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DTI, e-payment providers partner to ease biz registrations

Now it‘s easier and more convenient for Filipinos to register and renew business names as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) partners with digital payment service providers.

“(Now), there is no need (for the entrepreneurs) to take a leave of absence, or to commute just to pay for business transactions,” said national treasurer Rosalia De Leon at the signing of memorandum of agreement among DTI, partners, Landbank and the Bureau of the Treasury on September 27, 2019.

E-PAYMENT. Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez (center) says providing the public with the e-payments option is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate on the ease of doing business. (PNA photo by Cristina Arayata)

The move, she said, is crucial as it reduces the risks related to cash transactions.

“For the longest time, the government has not adapted with the e-payments. We have long relied with cash payments,” said De Leon, adding that the government needs to keep abreast with financial technology to provide effective public service.

As such, the DTI has tapped e-payments service providers, PayMaya and GCash for the “BNRS Next Gen” (Business Name Registration System Next Generation), an online platform where the public could register or renew business names, wherever they are. This can be accessed at https://bnrs.dti.gov.ph/.

“They would no longer need to go to business centers. They could just use this platform,” the national treasurer said.

DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez noted that the agency is trying to convert everything to an e-payment scheme.

“This is aligned with President Duterte’s mandate on the ease of doing business. The advantage of e-payments is that it is stronger and a more stable system,” he said.

Landbank, which has an e-payment platform called “Link.BizPortal” that allows customers to pay products and services via the Internet, is also a partner in the BNRS.

Both representatives from PayMaya and GCash, meanwhile, expressed gladness to be a partner of the government. (Ma. Cristina Arayata, PNA)

Customs installs more X-ray machines in Manila port

Two fixed portal x-ray machines were recently installed at the Bureau of Customs-Port of Manila (BOC-POM) to protect the country’s borders against the entry of smuggled goods and other contraband.

In a statement, the BOC – X-ray Inspection Project (XIP) said the installation of modern scanners is in line with Bureau’s commitment to strengthen border security measures by increasing its non-intrusive inspection capabilities of containerized shipments.

“The machines are expected to further enhance the capability of BOC in detecting smuggled and anti-social goods like misdeclared items, undervalued goods, non-declared goods as well as the entry of narcotics in various ports nationwide,” it said.

The scanners installed at the POM are part of the six upgraded X-ray machines procured from Astrophysics Inc., a US company based in Southern California.

The BOC- XIP added that the newly acquired modern X-ray machines can scan at least 120 containers per hour.

Aside from the POM, the other units will be installed, two machines in Manila International Container Port (MICP) and one each for Port of Davao and Port of Cebu.

It added that the machine is equipped with material discrimination capability allowing X-ray image analysts to distinguish organic and inorganic materials.

“The capacity makes image analysis of X-ray inspectors more accurate in their decision-making process,” the BOC-XIP said.

It noted that the X-ray machines have lower radiation dose ensuring the safety of X-ray workers as well as the transacting public who may be exposed to radiation.

The machines will also enable the rapid and effective screening of containerized shipments with minimum interruption to the movement of goods inside the ports.

“Designed for ease of operation and maintenance, the X-ray scanners are expected to minimize unnecessary delays and enhance trade facilitation,” it added.

AMD launches 2nd generation CPUs for high-performance computing

AMD, one of the leading computer processors manufacturers in the world, recently announced the launching of its new 2nd Generation AMD EPYC family of processors that deliver performance leadership across a broad number of enterprise, cloud and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads.

Lisa Su, AMD president and CEO, said during the launching event on August 7, 2019 in San Francisco, California, USA, AMD is setting a new standard for the modern datacenter with the launch of the company’s 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors.

The new EPYC processors are designed to deliver record-setting performance and significantly lower total cost of ownership across a broad set of workloads, Su said.

“Adoption of our new leadership server processors is accelerating with multiple new enterprise, cloud and HPC customers choosing EPYC processors to meet their most demanding server computing needs,” Su Said.

The new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors feature up to 64 “Zen 2” cores in 7nm process technology to deliver record-setting performance while helping reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) by up to 50% across numerous workloads, according to AMD.

