04/01/2014

Infor EAM Enhances Company-wide Visibility into Assets, Preventative Maintenance and Mobile Access for Beverage Manufacturer

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, manufacturer of leading coffee brands such as Kauai Coffee®, Chock full o’Nuts® and Hills Bros.®, has selected Infor Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) for the Food & Beverage industry. The Infor application will deliver real-time visibility into assets and equipment, helping the company increase efficiency by providing a more accurate picture of resources, reliability and potential risk. This will help Massimo Zanetti to improve its preventive maintenance and more accurately assess asset needs to help extend asset lifespans and promote cost savings.

Having a consolidated database in an asset management system is critical to Massimo Zanetti’s manufacturing operation, particularly when managing  information regarding previously performed maintenance and equipment history. Infor EAM delivers the ability to capture and analyze data on an individual asset basis, promoting better business decisions based on real-time visibility into operations. This capability will also provide the company a greater capacity to gauge workflow, employee movement and daily task management data, which will help supervisors pinpoint areas where workforce efficiency can be improved.

“Our challenge to Infor was to find a solution that could fill voids in our data and reduce the amount of work necessary for corrective and preventative maintenance,” said Ron Garner, maintenance manager, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA. “With Infor EAM, we are providing users with fast, easy access to the information they need, and simultaneously giving decision-makers the necessary visibility to help increase efficiency and reduce costs.”

With built-in workflows to track downtime and automatically generated alerts to detect potential issues, Massimo Zanetti will have greater insight into its equipment use. Infor EAM will enable improved tracking of parts, allowing users to determine which parts and quantities are actually necessary. This will help Massimo Zanetti optimize inventory levels and save money by reducing unnecessary or overstocked parts.

Massimo Zanetti will also utilize Infor EAM Mobile to provide users with access to asset information via iPad. Maintenance technicians away from their desks will be able to complete tasks faster through real-time insight into critical equipment data.

“Infor EAM is designed to help food and beverage companies like Massimo Zanetti make better predictions about the behavior of their assets,” said Kevin Price, product director, Infor EAM. “With greater insight into equipment reliability and potential risks, customers can make preventative maintenance part of their overall business strategy and avoid costly downtime in their operations.”

For more information on Infor solutions for the Food & Beverage industry, please visit www.infor.com/industries/food-beverage/.
For more information about Infor’s state-of-the-art enterprise asset management solutions, please visit www.infor.com/solutions/eam/.

About Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA

MZB USA is headquartered in Portsmouth, Va., and has state-of-the art manufacturing facilities in Suffolk, Va. and Moonachie, N.J.  In addition to well-known consumer brands such as Chock full o’Nuts®, Kauai Coffee®, Hills Bros.® Coffee and Hills Bros® Cappuccino, MZB USA also produces proprietary coffee for some of the largest foodservice and convenience store chains in North America.  MZB USA franchises Chock full o’Nuts® Coffee Shops and Segafredo Zanetti Espresso® Cafés.  MZB USA is part of the family-owned Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, based in Treviso, Italy, and is the world’s largest and only privately-held, vertically integrated coffee company.  For more information, visit www.mzb-usa.com.

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About Infor

Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 12 of the top 13 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest US health delivery networks
  • 16 of the 20 largest US cities
  • 84 of the top 100 automotive suppliers
  • 31 of the top 50 industrial distributors
  • 5 of the top 9 brewers

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Infor, 03/26/2014

Infor CloudSuite Combines Proven Industry Expertise, Differentiated User Experience, and World-Class Cloud Infrastructure from Amazon Web Services

Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced Infor CloudSuiteTM, the first group of industry-specific application suites available on Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) cloud. Infor CloudSuite provides beautiful software with deep industry functionality and a flexible, subscription-based delivery model that significantly reduces upfront IT expenditure.

Each industry suite within Infor CloudSuite is built by unifying multiple applications that historically were deployed independently to holistically support core business functions by industry. This core, along with fast and simple provisioning and a SaaS pricing model will enable Infor CloudSuite to change the way enterprise software is delivered to and consumed by customers.

