Well, that was unexpected... Oracle has always been the gold standard for relational databases, but they are now throwing their hat in the "BIG DATA" ring with their new appliance... this "BIG DATA" stuff is also sometimes called NoSQL.
PowerPoint is a necessary evil... everybody is expected to give presentations in it, but few people are good at it. They cram too much information into one slide, and pack them full of data that might better go in a report. Presentations work best when used to persuade, it's an awkward tool when you try to educate. There's a reason PowerPoint was banned by the Pentagon:
I love doing performance tuning... It's typically a mundane process of tiny tweaks and digging for gold in log files, but for some reason I find it a blast. I usually do it for every client, and sometimes I have projects dedicated exclusively to tuning.
Open World is barely a month away! I'll be heading there early for some Oracle ACE briefings and the like... I'm normally a "broadcast only" Twitter user, but when I'm at conferences I check it all the time, and tweet with location services on. If you want to meet up, just message me!
Yes it's true... we're making real, shrink-wrapped software products now. Our products are add-ons to the WebCenter Content suite (formerly UCM, formerly Stellent) that we hope will help a broad number of existing and future customers. You can lean more on our products page or by emailing us, but a brief run-down is as follows:
Last week Oracle did their "official" presentation on the FatWire acquisition. I was on-site with a client and had to miss all the fun, but it's available online. Billy has some pretty good posts on the presentation and the Q&A.
According to a new study by Forrester Research, that's what some companies are getting by implementing Oracle Real Time Decisions (hat tip Manan Goel). This was a case study comissioned after an independent group at MIT discovered that firms employing metrics-based decision making are 5-6% more productive on average. This includes metrics such as asset utilization, and return on equity.