Toad for Oracle 12.7 is coming soon – Be a Part of It

 

The latest version of Dell Software Toad for Oracle is coming soon! All systems are on track and we are scheduled for a mid-June, 2015 release. This release has several interesting new features that will enable you to work more efficiently in teams, work more productively, and streamline some of the features you’ve grown to love. New features include:

  • Integration with Toad Intelligence Central to share files between Toad userstoad-world-logo
  • Centralized Code Analysis with management Analytics web interface
  • Rewritten Team Coding
  • Support for Oracle 12c InMemory
  • New, modern SQL editor
  • New Code Assist

Get a sneak peek of what’s new in this new YouTube video from product manager Brad Wulf on What’s New in 12.7 . Contact the Blue Turtle team to find out more on this release or follow Toad for Oracle blog on ToadWorld for more info.  

Parasoft Named a Leader in Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools

Forrester Research, Inc., "The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015," 17 April

Forrester Research, Inc., “The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015,” 17 April

Parasoft Cited for “Solid features in UI automation and very comprehensive functional API testing automation features

Blue Turtle, the leading Parasoft partner in Southern Africa announces that Parasoft, a market leader in the automation of application testing has been named a leader in “The Forrester Wave™: Modern Application Functional Test Automation Tools, Q2 2015.”*

Forrester Research gave Parasoft the highest score among all vendors in the Current Offering category, and stated that “Agile project management (PM) and test management tools make [Parasoft’s] solution stand out.”

According to the report, “Parasoft’s API testing roots and comprehensive integrations pays off. Parasoft has a very strong product offering…[Its] strong vision on the use of analytics to drive greater testing performance, implemented in its current products and road map, make it a key player in the continuous delivery world allowing developers to promote low-risk, quality-release candidates in delivery pipelines.”

After examining past research, user-need assessments, and vendor and expert interviews, Forrester developed a comprehensive set of evaluation criteria. They evaluated vendors against 40 criteria, which they grouped into three high-level buckets: Current Offering, Strategy, and Market Presence.

“To us, Forrester’s evaluation confirms the value of the advanced automation, comprehensive capabilities, and easy extensibility that we believe earned us this position as a leader,” said Wayne Ariola, Parasoft Chief Strategy Officer. “We are impressed by Forrester’s efforts to help AD&D professionals select the right FTA tool, and we are extremely honored to be recognized in this important research.”

“We are excited to share the news with all our local clients, said Tommy Erlank, Business Manager for Application Optimization at Blue Turtle. This is great validation of Parasoft’s ability to understand and manage software application quality in the context of the “real world”. Parasoft’s ability to automate application testing of end-to-end business processes has always been very strong, and we see our clients reap the benefits of a comprehensive functional, regression, load and stress testing suite. More so, Parasoft’s SOA testing and Service Virtualization capabilities are key differentiators when it comes to Agile development and Continuous testing practices.”

 

Delphix acquires data masking leader, Axis Technology Software

Blue Turtle’s Data as a Service partner Delphix acquires Axis Technology, an acquisition that adds integrated masking to industry-leading data as a service platform.

Blue Turtle Technologies recognises that business applications and databases are growing at a rapid pace. According to Delphix, the market leader in Data as a Service, announced that it has acquired Axis Technology Software to enable secure, self-service data delivery for application projects, including ERP rollouts, custom development and migrations to private and public clouds.

Data as a Service delivers the right data to the right team at the right time, dramatically accelerating a wide range of application projects. By acquiring Axis Technology Software, a market leader in data masking, Delphix becomes the only solution for integrated data masking, data virtualization and data archiving.

“We believe that data masking—the ability to scramble private information such as social security numbers and credit card information—has become a critical requirement for managing data across development, testing, training and reporting environments,” said Jedidiah Yueh, CEO of Delphix. “With Axis, Delphix not only accelerates application projects, but also increases data security for our customers.”

High-profile data breaches continue to make headlines as organizations struggle to manage information security in the face of rapidly changing applications, data centers and the cloud. Data masking replaces confidential data such as social security numbers, birthdates and addresses with scrambled data that cannot be used to target customers. Adding data masking to the robust Delphix DaaS platform enables IT organizations to eliminate confidential and private information before it reaches developers, QA engineers or other privileged users—both on premises and in the cloud—dramatically reducing the surface area of data at risk.

Secure Data as a Service delivers a triple benefit to enterprise customers:

  • Security: meet external regulatory and internal requirements for managing private information, including PCI and HIPAA compliance
  • Speed: accelerate time to market by 50 percent for critical application projects and releases that drive customer retention, upsell opportunities and operational efficiency
  • Cost: reduce IT operating and capital expenses for projects by 50 percent

Many organizations leave the responsibility for data masking in the hands of various application teams that employ a range of scripts and manual processes to secure data, often leaving sensitive data at risk. Legacy test data management solutions mask data, but they leave the distribution of masked data up to IT administrators, resulting in stale datasets that reduce the effectiveness of application development and testing.

