The End Is Here

A little different from our usual fare here...

I'm a Mac user.  Switched from Windows to OS X several years ago and never looked back.  As time has passed, Apple has fallen behind on hardware design.  There's no question that the Microsoft Surface line surpasses the MacBook line in terms of hardware elegance and utility.  But I just can't bring myself to leave a rock solid operating system and run it back to Windows as (more...)

The Old Bugaboo

So after a bit of a hiatus, I've decided it's time to get off my butt and start writing again...

Today I'm raising an old bugaboo, but I'm adding a new perspective.  The bugaboo? Customizing packaged software.  It's more expensive than either building your own apps from scratch or buying software off the shelve.  But you all already know that because we've previously hashed that out at length here.

On to the new perspective.  As (more...)

Bits And Pieces

Lots of innovative change afoot in the Oracle HCM Cloud space, so I thought I'd catch y'all up on the more significant bits and pieces.

  • Enhanced Talent Profiles:  Oracle Recruiting Cloud ("ORC") and Oracle Learning Cloud ("OLC")customers must upgrade to Enhanced Talent Profiles as part of their 19A uptake.  See My Oracle Support Doc ID 2421964.1 "Upgrading Fusion Profile Management" for more info. This is a really cool upgrade for the ORC and (more...)

Listening To Customers

The Oracle HCM Cloud team hosted their annual Customer Advisory Board meetings at Oracle HQ last week.  I've always enjoyed the CAB meetings because it's the one event where we reverse the flow of information:  customers tell us about how they use our products rather than us showing customers how to use those products.  I learned a few lessons in listening to our customers last week.

Customers today are more concerned with the pragmatic aspects (more...)

Buffing Up The Crystal Ball

I've had several people ask me lately what I predict in terms of hot tech trends for 2019.  I'm not much for predictions - if you want to hear the universe laugh, share your future plan.  But, just for fun, I pulled the crystal ball out of the closet, buffed it up and took a look.  I also scattered some tea leaves on a table top and read them.  And, just to lock things in, (more...)

A Cloud Endorsement

As I write this, it's super early on Monday morning in my part of the world.  And this morning, I've already spoken to three different customers suffering major service disruptions in their IT applications - one can't process incoming orders, one can't ship product, and another one can't do either (among other things).  The only things still running - their cloud applications.

This raises a pretty good point for those of you out there plugging (more...)

What, Me Worry?

“What, me worry?” – Alfred E. Neuman

It seems like we have some nervousness settling into the U.S. economy.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average is down a few percentage points over the past few months.  Facebook, Apple and Google shares (three-fourths of the FANG indicator for the tech market) are all taking a bit of a beating.  We’re watching the process of Treasury Yields inverting, indicating concerns about the long-term debt market.  Folks (more...)

Listen To The Music – OOW 2018

Don't you feeling it growin', day by day
People gettin' ready for the new
Some are happy, some are sad
Oh, we got to let the music play
          - From The Doobie Brothers "Listen To The Music"


So it's Oracle OpenWorld time again.,, can you hear the music playing?  It really kicked off last Thursday, but the event really starts peaking today (Oct. 22nd) through Thursday.  Gazillions of people descending (more...)

Ya Gotta Water The Garden

With his love
And his carin'
He puts his life
Into beauty sharin'
And his children
Are his flowers
There to give us peace
In quiet hours

And I'll do anything I got to do
Cut my hair and shine my shoes
And keep on singin' the blues
If I can stay here in Johnny's garden

                         - From "Johnny's Garden" by Stephen Stills


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Sneak Preview of Newsfeed UX

I've recently have a chance to get deeply involved with a new User Experience ("UX") rolling out in Oracle HCM Cloud 18B, due out later this year.  We're rolling out some pretty cool work.  I like it for a few reasons:

  1. A fully responsive user interface - one code line that responds that provides the optimal UI for laptop/desktop, tablet and phone.
  2. More emphasis on Quick Actions, giving users shortcuts directly to transactional pages rather (more...)

