The Secure Blockchain Smartphone Failure

Sirin Labs recently raised $115M in an Initial Coin Offering to fund their new attempt at a secure blockchain smartphone, in a phase of downturn for ICOs, signing up soccer star Leo Messi as brand ambassador.

Though it was launched last March — with a huge marketing campaign with movie stars, including Leonardo di Caprio – by September their CEO admitted they had sales of “just under $10 million”, which amounts to just about 700 units sold.

total utter failure, which proved beyond any reasonable doubt that the hundreds of thousands of top executives, and the rich and powerful of the World — with assets of trillions of dollars — did not even remotely trust their claims and approach. They sticked to their iPhone as the least-worse alternative, and just assumed all to be cracked or crackable by a large incalculable number of actors.

Nevertheless, Sirin Labs had by March had enough millions of dollars to decide to pivot/rebrand by “integrating” the blockchain to increase their security, positioning as crypto wallet an client, and committing to switch from obscure proprietary to an unspecified level of “open source”. They previously raised equity for $25M in 2013 and another $75M in 2016 for their $15,000 Solarin smartphone, claiming to be the most secure phone in the World.

From this huge product failure and consequent huge fundraising success story we can learn a few lessons:



(A) Validates a huge demand for more secure client devices for communications (like the aforementioned blockhain phone), cryptocurrency wallet and general cloud computing – quantified in hundreds of billions from Snowden onwards – that are way more secure than current state-of-the-art. Continue reading The Secure Blockchain Smartphone Failure

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Oracle Identity Management: benefits and problems

Identity Management for Midsize Companies

Check hosted and managed Oracle Identity Management solutions, as well as expand the breadth of your services, including Oracle WebCenter and Oracle Applications consulting and solution offerings. The president and chief executive officer of aurionPro SENA discusses the benefits of hosted identity management and managed services, and the convenience of mobile IDM.

Which are most common Identity Management problems?

Midsize companies usually find that as they continue to scale their businesses, their initial set of IT solutions become less effective and increasingly difficult to manage. More-sophisticated enterprise systems that cover finance, human resources, and other critical functions are often implemented so that the business owners can gain operational efficiencies while obtaining strategic insights from their corporate data through business intelligence and analytics solutions. At the same time, these growing companies often have to consider implementing regulatory and compliance controls in a much more structured and comprehensive manner. This combination of increased IT system complexity and emerging regulatory and compliance challenges, all while the number of employees is growing rapidly, makes information security a critically important aspect of any midsize company’s IT landscape.

Oracle Identity Management

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MySQL Workbench: How to get and use it

The most frequent information about MySQL Workbench releases is available at the Developer Central Site. MySQL Workbench is available in two editions, the GPL “Community Edition” and the commercial “Standard Edition”. The first one is free and can be downloaded from the previous link. MySQL Workbench Standard Edition is part of MySQL Enterprise Edition.

If you are looking at MySQL Workbench old versions, archived files can be found at the official archive site where you can get Windows, Linux, MacOS binaries or the source code. After downloading the MySQL Workbench package that suits your needs and before attempting to install it, make sure that it is intact and has not been tampered with. There are three means of integrity checking:


  • MD5 checksums
  • Cryptographic signatures using GnuPG, the GNU Privacy Guard
  • For RPM packages, the built-in RPM integrity verification mechanism

If you notice that the MD5 checksum or GPG signatures do not match, first try to download the respective package one more time, perhaps from another mirror site.

Easy way to install MySQL Workbench

The easiest way for installing MySQL Workbench is Continue reading MySQL Workbench: How to get and use it

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Online Backup, build yours

Oracle’s StorageTek tape drives is a device that provides the highest performance and lowest total cost of ownership of any tiered storage, archive, or to build online backup solutions.

See current StorageTek SL3000 Modular Library System.

Keep online backups with StorageTek SL3000
Keep online backups with StorageTek SL3000

It requires one-third to one-fifth the floor space of competing solutions. The tape drive has a 5 TB native capacity — more than three times the capacity of any other tape drive—and 240 MB/sec native throughput, which is 50 to 70 percent fasterthan any other drive. Compared to disk-only solutions, Oracle’s StorageTek solution for online backup scales to 30 times the capacity and 50 times the performance while requiring 99 percent less power and cooling (as of 2014 research).

Online backup features

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Cloud computing is not internet-located storage

In movies and television shows, information technology and cloud computing are often scaled down to fit the story. That magically computed result, that missing electronic file, and that unknown password that will stop something bad or start something good can go from nonexistent to resolved in one brief scene. And for historical reasons, I suppose, the significant computing power in most screen fiction seems to come from a vintage mainframe — rather than a modern supercomputer or engineered system.

There aren’t too many references to cloud computing in movies or on television, but those that we have seen seem limited to the idea that a treasured file or information the hero or villain may be looking for is safe from local mayhem because it is safely stored “in the cloud.” Fortunately, the fact that a movie or television show delivers a very narrow definition of cloud computing as internet-located storage isn’t likely to break the on-screen story or reduce the entertainment value of a production.

Enterprise cloud computing is much bigger than internet storage

At the same time, the fact that enterprise cloud computing is much bigger than internet storage isn’t guaranteed to give cloud a bigger or more detailed definition on the big and small screens. To start, enterprise cloud computing is about the infrastructure, platform, and application services deployed in public, private, and hybrid clouds that support the business. That big beginning could also be part of why it’s easier in a movie plot to point to the internet and call it the cloud.

But if a movie wanted to show what enterprise cloud computing means for business, it would have to go big. A comprehensive look at cloud would have to include the aforementioned themes of infrastructure, platform, and application services along with cloud management, security, integration, development, social computing, mobility, business intelligence, big data, and more. And a discussion about potential cloud challenges would include siloed information, control and visibility, data privacy and regulatory compliance, proprietary architectures, and vendor lock-in.

