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Philippine Nonprofits Amplify Social Impact with NetSuite

Wed, 2018-01-31 08:00
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Philippine Nonprofits Amplify Social Impact with NetSuite Zuellig Family Foundation, the Philippine Council for NGO Certification and Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. Improve Efficiency and Transparency with Oracle NetSuite Social Impact

SAN MATEO, Calif. and MAKATI CITY, Philippines—Jan 31, 2018

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERPHRProfessional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced three nonprofit customers in the Philippines that have streamlined mission-critical processes while saving significant time and costs by moving to NetSuite. The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. are among a growing number of Philippine nonprofits and social enterprises that have improved operational and financial efficiency, transparency for donors, regulatory reporting and capacity for informed, data-driven decision making since graduating from entry-level business applications to NetSuite. By eliminating labor-intensive manual work, nonprofits are freeing up resources to better focus on their social missions across the Philippines in such areas as healthcare, education, business development, disaster relief and alleviation of poverty.

Zuellig Family Foundation, PCNC and Grupo Kalinangan are supported by the Oracle NetSuite Social Impact group, which makes available free and discounted software licensing to qualified nonprofits and social enterprises. The program also includes Suite Pro Bono, wherein NetSuite employees volunteer their time and expertise to help nonprofits with training and customizations to make the most of NetSuite. More than 1,000 nonprofits and social enterprises globally use Oracle NetSuite Social Impact offerings, including Philippine organizations like Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Cartwheel Foundation, Virlanie Foundation, Microventures Foundation, BagoSphere and Theo & Philo. To learn more about Oracle NetSuite Social Impact, please visit www.netsuite.com/socialimpact.

ZFF Improves Healthcare Delivery with Leadership Training

Zuellig Family Foundation (www.zuelligfoundation.org) has provided local training to improve healthcare in nearly 650 rural municipalities across 32 provinces since its founding in 2008. Established and funded by the Zuellig family, whose patriarch, Frederick Zuellig, emigrated from Switzerland in 1901 to establish trading companies in the Philippines, ZFF focuses on training local leaders to address healthcare issues. More than 2,000 leaders have participated in ZFF’s health leadership and governance training programs, applying their insights to improve healthcare at the local level. Based in Parañaque City with 80 full-time employees, ZFF partners with other organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and MSD Merck for Mothers, with funding rising 35 percent since 2013 to $196.8 million USD in 2016. NetSuite helps ZFF better manage its financials, gaining speed and visibility and eliminating time-consuming manual work the nonprofit experienced with its previous application. ZFF estimates PHP1.65 million in annual savings and cost avoidance compared to an SAP solution it evaluated before selecting NetSuite, going live in 2015. With those savings in licensing, IT infrastructure, IT personnel and bookkeeper, ZFF is better able to focus resources on improving rural healthcare.

“NetSuite has simplified and facilitated our compliance with reporting requirements by supporting internal controls and providing accurate, real-time reporting with a complete set of audit trails,” said Wesley Villanueva, Manager. “We have greater accountability and transparency and can generate real-time reports that aid in decision-making.”

PCNC Drives Effectiveness, Accountability with NGO Certifications

The Philippine Council for NGO Certification (www.pcnc.com.ph), a nonprofit that certifies NGOs as meeting organizational standards for financial management and transparency, helps improve accountability and effectiveness of nonprofits involved in education, healthcare, poverty alleviation and other missions. Created in 1997 by a consortium of NGO networks, PCNC currently certifies approximately 450 NGOs with a “Seal of Good Housekeeping,” based on evaluations conducted by more than a hundred volunteer evaluators on six criteria including mission, goals and financial management. That gives donors confidence that funding will be used for its intended purpose. Based in Manila with eight employees, PCNC also helps match NGOs with communities in need, improving local outcomes across the nation. Since going live in 2016, NetSuite has been playing a critical role by giving PCNC new capabilities to track and segment NGOs by mission, regions and other characteristics, helping bring together NGOs and beneficiaries. PCNC also uses NetSuite for automated communications, such as notification emails to NGOs six months before certification expires, and intends to use NetSuite LightCMS for a more modern website. NetSuite technical support and Suite Pro Bono volunteers have been instrumental in helping PCNC make the most of its system.

“What used to take a day of gathering and aggregating data now takes minutes,” said Luis Morales, PCNC Executive Director. “We’re saving a lot of time with the ability to generate data very easily and that means less cost and less manual work. We didn’t realize what we were missing with NetSuite. NetSuite really knows how to work with nonprofits.”

Grupo Kalinangan Advocates Preservation of Filipino Heritage

Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. (www.grupokalinangan.org), an organization founded in 2015 in Makati City, develops and deploys IT tools, services and support systems for local government and grassroots communities for improved cultural heritage management in the Philippines. Bringing together advocates and practitioners from allied fields including social science, architecture and IT, GKI is building a data platform and map of Philippine history and culture, while implementing projects and activities aligned with understanding how to better preserve and promote Philippine culture and heritage through big data and analytics. A key focus area for GKI, with five board members and about 50 volunteers, is the use of data exchange, analytics and software such as Arches, an open-source GIS tool to collect and share data, heightening awareness of the importance of Filipino heritage. GKI, being an early adopter of technology, has always embraced modern applications to streamline its own operations. Replacing a free Wave Accounting application with NetSuite, which went live in 2016, NetSuite helps GKI save time and money in managing financials, preparing annual reports, and improving transparency for donors and in government filings. Despite Grupo Kalinangan’s initial concern that NetSuite would be too complicated, the system has proven to be easy to use, especially with the training provided by Suite Pro Bono volunteers over a six-week period. As a more cost-efficient organization, GKI can put full focus on heritage without needless overhead.

“We’ve definitely improved our processes with NetSuite and its capabilities,” said Karl Aguilar, Corporate Treasurer. “We can focus on the most important things for our organization without getting bogged down by problems and complicated financial processes. NetSuite does the work for us.”

Addressing Modern Challenges with Modern Cloud Technology

Nonprofits and social enterprises in the Philippines and elsewhere see transformational improvements by using NetSuite for functions such as accounting, donor and project management, online commerce, fund-raising and marketing. At the same time, NetSuite helps nonprofits address key pain points such as tight budgets, limited IT resources and increasing competition for funding. Benefits include:

  • Efficient financials and operations. Nonprofits eliminate error-prone, paper-based processes, dramatically reducing labor and cost and channeling savings into social impact programs.
  • Real-time visibility. Management can easily track revenue vs. expenses, fund-raising effectiveness and project status, enabling informed decisions on priority focus areas and complete tracking of results.
  • Greater transparency. Grant accounting at a line-item level helps nonprofits track how, when and where a grant is spent on any given project, helping to meet exacting donor requirements.
  • Regulatory reporting. Nonprofits speed up and simplify external audits as well as reporting to regulatory bodies, publicly documenting key financial metrics used by prospective donors to assess a nonprofit’s worthiness of funding.
  • Increased fund-raising effectiveness. Organizations gain a 360-degree view of their constituents and can utilize email marketing tools for personalized outreach and building long-term relationships.
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Michael S. Robinson
Oracle NetSuite
781-974-9401
michael.s.robinson@oracle.com
About Oracle NetSuite Social Impact

Founded in 2006, the Oracle NetSuite Social Impact group is empowering nonprofits to use NetSuite to further their mission, regardless of their ability to pay. More than 1,000 nonprofits and social enterprises around the world are supported by NetSuite Social Impact, which makes available free and discounted software licensing to qualified organizations. The program also includes Suite Pro Bono, under which NetSuite employees provide their expertise to help nonprofits with training and customizations to make the most of the platform. To learn more about NetSuite Social Impact, please visit http://www.netsuite.com/socialimpact.

About Oracle NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries.

For more information, please visit http://www.netsuite.com.

Follow Oracle NetSuite’s Cloud blog, Facebook page and @NetSuite Twitter handle for real-time updates.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

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Miroglio Fashion Deploys Oracle Retail Omnichannel Solutions in 7 Months

Tue, 2018-01-30 08:00
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Miroglio Fashion Deploys Oracle Retail Omnichannel Solutions in 7 Months Italian Fashion Company Offers Customers a Rich Shopping Experience with Oracle Retail Xstore and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 30, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that Italian fashion company Miroglio Fashion deployed the Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement to drive innovation and create connections between product, data and people. The Italian fashion retailer operates more than 1,100 stores, six commerce sites and 2,400 wholesale outlets in 34 countries and has 12 distinctive womenswear brands as Elena Mirò, Fiorella Rubino, Motivi and Oltre.

“As the consumer continues to evolve, our business must follow and innovate. With Oracle Retail, our physical and digital locations can now operate as part of a network to better serve our customer with unified stock management and unified shopping experiences across channels. Customers are empowered to engage with our brand as they choose,” said Hans Hoegstedt, CEO of Miroglio Fashion.