OHUG Solutions Central – Come See The Experts

Don't try to describe the ocean if you've never seen it
Don't ever forget that you just may wind up being wrong

                                     -  From Mañana by Jimmy Buffet

Having been in the enterprise software business for longer than I really care to admit, I've witnessed an awful lot of smoke blown up an awful lot of skirts. (more...)

About Continuous Service Delivery

I feel like a spinning top for a dreidel
The spinning don't stop when you leave the cradle...

                                                    From "Dreidel" by Don McClean

Continuous Service Delivery aka CSD:  it's all the buzz in the Oracle Cloud Application circles these days.  It's Oracle's answer to the ever-increasing rate of change (more...)

Getting Ready, Part II

A recent post here, "Getting Ready", was all about getting ready for the Oracle Cloud Applications upgrade from R12 to R13.  Now that the upgrading is underway, I thought it might be a good time to add a bit to the info passed along in that prior post.  I'm thinking a basic bullet list is the best way to get this done, so here we go.

  • Upgrade Readiness  Checklist:  You can find (more...)

Nobody Does Vanilla

I have a granddaughter who loves ice cream.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever...whenever she sits down at the dining table, she asks for ice cream.  Chocolate, Raspberry, Cookies and Creme, Fudge, Neapolitan, Rocky Road...all flavors are good.  Except vanilla.  Put vanilla ice cream in front of the kid and she would refuse to eat it.  Even to the point of shedding tears over the thought of eating vanilla ice cream.  Because nobody does vanilla.

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Testing Latency On The Oracle Cloud

One of the best things about working on the HCM Cloud Center of Excellence team at Oracle is that you learn something new every day.

I recently worked on an inquiry from a customer asking about latency testing: has anyone ever done it and, if so, how did they go about it?  In all honesty, it was a stumper for me.  I had no idea how to respond.  Fortunately, one of the folks on the (more...)

Picking Your Partner

I'm not much for New Year's resolutions.  History shows I just don't keep them.  Take my first New Year's celebration, for example.  My Dad told me I could stay up to ring in the new year if I could put meaning into it by making a resolution.  My resolution was to swear off chocolate cake.  So I rang in the new year with my folks; afterwards, they asked me what I thought of it.  I (more...)

Getting Ready

I don't think it's any big secret that we're getting close to R13 of Oracle Cloud Applications.  We've been talking about it publicly since Oracle OpenWorld 2017.  Having seen R13 up close, I'm very excited to see it come to market.

But, my excitement notwithstanding, I also know that existing customers get a bit antsy in the face of an impending upgrade.  Because preparation for an upgrade is important, and that preparation requires information.  What (more...)

Let’s Build Some Chatbots!

We're hearing quite a bit of buzz about baking Artificial Intelligence ("AI") into enterprise applications.  AI represents a ton of potential for this space, not the least of which is the net evolution in user interface in the form of chatbots.  As I've shared previously in this space, I have a developing infatuation with chatbots.

Chatbots are pretty cool, especially when we're talking about voice-based chatbots.  The idea of getting things done by holding a (more...)

Imagine If You Will – The Oracle HCM Cloud Solution Library

Foreword:  When I was young, I tried like heck to develop a Rod Serling imitation.  I was a big fan of The Twilight Zone series, including the various revivals.  Alas, I was unable to get anywhere close and eventually gave it up.  But I admittedly still love the phrase "Imagine if you will".  So it's cool that I get to use it here.  See?  Work can be fun.

Imagine if you will the opportunity to (more...)

Some Numbers on SaaS

It's money that matters
You know that it's true
It's money that matters
Whatever you do
               --From "It's Money That Matters" by Randy Newman

So we've just gotten through earnings announcements for several SaaS companies, including my own employer (Oracle).  And as the numbers come out, I see lots of different voices interpreting those numbers inaccurately.  Because SaaS has an entirely different business model from that of (more...)