Oracle Announces Java SE 9 and Java EE 8

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Oracle Announces Java SE 9 and Java EE 8

Sets Stage for Faster Releases and More Open Source Engagement

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 21, 2017



Oracle today announced the general availability of Java SE 9 (JDK 9), Java Platform Enterprise Edition 8 (Java EE 8) and the Java EE 8 Software Development Kit (SDK). JDK 9 is a production-ready implementation of the Java SE 9 Platform Specification, which was recently approved together with Java EE 8 in the Java Community Process (JCP). Java SE 9 provides more than 150 new features, including a new module system and improvements that bring more scalability, improved security, better performance management and easier development to the world’s most popular programming platform. Java EE 8 modernizes and simplifies the Java EE platform for the cloud and microservices with updates to eight major specifications.

Java SE 9

The defining feature of Java SE 9 is the Java Platform Module System, also known as Project Jigsaw, which makes it easier for developers to reliably assemble and maintain sophisticated applications. The module system also makes the JDK itself more flexible, allowing developers to bundle just those parts of the JDK that are needed to run an application when deploying to the cloud.

“Java SE 9 is the result of industry-wide development involving open review, weekly builds and extensive collaboration between Oracle engineers and members of the worldwide Java developer community via the OpenJDK Community and the JCP,” said Georges Saab, vice president of development for the Java Platform Group at Oracle. “This version of Java SE will provide millions of developers the updated tools they need to continue building next-generation applications with ease, performance and agility.”

The OpenJDK Community is where a diverse set of contributors have collaborated for more than ten years on an open-source implementation of the Java SE platform. Other key features in Java SE 9 include:

  • jshell, which delivers an interactive Read-Eval-Print-Loop tool that makes it easy for developers to explore APIs and try out language features.
  • Improved Javadoc, which makes it easier for developers to learn new APIs by including a search function within the API documentation itself, as well as information on which module defines each class or interface.
  • Streams API enhancements, which improve developer productivity by adding methods to conditionally take/drop items from a Stream, iterate over a Stream’s elements, and create a Stream from a nullable value while expanding the set of Java SE APIs that can serve as sources for Streams.

For the full list of features introduced in JDK 9, please visit this page.

Oracle has also announced several changes to how Java SE and Java EE will be developed and released going forward.

For Oracle Java SE, Oracle is planning to move to a 6-month release cadence using a time driven release model rather than a feature driven release model. With that change, Oracle will also be providing OpenJDK builds under the General Public License (GPL). Finally, Oracle will be contributing previously commercial features to OpenJDK such as Java Flight Recorder in Oracle JDK with the goal of making Oracle JDK and OpenJDK more aligned. 

Java EE 8

Oracle has also announced its intention to move Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation, in collaboration with other vendors and the community. Oracle, Eclipse and other community members are now working out the details behind the technology transfer and ongoing governance and process within the Eclipse community.

“Today’s major release of the Java Platform Enterprise Edition is one we think developers are going to be excited to use and by open sourcing Java EE technologies to the Eclipse Foundation, we have set it up for ongoing success in the future,” said Mike Lehmann, vice president of product management, Oracle. “Oracle is committed to working with the Java EE community and the Eclipse Foundation to continue enterprise Java innovation, support and evolution.”

Key features in Java EE 8 include:

  • HTTP/2 support in Servlet 4.0
  • New JSON binding API and various enhancements in JSON-P 1.1
  • Expansion of JAX-RS to support Server-Sent Events and a new reactive client API
  • New security API for cloud and PaaS based applications
  • Multiple CDI enhancements including support for asynchronous events

For a full list of features included in Java EE 8, please visit this page.

Java is the world’s most popular programming language, with over 12 million developers running Java and more than 1 billion downloads each year. Java is also the #1 developer choice for cloud, with over 21 billion cloud-connected Java virtual machines.


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Oracle to Hold Annual Project Portfolio Management Day in South Africa

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Oracle to Hold Annual Project Portfolio Management Day in South Africa

Customers, industry experts to share insights into improving project delivery

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 21, 2017



Today Oracle Construction and Engineering will host its annual Project Portfolio Management Day event in Johannesburg. Project management community peers and thought leaders will gather at the exclusive event to share knowledge and best practices to improve project planning and delivery. The event will take place at Summer Place in Hyde Park.

“The annual Project Portfolio Management Day provides a dynamic forum for a cross section of business and public organizations to come together and discuss the strategies and solutions they are applying to transform their organizations,” said Mike Sicilia, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Construction and Engineering.

Moritz Botha, Director, eTendering at the National Treasury of South Africa, will deliver a keynote address. In addition, Mike Sicilia will discuss Oracle Construction and Engineering’s strategic vision to empower organizations to improve project and program management outcomes in a session called Building the World of Tomorrow.