Miroglio Fashion launched the Retail 4.0 program as an initiative to foster innovation, drive efficiency and increase performance. With the help of Oracle Retail Consulting, Miroglio Fashion implemented Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement. In 2013, Oracle quickly declared Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service as the strategic Omnichannel platform to deliver more innovation to the market.

“We needed speed, efficiency and reliability to execute toward the vision of our Retail Innovation Program. Our leadership team declared explicit business targets. We designed the roll-out and a progressive migration process in advance of the implementation,” said Francesco Cavarero, Group Chief Information Officer, Miroglio Fashion.

“We are thankful for the collaboration with the IT and business leadership teams of Miroglio Fashion. The clarity and focus of the project and commitment to a vanilla implementation allowed my team to deliver on-time and on-budget in seven working months,” said Lou Frio, Vice President of Global Consulting, Oracle Retail. “Miroglio Fashion leverages a remote deployment process to keep an aggressive yet healthy pace for the rollout.”

Oracle will convene a global community of retail leadership at Oracle Industry Connect April 10-11, 2018 in New York, NY. Oracle Industry Connect provides attendees with intimate peer networking opportunities in addition to over 30 customer-led presentations on adapting to market changes, simplifying operations and empowering authentic brand experiences. To learn more about Oracle Industry Connect 2018 and register to attend visit: www.oracle.com/oracleindustryconnect/

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Oracle
415-595-1584
matt.torres@oracle.com
About Miroglio Fashion

Miroglio Fashion is the company in the leading textiles and apparel Miroglio Group—founded in 1947—which is specialized in womenswear. Today it is the number three company in Italy in this market. It creates, produces and distributes 12 brands through 1,188 branded sales outlets, 6 e-commerce websites and a wholesale network of 2,400 stores.

Miroglio Fashion’s growth path draws on the qualities that have made Italian entrepreneurship great, such as focusing on people, distinctive brand offerings, attention to detail, and an intimate, humane shopping experience, all backed up by latest generation technology.

www.mirogliofashion.com

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

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Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), visit www.oracle.com.

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Office Depot Pivots to a New Future with Oracle Cloud Applications

Mon, 2018-01-29 07:00
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Office Depot Pivots to a New Future with Oracle Cloud Applications Leading office products retailer to modernize its legacy systems in the cloud and accelerate omnichannel business success

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 29, 2018

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omni-channel provider of business services, products and technology, selected Oracle Cloud Applications to modernize its IT systems and transform its business processes to meet the demands of today’s digital economy. By enhancing the performance and outcomes of key supply chain, HR, and financial management functions with Oracle Cloud Applications, Office Depot will be able to accelerate its omnichannel growth, simplify its IT infrastructure, and lower its costs.

To enable strategic business model changes and achieve future growth plans, Office Depot needed a comprehensive solution that could enhance its current infrastructure and extend its existing IT investments. After a competitive review, Office Depot selected Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud to speed time to market and control costs.

“Office Depot is pivoting away from being a traditional office products retailer to a broader omnichannel services and products company and that causes a lot of complexity given our existing technology,” said Damon Venger, senior director, IT Applications, Office Depot. “We evaluated multiple vendors, but only Oracle could deliver the end-to-end solutions we needed. Oracle Cloud applications continue to evolve and expand—ensuring they can grow with us over time. This was important when looking for a company that could be a true partner and understand our unique business needs.”

To support high-order volumes and a large range of products, Office Depot chose Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud for an end-to-end business solution that can help get products to market faster and offer real-time insight into day-to-day logistics, procurement, and forecasting. With Oracle HCM Cloud, Office Depot will be empowered with insightful and actionable data to manage its global workforce for a more positive and consistent employee experience worldwide, while eliminating individual and disjointed point solutions. Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud will help transform the finance function —from planning to financial close — to enable data-driven, strategic decision making, timely and accurate financial reporting, and lower IT complexity.

“Office Depot continues to digitally transform its business to better serve the needs of its constituents — from employees to customers,” said Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development, Oracle. “With Oracle Cloud Applications, the company will be well equipped to capitalize on new opportunities for growth, while delivering a differentiated, compelling service to its customers.”

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To learn more about Oracle EPM Cloud, follow @OracleEPMCloud on Twitter or Facebook, or read the Modern Finance Leader blog.

More information on Oracle HCM Cloud can be found on the Modern HR in the Cloud blog, follow @OracleHCM on Twitter or Facebook.

For additional information on Oracle SCM Cloud, visit FacebookTwitter or the Oracle SCM blog.

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Oracle PR
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Rebecca Rakitin
Office Depot, Inc.
561-438-1450
Rebecca.Rakitin@officedepot.com
About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, BizBox, CompuCom®, Complete Office and Grand&Toy®. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL®, Foray®, Brenton Studio®, Ativa®, WorkPro®, Realspace® and Highmark®.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

Office Depot, Foray, Ativa and Realspace are trademarks of The Office Club, Inc. OfficeMax, TUL, Brenton Studio, WorkPro and Highmark are trademarks of OMX, Inc. CompuCom is a trademark of CompuCom Systems, Inc. and Complete Office is a trademark of Complete Office Solutions, LLC. Grand&Toy is a trademark of Grand & Toy, LLC in Canada. ©2017 Office Depot, Inc. All rights reserved. Any other product or company names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

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Leader Grupo Martí Deploys Suite of Oracle Retail Technology, Improving Customer Experience

Tue, 2018-01-23 09:58
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Leader Grupo Martí Deploys Suite of Oracle Retail Technology, Improving Customer Experience A Leading Provider of Sporting Goods in Mexico Gains Single View of Inventory and Operations

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 23, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that a leading provider of sporting goods in Mexico, Grupo Martí has deployed Oracle Retail technology to make goods available to consumers in stores faster. As part of their implementation project, Grupo Martí has implemented Oracle Retail Merchandise operations management suite, Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management and Oracle Retail Allocation. With Oracle Retail at the core, Grupo Martí can enhance inventory control to drive better merchandise decision-making and improve the experience for consumers, helping ensure the right products are in the right stores at the right time.

Grupo Martí operates over 200 stores under seven brands including: Tiendas Martí, Martí Outlet, Martí Digital, Clubes Sport City, Restaurantes City Café, Emoción Deportiva and Smart Fit. As a leading sporting goods retailer in Mexico, Grupo Martí’s business model is highly dependent on managing large volumes of inventory. Prior to deploying Oracle Retail, Grupo Martí was managing merchandise through their ERP system, but found that it could not scale to meet the demand of today’s omnichannel environment. Grupo Martí started an evaluation of solutions to support retail business with minimal operational changes. Grupo Martí selected Oracle Retail for their ability to deliver an easy to implement solution with breadth, depth and retail rich business capabilities for a modern, digital organization. Retail Consult, Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum level member, was a key player in the success of the Martí Lombardi project.

“One of the most important outcomes of the project was simplifying our business processes with a flexible and powerful tool – made possible with a seasoned implementation partner. The combination of Oracle Retail solutions with Retail Consult skills helped to empower the Martí team and made the project viable.” said Alejandro Oropeza, CIO of Grupo Martí.

As a result of a successful implementation with Retail Consult and Oracle Retail, Grupo Martí is experiencing positive impacts in budget optimization, order tracking, vendor communications, as well as allocation of products in the right sizes, colors and quantities to stores. Accelerated purchase process and optimized product delivery is key: historically it had taken three to four months to get products into stores and this can now be accomplished in a matter of weeks. Martí’s information is now organized to provide better visibility to make more informed decisions that impact operations and inventory.

“Martí immediately noticed positive results, due to more efficient processes, control, and visibility. Budget optimization, order tracking, and vendor communications have all improved,” said Manuel Martin, CEO, Grupo Martí. “From day one, we experienced an accelerated purchasing process to get the right product into our stores in weeks instead of months.”

"The Oracle Retail suite of solutions was a perfect fit for Grupo Martí because they needed broad, Retail-specific functionality that could be implemented quickly and integrated with their existing ERP system.  As well, Oracle's technology platform has rich capabilities that make the integrations easy to implement and help keep them protected for future upgrades,” said Silvia Gomes, partner, Retail Consult. “With Oracle, we are confident that we can deliver all aspects of a client's solution to make them successful."

“Offering the right product, at the right moment, in the right time is key for driving loyalty. Inventory control is crucial to offer consistent customer shopping experience and engagement,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “We are seeing sports retailers worldwide looking for improving their operations and we are proud to work with Grupo Martí in Mexico in this transformational journey.”

