Dealing with Portfolio Management Process (Steps)

Executives go through various processes to determine which projects to fund internally and which opportunities to engage in externally. For instance, a high-technology company may develop a new product or build a new facility internally, and may provide installation services externally.

Primavera Project and Portfolio Management
Project and Portfolio Management

 

Once these decisions are made, managing the execution by tracking the schedule, costs, resources, and milestones is critical to ensure project success. Many managers have the additional complexity of overseeing a supply chain to ensure that equipment, material, and resources are available on time at the point of need and use. The question is, how to integrate project management process and portfolio management process in order to manage projects profitably— and ensure business value? Managing visibility in three important areas of your portfolio and project management processes will help ensure success:

Portfolio Prioritization Model

Are you working on the most-profitable projects? Leaders of best-in-class companies can prioritize projects based on a set of predefined criteria—such as revenue, return on investment, importance to future strategic needs, alignment to core business, and risks. For external projects, that may mean ranking each by priority to help determine the proper pricing schedule for the work. For internal projects, priority ranking can determine whether it makes sense to fund the project and the appropriate resources to commit to the work. Comprehensive portfolio management tools can help prioritize and align the project portfolio to ensure that limited resources are deployed for maximum impact.

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Big Data Database, Appliance and Big Data Connectors

Oracle’s Big Data Appliance includes Intel’s new processors and the latest release of CDH (Cloudera’s Distribution, including Apache Hadoop) and Cloudera Manager, as well as Oracle Enterprise Manager Plug-In for
Oracle Big Data Database Appliance. Oracle Big Data Connectors have been enhanced to enable greater database SQL access to Hadoop from Oracle Database.

Oracle Big Data Appliance and Connectors
Oracle Big Data Appliance

 

“An influx of raw data sets is flooding every enterprise. However, before businesses can take advantage of the potential opportunity, they face a significant challenge in organizing these diverse datasources,” says Cetin Ozbutun, vice president of data warehousing and big data technologies at Oracle. “The latest updates further improve the abilities of our customers to optimize big data workloads and integrate them with their data warehouses to easily analyze all data throughout the enterprise.”

Big Data Database: appliance and connectors

Oracle Big Data Appliance is an open, multi-purpose engineered system for Hadoop and NoSQL processing. It runs a diverse set of workloads – from Hadoop-only workloads (MapReduce 2, Spark, Hive etc.) to interactive, all-encompassing interactive SQL queries using Oracle Big Data database SQL. Big Data Appliance provides an open environment for innovation while maintaining tight integration and enterprise-level support. Organizations can deploy external software to support new functionality – such as graph analytics, natural language processing and fraud detection. Support for non-Oracle components is delivered by their respective support channels and not by Oracle.

In addition to providing Oracle Big Data database SQL and the full Cloudera software platform, Big Data Appliance utilizes Oracle Big Data Connectors to simplify data integration and analytics. Big Data Connectors provide high-speed access to data in Hadoop from Oracle Exadata and Oracle Database – with data transfer rates on the order of 15 TB/hour. Big Data Connectors also enable integrated, highly scalable analytics – providing native access to Hadoop data and parallel processing using Oracle R Distribution. Finally, Oracle XQuery for Hadoop facilitates standard XQuery operations to process and transform documents in various formats (JSON, XML, Avro and others), executing in parallel across the Hadoop cluster.

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What is the value of Big Data ?

If you are looking for instant answers on what is the value of big data, you can access Oracle’s exclusive material published on their website. Straightforward approaches for acquiring, organizing, and analyzing big data; architectures and tools needed to integrate big data with your existing investments; survey data revealing how leading companies are using big data; the value of big data and expert resources such as white papers, analyst videos, and demos.

Huge volumes of big data are generated by companies world-wide. However, usually this data is not kept around long enough for big data analysis because you don’t have the tools or techniques to exploit it.

