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Oracle Announces New Innovations in Cloud Platform for Digital Business



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Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of Product Development at Oracle on Tuesday at Oracle OpenWorld 2014, outlined new innovations in Oracle Fusion Middleware.

With these enhancements, customers and partners can leverage the world’s leading cloud platform to power innovation and drive a digital business advantage throughout their organizations.

New features run the gambit of the Oracle Fusion Middleware portfolio, including new social, mobile, security, integration, and collaboration technologies.

Kurian highlighted major updates across the entire Oracle Fusion Middleware stack, including new platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and on-premises cloud offerings as well as mobile, security, content management, and data management and integration capabilities.

With these innovations, customers and partners can implement new digital business models and reduce costs by leveraging elastic private and public cloud architectures.

In addition to on-stage demos of the new offerings, Kurian highlighted the momentous customer adoption of Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Kurian was joined on stage by Steve Holland, CTO/CDO of 7-Eleven, who shared his company’s Oracle Fusion Middleware success story.

Cloud: Oracle’s public and private cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service(PaaS) offerings provide a complete, integrated, best-in-class and standards-based platform to lower integration costs, provide self-service capabilities to drive productivity, and deliver seamless workload portability between on-premises and cloud-based applications.

Further enabling customers and partners to leverage the power of the cloud, Oracle announced six new Oracle Cloud services—Oracle Big Data Cloud Service, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Process Cloud Service, Oracle Node Cloud Service, and Oracle Java SE Cloud Service.

These new services join the following Oracle Cloud platform services from the Oracle Fusion Middleware portfolio: Oracle Java Cloud Service, Oracle Messaging Cloud Service, Oracle Developer Cloud Service, Oracle Documents Cloud Service, and Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service.

Oracle mobile platform: Oracle Mobile Application Framework supports rapid mobile application development across multiple devices, and Oracle Mobile Security Suite provides mobile security for BYOD and shared devices, bringing together identity and access management.

To simplify secure mobile application development, Oracle deepened the integration between the two offerings, making it easier for developers to create rich mobile user experiences without compromising security.

The addition of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service also simplifies access to enterprise mobile services in the cloud, and the new Oracle Mobile Application Framework Composer allows users to accelerate and simplify the development of mobile applications by offering a visual and declarative way of delivering mobile applications.

Service integration: With the new Oracle Integration Cloud Service, Oracle Cloud Adapters, and Oracle Cloud Adapter Software Development Kit (SDK), organizations can simplify the integration of on-premises systems with customized and packaged cloud applications.

Customers can also support multichannel delivery of applications and services across mobile, Web, B2B, and cloud applications through new API management capabilities, REST, and JSON adapters.

Oracle provides complete API lifecycle management, including definition, creation, publishing, security, monitoring, and management of APIs and seamlessly integrates with private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions.

Business process management (BPM): The recently released Oracle Business Process Management Suite 12c is a comprehensive BPM platform that delivers business-driven process design and advanced process analytics.

The new Oracle Process Cloud Service supports process innovation and optimization through process monitoring and analytics; process automation capabilities including workflow, events, and rules; and mobile forms and workspace capabilities.

Data integration and business analytics: Recent data integration and business analytics offerings from Oracle provide a unified platform to speed analysis to insights and data movement across relational databases, operational systems, data warehouses, and Hadoop clusters.

Oracle Analytics Cloud is a comprehensive portfolio of analytics offerings built for the cloud, deployed in the cloud, and enabling data analysis for cloud, on-premises, traditional, and big data sources.

A new version of Oracle Enterprise Metadata Management covers the full breadth of metadata management and data governance needs in an organization, including data lifecycle management and harvest, and integrates third-party metadata, data governance, stewardship, and standardization.

Content and collaboration: Additional innovations enable collaboration in the context of business applications and integrate content management, collaboration, and process management into an agile platform for any department.

The new Oracle Documents Cloud Service provides document sharing securely across devices and with others using secure workspaces.

Oracle Social Network Cloud Service provides an enterprise social platform to facilitate collaboration within and across organizations.

