Oracle Releases Exalytics, Taleo Plans

Oracle recently announced the breakthrough release of its Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine. Described as the industry’s first high-speed engineered system of its kind featuring in-memory business intelligence software and hardware, Oracle Exalytics supplies customers with unparalleled results when it comes to analytic and performance management applications.

A closer look at Oracle Exalytics reveals an impressive setup highlighted by an Intel Xeon E7-4800 processor with 40 processing cores, Oracle’s Sun Fire server with 1TB of RAM, Integrated Lights Out Management, and 40Gb/s InfiniBand and 10Gb/s Ethernet connectivity.  By using innovative heuristic adaptive in-memory caching that determines which data is best stored in-memory for optimal performance, Exalytics easily adapts to changing workloads and simplifies the overall management process.  Speaking of performance, the press release notes that extensive testing of Oracle Exalytics reveals “relational OLAP (ROLAP) reporting and dashboard performance gains of 10x to 100x, and multidimensional OLAP (MOLAP) modeling performance increases of up to 79x.”

John Anker Moeller, Senior VP of Nykredit, commented on Exalytics’ performance: “One of the real advantages of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine is of course the speed.  Oracle Exalytics will give us around 35x to 70x faster reports.”

The benefits supplied by Oracle Exalytics are numerous.  Customers can deliver analytic and performance management applications that are not only faster and easier to use, but can also support an increased number of users.  Thanks to its interactive real-time analysis, Oracle Exalytics gives organizations the power to quickly adapt to changing business environments, boost revenues, and increase market share.

Another benefit supplied by Oracle Exalytics is flexibility, making it ideal for use in heterogeneous IT settings.  Its status as an open system allows it to support not only Oracle data sources, but also those from third parties, including Microsoft SQL Server and Analysis Services, IBM DB2, IMB Netezza, SAP Business Information Warehouse (BW), Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), Teradata Warehouse, and more.

Continuing with the whole flexibility theme, there are over 80 Oracle BI and Oracle Hyperion applications on the market that can be used with Oracle Exalytics.  Best of all, this functionality can be achieved without the need for any application changes.  Examples include Oracle Hyperion Planning, Spend Analytics, Oracle Sales Analytics, Oracle Financial Analytics, and Oracle Human Resources Analytics, just to name a few.

Besides its launch of Exalytics, Oracle also announced an upgraded release of its Business Intelligence Foundation Suite.  The release boasts an impressive feature set characterized by 87 enhancements in the realms of improved performance and scale, contextual interactions, and optimizations for Oracle Exalytics.  The suite offers new visualizations and has also been simplified to become more user-friendly for developers, administrators, and end-users.  To support the increasing shift towards mobile, Oracle updated the Business Intelligence Foundation Suite by integrating support for Apple’s popular iPad and iPhone products.  The upgrade adds convenience to the suite and allows users to scale analysis to support thousands of users simultaneously.

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Oracle Reveals Taleo Plans

Oracle’s competition with rival SAP shows zero signs of cooling down.  In fact, you could say it’s just beginning to heat up, as Oracle recently announced plans to purchase human capital management (HCM) vendor Taleo for $1.9 billion after SAP purchased the similar SuccessFactors for $3.4 billion.  With the significant acquisition in its corner, Oracle’s executives described their future plans for Taleo’s integration during a recent webcast event.  The event came just a couple days after SAP’s plans were revealed and showcased a general outline of what Oracle hopes to do in the HCM market.

The Taleo acquisition promises to give Oracle a boost in many ways.  To start, Taleo’s applications in the realms of recruiting and employee onboarding offer Oracle some nice extras that reside on the fringes of HCM.  Oracle’s presence in the cloud software market will increase, and Taleo’s staff will instantly add a wealth of experience when it comes to running a software-as-a-service (SaaS) business.  Mark Hurd, co-president of Oracle, said Taleo’s software integrates perfectly with Oracle’s Fusion HCM cloud application, and that once the acquisition becomes official, Oracle will be able to stake claim to having “the most comprehensive set of enterprise cloud offerings in the world.”

Thomas Kurian, Oracle’s executive vice president of product development, said the company plans to offer a comprehensive suite of human resources applications that comes equipped with embedded business intelligence, as well as mobile and social networking capabilities.  “We feel we’ll allow organisations to find the best people, have lower turnover and have the best results,” he added.

Kurian also noted that the Oracle’s customers will benefit from the ability to “plan, predict, and optimally source [their] workforce.”  Predictive analytics will help identify any employees who may be looking to leave a company, while top employees can be retained through a combination of software for internal career development, compensation management, and more from Oracle and Taleo. 

Moving on, Kurian said Taleo applications will be enhanced with new capabilities for analytics, data services, and identity management once integration with the Oracle Public Cloud is complete.  Regarding Taleo Business Edition, which caters to smaller organizations, Oracle executives said it would still be offered and supported.

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