Oracle Cloud DevOps and Cloud Native Applications

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Ever heard of DevOps? Well, if you’ve been in the hip scene of agile development then you might have heard this term. Development Operations is a consolidated platform of tools that are meant to promote communication between developers and IT operations while giving the ability to provide a quick development response in the form of continuous delivery. Those who have adopted the agile methodology have seen the benefits of quick delivery with the ability to adjust to rapidly changing business requirements. Oracle is trying to build on top of that type of methodology and consolidate the tools surrounding it with … Read More

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

One choice that faced institutions implementing Ellucian’s Banner ERP was deciding between the proverbial “vanilla” install, where schools conformed their processes to Ellucian’s pre-packaged solution; and a highly customized environment that better suited existing business requirements, but required coding customizations not only at the outset, but on a recurring basis… because customizations needed to be re-coded each time Banner re-released a particular form. Ellucian is promising to take some of the pain out of this choice with Banner XE. The “XE” stands for eXtensible Ecosystem, and a key feature is a complete redesign of their administrative and self-service forms. Simpler … Read More

Google Cloud Rebranding Summary

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Google has updated it’s branding of Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform, and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services, not just logos in this case, but also some of the formal names as well. What was once “Google for Work” is now called “Google Cloud”. The update has caused a little confusion, so we’ve reviewed the information and hopefully, we can bring you some clarity. Within Google Cloud, we have:     Previous Name New Name Google for Work Google Cloud Google Apps for Work G Suite Google for Work Partner Program Google Cloud Partner Program Google for Work Partner … Read More

WebLogic Security – Critical Vulnerability Impacts All Recent Versions

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Oracle recently released its Critical Patch Update (CPU) for July 2016, and there is a vulnerability addressed by this CPU that WebLogic administrators need to know about. At M&S Consulting, we have been facilitating the application of the appropriate patches required to address this and other vulnerabilities. It is very important to apply this most recent CPU as soon as possible, as one of the vulnerabilities it addresses, CVE-2016-3510, is relatively easy to exploit and can cause serious problems. About CVE-2016-3510 CVE-2016-3510 affects all versions of Oracle WebLogic Server since 10.3.6. So major versions such as 10.3.6, 12.1.3, and 12.2.1 … Read More

What is Salesforce.com?

I find that this kind of defining question seems simple enough, but so many people (even supposed experts) really do not have a grasp of the words they seem to use each day. Words they take for granted. You’d be surprised what kinds of answers I get when I ask people to define the word “shirt”. And you’ll really enjoy watching as I ask them what Google is. Even before the restructuring and introduction of Alphabet, very few people would say (or recognize/internalize) that Google is a company — as opposed a website or search engine — a brand with multiple offerings. In … Read More

M&S Consulting Receives HUBZone Certification from SBA

M&S Consulting is HUBZone Certified

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE M&S Consulting Receives HUBZone Certification from SBA June 15, 2016 Morgantown, West Virginia The Small Business Administration (SBA) has certified M&S Consulting as a HUBZone small business effective June 10, 2016. The Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program stimulates economic development and creates jobs by awarding federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small businesses. This enables M&S Consulting to serve more US Government agencies and it allows M&S to continue its efforts in supporting the community by providing professional job opportunities to those who live in underutilized areas. In addition to the HUBZone certification, M&S Consulting is a … Read More

Get Hands-On Experience with Machine Learning by Using H2O

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Machine learning is a method of teaching computers how to use data to make predictive models and perform important tasks accurately without manually programming them to do so. In other words, machine learning allows a system to learn from data and experiences so that it can improve its performance in future tasks. For example, have you ever seen on Amazon the “Frequently Bought Together” section? This is where Amazon recommends add-ons or complementary goods based on the product you are looking at. If Amazon had to manually program recommendations for each of its 200 million products, it would take a … Read More

Oracle Helps Simplify Cloud Adoption by Global Corporations

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We are thrilled about Oracle’s commitment to “the cloud”. Oracle’s Public Cloud Services (aka “Oracle Cloud”) offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions for a myriad of enterprise challenges. With the large adoption of Oracle On-Prem solutions by enterprise organizations around the world, “Oracle Cloud at Customer” that has been announced today will be able to truly transform the way people work. It reminds us of the promise of Cloud and Hybrid-cloud environments as well as our early prototyping of technologies like OpenStack. It is wonderful to see advancement and competition in the cloud space, especially from a large enterprise player … Read More