Secure Data as a Service combines automated data masking, data virtualization and data archiving into a single, powerful solution that delivers data within data centers and across private and public clouds.

Molina Healthcare, a customer of Delphix and Axis Technology Software, has deployed Data as a Service across more than 6,000 databases and over 2 petabytes of data in its private cloud.

“As a user of both solutions, we rely on Delphix and Axis to help us increase agility, reduce costs and meet industry regulations for data protection,” said Bharani Krish, associate vice president, Enterprise Infrastructure Services, Molina Healthcare. “We expect the combination to better enable our own IT transformation initiatives.”

“We’ve built a sophisticated platform to secure customer data at Axis, proven at many of the world’s biggest banks and enterprises,” said Michael Logan, founder and CEO of Axis Technology Software. “We’re excited to join Delphix in its mission to transform enterprise data management. The integrated power of our platforms will provide our customers the ability to protect their data where and when they need it.”

As vice president of Data Masking at Delphix, Logan will be responsible for driving technology synergies and continued market adoption of masking as an addition to the Delphix platform.

“Ongoing data breaches are driving an increased interest in data-centric security,” said Garrett Bekker, senior security analyst, 451 Research. “The combination of Delphix Data as a Service and Axis’ data masking brings a new approach to securing application data during development and testing.  While organizations have relied on data masking as a way to ‘de-identify’ sensitive information for some time, masking can be a challenge to manage, particularly for large-scale development projects that require numerous copies of a specific database instance. By virtualizing a ‘golden masked image’ that can be easily replicated or torn down as needed, Delphix can provide a degree of scalability to masking projects that was previously hard to achieve.”

Blue Turtle can facilitate the implementation of Delphix Secure DaaS. More information can be found at www.blueturtle.co.za

Attunity named to CRN Big Data 100 for Third Consecutive Year

Blue Turtle Technologies announces that Attunity Ltd, a leading provider of information availability software solutions, has been named to The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN® Big Data 100 for its high-performance data usage analytics and data delivery offerings. The annual list recognizes companies that bring innovative tools, technologies and services to market, helping organizations productively manage, process and analyze the increasing volume of information being generated today.

Attunity is recognized in the industry for its ability to help organizations overcome the challenges of making Big Data available quickly and easily. The company’s technology portfolio delivers automated, end-to-end Big Data usage and delivery solutions to support mission-critical data and analytics initiatives. In addition, Attunity’s robust solutions enable users to easily analyze, manage, and move small or large amounts of data with key optimizations specific to chosen platforms – whether in the data center, Hadoop or the cloud.

“When it comes to selecting building block technologies for Big Data solutions, channel partners need a dependable resource they can rely on to identify the key tools available,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate the vendors of the CRN Big Data 100 for their innovation and commitment to helping businesses manage the Big Data challenge.”

“The Big Data industry is expanding at a rapid pace, and it is important for us at Attunity to stay innovative and agile so we can help organizations effectively reach their most challenging data delivery goals,” stated Lawrence Schwartz, Vice President of Marketing at Attunity. “We are honored to receive this important industry recognition for the third year in a row and look forward to continuing to exceed our customers’ needs and expectations.”

The Countdown is on for Windows Server 2003 End of Support

Microsoft will stop patching Windows Server 2003 in less than 90 days, and a recent survey found that a lot of enterprises aren’t even aware that the end of support is coming.

The extended support for Windows Server 2003 ends in July 14, 2015. It will mean to many South African enterprises still running on Windows Server 2003 that, while their systems may still be working well, they will no longer get support from Microsoft. Change is inevitable, After July 14, If enterprises are still running Windows Server 2003 in their datacenter, they need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect their infrastructure.

Blue Turtle delivers solutions, based on technology from Appzero and Dell Software that will automate much of the migration effort and allow for the move from 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, where organisations can achieve concrete benefits, including performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to their business.

Further, Microsoft will end support for Windows Server 2003, that means no more patches at all, just like with Windows XP last year. “After support ends, organisations will face the cyber crime risks, and potential compliance issues. Blue Turtle is now providing technology, from Bit9, that will allow ‘unpatched’ systems to run securely while a customer migrates”, says Martyn Healy, Blue Turtle Marketing Director.