The new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors are specifically designed for modern datacenter workloads, providing customers an ideal combination of features to help unlock performance and redefine economics in virtualization, cloud, HPC and enterprise applications.

As the new AMD processors were launched to the global market, Google and Twitter announced new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor deployments and HPE and Lenovo announced the immediate availability of new platforms.

Google announced it has deployed 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors in its internal infrastructure production datacenter environment and in late 2019 will support new general-purpose machines powered by 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors on Google Cloud Compute Engine as well.

“AMD 2nd Gen EPYC processors will help us continue to do what we do best in our datacenters: innovate,” said Bart Sano, Google vice president of Engineering.

“Its scalable compute, memory and I/O performance will expand our ability to drive innovation forward in our infrastructure and will give Google Cloud customers the flexibility to choose the best VM for their workloads,” Sano said.

Twitter announced it will deploy 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors across its datacenter infrastructure later this year, reducing TCO by 25%.

“Twitter is committed to reducing our environmental impact of our datacenters by finding innovative ways to increase efficiency. The 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor provides us the sweet spot of performance and energy consumption that we need to honor that commitment, while supporting the high traffic volume on our platform,” Jennifer Fraser, senior director of Engineering at Twitter.

“Using the AMD EPYC 7702 processor we can scale out our compute clusters with more cores in less space using less power, which translates to a 25% lower TCO for Twitter,” Fraser said.

Microsoft announced the preview of new Azure virtual machines for general purpose applications, as well as limited previews of cloud-based remote desktops and HPC workloads based on 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors today;

HPE announced continued support of the AMD EPYC processor family with plans to triple their AMD-based portfolio with a broad range of 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processor-based systems, including the HPE ProLiant DL385 and HPE ProLiant DL325 servers;

Cray announced The Air Force Weather Agency will be using a Cray Shasta system with 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors to provide comprehensive terrestrial and space weather information to the U.S. Air Force and Army;

Lenovo announced new solutions that are specifically built to take advantage of the full range of enhanced capabilities found in the 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors. Available today, the ThinkSystem SR655 and SR635 are ideal solutions for use cases such as video infrastructure, virtualization, software-defined storage and more, with exceptional energy efficiency;

Dell announced the upcoming availability of newly designed servers optimized for 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors;

VMware and AMD announced a close collaboration to deliver support for new security and other features of the high-performance 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors within VMware vSphere.

“VMware and AMD’s ongoing engineering collaboration is focused on delivering optimal application performance and security for our mutual customers,” said Krish Prasad, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Platform Business Unit, VMware.

This link provides more information about the new 2nd Gen AMD EPYC processors: https://www.amd.com/en/processors/epyc-7002-series.

DICT urged to prioritize free Wi-Fi program in PH

Two senators on July 2, 2019, urged newly-appointed Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Secretary Gregorio Honasan to fast-track the setting up of free internet in the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs).

Senator Sonny Angara said he is confident that Honasan will carry out the free Wi-Fi program with a “greater sense of urgency” as he takes the helm of the DICT.

Angara noted that the program has been plagued with delays, citing the DICT data that only 17 out of the country’s 112 SUCs have been installed free Wi-Fi hotspots as of December 2018.

“That’s a low 15 percent accomplishment rate. These institutions of higher learning are supposed to be priority areas in the roll-out plan but it appears that they have become last-mile targets,” Angara said.

Angara said funding for the implementation of the program should not be a problem because Congress has been providing appropriations for the endeavor annually.

The free public Wi-Fi project has a total budget of PHP1.7 billion for 2018, of which PHP326 million is for the installation of hotspots in SUCs, while the balance of PHP1.36 billion is for other public areas such as town halls, airports, and other transportation terminals.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto also highlighted the delay in the rollout of the free public Wi-Fi hotspots.

Recto noted that as of June 2019, only 2,677 sites have been made operational, out of the cumulative target of 34,236 sites by the end of the year.

“If this pace will not accelerate, the target of installing 100,349 sites by 2026 will be impossible to meet. The free Wi-Fi hotspots project should not crawl like the present speed of internet in the country,” Recto said.

