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1Z0-062 Oracle Database 12c - Installation and Administration

Exam Title: Oracle Database 12c Administration
Exam ID: 1Z0-062
Format: Multiple Choice.
Duration: 120 minutes
Number of Questions: 67
Passing Score: 64%

TEMAS DE EXAMEN Administración de Oracle Database 12c 1Z0-062 (Examen 1Z0-062 in Español -150 minutos; 77 preguntas; 65% puntaje de aprobación)
Exploring the Oracle Database Architecture
List the architectural components of Oracle Database
Explain the memory structures
Describe the background processes

Oracle Database Instance
Understand initialization parameter files
Start up and shut down an Oracle database instance
View the alert log and access dynamic performance views

Administering User Security
Create and manage database user accounts
Grant and revoke privileges
Create and manage roles
Create and manage profiles

Create and manage tablespaces
Explain how Oracle database server automatically manages space
Save space by using compression
Use the Segment Advisor
Reclaim wasted space from tables and indexes by using the segment shrink functionality

Managing Data Concurrency
Describe the locking mechanism and how Oracle manages data concurrency
Monitor and resolve locking conflicts

Backup and Recovery Concepts
Identify the importance of checkpoints, redo log files, and archive log files

Performing Database Backups
Create consistent database backups
Back up your database without shutting it down
Create incremental backups
Automate database backups
Manage backups

Moving Data
Describe ways to move data
Use SQL*Loader to load data from a non-Oracle database
Use external tables to move data via platform-independent files
Explain the general architecture of Oracle Data Pump
Use Data Pump Export and Import to move data between Oracle databases

Managing Performance: SQL Tuning
Use the SQL Tuning advisor

Creating an Oracle Database Using DBCA
Generate database creation scripts by using DBCA
Manage database design templates by using DBCA

Introduction to DBAAS
Recognize the difference between a DBaaS Instance and a Database Instance
Navigate with My Services Dashboard
User authentication and roles
Generate a Secure Shell (SSH) Public/Private Key Pair

Oracle Database Management Tools
Use database management tools

Configuring the Oracle Network Environment
Configure Oracle Net Services
Use tools for configuring and managing the Oracle network
Configure client-side network
Configure communication between databases

Managing Database Storage Structures
Describe the storage of table row data in blocks
Create and manage tablespaces

Managing Undo Data
Explain DML and undo data generation
Monitor and administer undo data
Describe the difference between undo data and redo data
Configure undo retention

Implementing Oracle Database Auditing
Enable standard database auditing and unified auditing

Backup and Recovery Configuration
Configure the fast recovery area
Configure ARCHIVELOG mode

Performing Database Recovery
Determine the need for performing recovery
Use Recovery Manager (RMAN) and the Data Recovery Advisor to perform recovery of the control file, redo log file and data file

Performing Database Maintenance
Use server-generated alerts

Automating Tasks by Using Oracle Scheduler
Use Oracle Scheduler to simplify management tasks
Use job chains to perform a series of related tasks
Use Scheduler jobs on remote systems
Use advanced Scheduler features to prioritize jobs

Upgrading Oracle Database Software
Describe data migration methods
Describe the upgrade process

Oracle Database 12c - Installation and Administration
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Killexams : Oracle Administration thinking - BingNews Search results Killexams : Oracle Administration thinking - BingNews Killexams : The Better Buy In Business Software And Cloud/AI: Oracle Or Intuit?
Thoughtful man sitting down. Confusion and overthinking concept.

Mihaela Rosu

I like the Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) valuation setup, but am leery of missing growth drivers over the last decade. I like the Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) strong-growth profile, but the valuation is still a little expensive. That's the dilemma for investors researching these two leaders in the business software industry, both with increasing focus on cloud-based artificial intelligence [AI].

The two companies work at different ends of the marketplace (exclusively business-to-business sales for Oracle vs. more of a retail model for Intuit), but operate with remarkable, similarly high gross profit margins. Gross margins for the two are nearly the best of any Big Tech peer or competing enterprise.

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Management decisions and focus seem to be conservative and deliberate at Oracle, while Intuit is a leader in reviewing customer surveys and ratings to reinvent its software over time. Both have engaged in major merger deals in exact years to fill in gaps for offerings and add new levels of data for future AI endeavors.

Oracle is in the process of digesting its $28 billion acquisition of Cerner, one of the world’s top medical recordkeeping enterprises. The merger idea is medical care information can be more effectively managed through Oracle’s cloud networks and operating systems, with the combined effort able to expand faster outside the U.S. For sure, co-founder and Executive Chairman Larry Ellison has been searching for ways to increase Oracle growth rates.

Intuit bought Credit Karma (a free to use financial information website) for $8 billion in 2020 and Mailchimp (email marketing for small business) for $12 billion in 2021. Management has been busy entering new markets to provide small business with useful products, and opening avenues to cross-sell existing software.

Operating Highlights

Oracle’s growth rate estimates for sales and earnings are in the neighborhood of 9%-12% annually. The Cerner deal was small in comparison to ORCL’s $190 billion stock market capitalization, and may not move the needle much for accelerating investor interest.

Oracle Website

Oracle Website

Oracle Website, 2022 Milestones

While Oracle is a leader in cloud and networking infrastructure, analytics, software and solutions for big business, Intuit is the top cloud software and online provider for small businesses in America, running QuickBooks, TurboTax, Mint (budget tracking and financial management), Credit Karma, and Mailchimp, among other popular names. Intuit has projected underlying growth rates of 15%-20% annually the next five years vs. an equity capitalization of $105 billion today.

2022 Annual Shareholders Meeting Presentation

2022 Annual Shareholders Meeting Presentation


Let's quickly run through some investing data points for comparison. If your goal is low upfront valuations of the operating business, Oracle looks like the clear winner. Assuming a zero-growth future for both organizations, Oracle would be the better choice, hands down. Enterprise value, including equity and debt capitalizations, to forward projected EBITDA or Revenues favors Oracle as the bargain choice.

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However, cash flow valuations are considerably closer to each other. In fact, price to "trailing" free cash flow generation favors Intuit (good for a nearly 4% free cash flow yield at $385 per share).

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Business Growth and Investment Returns

If your investment goal is maximized gains for your brokerage account, Intuit's excellent level of growth has driven a material price advance. Trailing total returns have more closely followed growth rates in the underlying businesses since 2020, with Intuit as the top choice.

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And, Intuit is projected to grow much faster than Oracle for years to come, highlighted on the consensus estimate tables below.

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ORCL, Seeking Alpha - Analyst Estimates - July 13th, 2022

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INTU, Seeking Alpha - Analyst Estimates - July 13th, 2022

Since late 2021, both have suffered from the rise in interest rates and a looming economic slowdown, just like Wall Street equities generally or other Big Tech selections. Investment losses over the past year are hovering around -20% for both Oracle and Intuit.

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1-Year Total Returns, YCharts

Yet, the difference in growth rates has made a huge impact on investor returns over longer periods of time. On a 5-year performance chart, total returns including price appreciation and dividends have favored Intuit's rapid growth. INTU has widely outperformed Oracle, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and Invesco NASDAQ 100 ETF (QQQ).

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5-Year Total Returns,

Momentum Tiebreaker

When you get down to a few picks with just as many pros and cons to weigh vs. the other, I defer to the trading momentum picture to make my final judgment. Overall, I do find Intuit’s underlying long-term technical indicators are holding up better, some of them drawn underneath the price/volume stats on the 18-month chart below. Specifically, the stronger Negative Volume Index and On Balance Volume stats are noteworthy for Intuit, despite a steeper percentage price decline. So, in my final comparative analysis, I believe Intuit is the more intelligent long-term buy, regardless of its higher upfront valuation today.

What If They Merged Operations?

When researching this article, I had a crazy thought. Putting the two together would create one of the world’s top cloud and business software/solutions sellers for everyone in the working world, with cross-selling possibilities and future artificial intelligence [AI] data gathering/parsing/learning to help productivity across the board. An example of merger synergies, Oracle could extend its accounting software reach with the QuickBooks name as a starter package for more advanced company-specific applications.

