Got Oracle? Better Manage Your Licenses!


There's actually quite a bit of information on the internet about the complexity in managing the technology licenses you purchase (and don't purchase) from Oracle.  This has been a problem for many versions, and is still a problem in the current version.  Here are some examples:


http://kevinclosson.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/oracle-database-12c-release-12-1-0-2-my-first-observations-licensed-features-usage-concerns-part-i/
http://kevinclosson.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/oracle-database-12c-release-12-1-0-2-my-first-observations-licensed-features-usage-concerns-part-ii/
http://mikesmithers.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/oracle-database-diagnostic-and-tuning-packs-exactly-what-are-you-not-licensed-for/
http://mikesmithers.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/sqldeveloper-and-a-very-expensive-query/


In these articles the following patterns start emerging:


Installing Oracle software enables extra cost "licensable" features that (more...)

KScope 13 – Wednesday

I just made it back from the Mardi Gras celebration and my decision to blog at this point may not be my smartest decision ever but I feel like it’s now or never so here it goes.


Tom's Top Twelve Things About the Latest Generation of Database Technology


Tom Kyte


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KScope 13 – Monday

This week I'm in the Big Easy hanging out at ODTUG’s Kscope 13 conference. I have heard this is the best conference for Hyperion and Oracle Business Intelligence so my expectations are high. I’m not as strong in either topic as I am with PeopleSoft but there’s nothing like a (more...)

Don’t Pave the Cow Path

Lately at work I've been having to remind myself lately not to pave the cow path -- not to bring existing business processes and technology forward just because that's how we've always done it.  Here's the poem that the expression comes from.


The Calf-Path

by  Sam Walter Foss  (1858-1911)

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PeopleSoft 9.2 to be released March 22

Oracle announced today at the Alliance '13 conference that the PeopleSoft 9.2 will be generally available on March 22.


Here's the link to the press release:  http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/1920557

Changing your PS Database Platform: Cutover

So far I've written about how you might approach the plan, design, build and test phases of a PeopleSoft replatforming project.  This time around I'd like to spend some time on the Cutover.


You’ll probably want to do at least 4 mock cutovers. One to build the initial development environment on the new hardware.  One to start System Test. One to start User Acceptance Testing, and a “dress rehearsal” to prove out your cutover plan/strategy. 


Start the cutover plan when you do your first migration. Capture tasks and timing. And continue to refine it with each additional (more...)

Changing your PS Database Platform: The Test Phase

So far I've written about how you might approach the plan, design, and build phases of a PeopleSoft replatforming project.  This time around I'd like to spend some time on the Test phase.


Just because you’re only changing some SQL around doesn’t mean that you can take shortcuts with testing.  You’ll want to run an entire stem-to-stern test of your PeopleSoft system to insure that everything works as expected.


 One thing to keep in mind:  99% of your defects will be with custom and customized code.   The delivered code won’t generate nearly as many problems, so if (more...)

Changing your PS Database Platform: The Build Phase

In last two postings I wrote about how you might plan a project where you migrate your PeopleSoft application from one database platform to another, and how you might approach the Design phase.  I wanted to share my thoughts about the Build phase in this article.  I'll share my thoughts about the Test and Cutover phases in my next posting(s).


The Build Phase


The Build Phase is always my favorite part of any PeopleSoft project, probably because I come from a Development background.  The Build phase of a replatforming project is in some ways very straightforward, and (more...)

Changing Your PS Database Platform: The Design Phase

In my previous article I described how you might approach planning and requirements gathering for a PeopleSoft database replatforming project.  You would exit that phase with solid RICE object inventories and an idea of any new PeopleTools functionality you will deploy.


I’d like to take you through some thoughts and considerations for the remaining phases (Design, Build, Test, Deploy).  This article will just focus on the Design phase and i'll publish the other articles in the near future.  For this discussion, I’m going to assume we’re doing a PeopleTools upgrade along with the replatforming effort, and we’re (more...)

Changing Your PeopleSoft Database Platform

There are several reasons why you might decide to migrate PeopleSoft to a new database platform.  It could be that you need to move to a more scalable platform.  Or you may be looking to reduce your annual license costs and want to switch to a more cost-effective platform.  Whatever the reason, you can certainly take advantage of PeopleSoft's multiple-database support and change your database platform.  This article will give you some ideas about how to plan the effort.


One of the first things to consider is whether or not you want to upgrade to the (more...)

Amazon Web Services is Ready for the Enterprise

Amazon has been steadily moving toward making their web service offering ready for the enterprise. Over the last year or so they've received certification for Oracle database, they've broken down the barriers that would prevent PCI certification, and they've improved their pricing structure to make it more corporation-friendly.


Today they may have finally broken the final barriers down to large scale enterprise adoption with the following announcements:


Virtual Private Cloud is now out of Beta and allows you to "provision a private section of the AWS cloud where you can create avirtual network that you control, including selection of an (more...)

Managing Chartfields and Trees Across PeopleSoft and Hyperion

If you’re implementing Hyperion applications to complement your PeopleSoft Financials application, one decision you’ll have to make relatively early is which tool to use to manage your core dimensions and their associated hierarchies.  Here are the options:



Native Functionality
Hyperion EPMA
Hyperion Data Relationship Management

So which one is the right choice?  Based on my research and discussions with Christopher Dwight, a member of Oracle’s Master Data Management practice, here’s what I have learned:


The native functionality basically means you’ll maintain your dimensions in each application separately.  So if you want to add a department, you’ll have (more...)

Data Warehousing Made Easier

I was talking to an Oracle sales rep this week about OBIEE.  Since this is a PeopleSoft blog I guess I’d better explain.  OBIEE is Oracle’s Business Intelligence offering.  It’s solidly in Forrester’s leader’s quadrant and it has all of BI features you would expect (reporting, ad-hoc analysis, dashboards, alerts, etc). The question at hand was why we should implement it when we already have some perfectly good BI tools with committed users who truly believe in them.


We didn’t get into a deep discussion about BI features.  Everybody knows what a BI solution should do (more...)

What I expect from Oracle Open World 2010

I’m going to Oracle OpenWorld again this year, and I just finished building my schedule.  Wow.  This year there are so many sessions I want to attend in the same time slots that I won’t be able to see a fraction of what I want to.  Guess I’ll have to skip the session on how to author blue-ray disks using Java in favor of a product roadmap session I need to attend.  You see, I’ve started a new project and I have a whole laundry list of stuff I need to come up to speed on. (more...)

The True Cost of a Core

Servers are becoming more powerful as manufacturers are finding new ways to get more cores into a CPU.  Today it’s not uncommon to see hexa and octa-core processors shipping at the same price points the dual- and hexa-cores shipped yesterday.  Where manufacturers once got their performance improvements through raw CPU speed, they are now getting their getting the majority of performance improvement through more cores in their processor chips.


Unfortunately the economics of additional cores for performance aren’t the same as improvements through improved clock cycles because software manufactures have largely tied their technology licensing to the number (more...)