How do you turn this data from digital exhaust into business value? Read the comprehensive e-book to get advice from Oracle and industry leaders on how you can use big data to generate new business insights and make better decisions. You’ll gain access to:
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Oracle Sun Blade Systems

Oracle Sun Blade Modular SystemThis resource kit contains an analyst report, demos, podcasts, customer references, and more to show you how to reduce costs, speed deployments, and simplify management and service support using Oracle Sun Blade Systems.

Some of the material that can be downloaded about Oracle Sun Blade systems are:

  • IDC Report: Data Center Efficiency with Oracle x86 Blade System Solutions
  • Flash Demo: Transform IT with Oracle’s Sun Blade Systems
  • Podcast: Minimize IT Sprawl and Optimize Your Data Center with Oracle’s Sun Blade Modular systems (MP3)
  • Power Calculator: Sun Blade 6000 Modular System
  • Customer References, White Papers, Sun Blade 6000 Kaon Demo, and more.

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PL/SQL Code Review Tool and Code Analysis

If you have trouble while doing PL/SQL Code Review, maintaining legacy applications, documenting old and unfamiliar code or digging into someone else’s code, you might be looking for a viable solution as a PL/SQL code formatter and analyzer.

Troubleshoot and manage PL SQL code is a difficult and time-consuming task, so you need an automated code review tool and quality control tool when implementing enterprise coding standards (e.g. code formatting, DB objects naming rules,…).

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Clear Reasons for Moving into the Cloud

Lojas Renner Business Case

One of the primary reasons companies implement the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model is to focus on
their business rather than on their IT.

Or, as Lojas Renner CIO Leandro Balbinot says, “We’ll leave the technology to our technology partners. ”
In deciding to move to the cloud, Balbinot says, the critical time for Lojas Renner came at the very beginning, “when we were deciding about the tool and the model and choosing a partner. I was familiar with Oracle Hyperion Planning and knew how useful it could be for Lojas Renner. ” So why use the cloud ?

Before a company decide moving into the cloud, it must map its business processes to the new software tools its IT partner will provide—a task Christopher Koch, associate vice president of research and thought leadership at IT Services Marketing Association, says can be “a nightmare”.

“At any company, there are all sorts of different databases and applications hiding behind the walls. Cleaning it all up and integrating the SaaS application with the non-SaaS applications it needs to talk to are significant challenges.” However, says Nicolas Simone, director of process and corporate projects at Lojas Renner, the company was not simply mapping its processes to enable the move to SaaS; the ultimate goal was to improve them. “We’re collecting workflows in all the stores, ” says Simone. “We’re working in all areas of the company—the stores, the suppliers, logistics, internal support, IT—to improve our business. ” Lojas Renner’s main implementation challenge this year was to “review all the processes to enable us to use the Oracle Hyperion tool best, ” says Balbinot. But the real difficulty, he says, came not with the tool but with change management. “You always have to deal with the Golden Age syndrome, ” Balbinot says. “That’s the idea that things were better before. But we brought examples of ROI (Return of Investment) from other companies to show how we could do better with the new model. It took some time, but in the end, most people supported what we implemented.”

Now, says Balbinot, for the first time, a majority of Lojas Renner transactions are accomplished through company- issued credit cards, leveraging Brazil’s transformation from a cash- to a credit- based economy and prompting the CIO to consider moving the company’s database offshore. “We’re looking to grow faster than we can with a local database. We ran some security tests, and we think our data could be safer in an Oracle center in the U.S. than in a dedicated center in Brazil. In practice, high service levels are achieved when you have the right experts and standard infrastructure when moving into the cloud.”

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How to Build Better Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

The processing capacity of the Oracle Exadata Database Machine means fewer physical structures and better Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence.

ORACLE EXADATA DATABASE MACHINE
No, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine is not the infinite machine that will make integration, computation, and aggregation all on-demand functions. But the Oracle Exadata Database Machine helps us to start thinking about simplifying some of the processing and gyrations we have to do to build and deliver an efficient data warehouse solution. With Oracle Exadata, we can more quickly read the data we need to satisfy our queries. Without Oracle Exadata, we need to build separate structures—such as materialized views—in our data warehouses to boost performance. With Oracle Exadata, we don’t need to build as many physical structures, freeing up more time for using the data instead of processing it.