“I am however optimistic that Secretary Greg will fix the bugs of this program and implement a catch-up plan that will cover other areas of concern as well,” he added.

Recto also expressed confidence that Honasan would be time-on-target in meeting the timetable for the completion of needed reforms in the IT sector.

Honasan, a former senator, took his oath as DICT chief before President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday.

Honasan bared that he has accepted Duterte’s offer to name him DICT chief last November 2018.

He replaced DICT acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. (Filane Mikee Cervantes, PNA)

DICT taps Kaspersky to boost government cybersecurity program

The Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their existing mutual commitment to address the information security challenges among local public sector agencies in support of the national cybersecurity framework of the country.

The agreement, which coincided with the first Philippine International Cybersecurity Conference in Davao City last week, aims to further enhance capacity development and institution building on cybersecurity within the government sector as it seeks to ensure public safety and security in the 21st century.

“Tackling cybersecurity, being borderless in nature, is by no means a solo act. We are glad to take our current collaboration with the DICT to the next level and we’re looking forward to seeing the results of this agreement benefit the Filipinos,” said Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director at Kaspersky Lab Asia Pacific.

“Our experience at Kaspersky Lab alone shows how a collective approach in battling cybercrime is very effective at demystifying the most complex of cyberthreats and keeping ahead of the cyber criminals. With our cybersecurity expertise, we hope to support the Philippines the best way we can as we do with other governments around the world,” Neumeier said.

“The creation of the National Cybersecurity Plan (NCSP) 2020 proved that the Philippine government, through the DICT, has indeed placed cybersecurity among its top national priorities,” said Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky Lab.

“With the country’s strong and steady economic growth combined with its highly active online citizens, the steps being taken by the government come at a time when Filipinos need heightened cybersecurity measures the most,” Siang said.

In this year’s Q2 cyberthreat report of Kaspersky Lab, the Philippines placed as the ninth most attacked country worldwide in terms of online threats.

About 10.6 million web infections online were recorded in this period in the Philippines, where 39% of attacks were against individual Internet users and 11% were against businesses.

In photo: DICT & Kaspersky Lab inks MoU. Present at the signing were (from left to right) Allan S. Cabanlong, Assistant Secetary, DICT; Eliseo M. Rio Jr., Acting Secretary, DICT; Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab APAC; and Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager, Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.

PH makes headway in Science and Tech

As the Philippines is scheduled to launch its second microsatellite called “Diwata-2,” the country is making headway in science and technology (S&T), Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said.

“Diwata-2,” which will be used to gather information about disasters, among others, will be launched in
at Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima, Japan .

Along with “Diwata-2” achievement, Sec. dela Peña also enumerated other recent vital developments in the country’s Science and Technology sector.

“Our Balik Scientist Act is now in effect. I signed the IRR (implementing rules and regulations) last Oct. 4, and it took effect on Oct. 21,” dela Peña said.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Balik Scientist Act into law last June. The law seeks to provide incentives to Balik Scientists, or S&T experts residing abroad and who are contracted to return to the Philippines to work and use their expertise in the country.

Dela Peña said institutionalizing the Balik Scientist Program would encourage more Balik Scientists, since the new law allows them to process their visa and immigration requirements faster.

Host institutions for Balik Scientists could be local or private institutions seeking technical assistance.

Dela Peña said some host universities are grateful for the huge help of the Balik Scientists, especially in the fields of robotics, pharmaceuticals, and drug development.

“The UST Dean of Pharmacy, for instance, told me that their initial engagement with a Balik Scientist significantly improved their R&D (research and development) program and plans. The president of Southern Leyte State University said likewise,” dela Peña told the PNA.

But the DOST chief also pointed out that some host universities are having difficulty bringing in a Balik Scientist. He cited, for instance, the University of Mindanao in North Cotabato, where there were reported incidents of war between soldiers and the leftist group New People’s Army.

Dela Peña is eyeing to get 60 Balik Scientists per year after the Balik Scientists Program has become a law.