Here’s my theoretical proposal: Oracle could use help with outside-of-the-box thinking on enabling business customer efficiency. Intuit could benefit from larger data scale and a smarter introduction to international markets with the right partner. Oracle would have better direct access selling its cloud products to tens of millions of existing Intuit customers. The Intuit ecosystem is a much larger pond and could eventually funnel successful business customers to Oracle products, a function of existing goodwill built over the years.

Together, the AI possibilities in the future are quite mindboggling, with an active client/user footprint as high as 200 million in five years (Intuit’s goal number vs. 430,000 current customers for Oracle). Why not use Intuit's high ratings by customers to your advantage?

A “New” Microsoft?

If you will, Oracle/Intuit could become the “new” Microsoft (MSFT), with a full complement of offerings for every part of the business community. For a theoretical purchase price, I am assuming an all-stock Oracle bid with a slight 20% price premium paid for Intuit (more of a merger of equals).

You would think adding a somewhat different business software firm with a retail focus vs. Oracle’s networking application background might alter management decision-making in a negative way. Perhaps, but Microsoft’s strength is offering everything from consumer software and operating systems at the retail level all the way up to cloud and networking services for big business. The expansion of brand name awareness and cross-selling of services is the beauty of Microsoft’s business model. Apple (AAPL), Alphabet/Google (GOOG) (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN) are running the same approach to much higher business growth rates and investor returns than Oracle. To a degree, Oracle’s legacy business is stuck in a slower growth position, as it competes with a short list of well-heeled multinationals for the same big business pie of cloud and networking spend.

Looking forward, a marriage of estimated growth rates the next two years would get the combined company closer to Microsoft’s top-tier forecast in the cloud and software services area of Big Tech.

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On a 20% premium offer for Intuit, combined enterprise value on forward revenues would be an estimated 6.9x multiple. For this higher margin business, the relative valuation would be a solid 20% discount to the analyst estimated 8.5x multiple for Microsoft. (Remember: both Oracle and Intuit generate far higher gross profit margins on sales in the 80% range vs. Microsoft's current 69%.)

EV to forward EBITDA for the merged company would be about the same as Microsoft’s estimate. However, my proposed combined price to forward 1-year earnings multiple of 17.5x would roughly stand at a 15% discount to Microsoft’s 20.5x ratio.

The point of this exercise is a combination of Oracle and Intuit assets would initially be priced at a discount to Microsoft's valuation, with an outlook just as bright. More than likely, institutions and mutual/hedge funds would be very excited to own an equivalent growth rate, higher margin blue-chip business than Microsoft in the U.S. high tech space.

Final Thoughts

Intuit is good for a starter position at $385, but I am still looking for lower quotes in the weeks/months ahead. I rate INTU between a Buy and Hold presently. My view is further outsized weakness in Intuit should absolutely be bought by long-term investors. Prices closer to $300 a share would be strong buy territory. I rate Oracle more of a market-performer or Hold in a weakening economic environment, as currently positioned. Of course, lower pricing would bring a more compelling bullish argument.

Nevertheless, a fully integrated cloud solutions/software company able to sell to every and any business outfit in America (through both back-office and retail sales) could be truly interesting to own. While Intuit is not the obvious choice for a takeover play by Oracle, I believe it offers a unique chance to kick-start operating growth rates and Wall Street interest. A combination of innovative services/platforms for small business with Oracle's focus on big tech, big business, big data could open all kinds of cross-selling opportunities and enhance the Oracle brand name with consumers/customers.

As AI problem-solving becomes more common in our data-driven world, the merged organizations would have unique offerings and scale to help businesses grow throughout their lifecycle. Access to huge amounts of Intuit data on small business activities would be the AI icing on the cake to target greater efficiencies and new products for American business success. The combined effort would rival International Business Machines (IBM), Meta Platforms (META), Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and Alphabet for potential AI revenue success.

What are the odds of my mental exercise happening in the real world? I would guess the odds are low, but the idea is worthwhile to contemplate. I am confident an Oracle/Intuit marriage would greatly Boost and diversify the prospects for either set of shareholders vs. a standalone setup.

Thanks for reading. Please consider this article a first step in your due diligence process. Consulting with a registered and experienced investment advisor is recommended before making any trade.

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Killexams : NewSQL: Trying to solve what SQL and NoSQL can’t on their own

NewSQL and NoSQL have similarities and differences. The “right” database choice is all about the use case, as always. Depending on what your company is trying to accomplish, you likely have a mix of SQL and NoSQL solutions. And if you don’t, you likely will in the future.

Like NoSQL, NewSQL was designed for modern requirements that include high speed and massive scalability. Also, like NoSQL, NewSQL as a term lacks a precise definition, which can make navigating the landscape more difficult.

Matt Aslett, research director at 451 Research, coined the term NewSQL about five years ago, although in an interview he said defining the new category was “kind of accidental.” At the time, the idea was to recognize a set of vendors that were taking the best aspects of a SQL database and designing new products for modern architecture, specifically cloud architecture.

(Related: NoSQL: It’s all in the name)

“It wasn’t an attempt to define a new category. It was an attempt to describe a group of products that were very similar in terms of vendors trying to do something new with a relational SQL database,” said Aslett. “I often joke that if we knew the term would take off, we would have put more thought into exactly what it was ahead of time.”

Over the years, it’s become obvious that NoSQL solves problems that SQL can’t do well or at all. The complaints about NoSQL as a type of database have less to do with the models and more do to about the non-descriptive and amorphous nature of the term itself. NewSQL has similar problems—the most pronounced of which is the perception of what “new” means. Some consider NewSQL to be a category of databases that has been around for years, if not a couple of decades. Others think of it as more nearer term—within five years. In that nearer-term view, what qualifies as “new” becomes more obvious because similar industry dynamics have been driving the NoSQL frenzy, not the least of which is the need for massive scalability.

Given the unsettled nature of NewSQL’s present definition, Aslett is attempting to define what NewSQL means in a forthcoming paper he is co-authoring with Andy Pavlo, assistant professor of databaseology in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University.

“The characteristics [of NewSQL] databases have remained the same for the last few years,” said Aslett. “We see them taking advantage of in-memory storage, partitioning, sharing, and concurrency controls. The implementations differ from vendor to vendor, but there is a common set of technology that takes the best bits of the relational database and applies it to distributed architecture.”

Understanding the landscape depends on one’s view of what constitutes NewSQL. The most commonly referenced players include Clustrix, MemSQL, NuoDB and VoltDB, although SAP HANA, CockroachDB, Amazon Aurora, other databases, some database services, and sharding technologies may qualify depending on one’s view of the landscape.

How one defines the landscape also determines what the market size is. For example, 451 Research estimates that NewSQL vendors generated approximately US$146 million in revenue in 2015, compared to the operational database market ($25 billion) and the NoSQL database market ($814 million). By 2020, 451 Research estimates that the NewSQL market will reach $500 million.

“NewSQL and NoSQL were both reactions to something that wasn’t working: traditional relational databases. [However,] their reactions were completely different,” said Dennis Duckworth, director of product marketing at NewSQL vendor VoltDB. “NoSQL said throw everything out and start with a blank slate. NewSQL said there are some good things about OldSQL. NewSQL systems offer familiar SQL query capability for richer analytics, along with the speed and scale of NoSQL.”

Benefits and limitations
No database is ideal for all use cases, which is why SQL, NoSQL and NewSQL all have their benefits and detriments. But again, those can be colored by what one considers to be NewSQL.

“Traditional SQL provides ACID transactions across partitions [and] multi-way JOINS, and enforces referential integrity,” said Dave Anselmi, director of product management at NewSQL vendor Clustrix. “They’re optimized for structured data, and ensur[e] that there are no update/delete anomalies. They are usually not characterized by a share-nothing architecture, nor can they scale out linearly, especially writes.