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Matt Torres
Oracle
415-595-1584
matt.torres@oracle.com
About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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GRDF Begins World’s Largest Gas Smart Meter Roll-out Underpinned by Oracle Technology

Tue, 2018-01-23 08:00
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GRDF Begins World’s Largest Gas Smart Meter Roll-out Underpinned by Oracle Technology Leading French gas distributor will deliver smart metering to 11 million users by 2022, with the help of Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management

DistribuTECH, San Antonio, TX.—Jan 23, 2018

Leading French distribution system operator (DSO), GRDF, launched the world’s largest roll-out of smart gas meters, powered by Oracle technology in May 2017. GRDF, which serves 90% of France’s gas market, has selected Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management to help it deliver smart metering services to 11 million customers as part of its gas smart meters programme. 

The announcement follows an 18 month trial, which received regulatory approval from the French government in April 2017. GRDF has now begun the full-scale replacement of its 11 million mechanical meters with new smart devices. GRDF’s project is one step toward achieving this end. Its aim is to replace all current gas meters within 5 years. This large-scale industrial program will benefit customers and cities by boosting their energy efficiency.

Using Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management (MDM), GRDF is currently upgrading the natural gas transmission network to make it an effective tool for the energy transition. Eventually, it will be digitized and connected to provide four major features: integrating locally-produced renewable gas, improving safety and performance for the natural gas supply, providing customers and cities with data they can use in their efforts to manage energy demand and creating bridges to other networks so that they can take advantage of the storage capacity and flexibility of the natural gas network. In anticipation of the clean energy package, the transition to smart metering will also help GRDF respond to new European regulation.

Edouard Sauvage, CEO at GRDF said “replacing 11 million mechanical meters with smart devices takes more than just a new IT infrastructure. This is a major transformation for GRDF and for France, and we needed a technology partner that could help us to continue delivering the highest standard of service to our customers.”

Rodger Smith, general manager and senior vice president for Oracle Utilities said “the French gas market has a clear roadmap for the transition to digital service delivery and the move to smart metering is an integral part of this evolution. The configurability and strength of Oracle Meter Data Management make it ideally suited to that end. With this roll-out and its investment in Oracle, GRDF is setting a new tone for the relationship between French utilities, their customers and the network.”

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Oracle Corporation
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Daniel Argintaru
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OracleIndustries@CMGRP.com
About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About GRDF

GRDF is the leading manager of natural gas transmission networks in France, GRDF distributes natural gas each day to more than 11 million customers to ensure that they have gas when they need it, regardless of their supplier. This convenient, affordable, comfortable, and modern source of energy enables people to heat their homes, cook, and get around. To provide this public service, GRDF builds, operates, and maintains the largest transmission network in Europe (198,886 km) and develops it in more than 9,500 municipalities while ensuring the safety of people and property, as well as high-quality distribution.

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Oracle Utilities’ New Low Voltage Network Management Capability Provides Instant Visibility into Low Voltage, Secondary Mesh, Underground Networks

Tue, 2018-01-23 08:00
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Oracle Utilities’ New Low Voltage Network Management Capability Provides Instant Visibility into Low Voltage, Secondary Mesh, Underground Networks Oracle Utilities’ Innovative Network Management System now features out-of-the-box low voltage capability

DistribuTECH, San Antonio, TX.—Jan 23, 2018

Oracle Utilities today announced that it has added unique, low voltage network management capabilities to its Oracle Utilities Network Management System, providing distribution network operators with increased visibility and management of low voltage, secondary mesh, underground networks. Oracle Utilities is one of the only providers offering detailed analysis and modeling capabilities that are available out-of-the-box.

While utility distribution operators have had visibility into their high and medium voltage networks, they haven’t had the same level of near real-time operational visibility into the underground low voltage, and secondary mesh networks used in many cities.

Oracle understands that the historically high reliability and inherent redundancy of the underground networks meant that operator visibility was not a high priority. Today, however, utilities are seeing more disruptions and failures in downtown underground low voltage/secondary networks due to aging infrastructure and the addition of intermittent distributed renewable resources at the edge of the grid.

For cities, visibility is becoming an increasingly important consideration in order to continue to improve reliability. One major North American city, for example, has a vast underground distribution network that carries 86 percent of the total load via low voltage, secondary lines. This level of visibility is just as important for smaller city networks. Many European and Asian utilities also carry electricity to customers via extensive low voltage networks that typically don’t have the visibility and accountability of HV or MV networks. In the dynamic network of the future, visibility is becoming almost a requirement and added priority alongside reliability and redundancy.

The new Low Voltage Network Management capability in the Oracle Utilities Network Management System provides modeling, analysis and ongoing management and optimization of complex mesh and low voltage networks, helping operators monitor faults and resolve them in an automated fashion. By better modeling and managing these networks, utilities can manage the low voltage edge of the grid as part of their core operations, enabling them to: reduce recurring crew visits for fault and outage resolution; better forecast load and plan accordingly; help identify which assets are approaching the end of their lifecycle and need to be replaced; and improve overall system reliability and customer satisfaction.

“Underground low voltage network assets continue to age, and their reliability and resiliency has been further challenged by the inherent intermittency of distributed energy resources. As utilities strive to place a strong emphasis on customer-centricity, these new challenges are creating a dire need for more visibility, control and proactive maintenance and optimization of low voltage networks. Oracle Utilities Low Voltage Network Management capability is unique in its ability to respond to these needs, agnostically, either within our Oracle Utilities Network Management  Solution or alongside others’ distribution management products,” said Rodger Smith, general manager and senior vice president, Oracle Utilities.

“As we continue to see more disruptions and failures in underground low voltage secondary networks in cities around the globe, the need for near real-time visibility into network performance is becoming more critical. Oracle Utilities is in a unique position to provide such detailed low voltage network management visibility which will enable utilities to provide a safe, secure and reliable power supply for years to come and to increase flexibility to support growth in their cities,” said John Villali, Research Director for IDC Energy Insights.

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Oracle Corporation
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Burson-Marsteller
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christina.mcdonald@bm.com
About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Oracle Health Sciences Study Reveals Top Challenges and Opportunities for RTSM/IRT Solutions

Wed, 2018-01-17 08:00
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Oracle Health Sciences Study Reveals Top Challenges and Opportunities for RTSM/IRT Solutions Study of clinical trial professionals involved in RTSM/IRT reveals poor integration with other clinical platforms, slowness to build, and inability to support study changes as top issues

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 17, 2018

Oracle Health Sciences today announced the results of a new study, conducted in partnership with Informa Engage, which reveals the top challenges and frustrations for clinical trial professionals with current Randomization and Trial Supply Management/ Interactive Response Technology (RTSM/IRT) systems, as well as opportunities for improvement. Among the many findings, the study revealed the top three challenges in RTSM/IRT for over 70 percent of respondents: integration with other platforms, slowness to build, test and deploy new trials, and lack of flexibility and inability to support study changes.

Clinical trials are known for being complex and lengthy, and trial set up can account for a large portion of the time. Exploring the reasons for delay, the study found that 92% of respondents reported having to make changes to their RTSM/IRT systems due to study changes, and on an average of two times per study. Given these results, it’s no wonder that over half of the respondents believe they could conduct more trials if they were able to leverage self-service capabilities to build new trials and make mid-study changes on their own.

In addition, the survey revealed that the most anticipated change in RTSM/IRT within the next five years is the integration of IRT into the eClinical platform, followed by accelerated trial builds, and completely self-service solutions, which reflects a desire for the top current challenges to be addressed in the next generation of RTSM/IRT platforms.

“When you’re developing software to help people with a specific business process, such as clinical research, it’s important to stay in tune with the market to ensure you’re always innovating to address their top challenges and delighting them with a solution that makes their job easier,” said Steve Rosenberg, general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “The findings from this research confirm the pain points that we address with our new Clinical One Randomization and Supplies Management Cloud Service and that we are aligned with what the market wants in a modern RTSM/IRT solution.”

Oracle recently announced Oracle Clinical One, a cloud-based eClinical environment that is intended to redefine the way technology supports clinical research. Its first module, Clinical One Randomization and Supplies Management, was designed with self-service in mind, enabling clinical teams to design, validate and deploy a study in days with the click of a button, effectively addressing the issues identified in this study.

The study, whose goal was to identify the top challenges facing users of RTSM/IRT solutions, highlights many of the issues important to clinical operations and trial management professionals. Data was gathered via an online survey completed by 254 professionals in clinical operations, trial management and related functional areas with direct involvement in both Clinical Trial Operations and RTMS/IRT solutions.

** Images from Informa Engage October 2017 Oracle Health Sciences Survey

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River Island Creates Single View of Inventory with Oracle Retail Planning

Tue, 2018-01-16 08:00
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River Island Creates Single View of Inventory with Oracle Retail Planning Fashion Retailer Aligns Planning Practices Across its Business Models

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 16, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that River Island deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning to support their Omnichannel growth and digital transformation. River Island operates a global portfolio of over 320 stores across the UK and Ireland and internationally throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. With a global footprint and multiple web, franchise and wholesale operations River Island required new tools to make more accurate and impactful inventory decisions for continued growth.