“SaaS today refers primarily to HCM, CRM or another edge application, never to mission-critical business operations,” said Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor. “Infor CloudSuite redefines cloud for the enterprise, delivering the first full suite of business applications purpose-built by industry running in a public cloud through Amazon Web Services.”

“Customers want help figuring out how to move more of their operations into the AWS Cloud. They want to shift their resources to focus on what they do best, rather than on the undifferentiated heavy lifting of managing IT and complex software,” said Andy Jassy, SVP, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We are excited that Infor is addressing these needs using the AWS platform. Infor CloudSuite on AWS delivers a simplified and enhanced user experience, across a multitude of industries, and provides all the agility, elasticity, and cost benefits of the AWS Cloud to enterprise customers around the world.”

Infor will leverage the AWS cloud infrastructure to allow customers to take advantage of Amazon’s expertise and economies of scale to access resources when they need them, on demand and with auto-scaling built into the Infor applications.  Infor is in the process of consolidating existing subscribers and transitioning current internal infrastructure to the AWS platform. AWS provides services in 10 Regions, with 25 Availability Zones and 51 Amazon CloudFront Edge locations globally.

“AWS has the best and most advanced cloud infrastructure in the world, providing a delivery model, cost structure, and focus on operational excellence that perfectly complements and enhances our products,” said Phillips. “Moreover, the tie between Infor and AWS is strengthened through a common focus on customer experience, rapid-pace of innovation, and standards-based architecture.”

Infor plans to roll out industry suites, delivered on AWS, throughout 2014, beginning this spring with Infor CloudSuite Automotive, Infor CloudSuite Aerospace & Defense, and Infor CloudSuite Hospitality. Early this summer Infor expects to deliver Infor CloudSuite Corporate, with a core of best-in-class financials and Infor’s complete human capital management suite.

The Infor CloudSuite platform also includes:

  • Analytics – CloudSuite Analytic Packs provide industry components, data models, and industry dashboards to transform information into actionable insights
  • Technology -  Infor ION® middleware, Infor Ming.leTM social collaboration, Infor Analytics, and Infor Mongoose development platform
  • Core Enterprise Management – Infor LN, Infor M3, Infor Lawson, Infor SyteLine, and Infor SunSystems
  • High Value Extension Applications – Infor EAM, Infor Expense Management, Infor HR Service Delivery (Enwisen), Infor PeopleAnswers Talent Science, Infor Learning Management, Infor Workforce Management, Infor Epiphany Interaction Advisor, Infor Orbis Marketing Resource Management, Infor Product Configuration Management, Infor Supplier Exchange, and more.

About Infor

Infor is fundamentally changing the way information is published and consumed in the enterprise, helping 70,000 customers in more than 200 countries and territories improve operations, drive growth, and quickly adapt to changes in business demands. Infor offers deep industry-specific applications and suites, engineered for speed, and with an innovative user experience design that is simple, transparent, and elegant. Infor provides flexible deployment options that give customers a choice to run their businesses in the cloud, on-premises, or both. To learn more about Infor, please visit www.infor.com.

Infor customers include:

  • 19 of the top 20 aerospace companies
  • 12 of the top 13 high tech companies
  • 10 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies
  • 21 of the 25 largest US health delivery networks
  • 16 of the 20 largest US cities
  • 84 of the top 100 automotive suppliers
  • 31 of the top 50 industrial distributors
  • 5 of the top 9 brewers

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Oracle, 03/31/2014

New Release of the World’s Most Popular Open Source Database is 2x Faster than MySQL 5.6 and Over 3x Faster than MySQL 5.5 in Benchmark Tests

News Summary

Continuing to lead MySQL innovation, Oracle announced the immediate availability of a new Development Milestone Release for MySQL 5.7. To meet the demands of today’s web, cloud, and embedded applications, the new release extends the performance, scalability and reliability of MySQL, the world’s most popular open source database, while also enhancing management capabilities. In addition, Oracle announced the availability of several other MySQL product releases and early access features.