Another S&T development that he mentioned was the recently concluded ASEAN Science Ministers’ meeting that he chaired in Cebu City.

Dela Pena said among the accomplishments of the ASEAN meeting was that the ministers have agreed to the creation of new S&T centers and networks in the region.

An ASEAN Center for Microbial Utilization will be established in Thailand, he said, adding that the ASEAN Network for Diagnostic Initiatives will be led by the Philippines.

The Philippines and other member states have also agreed to invest more in science, technology, and innovation, he added.

“(It was also during the ministers’ meeting) that a Filipina was given the US ASEAN Award for Outstanding Woman Scientist,” he cited.

Dela Peña was referring to Dr. Gay Jane Perez, who has been extensively involved in DOST’s space technology development program.

The DOST chief said Perez bested 45 other nominees from the region. (Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA)

Global mobile group to support disaster response cooperation between Smart, Nokia, PH Red Cross

Smart Communications and Nokia Philippines announced they have received funding from the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), the organization representing mobile operators globally, for a disaster response drone system.

The Nokia Saving Lives drone project, which will operate on Smart’s frequencies during times of emergency, has been selected as a grantee by the GSMA Disaster Response Innovation Fund.

The GSMA is an originally-European trade body that represents the interests of mobile network operators worldwide. Approximately 800 mobile operators are full GSMA members and a further 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem are associate members.

The Nokia Saving Lives program seeks to provide communications technology and technical assistance to emergency response teams. In the Philippines, Smart will provide high-speed connectivity for a drone-based system to help boost the disaster response efforts of the Philippine Red Cross.

The system consists of drones, a portable data center, a mobile broadband network, and applications like video streaming, gas sensing, mapping, and analytics, which can help Red Cross responders assess current status of lifelines and analyze immediate needs and gaps. This will enable Red Cross to provide emergency assistance to communities in more timely, effective and efficient ways.

Using Smart’s high-speed LTE connectivity and the portable Nokia Ultra Compact Network, the system can also create a secure communication between drones, other equipment, and rescue team members.

The drone can be equipped with different types of cameras, sensors and speakers, and can also be used to carry first aid kits. The portable data center, meanwhile, is a computing and storage unit that can be used for immediate data analysis.

The initiative was presented to the delegates of the GSMA Humanitarian Connectivity Charter (HCC) Regional Workshop for Asia-Pacific during a visit to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation emergency operations center. Representatives from the GSMA and other telecommunications providers all over Asia attended the HCC meeting, held recently in Angeles, Pampanga.

“We are proud to present this collaboration with our colleagues here in Asia and the rest of the world,” said PLDT and Smart public affairs head Ramon R. Isberto. “Disaster preparedness is one of our priority advocacies. At Smart, we provide continuous network service, as well as multi-platform technology and training, as we work with the government and other partners. We believe our communications support for the drones will help enhance disaster response and, ultimately, save lives.”

“The GSMA Disaster Response Innovation Fund is proud to be supporting projects that use mobile technology to assist and empower individuals or communities who are building their resilience to natural disasters, or who are affected by humanitarian emergencies,” said Kyla Reid, head of digital identity and mobile for humanitarian innovation at the GSMA. “This project from Nokia and Smart Communications is an excellent example of collaboration and highlights the positive role the private sector can play in strengthening response in the face of disaster.”

Christina Cabrera, head of Nokia Technology Center Philippines, said: “Nokia creates the technology to connect the world. The collaboration between Smart, Nokia Technology Center Philippines and the Philippine Red Cross brings the innovative Nokia Saving Lives solution for emergency situations into use—right here in the Philippines. To do this we build on the strength of Nokia’s engineering capabilities worldwide and especially on the expertise and motivation of our engineers in the Nokia Technology Center Philippines.”

Smart is one of the three founding signatories of the GSMA Human Connectivity Charter. The HCC aims to provide increased access to communication and information for those affected by calamities, helping reduce loss of lives and contribute to humanitarian response. It supports efforts by network operators and industry partners to formalize their commitments to enhance their capacity to mitigate, prepare for, and respond to disasters, using mobile technology.