“NoSQL ‘relaxed’ the ACID guarantees in search of scale. Typically, if NoSQL provides ACID transactions and JOINS, they’re on a single node only. However, NoSQL typically is shared-nothing, and can scale linearly to hundreds of nodes. NewSQL provides both the RDBMS, ACID transactions and multi-way JOINS across multiple nodes, and can scale out linearly to handle both reads and writes.”

Medium to large companies with high-value, high-transactions loads are using Clustrix for their e-commerce, gaming, ad tech, marketing technology, social and other web applications. In each case, their desire to use NewSQL was driven by scaling limitations.

“Many NoSQL vendors are trying to provide ‘SQL’ semantics, but they’re really only providing SQL language interpreters,” said Anselmi. “What companies really want is the ‘single-source-of-truth’ confidence they’ve always had from enterprise SQL, coupled with the scale of NoSQL.”

VoltDB’s Duckworth said he sees “a lot” of companies hopping off the NoSQL bandwagon because they’ve been burned by the lack of consistency and transactionality.

“We see many organizations across many different industries either migrating to NewSQL or at least investigating it,” said Duckworth. “Ad tech and mobile have already been down the NoSQL path and have learned where it does and does not fit for them. Older, more conservative industries like financial services are still mostly on OldSQL and are slower to adopt new technology.”

Regardless of industry, speed, accuracy, availability, and reliability are becoming increasingly critical to everyday operations and more types of workloads.

“Anything non-operational, more analytical or simple caching/lookups is going toward NoSQL or the analytical flavor of NewSQL,” said Duckworth. “Anything operational (transactional) and real time tends to bring companies to the transactional flavor of NewSQL.”

VoltDB is primarily an OLTP database that has some analytical capabilities. Telco companies are using it for low-latency authorization, policy management, network routing and optimization. Other use cases include ad tech, financial services, smart grids, and game development.

Scalability is critical
Historically, if an organization needed a larger database and better performance, it put its SQL database on a bigger server. The problems with that were twofold: high cost and diminishing ROI in terms of performance. Some turned to commodity servers to scale out, requiring sharding so that the database could run on multiple servers. That approach made it difficult to understand where the data resided across those nodes, and might also make it difficult to execute queries across multiple nodes.

“It gets to the point where you look at a new database that’s designed to run on the architecture instead of trying to get an old database to work on it,” said 451 Research’s Aslett. “The NewSQL players bring something new to the table in terms of transparent sharing, in-memory storage, partitioning, concurrency control, secondary indexes, and replication.”

In terms of use cases, Aslett sees them as being mainly transactional, operations applications such as ad tech, online retail, social media, and of course the Internet of Things (IoT)—use cases that require more frequent data analysis. In the case of IoT, certain data tends to be analyzed on the edge before a subset of it is stored in a data warehouse for historical analysis.

New applications require new databases
NoSQL and NewSQL were both designed for modern architectures. As such, they are generally being used for new applications.

“It’s not so much about migrating existing workflows from existing Oracle and Microsoft databases as much as it is development new applications which, over time, will come online and the older applications may be retired,” said Aslett.

In the meantime, companies are wise to identify which applications are best suited to a particular type of database and what’s driving the decision of one over another: the model, the structure of the database, or the mission-criticality of the application.

“What the NewSQL vendors are not doing is saying, ‘Port your CRM and ERP databases over to our database,’ because nobody is going to do it,” said Aslett.

Many of the early NewSQL adopters have been startups who start fresh with next-generation technologies. Enterprises thinking about their long-term architecture should consider the implications on the database layer and the potential for a more distributed and flexible database architecture, which may make NewSQL vendors worth exploring.

Capgemini has been deploying New SQL and NoSQL platforms on the same underlying infrastructure.

“The good news is, we’ve taken away the constraint of how we store the data,” said Goutham Belliappa, Big Data and analytics consultant for Capgemini North America. “On a Hadoop platform, if I have a NewSQL interface, I can store the data like I store it in Hadoop and express it using NewSQL on top. NoSQL is ideal for use cases in which it doesn’t make sense to use a SQL store at all.”

Expressing relationships is one example, because it is best done using a graph database. A graph database can infer relationships where none have been previously defined. Using a SQL interface, it is difficult even to describe relationships.

“Clients are moving away from their old data warehouse platforms in droves, and a lot of times they’re implementing NewSQL on a NoSQL platform because they don’t have the flexibility they need and we’ve seen cost differences of one to 100 or even higher,” said Belliappa. “There is a confluence of factors that is pushing people away from the way they did things in the past to the way they want to do things in the future.”

One such factor is the software licensing model. Traditional relational database licenses have been expensive, and customers were often limited by vendor lock-in. SaaS alternatives enable cost-effective experimentation and provide greater flexibility.

Consider requirements
Assessing any new database without first considering the problem or use case can lead to several negative consequences, including poor ROI and less-than-optimal outcomes.

“For traditional SQL users, the NewSQL movement attempts to bring the performance at scale that NoSQL implementations often provide without sacrificing the many attributes that make SQL the correct choice for the organization in the first place,” said Vicky Harp, corporate strategist at IT infrastructure performance and SQL Server tool provider Idera. “For NoSQL users, NewSQL may be attractive because of the robustness of SQL, including ACID transactions and fully featured ad hoc capabilities that might require a lot of custom code in a NoSQL implementation.”

There is debate about whether NewSQL is better suited to analytical or operational use cases. “There is very cool technology available in the NewSQL space, but for the most part, these solutions are designed for workloads that can fit into the main memory of a server, so I don’t see it as being appropriate for data mining or large-scale analysis of any sort,” said Harp. “It’s also a pretty costly solution, effort-wise, if you are in a situation with very fluid schema.”

Traditional relational databases struggle to meet ever-increasing performance requirements of elastic, on-demand scale, cloud deployment, and other data center transitions to commodity infrastructure because they weren’t originally designed for those things. NoSQL technologies lack ACID transactions and consequently struggle to offer the data guarantees required by mission-critical applications that deal with valuable data. NoSQL products also forego a server-side programming model such as SQL, with the coherent schemas and data structures that enable efficient server-side processing, according to Barry Morris, cofounder and executive chairman of NewSQL provider NuoDB.

“We now have a database industry in which traditional relational database vendors are trying to add NoSQL-like capabilities to their products, and in which NoSQL database vendors are trying to add ACID transactions and SQL-like capabilities to their products,” he said. “The truth is that customers want both classes of capabilities, and they don’t want to run multiple databases.”

The reality is that a lot of companies are running multiple databases because they’re dealing with different kinds of problems. Although some of the database sprawl is the result of a lack of strategic planning, as the nature of business and technology changes, so do the solutions. This leads to necessary coexistence of SQL and NoSQL databases and/or NewSQL databases.

“We’re finding the market turning toward private, hybrid or public clouds increasing numbers,” said Morris. “They’re looking to lower costs through the commodity hardware and pay-as-you-go pricing, while also simplifying the overall administration of their architecture. Such goals are in direct contradiction to traditional RDBMSes that require expensive, highly customized, pre-provisioned boxes that are costly to maintain, complicated to replicate and challenging to scale.”

The landscape continues to shift
The database market is fragmented, and it will likely get more fragmented in the short term, although some consolidation is already taking place. Amazon AWS, Apple, Dell, EMC and others have been acquiring NoSQL assets. Similarly, NewSQL acquisitions are anticipated by the incumbent players for the usual reasons: eliminating competition, gaining a competitive advantage, and getting fast access to capabilities that would take much longer to build in-house.

“NewSQL hasn’t had a significant impact on the revenue stream of the incumbent relational database players yet, but we see some potential for NewSQL acquisitions,” said 451 Research’s Aslett.”

The longer-term question is whether NewSQL will survive as a database category. In the short term, the amount of database market fragmentation can make navigating the landscape difficult for IT and developers.