News Facts

  • Continuing to drive MySQL innovation, Oracle announced the availability of a new Development Milestone Release (DMR) for MySQL 5.7.
  • Available for download in the MySQL Developer Zone, this MySQL 5.7.4 DMR delivers improvements in replication, security, and instrumentation resulting in significantly higher performance and improved manageability over MySQL 5.6.
  • The Release Candidate of MySQL Fabric, providing high availability management and scale out through sharding is also available. MySQL Fabric is included in the Release Candidate version of MySQL Utilities 1.4.2.
  • MySQL Workbench 6.1 is generally available today, delivering additional capabilities for performance assessment and query optimization.
  • In addition, Oracle is providing early access to features under development including Geographic Information System (GIS) and multi-source replication improvements, and a preview of MySQL Cluster 7.4, for community testing and feedback through http://labs.mysql.com.

New MySQL Enhancements Improve Performance, Scalability and Manageability

  • Performance and Scalability
  • MySQL DMR 5.7.4 provides performance and throughput improvements for Solid State Disks (SSD).
  • Improved InnoDB buffer pool and metadata locking deliver higher throughput, performance and scalability.
  • MySQL semi-synchronous replication performance enhancements.
  • Benchmark tests using SysBench Read-only Point-Selects, at 1024 connections, resulted in MySQL 5.7 delivering 512,000 QPS, 2x better than MySQL 5.6, and 3x better than MySQL 5.5.

Manageability

    • Optimizer enhancements provide more accurate cost calculations.
    • Performance Schema improvements, including added instrumentation.
    • Security enhancements, including Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256-bit encryption and new options for password management.
  • Part of MySQL Utilities, MySQL Fabric delivers high availability with automatic failure detection and failover as well as scale out through data sharding.
  • MySQL Workbench 6.1 delivers additional capabilities for performance assessment and query optimization including:
    • New performance dashboard and reports.
    • Enhanced Explain plans to help optimize query performance.
    • New MySQL “SYS” Schema, providing simplified views on MySQL performance schema, instrumentation schema and more.
  • MySQL Workbench helps to easily migrate from Microsoft SQL Server and can reduce Database TCO by up to 90 percent.
  • Key features are also available through http://labs.mysql.com, for early testing and feedback from the MySQL community.
    • New MySQL 5.7 features include: GIS improvements including spatial index support in InnoDB, as well as improved accuracy and performance; better performance and throughput using SSDs; and continued development of multi-source replication.
    • MySQL Cluster 7.4 includes significant performance enhancements including speed of node restarts.

Supporting Quote

  • “Oracle continues to invest in MySQL innovation by providing increased performance, scalability, reliability and manageability,” said Tomas Ulin, vice president, MySQL Engineering, Oracle. “The latest MySQL 5.7 development milestone release delivers enhanced performance and management features to the MySQL community. By encouraging ongoing community participation and following the “release early, release often” model, we help shorten the feedback-to-delivery cycle and allow users to get faster access to improved product capabilities and quality.”

Supporting Resources

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center.  For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Oracle, 03/25/2014

Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery Solution Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Achieves Extreme Performance

News Summary

An Oracle performance test of Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud revealed that the solution can process more than 27,000 communications service provider (CSP) multi-play broadband orders per hour.1

News Facts

  • Oracle today released the results of a performance test demonstrating that the components of the Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery (RODOD) solution running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud can offer extreme performance and scalability for communications service providers aiming to consolidate and simplify their IT environments for concept-to-cash processes.
  • With just a quarter rack each of Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery completed end-to-end multi-play broadband order processing at more than 27,000 orders an hour(1) – the solution’s best recorded throughput performance to date.
  • Oracle Communications Order and Service Management, a key component of the Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery Solution, achieved less than 29 second average internal order processing time and 36 second average end-user order lifecycle time, which will help service providers improve customer satisfaction and accelerate revenue recognition.
  • Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution running on Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic helps simplify production deployments by combining database and storage servers in one solution, eliminating the need to deploy a separate storage area network.
  • Designed for extreme high performance transaction abilities, the newest Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud have double the number of cores and three times the memory of the earlier machines, providing even greater processing capability.
  • Service providers using Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic can significantly simplify their IT environment and accommodate rapid subscriber growth by leveraging these expandable platforms.

