Oracle was once best known for its relational database platform, but now the company has a massive presence in all facets of IT: database, applications, middleware, hardware. The list could go on. As such, there is no single type of Oracle professional. There are sysadmins managing Sun servers, database administrators handling Oracle databases and application directors managing E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards, Hyperion and other enterprise software.
The top five stories on SearchOracle in 2013 reflect that reality. While a database-specific story did make the cut, three others focus on various Oracle applications. The fifth, meanwhile, shows the popularity of Oracle's annual big show in San Francisco as well as the quality of the content we created for it.
Oracle 12c Database now available. It's no surprise that Oracle's first major database release in years would draw a lot of interest. As the story explains, the new version's most touted feature is a kind of database virtualization scheme that Oracle labels a Multitenant container database, which in beta mode was called a pluggable database. Multitenant capabilities allow a DBA to set up a container database with multiple pluggable databases inside. Among other features, this new Multitenant structure allows a DBA to patch and upgrade a container database without having to do anything to the underlying pluggable databases. For a comprehensive look at the new database, check out our comprehensive Database 12c guide as well.
Oracle Hyperion 188.8.131.52 to be available. This enterprise performance-management and business-intelligence application drew a lot of interest from SearchOracle readers when Oracle announced a new step-release in April. Juan Porter, the president of TopDown Consulting, wrote a column for SearchOracle on the new features, including improvements to Hyperion's planning, financial and data management modules.
Oracle Fusion Applications implementation: Slower than expected? In February, Forrester released a report that set off a firestorm of sorts. It's not often that you see a major analyst firm and a big vendor get into a war of words, but that's what happened. The short version: Forrester said Fusion Applications adoption was slow in part because Oracle's Applications Unlimited program has been so successful. The latter is an attempt by the company to improve the existing applications. Oracle didn't take too kindly to that assessment. Our story explores that back-and-forth, as well as examining normal ERP upgrade timelines and Oracle's strategy of coexistence. Do you think you already know all there is to know about Fusion Apps? OK, then take our Fusion Apps quiz to test your wits.
OpenWorld and JavaOne 2013 conference coverage. Each year, Oracle's conference takes over the city of San Francisco, with blocked-off streets around the Moscone Center and tens of thousands of attendees. It was no different in 2013, and editors from SearchOracle, SearchCloudApplications, TheServerSide and various other TechTarget sites were there to cover all the news, features and spectacle you could handle. During the five-day conference, we produced and created more than 40 pieces of unique content. In-memory database and Database as a Service offerings were among the highlights.
Oracle Siebel vs. Salesforce faceoff: Siebel is more versatile. Anything that pits Oracle CEO Larry Ellison against Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is sure to draw attention, and this faceoff was no different. In the two-part series, we had experts argue their cases: one for Siebel and one for Salesforce. The argument for Siebel stressed its expansiveness and security features, while the argument for Salesforce focused on its multitenant architecture and its early foray into cloud computing. Not coincidentally, the argument for Salesforce in this faceoff was one of the top stories for SearchCRM, the site on which it was published.
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