Identity management: New identity management capabilities unify access management, identity management, and governance in a unified identity platform across on-premises systems and cloud for desktop, Web, and mobile applications.

The offering also enables interoperability across heterogeneous cloud services with modern security standards and protocols.

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation: Oracle Cloud Application Foundation, including Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Release 1 (12.1.3) and Oracle Coherence 12c Release 1 (12.1.3), aligns with the release of Oracle Java Cloud Service.

This is a significant release of Oracle’s core Java server infrastructure; in addition to major capabilities expanded for modern application development, it brings to fruition a key value proposition that enables Oracle customers to run their standards-based Java workloads in a private cloud or on-premises, on conventional hardware, or optimized for engineered infrastructure with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle SuperCluster systems—all without change in the Oracle Cloud.

No other modern Java application infrastructure can provide this, Oracle said.

“As a very large multi-location retailer that runs 24x7x365, we demanded a better and safer way to connect with our external guests and deliver new innovations to market place faster and easier. With our Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies we are now able to provision new environments in less than a day. This includes the complete Oracle SOA Suite on Oracle Exalogic, with Oracle Enterprise Manager managing the Oracle SOA Suite, Oracle Exalogic, and our Oracle Exadata databases,” said Steve Holland, CTO and CDO, 7-Eleven, Inc.

“With the data explosion, globalization, and the rise of social and mobile technologies, our customers are facing more challenges than ever before,” said Thomas Kurian, executive vice president, product development, Oracle. “Oracle is committed to delivering the technologies needed to help our customers turn those challenges into opportunities and to creating a modern, secure cloud infrastructure that can simplify IT, deliver a digital business advantage, and make it easier for organizations to deliver better customer experiences.”

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TikTok Picks Oracle to Provide ‘Secure’ Cloud Tech



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Enterprise software giant Oracle announced that it has been chosen to become TikTok’s “secure” cloud technology provider.

According to Oracle, this technical decision by TikTok was heavily influenced by Zoom’s recent success in moving a large portion of its video-conferencing capacity to the Oracle Public Cloud.

Oracle’s announcement comes after TikTok parent ByteDance last week said it will not be selling the video-sharing app’s US operations to software giant Microsoft.

This after US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on 6 August, blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address “national emergency” issues.

On 14 August, the US president issued an order that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok.

Since then, US companies such as Microsoft and Oracle have been lining up as potential buyers for the popular short video app.

As the trade war between the US and China rages on, the US government has accelerated its efforts to purge Chinese apps and technology companies that it deems untrustworthy.

Trump and his administration raised national security issues, alleging the Chinese-owned company will share sensitive user data with the Chinese government.

“TikTok picked Oracle’s new Generation 2 Cloud infrastructure because it’s much faster, more reliable, and more secure than the first generation technology currently offered by all the other major cloud providers,” says Oracle chief technology officer Larry Ellison.

“In the 2020 Industry CloudPath survey that IDC recently released where it surveyed 935 infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) customers on their satisfaction with the top IaaS vendors including Oracle, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM and Google Cloud…Oracle IaaS received the highest satisfaction score.”

“As a part of this agreement, TikTok will run on the Oracle Cloud and Oracle will become a minority investor in TikTok Global,” says Oracle CEO Safra Catz.

“Oracle will quickly deploy, rapidly scale and operate TikTok systems in the Oracle Cloud. We are 100% confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok’s American users, and users throughout the world.

“This greatly improved security and guaranteed privacy will enable the continued rapid growth of the TikTok user community to benefit all stakeholders.”

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Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others



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inq. Holdings Limited, artificial intelligence service provider, has acquired Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in Nigeria, Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire.

Inq. Acquires Vodacom’s Business in Nigeria, Others

It plans further acquisition in Cameroon subject to regulatory approvals.

Mr. Valentine Chime, managing director, inq. Holdings Limited, said the 100 per cent acquisition of the Vodacom Business Africa’s operations in the three countries was in pursuit of the company’s dream of building pan-African network that will help in creating better future through digital solutions.

