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Published November 22, 2016
Volume 24, Number 11


BUSINESS BITS

  •  ADP DataCloud Earns Cloud Computing Innovation Award from Ventana Research for 'Positive Impact' on Business

 

ADP’s DataCloud has received the Cloud Computing award in the Business Technology Innovation category of the Ventana Research 2016 Technology Innovation Awards.

 

The annual Ventana Research Technology Innovation Awards identify and honor technologies that have had or have the potential to deliver the most striking positive impact on business. Ventana Research also recognizes pioneering vendors whose advancements in technology help drive change and increase value for organizations worldwide.

 

“ADP DataCloud was selected for the Innovation Award for the overall scope of its cloud computing solution. It brings insights by applying analytics on its Big Data technology that utilizes aggregated and anonymized HR and payroll data from 30 million U.S. payroll recipients,” said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer of Ventana Research. “Congratulations to ADP for its Cloud Computing Award and for providing organizations with data that can reveal workforce trends and provide deeper insights to make human capital management a reality.”

 

“ADP is honored to be recognized for helping organizations achieve deeper insights that enable smarter decision-making,” said Stuart Sackman, ADP corporate vice president, Global Product and Technology. “Our goal is to continue to help business leaders and human resource professionals unlock the power of their organizations by leveraging ADP's Big Data. With the actionable insights gained from our Benchmarking and Turnover Probability solutions powered by the ADP DataCloud, businesses can enhance productivity, talent development and retention.”

 
 

  • 24 Hour Fitness Study Indicates the “Work Out Effect” Combats Tech Stress

 

A poll of 2,000 Americans conducted by 24 Hour Fitness indicates that millions are suffering from “tech stress,” resulting from the experience of technology not responding as expected to its users. From weak Wi-Fi connectivity and poor cell signals to temperamental office printers and computers, 65 percent of U.S. adults say they regularly lose their cool because of unreliable technology. Half of the 2,000 studied have yelled at a piece of technology and 16 percent have been reduced to tears.

 

The poll also revealed that 31 percent work out to combat modern stress.  The most popular methods to reduce stress were walking or listening to music.  Well over 50 percent feel they get a mental boost from working out and four in ten feel emotional benefits.  The ‘workout effect’ as a solution to combat tech stress lasts for over four hours.  Well over a third of those surveyed said if they don’t exercise regularly, they feel more stressed and pent up.

 

“Fitness goals are about more than exercise,” said Mike Carney, vice president, Marketing, 24 Hour Fitness. “At 24 Hour Fitness, we believe the time you spend in the gym helps make the life you lead outside the best it can be, and that includes helping you deal with the daily stress of technology breakdown.”

 
 

  • Oracle Beats Amazon Web Services in Head-to-Head Cloud Database Comparison

 

In his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executive chairman and chief technology officer Larry Ellison shared benchmark test results that showed that Oracle Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) performed up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for online transaction processing (OLTP), and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads compared to Amazon DBaaS. Ellison also showed that the Oracle Cloud is optimized for running Oracle Database while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is not. An Oracle Database running on the Oracle Cloud performed up to 24X faster than an Oracle Database running on AWS.

 

“Oracle’s new technologies will drive the Cloud databases and infrastructure of the future,” said Ellison. “Amazon are decades behind in every database area that matters, and their systems are more closed than mainframe computers.”

 

Ellison also announced the availability of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in the Oracle Cloud with the launch of the new Oracle Exadata Express Cloud Service. This service provides the full enterprise edition of the Oracle Database running on the database-optimized Exadata infrastructure. Starting at just $175 per month, Ellison showed this Cloud service is lower cost than similar offerings from Amazon.

 


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