“Make sure you understand what you really need for your application,” said NuoDB’s Morris. “What are your true requirements, and what are the nice-to-haves? Are you looking primarily for Continuous Availability, elastic scale-out, or the ability to get real-time analytics out of your database? That might be different than if you’re looking to do Big Data analytics, operate within Docker, or obtain extremely high performance in a single data center. NewSQL isn’t a magic bullet.”

Given the growing popularity of Docker, it’s not surprising that NuoDB is seeing increased interest in database support for it. Meanwhile, Capgemini is advising customers to take advantage of blueprints, rather than reinventing the wheel when it comes to implementing new database technologies.

“Diversity exists to solve different problems and address different use cases,” said Capgemini’s Belliappa. “There are people, vendors, specialists and organizations like ours that have solved [the same] problem. If you start experimenting without learning what exists in the marketplace, then your discovery will be more time-consuming and costly.”

While blueprints serve as guidelines rather than cut-and-paste panaceas, they can help demystify approaches to technology implementations, and more importantly provide a starting point that’s further down the learning curve.

Not everyone is sold on NewSQL
Mike Bowers, principal architect at the Church of Latter-day Saints, is not a fan of NewSQL. In fact, he thinks it’s “dead on arrival.”

“NewSQL databases address the velocity challenge. They scale, they’re there in RAM so they can scale to a high velocity,” said Bowers. “I was really excited about Oracle TimesTen, but the pricing and poor marketing killed it. People who want velocity and have decided to leave the SQL world and go NoSQL have moved to a document database. Developers really don’t like relational databases because of all the modeling and complexities.”

Those adopting NoSQL document databases follow a pattern of adoption, according to Bowers. They start with something simple like Redis, and then move to something more powerful like MongoDB, CouchDB or MarkLogic, and depending on the choice, they may or may not face consistency issues. Bowers uses MarkLogic.

“If you’re looking at NewSQL, do a really strong POC because it’s not OldSQL,” said Bowers. “It’s not going to behave the same, you’re going to tune it differently, and every one of these NewSQL databases differ from your traditional relational databases. They have limitations and there are architectural considerations so really know what you’re getting into and vet the company. You don’t want to invest in a company that’s going to be gone in a few years.”

Robin Schumacher, director of products at multi-model database provider Datastax, recommends looking carefully at the underlying architecture and data model.

“If the NewSQL model fully retains the standard Codd-Date RDBMS model, then it may implicitly inherit all the standard RDBMS limitations of general RDBMSes like Oracle, MySQL, etc. that NoSQL was designed to overcome,” he said. “If the architecture adheres to a master-slave design as most do, then it will fail to adequately tackle the write-anywhere requirements of today’s radically distributed applications, and be prone to outages however small. By contrast, NoSQL databases such as Apache Cassandra, supply a more flexible data model than the RDBMS. Its masterless architecture, tunable consistency, and data distribution capabilities allow it to handle writes from any location and synchronize those changes to all other copies of the data.”

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Killexams : The State of Missouri Selects Mythics, Inc. as Partner to Support Move to Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications The State of Missouri Selects Mythics, Inc. as Partner to Support Move to Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications

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Missouri to connect statewide finance and HR systems by moving to the cloud, increasing productivity, reducing costs, and improving employee experience

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., June 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Mythics™ has been selected as the partner to support the State of Missouri's decision to move to Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite. The state will use Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) to connect its statewide finance and HR systems, eliminating duplicative systems and standardizing processes. This will in turn, help Boost transparency, reduce repetitive manual work, and increase efficiency across departments.

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"The State of Missouri is looking forward to partnering with Mythics and Oracle for its new ERP solution after a thorough procurement process," said Stacy Neal, Director of Accounting, State of Missouri's Office of Administration. "Mythics and Oracle both have a long history and have demonstrated success in state government providing the ideal partnership to begin our modernization journey."

The state chose Oracle Fusion Applications after a thorough review of available solutions. In a scoring assessment of Oracle, SAP, Workday, Infor, and other solutions, Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle Cloud HCM scored the highest in both software and hosting capabilities. Now, the state can utilize a cloud-based solution to deliver more modern functionalities while reducing the administrative burden of system fixes and upgrades, and improving alignment across state agencies. With the help of Mythics, Missouri expects to eliminate data silos to Boost reporting, access to information across departments, and proactive decision-making with Oracle Fusion Applications. In addition, Missouri and Mythics will Boost IT security with Oracle's consistent, automatic patching and benefit from the delivery of hundreds of new features every 90 days.

"Mythics is honored to support The State of Missouri with the replacement of its legacy statewide administration system with a full suite of Oracle Fusion Applications," says Mythics Sector President, Doug Altamura.  "Mythics has a proven track record of helping the Public Sector solve large and complex business and IT challenges. We look forward to supporting the State with this important digital transformation initative and realize the benefits of Oracle's solutions."

"Government agencies are always looking to achieve more with limited resources; the more mundane and duplicative tasks that can be tackled by technology, the more resources can be dedicated to higher value work," said Gene Casciola, senior vice president of healthcare, higher education, and public sector at Oracle. "Using Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle Cloud HCM, Missouri will benefit from a modern, integrated system to Boost efficiencies across the state's agencies and free up resources to support their constituents."

To learn more about how you can transform and modernize your state's digital infrastructure, reach out to the experts at Mythics by emailing

About Mythics, Inc.

Mythics is an award-winning Oracle systems integrator, consulting firm, managed services provider and member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork representing Oracle product lines across cloud, software, support, hardware, engineered systems and appliances.  Mythics delivers technology solutions serving the Federal Government, State and Local Governments, Commercial, Higher Education, Utilities and Healthcare sectors and is a trusted partner to organizations worldwide. For more information or to place an order, contact Mythics at 866-698-4427; email or visit or @mythics on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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Upcoming Oracle DBA

As an upcoming Oracle DBA you will work in an informal, inspiring working environment with enthusiastic database specialists. Check out the upcoming Oracle DBA vacancy. has a strong position in the database management market, we implement, migrate and manage thousands of environments for hundreds of customers from all kinds of industries. It now comes down to perfect execution and continuous adjustment. So that we continue to distinguish ourselves in terms of service and quality. We are looking for an upcoming Oracle DBA who, together with the team, ensures stable, fast, available and secure database systems for our customers. So that our customers can use their data and applications carefree and undisturbed.

In your role as a future Oracle DBA, you will be trained from day one to become a specialist in Oracle database technology. In consultation with you, a winding-up plan is drawn up with professional training and certifications. Your wishes are used as the basis for this plan. This can be, for example, in the field of OCA or OCP certification or as an in-depth look at database, weblogic, RAC, Dataguard, OEM, Oracle Linux, KVM and/or Performance specialist and various cloud training courses. .

In this position you work with complex Oracle database environments at various customers and you are jointly responsible for the remote management of their databases. installs, delivers, migrates and maintains business-critical database environments. For companies in various sectors and industries; from governments to web shops, from factories to banks. is an independent company, has been growing since its foundation and is the first Platinum Oracle Partner in the Netherlands.

this is you

After an extensive training and induction process, you will get started. You perform periodic maintenance, install, consolidate, migrate, manage and optimize complex Oracle database environments at all kinds of organizations. carries out complex installation and migration processes under its own direction, which you contribute to. Technologies such as RMAN, DataGuard, RAC, Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, Oracle Database Appliance and Oracle Cloud are often used. You feel completely at home in it.

You have good communication skills, you like to (pro)actively advise customers. For example, about the use of new functionalities.

this is us

Since 2002 we are the experts in the implementation and management of databases. In the early years we did this under the name 5HART DBA.NL and we were part of 5HART IT, a specialist in IT training.
For years we have been an independent company and we are called Thanks to our many years of experience and our satisfied customers, we can rightly call ourselves the database expert.
Have an open culture in which expertise and collegiality are of paramount importance.