Supporting Quotes

  • “The performance test of Oracle Communications Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery solution running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud demonstrates the power of our integrated hardware and software solutions to scale to meet communications service providers’ ever-increasing demands for better performance with simplified IT footprints,” said Bhaskar Gorti, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Communications.

Supporting Resources

About Oracle Communications

Oracle Communications solutions span the communications industry landscape – from cross-channel customer experience and business and operational support systems, to network service and session delivery and control solutions – enabling service providers and enterprises to deliver and monetize innovative digital lifestyle services, build strong customer relationships, and streamline operations. For more information, visit http://www.oracle.com/communications.

About Oracle Exadata

The Oracle Exadata Database Machine is the only database machine that provides extreme performance for both data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications, making it the ideal platform for consolidating or private clouds. It is a complete package of servers, storage, networking, and software that is massively scalable, secure, and redundant. With Oracle Exadata Database Machine, customers can reduce IT costs through consolidation, manage more data on multiple compression tiers, improve performance of all applications, and make better business decisions in real time.

About Oracle Exalogic

Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud is hardware and software engineered together to provide breakthrough performance, reliability and scalability for Oracle, Java and other business applications, while delivering lower TCO, reduced risk, higher user productivity and one-stop support.

About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit http://www.oracle.com.

Trademark
Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Footnotes

(1) A quarter rack X2-2 Exadata and Exalogic Engineered System was used to set up the Rapid Offer Design and Order Delivery test environment. Detailed configuration specifications can be found here and here. The hardware and software environment tested sales order creation workloads of up to 300 users, and a maximum throughput of 27,114 orders created per hour was achieved under these specifications.

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by Brian Wheat, Product Manager
Made2Manage ERP from Aptean

When we engaged with Manufacturing.Net last year to produce a webcast and whitepaper about shop floor scheduling, I knew the topic would resonate, because scheduling is at the heart of everything we do in manufacturing.

When we consider all the things that can happen in a day – inventory shortages, equipment failures, employees out sick (the list goes on) – it’s easy to point to those things and say- “these are the reasons we lost revenue today.” The fact is, all those issues have an impact on scheduling, and ultimately it is the ability to maintain a flexible and fluid schedule that determines how much those interruptions impact the bottom line… and more importantly, the ability to keep promises.

It is the customer relationship that is impacted when manufacturers can’t deliver on time – the result of a broken promise. When we promise a delivery, and then we break that promise – no matter how good the reason – we create doubts about future orders and we lose trust, loyalty… and revenue.

So, take some time out in your busy schedule and ask yourself-

1)      How are you scheduling today? Are you scheduling based on customer demands or are you using data to analyze and pro-actively establish delivery timelines?

2)      Do you get tempted to over promise your deliveries? Is that because of competition? If yes, it will be hard to win in long term as it can result in long-term customer dissatisfaction and retention issues if the end result is under-delivered

3)      Are you utilizing your labor properly? Are you reporting labor hours, as they relate to particular processes or number of pieces that can be completed in a given amount of time? Do you know the costs associated with these operations? All these data points need to be properly tracked in order to construct accurate and cost-effective schedules.

4)      Did you know it’s generally accepted that inventory is worth only 20 percent of its actual value until used. Excess inventory that is accumulated due to inefficient scheduling will eat at an enterprise’s cashflow and profitability.

It is really important to invest in a sophisticated yet easy to use solution that can track all your data points, understand your business restrictions and commitments and create schedules that are realistic and attainable – leading to happy customers and repeat buyers. Aptean’s Made2Manage solution offers such an advanced scheduling functionality that has helped companies adapt to all the daily interruptions and deliver on-promise dates to their customers.

So, think about your business, what technologies you have in place, what methodology you use for delivery times and how it affects your customer and their experiences. Ultimately, the surest way to make promises you can keep is through great scheduling.

