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Top 5 IoT Predictions for 2015: Part II

In part one of our blog post series, Oracle Group Vice President Scott Armour discussed the obstacles and opportunities he sees on the horizon for Internet of Things (IoT). Here is the second installment of the Q&A, outlining the effects of IoT on customers, how Oracle can address the concerns IoT and M2M service providers face, and the use of intelligent devices in specific verticals

Top 5 IoT Predictions for 2015: Part I

You can seldom open a news website or newspaper today without seeing some mention of the “Internet of Things” (IoT). According to Gartner, “4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.” From our refrigerators to our vehicles, soon everything will be interconnected and sharing data that will change the way we live and work. But with the promise of massive digital transformation through IoT comes the potential for logistical and security nightmares.

What Are Your Plans to Increase Profit in 2015?

Digital disruption is a part of business nowadays. Take, for example, what email did to the printing press and postal service; what iTunes did to the record industry; what the digital camera did to Kodak. You get the idea. So what exactly is disruption? It is often defined as the change that happens when new technologies or business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services.

Are You Boosting Your OS Security This Holiday Season?

The National Retail Federation forecasts holiday sales in November and December to increase by about 4 percent, with total projected sales of $616.9 billion. Online sales are expected to see up to 11 percent growth with sales projected to represent $105 billion. In addition, retailers are expected to hire between 725,000 and 800,000 seasonal workers.

A Socially Influenced Customer Experience

According to Forrester Research, there are 500 billion impressions U.S. customers make on one another about products and services each year. In light of this, brands are increasingly losing control of their brand message due to the fact that consumers have so much control on social.

Oracle Database Appliance: Reducing Cost and Complexity for ISVs

Since Oracle Database Appliance made its grand debut several years ago, it has fast become a partner and customer favorite. For those of you not familiar with Oracle Database Appliance, it allows users to leverage Oracle Database and other software in one easy-to-deploy and -manage system. In this power-packed appliance, customers get pre-integrated software, hardware, storage and virtualization—everything they need to manage critical database and application workloads in a small footprint.

Endless Possibilities: Oracle OpenWorld 2014

This year, we’ve taken a new approach to our partner presence at Oracle OpenWorld. In a world of information + data overload, we’ve broken down barriers to get you to the source of the information and the main stage conversations, faster. Consider us 10 pounds lighter. With that, we bring you OPN Central @ OpenWorld.

Solving the Data Growth Problem, Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1 of our blog series, enterprise customers constantly feel the business impact of rapid data growth through reduced application performance. This means that, overall, customers are besieged with the cost and complexity of storing and managing large volumes of data.

Migrating to a Mobile Business World

Katyayan Gupta, writing in a blog post for Forrester, noted, “The growing affordability of smartphones and increasing ubiquity of high-speed wireless broadband are driving customers toward a mobile mind shift: the expectation that any desired information is available, on any device, in context, in a person’s moment of need.”

Ready, Set, Mark Your Calendars!

Happy Spring, all! It’s been a long winter for most of us, to say the least, and we’re thrilled to see green on the ground and blue in the sky. With spring and summer also comes events season—especially for Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN)—and we want to ensure you have the latest events timeline on hand so nothing falls through the cracks.

Solving the Data Growth Problem, Part 1

Data growth is a primary driver of application issues, however, customers and storage-only vendors tend to view it as a problem to be solved by adding more disk capacity. This method often proves costly and inefficient.

Enter Oracle Partners.

Social Everything

In a world dominated by social and mobile technologies, consumers don’t just walk away from poor experiences on social media – they make negative comments and share them across their social media channels.

The Innovation Continues: Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4

Engineered to be the highest performing and most available platform for running Oracle Database, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X4-2 is the fifth generation database machine. It features the most advanced architecture, using industry-standard database servers, built-in management, intelligent storage servers and a high-speed InfiniBand network that interconnects servers and storage for faster data access and delivery.

The Results Are In! Achieving Enterprise Data Performance

As Big Data continues to infiltrate transaction systems, appliances and devices from a variety of applications—including social media—organizations are facing a number of challenges as they attempt to capture and utilize this data. While industry solutions are offering new and more digitally compact forms of data storage, these solutions don’t get to the meat of organizations’ chief issue: data must be managed and integrated closely into the business from the get go.

Year in Review: Oracle PartnerNetwork’s Top 10 Triumphs

With six fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, it’s safe to say we’re all feeling a bit frazzled. In the midst of everyone’s hurried schedules, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank all of our partners for another great year together.

With that, let’s take a quick look at OPN’s top 10 achievements of 2013:

We started the year off on an M2M and big data note, outlining how our customers can leverage Java to manage heavy volumes of structured + unstructured data.

VARs Unite! The CX Revolution is at Hand

We are in the midst of a customer experience (CX) revolution. A new type of consumer is emerging. With the proliferation of online and social media, the control of information has shifted from businesses to consumers. Consumers know more about products, brands, markets and industries than ever before—sometimes even more than the companies they buy from. This means businesses have to work harder than ever to attract and hold onto customers.

Oracle Partner Ecosystem: Focusing on Market Growth Areas

For perhaps the first time ever, modern IT systems are both driving innovation and saving companies millions in their IT budgets. VARs who recognize this inflection point and who are selling this angle are really driving the market right now. Oracle is right there with them. Oracle PartnerNetwork’s (OPN) Global Program is helping VARs around the globe deliver innovation and cost-savings to customers, and we’re enabling them to position themselves in the areas of strongest market growth.

The Internet of Things: A Next-Generation Opportunity for Channel Partners

The rise of a globally connected continuum of devices and objects—the so-called Internet of Things—will unleash untold possibilities for businesses and the people they touch. But the “things” are only a small part of a much larger architecture. For VARs looking for an edge in their industries, it will be increasingly important to think about […]

Converged IT Brings New Revenue

With IT moving toward a converged architecture, the lines between hardware and software are blurring. Increasingly, CIOs, IT directors and IT architects are seeing the advantages of integrated hardware and software as their preferred computing platform to simplify IT and lower cost. The trend of converged IT inevitably has changed the business landscape and opportunities […]

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