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  • A challenging Oracle job in a varied working environment for 32-40 hours p/w with the possibility to follow training courses and obtain certifications.
  • There are career opportunities and opportunities to specialize yourself.
  • Excellent fringe benefits, including a pension plan
  • Great salary
  • Ability to work (partly) from home
  • Possibility to buy extra days off or to have overtime paid
  • Unique travel time compensation scheme where part of the travel time counts as working time
  • Bonus based on team performance
  • Company car, telephone reimbursement and laptop
  • Very nice colleagues

Someone who:

  • is interested in IT and database systems in particular
  • have a completed HBO or university education
  • is eager to learn
  • have exact experience as a system administrator
  • the Dutch and English language very well in word and writing
  • is enthusiastic and driven and does not have a 9-17 mentality
  • likes to broaden and deepen his/her knowledge
  • likes to work in a team
  • has a sense of humor
  • has a driver's license
  • flexible in doing and thinking
  • responsible
  • real passion for Oracle work
  • stress resistant
  • customer oriented

Does this make you

Do you want to start tomorrow? In short, is this you? Then apply directly or contact Arnaud van der Vlies! Mail .! Or follow us on Linkedin .



Ed Kisman
Senior account manager

"Knowledge - Skill - Quality - Flexibility


It is more than pleasant to work with colleagues who also pursue these key words within the services we offer our customers. That way you can grow as an organization with customers.


Erik Schute
Account manager

Variety and an open culture

Our culture really appeals to me. This is open, direct and colleagues are there for you if you have a question. Working at is very diverse. has a broad customer base and this ensures that I have contact with many different organizations. From municipalities to companies in tech...



At we are allowed to work from home, but I find working in the office more pleasant because of the collaboration with my colleagues. I log into our ticket management system and see that I have a number of tickets in my name today. I quickly run through it...



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Killexams : The 25-year-old Jewish day school grad setting his sights on Congress

Like many Jewish candidates for public office, Matthew Foldi says his religious education inspired his foray into politics. 

Unlike most of those Jewish candidates, Foldi is a mere few years removed from his Jewish schooling. The former journalist, a Republican who is running for Congress in Maryland’s 6th District to take on Rep. David Trone (D-MD), graduated from Charles E. Smith Jewish Day (JDS) School in Rockville just eight years ago. If elected, he would be the youngest member of the next session of Congress.

“It’s impossible for me to even think about a world in which I’m not Jewish,” Foldi told Jewish Insider in a exact interview at a coffee shop on Capitol Hill. 

Foldi, 25, stepped down from a position as a reporter at the conservative Washington Free Beacon in April, soon after Maryland’s 2022 redistricting process was finalized with a map that surprised many by putting incumbent Trone at risk. 

Foldi’s pitch to voters hinges on his reporting work at the Free Beacon, a job he held for just over a year. (He also once edited the Chadashot, Hebrew for “news,” section of the JDS student newspaper.) He has made frequent appearances on Newsmax and with Tucker Carlson on Fox News to discuss reporting that he alleges shows widespread corruption throughout several federal agencies helmed by Biden appointees.

“I’ve done an effective job of illuminating the problems. Maybe it’s time to actually be part of the solution,” he explained as his rationale for his House run. “I ran up against the limitations of what I felt like I could accomplish as a reporter.” 

Matthew Foldi (Courtesy)

Every few weeks, he would publish a story at the Free Beacon with a headline like this one, from March: “​​Dem Offices on Cap Hill Remain Closed After Biden’s Call for Return to Normalcy.” He is bringing a similar lens to his congressional bid. 

Foldi frequently shows up at Trone’s district office in Maryland to record a video or take a photo to show voters that, more than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, Trone’s office is not open to constituents as frequently as Foldi thinks it should be. (A Trone staff member told Politico that Foldi shows up at the office when he knows it will be closed, and that the offices are both open and fully staffed.)

“You can go to the Capitol and Dem[ocrat] offices are still closed due to COVID. My opponent’s offices are still closed due to COVID,” said Foldi. “I said, ‘Alright, we need a full-time representative.’”

Trone, who was first elected in 2018, seems to understand the precarity of his position. The co-founder and co-owner of the national liquor store chain Total Wine & More recently loaned his campaign $10 million, and he called his district — which includes all of rural and exurban Frederick County and less of heavily Democratic Montgomery County — a “swing district” in April. 

Before Foldi takes on the Democrat, he has to win the Republican primary on Tuesday. Foldi has racked up endorsements from national Republican figures such as House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump Jr. But he trails competitor Neil Parrott, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, in fundraising. Parrott recently notched the endorsement of The Washington Post. It is unclear how Foldi might have reacted to receiving an endorsement from the region’s paper of record; in conversation with JI, he accused The Post of ideological fealty to Democrats.

“When you vote for Democrats, The Washington Post would rather self-destruct in Twitter warfare than write critically about how Biden shutting down [the] Keystone XL Pipeline probably has long-term spillover effects into skyrocketing energy costs,” he said.

Foldi does not shy away from red-meat attacks at Democrats’ expense, but he generally avoids the culture war issues that are the focus of some of his endorsers. He does not appear to have commented publicly on exact Supreme Court decisions that eliminated the right to an abortion and expanded gun rights in the U.S. He has waffled on questions around election integrity — he told The Post that President Joe Biden won the 2020 election in Maryland, while not saying whether Biden won the election overall, and he also declined to say whether he would have accepted the electoral count on Jan. 6, 2021. 

“We should all feel confident that our elections are secure,” Foldi told JI, adding that he wants to require photo IDs for all voters nationwide. “But at the end of the day, I think, for me, the issues that I’m campaigning on — like inflation, like economy, like corruption, like lowering gas prices — are basically a reflection of what I think people are most concerned about.” In other words: not the 2020 election.

Despite his endorsement from Trump Jr., Foldi is no Trump acolyte — he hardly ever discusses the former president. A blog he ran while in college, titled “An Elephant in the Woods,” reveals Foldi’s distaste for Trump as a candidate. (Foldi worked for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign in 2015.) One April 2016 post criticized Trump’s “complete lack of policy depth.” Another post around the same time compared Trump to an obscure American political figure from the Revolutionary War era, Continental Congress delegate Robert Morris. “I personally view [Morris] as a far more beneficial contributor to America than Trump most likely ever will be,” Foldi wrote

Foldi’s mother, Bonnie Glick, joined the Trump administration as deputy administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2019. She was fired from the post in 2020 when she refused to say she would not transition to the incoming Biden administration. 

Foldi grew up steeped in a particular world of Washington foreign policy: Glick started her career as a foreign service officer, and Foldi was also close with his aunt, Caroline Glick, an American-Israeli columnist and conservative activist. 

Foldi credits his connection to Israel with launching his interest in politics. But unlike many of his Jewish classmates, Foldi is not a Democrat. (One of them, Joe Vogel, is running for the Maryland House of Delegates in a district that overlaps with the one Foldi hopes to represent in Washington.) 

Foldi graduated high school in 2014, weeks before a violent conflict broke out between Hamas and Israel. He showed up to an anti-Israel protest in front of the White House with an Israeli flag tied around his neck, which he said was torn off by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

“I hadn’t realized that earlier in the day, the police had actually asked this very small group of pro-Israel counter-protesters to leave for their own safety,” he recalled. “I think it’s very important for Jewish students, and any student of any political or religious affiliation, to know that they can enter the public square in colleges and high schools and not have to fear for their life.”

In 2019, Foldi went to Israel to work for his aunt Caroline, who at the time was a candidate for the Knesset in former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party. She did not ultimately enter the Knesset when he became prime minister last year. 

In 2014, Glick published a book advocating for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which Israel would continue to maintain sovereignty over the West Bank, eliminating the possibility of a separate Palestinian state, the creation of which Foldi said he does “not support.”

“That’s a decision for Israel to make,” he said. “But I would certainly never say that my own belief is that Israel should pursue a two-state solution. I think that it would ultimately — I mean, it’s designed to split Israel and make it easy to bifurcate the country and destroy it.” The Republican Party removed support for a two-state solution from its platform in 2016; Foldi is the latest of several high-profile Republican candidates to publicly disavow a Palestinian state this election cycle. 