River Island had the vision and courage to become an Omnichannel retailer before it was vogue. River Island operates an award-winning online fashion retail site, employs one of the biggest in-house design teams on the British high street and maintains a deep commitment to nurturing new talent which have enabled the brand to become one of the most successful fashion retailers in the UK. As River Island experienced continued growth in the UK and internationally they understood the value and necessity of a single view of order and inventory to scale their business.

“We knew that Omnichannel was the future and had to make a strategic move. We partnered with Oracle to get there. A single view of inventory is the key to fulfilling demand and operating more effectively,” said Doug Gardner, Chief Information Officer, River Island. “Through this transformation, we needed to change the way our business worked. People had to come together and properly go through the design of the implementation.”

As an early adopter of Omnichannel planning, River Island partnered very closely with the Oracle Retail Consulting team to align towards business objectives correctly. Together, River Island established more-consistent and accurate planning processes to better understand how merchandise was performing across channels.

“Sometimes you have to have the courage to level set in the middle of an implementation. You want to get it right because you need a foundation to operate with going forward,” said Gardner. “By implementing Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning correctly, we are now about to evaluate profitability, reduce markdowns and follow a single version of the truth for the whole business.”

“In our 2017 global consumer research ‘Retail in 4 Dimensions,’ we found that 43% of consumers are now shopping both online and in-store every week. The multichannel shopper spent nearly twice as much as a single channel shopper this fall. River Island took notice of these trends early and shifted their strategies to be more nimble and agile in the face of shifting consumer demands,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “Retail has advanced at an unprecedented pace with an evolution of strictly brick and mortar retail to a complex Omnichannel world where purchasing online and collecting orders how, where and when one wants has become the standard.”

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Oracle Retail at NRF 2018

Oracle Retail will be showcasing the full suite of Oracle Retail solutions and cloud services at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2017, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Retail will be located at booth #3521. For more information check out: www.oracle.com/retail

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Luxury Retailer Chalhoub Modernizes the Customer Experience with Oracle Point of Service

Mon, 2018-01-15 11:50
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Luxury Retailer Chalhoub Modernizes the Customer Experience with Oracle Point of Service Xstore Point-of-Service Delivers a Highly Personalized, Mobile Customer Experience In-Store

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 15, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that luxury retailer Chalhoub has successfully deployed Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service to modernize its customer experience. Chaloub’s Oracle Retail Xstore implementation is the first in the Middle East and the result of a six-month installation process in partnership with Logic Information Systems. The project for the Dubai storefront included deployment of more than 100 registers, 60 of which are mobile, bringing mobile checkout, integrated payment systems and improved store operations to the brand.

Chalhoub started as a family business licensing foreign brands in Damascus, Syria in 1955. It now runs a network of 650 retail stores with fashion and cosmetic lines including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin across the Middle East. Today the Chalhoub Group employs more than 12,000 people in 14 countries.

“With the help from Logic and Oracle, we migrated from the Oracle Retail Point of Service to latest version of Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service. We can now deliver a modern mobile experience to our customers. By implementing Xstore, we are also empowering our store associates. The goal is to provide a highly personalized and engaged customer experience at the world's finest shoe metropolis, Level Shoes,” said Olivier Leblan, Group Chief Information Officer, Chalhoub.

“The Point of Service system must allow retailers to transact and interact with consumers as they choose. Whether using a traditional register, portable solution, tablet or handheld, it's point of service.,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “As our Retail in 4D research shows, more than half (52 percent) of retailers said they are arming their store employees with mobile technology. Congratulations to Chalhoub for deploying a modern customer experience.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Chalhoub and Oracle. Together we delivered on the vision to drive a better customer experience for Level and to establish a foundation to support Chalhoub,” said Saad Khan, General Manager of the Middle East, Logic Information Systems. “We look forward to the continued momentum for the Oracle Retail Xstore platform across the Middle East and Asia. We found the solution to be a great fit for the region.”

To learn more about Chalhoub’s implementation of Oracle Retail technology register here for a webinar on Tuesday February 20.

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Oracle Retail at NRF 2018

Oracle Retail will be showcasing the full suite of Oracle Retail solutions and cloud services at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2017, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Retail will be located at booth #3521. For more information check out: www.oracle.com/retail

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Oracle and FreedomPay Deliver Future of Consumer Payments at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center

Mon, 2018-01-15 10:50
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Oracle and FreedomPay Deliver Future of Consumer Payments at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center Collaboration will Showcase New EMV Contact and Contactless Payment Capabilities at One of the Nation’s Busiest Convention Centers

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 15, 2018

Today at NRF 2018, Oracle Hospitality a trusted provider of hardware, software and services to hospitality operators and FreedomPay, a leader in secure commerce technology for lodging, gaming, retail, restaurants, stadiums and other hospitality merchants, announced their  collaboration to provide secure payment processing for conference attendees at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. The companies have integrated FreedomPay’s Advanced Commerce Platform with Oracle Hospitality’s MICROS point-of-sale devices to provide full EMV support to over 175 events annually supporting over 35,000 global companies.

The customer facing devices, as well as the handheld pay-at-table devices, support EMV contact and contactless payments—enabling patrons from around the world to easily leverage their local bank-issued payment cards. Furthermore, the contactless EMV support enables customers to save valuable time by simply tapping their payment card on the reader versus inserting their card into the device, the combined payment solution enables consumers to utilize the payment options they desire.

The integration between FreedomPay and Oracle Hospitality is another example of Oracle delivering additional value for hospitality customers through integrations that extend the value of POS investments. In addition to providing durable and compact point-of-service terminals, Oracle Hospitality offers a fully integrated portfolio of hardware and software solutions that enable food and beverage operations to streamline managerial tasks, increase speed of service and elevate the guest experience.

“The NRF conference is about showcasing the technology that will build future customer experiences and with FreedomPay we’ll be highlighting the potential of contactless EMV payments in the hospitality industry at food vendors across the Jacob K. Javits Center,” said Laura Calin, vice president of strategy, Oracle Hospitality. “Contactless EMV payments represent an opportunity for retailers and food and beverage operators to improve the guest experience by accelerating the check out process during peak retail seasons and high volume hospitality applications.”

“Contactless payments deliver a fast, simple and secure experience at the point of sale, while also helping merchants increase speed of service and grow sales volume,” said Dan Sanford, vice president, consumer products, Visa. “We’re pleased that all Javits Center attendees will now be able to tap to pay quickly and easily with their contactless cards, mobile phones, or connected devices.”

The FreedomPay Advanced Commerce Platform is one of the first the first PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solution with EMV, NFC, Dynamic Currency Conversion and real-time data capabilities that delivers on a global scale. With P2PE, valuable consumer payment data is protected from the moment the card is inserted into the MICROS point-of-sale device, in transit, and at rest in the merchant’s environment. FreedomPay is Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

“Over the past 15 years, FreedomPay developed a strong relationship with the team at Oracle—combining our point-to-point encryption expertise and secure payment processing capabilities with their MICROS terminals,” said Chris Kronenthal, president and chief technology officer at FreedomPay. “This installation at the Javits Center emphasizes the payment protection capabilities that FreedomPay and Oracle are delivering coast-to-coast.”

FreedomPay and Oracle help secure payments for consumers across multiple verticals throughout the United States, including food and beverage, hospitality, retail and travel. The “Secured by FreedomPay” image appearing on the Oracle MICROS point-of-sale devices assures customers that their transactions are protected to exceed some of the most stringent payment transaction security requirements currently available. FreedomPay is Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN).

NRF 2018 attendees who spot the “Secured by FreedomPay” image on payment terminals within the Javits Center are encouraged to participate in FreedomPay’s #SecuredbyFreedomPay” social media prize giveaway. Additional details are available at http://corporate.freedompay.com/blog_article/show-us-you-are-securedbyfreedompay/.

Oracle Hospitality hardware solutions including the recently announced Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 will be available for demo at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2018, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Hospitality will be located within the Oracle Retail booth #3521.

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About FreedomPay

The FreedomPay Commerce Platform is the best way for merchants to simplify complex payment environments. Validated by the PCI Security Standards Council for Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) along with EMV, NFC and DCC capabilities, global leaders in retail, hospitality, gaming, education, healthcare and financial services trust FreedomPay to deliver unmatched security and advanced value added services. With broad integrations across top point-of-sale, device manufacturers and payment processors, supported by rapid API adoption, FreedomPay is driving the future of commerce and customer interaction. For more information, go to www.freedompay.com.

About Oracle Hospitality

Oracle Hospitality brings 35 years of experience in providing technology solutions to food and beverage operators. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to deliver exceptional guest experiences while maximizing profitability. Our solutions include integrated point-of-sale, loyalty, reporting and analytics, inventory and labor management, all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility.