 

 

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Oracle Announces Java 8

Posted: April 7, 2014 in Press Release

Oracle, 03/25/2014

Revolutionary Java SE 8 Release Features the Most Significant Upgrade to the Java Programming Model Ever; Java SE 8 and Java ME 8 Together Make Major Steps Toward Long-Term Convergence

Java 8 Launch Webcast to Feature Java 8 Architects, Leading Community Members and Ecosystem Partners

News Summary

As part of the most significant Java technology release by Oracle, the company will host the Java 8 launch webcast today. Oracle is announcing Java Platform, Standard Edition 8 (Java SE 8), Java Platform, Micro Edition 8 (Java ME 8) and the related releases of Oracle’s Java Embedded products. Members of the Oracle Java development team, as well as other industry leaders, will highlight the key features of these new products during the webcast. In addition, over 30 technical videos covering Java SE 8, Java ME 8, Java Embedded and the Internet of Things will also be available on demand.

News Facts

  • Oracle today announced the availability of JDK 8, a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 8 Platform Specification, which was recently approved through the Java Community Process (JCP). This release includes the largest upgrade to the Java programming model since the platform was introduced in 1996. JDK 8 was developed collaboratively in the OpenJDK Community.
  • Please join the Java 8 launch webcast today, March 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT here.
  • Oracle is also announcing Oracle Java SE Embedded 8, which leverages the new Java SE 8 features and is optimized for mid to high end embedded systems.
  • Oracle JDK 8 and Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 are now available to download.
  • Java SE 8 and Java ME 8 are on a strong convergence path, with Java ME 8 scheduled for availability later this spring.
  • With a consistent Java 8 platform across embedded devices, desktops, data centers and the cloud, customers can deploy applications faster, process and analyze in-flight data and act on events as quickly as they occur.
  • Leveraging Java’s cross-platform benefits, the Oracle Java Embedded implementations are designed to increase hardware flexibility and platform choice, allow easier application portability and help extend product lifecycles.

Java SE 8

  • The Java SE 8 release is the result of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide Java developer community via the OpenJDK Community and the JCP.
  • Java SE 8 enables enhanced developer productivity and significant application performance increases through reduced boilerplate code, improved collections and annotations, simpler parallel programming models and more efficient use of modern, multi-core processors.
  • The key features of JDK 8 are Project Lambda (JSR 335), the Nashorn JavaScript Engine, a new Date and Time API (JSR 310), a set of Compact Profiles and the removal of the “permanent generation” from the HotSpot Java Virtual Machine (JVM). A complete list of the new features and capabilities of JDK 8 is available here.
  • Oracle JDK 8 has already achieved world record performance for 4 socket systems on NEC Intel-based servers and for 2 socket systems on Oracle SPARC T5 servers, with a performance improvement of 12 to 41% compared to JDK 7 on the same Oracle configuration (NEC benchmark details, Oracle benchmark details).
  • New client Java features and enhancements are also available as part of the latest JavaFX release within JDK 8. These include: an embedded specific graphics stack, new UI controls, a Modena theme, functionality to enable developers to embed Swing content into JavaFX applications, new 3D graphics features and additional HTML 5 support.
  • Backward compatibility of Java SE 8 with previous versions of the platform preserves the skill sets of current Java software developers and helps to protect Java technology investments.
  • Developers interested in getting started immediately with the Java SE 8 release can download the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 8.0, which will allow them take advantage of the latest Java features, as well as enhanced support for HTML5. See related press release.
  • The Eclipse team has been working on Java SE 8 support for almost 2 years and is on schedule to have an update release coinciding with the Java SE 8 launch as a feature patch for the current Kepler SR2. The team has announced that Eclipse will also include support for Java SE 8 in the upcoming “Luna” release scheduled for June 2014.
  • An updated Java SE 8 training curriculum will be available soon from Oracle to help developers transition to Java SE 8 and implement the latest platform enhancements.
  • Oracle is also conducting a worldwide tour of Java User Groups (JUGs) and plans to deliver engaging, inspiring and educational events for nearly sixty JUGs in over twenty countries on six continents. Technical content will be available for JUGs that Oracle’s Java Technology Evangelists will not be able to visit in person.

