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Oracle announces 300% performance gains on ATG Web Commerce

BY Staff Writer

Redwood Shores, Calif. — Oracle announced that it has taken another step toward helping companies handle peak online volumes of traffic and transactions with the news that its ATG Web Commerce platform has improved performance by 300% on Oracle Exalogic and the Oracle Exadata database machine when compared with systems similar in size and configuration.

The performance gains were achieved during multiple benchmarking tests.

Oracle’s ATG Web Commerce platform has been certified and optimized to run on Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud datacenter hardware and software and Oracle Exadata Database Machine, a database machine designed to provide extreme performance for data warehousing and online transaction processing (OLTP) applications.

“Our customers understand that improved performance leads to an improved customer experience, which can help drive top-line revenue,” said Ken Volpe, senior vice president, product development, Oracle. “The optimization of Oracle’s ATG Web Commerce for Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata enables the extreme performance and scalability needed by today¹s leading cross-channel businesses.”

The certification and optimization of ATG Web Commerce for Oracle Exalogic provides retailers, and other consumer-centric businesses with an ideal e-commerce platform to enable the extreme scalability and performance required to support multiple channels, such as web sites, mobile applications, social commerce and in-store transactions, Oracle said.

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IBM forecast: Home furnishings to see big gains in Q2

BY Katherine Boccaccio

Armonk, N.Y. — An IBM analytics-based forecast released Thursday expects that sales of home furnishings in the United States will shoot higher in the second quarter, with in-store sales increasing nearly 8% to $23.2 billion and online sales increasing 28.4%.

Combined in-store and online sales of home furnishings are expected to grow 16.6% in the second quarter.

IBM experts cited a number of important factors that could be driving purchases, including “Year of the Dragon” weddings and the trend toward accessorizing living spaces.

According to Dr. Michael Haydock, chief scientist and retail analytics leader for IBM Global Business Services, April sales are expected to grow 7.3% over the same period last year, to $7.568 billion; May growth is forecasted at $7.825 billion, an 8% year-over-year rise; and June is expected to see an 8.7% rise to $7.829 billion.

Online sales of home furnishings are expected to post a year-over-year increase of 30.7% in April, 25.9% in May and 29.1% in June, with sales for the quarter coming in at 28.4%. This forecast of online sales is based on real-time sales data from the web sites of more than 500 leading U.S. retailers, according to IBM.

  • IBM retail and analytics experts see a number of important trends bolstering home furnishing sales:
  • The concept of “accessorizing” is moving from the apparel market to home furnishings as many homeowners during the past few years have decided to stay put rather than move;
  • Homes are getting smaller, compelling consumers to “resize” their furnishings to accommodate smaller spaces;
  • Disposable income is rising as more people go back to work; and
  • Rental activity is increasing.

“Consumers are opting to give their home a new look by remodeling and accessorizing,” said Jill Puleri, global retail leader for IBM Global Business Services. “Retailers can benefit from this behavioral shift by considering their product mix, promotion and presentation and by marketing home accessories aggressively.”

Puleri noted that the Chinese Year of the Dragon, which began on Feb. 4, is shaping up to be especially popular year for weddings, which could also be boosting home furnishing sales.

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Epicor acquires Internet AutoParts

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Dublin, Calif. — Epicor Software Corp. said Thursday it has acquired Internet AutoParts, a provider of business-to-business e-commerce solutions for automotive replacement parts distributors, jobbers and vehicle repair businesses.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“IAP is a perfect complement to our growing range of powerful product research, estimating and sourcing solutions,” said Pervez Qureshi, president and CEO of Epicor. “The IAP platform is a leader in the industry in terms of total connected distributors and service dealers, daily transactions, transaction size and the number of integrated shop management systems.”

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