For more information about Oracle Hospitality, please visit www.Oracle.com/Hospitality

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle’s products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program—an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.

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Oracle Celebrates Continued Hardware Innovation with New MICROS Compact Workstation 310 Point-of-Sale

Mon, 2018-01-15 10:50
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Oracle Celebrates Continued Hardware Innovation with New MICROS Compact Workstation 310 Point-of-Sale New POS Engineered for Smaller Footprints and Portability to Join Existing Portfolio of Workstations on Display at NRF 2018

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 15, 2018

Oracle today introduced the new Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 point-of-sale (POS) terminal. A high-performance, cost-effective workstation built with superior durability in a sleek, compact form factor, the Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 is ideal for hospitality and retail applications that feature a limited menu or assortment and require a smaller footprint, terminal portability or additional capacity during peak trading or a sporting event. The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 will be available to demo at the National Retail Federation conference in New York and joins Oracle’s existing hardware portfolio on display at booth #3521 including Oracle MICROS Workstation 6 and the Oracle MICROS Tablet 720 showcasing Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service with our Oracle Retail omnichannel cloud services.

Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310

The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 runs Windows 10® IoT Enterprise with Oracle Hospitality Simphony 2.9.2 HF6, 2.9.3 HF1, 2.10, Simphony FE 1.7.3, and RES 5.5.1, and Oracle Retail Xstore Point of Service v17 software. The all-in-one thin client and 10.1” display is designed to accommodate limited counter space and afford maximum portability. Its connectivity and operating system enable ease of provisioning and management for IT, while delivering a fast, rich, familiar Windows 10 user experience.

“Guest services and the shopping experiences are changing in the hospitality and retail sectors, with consumers demanding more speed and convenience. Oracle is extending our hardware portfolio so that our customers can adapt to those changes,” said Mike Webster, senior vice president and GM Oracle Retail and Hospitality. “The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 delivers a portable, rugged and intuitive experience that is perfect for scenarios with high volumes of customers and limited menus or assortments including stadiums, pop up stores, mall kiosks, theme parks, sidewalk sales and promotional events.”

Key features of the new Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 include:

  • Best Price Performance: Purpose-built to help ensure businesses aren’t over paying for the best customer experience, the 310 is engineered end-to-end for stress free administration and includes a powerful dual core processor and integrated graphics engine for an exceptional user experience.
  • Built To Last: The 310 is built to withstand extreme temperatures for outdoor use and is protected against impact, dust, grease and grime build up. The long product lifecycle and low meantime before failure (no moving parts) aims to lower total cost of ownership by reducing the number of refresh cycles.
  • Elegant, Simple Design: Made with a sleek, industrial design and small footprint, the 310 is aesthetically pleasing and maximizes counter space. Its portability also allows for anywhere, anytime transactions to capitalize on profitable locations, and its intuitive user interface is easy-to-use for full-time or seasonal employees.
  • Easy to Set Up: End to end ecosystem: Hardware, Software, Cloud, and Services enables easier solution set up and support.  Client applications manager (CAL), advocated offering and Oracle validated SW updates allow easy device provision and administration.

The Oracle MICROS Compact Workstation 310 joins Oracle’s existing portfolio of POS workstations, including the Oracle MICROS Workstation 650, the Oracle MICROS Workstation 620 and the Oracle Workstation 610 and complements the Oracle MICROS Tablet 720 Series 7 inch Tablet.

Continued Retail POS Momentum

“Oracle Retail is extending our hardware portfolio to deliver the innovation of the Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service Platform with omnichannel cloud services. The Workstation 310 has ample connectivity for multiple peripherals, and is fully supported beginning with Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service,” said Jeff Warren, Vice President Strategy and Solutions, Oracle Retail. “This allows the retailer to have a consistent software implementation with the benefits of Xstore in a portable small footprint point of sale workstation.”

Global customers continue to adopt Oracle Xstore POS with Oracle MICROS hardware including:

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About Oracle Hospitality

Oracle Hospitality brings 35 years of experience in providing technology solutions to food and beverage operators. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to deliver exceptional guest experiences while maximizing profitability. Our solutions include integrated point-of-sale, loyalty, reporting and analytics, inventory and labor management, all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility. For more information about Oracle Hospitality, please visit www.Oracle.com/Hospitality.

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Samsonite Europe Extends Alliance and Upgrades with Oracle Retail

Fri, 2018-01-12 07:25
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Samsonite Europe Extends Alliance and Upgrades with Oracle Retail Global Luggage Retailer Begins the Journey to the Cloud with Order Broker

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 12, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that Samsonite Europe is extending their alliance with Oracle Retail to adopt the Order Broker Cloud Service to enable more consumer shopping journeys. Samsonite will also take advantage of the innovation in the latest release by upgrading Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement.

Samsonite is the worldwide leader in travel bags, luggage, and accessories. Samsonite sells products in over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Latin America through authorized resellers, company-operated stores and online through a spectrum of global brands including Samsonite®, Tumi®, American Tourister®, Hartmann®, High Sierra®, Gregory®, Speck® and Lipault®.

“As our direct-to-consumer channel sales continue to grow, we want to ensure we can meet the rising expectations of our customers across our multi-brand and multi-channel portfolio. These new journeys will allow us to convert sales at the point of intent and deliver the product how the customer chooses,” said Dirk de Smyter, IT Director Europe, Samsonite Europe. “The Oracle Retail solutions provide us a path to seamlessly integrate online and instore channels.”

With this new functionality, Samsonite Europe will be able to support key retail buying behavior and preferences including buy online pick up in store, in-store ordering and buy online ship from store. Oracle Retail Consulting has teamed with Samsonite to implement Order Broker Cloud Service while upgrading the Oracle Retail Xstore and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement solutions. 

“Samsonite is a long-standing customer of Oracle Retail through the acquisition of MICROS. We sincerely appreciate the relationship and look forward to continuing to support their business as they expand the direct-to-consumer channel,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail.

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Oracle Retail at NRF 2018

Oracle Retail will be showcasing the full suite of Oracle Retail solutions and cloud services at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2017, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Retail will be located at booth #3521. For more information check out: www.oracle.com/retail

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud delivers hundreds of SaaS applications and enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries and territories while processing 55 billion transactions a day. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Global B2C and B2B Businesses Achieve Success with Oracle Commerce Cloud

Fri, 2018-01-12 07:00
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Global B2C and B2B Businesses Achieve Success with Oracle Commerce Cloud Oracle Commerce Cloud empowers business innovation and sales growth for organizations across the world

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 12, 2018

Global B2C and B2B businesses of all sizes have invested in Oracle Commerce Cloud, part of the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite to drive sales, customer loyalty and growth. Oracle Commerce Cloud customers include Denby Pottery, Komori American Corporation, Laura Ashley, Lenox, Team Sportia and Vermont Country Store.

Oracle Commerce Cloud is the industry’s only unified enterprise-grade B2C and B2B commerce platform built on modern cloud architecture and deep industry expertise. With a proven heritage for performance, scalability and flexibility, Oracle Commerce Cloud empowers online businesses to take advantage of artificial intelligence technology. Innovative personalization tools enable brands to deliver targeted offers and recommendations to shoppers that can increase customer loyalty and sales by providing personalized and connected customer journeys.

Lenox Corporation is the only major manufacturer of bone china in the United States selling tabletop, giftware and collectible products. It moved from the Oracle ATG Web Commerce on-premise platform to Oracle Commerce Cloud in October 2015 with the implementation taking just six months.

“Moving to Oracle Commerce Cloud has given us more control of our business and enabled us to reduce our cost of ownership and IT complexity,” said Ravi Kurumety, CIO, Lenox Corporation. “During our second holiday season on Oracle Commerce Cloud, we saw double digit increase in year-over-year sales as well as in mobile conversion,” said Kurumety. 

Founded in 1946 and based in Vermont, The Vermont Country Store is an American catalog, retail and e-commerce business selling practical and hard to find products such as Vermont maple syrup, sleepwear, apparel and home goods. The Vermont Country Store has productively run its e-commerce business with Oracle since 2010 and after successfully moving to Oracle Commerce Cloud, it has further improved and personalized the online customer experience.

“We wanted to deliver an online customer experience that was authentic and consistent with what someone would experience if they came into our store in person. So in early 2017, we successfully moved to Oracle Commerce Cloud,” said Jim Hall, president, The Vermont Country Store. “This holiday season, we celebrated 10% growth in online sales and increased customer satisfaction. I am particularly pleased with the improvement in mobile results and our mobile shopping experience.”

Successful sporting lifestyle retailer, Team Sportia owns and operates a chain of sports retail stores in the Nordics, focusing on fitness and training, running, outdoor, cycling and cross-country skiing products. This holiday season was the second year for the retailer using Oracle Commerce Cloud.

