures, and recommend the best course of action. They also provide the intelligence needed to evolve capabilities to increase effectiveness and experiences of applications. Industry Solutions Built on IoT Cloud Applications Oracle IoT industry solutions help customers reimagine and innovate business solutions for the connected, intelligent, context-aware, digital enterprise. New solutions introduced today include: Digital Field Service: Showcases intelligent remote monitoring, failure prediction, over-the-air repair, and dynamic technician dispatch. The solution features IoT Asset Monitoring Cloud, CX Service Cloud, CX Engagement Cloud, and CX Field Service Cloud, plus the use of augmented reality (AR) for guided equipment repair. Smart Connected Factory: Demonstrates how incident detection, root cause analysis, and smart resolution are performed within minutes in a connected factory. The solution features IoT Production Monitoring Cloud, SCM Cloud and ERP Cloud, and the use of virtual reality (VR) to navigate the manufacturing floor. It can also be used for remote worker training. Digital Fleet Management: Showcases real-time shipment tracking, risk management, and logistics synchronization. The solution features IoT Fleet Management Cloud and Oracle Logistics Cloud. Additional Information

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Press Release Oracle and Mitsubishi Electric Collaborate to Develop Internet of Things Platform for Smart Manufacturing Using Oracle Cloud, New FA-IT Open Platform Enables Rapid Collection, Analysis, and Utilization of Production Site Data

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Aug 31, 2017

Oracle today 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. Developing such IoT systems from scratch is an enormous task requiring that data be collected and modeled from a wide variety of production equipment, including existing equipment, for analytical purposes.

With FA-IT Open Platform, vendors can create manufacturing applications for operation on the platform, including connecting the platform to industrial networks to collect data from diverse devices and production equipment. The cloud-connected platform can be used to link manufacturing sites with cloud vendors' own cloud-supported manufacturing-optimization services for supply chains, administration of multiple factories worldwide, and other applications.

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.

Supporting Quote: “Mitsubishi Electric develops advanced technologies and products for rapidly emerging factory automation,” said Toshiya Takahashi, corporate executive group senior vice president, factory automation system, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. “Our e-F@ctory concept for integrated automation reduces the total cost of developing, producing and maintaining products. Mitsubishi Electric’s new FA-IT Open Platform is based on edge computing to accelerate IoT utilization for smart manufacturing. By adding Oracle Cloud services to this platform, we believe that it will be possible to visualize factories and build an application development environment. In order to provide the platform to customers early, we will also work with partner companies, including IT companies, to develop applications utilizing the platform."

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Press Release Luxury Fashion Goods Wholesaler Scales its Hong Kong Business with NetSuite OneWorld Lfplaza Grows from a Startup to a $300 Million HKD Business Across Southeast Asia in Just Five Years

Hong Kong—Aug 31, 2017

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today 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 uating 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.

“NetSuite forms the core backbone on which we’ve rapidly grown our business,” said Jack Tsao, Lfplaza CEO. “We’ve been able to scale dramatically without adding too many staff. We’re very glad we started early with NetSuite as it gave us room to grow.”

As a cloud-based system, NetSuite enables Lfplaza to avoid the high capital expenditures of servers and software needed with traditional on-premise business systems. Ease of use, efficient workflows and high visibility into mission-critical data have allowed the 100+-person company to minimise administrative and operational costs and instead focus new hires on revenue-driving sales and marketing activities. Easy access to NetSuite across Lfplaza’s 10 wholesale stores, its head office in Hong Kong and three subsidiaries (Hong Kong, China and Macau) enables the company to ensure staff work from the same set of timely, reliable data.

“The advantages with NetSuite are felt across the business,” Tsao said. “We would be hiring more staff if we didn’t have NetSuite. It’s definitely been a very worthwhile investment.”

