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Oracle 12c R2 database available to on-premise

April 18th, 2017

Released in 2013 to all customers (on-premise and cloud / DBaaS), 12c was available for purchase or upgrade for any customer. However, Oracle 12C R2 is Oracle Corporation’s first database release available only to database cloud (DBaaS) customers, in October 2016. In order to boost ‘cloud’ revenues, the Oracle 12c R2 version was no where available to download for supported customers for months.

However, recently Oracle made available, Release 2 of 12C, to the on-premise customer. Linux customers were the first to benefit from the wait while Windows customers were appeased later, in March 2017.

Features

With this new release of 12C, customers can expect:

  • The elimination of downtime with specific features
  • The ability to perform maintenance without taking the system offline
  • Improved performance
  • Improved Multitenant architecture allowing for more databases per virtual or physical server.
  • Further streamlining of space consumption and overhead of indexes
  • The ability to perform simulations with a timeline predictor
  • “Hot cloning” (a copy made without shutting down the source database)
  • Ability to perform simulations for enabled features
  • Ability to split items up across multiple databases, or to offload one thing into multiple databases
  • Increased memory

Moving organizations forward

Oracle understands the demands on business and organizations to do more with less. Their commitment to improved systems allows customers to do just that.

With ever-expanding features, this is a good time to assess your organization’s database and support timeline. It may be time for an upgrade. Though upgrading may seem expensive, when compared to the loss of productivity due to system downtime or inability to access data, the long-term benefit is often well worth the expense.

If you are considering upgrading to Oracle 12C or have general questions about your database, please let us know. We offer a wide range of services to assess what you have and help you plan what you need as your business scales.

Oracle 12c Whitepaper

Transforming Data Management – March 2017

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Oracle resources for developers of all skill levels

July 5th, 2016

Online researchWhether you’re in search of information about a specific application that you’re working on or simply want to learn more about Oracle, there’s a place for all of your needs - Apex.world.

What is Apex.world and what can you do there?

Apex.world is a community for the discussion of all things Oracle. Perhaps the most valuable aspect of this community is that it’s a place where developers of all skill levels can network and exchange information outside of the world of conferences. For many developers, this is a way to meet and learn from the best in the industry.

This forum isn’t only a place to find information about your projects. Apex.world also frequently features announcements about job openings, conferences, presentations, code sharing, and more.

What makes Apex.world so special?

There were plenty of resources for Oracle before Apex.world came around. However, these resources were very spread out. If you were new to Oracle and searching for help, finding it could be a daunting process. The founders of Apex.world brought all of that information to one location. Using the Slack platform, they made it easy for people to get answers from other specialists.

Who is Apex.world for?

To put it simply, Apex.world is a community for anybody involved with Oracle. Developers at all stages of learning will find content that’s helpful for them. Apex.world is also a great place for managers and recruiting agencies who are looking for talent.

The most common use of Apex.world, though, is to help developers finish excellent work. Developers value this community as a resource that will help them complete projects and get the desired results form Oracle.

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The data challenge

December 15th, 2015

Data solutionsOne of the most complex and costly challenges businesses today face are the questions surrounding data. Depending upon the size of the business, data needs may vary. But, no matter the size, organizations accumulate more data sources and the task of interfacing these can still be daunting.

Not only is data generated in the course of business, but the types of technology now used in business create data of their own. Smart phones, apps, and social media are just a few essential technologies, but their use in business produces data that should be captured and tracked.

As organizations continue to leverage cloud technologies, questions such as how to integrate data from outside sources into usable data within a business, will become more complex.

Diagnosing the Problem

Just as every business has different strategies involving areas such as sales and marketing, each business needs a data strategy specific to them.

