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What the annual Oracle Database release cycle means for DBAs

As Oracle changes its database release cycle to yearly updates with new version numbers, Oracle users will get faster access to new features -- but also new upgrade questions.

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  • Oracle

    Oracle is one of the largest vendors in the enterprise IT market and the shorthand name of its flagship product, a relational database management system (RDBMS) that's formally called Oracle Database.

  • Oracle extents

    Oracle extents are a set of contiguous blocks allocated in an Oracle database.

  • foreign key

    A foreign key is a column or columns of data in one table that connects to the primary key data in the original table.

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Applications

This topic includes all our content on installing, implementing and integrating Oracle's E-Business Suite versions 10, 11 and 12, its acquisitions JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Hyperion and Siebel applications, as well as the upcoming Fusion application suite. You'll also find tips and advice on Oracle business intelligence (BI), customer relationship management (CRM), data quality and metadata.

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  • Oracle

    Oracle is one of the largest vendors in the enterprise IT market and the shorthand name of its flagship product, a relational database management system (RDBMS) that's formally called Oracle Database.

  • Oracle E-Business Suite

    Oracle E-Business Suite is a set of applications for managing business operations, including customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning and supply chain management processes.

  • Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control (OCNCC)

    Oracle Communications Network Charging and Control (OCNCC) is a product from the telecommunications industry used for real-time charging and session control.

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Data Mgmt

This section offers comprehensive resources about Oracle data management and business intelligence (BI). Read expert advice and tips for both basic and advanced Oracle (BI) solutions and concepts, such as Oracle data warehousing, data quality, metadata and Oracle MDM. Learn about Oracle BI products like Hyperion, PeopleSoft and Siebel, get tips on planning and implementing your Oracle BI and data management strategy, and see how Oracle's business intelligence strategy compares to that of competitors such as SAP and IBM.

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  • Oracle Database In-Memory

    Oracle Database In-Memory is an optional add-on to Oracle Database 12c that enables Oracle's flagship relational software to function as an in-memory database.

  • Oracle Big Data Appliance

    Oracle Big Data Appliance is a converged hardware and software platform for big data that can be used to capture and analyze data from a wide variety of sources. 

  • Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database

    The Oracle TimesTen In-Memory Database is an in-memory relational database in which all data is located in random access memory (RAM).

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Database Admin

Oracle database administrators (DBAs), look no further for all your research needs. In this section, you'll find news, tips, scripts and advice covering all the daily tasks of Oracle database administration, including backup and recovery, installation, upgrades, patching, database design, security, performance and tuning, error messages, availability and RAC, Oracle on Linux, grid computing, data warehousing, and more.

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  • Oracle

    Oracle is one of the largest vendors in the enterprise IT market and the shorthand name of its flagship product, a relational database management system (RDBMS) that's formally called Oracle Database.

  • Oracle extents

    Oracle extents are a set of contiguous blocks allocated in an Oracle database.

  • foreign key

    A foreign key is a column or columns of data in one table that connects to the primary key data in the original table.

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Development

This topic provides Oracle programmers/coders/developers news, tips and advice on the various development languages used with Oracle databases and Oracle applications, including SQL, PL/SQL, stored procedures, Java and J2EE, and XML, SOA and Web services.

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  • foreign key

    A foreign key is a column or columns of data in one table that connects to the primary key data in the original table.

  • stored procedure

    A stored procedure is a group of statements with a specific name, which are stored inside a database, such as MySQL or Oracle.

  • Java

    Java is a widely used programming language expressly designed for use in the distributed environment of the internet.

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Fusion

The Oracle Fusion middleware and Integration topic explains how Fusion middleware works in addition to covering data and application integration and interoperability basics. Learn more about Oracle Application Server, service-oriented architecture (SOA) terminology and advice on implementing a SOA, Oracle Software as a Service (SaaS) and business process management (BPM). See how Oracle's Fusion middleware platform compares against its competitors like SAP and learn how emerging technologies such as cloud computing are shaping Oracle's middleware strategy.

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  • Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS)

    Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS) is a mobile security system intended to allow organizations to provide secure application access from mobile devices to enterprise applications.

  • Oracle Fusion Applications

    Oracle Fusion Applications is an all-encompassing suite of Oracle applications built for enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), human capital management (HCM) and other business tasks.

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Infrastructure

Discover the key components in Oracle infrastructure and learn how to manage the technology infrastructure in an Oracle environment. Find out best practices for Oracle IT infrastructure management and detailed information about organizing your Oracle IT architecture. Gather information from trusted experts to assist with infrastructure decision making and how to best manage the Oracle IT infrastructure.

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  • Oracle

    Oracle is one of the largest vendors in the enterprise IT market and the shorthand name of its flagship product, a relational database management system (RDBMS) that's formally called Oracle Database.

  • distributed database

    A distributed database is a database in which portions of the database are stored on multiple computers within a network.

  • Oracle Big Data Appliance

    Oracle Big Data Appliance is a converged hardware and software platform for big data that can be used to capture and analyze data from a wide variety of sources. 

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Oracle management

Our Oracle management topics section covers information on managing an Oracle shop, including Oracle technology and software reviews, regulatory compliance, data center management, ROI and TCO, Oracle for SMBs (small and midsized businesses), Oracle vs. SAP, outsourcing and other articles geared for managers.

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  • Oracle

    Oracle is one of the largest vendors in the enterprise IT market and the shorthand name of its flagship product, a relational database management system (RDBMS) that's formally called Oracle Database.

  • Oracle extents

    Oracle extents are a set of contiguous blocks allocated in an Oracle database.

  • foreign key

    A foreign key is a column or columns of data in one table that connects to the primary key data in the original table.

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    Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) is a technology that allows computers in a network to exchange data in main memory without ...

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    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

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