Domiciled in Mauritius, inq. Holdings Limited is a subsidiary of Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund, a fund dedicated solely to communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Formerly known as Synergy Communications, the latest acquisition has grown inq.’s regional footprint with operations in 12 cities in seven countries across Africa. It has existing operations in Botswana, Malawi and South Africa with an additional investment in Mozambique.

“Under the inq. banner the company will embark on the next phase of building a unified Pan-African cloud and digital service provider, bringing to market a very relevant suite of next generation technology solutions in the fields of Edge AI, SD-WAN/NFV and Cloud,”Chime said.

According to him, with operations in major African cities of Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano, Gaborone, Lusaka, Ndola, Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu, Abidjan and Johannesburg, the inq. team prides itself on global best practice methodologies customised to local customs in each of the 16 cities, covering different sectors including banking, oil and gas, fast moving consumer goods, mining, health, real estate, information technologies, public sector and logistics.

“Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation, and inq. is perfectly positioned to deliver intelligent connectivity through seamless delivery of cloud and digital services and  technologies to our clients. We are about simpler, seamless solutions,” Chime said.



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HP Lauds TD Africa, Says Tech Experience Centre will Unlock New Wave in Nigeria



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As Nigeria looks forward to the official launch of the Tech Experience Centre, globally renowned tech giant, Hewlett Packard Inc. (HP) has heaped praises on the management of TD Africa for spearheading the project, noting that the centre will herald a new technological wave in Nigeria.

This was disclosed by Ife Afe, managing director – Nigeria and District Manager – Central Africa (CAF).

Equally important, HP is one of the global Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) that will be represented in the Tech Experience Centre located within Yudala Heights at 13 Idowu Martins, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Consequently, Afe has expressed delight with the development, even as she disclosed that the launch of the centre will bridge the gap to complete technology adoption for millions of Nigerians.

She said: ‘‘I do believe Nigerians are early adopters of new and exciting technology. Having a dedicated space where people can view and experience cutting-edge technology across rich and diverse portfolio is an important step towards complete Adoption.

‘‘Technology is about transformation. This tech centre will serve as a bridge, taking people from the imaginative stage to the experiential stage, thereby unlocking a new technological wave.

“I am very glad that TD Africa is taking this bold step and I look forward to the great collaborations that will flow out of this initiative.’’

Furthermore, the HP Senior Management Executive reiterated the strong interest in Nigeria by the tech brand.

‘‘We are strong believers in the Nigerian project and the boundless potential inherent in the population when exposed to cutting-edge technology.

“We also value the foresight and vision of our long-time partner and co-developer – TD Africa. We are proud of this project and are confident of its success and positive impact not just in the sphere of business but also in human capital development,’’ Afe enthused.

On what to expect from HP in the Tech Experience Centre, she revealed that a lot is in store for every visitor.

‘‘HP is in the business of making life better for everyone, everywhere, hence revolutionary innovation in Health care, Security, Gaming and Printing Solutions will be showcased in the Technology Centre.  Cutting- edge, sustainable, diverse and relevant innovation in technology.

‘‘This brings technology closer to home. I believe that the ambience of the Tech Centre will cater to a wide spectrum of users: CEO’s, Government officials, entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, students, gamers etc. It will be the crucial meeting point of people and technology.

“Our wide spectrum of products and solutions will cater to all demographics – from first time users to specialists, professionals, gamers to moviemakers, work or play,’’ she affirmed.

The revolutionary Tech Experience Centre, the first of its kind in Africa, is set for launch on Thursday, October 1st 2020, incidentally the occasion of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary by 12noon, with the launch streamed live online for the benefit of tech enthusiasts.

Expected to officially commission the centre is the Minister of Communica99tions and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami.

The Tech Centre is widely expected to boost Nigeria’s relevance in the global technology race and shore up the country’s march to technology independence.

For the first time, Nigeria will play host to the latest global technologies including those not normally available in Africa, offering all classes of visitors a first-hand experience of new gadgets, solutions and infrastructure that would have previously required a visit abroad, thereby saving corporate organizations, government establishments and individuals money or scarce foreign exchange expended on these trips.



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