“We have continued to see growth over our most important shopping season with Oracle Commerce Cloud,” says Mikael Öhrn, CXO, Team Sportia. “We saw 100% growth in 2017 and have plans to continue to expand our CX solution footprint with Oracle.”

“It is important for businesses to invest in a modern commerce platform that can seamlessly scale to business conditions and remain flexible with ever-evolving customer expectations,” said Katrina Gosek, senior director, digital customer product strategy, Oracle. “Oracle is the leading cloud vendor with unified B2B and B2C capabilities in its commerce platform and also provides more out of the box features than most vendors. This combination enables businesses to scale to enterprise needs and rapidly achieve business value.”

Oracle CX Cloud Suite empowers organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. By providing a trusted business platform that connects data, experiences and outcomes, Oracle CX Cloud Suite helps customers reduce IT complexity, deliver innovative customer experiences and achieve predictable and tangible business results. The Oracle CX Cloud Suite includes Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Groupe Dynamite Deploys Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization Cloud Services

Thu, 2018-01-11 07:25
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Groupe Dynamite Deploys Oracle Retail Planning and Optimization Cloud Services Canadian Fast Fashion Retailer Propels Growth and Drives Inventory Productivity

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 11, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that Group Dynamite deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cloud Service to propel teams forward with an integrated, science-based cloud planning solution. Groupe Dynamite operates more than 400 stores and online shopping experiences in 10 countries and employs more than 6,000 people with brands Garage and Dynamite.

As a fast fashion retailer, Groupe Dynamite delivers creative and fresh merchandising to drive customer engagement across multiple touch points. Groupe Dynamite required one unified global planning approach to drive inventory performance, the flexibility to configure the interface and the ability to infuse data science into assortment prioritization, all while supporting open-to-buy processes.

“Our current process and incumbent solution required an assortment planning process that was time consuming and cumbersome. By shifting to Oracle Retail, we are empowering our teams with an intuitive and modern interface, and a holistic planning solution that provides store level detail and allows us to make more strategic merchandise decisions” said Julie Fillion, Senior Director of Planning, Groupe Dynamite. 

“Currently we have a team of regional product intelligence professionals dedicated to analyzing data and identifying and transferring products into stores. With millions of items per year, we need to be more efficient with how we allocate time for products, especially in a highly competitive market.” said, Sylvain Duval, Chief Operating Officer, Groupe Dynamite. “We want to apply the science and optimization of Oracle Retail Cloud Services to drive efficiency and productivity today.” “The deployment of Oracle Retail Merchandising Financial Planning Cloud Service took three months and we stayed on time and on budget and look forward to the next phase to implement Oracle Retail Assortment Planning Cloud Service.”

Groupe Dynamite has a long-standing partnership with Oracle Retail. In 2011, Groupe Dynamite launched fast fashion women’s apparel retailer brands Garage and Dynamite in the U.S. supported by Oracle Commerce solutions. Underlying these applications is Oracle SOA Suite, which Groupe Dynamite is using to streamline real-time messaging processes. In 2014, Groupe Dynamite deployed Oracle Retail Merchandising, Stores and Financial Inventory Management solutions to accelerate international expansion with a single view of inventory.

“We are pleased to extend the partnership with Groupe Dynamite to the next step of their IT transformation. Our Oracle Retail Planning Cloud Services offer best-in-class solutions that enable retailers to drive profitability and remain flexible to the changing retail environment,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “With the minimized costs associated with cloud deployment retailers like Groupe Dynamite are able to experience return on investment more quickly.”

Oracle Retail at NRF 2018

Oracle Retail will be showcasing the full suite of Oracle Retail solutions and cloud services at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2017, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Retail will be located at booth #3521. For more information check out: www.oracle.com/retail

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Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

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Groupe Dynamite, a Montreal-based company with two brands at the heart of its success, operates more than 400 stores in Canada and worldwide and employs close to 6,000 people. The Company creates, designs, markets and distributes a constantly evolving edited fashion collection to a large network of Dynamite and Garage retail stores. The brand's core strength is rooted in a solid understanding of its customer and is a design-driven fashion retail organization. More information on Groupe Dynamite is available at www.dynamite.ca

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Oracle Statement

Mon, 2018-01-08 10:56
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Oracle Statement

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 8, 2018

“We are pleased that the Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment on Rimini Street’s infringement of all 93 of Oracle’s copyrights in this case. Copyright infringement is at the core of Oracle’s dispute with Rimini, and Court of Appeals affirmed all of the trial court’s and the jury’s findings that Rimini blatantly violated copyright law. We look forward to the trial court issuing a permanent injunction against Rimini for its egregious and illegal conduct.”

—Deborah Hellinger, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Oracle
About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE: ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium Selects Oracle to Streamline Operations

Wed, 2017-12-20 07:00
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Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium Selects Oracle to Streamline Operations GMHEC chooses Oracle Cloud Applications to improve operational efficiencies and embrace modern best practices

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Dec 20, 2017

The Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium (GMHEC) has selected Oracle Cloud Applications to modernize critical finance and human resources business processes to increase customer service levels while reducing administrative costs. With Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud, GMHEC will be able to empower faculty, staff, and students to embrace modern best practices, drive institutional innovation and optimize the overall learning experience.

GMHEC is a collaborative endeavor of three Vermont colleges: Champlain College, Middlebury College and Saint Michael’s College. In order to continue to deliver the best possible student and staff experiences, GMHEC needed to replace its existing legacy on-premises business systems - which rely on manual processes and operate in a silo - with a unified business platform supporting modern best practices, real-time data insights, and transparent reporting across its campuses. After a careful evaluation of competing solutions, GMHEC selected Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle EPM Cloud and Oracle HCM Cloud to modernize its finance, reporting, procurement, recruitment and on-boarding processes.

“GMHEC aims to create a collaborative environment where we are sharing best practices across all three colleges to directly address rising educational costs and continue to make higher education accessible and affordable to all students,” said Corinna Noelke, executive director, Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium. “Collectively, we selected Oracle as it has a proven history of success in the higher education market, as well as the resources to continue to drive innovation and to allow implementation of standardized best business practices within a single instance for all member colleges.”

With Oracle ERP Cloud, GMHEC will be able to leverage a complete, modern and secure solution to streamline and optimize financial processes. Oracle EPM Cloud will enable GMHEC to strategically analyze data for accurate forecasting. Oracle HCM Cloud will enable the HR teams of the GMHEC schools to spend less time on manual processes and more time on sourcing, developing and retaining top talent through self-service capabilities that empower employees to engage with each other.

“Higher-education institutions are constantly challenged to reduce their administrative costs and optimize business processes in order to meet rapidly changing student and faculty demands,” said Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development, Oracle. “With Oracle Cloud Applications, the GMHEC team will be able to improve operational efficiency and increase productivity in order to spend more time focused on the student and staff experience.”

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To get the latest news and insights about Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle EPM Cloud, follow @OracleERPCloud on Twitter or Facebook, @OracleEPMCloud on Twitter or Facebook, or read the Modern Finance Leader blog.

More information about Oracle HCM Cloud can be found on the Modern HR in the Cloud blog, follow @OracleHCM on Twitter or Facebook.

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Nonprofits Making a Bigger, Better Difference with NetSuite

Tue, 2017-12-19 08:00
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Nonprofits Making a Bigger, Better Difference with NetSuite FH Canada, the Caring and Sharing Exchange, and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY Streamline Processes to Do More Good with NetSuite Social Impact

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Dec 19, 2017

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERPHRProfessional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced three nonprofit customers that are leveraging the NetSuite platform to create efficiencies, raise additional funds and further their mission. Charitable organizations and social enterprises are abandoning entry-level desktop applications, disparate systems and manual work for more effective and streamlined operations in the cloud. Nonprofits such as FH Canada (Canadian Food for the Hungry), the Caring and Sharing Exchange, and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester are effectively tackling key challenges in program management, regulatory reporting, fundraising, and tracking donors and beneficiaries with NetSuite. These organizations are realizing sizable cost savings and operational efficiencies that they can channel into social impact programs for education, healthcare, clean water, sustainable agriculture, legal aid and other support for populations in need—whether in a nonprofit’s home city or halfway around the world.

Traditionally, nonprofits have been slower than other industries in adopting technology to improve their performance. Limitations in funding, working capital and IT resources create a barrier to entry that can be difficult to overcome. As a result, many nonprofits struggle with standalone Excel spreadsheets, Access databases and server-based applications to manage financials and constituents, driving up administrative costs. That also hurts a nonprofit’s accountability and transparency ratings on sites like Charity Navigator, which individual, corporate and philanthropic donors use when evaluating prospective beneficiaries. Ultimately, outdated technology and labor-intensive manual work can undermine a nonprofit’s fundraising and ability to fully achieve its mission.

