Bringing Clarity To The Avalanche – Part II, Sneak Peek

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...)

Upgrading PeopleTools with Zero Downtime (3/3)

In the past post, we covered the approach we followed to have both PeopleTools versions running at once. In this post we will cover the issues we faced and how we got around.

Missing Tables

Our approach for identifying tables was not perfect. By examining the traces and logs, we missed some tables that were directly impacted by Application Designer (we did not enable tracing while copying the PeopleTools projects as it would have (more...)

Bringing Clarity To The Avalanche Part 1 – OOW14

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.

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Upgrading PeopleTools with Zero Downtime (2/3)

Continuing with my previous blog entry, the requirement from our customer was to be able to move users back and forth between the old and new PeopleTools releases until the latter was stabilised.

This naturally required both PeopleTools versions to coexist. Now, as you know, you cannot just install the new PeopleTools release binaries and point them to the new release. Each PeopleTools release can only connect to a database for which the PSSTATUS.TOOLSREL (more...)

Jethro List: Data Mover Woes

Ok.  Maybe this is a rant, but Data Mover can sometimes get under my skin!  Some things you just expect to work, and when they don’t, it is very frustrating.

Here’s my problem.  I created this very, very simple data import:


set log C:tempaa_setup_import_FADEV.log;
set input C:tempaa_setup_export_AATST.dat;

replace_data RQ_GRP_SHR_SET;
delete PS_RQ_GRP_TBL where RQRMNT_USEAGE = 'ADV';
import RQ_GRP_TBL where RQRMNT_USEAGE = 'ADV';

It gave me this error:

Importing RQ_GRP_TBL
Error: Syntax error in where  (more...)

Clarity In The Avalanche

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...)

Upgrading PeopleTools with Zero Downtime (1/3)

A few months ago, BNB concluded a PeopleTools upgrade with a quite curious approach. Our customer, a leading Spanish financial institution, had PeopleSoft CRM 8.4 installation running under PeopleTools 8.42. Their CRM application was being used to provide support to their 24x7 call centres, and the only reason they had to perform the PeopleTools upgrade was to be able to update their database and WebLogic releases, as the existing ones were already out (more...)

Error unzipping PeopleSoft Images

The new PUM images are a boon for anyone wanting to get a PeopleSoft instance up and running quickly. Once you’ve downloaded the zip archives however, you might find that the delivered zip file doesn’t work by default for everyone.

The line:

unzip HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA_2of11.zip

gives me the following error:

'unzip' is not recognized as an internal or external command

I’m not sure where the unzip utility is supposed to be from, but it’s not delivered (more...)

OOW14 Update: Oracle OpenWorld 2014 comes to an end

Today was the last day of Oracle OpenWorld 2014 at San Francisco. Even though it started a bit later due to yesterday's Appreciation Event which hosted Aerosmith, Spacehog and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (which I did not attend, but that's a different story), the day was packed with good sessions. I have particularly appreciated the PeopleTools Meet the Experts session, which allowed me to network with Oracle PeopleTools experts and share points of view with (more...)

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First Fluid applications to be delivered for PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 on October 13th


During Oracle OpenWorld 2014 the announcement was made that the first functionalities taking advantage of the new Fluid interface capabilities provided in PeopleTools 8.54 would be made available together with the PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 Update Image 9.

Now, according to My Oracle Support, this image is going to be released on next October 13th. Although you need to have PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.54 to apply these enhancements to (more...)

Good UX – Don’t Leave Home Without It

There was a time when I asserted that User Experience would be a differentiator for Oracle in selling Fusion Applications.  Lots has changed since then, so I think it’s time to change my own thinking.  What’s changed?


  • Oracle has a cloud platform
  • Fusion Applications is now Cloud Application Services
  • We’re seeing well-designed user experiences throughout Oracle’s offerings: Simplified UI in moving into the Applications Unlimited products, and is also evident throughout Oracle’s cloud (more...)

Plea For Tight Messages – OOW14

It’s so easy to lose track of time at Oracle OpenWorld.  I think I’m writing this on Tuesday, but can’t say for sure…

Lots of information being shared here:  incremental development of Simplified UI, a myriad of new cloud services announced (including a very cool Integration Cloud Service), new features for MySQL, new mobile applications for the E-Business Suite, Eloqua services for Higher Education, a visualization-oriented UI for OBIEE (and saw a very cool (more...)

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OOW14 Update: PeopleSoft’s new Delivery Model

Oracle Open World 2014 is a truly storm of information. Not only because of the myriad of sessions and the struggle needed to get from room to another with so many people around, but also due to the clouds, which seem to be everywhere. Ok, that was a really bad joke, but really clouds are omnipresent in Oracle's vocabulary nowadays.

Still, within the storm, I managed to attend some very interesting PeopleSoft sessions. I may (more...)

PeopleSoft and Shellshock

As many will have no doubt heard, there’s a new vulnerability that has been spotted, and there are already exploits for it in the wild.

The vulnerable systems are those running Bash – so Windows machines are safe, it’s just Unix/Linux and MacOSX.

Security Researcher Kasper Lindegaard from Secunia rates this as a bigger issue than the Heartbleed exploit discovered in April this year. “Heartbleed only enabled hackers to extract information, Bash enables hackers to execute (more...)

The Best Question So Far

So I was in a session here at OOW14 on “User Group Sunday” when one of the attendees asked what I consider to be the best question I’ve heard in a long, long time.

If the Oracle Cloud is so wonderful, why haven’t all of Oracle customers moved to it already?

Great, great question.   Goes straight to the heart of one of Oracle’s primary messages.  The answer played out as something close to (more...)

psadmin 8.54

Peoplesotools 8.54 made few changes in the main menu of psadmin. I thought to find easily docs in Peoplebooks PSADMIN utility description, but it’s not really straight away. So, I decided to write it down to keep ref.

Application domain :
Whether there’s still 28 options in the menu, one has been added, one has been removed.

Let’s see first the menu. Left side psadmin menu from Peopletools 8.53, right side Peopletools 8. (more...)

BNB is participating in Oracle OpenWorld.

BNB is taking part in Oracle Open World 2014, the most important event for the Oracle customers, partners and employees ecosystem at a global scale. The event is starting today at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, September 28th and will close on October 2nd.

Up to 50.000 people will attend the event, which will involve more than 2.000 presentations. BNB participates as an Oracle Gold Partner, and we will (more...)