HEUG Alliance 2019

With the HEUG Alliance 2019 conference starting in a few weeks, it is time to finalize our session schedules. Reviewing the agenda, I see many great education sessions from partners such as Presence of IT, SpearMCAppsian, and Mutara Inc as well as many, many customer sessions covering important topics including security, user experience, integration, tools, add-on products and so on. This is clearly an Alliance we don't want to miss! On (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...)

Create Databases from Automatic Daily Backups – New Feature – Jan 2019 – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

New Feature - Create Databases from Automatic Daily Backups
Services : Block Volume
Release Month : Jan 2019

Automatic Daily Backup feature lets you to create automated backups of OCI DB System Databases on a daily basis. With this feature you can now create a new system out of the automated daily backups.

Here is a DB System in OCI that is created and you can see there is a Automated Backup Running













Once the (more...)

In-transit encryption for boot and block volumes – New Feature – Jan 2019 – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

New Feature : In-transit encryption for boot and block volumes
Services : Block Volume
Release Month : Jan 2019

Data is often considered less secured when in movement. It could be across two servers , two data center , between two services, between cloud and on-premise or between two cloud providers. Wherever data is in moving , data protection methods should be implemented for in transit data that are critical. While organization care more about (more...)

Consistent device paths for block volumes – New Feature – Jan 2019 – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

New Feature : Consistent device paths for block volumes
Services : Block Volume
Release Date : Jan 2019

With this feature you can now select a device path that will remain consistent between instance reboots. though this is an optional feature it is recommended to use the device path as you can refer to the volumes when create partitions , creating file systems , mounting file system , you can also specify this option in (more...)

Dialog and Popup Parameters

If you have implemented or reviewed Fluid self-service, you may have noticed all inline editable grids have been replaced with read-only "actionable" grids. Oracle's PeopleSoft Fluid UX Standards discourage the use of inline editable grids in favor of secondary modal popup pages. Sasank recently showed us how to implement actionable grid rows, the primary self-service replacement for inline editable grids. With the row action indicator approach, each row presents a read-only summary, with details (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...)

Security: The PeopleSoft Social Threat Vector

In the old Mission Impossible television series from the '60s and '70s, a team of expert agents socially engineer an incredible swindle to catch a bad guy, elicit a confession, release a hostage, etc. These deceptions often included room reconstructions, elaborate disguises, rerouted telephone calls, fake news broadcasts, etc. The con had to be so good the prey had no clue. If it weren't for the regular cut-aways to "reality," viewers wouldn't be able to (more...)

One stone – 2 birds

We are upgrading Oracle Apex behind our hr/payroll popay.net solution, and in the mean time we are looking into minimizing network bandwidth.  The last years we were rolling out many modules within popay.net, like learning, performance management, time management, etc. That focus left us on an older version of Apex. Now time to go to Apex 18.. Our solution uses a few Apex plugins. One is a

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...)

Steal Percentage on the Virtual Machine

Recently have been working with a customer who was running high workload on virtual machine. After a complete review , DBAs have identified the database is running non optimized codes/sql/programs. During high peak load we observed very high Steal %

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In a virtual environment, CPU cycles are shared across virtual machines on the server. If your virtual machine displays a high %st in top (steal time), this means CPU cycles are being taken away from (more...)

ADOPValidations EBS 12.2

ADOPValidations_detailed.log reported a warning message for one of the critical error "Cross Reference"

ValidateFSConfigFilesForCrossRef:
        [WARNING]: Found invalid cross references in FS config files.

cross reference is nothing but having incorrect values in the context file of EBS 12.2

for example : run file system context file having path of patch file system 


$ echo $CONTEXT_FILE
/prod/inst/fs1/inst/apps/PROD_node1/appl/admin/PROD_node1.xml

$ grep -i fs2 /prod/inst/fs1/inst/apps/PROD_node1/appl/admin/PROD_node1.xml
          (more...)

Golden Gate moving from Classic to Integrated

Golden Gate moving from Classic to Integrated was an option taken in one of our project to have better performance. A lot of effort was put to convert all the extract and replicate to Integrated mode and some optimization parameters were used but still there were not a significant performance improvement.

Then I took a different route to examine the AWR and ASH for the replicate processes. Wow our friend INDEXES. Since we were dealing (more...)

Canada Alliance 2018

Calling all Canadian Higher Education and Government customers! Canada Alliance is next month and boasts a great lineup of speakers and sessions. JSMPROS will host two pre-conference workshops Monday prior to the main conference. Please bring a laptop if you wish to participate. Please note: space is limited.

  • Configure, Don't Customize! PeopleSoft Page and Field Configurator Monday, November 12 from 10:00 AM–12:30 PM in Coast Hotel: Acadia Room
  • Advanced Query Monday, November 12 from 1:30 (more...)

Alliance Down Under 2018 Workshops

Today marks the 30 day countdown to Alliance Down Under, an incredible opportunity for Oracle customers to network, share experiences, and learn more about Oracle products. On Monday and Tuesday, November 5 - 6, I am partnering with Presence of IT to deliver several pre-conference workshops at Alliance Down Under. For more details and to register, please visit the Alliance Down Under pre-conference workshop page. Workshops available:

  • Building better-than-breadcrumbs navigation
  • Configure, Don’t Customize! Event Mapping (more...)

Live Three-day Fluid Training Event in Seattle Dec 4

Are you interested in learning PeopleTools Fluid? Have you already taken a Fluid training course, but still don't feel comfortable with Fluid? Please join us in beautiful downtown Seattle from December 4th through the 6th to learn all about PeopleTools Fluid. Our curriculum starts with Fluid navigation, works its way into Fluid page construction, and finishes with advanced topics such as site-specific CSS3, JavaScript, and event mapping. This course is packed with best practices and (more...)

Adding a Tablespace to a PUM

Somehow I misplaced or mistyped the SYS password on the last PUM install that I did. I learned a few things as a result…

Oracle is using Container Database technology. It made things a little challenging.

I should have been able to connect with:

sqlplus SYS@HR92U092 as sysdba

Inspecting the environment, it looks like the database name is CDHCM.

[oracle2@ps ~]$ ps -ef | grep pmon
oracle2   3691     1  0 Sep26 ?        00:00:40 ora_pmon_CDBHCM
oracle2  32310  (more...)

OpenWorld 2018

With just over a month until OpenWorld, it is time to finalize travel reservations and surf the content catalog. As always, the session catalog is loaded with great sessions from all of our favorite presenters: psadmin.io, Presence of IT, SpearMC, Cedar UK (Graham Smith), Oracle, Smart ERP and so on. I am definitely looking forward to hearing from customers and partners at the panel sessions on this year's agenda. If you have room on (more...)