Founded in 2006, the NetSuite Social Impact group is empowering nonprofits to use NetSuite to further their mission, regardless of their ability to pay. More than 1,000 nonprofits and social enterprises around the world are supported by NetSuite Social Impact, which makes available free and discounted software licensing to qualified organizations. The program also includes Suite Pro Bono, under which NetSuite employees provide their expertise to help nonprofits with training and customizations to make the most of the platform. To learn more about NetSuite Social Impact, please visit www.netsuite.com/socialimpact.

Nonprofits using NetSuite for such functions as fund accounting, grants management, FASB reporting, fundraising, constituent management, and program management are gaining greater efficiencies and visibility into operations. FH Canada, the Caring and Sharing Exchange and the Legal Aid Society of Rochester are among the many nonprofits to improve efficiency and heighten their social impact with NetSuite’s unified cloud business management platform.

Food for the Hungry Canada (FH Canada) (www.fhcanada.org), part of the global Food for the Hungry (FH) organization, works with communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America who end poverty and become self-sustaining through leadership training and programs to improve healthcare, education, clean water, agriculture and more. Since 1994, the Christian nonprofit has “graduated” 63 communities after 10 years of collaboration to address the root causes of poverty. Today, Food for the Hungry staff, the vast majority of whom are hired from local countries, work with communities in Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Haiti and Guatemala. FH Canada relies heavily on individual donors, who may sponsor a child or purchase a gift such as school supplies, gardening tools or livestock for recipients through FH Canada’s online store.

Live in 2005, NetSuite has given FH Canada a unified system for all key processes, including its ecommerce web store. Fundraising income has grown by over 20 percent annually in recent years as the nonprofit utilizes a central donor database for personalized communications. Reallocation of savings on IT personnel has allowed FH Canada to funnel resources into fulfilling its mission, while real-time data has markedly improved insights and collaboration across the 20-person organization. “Having everything integrated in a single system lets us re-purpose resources to our mission in supporting programs and fundraising,” said Mark Petzold, Director of Communications and Technology, FH Canada. “NetSuite makes it so much easier to maintain and build donor relationships with one snapshot across all interactions.”

The Caring and Sharing Exchange (www.caringandsharing.ca) since 1915 has made a big difference for needy people in Ottawa, the capital of Canada. Its flagship Christmas Exchange program helps about 20,000 people each holiday season with food hampers or vouchers. Since 2011, a program called Sharing in Student Success has equipped thousands of students with backpacks full of school supplies—more than 2,500 students in 2016. Importantly, the nonprofit serves as a data repository to identify duplicate recipients across 350 partner agencies to prevent recipient duplication—saving the community $600,000 a year and ensuring equitable distribution. With NetSuite live in 2013, Caring and Sharing is more effective than ever as need continues to grow. The nonprofit is saving $50,000 a year in bookkeeping and administrative staff, freeing funds for program work and fundraising. It estimates eliminating 1,000 hours a year in manual data entry. And fundraising income is up 20 percent a year with NetSuite supplying a unified donor database that supports more personalized outreach, while duplication checks are done faster and easier for both Caring and Sharing and partner agencies.

“To have everything in one place helps us run more efficiently and puts more resources where they are needed,” said Cindy Smith, Caring and Sharing Executive Director. “Because we’re able to spend more time on programs and fundraising, we’re able to make more of a difference where it really counts.”

The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, NY (LASROC) (www.lasroc.org), incorporated in 1921, provides pro bono and low-cost legal services in such areas as domestic violence, child support, housing and immigration for about 10,000 individuals a year in a nine-county region of Western New York. Like dozens of other Legal Aid chapters across the U.S., LASROC continuously juggles a rising caseload against limited resources and funding uncertainty. A staff of more than 80 committed legal and administrative professionals, as well as volunteers, are essential to LASROC’s success. So is identifying time and cost savings that enable LASROC to focus resources on social impact. NetSuite plays a key role, enabling LASROC to avoid about $50,000 a year in licensing, hardware and maintenance costs—nearly the salary of a full-time starting attorney who can handle up to 400 cases a year. Those savings are in addition to better efficiency and visibility across the organization. LASROC managers have real-time insights into costs vs. revenue, while accounting is far faster. For instance, payroll journal entries that previously took hours are complete in five minutes with NetSuite, giving finance personnel flexibility to contribute elsewhere across the organization.

“Because NetSuite is so efficient, we spend a lot less time on administration and put those savings directly into client services,” said Kathia Casion, Civil Division Director at LASROC. “If we don’t have to spend as much time on record-keeping, we’re able to help more clients.”

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Oracle NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world's first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials/Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries.

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Oracle Buys Aconex

Sun, 2017-12-17 15:30
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Oracle Buys Aconex Creates the World’s Most Comprehensive Cloud Offering for Managing All Aspects of Construction Projects

Redwood Shores, Calif—Dec 17, 2017

Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Aconex Limited (ASX: ACX), a leading cloud-based solution that manages team collaboration for construction projects, for A$7.80 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately US$1.2 billion, net of Aconex cash.

The Aconex project collaboration solution digitally connects owners, builders and other teams, providing complete visibility and management of data, documents and costs across all stages of a construction project lifecycle. Aconex has been used in over $1 trillion in projects across 70,000 user organizations in over 70 countries.

The Oracle Construction and Engineering Cloud already offers customers the industry’s most advanced solutions for planning, scheduling and delivering large-scale projects. Together, Oracle and Aconex will provide an end-to-end offering for project management and delivery that enables customers to effectively plan, build, and operate construction projects.

“Delivering projects on time and on budget are the highest strategic imperatives for any construction and engineering organization,” said Mike Sicilia, SVP and GM, Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit, Oracle. “With the addition of Aconex, we significantly advance our vision of offering the most comprehensive cloud-based project management solution for this $14 trillion industry.”

“The Aconex and Oracle businesses are a great, natural fit and highly complementary in terms of vision, product, people and geography,” said Leigh Jasper, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Aconex. “As co-founders of Aconex, both Rob Phillpot and I remain committed to the business and are excited about the opportunity to advance our collective vision on a larger scale, and the benefits this combination will deliver to our customers.”

The Board of Directors of Aconex unanimously recommends the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2018, subject to Aconex shareholder approval and certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

More information about this announcement is available at www.oracle.com/aconex.

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Oracle is currently reviewing the existing Aconex product roadmap and will be providing guidance to customers in accordance with Oracle’s standard product communication policies. Any resulting features and timing of release of such features as determined by Oracle’s review of the Aconex product roadmap are at the sole discretion of Oracle. All product roadmap information, whether communicated by Aconex or by Oracle, does not represent a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decision. It is intended for information purposes only, and may not be incorporated into any contract.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Aconex, including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle’s proposed acquisition of Aconex, anticipated customer benefits and general business outlook. When used in this document, the words “anticipates”, “can”, “will”, “look forward to”, “expected” and similar expressions and any other statements that are not historical facts are intended to identify those assertions as forward-looking statements. Any such statement may be influenced by a variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle or Aconex, that could cause actual outcomes and results to be materially different from those projected, described, expressed or implied in this document due to a number of risks and uncertainties. Potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, the anticipated synergies of the combined companies may not be achieved after closing, the combined operations may not be successfully integrated in a timely manner, if at all, general economic conditions in regions in which either company does business, and the possibility that Oracle or Aconex may be adversely affected by other economic, business, and/or competitive factors. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Aconex.

In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K and that Aconex files with the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd. (the “ASX”) on its Market Announcements Platform. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracle's and Aconex’ respective operational and other results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. You are cautioned to not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this document. Neither Oracle nor Aconex is under any duty to update any of the information in this document.

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In connection with the proposed transaction, Oracle will purchase all of the share capital of Aconex pursuant to a Scheme of Arrangement under the relevant laws of Australia (the “Scheme”). The terms and conditions relating to the Scheme, including the process for its implementation, are contained in a Scheme Implementation Deed agreed to between Oracle and Aconex dated December 16, 2017 (the “SID”). This document is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Aconex, nor is it a substitute for the SID or other transaction materials that Aconex will file on the ASX in connection with the Scheme. The Scheme requires certain approval by Aconex stockholders at a meeting of the stockholders (“Scheme Meeting”). The Scheme Booklet containing information relating to the Scheme is expected to be mailed to Aconex stockholders prior to the Scheme Meeting and will contain important information. Holders of shares of Aconex are urged to read these documents when such documents become available because they will contain important information that holders of Aconex securities should consider before making any decision regarding tendering their securities.