In Congress, Foldi said he plans to make support for Israel a priority. “I don’t think that the role of America is to be neutral in the Middle East. And I don’t think it’s our role to be neutral with regards to the Arab-Israeli conflict,” he explained. “It is a conflict to which there is one party to blame, and it is the leadership of the Palestinians’ steadfast unwillingness to acknowledge the right of Jews to live in our homeland.” 

Foldi accused Trone of kowtowing to far-left Democrats in Congress who oppose Israel, and who have, Foldi added, “completely taken over.” 

“My opponent, David Trone, is completely silent,” Foldi told JI. 

But Trone, who is not Jewish but raised his children in the faith with his Jewish wife, is known to be one of the most reliable backers of Israel in the Democratic Party. Before coming to Congress, he donated upwards of $100,000 annually to AIPAC, and claims his business is the largest retailer of Israeli wine in the U.S. — including wines from the West Bank, which Trone sells as an illustration of his opposition to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. 

Matthew Foldi (Courtesy)

Antisemitism is not limited to the Democratic Party, Foldi acknowledged, and pledged to call it out within his party, too. “Antisemitism has no place and should have no place in either political party,” he said. “It is important to realize that both parties have blind spots on antisemitism, and we need to make sure that this is ultimately something … I think we see this across the country, it’s usually a failure of education and a failure of knowing a lot of Jews.”

Drawing on his support for Israel, Foldi plans to use his position to slow down and fight the Biden administration’s attempt to reenter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. 

“What we need to do is, while Democrats are in office, is hold up every single thing that they are doing to the highest level of scrutiny,” said Foldi. “Make it as painful as possible as they are negotiating [the Iran deal]. Hold up every single possible thing that they are doing. Wait out the Biden administration, and then the second a Republican takes office in 2024, take the Iran deal, put it in the shredder, set the ashes on fire and then salt the earth with them so that it can never be assembled again.” 

This will be his approach to every move from Democrats, he said: Shine a light on what he views as corrupt, misguided Democratic policies; show American voters how bad the Democrats are; and elect a Republican president in 2024. 

“The best way to stop inflation is to elect Republicans,” said Foldi. “Biden remains a huge obstacle towards economic prosperity for the American people. But what we can at least do from congressional majorities is prevent the worst impulses of the Biden administration, which is spend, spend, spend trillions of dollars that we don’t have, borrowing against our future, with money we don’t have and can’t afford to spend right now.” 

Foldi’s message has resonated with some prominent Jewish Republicans. Hedge fund manager Paul Singer and his partner Terry Kassel both gave the maximum possible contribution to Foldi’s campaign. He also received sizable donations from Oracle CEO Safra Catz and her husband Gal Tirosh, Tikvah Fund chairman Roger Hertog and Doug Feith, who served in the Defense Department under President George W. Bush.

Foldi noted the dearth of prominent Jewish Republican elected officials, and bemoaned the fact that Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), one of two Jewish Republicans in the House, is leaving Congress to run for governor of New York. (Consistently, more than two-thirds of Jewish Americans identify as Democrats.)

“It’s important for us to fill the void that he’s creating, and also be more proactive, I think, in recruiting Jewish Republicans to run for office of any kind, federal, state, local, to break that narrative of, ‘Oh, you’re Jewish, you must be a Democrat,’ or ‘Oh, you’re 25, you must be a Democrat.’” Unlike most 25-year-olds, Foldi owns a home in the suburbs. But like many Jews, that home is in Gaithersburg. 

“One of the formative issues for me was thinking about Israel and foreign policy as a Jew who loves both Israel and America, and it was very clear to me that the Democratic Party is not a home,” said Foldi. “I realized I was never a liberal. I was always conservative.”

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Killexams : When shall we get the next alert from our ancestors?



Chinua Achebe was arguably the greatest writer of our time. His works remain evergreen and have been translated into numerous languages across the world. One of his titles that I can never get tired of practicing is ‘Things Fall Apart’, the epochal tale of how the near perfect Igbo society was torn apart and its values destroyed by the arrival of the colonialists. One interesting episode he related in the book was about Obiakor, the palm wine tapper who, at some point quit his job, ostensibly after the oracle had advised him to stop climbing palm trees or risk falling off from one and losing his life. Another was about Unoka, the good-for-nothing father of Okonkwo, the hero of the book. He was said to have earlier gone to consult the oracle not too long after his own father had died. The oracle, as the story went, informed Unoka that his dead father wanted him to sacrifice a goat to him. Unoka retorted brusquely and asked the Oracle to find out from his father, who was asking for a goat, whether he ever had a fowl when he was alive.

 Nigerians had some time ago, been described as the happiest people in the world. Don’t ask me what parameters were used to arrive at that conclusion, but we all lapped it up and glowed in the attention that came with it. For now, what I know is that we are no longer anywhere close to the leaderboard of that ranking. In fact, if there is a ranking for unhappy people, we may not be too far from the top, just as we rank in many other indices that portray low quality of human existence. Be that as it may, our sense of humour has remained legendary and is even getting more exceptional. Even in the face of our excruciating and deteriorating condition of existence, a Nigerian would always find a way to make light of any situation and get people to laugh. Indeed, the self-deprecating humour of Nigerians has become as creative as that of the Irish. As news broke within the week that the US government was set to return another batch of the Abacha loot, this time $308 million, the social media went agog with all sorts of hilarious comments about the recovery of the loot. The following was one of the more remarkable posts that went viral: “Over twenty years after, one of our ancestors keeps sending us alerts from yonder. Nigeria is such a lucky country to have caring ancestors. Thank God we are not like those wretched African countries whose ancestors keep asking for sacrifices from the living”.

Even though the American government and the government of Jersey got us into an agreement on how the funds would be used to ensure that the repatriated loot was not re-looted, we remain grateful to them for helping the living with the reserves created by one of our remarkable ancestors. The agreement, signed on behalf of Nigeria insists that the funds must be used for infrastructure in clearly identified projects. Specifically, the agreement states that part of the funds would be deployed to the completion of the 127.6 kilometre Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. A portion of it would also go towards the completion of the Second Niger bridge which the Federal Government awarded to Julius Berger at a cost of N206b last year. The scope of work includes the construction of 1.6 kilometer-long bridge, 10.3 kilometre Highway, Owerri interchange and a toll station. This project is expected to be completed in 2022. It is said to be 40% completed at the moment. Finally, the remaining part of the fund will go into funding the Abuja- Kano 375 kilometre highway awarded to Julius Berger in 2017 at a total cost of N155.7b

All these were sounding well until further information came in that all the money was not coming back. Trust them not to do anything for free! To compensate them for helping Nigeria repatriate the looted money, the government of Jersey will retain $5 million in respect of its costs and expense in the recovery of assets, while the US will retain up to $5 million in respect of its costs and expenses, according to the agreement. The emissaries from our departed ancestors don’t come cheap at all!

As if that was not enough, the sum of $18 million was paid into the Royal Court of Jersey pending resolution of a claim by a third party. Besides, there is no evidence that the looted funds that have spent over 20 years in a bank in Jersey attracted any interests whatsoever. We are, however, mindful not to shout too much so as not to annoy the ancestors and the oracle who could in turn keep back the money and ask that we come and offer more sacrifices instead. One good part of the agreement is the appointment of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), commonly known as the Sovereign Wealth Fund, as the independent administrators of the projects under the funds. There was also the appointment of independent auditors and the establishment of a monitoring team comprising the three governments to ensure that the implementation of the agreements are not in breach.