Implementation and optimisation by NetSuite Solution Provider Fern Limited, in Hong Kong, has helped Lfplaza make the most of its NetSuite OneWorld solution as usage evolved from inventory to accounting and CRM. Benefits that Lfplaza has realised with NetSuite include:

Real-time inventory management. NetSuite gives Lfplaza real-time visibility into tens of thousands of SKUs, particularly important as new products are constantly added. It also helps Lfplaza account for subtle variations in products, such as shiny vs. matte leather for the same handbag. Business reporting. Lfplaza makes extensive use of NetSuite’s reporting and analytics capabilities to track revenue and product sales by brand, type of goods, gender, regions and other dimensions. Insights derived are vital to Lfplaza’s ability to adapt the business and product lineup as needed. Agility in a fast-paced market. NetSuite has helped Lfplaza achieve business agility, better manage brand and customer partnerships, and optimise inventory and pricing in the fast-paced and rapidly changing luxury fashion market. Multi-currency, multi-subsidiary management. NetSuite OneWorld lets Lfplaza easily transact in currencies including Hong Kong, Australian and U.S. dollars, Chinese renminbi, British pound, Japanese yen, New Taiwan dollar and the Euro, and manage three subsidiaries with efficient financial consolidation. CRM capabilities. NetSuite CRM gives Lfplaza sales staff a unified record of all customer account, interaction and order history information to help drive sales and provide a superior customer experience.

“The fashion inventory moves very fast, with increasing velocity and sophistication every year,” Tsao said. “With NetSuite OneWorld, it’s very easy to adapt, customise processes and stay current, exploring all the business channels and marketing opportunities out there so we can continue to scale.”

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Press Release Oracle Hiring Five-Thousand Cloud Professionals in the United States

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Aug 28, 2017

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.”

This year, Oracle has already hired more than 2,650 cloud sales professionals and 1,500 cloud developers in the United States.

To learn more about careers at Oracle and apply for open positions, please visit https://www.oracle.com/corporate/careers/.

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Press Release PurCotton Teams with Oracle Retail to Support Aggressive Annual Growth Renowned Chinese Retailer Builds a Solid Foundation for Continued Omnichannel Success

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Aug 16, 2017

Today, 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. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Winner Medical Group Inc., PurCotton inherits the parent company’s 20-year technology and manufacturing expertise in medical-grade cotton-based products. PurCotton is devoted to providing safe, comfortable and eco-friendly cotton products to meet consumer needs with a focus on quality life, mother and baby care, feminine care and medical care.

Since its founding in December of 2009, PurCotton has grown quickly managing 114 stores in shopping malls across China. In addition PurCotton also operates an online business to meet the demands of omnichannel consumers. PurCotton sales at TMALL.com and JD.com, two of China’s largest ecommerce platforms, have doubled for four consecutive years. Singles’ Day 2016, China’s largest online shopping festival, is an example of PurCotton’s growth with 1,180,000 on-line orders and sales of over 260 million RMB. PurCotton chose Oracle Retail for solutions that could scale and serve as a foundation for continued omnichannel growth.   

“We plan to open between 30 and 40 stores every year, with a goal of increasing our total revenue 100% annually. Our core customer base has grown to about 6 million,” said Li Jianquan, Managing Director of PurCotton Group. “We needed a strong foundation to run our retail business.  Oracle Retail has the industry experience and retail specific solutions to support our growth strategy.”

“Oracle Retail provides a complete and integrated suite of solutions from planning to execution,” said He Kaifeng, Chief Information Officer, PurCotton Group. “We needed a solution which could support our strategy, which includes our brick-and-mortar stores driving sales through multiple channels. With better visibility, insight and planning, PurCotton can better meet high customer demands.”

With the help of Accenture, PurCotton Group deployed Oracle Retail Merchandising System, Oracle Retail Merchandising Insight, Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning, Oracle Retail Assortment Planning and Oracle Retail Allocation.

“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.”

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Arrow Electronics' partnership with BitTitan serves up a managed services automation platform to help MSPs optimize their cloud deployments.

John Teltsch, the new IBM global channel chief, wants to build relationships with new partners that have relationships that go beyond the traditional C-Suite.

Veeam's recent initiatives are designed to help channel partners increase revenue as their customers move to multi-cloud or hybrid cloud environments.

A new survey finds that the channel's transition to the cloud is an extended journey, and there's still a lot of work to be done across the community.

VARs, resellers, integrators and other channel companies have a choice: Will you become a provider of cloud services, or will you sell them, or both?

A study finds that Microsoft partners are generating revenue across multiple services, especially in cloud infrastructure management and cloud app deployments.

In effect, SAP has set up a hard deck that reserves services opportunities generated by small and midmarket businesses (SMBs) for SAP partners.

Google is building a channel for the Google Compute Platform. It is also signing up premier managed service providers to support the platform.

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