Bit9, an endpoint security firm, recently released results of its “Windows Server 2003 (WS2K3) End-Of-Life Survey,” and the findings were rather startling. There were two glaring results from the survey:

  1. Nearly one in three enterprises (30%) plan to continue to run Server 2003 after the July 14 deadline, leaving an estimated 2.7 million servers unprotected.
  2. More than half of enterprises surveyed (57%) do not know when the end-of-life deadline is. In the survey, Bit9 gave respondents a multiple choice question asking the month when Server 2003 end-of-life would occur. Thirty percent of organizations surveyed said “I do not know,” and another 27% guessed wrong.

Server 2003, migrations are nowhere near as quick as they are with desktops. Bit9 says a migration could take up to six months, depending on the variances in the apps and complexity. This means that millions of Windows servers holding sensitive data will be unpatched. Bit9’s mission is security, so it was most concerned about this.

“Servers, including domain controllers and Web servers, are where most organizations’ critical information resides. So, if organizations continue to run Windows Server 2003 after July 14, without implementing appropriate compensating controls, they are putting customer records, trade secrets, and other highly valuable data at risk. Cybercriminals, hacktivists, and nation-states prey on unprotected servers, leaving enterprises exposed to potentially catastrophic breaches that can lead to lawsuits, regulatory fines, and loss of customer trust,” said Christopher Strand, Senior Director of Compliance at Bit9.

With less than 100 days left, Bit9 survey and blog stresses that organizations yet to upgrade must immediately aim to get their Server 2003 systems into a compliant state to eliminate both financial and legal penalties and avoid the brand damage associated with failed audits, data breaches, and noncompliance. Effective compensating controls for organizations without an upgrade plan include network isolation, application whitelisting, and continuous server monitoring[1].

Read the full Windows Server 2003 (WS2K3) End-Of-Life Survey report here.

To get started with the Migration Planning, please contact Blue Turtle on info@blueturtle.co.za or (011) 206 5600.

[1] Andy Patrizio, Network World, Windows Server 2003 support ends in 100 days, and many don’t even know, April 2015

 

Scalable Software Signs Blue Turtle Technologies (PTY) Limited as a Platinum Partner, Adding Momentum in IT Asset Management

Partnership with Blue Turtle Grows Scalable’s Impact in SaaS ITAM

Scalable Software, an established software developer providing Asset Vision®, the leading Cloud-based IT Asset Management solution, is partnering with Blue Turtle Technologies, expanding its reach into Southern Africa to serve Enterprise organizations in the Banking, Insurance, Telco and Public Sector verticals.   “As Blue Turtle Technologies continues to grow its solutions portfolio—including Cloud and SaaS offerings—having a partner like Scalable to expand our value-add to our customers is very valuable. Scalable’s solution is ideally suited to the growing technology markets here in Africa,” said Llevron Jacobs, Blue Turtle “We look forward to helping our customer’s drive their cost optimization programs through our partnership with Scalable.”

Bruce Aboudara, EVP Sales and Marketing, Scalable Software, noted, “Blue Turtle’s customer reach is impressive. What is most exciting is their breadth and depth of experience in the Infrastructure and Operations space, meaning they can effectively apply our technology to known business problems that are crying out for cost effective and innovative solutions.”

“With this partnership, Blue Turtle can add integrated asset discovery, inventory, normalization and usage metering in a single platform that supports software asset management, application migration and all sorts of compliance initiatives. This ranges from the desktop to the datacenter to growing delivery models such as SaaS applications, thin clients and VDI deployments. As customers in Africa look for world class IT Asset Management technology that can be delivered without the past challenges of on-premise restrictions, we expect there will be lots of interest in Asset Vision, Scalable’s breakthrough approach to IT Asset Management,” continued Mr. Aboudara.

 

Unitask Software Partners for Global Expansion with Blue Turtle

Partnership Delivers Value for South African Oracle EBS Customers Globally

Building upon the success of its Partner Advantage Program, Unitask Software has announced an International Partnership with Blue Turtle Technologies, a South African Solutions Provider for the delivery of Automation Solutions for the Oracle EBS marketplace.

Partnering with Blue Turtle, a leading integration deployment solutions provider for Oracle EBS application market will allow Unitask Software solutions to be readily available for deployment via the Blue Turtle team in the South African geography. Understanding and designing solutions to meet the automation demands and modernization needs as customers move to the newest versions of Oracle’s EBS R12 Application. This partnership will further allow for full transparent integration of Migration and Promotion processes in Enterprise Implementations.

“The Global EBS marketplace has directed us to search out and partner with Best of Breed Partners who are like minded in their determination for timely completion and success. Tom and the Blue Turtle Team fit those criteria as we bring fully implemented, automation solutions to the Oracle EBS world,” said Dale D. Royal, Chairman & CEO of Unitask.