In general terms, there are two reasons for building additional data structures, or even databases, above an integrated data warehouse. The first is to make the data easier to consume by our end users and their reporting and analytic applications. To get better usability and to focus our analytic applications, we create a new subset of our data in snapshots or data marts to support a specific analytic or reporting application, and that subset is just another physical projection, or movement, of the same data. With Oracle Exadata, however, we create fewer physical projections and can create more logical projections of the data in our BI tool of choice in our integrated data warehouse for the same purpose.

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence

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Using MySQL for Business Intelligence (MySQL BI)

MySQL is particularly powerful when it comes to Web applications, but companies are putting the open source database to plenty of other uses as well. Take, for example, the Los Angeles, California-based global online ad sales firm Gorilla Nation Media.

Gorilla Nation relied on MySQL to power its advertising network business intelligence platform.

MySQL Business Intelligence

Gorilla Nation, part of Evolve Media, provides integrated media and promotional programs to Fortune 500 brand advertisers, including clients such as Fox Television, Best Buy, and more. Its customers demand advanced business intelligence (BI) and targeting methods to reach the perfect online audience for their advertising or brand campaigns. Reaching more than 66 million unique visitors per month— as Gorilla Nation does— requires Websites and an infrastructure that can scale effectively and efficiently.

That’s why Gorilla Nation chose MySQL as the foundation of its BI platform. The organization has more than 500 servers running MySQL, 20 of which are replicated. Its sites get approximately a quarter-billion page views per month, and MySQL manages more than 1TB of data for Gorilla Nation while providing near-real-time traffic and advertising campaign performance information to Gorilla Nation’s publishers and advertisers. In addition, Gorilla Nation uses MySQL to capture all the clickstream data and transactions required for back-office accounting and billing functions.

“One of the great beauties of MySQL BI is that it’s backed by an amazing company like Oracle, which has deep pockets and basically wrote the book on databases, ” says Veronika Burnett, manager of database engineering at Gorilla Nation. “Also, unlike other open source databases, MySQLis highly scalable. That allows us to do things in our business that are absolutely critical, such as having the same database running on multiple physical servers in multiple geographic regions and having near-real-time replication. ”
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Data Integration Solutions with Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g

Data integration (Wikipedia definition) involves combining data residing in different sources and providing users with a unified view of these data. This process becomes significant in a variety of situations, which include both commercial (when two similar companies need to merge their databases) and scientific (combining research results from different bioinformatics repositories, for example) domains.

Data Integration Solutions OracleIT executives looking for ways to simplify hardware management in virtualized, traditional, and cloud-based datacenter environments can benefit from the new Data Integration Solutions in Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g, the industry’s first converged hardware management solution for Oracle’s Sun environments.
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Hardware Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11 g simplifies hardware management in Oracle’s Sun environments and reduces costs by as much as 90 percent.

Oracle has streamlined systems and virtualization management with the release of Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center llg, a solution for managing systems across traditional, virtualized, and cloud-based datacenter environments. Through a converged hardware management approach, the new release simplifies management tasks for all infrastructure assets. It delivers infrastructure and lifecycle management, as well as integrated support. And while Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g works as a standalone console, when combined with Oracle Enterprise Manager 11g it delivers complete applications-to-disk management.

Oracle Enterprise Manager

Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g gives organizations the capability to maximize the value of their investments in Oracle’s Sun systems by managing across Sun virtual machines, operating systems, firmware, servers, dusters, storage, and network fabrics. (Management of storage devices, network switches, and clusters is new in this release.) Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 11g further simplifies IT operations by supporting management across heterogeneous operating system environments, including Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Linux, and SUSE Linux. It also manages Oracle’s engineered systems, Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud. Continue reading Hardware Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager

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