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Q2 FY18 GAAP EPS UP 8% TO $0.52 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 14% TO $0.70

Thu, 2017-12-14 14:04
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Q2 FY18 GAAP EPS UP 8% TO $0.52 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 14% TO $0.70 Q2 FY18 Cloud Revenues Up 44% to $1.5 Billion and Total Revenues Up 6% to $9.6 Billion

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Dec 14, 2017

Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) today announced fiscal 2018 Q2 results. Total Revenues were up 6% to $9.6 billion, compared to Q2 last year. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were up 9% to $7.8 billion. Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS) revenues were up 55% to $1.1 billion. Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS) plus Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) revenues were up 21% to $396 million. Total Cloud Revenues were up 44% to $1.5 billion.

GAAP Operating Income was up 1% to $3.1 billion and GAAP Operating Margin was 32%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was up 10% to $4.2 billion and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 44%. GAAP Net Income was up 10% to $2.2 billion, while non-GAAP Net Income was up 16% to $3.0 billion. GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 8% to $0.52, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 14% to $0.70.

Short-term deferred revenues were up 9% to $8.1 billion. Operating cash flow on a trailing twelve-month basis was up 2% to $14.6 billion.

“Overall cloud revenue growth of 44% drove our quarterly revenue and earnings higher,” said Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. “With non-GAAP Cloud SaaS Applications growth of 49% leading the way, Oracle delivered 14% non-GAAP earnings per share growth and 6% overall revenue growth. Our success in the quarter was based on the increasing scale and the gathering momentum in our cloud business. I expect the business to continue to grow and strengthen over the coming quarters.”

“Our Fusion ERP and Fusion HCM SaaS applications suite revenues grew 65% in the quarter,” said Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. “We are now the clear market leader in enterprise back-office SaaS applications with over 5,000 Fusion customers. And we expect to extend our lead by selling around $2 billion in new enterprise SaaS application cloud subscriptions over the coming four quarters. That’s more new SaaS sales than any of our competitors.”

“Oracle will soon deliver the world’s first autonomous “self-driving” database,” said Oracle CTO, Larry Ellison. “The new artificially intelligent Oracle database is fully automated and requires no human labor for administration. If a security vulnerability is detected, the database immediately patches itself while running. No other system can do anything like this. Best of all, we guarantee the price of running the Oracle Autonomous Database in the Oracle Cloud is less than half the cost of running a database in the Amazon Cloud.”

The Board of Directors increased the authorization for share repurchases by $12 billion. The Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on January 10, 2018, with a payment date of January 24, 2018.

Q2 Fiscal 2018 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Oracle will hold a conference call and webcast today to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Pacific. You may listen to the call by dialing (816) 287-5563, Passcode: 425392. To access the live webcast, please visit the Oracle Investor Relations website at http://www.oracle.com/investor. In addition, Oracle’s Q2 results and Fiscal 2018 financial tables are available on the Oracle Investor Relations website.

A replay of the conference call will also be available by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, Passcode: 9396959.

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Oracle Expands Security Portfolio with New Capabilities and Partner Program Designed to Help Organizations Detect and Protect Against Threats

Mon, 2017-12-11 07:00
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Oracle Expands Security Portfolio with New Capabilities and Partner Program Designed to Help Organizations Detect and Protect Against Threats New Identity Governance, A.I.-based Configuration Management, and Consumer Identity Management are features designed to help organizations protect their clouds and digital services

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Dec 11, 2017

Oracle today announced that it is expanding its security portfolio and unveiling a new partner program. The Oracle Identity SOC portfolio now includes new capabilities to help enterprises manage and certify user identities, applications, and confidential data more securely and through a richer, consumerized user experience. Additionally, the new partner program will help improve collaboration with security vendors and simplify customer adoption.

First unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld 2017, Oracle’s integrated suites—Oracle Identity Security Operations Center (SOC) portfolio of services and Oracle Management Cloud—are designed to help enterprises forecast, reduce, detect, and resolve security threats and assist in efforts to remediate application and infrastructure performance issues.  Leveraging artificial intelligence to analyze a unified data set consisting of the full breadth of security and operational telemetry, as well as provide automated remediation, Oracle’s integrated suite is designed to enable customers to quickly adapt their security and operational posture as their risk landscape changes. This application of machine learning can potentially help thwart attacks, reduce the detection window from months to minutes, and more quickly address security breaches and performance outages.

“Built on our advanced artificial intelligence and automation technologies, Oracle Identity SOC portfolio now offers cloud-native identity governance combined with adaptive security designed to protect our customer’s cloud and digital services,” said Rohit Gupta, group vice president, Cloud Security, Oracle. “In addition to strengthening internal security monitoring, Oracle’s comprehensive cross-stack threat detection capabilities provide broad threat detection range, less noise from false positives and a high level of accuracy in detecting and remediating threats against the enterprise’s most important IT asset–its data.”

The Oracle Identity SOC portfolio now includes new automated identity governance for hybrid clouds, expanded consumer identity management, machine learning-driven configuration management and enhanced artificial intelligence capabilities.

First Cloud-Native Identity Governance Offering

Oracle announced the first cloud-native identity governance service for hybrid cloud environments, which will be fully integrated and native to Oracle’s SaaS applications, Oracle Identity SOC portfolio (including Oracle Identity Cloud Service and Oracle CASB Cloud Service), as well as Oracle Management Cloud. This combination helps provide a better user experience for identity governance and automation of traditional processes and assessments through intelligent machine learning and cloud application risk feeds from Oracle CASB Cloud Service, all of which can be unified with security and operational telemetry from on-premises and hybrid environments. The new identity governance service features out-of-the-box connectors for integration with external systems and a consumer-grade interface for enterprise campaigns including application access requests, approvals and certifications.

Oracle CASB Cloud Service now also includes risk-based cloud access control to help enterprises mitigate risks to cloud applications. The new controls help manage configuration changes or application access based on rich context including device type, geo-location, and dynamic risk scores. Combined, these factors are designed to help prevent user access based on stolen credentials and mitigate the risk of cloud application administrator privileges misuse.

Industry-First Machine Learning-Driven Configuration Management

Additionally, Oracle introduced a game-changing feature in Oracle Configuration and Compliance Cloud Service, built on Oracle Management Cloud, which automatically discovers the configuration settings across a customer’s entire organization in real time and uses machine learning to find outlier configurations, which can then be automatically remediated.  In addition, Oracle Management Cloud now supports rulesets to enforce DISA’s Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) against the Oracle Database.  Oracle has also now extended its user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) across the entire stack.  Specifically, Oracle Security Monitoring and Analytics (SMA) Cloud Service continuously baselines data access patterns at the SQL level and then detects anomalies by user, database or application.

Expanded Consumer Identity Management

Recognizing the need for enterprises to correlate consumer data with marketing information, Oracle expanded its consumer identity management capabilities in Oracle Identity Cloud Service with integrations with Oracle Marketing Cloud and Oracle Data Cloud. By leveraging built-in consent management, social profiles, preference management and activity attributes from Oracle Identity Cloud Service with these solutions, enterprises can build more targeted marketing campaigns with better consumer insights and analytics. In addition, easy integration with third-party or custom applications via Oracle Self-Service Integration Cloud Service will allow marketers to incorporate additional services.

New Partner Programs Help Deliver Complete Security Solutions

Continuing its commitment to supporting the development of a heterogeneous security ecosystem, Oracle today launched the Identity SOC Security Network in Oracle Cloud Marketplace. This program offers technology integrations with leading security vendors across critical areas including Enterprise Mobility Management, Next Generation Firewalls, Endpoint Security and Threat Intelligence, enabling enterprises to enrich the dynamic context, intelligence and automation capabilities of Oracle Identity SOC. In addition, Oracle continues to enable hundreds of partners worldwide to achieve Oracle PartnerNetwork Specializations in Security and Systems Management Cloud Services.

"We're incredibly excited to work with the Oracle Identity SOC portfolio," said Prakash Linga, CTO and co-founder of Vera. "Identity is the single most critical element of all modern applications and systems. Enhancing Oracle’s portfolio with Vera’s data-centric security and encryption solution makes Oracle’s services incredibly compelling for businesses.”

“We are excited to work with Oracle to introduce Compromised Credentials as a new category in Oracle CASB Cloud Service for refining organization and identity-centric risk assessment,” said Steve Tout, CEO of Seattle based VeriClouds. “With VeriClouds-powered credential monitoring and detection, more than 7 billion compromised credentials are surfaced to enable the automation of risk insight from the dark web into actionable intelligence for the Oracle Identity SOC.”

“Our digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE powered by AirWatch unified endpoint management technology, helps IT secure apps based on conditional access policies and provides a seamless end user experience for any app from any device,” said Ashish Jain, vice president of product management, End-User Computing, VMware. “Workspace ONE and Oracle’s security solutions enables us to strengthen application security and provide data-driven insights to help mutual customers make better informed decisions related to device and app management.”

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