Bronchitis. I catch it a lot. Rotten experience. It's like an invisible elephant is sitting on your chest. And the drugs are mind-numbing. Got it now. Shivering under a blanket in 90 degree weather. But, it'll pass. And, in the meantime, if I write something weird...well, let's blame it on the drugs, OK?
Had a chat with a dear old friend this week. Middle-manager for a Fortune 500 corporation. Big Oracle customer. Lots of (more...)
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Stitching matters. Stitching holds disparate components and materials together in a form something close to what we had in mind as a solution to a problem. Could be clothes. Could be wicker baskets. In the tech world, stitching things together typically involves integrating components or services together into a unified solution. And it matters. A lot.
I have a few applications on my mobile platforms that rely on integrated (more...)
As we continue to see more inroads made by cloud and SaaS technology, I have to admit to a downside...what can I work with in my local lab.
My local lab consists of two iMacs, an Apple Airbook, several arrays of 1-TB external hard drives from OWC, and a serious effort in leveraging virtual machines (I'm personally a VMware fan). It wasn't too long ago that I could run most Oracle technology on my (more...)
I'm hanging out in the middle of nowhere this week...Fort Riley, Kansas. Here to visit my granddaughters. Which means I'm missing ODTUG's KScope14 conference. Missed the OAUG/Quest/IOUG Collaborate14 this year as well. Will also be absent at OAUG's ConnectionPoint14 in Pittsburgh. Will be missing a few others that are usually on my calendar as well (But I made it to UTOUG Training Days, Alliance14, and the MidAtlantic HEUG conference - will also make it (more...)
So now that we've heard the Oracle FY14 Q4 financial results, what did we learn? Most noticeably, Oracle continues to be a company in transition...and that transition is beginning to take hold. Changing a company and an ecosystem as large as Oracle's is like turning a battleship...it takes time. But we have some pretty clear evidence that the battleship is turning.
Let's look at the numbers for a minute. Oracle's SaaS and PaaS (more...)
I've been in the software business a long time now...I can remember from first-hand experience how things were done 15 and 20 years ago. It seems like one of the biggest changes from then to now comes in our approach to "Fit Gap".
Fit Gap sessions are part of most packaged application implementations approaches. The idea is to compare user requirements with software functionality in order to see how well the software "fits" with (more...)
There’s no time to kill between the cradle and the grave
Father Time still takes a toll on every minute that you save
Legal tenders never gonna change the number of your days
The highest cost of livin’s dyin’, that’s one everybody pays
So have it spent before you get the bill, there’s no time to kill
Seems to be quite a bit of buzz in the enterprise software user community these days about moving forward. Budgets have loosened up, users want better experiences, in-house IT providers want to reduce maintenance and infrastructure investments, C-level officers want better and more timely information on strategic initiatives, and everybody wants to be agile (even though there are multiple visions of agile, we all want it). So it seems the big question lately is "how (more...)
And I feel like I've been here before
Feel like I've been here before --From "Deja Vu" by Crosby, Stills & Nash
As I write this, I'm sitting in my hotel room resting up from another day at Alliance. Sore feet, sore back, great conference. I'm also having a Deja Vu experience: Oracle made some product announcements here that hearken back to the early days of (more...)
So I'm hanging with the Higher Education User Group
this week in Las Vegas; Alliance 2014
. It's been a year or so since I've gotten to Alliance, so it's pretty cool to be back here. I'm also excited in general about working with Higher Education customers. I've only been here for a day so far, but I've noticed some very obvious things already:
- The people here are almost desperate to provide their students with a (more...)
A few months ago, I announced my resignation from EiS Technologies ("A Crazy Game Of Poker"). Another one of those leaps of faith - agreeing to part months ahead of time, not quite knowing where I was going next. It's a great approach to parting ways with an employer if all parties can step up to behaving like grown-ups. It gives the employer time to find and train a replacement as well as picking your (more...)
Something cool happened today…something extremely cool. Xprtly was released into public beta.
What in the heck is Xprtly? The best way to describe it is a cloud-based support platform, with a mobile application and a web interface for administration. The idea is to connect users with support personnel who can respond to issues as they arise. Xprtly also allows for data collection of both user and support personnel behavior, plus analytics (more...)