Of course, we are aware that following the announcement of the agreements, there have been agitations from some local commentators as to the fairness or otherwise of the location of the infrastructure as some regions seem to have been left out. Since we know that there is still the approved budget for the year, and we also know that this money cannot solve all our problems, we have chosen not to pay too much attention to the agitation in this piece. We are also privy to an interview granted by Hamza Mustafa, former personal staff of the late Head Of State to the effect that the recovered money was part of the loot of some subsequent heads of State after Abacha. Our response would be to thank him for disclosing that indeed, he is aware of some other loot by subsequent leaders and since we are interested in recovering all loots, the authorities should get more information and vigorously pursue the newly disclosed funds as we are certain that the funds under discussion came from that benevolent ancestor.

It is very interesting that this repatriation story came exactly one week after our intervention on January 27, calling for a new approach towards raising investible funds in the country. We had insisted that the frenzy towards the attraction of foreign capital for growth in the investment sub sector of the economy may be misplaced.

About the same time, the private sector arm of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, IFC, announced that Nigeria had been delisted from the top 5 investment destinations in Africa. Of course, there were very good reasons for that and quite frankly, one was surprised to realise that we were still on that list till recently. This is because we had been lacking in most of the criteria required to remain on that list in the last few years. We must all agree that as an economy, we are very slow at carrying out the required reforms. The economy remains palpably fragile as economic growth continues to underperform population growth. Human development indices continue to show declining numbers in several key areas like education, financial inclusion and healthcare delivery. Infrastructural decay continues to scare away investors, particularly the local ones as the cost of doing business continues to soar. Our records in the area of security is anything but encouraging.  Even in the area of corruption, we are still seen as doing an abysmally poor job of containing it, despite all the public declarations that we continue to make. Therefore, the question would be: why would an investor consider us as one of the countries that is safe to put his money? The truth is that no discerning analyst will be surprised at the action of the IFC. One question we should ask ourselves is this; if one were not a Nigerian, what would be the compelling reason to come and invest in this country?

While it is not our intention to celebrate our delisting, we believe that the right response should be that we had considered delisting ourselves before the IFC delisted us. I believe that message should not be lost on our policy makers and relevant government agencies. It is instructive that most of the conditions that make the environment conducive to attracting foreign investment are also the conditions that would equally attract local and diaspora investors. We need to make this point so as not to be understood to mean that we should call the bluff of foreign capital and come back and remain the way we are. Doing that will also scare our locals from investing in our economy. The reality, however, is that there are a few conditions that our locals may not make heavy weather of, that foreign capital will not accept.

So, going back to the huge investible funds in the diaspora and the repatriation of looted funds that are kept away abroad, we somehow agree with Mr. Hamza Mustafa to some extent. It is not debatable that sizable funds are kept in non-interest yielding accounts abroad and those funds have been there for several years. We seem to have focused only on repatriating the Abacha loot and we believe strongly that this is necessary. Nevertheless, we also believe that it is imperative to come up with strategies of getting most, if not all, funds in foreign bank accounts back to the country. This was one of the key points we argued a fortnight ago. I think we should listen to the people that had advocated some kind of amnesty for the owners of such funds who had safely hidden them abroad. This is because if it is true that they can continue to hide such funds and deny us their use, then we gain nothing by pretending to operate from a moral high horse while losing the opportunity of getting those funds back here to work for us. Interestingly, most of these people are aware that stealing, indeed looting, has not stopped in this country. The whole process should be set up in a way that no public show is made of such repatriation. It could be a straight and confidential agreement between the state and the individual. Some tax incentives could be an added sweetener to such a deal. For those funds that would go straight to the Central Bank of Nigeria, an attractive interest rate could be worked out for holders of such funds. A window of one year could be created, beyond which, the government could seriously and vigorously pursue those who would not take advantage of the window to bring back their funds. The government should also continue to negotiate to bring back funds like the exact Abacha loot and ensure that these funds are returned at the shortest time possible.

Having addressed funds deposited in foreign accounts, it is also important to focus on domestic capital formation. There are different ways to encourage domestic investment in the economy. The most effective is through economic policy. Economists believe that under normal circumstances, human beings are rational and would act in their self-interest which in turn would positively affect the entire economy. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule, just like every other rule. Economic policies that encourage high interest rate regime would encourage saving the money in the bank rather than taking risks like hiding the money under mattresses and cellars. Economic policies that make it possible for people to make money by selling foreign exchange will encourage speculation in the foreign exchange market. In that case you have so many people hawking foreign exchange on the streets.  

If the rate of inflation is higher than interest rates, then the rational investor would rather invest the money than save it in the bank and face the prospect of earning negative real interest rates. If the cost of production is escalated by the cost of infrastructure, investment in the local economy would decline. If the level of ignorance is so high, people may take decisions that make no sense at all, simply because they can’t do any better. Like I pointed out earlier, they may start hiding their money under their pillows or digging the ground and burying them. It is in this respect that education becomes very key. There is also what is called moral suasion, where government mounts a vigorous campaign to push an agenda that it believes would produce the desired predetermined results in the economy. It is also the educated or exposed investor that would be able to understand the relationship between what is lacking in the economy and investment.

Having spoken about infrastructural gap, a discerning local player should be thinking of deploying the capital available to him towards closing the gap. In doing that, he makes more money, addresses the productivity problems with his output, creates jobs, improves economic activity and pays tax to government. Even food, for over 200 million people or fractions thereof, is a veritable area where an investor cannot go wrong. Of course, in between there are a lot of needs that can be resolved by local investors. At the top of the pyramid is the more sophisticated area of science and technology. With improved solutions deploying artificial intelligence, robotics, big data and 3D printing, investors that are versatile and well exposed have limitless opportunities. Herein lies the difference between the Aliko Dangotes and the rest of us!

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., June 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC), a national leader in integrated healthcare services company with a network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and home health and hospice agencies, launched its 150th post-acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, with Oracle Cerner Corporation's electronic health record (EHR) system. Implementing Oracle Cerner technology in all Encompass hospitals enables clinicians to learn and use one platform.

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In 2009, Encompass Health paired with Oracle Cerner to deploy an inpatient rehabilitation hospital EHR, piloting the technology for two years in three hospitals. Following the successful pilot, in 2011, the companies began a large and complex rollout to implement the system in every Encompass Health hospital nationwide. Named ACE IT for Advancing Clinical Excellence through Information Technology, the project transformed Encompass Health from a paper-based system to an electronic workflow and documentation system.

"Having a standardized EHR and deployment strategy across all our hospitals has increased our ability to successfully complete and integrate developments, acquisitions, investments and joint ventures consistent with our growth strategy, including realization of anticipated revenues, cost savings and productivity improvements," said Rusty Yeager, Encompass Health Senior Vice President, and CIO.

The implementation attained Stage 6 Certification of the EMR Adoption Model from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society. Clinicians utilize the same system in every Encompass Health hospital, which promotes documentation efficiency and allows more time to focus on providing quality patient care. Encompass Health and Oracle Cerner also continue to develop the joint Post-acute Innovation Center, which received a 2019 CHIME Collaboration award.

"Our focus at Oracle Cerner is helping to solve ongoing challenges in healthcare including building more reliable, intuitive, and useful tools to reduce complexity and help Boost the caregiver and patient experience," said Bob Kopanic, Oracle Cerner senior vice president of North American client relationships. "Supporting Encompass Health in implementing Oracle Cerner technology across all its hospitals, ensures clinicians can work at any of their facilities without needing to relearn systems and workflows – giving them more time to focus on great patient care."

Since 2011, Encompass Health has opened 61 de novo or acquired hospitals with Oracle Cerner technology in place on day 1, and there are plans to add 6 to 10 more each year.

About Encompass Health

As a national leader in integrated healthcare services, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility based and homebased patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 150 hospitals, 252 home health locations, and 99 hospice locations in 42 states and Puerto Rico, the Company provides high-quality, cost-effective integrated healthcare. Encompass Health is ranked as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit, or follow us on our newsroom, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About Oracle Cerner

Oracle Cerner's health technologies connect people and information systems at thousands of contracted provider facilities worldwide dedicated to creating smarter and better care for individuals and communities. Recognized globally for innovation, Oracle Cerner assists clinicians in making care decisions and assists organizations in managing the health of their populations. The company also offers a connected clinical and financial ecosystem to help manage day-to-day revenue functions, as well as a wide range of services to support clinical, financial, and operational needs, focused on people. For more information, visit or The Oracle Cerner Blog, or connect on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or join the discussion on The Oracle Cerner Podcast.

