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Archive for February, 2009

EBS Patching and support

Posted by pridham on February 28, 2009

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On Database Patching and Support: A Primer for E-Business Suite Users

The Oracle Server Technologies division has issued some important updates to their support policies in the following document:

These changes affect support policies for the database, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Fusion Middleware, and Collaboration Suite.  These changes are important enough to warrant an in-depth discussion about the implications of the database-related updates
for E-Business Suite customers.  This article also discusses the E-Business Suite database certification process and the safety of applying interim patches to your Apps environments.  I’ll cover the Apps-specific implications for the other technology
products in a future article.

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Solihull and Litchfield councils to share E-Business Suite

Posted by pridham on February 24, 2009

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The deal will initially run for two years with an option to extend. Solihull said it will enable the two councils to procure services from a joined up supplier base, using Oracle Financial and iProc Solution.
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Oracle UPK v3.5 and Professional v6.1 released

Posted by pridham on February 24, 2009

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Oracle UPK v3.5 and Oracle UPK Professional v6.1 are enhanced with key features, including:
Customizable Document Output – Organizations can differentiate their printed documentation by customizing their outputs to maintain corporate branding standards and meet business needs.
Automatic Context Capture – Previous versions of Oracle UPK captured context information during recording sessions for Oracle and SAP applications only, enabling context-sensitive help to reduce ongoing performance support costs. With the addition of the new SmartMatch feature, context information can now be captured for any Internet Explorer (IE) browser application as well, enabling context-sensitive help for IE-based applications across the enterprise.
Copy and Paste Frames – The ability to copy and paste frames allows users to re-use content across topics, enabling dramatically reduced content creation time.
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Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Web Access Management

Posted by pridham on February 17, 2009

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Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Web Access Management”1 positions Oracle in the Leaders Quadrant.
Gartner Magic Quadrants position vendors within a particular market segment based on their completeness of vision and their ability to execute on that vision.
Oracle Access Manager, a key component in Oracle Access Management Suite, provides hot-pluggable single sign-on software, enables organizations to provide secure access to heterogeneous applications and IT systems. With Oracle Access Manager, end users can log in once and gain secure access to broad range of IT resources.
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Oracle® Business Intelligence Applications Introduce New Capabilities for Public Sector Agencies to Help Optimize Funds Management and Budget Execution

Posted by pridham on February 17, 2009

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Enhancements to Oracle Financial Analytics Deliver Pre-built Integration with the Oracle E-Business Suite, Dashboards and Reports for Rapid Deployment

The release of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.5.1 (Oracle BI Applications) introduces new capabilities that allow public sector agencies with fact-based and timely insight into their operational budgets and funds management, Oracle announced today.
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Oracle Announces New Release of Oracle® Hyperion Strategic Finance

Posted by pridham on February 17, 2009

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Further extending its leadership in enterprise performance management (EPM) and business planning, Oracle today announced availability of Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance Fusion Edition R11, a financial modeling application that lets executives understand the full financial impact of alternative corporate strategies.
The new release features integration with Oracle Crystal Ball, a spreadsheet-based application for predictive modeling, forecasting, Monte Carlo simulation and optimization. The combination of Oracle Hyperion Strategic Finance and Oracle Crystal Ball helps organizations manage risk and uncertainty in capital investment and financing decisions.
The release also features new integration with Oracle Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management. This allows for automated data sourcing from systems like general ledgers, budgeting and consolidations systems. Users will have the ability to drill back to the source system, providing an audit trail and more confidence in the data.
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2e2 Gets Oracle Accelerate approval

Posted by pridham on February 6, 2009

2e2 (formerly Compel) have received accreditation from Oracle to provide the UK Financial Services Accelerate solution.

More info here: 2e2-fs-accelerate-datasheet

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Oracle buys mValent

Posted by pridham on February 5, 2009

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On February 4, 2009, Oracle announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire mValent, a leading provider of application configuration management solutions. With the acquisition of mValent, Oracle is expected to enable customers with the ability to collect, compare and reconcile deep configuration information of complex systems. The mValent solution ensures consistent configuration across IT environments and also provides agile support for ongoing environment and technology changes.

Oracle page here.

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Capgemini tells contractors to bite 15 per cent cut

Posted by pridham on February 1, 2009

clipped from www.theregister.co.uk

Capgemini has told contractors working on its Aspire contract to accept a 15 per cent cut or leave.

Blaming the recession, Capgemini asks contractors to work with their agencies to cut rates. Aspire is CapGemini’s outsourcing deal with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – it cut 600 jobs on the contract back in late 2007.

The email, sent to Aspire contractors, said:

The current economic climate means that the market rates for contract resources has dropped due to the reduced demand for contractors… Capgemini have instructed [your agency] to seek your assistance in achieving their business objective and request a reduction in your daily / hourly rate to that which reflects current market conditions. We would expect this to be up to 15 per cent.

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