Since its launch in 2015, HCC has grown to include over 147 mobile operator members and six humanitarian partners in more than 106 countries.

Smart’s disaster preparedness programs have been cited in the GSMA HCC annual reports. These programs include Smart’s Emergency Cell Broadcast System (ECBS), which sends out location- and hazard-specific alerts; its ICT Bayanihan series of regional summits to institutionalize emergency telecommunications teams; and the Batingaw disaster management app, which has been replicated in the Horn of Africa.

Smart’s support to the Red Cross and commitment to HCC are part of the company’s #SafePH advocacy, which aims to help build resilient communities and reduce disaster-related casualties through technology.


Representatives of Smart, Nokia, and the Philippine Red Cross sign an agreement for the operation of the Nokia Saving Lives drone system in the Philippines.

Serving OFWs: New online platform against abusive overseas employment practices

To provide counter measures against abusive employment practices suffered by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), a new online portal was launched on Thursday, July 26, 2018, to avoid erring recruitment agencies and employers.

The new online platform that can be accessed at https://www.recruitmentadvisor.org/ was developed by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO). It is designed to allow migrant workers to comment on their experiences, rate the recruitment agencies, and learn about their rights.

Khalid Hassan, director of the ILO Country Office for the Philippines, said: “Migration should be a choice. The ILO supports countries like the Philippines in protecting the welfare of migrant workers through fair recruitment and rights-based migration.”

“The Migrant Recruitment Advisor (MRA) can help prospective Filipino migrant workers make informed decision or choice by going through online reviews,” Hassan said .

The MRA was officially launched in the Philippines after a series of regional consultations and launches held in Davao and Cebu.

Available in English and Filipino the platform features licensed recruitment agencies of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Various governments provided the list of licensed agencies and a network of trade unions and civil society organizations in target countries, such as Nepal, Philippines, Indonesia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore.

The sustainability of the platform is ensured by reaching out to workers and speaking to them about their rights.

The MRA will promote recruiters who follow a fair recruitment process based on the ILO General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment.

Useful feedback to governments regarding the practices of licensed recruitment agencies, which could be used to complement more traditional monitoring systems, will also be provided by the MRA.

ITUC general secretary, Sharan Burrow said that recruitment is a critical stage when migrant workers are more vulnerable to abuse.

“Unscrupulous recruitment agencies take advantage of the lack of law enforcement by governments or because workers are simply not aware of their rights. It’s time to put power back into workers’ hands to rate the recruitment agencies and show whether their promises of jobs and wages are delivered,” Burrow said.

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), there are more than 2.3 million OFWs around the world in almost all countries. Among the leading OFWs destinations are Saudi Arabia (24%), United Arab Emirates (16%), Europe (6.6%),Kuwait (6.4%), and Qatar (6.2%).

About 3,000 Filipino workers leave the country daily to work abroad.

Tech startup supports No Shortchanging Act of 2016

Mobile app Centsilyo is seeking to strengthen the government’s No Shortchanging Act of 2016.

Establishing its name in the digital payments industry, Centsilyo, a Bisaya word for change, was developed by three students from the University of Southeastern Philippines–Mariah Nicole Perez de Tagle, Daniella Javilles, and Annie Marrise Insong.

The mobile wallet app was made to “digitally pays items and also store changes up until the last cent.”

De Tagle said this was to give support to the No Shortchanging Act of 2016 which prohibits business establishments from giving insufficient or no change to Filipino consumers.

The group is optimistic it could further improve the application after it emerged recently as the winner of the Philippine Startup Challenge 4 National Finals organized by the Department of Information and Communications Technology.

“We will [pursue it], and we already talked to the people here that are willing to mentor us or invest in our app,” said Javilles.

Commercially, telco carriers Globe and PLDT have been beefing up the presence of their digital payments providers in the local market.

Oracle’s Revolutionary New Database Automates Key Functions for Enterprise Customers

Oracle recently announced that Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, the first service based on the revolutionary new Oracle Autonomous Database, is available worldwide. At an event at Oracle headquarters, a group of customers and partners who were given exclusive access to test-drive the new self-driving database spoke about the value of autonomous capabilities. Accenture, Hertz, QMP Health, and Qualex joined Oracle executives on-stage to share the breakthrough results they are already experiencing with Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, including performance advantages, lower costs, and improved security posture of their data and systems.