In determining whether or not you have a problem with data solutions, think about this:

  • Do different departments in your business, use different computer systems and software?
    • For example, do sales, marketing, HR, payroll, and others all use different systems for tracking data?
  • Can various department’s data interface with each other?
    • Can HR send over data to payroll that directly transitions into payroll’s software systems? Or does someone have to enter the information by hand into spreadsheets?
  • How many hours per month do employees spend compiling data and generating reports? Is there a seamless way to transfer the data to those who need it, or does the information have to be manipulated, subjecting it to human error?
  • Can departments see each others data in real time, or does complex information transfer cause delay?
  • Have new survival systems been developed to integrate others, but end up creating yet another system that eventually is transferred to the I.T. division?

Starter Solutions

Due to the complicated nature of business data, there is no “silver bullet” approach to tracking, storage and integration. The solution relies in a business’ willingness to take a multi-faceted approach.

Such an approach may include:

  • Investment into restructuring I.T. systems
  • Contracting with I.T. specialists to assess business needs
  • Willingness to embrace advances in data systems
  • Continual analysis of changing I.T. needs

Technology continues to change the pace and face of business. Because of this, data issues will stay at the forefront of organizational challenges. Businesses must build data solutions around long-term, highly flexible strategies.

If you have questions about data solutions for your organization, or other I.T. needs, please contact us today.

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Why the private cloud?

September 15th, 2015

Private cloudAs technology continues its rapid march, businesses often find themselves at IT crossroads. Business needs demand efficient and scalable technology services, which public cloud services do a great job of providing. However, some businesses soon discover public cloud services are not enough; enter private cloud.

Benefits of the Private Cloud

Cloud services have been a source of much discussion in the business technology world for the past few years. Initially, the question for small businesses was, “Should we transition to cloud services or keep everything in house?” There was an idea among businesses that somehow keeping all of the information physically close, translated into more security.

Businesses quickly realized standard security with cloud services were adequate for most small to medium business needs, and have since rapidly transitioned to public cloud services. Yet, for large businesses, who have unpredictable or changing data needs, private cloud services are a better option.

Some benefits of private cloud versus public cloud are:

  • A higher degree of control over data
  • Service dedicated to a single organization
  • Proprietary system architecture
  • Greater security due to firewalls

Transitioning to the Private Cloud

Before businesses transition to the private cloud, there are a few requirements to consider. A cost-benefit analysis of these considerations will help a business determine the feasibility of that transition. The private cloud requires a business have:

  • In-house IT support
  • Technology infrastructure
  • Staffing, management and maintenance cost for in-house IT support

Since infrastructure and staffing alone can be cost prohibitive, business should also consider the possibility of the hybrid cloud. This cloud-based option allows most of the benefits of the private cloud, while using public cloud service providers.

Fortunately, as technology continues its rapid advancement, business are able to take advantage of data services that can be tailored to their specific needs. If you would like to discuss which cloud-based options may be right for your company, or to discuss any other business technology need, please contact us. As always, we look forward to any opportunity to help our clients move their businesses forward.

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Simplifying the cloud

September 1st, 2015

Simple cloudTalk about cloud technology is everywhere. Internet and television touts its capabilities and benefits. But many people are still wondering, "What is it exactly?"

The Basics

Actually, the cloud is not new. In its simplest terms, cloud technology has been around a long time in the form of the internet. The cloud is simply a way of allowing information to be stored remotely and accessible from anywhere.

Think of it this way. You have an office, but it is becoming too small. You don't have enough room to store paperwork or supplies. You want to move to a larger office to allow more workspace, but the cost is prohibitive.

Instead, you consider renting a larger, shared storage space. In this shared storage space, you would have a locked closet. You would be the only one with a key to the closet. This would allow you to keep important business information private, but still accessible for you.

This is what the cloud does, in virtual terms. Hiring in-house IT professionals, and upgrading hardware/software is very costly. For most small to mid-sized businesses, using a cloud service allows them to store large amounts of information in a secure place, while limiting their cost.

Reasons to Join the Cloud

Maybe you have been thinking about transitioning your business data to the cloud. Here is a list of benefits:

  • Reduction of cost: No more onsite physical storage or internal IT.
  • Access from anywhere, all of the time: Working remotely just got easier.
  • Greater collaboration: Information on the cloud is available on-demand from multiple devices.
  • Better scalability: You can scale up or down, depending on current business needs.
  • Faster deployment: You can start using cloud services for your business in a matter of hours.
  • Improved security: Cloud security measures are often more effective than traditional, in-house security methods.
  • Business continuity: Unlimited data storage and backup limit the occurrence of downtime events.