“Unitask’s software solutions add tremendous value to our clients in Southern Africa. The ability to natively manage the development and release processes in an Oracle EBS landscape saves a lot of time and effort compared to what we are seeing customer teamsd o today with scripts and / or manual work. Unitask automates the movement of code, keeping change packages in sync and ensuring the application and infrastructure teams know exactly what is coming down the line and when. If you have Oracle EBS, you need Unitask,” shared Tom Erlank, Head of Application and Data Management at Blue Turtle.

Common Myths about DCIM – Debunked

Myth Busters! Have you ever received conflicting information about DCIM? How about wrong information? Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is a complex topic, so it’s no wonder that misperceptions and spin-doctoring are common.

Register for Nlyte Software’s educational webinar to find out more on DCIM myths, then discuss the pertinent facts and steps to take when faced with a DCIM myth.

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Choose a session on Wednesday, April 29:

Session 1 at 15:00 GMT / 10am ET

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Attunity acquires Appfluent to Help IT Teams With Big Data

Attunity Ltd, a leading provider of information availability software solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Appfluent Technology, Inc., a U.S.-based leading provider of data usage analytics for Big Data environments, including data warehousing and Hadoop.

Through this acquisition, Attunity will be able to offer the industry’s first product suite that analyzes Big Data usage patterns, and then moves large data volumes and processing workloads to Hadoop. Recent Industry analysts report that Hadoop can save 70% or more of data storage and processing costs compared to traditional data warehouses. Appfluent’s solutions enable the efficient utilization of Hadoop, delivering a significant ROI to enterprises using Big Data. These savings can be in the order of millions of dollars annually for large enterprises.

“This acquisition aligns with our strategy to capitalize on the changing dynamics in the market due to the Big Data revolution, expanding our position as a leading provider of highly valuable and uniquely differentiated Big Data solutions,” said Shimon Alon, Attunity’s Chairman and CEO. “We also expect the acquisition of Appfluent to contribute directly to our revenue growth in 2015 as well as drive cross selling and bundling opportunities with customers and business partners across the entire Attunity product line. With data volumes growing so rapidly, it is critical for enterprises to accurately understand how Big Data is being used, and Appfluent provides a leading solution in the market to address this growing demand.”

Mr. Alon added: “With the unique technology and market leading capabilities of Appfluent, we believe this acquisition will strengthen the demand for Attunity Big Data solutions and the awareness of the Attunity brand. Furthermore, we expect that it will enable us to expand opportunities with both existing and new partners. The respective products, partners and go-to-market strategies of the two companies are very complementary and well aligned, which will enable us to quickly turn this opportunity into a growth engine that enhances shareholder value. As we expand our platform and offerings, enterprises continue to rely on us as their trusted provider of solutions that facilitate and optimize their Big Data initiatives.”

Frank Gelbart, founder and CEO of Appfluent, said: “We see tremendous synergy and are excited to join forces with the Attunity team. Put together, our solutions provide an answer to one of the most common needs that enterprises are trying to address with the modern Big Data technologies – when and how to leverage Hadoop. Our customers see significant advantages from having deep insight into their data usage patterns so they can strategically and intelligently decide where to store and process their data, including a significant reduction in their Big Data costs. Now, they will be able to see additional value by facilitating the process of moving data across platforms and offloading it from expensive ones with the Attunity suite of solutions. Leveraging our complementary solutions and our mutual success building partnerships, we will focus on becoming the strategic partner of choice to the leading vendors in the Big Data space.”

“We are excited by the announcement as Appfluent Visibility can be configured to monitor multiple data warehouse systems including Teradata, Oracle Exadata, IBM DB2, IBM® PureData™ for Analytics powered by Netezza and Hadoop, whilst Attunity software augments the world’s leading business intelligence, data integration, application integration and development platforms, facilitating real time integration with existing data sources and enterprise applications.

Key platforms Attunity supports include:

Apache Hadoop, Microsoft Platforms and Technologies, Oracle Platforms and Technologies, SAP Sybase Platforms and Technologies, SAP Software Solutions, DB2, Actian Vector, Amazon Redshift, Pivotal Greenplum Database (Pivotal GPDB), HP Vertica, Microsoft APS / PDW, Oracle Exadata, SAP Sybase IQ, Teradata UDA.

Attunity software also helps enterprises that are looking for ways to reuse, repurpose, and integrate existing systems in support of new business and IT initiatives. Attunity simplifies and accelerates integration with Mainframes, HP NonStop (Tandem), OpenVMS and iSeries,” says Tommy Erlank, Blue Turtle’s Application and Data Business Manager.

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