The program will feature sessions exploring the event theme of Business Modernization Through Digital Transformation and will also include the following speakers:

  • Rubin Boer, Senior Business Analyst, PetroSA
  • Vaughn Harris, Director, BIM Institute
  • Daniel Birch, Senior Consultant, PWC
  • Corli Janse Van Rensburg, General Manager, Transnet Group Capital

For more information about the event, or to register to attend, please visit: Oracle’s Annual Project Portfolio Management Day

Oracle Construction and Engineering helps companies reimagine their businesses. With best-in-class project management solutions, organizations can proactively manage projects, gain complete visibility, improve collaboration, and manage change. Our cloud-based solutions for global project planning and execution can help improve strategy execution, operations, and financial performance. For more information, please visit www.oracle.com/construction-and-engineering.


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About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

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Oracle Named a Leader in 2017 Analyst Evaluation for Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments

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Oracle Named a Leader in 2017 Analyst Evaluation for Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments

Oracle positioned as a leader in Business Intelligence for a broad and deep large-enterprise-grade BI portfolio

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 21, 2017



Oracle today announced that Forrester Research has named Oracle a leader in its “The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise BI Platforms with Majority Cloud Deployments, Q3 2017” report. This placement confirms Oracle Analytics Cloud as a leader in the analytics space.

“By offering a single, integrated platform capable of serving all of an enterprises’ analytics needs, including self-service data visualization, data preparation, embedded machine learning and predictive analytics, Oracle Analytics Cloud helps businesses improve efficiencies and drive innovation,” said Rich Clayton, vice president product management, Oracle. “Our unique, comprehensive platform can address the needs of executives, analysts and data engineers while helping reduce the time and financial resources necessary to integrate and optimize a plethora of technologies for data-driven innovation.”

In Forrester’s 22-criteria evaluation of enterprise business intelligence platforms with majority cloud-deployment providers, Forrester identified the 10 most significant vendors and researched, analyzed, and scored them.  

Forrester notes: “With Oracle Analytics Cloud, Oracle supports the complete spectrum of BI needs at enterprise scale, ranging from self-service analytics to complex requirements leveraging Essbase’s powerful MOLAP engine. The vendor can also support hybrid scenarios. Comprehensive advanced analytics capabilities and natural language functions round out the offering. Customers of Oracle’s other applications (e.g., CRM or ERP) can gain additional benefits from the Common Enterprise Information Model, as the semantic layer extends across products. Existing Oracle customers will also welcome the increased licensing flexibility. With Oracle Day by Day, Oracle has made a fresh start on mobile, focusing on users’ information needs rather than on simple BI delivery.”

Part of Oracle Cloud Platform, Oracle Analytics Cloud provides the industry’s most comprehensive cloud analytics in a single, unified platform, including everything from self-service visualization and powerful inline data preparation to enterprise reporting, advanced analytics, and self-learning analytics that deliver proactive insights. With support for more than 50 data sources and an extensible, open framework, Oracle Analytics Cloud gives customers a complete, connected, collaborative platform that brings the power of data and analytics to every process, interaction, and decision in any environment – cloud, on-premises, desktop and data center. Oracle Analytics Cloud has experienced significant growth in 2017, tripling adoption in the last 12 months. In addition, Oracle recently introduced two innovative mobile applications – that leverage machine learning and natural language processing – Oracle Analytics Cloud Day by Day and Oracle Analytics Cloud Synopsis. Respectively, these applications deliver proactive analytics and visual analysis to mobile devices, helping ensure the right information is always available and actionable.


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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at oracle.com.

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Polish Retailer Marketing Investment Group SA Selects Oracle Planning

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Polish Retailer Marketing Investment Group SA Selects Oracle Planning

Oracle Selected to Unify Processes and Drive Productivity at Leading Polish Retailer

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Sep 20, 2017



Today, Oracle announced that Marketing Investment Group SA (MIG) has selected Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning. MIG currently provides consumers with products of famous brands across more than 300 brick and mortar stores and 5 e-commerce outlets, through its own retail chain.

MIG efficiently manages a growing network of over 100 Sizeer stores, 150 under the brands of 50 style and operating stores of such brands like Timberland, Symbiosis, Umbro and up8. Dynamic growth through continued expansion and store openings in new markets, along with inconsistent manual spreadsheets resulted in the need for an integrated planning system to drive unified processes and experiences. The implementation of Oracle Retail will deliver a coherent, iterative plan to follow a single version of truth for the whole company.

“To secure future growth, we required a solution that allows for more detailed purchase planning, faster and more informed buying process, and reduction of stock inventory levels during collection intakes,” said Krzysztof Nitsch, COO and Board Member, Marketing Investment Group. “We will empower our merchants and planners to better manage stock by season, by truly understanding the inventory levers with Oracle Retail.”

“As Marketing Investment Group grows their business, the role of inventory becomes critical to their success and margin attainment,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “We look forward to celebrating the success with Marketing Investment Group and Pronos.”

Oracle Retail collaborated with Pronos to deliver local, in-language implementation based on global expertise. Pronos brings unique fashion planning competencies with a lean delivery approach and accelerated schedule.