“Oracle Autonomous Database is a truly transformative technology for our 420,000 global customers and an important breakthrough for the industry,” said Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president, Database Server Technologies, Oracle. “The self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing capabilities revolutionize how our customers will manage and secure their data. Nothing else like this exists in the market today.”

The first of its kind, Oracle Autonomous Database introduces self-driving, self-securing, and self-repairing capabilities that automate key management and security processes in database systems like patching, tuning and upgrading, all while keeping the critical infrastructure constantly running. With the Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle can help customers minimize risk and improve the security capabilities of their data and systems. Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud is the first of many Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud services that uses machine learning to deliver outstanding performance, simplicity and elasticity for data warehouses.

Organizations Test Drive Autonomous Database

“We are at the dawn of the intelligent enterprise era, and having an automated database is a natural progression,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology and innovation officer, Accenture. “Being able to build a self-driving data warehouse – in some cases, in only a matter of minutes or hours – can dramatically simplify the ability to generate powerful business insights, much faster than previously possible.”

“The flexibility of Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud in terms of delivering instantaneous, fully elastic scalability is truly outstanding and unique in the market,” said Erik Dvergnes, Architect, Aker BP.

“Our initial tests have shown that Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud offers important innovations,” said Manuel Martin Marquez, Big Data Engineer and Data Scientist, CERN. “For instance, Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud automatically reduced the storage required by important control systems by a factor of ten.”

Jerry Gearding, CTO, DX Marketing said, “The elastic scalability of the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud, where we can easily scale up and down and only pay for processor services when we’re actually using them is a big benefit for DX Marketing.”

“I’ve been really impressed with how Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud can take different types and sizes of analytic workloads and get better performance without any fine-tuning,” said Benjamin Arnulf, Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics, Hertz. “It will allow us to reduce costs and re-invest savings into improving customer service, thus rewarding our customers.”

Looker, a cloud-based BI and analytics company, sees a growing need for enterprise-ready but easy-to-use data warehousing. According to Keenan Rice, Vice President of Strategic Alliances, Looker, “We’re seeing a lot of demand from customers for a fully managed experience, and the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud makes it a lot easier for Looker’s customers to derive value from their data.”

“We’ve found that the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud is very easy to use, very easy to load data, and the performance has been amazing,” said Miles Oustad, Data Integration Team Manager, Minnesota State.

“When you’re dealing with human lives, time is everything,” said Michael Morales, CEO, QMP Health. “Having the Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud automatically tune and manage itself with no downtime means faster response times and quicker decisions – that’s critical for us and our patients.”

“Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud is the perfect solution for 11880.com Solutions AG,” said Christian Maar, CEO, 11880.com. “It requires no administration resources, it delivers great performance, and its flexibility means it can scale as our company grows.”

Industry Analysts Validate Market Leadership
Multiple independent industry analyst reports recently recognized Oracle for its Autonomous Database technology. Following are some of these reports and key findings:

  • Gartner again positioned Oracle highest in “ability to execute” in its *Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Data Management Solutions for Analytics” by Adam M. Ronthal, Roxane Edjlali, Rick Greenwald, 13 February 2018 report
  • In the February 2018 IDC Perspective Oracle’s Autonomous Database: AI-Based Automation for Database Management and Operations, authors Carl W. Olofson and David Schubmehl wrote, “Oracle is at the vanguard of a movement to make enterprise software easier to deploy, use and administer, using artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide capabilities requiring little or no human intervention to manage software.”
  • KuppingerCole’s Executive View: Oracle Autonomous Database January 2018 report said, “Oracle goes much further than just automation with its newest offering. This approach has immense potential benefits not just for reducing labor and costs for customers, but for dramatically improving database’s resiliency against both human errors and malicious activities, internal or external. Each database is also designed to have security features enabled by default and relevant parameters automatically configured according to current security best practices.”