Oracle Java SE Embedded

  • Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 provides a development platform for embedded devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) that includes the flexibility, portability and features of Java SE 8. A complete list of the new features and capabilities of Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 is available here.
  • Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 allows developers to leverage the three new Compact Profiles in Java SE 8, which are predefined subsets of the full Java SE 8 API specification and allow for creation of smaller platforms for embedded devices. With this release, Java SE can now be deployed on embedded devices based using as little as 10 MB static footprint and 16 MB of RAM, 2-3 times smaller than Oracle Java SE Embedded 7.
  • Oracle Java SE Embedded 8 is available for many configurations including Linux on ARM, x86 and PPC, and is optimized for popular community boards such as the Raspberry Pi; as well as commercial Systems-on-Chip (SoC), such as the Freescale i.MX 6 Series.
  • Java SE Embedded tools are also available to create customized, space-optimized JREs for embedded platforms.

Java ME 8

  • Java is an ideal platform for intelligent devices and an optimal foundation for developers to build new services for the IoT.
  • Java ME 8 is a major update to the existing Java ME platform incorporating a large set of updated and new features, including: Java language and API alignment with Java SE 8, support for modern web protocols, a comprehensive application model, advanced security features and standard APIs for power management and interaction with a broad set of standard peripherals.
  • The significant enhancements in Java ME 8 are designed to deliver faster application performance, which is especially important on less powerful devices.
  • With this release, Java ME and Java SE are converging, enabling a more consistent developer experience and more code re-use across the platforms.
  • The new Java language enhancements in Java ME 8 leverage recent Java SE features to allow developers to write cleaner, more efficient code that can be deployed across both platforms and the new embedded-specific capabilities of Java ME 8 can help to further shorten and simplify development cycles.
  • Oracle Java ME Embedded 8 will be the Oracle implementation of the Java ME 8 standard. Oracle Java ME Embedded 8 Early Access 2 is now available as a binary runtime for Qualcomm 6270T (ARM9) Development Platform, Raspberry Pi (ARM11) and ST Microelectronics STM32F4DISCOVERY (ARM Cortex-M4).
  • Java ME SDK 8 Early Access 2 is now available to support development of Java ME 8 Early Access-based applications on an emulation runtime for Windows 7, as well supported hardware platforms.
  • Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and Oracle Academy are sponsoring an IoT Developer Challenge, giving developers an opportunity to win one of 12 trips to JavaOne 2014 by creating a Java Embedded application. In addition, up to six student winners will receive laptops and certification vouchers. The deadline to submit video and project code is May 30, 2014. See Official Rules for details.
  • OTN is also providing seven free Java Embedded training sessions in March and April. Registered attendees get a chance to win a Raspberry Pi starter bundle.

Supporting Quotes

  • “Java is the global standard for developing and delivering applications everywhere—from small devices to the Cloud. The convergence of Java SE 8 and Java ME 8 is intended to provide a consistent development environment that improves developer productivity and application performance, along with the ability to “right-size” the platform for deployment across an even wider range of use cases,” said Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java Platform, Oracle. “The Java 8 launch will showcase the innovative features of Java SE 8 and Java ME 8 and demonstrate how the latest Java platform releases can revolutionize application development, harmonize enterprise IT and empower the Internet of Things.”
  • “ARM and Oracle are working together to define and integrate technology components to make the Internet of Things more viable for businesses and developers,” said Ian Drew, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of business development, ARM. “The Oracle JDK 8 release showcases our collaboration that will drive standards and an open ecosystem enabling developers to create applications from smart IoT devices to servers.”
  • “The release of Java SE 8 demonstrates the innovation driven by the ongoing collaboration between IBM, Oracle and other members of the Java community in OpenJDK,” said John Duimovich, Distinguished Engineer, IBM. “Java SE 8 provides enterprise customers with significant gains in productivity, scalability and maintainability, and further demonstrates that they can continue to rely on Java to grow their business.”