A Win for Business

The cloud has leveled the field for businesses of every size in regards to IT capabilities and solutions. Transitioning to the cloud opens a range of possibilities for the health and continued growth of your company. This is technology designed to help your business become more efficient and effective. The only question now is, what do you want your cloud to look like?

For help answering this and any other question you may have about IT solutions, contact us!

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4 benefits of hybrid cloud backup

April 15th, 2014

2-cloudYou may have heard about the hybrid cloud, but you may not know exactly what it is or how it might be used in your business.

As prices come down and more solutions providers appear in the market, the hybrid cloud is coming into reach for most small-to-midsize businesses. In most cases, the hybrid cloud will actually cost less than traditional solutions.

If you haven't considered a hybrid cloud solution before or want to understand the concept a little better before taking the plunge, here is some info that might help.

What is a hybrid cloud?

Hybrid clouds combine internal infrastructure (the servers and other equipment your business hosts onsite) with third-party servers in an offsite datacenter.

The idea behind this type of solution is to provide a business with the benefits of local storage while also getting the benefits of having their data backed up remotely and available anywhere in the world without having to make costly investments in cloud-specific infrastructure.

One of the use-cases for the hybrid cloud is backup. And there are a few great benefits to going this route.

1. Business Continuity

If your business doesn't currently have the ability to fail-over your IT functions to an offsite data center, the hybrid cloud is a great way to get started without having to make a big investment. Gaining the ability to keep your business running after an outage or natural disaster could make the difference between staying in business or filing for bankruptcy.

And if you've already got offsite datacenters and other elements of IT resiliency in place, migrating to a hybrid cloud may be a way to significantly reduce the cost of implementing and maintaing business continuity.

2. Insurance for your data

Businesses sometimes make the mistake of creating a single onsite backup and stopping there, thinking they are protected against data loss. Unfortunately, a single onsite backup doesn't do much to shore up the risk of data loss.

If a DVD is scratched or a backup tape becomes corrupted, they may be out of luck.

Using a hybrid cloud solution, backups would take place locally and then get replicated to one or multiple datacenters. Having multiple copies stored offsite ensures you'll always be able to restore your critical data.

3. Cost

The cost of buying redundant hardware for a remote datacenter, renting space, and hiring additional staff keeps many businesses away from building fully private clouds.

Leveraging the investments you've already made and using a third-party to address the remote component is one way to lower the cost of cloud hosting.

Using a hybrid cloud also gives the business flexibility to cost-effectively scale up and down without worrying about purchasing hardware that might need to be offloaded later.

4. Compliance

More and more businesses are becoming subject to regulatory and standards compliance. Cloud vendors have been paying attention to this trend and have built their hosting to match the most common standards like HIPAA, SOX, and PCI.

By working with these vendors you can leverage the investments they've already made to achieve compliance instead of having to make your own. You may also be able to leverage built-in processes to meet compliance from that perspective.

Interested in learning more?

If you have questions about the hybrid cloud or would like to speak with us about the specific cloud solutions we offer, give us a call or contact us via email and we'll help you find a hybrid cloud solution that fits your needs and budget.

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Oklahoma IT Managed Services

February 11th, 2013

biz-e I.T. servicesWe provide managed IT Services in Oklahoma and surrounding states so you can allow your existing staff to focus on business-building activities instead of time-consuming routine maintenance. Trouble-free technology has yet to be invented, but our maintenance and monitoring services keep little issues from becoming expensive problems. Apart from the expense of new hardware and software, and technicians on golden time, can you afford to have operations grind to a halt for hours … days … weeks? Predictable costs at a reasonable monthly fee makes budgeting easy. And now you can! Experience faster response times, improved systems optimization and “always on” support, ensuring your business runs in peak performance 24×7.

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