(Oracle Mag – T. Haunert, Editor in Chief)

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6 steps for implementing a Service Transformation Solution

  1. Integrate services into the development process. Manufacturers are looking to augment revenues by bundling products and services to create complete customer solutions. They must also manage the portfolio of solutions across channels and partners to maximize revenue and profit. Are the most-profitable customer segments well defined? Is there the capability to manage complex pricing terms and discounts across multiple contract types? For manufacturers to be able to do this, they must have integration between product development, sales, manufacturing, installation, and service/maintenance. This integration allows sales teams to identify profitable service offerings and gives field service personnel the ability to cross-sell and up-sell.
  2. Drive revenue through the market-to-revenue lifecycle. Continue reading 6 steps for implementing a Service Transformation Solution
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What is Oracle Insight methodology?

What is Oracle Insight Methodology? Before getting into it, you should know that Oracle Insight was created to be a global business strategy development practice to leverage skilled industry experts within Oracle in standards such as Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) for supply chains and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) for datacenters, and a proven methodology for identifying and answering IT strategy questions.

An Oracle Insight engagement can take from 3 to 6 months and follows a 4-step methodology that is customized for each individual client.

1. Industry perspective. Oracle Insight facilitates discussions with customer executives about the trends, best practices, challenges, and opportunities particular to the customer’s business.
2. Discovery. The Oracle Insightteam visits the customer site to study capabilities—in personnel, processes, and technology—that can be leveraged in an improved strategy. The team uses proprietary Oracle intellectual property and industry-specific frameworks in its assessments. Continue reading What is Oracle Insight methodology?

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Supply Chain Best Practices

A customer changes a large order at the last minute; a key component supplier experiences a shortfall. Surviving in a fiercely competitive, volatile market means companies must be able to achieve supply/demand balance rapidly. Most companies with mature supply chain processes have demand and supply planning processes that run at a regular cadence and produce good tactical-level plans for execution. However, when immediate problems occur, the batch planning processes have too much information latency, making it difficult for companies to react rapidly and make optimal decisions.

Companies can build agile and responsive supply chains by complementing their existing planning processes with real-time rapid planning capabilities that allow them to react within minutes to unexpected supply chain events.

The ideal solution for rapid planning capabilities should allow for supply chain best practices such as mapping out “what-if” scenarios, allocating customer demand dynamically {auto allocation), prioritizing customer orders for production (clear- to-build analysis), and performing root cause analysis for demand that is late (late demand analysis), while integrating seamlessly with other planning processes:


  • What-if capabilities, which allow the assessment of alternative supply chain scenarios, simulate the impact of incremental demand forecast or capacity changes to achieve optimal supply/demand balance in a matter of minutes. While the demand-side changes are generally triggered by demand forecast quantity or product mix changes, the supply-side changes could include simulating the impact of updating product bills of material to correct lifecycle status, viewing the impact of alternate parts, or substituting components on supply/demand matching scenarios.
  • Auto allocation, the process of automatically apportioning product supply to customer orders according to a transparent set of business rules and criteria, is especially important to original equipment manufacturers when product demand exceeds product capacity or supply. Orders can be allocated based on flexible business rules to optimize profitability and maximize market share. A similar set of capabilities can be leveraged to simulate the impact of customer order request changes rapidly in order to improve customer responsiveness.
  • Clear-to-build analysis, which allows planners to quickly view and simulate whether sufficient material is available in order to take customer orders, is extremely valuable to manufacturers who produce some or all of their products in-house. In case of material conflicts or shortages, planners can simulate reallocation of on-hand material quantity across different make orders to arrive at an optimal prioritization of make orders in order to achieve company objectives.
  • Late demand analysis allows planners to identify the root cause of a late customer order and proactively develop a contingency plan to contend with a potential material or resource shortage. This capability allows planners to drill down from a sales order that is late all the way through the entire supply plan, including the extended supply chain, to quickly identify root cause for the delay and take proactive action to minimize occurrence.
  • Rapid planning capabilities provide an integrated planning approach that deals with supply/demand disruptions in near-real time. A company that complements existing planning processes and systems with these new capabilities can match demand and supply with a quick assessment of various scenarios in order to arrive at optimal decisions. The resulting supply chain plans are of high quality, promoting enterprisewide visibility, predictive and real-time analytics, transparency, and collaboration among planners and stakeholders.
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Service Models – Service Management

Sustainable Service Models in Service Management

The concept of service used to be viewed as a liability for manufacturers, who regarded it simply as a function for keeping customers up and running. Now, value-added service models and bundled service-with-product solutions can become a recurring revenue stream.

New, more-complex service models are also emerging, and manufacturers are looking to provide services beyond the products they produce to include complementary and competitive products. Some of these new services include extended warranties and performance-based contracts, which guarantee maintenance and uptime for a fixed fee. Also included are built-in upgrades, online customer service, and spare parts. Along with providing extra revenue, these types of services create customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Sustainable Service Models

In Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business, four truths act as the mental cornerstones of sustainable service models: Continue reading Service Models – Service Management

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Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications

Adding to the Oracle Virtual Machine Templates already available for dozens of Oracle products, Oracle has introduced new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications — the first Oracle Virtual Machine Templates specifically built for Oracle Exalogic.

Oracle VM Templates are virtual machine images based on Oracle’s expertise and best practices that contain prebuilt, preinstalled, preconfigured, and ready-to-run software Oracle Virttual Machinesapplications. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle VM Templates are now available for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s JD Edwards Enterprise One, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, and Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Continue reading Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications

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