Encompass Health Media Contact:
Casey Winger | 205 970-5912

Oracle Cerner Media Contact:
Kelsey Haynes | 316-210-7033


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Killexams : Blueshift Announces Joan Jenkins as New Chief Marketing Officer

Customer engagement leader expands executive team with CMO who brings extensive MarTech experience for high-growth SaaS companies

SAN FRANCISCO, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Blueshift, the intelligent customer engagement platform, today announced that Joan Jenkins has joined the company's executive team as its new chief marketing officer. Previously, Joan led marketing teams at data management and marketing automation companies, including Informatica and Oracle Marketing Cloud. In her role, Joan leads the global marketing strategy, brand, and growth for Blueshift. 

Customer engagement leader expands executive team with CMO who brings extensive MarTech experience.

I'm proud to be joining a company that provides incredible ROI to some of the most notable B2C companies globally.

"Joan is a highly experienced, forward-thinking leader with a proven track record of leading teams at high-growth companies," said Vijay Chittoor, CEO and co-founder of Blueshift. "We're at an exciting point in the industry with the combined power of AI and marketing. Blueshift delivers on these opportunities with intelligent customer engagement. Joan brings a deep understanding of data-driven marketing and extensive experience leading a variety of marketing functions that make her uniquely qualified to join as our CMO."

Blueshift's mission is to unlock every marketer's potential to drive consumer-centric engagement, by making data and intelligence effortlessly actionable on every channel. 

"I'm proud to be joining a company that provides incredible ROI to some of the most notable B2C companies globally," said Jenkins. "And I'm thrilled to have an opportunity to work with the amazing team at Blueshift as we continue to accelerate growth and define the future of customer engagement."

Joan brings more than two decades of marketing experience to Blueshift. Joan held leadership positions at companies including Druva as GVP of Marketing; Informatica as Vice President, Marketing; as well as Oracle Marketing Cloud, Cisco, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Additionally, Joan is a member of The CMO Club, an engaged community of marketing leaders; and Chief, a private network to connect and support women in leadership. 

Joan earned her Master of Business Administration degree from San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio.

About Blueshift
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Killexams : Using Facebook Messenger And Chatbots To Grow Your Audience

Thinking of getting a chatbot for your company?

While they’ve been slowly cropping up on our favorite websites over the last few years, there’s a lot that we still don’t know about chatbots: how they work, exactly, and how we can benefit from them.

Still, it seems that chatbot technology is here to stay, and it’s proving to be an integral part of how we do business. According to Gartner, by 2020, 85% of our engagement with businesses will be done without interacting with another human. Instead, we’ll be using self-service options and chatbots. Additionally, according to an Oracle survey, 80% of businesses said they currently use or are planning to use chatbots by 2020.

In my own company, RTA Cabinet Store, chatbots have proven to be tremendously useful front-line agents, helping to field inquiries and refer interested prospects to a scheduling system. Our chatbot can also recommend products and send uncertain visitors to a kitchen design tool. In short, chatbots can help to simplify the purchasing process by answering questions and doing much of the preliminary work that customer service reps would have traditionally done.

Here’s a look at what you should know about the benefits and best practices for creating a chatbot that works.

What Are Chatbots?

Simply put, a chatbot is a chat program that engages with website visitors to answer questions, provide information, recommend products and help customers on their purchasing journey.

There are currently more than 300,000 active chatbots on Facebook’s Messenger and more than 150,000 registered accounts on, a natural language platform for developers.

With these figures, it seems chatbots are poised to take off in a big way. On the consumer side, over 59% of millennials and 60% of Gen Xers in the U.S. have interacted with chatbotsAnd according to a Facebook survey, more than half (53%) of customers say they’re more likely to shop with a business that they can connect with via chat.

On the business side, chatbots are also resulting in improved customer service and increased sales. Take a look at Sephora, for example. Their reservation assistant increased the average user spend to $50, while Tommy Hilfiger’s use of a Facebook chatbot resulted in an 87% rate of returning customers.

It’s also worth noting that not all bots are created equal, and chatbots vary considerably in terms of cost and capability depending on what technology they use. Command-based chatbots, for example, rely on a database that contains a bank of replies and processes and work by selecting an answer that matches the query. These chatbots can’t learn or create new text. Instead, they rely on their database to answer.

Artificial intelligence (AI)-based or machine-learning chatbots, on the other hand, are “smarter” and can answer more ambiguous questions, creating replies from scratch. These bots are able to learn as they go. Unfortunately, though, as you may have guessed, AI bots are often more costly to build.

Five Chatbot Best Practices

The best chatbots are built with a target audience in mind and keeping their needs at the forefront throughout the creation process. If you’re thinking of creating a chatbot for your company, here are a few tips to help you create and excel, with your bot:

1. Track Down Your Audience

First, you’ll want to figure out which chat platforms your target audience uses most often. From there, you can find a chatbot program that will integrate with your platform of choice.

2. Determine Which Bot You Should Create

Next, you’ll want to determine what type of role your chatbot will play. Will it generate leads, provide information, facilitate a transaction or engage and entertain? Don’t just create a bot in an attempt to be cutting-edge. Think about which area would benefit your customers the most.

3. Find A Third-Party Chatbot Program

There’s no need to build your own bot from scratch. There are tons of third-party chatbot programs that allow you to easily create bots that integrate with Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat or Viber.

Here are a few readymade chatbot platforms you can use -- all are compatible with Facebook Messenger, and they could work on other platforms, too:

 ChattyPeople: A popular chatbot platform, you can enlist ChattyPeople to create your chatbot for you or learn to create your own.

 Flow XO: This is a flexible chatbot solution that allows users to create fully automated bots.

 Chatfuel: Chatfuel claims that you can create a chatbot in seven minutes using their platform -- no coding required.

4. Create Engaging Copy

Successful chatbots employ a carefully constructed messaging journey, and you’ll want to ensure that you create engaging and brand-relevant copy and storylines to draw in your audience and keep them engaged.

You’ll also want to keep your chatbot as human as possible. Avoid creating responses that sound canned or robotic. When my team was building our chatbot, one of the top challenges was finding a way to keep the dialogue as natural as possible. Your customers know it’s a bot, but a genuine conversation is still a key component of a good customer experience.

5. Consider Enlisting Outside Help

It’s easy enough to build a chatbot, but creating one that works is far more challenging. The best chatbot experiences are driven by creativity, marketing prowess and powerful back-end technology. And you may want to consider enlisting the help of a chatbot firm that has a history of proven successes.

In today’s fast-paced world, being able to provide instant solutions to your customers is where it’s at. Employing a chatbot strategy that’s carefully constructed with your customers’ needs in mind will enable you to take your acquisition and conversion strategies to the next level, allowing you to create a satisfied customer base that keeps coming back for more.

Sat, 28 May 2022 23:48:00 -0500 Gary Nealon en text/html
Killexams : Yiorgos Mylonadis

Yiorgos is an Adjunct Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at London Business School where he lectures senior executives and MBA students. Consulting assignments include keynote speeches and senior management meeting facilitation.

He specialises on business ecosystems, digital strategy, entrepreneurial communities, social enterprises, and methodologies for strategic thinking. After earning a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he has held appointments on the faculties of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Athens Laboratory of Business Administration (ALBA) before joining London Business School in 2000 where he created Developing Strategy for Value Creation - the School’s first Executive Education Strategy Programme.

He has led large, multi-year advisory and teaching programmes for many firms including Nestle, IBM, Emirates, Oracle, GEA, Xstrata, Nokia, SKF, and Mars, among others. exact engagements include senior leadership workshop with the British Council and Knauf. He has served as a Trustee of the Reload Greece Foundation.

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