The role of Coherence in Batch

Lately I have been talking to partners and customers on older versions of the Oracle Utilities Application Framework and they are considering upgrading to the latest version. One of the major questions they ask is about the role of Oracle Coherence in our architecture. Here are some clarifications:

  • We supply a subset of the runtime Oracle Coherence libraries we use in the batch architecture with the installation. It does not require a separate Oracle Coherence (more...)

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Upgrade your SES Database From 11.2.0.3 to 11.2.0.4 for the PeopleSoft Search Framework

An Oracle database Upgrade from 11.2.0.3 to 11.2.0.4 is available for Secure Enterprise Search (SES) with PeopleSoft.  This document on My Oracle Support provides step by step instructions for performing the upgrade.  Note that this upgrade is available for PeopleTools 8.53 or higher on Unix/Linux environments.

I Wish I Sold More

I flew home yesterday from Karen’s memorial service in Jacksonville, on a connecting flight through Charlotte. When I landed in Charlotte, I walked with all my stuff from my JAX arrival gate (D7) to my DFW departure gate (B15). The walk was more stressful than usual because the airport was so crowded.

The moment I set my stuff down at B15, a passenger with expensive clothes and one of those permanent grins established eye contact, (more...)

Java Champions

Learn how to become one of the Champions in the Java world!  Java Champions are members of the community who are recognized as leaders, technical luminaries, and innovative technologists.  All of them are top contributors in the Java community. They are conference speakers, bloggers, community leaders, user group leaders and more. You may know some of them, check them out!

“The Java Champion program is crucial to Java because its members come from all corners (more...)

Oracle Integration Cloud Service – Launch Webcast

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Join this webcast, with Q & A, to hear how Land O' Lakes, JDSU, Global Foundries, Calix, and PWC have discovered ways to break barriers between IT and lines of business with one of the most revolutionary new PaaS offerings: Oracle Integration Cloud Service. 

Have you heard of Oracle Recommends? Pre-built integration? Auto-association?  Learn about these cool new integration features and more:

  • Simplify your integration between cloud and on-premises SaaS applications while maintaining security (more...)

JavaOne Track Highlights: Java and Security

By David Lopez

The JavaOne Content Catalog is live and full of hundreds of great sessions, which, admittedly, can seem a bit overwhelming. With so many sessions, where to start looking? How to really know what JavaOne has to offer? Well, the best place to start is with an understanding of the tracks being offered at this year’s conference. Each one tackles a different side of the Java technologies, and this is the second post (more...)

Community and Regional Oracle User Groups

Back in 2002, as a Junior DBA, I was informed by the senior DBAs I worked with that I MUST become part of my regional user group, (RMOUG).  This was considered a requirement for any educated Database Administrator or Developer of the time and as those who I respected instructed, I became a member and attended my first Rocky Mountain Oracle User Group Training Days in February, 2003.   I was impressed (more...)

Three Steps to Get Big Data Ready for HR

A Guest Post by Melanie Hache-Barrois, Oracle HCM Strategy Director, Southern Europe

Big data will revolutionize HR practices―here is how to hit the ground running with your implementation.

Big data analytics promises to deliver new insights into the workforce; these insights can help HR better predict trends and policy outcomes, and thereby, make the right decisions. It has the power to help HR to predict and plan organizational performance, to minimize the cost, time, and (more...)

Security Inside Out Newsletter, July Edition is Out

The July edition of the Security Inside newsletter is now available. Sign up here for the Security Inside Out newsletter where we highlight key Oracle Security news and provide information on the latest webcasts, events, training and more. 

This month in the news:

Inoculating the Cloud

Another day, another data breach. From the recent cyber attack on the Internal Revenue Service to news of a security bug called VENOM, it seems as if frequent (more...)

Selenium for Java in NetBeans IDE

Selenium is a popular browser automation framework. There's a good introduction and examples here. Let's see how to use it in NetBeans IDE, for Java applications, without installing plugins. 

In the upcoming NetBeans IDE 8.1 (already available as development builds), create your Maven Java EE project, which will give you this:

In the New File dialog, you'll find Selenium test files:

When you select the Selenium Test Case above and click Next and (more...)

Announcing the general availability of Oracle Linux 6.7

We're happy to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6 Update 7, the seventh update release for Oracle Linux 6. You can find the individual RPM packages on the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and our public yum repository and ISO installation images are available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 ships with the following kernel packages:

  • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) Release 3 (kernel-uek-3.8.13-68.3. (more...)

WebLogic Update @ Voxxed Days Istanbul

| Jul 29, 2015

It's relatively rare Java focused conferences have clearly WebLogic centric sessions. This is understandable as conference organizers must carefully balance between education, vendor-neutrality, sharing useful information and outright sales pitches. The distinction is very tenuous and historically frequently abused at Java conferences. As a result Java conference organizers (and attendees) often choose to err on the side of caution and avoid content focused on commercial products (note that while WebLogic is beyond a doubt a (more...)

My Friend Karen

My friend Karen Morton passed away on July 23, 2015 after a four-month battle against cancer. You can hear her voice here.

I met Karen Morton in February 2002. The day I met her, I knew she was awesome. She told me the story that, as a consultant, she had been doing something that was unheard-of. She guaranteed her clients that if she couldn’t make things on their systems go at least X much faster (more...)

INFOGRAPHIC: Successfully Sell Fujitsu M10 Servers

Did you know that many of your customers have significant inventories of 5+ year old SPARC Solaris servers, which represent an IMMEDIATE and SIZABLE refresh opportunity? We've made it easy for you to sell the many advantages of Fujitsu M10 servers with these helpful tools and resources.

Simply click on the below infographic to access all resources:


Why Mobile Recruiting is the Next Best Thing

By Ramona Costea

Mobile Recruiting

Everybody is talking about it, but only a few really envision the positive outcome of this imminent trend. When the digital climate is rapidly evolving, so is the talent acquisition world. If you are recruiting like a god—on all digital channels available today—why not recruit anytime, anywhere? Yes, we are talking about the new age of mobile recruiting.

Social hiring is BIG, but mobile recruiting promises to be even BIGGER.

Fast-growing companies (more...)

Modern Finance: The Swiss Army Knife CFO


The CFO often must be the most multifunctional tool in the executive office.

And I mean ‘tool’ as ‘a device used to carry out a particular function’ (not the urban slang definition). The CFO’s I interact with are multi-learned, multi-talented, multi-skilled. That’s because their responsibilities typically go well beyond finance, most often to overseeing IT and HR functions.

The Best Talent is Hard to Find

ManpowerGroup’s 2015 Talent Shortage Survey identifies ‘management and executives’ (more...)

The Connected Field Service Workforce: Past, Present and Future

STANDARD date considerations in Oracle SQL and PL/SQL

Most of us know that the Oracle DATE datatype has upper and lower limits. From the Oracle 11g Database Concepts manual:

Oracle Database can store dates in the Julian era, ranging from January 1, 4712 BCE through December 31, 9999 CE (Common Era, or ‘AD’). Unless BCE (‘BC’ in the format mask) is specifically used, CE date entries are the default.

I never believe 100% anything I read, so I’ll try that. I’ll set (more...)