The definition of a good schedule is fluid. Every planning department has a different set of standards, thresholds, and tripwires that determine schedule quality. How can two companies—contractor and owner, for example—decide on a fair standard or make consistent project decisions? Enter Acumen Schedule Index from Deltek, an Oracle Consulting Company to help managing your Primavera Project Schedule.
What is the Acumen Fuse Schedule Index™ ? Recognizing the need for a standard measure of schedule quality, Acumen created the award-winning Fuse Schedule Index™. The Fuse Schedule Index is made up of nine different schedule quality checks and their proven thresholds. Each of these key indicators is individually calculated and weighted before being compiled into the Index. Standard thresholds have been established to help you determine if your project makes the cut or not. Since its invention, the Index has been built into the Acumen software platform, used as the basis for cloud-based benchmarking, and offered as part of a free Web utility that all planners can access. Continue reading Primavera Project Schedule: complete project management
Sure, you could research, buy, host and implement your own Project Management software. But why inflict that misery on yourself when LoadSpring can make it effortless with some of the best Oracle Consulting Companies?
LoadSpring has been a project management solution provider for over 14 years that can solve customers’ software purchasing and access issues, as well as their accompanying deployment and implementation challenges. LoadSpring’s SpringBoard™ Portal provides global project management teams with easy and secure access to their full suite of products as well as software through infrastructure support.
To complete the success cycle LoadSpring’s Services group further enables software adoption through its quick and simple implementation products. With a broader range of services, products, training and support, you can implement faster and get your people up to speed in record time. All while accelerating your IT project executions and boosting ROI.
In movies and television shows, information technology is 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 the significant computing power in most screen fiction seems to come from a vintage main-frame—rather than a modern supercomputer or engineered system and all the benefits of virtualization.
There aren’t too many references to cloud computing in movies or on television, but those that exist 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.
The Oracle SuperCluster engineered system integrates the following Oracle technologies: SPARC T5-8 and SPARC M6-32 servers; Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris 10 operating systems; Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization; Oracle Solaris Zones; Oracle Exadata Storage Servers and Exadata Storage Server Software; Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance; InfiniBand QDR networking; Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c; Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (Optional); Oracle Solaris Cluster (Optional).
This paper helps customers to benefit from accelerating the performance of Oracle Databases, middleware, and business applications on an integrated platform.
Fabric virtualization is a technology that significantly re-architects datacenter I/O by using a centralized device, often called an I/O director/gateway or a fabric interconnect. The fabric interconnect contains the physical I/O adapters, such as Ethernet or Fibre Channel, for multiple servers. The physical servers themselves connect to the fabric interconnect through an intermediate high-speed network and present virtual adapters to the attached VMs or bare metal operating system. Management software is used to provision, monitor, and adjust the I/O dynamically.
The Oracle Virtual Networking product line, which is based on technology that Oracle acquired in its purchase of Xsigo Systems circa 2014, consists of a hardware fabric interconnect as well as several supporting software components.
Oracle Fabric Interconnect (PDF datasheet) is the physical hardware device that virtualizes the I/O and fabric. It connects servers to Ethernet networks and storage (FC, iSCSI, NAS) through high-speed, low-latency InfiniBand that runs at 40Gbps per line, with 80Gbps for dual redundant lines. Dynamic virtual NICs and HBAs allow the connected servers to dynamically add or move connectivity, such as with a newly provisioned VM or a live migrated VM. Oracle Fabric Interconnect also includes QoS controls to manage SLAs.
It supports a wide variety of hypervisors and operating systems, including Oracle Linux, Red Hat Linux, Oracle Solaris, VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V and Windows Server, Oracle VM, and Red Hat KVM. A configuration with eight Oracle Fabric Interconnects can support up to 1,000 connected physical servers
Exalytics in-memory analytics software and industry-changing hardware was engineered to work together to provide extremely fast solutions for BI, modeling, forecasting, and planning.
Your sales and marketing teams can identify new customers and new revenue opportunities, and you can lower your operational costs and reduce your overall risk with this preconfigured, pretested, preoptimized engineered system from Oracle. With Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine you get:
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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: Continue reading What is the value of Big Data ?
This 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)