“We are partnering with the Marketing Investment Group to deliver a consistent and structured way of working across the business. The Oracle Retail implementation will facilitate the management of rolling objectives through proactive monitoring of an on-going business performance to drive productivity and visibility.” said Paweł Kowalewski, Vice President, Pronos. 


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Oracle
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About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

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The Oracle Cloud delivers hundreds of SaaS applications and enterprise-class PaaS and IaaS services to customers in more than 195 countries and territories while processing 55 billion transactions a day. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Draper James Gains Foundation to Grow Graciously with NetSuite

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Draper James Gains Foundation to Grow Graciously with NetSuite

Southern Lifestyle Brand Supports Omnichannel Strategy with NetSuite’s Retail Apparel Edition

San Mateo, Calif.—Sep 20, 2017



Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced today that Draper James, a fast-growing Southern-influenced apparel and homewares line founded by actor Reese Witherspoon, has implemented and gone live with NetSuite’s Retail Apparel Edition in 144 days to power its financials, inventory, customer and order management processes. Draper James now has an end-to-end view of the business across its wholesale distribution, ecommerce channels and three brick-and-mortar locations, to enable seamless omnichannel experiences for its customers and retail partners.

Witherspoon founded Draper James as a tribute to her Southern heritage and gracious Southern living, and in particular her grandparents, William James Witherspoon and Dorothea Draper – who never left the house without her pearls or wedding ring and always drove her white Cadillac with the proper driving gloves. To realize its mission to give everyone a taste of that contemporary yet timeless Southern style Witherspoon grew up with, Draper James needed to scale operations for growth across expanding channels – which included ecommerce, plans to open brick-and-mortar locations and engage in B2B partnerships with leading retailers.

When running a clothing line whose founder is an internationally acclaimed actor, a big part of delivering a great customer experience is ensuring that whatever Witherspoon is pictured wearing is available for purchase. And when a dress can sell out in mere minutes after she is photographed wearing it, ensuring supply matches demand is crucial.

That wasn’t so hard to do when Draper James first launched as an online brand in 2015. But demand for its dresses, t-shirts – adorned with phrases like “howdy,” – and friendly, powder blue gingham stationery, grew across the country. People everywhere from Greenville S.C. to Greenwich, Conn. were looking to incorporate a bit of Southern charm into their lives.  

“We really needed to have unified data to remove the barriers between channels,” said Melissa Baird, VP of Systems and Procedures for Draper James. “If a customer shopped in the Lexington store, and the only dress left in the network was in Nashville, we wanted to allow the customer the ability to easily purchase it from an iPad and have it delivered directly to the location of their choice.”

Draper James couldn’t meet the buy-anywhere customer expectation and wasn’t pleased with its previous inventory management processes, being forced to perform time-consuming, error-prone and inefficient manual workarounds in Excel. Disparate systems held the company back from getting to know its customers better, and from ensuring that what they wanted to buy was in stock. It knew sustainable, efficient growth depended on managing and maintaining flexible inventory across channels.

Draper James implemented NetSuite’s Retail Apparel Edition in June 2017 in 144 days using NetSuite SuiteSuccess; a methodology designed to deliver faster time to value, increased business efficiency, flexibility and greater customer success. SuiteSuccess leverages NetSuite’s depth of experience in the retail industry and business operations functionality, including preconfigured dashboards for retail-specific roles and reports with business intelligence for retailers that provides insight into top selling items, units per transaction, shrink reports, sales per hour, sell-through figures and retail stock-ledger.

“Since we’re such a young business, we needed a vendor flexible enough to allow us to morph and grow as a company,” Baird said. “We wanted a good partner for the long run — a like-minded vendor that understood what we were trying to do as we scaled as a company.”

NetSuite allows Draper James to manage its business across ecommerce, wholesale distribution and brick and mortar channels in a smarter way, maintaining flexible inventory and avoiding stock-outs. Efficient, lean operations allow Draper James to keep a laser focus on listening to customers, detecting patterns and focusing on adding value to the customer journey across its different retail touch points.

Since implementing NetSuite, the now 30-employee company has forged wholesale distribution partnerships with luxury retailers like Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter, and opened brick and mortar stores in Nashville, Dallas and Lexington. The business is headquartered in New York, with a warehouse in Greenville, S.C. and much of its manufacturing done in the south.

NetSuite provides an end-to-end view of business for retailers such as Draper James across wholesale distribution and ecommerce channels, as well as company brick-and-mortar locations, to enable seamless, omnichannel experiences for customers.

NetSuite’s cloud-based software removes complexity, and allows fast-growing companies with many remote workers to run best-in-class processes without high implementation costs and overhead associated with managing on-premise software. In turn, the business can adopt new functionality when it needs it to reach new goals.  For more information on NetSuite’s products, please visit http://www.netsuite.com.


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Oracle NetSuite
603-743-4534
PR@netsuite.com

About Oracle NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries.

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