Java Facts and Figures

  • 9 million developers worldwide
  • More than 3 billion devices are powered by Java technology
  • More than 125 million Java-based media devices have been deployed
  • Over 10 billion Java Cards have been shipped since its introduction
  • Java Magazine is a free subscription, published on a bi-monthly basis in digital and mobile formats, which highlights news, new products, innovative Java applications and includes hands-on, how-to technical content. The March/April 2014 issue includes extensive technical content on Java 8, including articles on Lambda expressions, Nashorn, Compact Profiles, date and time API, the Internet of Things, streams, Java type annotations, and more. Subscribe today at oracle.com/javamagazine.

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About Oracle

Oracle engineers hardware and software to work together in the cloud and in your data center. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

Trademarks

Oracle and Java are registered trademarks of Oracle and/or its affiliates. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

The preceding is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for Oracle’s products remains at the sole discretion of Oracle Corporation.

 

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Infoworld 03/14/2014

By Chris Kanaracus, IDG News Service

Oracle is continuing to simplify the look and feel of its Fusion Applications, including with a new skin inspired by Apple iOS 7, as the vendor ramps up marketing efforts around its application portfolio.The changes come as part of the eighth update to Fusion Applications, which first became available in 2011 after a lengthy development process.Release 8 “includes an updated look-and-feel to all pages,” according to an official Oracle blog post this week. “The design reduces perceived visual clutter with minimized use of shading, gradients, and borders. Specific design changes includes a focus on current UI visual design trends, such as a flatter, cleaner display (think iOS 7).”

Oracle is calling the applications’ new skin Skyros, after the Greek island. Skyos takes advantage of the latest standards in cascading stylesheets and is less dependent on images than the previous skin, which was called FusionFX, “improving speed, flexibility and consistency,” the post adds.

Support for existing FusionFX will continue “at least until Release 9″ of Fusion Applications, according to the post.

Oracle conducted extensive usability testing for Fusion Applications prior to their launch. The applications span from ERP (enterprise resource planning) to CRM (customer relationship management), with some 100 modules in total available.

Oracle has publicly tempered expectations for Fusion Applications sales, stressing that customers now running its E-Business Suite, J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft and Siebel software suites can adopt them gradually at a pace of their own choosing.

But Constellation Research has been receiving between 15 and 20 percent more inquiries about Fusion Applications since Oracle began ramping up its marketing efforts in this area early last year, said Ray Wang, chairman and founder of the analyst firm.

Release 8 also brings updates to Fusion’s Simplified UI, which is aimed at helping casual users complete simple and common tasks quickly.

The new features include better social network integration, a “getting started” section and more dashboards, according to the blog.

Oracle needed to provide user experiences catering to both power and casual users, according to Floyd Teter, senior project director at Io Consulting and a well-known expert on Fusion Applications.

“The original Fusion user experience was a great move forward when originally released,” Teter said via email Thursday. “‘Tell me what I need to know, what to do about it, and who can help’ was a powerful approach at the time. But, as always, the market changes. What was effective a few years ago is no longer so effective. The new approach is really best described as “tell me what I need to know, what I need to do, and make it easy.”

Oracle has done a lot of research on how their customers work since the release of Fusion Applications, “and most don’t really need the feature-laden original UX,” Teter added.

Someone in charge of a company’s accounts payable business process might need them, but a salesperson who wants to check on an expense report payment won’t, Teter said. “They just want to easily do what they need to do within the app and then get out of it.”

Simplified UI “was driven by a combination of customers voicing a need in a changing market (simple is the new cool) and Oracle’s competitors offering a simpler UX,” Teter said. “Younger workers in particular, as they enter the workforce, will not work with applications with a complicated UX. It’s a matter of rapidly-changing expectations and Oracle’s struggle to keep up.”

Over time, the bulk of Oracle’s applications will likely gain a more consumer-like feel, even for the power user.

Speaking at a conference in January, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said the company’s new user interfaces are “modeled after Facebook.”

Oracle wants to keep pace in this area with the likes of cloud HCM (human capital management) software vendor Workday, which recently unveiled a revamped user interface based on HTML5, which allows for cross-platform deployments.

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