I just came back from the East Coast Oracle User Group conference. Good conference. Lots of solid, technical knowledge being shared. Being there got me to thinking...
Over the past few years, a big concern for people attending conferences is the need to justify their attendance. It's a big deal. And, in my own mine, the only real justification is what you bring back, share and apply post-conference. Let me tell you a story (can (more...)
You had to be hiding under a rock (with no cell or internet service) to miss out on the fact that Oracle was trumpeting cloud messages throughout OpenWorld. Far too much news for one person to track. So I'd like to approach discussing this in a very different way.
Today, I'm simply putting up a link to the best Oracle press release on recent cloud announcements. The release touts the six new platform services for (more...)
Since the prior post here, I've had some people ask why I compared Oracle OpenWorld this year to an avalanche. Well, to be honest, there are two reasons. First, it was certainly an avalanche of news. You can check all the Oracle press releases related to the conference here
(warning: it's pages and pages of information). Second, I'm tired of using the analogy of sipping or drinking from a firehose...time to try something new. (more...)
So I've spent the days since Oracle OpenWorld 14 decompressing...puttering in the garden, BBQing for family, running errands. The idea was to give my mind time to process all the things I saw and heard at OOW this year. Big year - it was like trying to take a sip from a firehose. Developing any clarity around the avalanche of news has been tough.
If you average out all of Oracle's new product development, (more...)
Am I the only one that often tries to make solutions far more difficult than needed? My first approach to any challenge is likely the most complicated thing I could create. For example, I was working on something with Oracle Apex last week. Came up with what I thought was a nifty new feature and started building. After the equivalent of several hundred lines of code, I had something that worked...just not as well (more...)
Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing plenty of information relating to Oracle OpenWorld. Mostly on this blog or via my Twitter account (@fteter). As always, I try to share information in an accurate and a positive way. I'm an Oracle fan, but I always try to balance that with accuracy and honesty. In that spirit, it's important for me to make some disclosures about my attendance at OOW14.
I'm attending on "The King's (more...)
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...)