Further Customer Recordings

Below are a few more live customer recordings covering both TDE and Data Redaction. Here, in just a few minutes, you can see how real customers with scenarios similar to yours are benefiting from Oracle Advanced Security.
  • Infinity Insurance Uses Encryption and Redaction, Sees Zero Impact on Applications and No Performance Degradation (Video | Success Cast)
  • Epsilon Uses TDE to Encrypt Cardholder Data and Redaction to Protect PII (Video 1 | Video (more...)

Adopt-a-JSR for Java EE

Earlier this week, I updated the Worldwide Java User Group Leaders (JUG) on the Adopt-a-JSR program activities for Java EE 8.  There are thirty JUGs participating in Adopt-a-JSR to date, and for the newly approved Java EE 8 JSRs (eight JSRs have been initiated and approved in the last couple of months), there are already thirteen JUGs interested in getting involved in these early stages-- London Java Community, Egypt JUG, Morocco JUG, GUJava SC (Brazil), (more...)

SOA Suite 12c: Problem with slow domain creation

| Nov 21, 2014

We recently heard reports about slow SOA Suite 12c domain creation and slow pack/unpack on Linux platforms.

After some investigation, we found that the reason could be low entropy of the Linux machine.

If you run into a similar issue, check the entropy of your Linux machine with the following command:

$ cat /proc/sys/kernel/random/entropy_avail

Anything less than 500 could cause slow domain creation.

You can use the command rngd to increase the entropy. This command (more...)

Announcing Release Value Propositions for Oracle Retail Enterprise 14.1

Oracle Retail has published Release Value Propositions (RVP) to My Oracle Support addressing the upcoming release of Oracle Retail 14.1 applications. These documents provide an overview of features and enhancements that are planned for Release 14.1 of Oracle Retail. They are intended solely to help retailers and partners assess the business benefits of upgrading to Oracle Retail Release 14.1 and to plan information technology projects and investments. 

Oracle Retail 14.1 Release (more...)

MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.17 has been released

| Nov 21, 2014

We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.17 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few weeks. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

You will find (more...)

Role Customization Best Practices

| Nov 21, 2014

Fusion Applications Functional Architecture has recorded a Customer Connect webinar to discuss Role Customization Best Practices. This webinar covers the basics of the Fusion Applications Reference Implementation of job roles and duty roles, as well as best practices job role customizations and duty role customizations.

Figure 1: Fusion Applications Reference Implementation of Enterprise Roles and Duty Roles

In general, customers are advised to follow these best practices:

  • Always create custom job and abstract roles
  • Use (more...)

Working with PL/SQL in Oracle SQL Developer

Oracle SQL Developer is a tool.

Google Definition of 'tool'

Google Definition of ‘tool’

My general rule for using tools boils down to – if the tool is making it harder to do the job you’re using it for, you’re either ‘doing it wrong’ or you have the wrong tool.

Sorry for the long setup, but I had someone approach me at the DOAG conference in Nuremberg this week with the following request:

I cannot really use your tool (more...)

History Selections (Part 2)

In the last blog we discussed how the history selections you make can effect the size of your Star schema.  Now let's talk about how we make the selections and what they mean.  In P6 go to Projects, then the EPS view.  Right click and choose Project Preferences, and click on Analytics.

Here you will be presented with History Level and History Interval.   History Level is the most important setting here.

Choosing Activity:

-This (more...)

Testing Your EBS Environment After Database Upgrades

Customers often ask, "What should I test after I upgrade my EBS database?" Your environment is, by definition, unique to you, with your own architectural configurations, setup data, and customizations.  You should always concentrate your testing efforts on the areas that may differ from our generic EBS tests.  Until now, our generic common-sense answer has always been, "Test what is important to your business."  

Our Quality Assurance group in EBS (more...)

Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 Released

| Nov 21, 2014


Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.20 has just been released. This maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 improves stability and fixes regressions.

For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.  

- The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

Best of OTN – Week of November 16th

For this Best of we'll focus on a core benefit of being an OTN Member - Oracle Technology Network Community.  Have you taken part in in the Community lately?  Have you asked a question?  Answered a questions?  Engaged in a technical discussion?  If not, make sure to get involved today!  

If you have specific product/technology interest see below -
Don't see your interest area listed? (more...)

Be One of the First WebLogic Server OCPs. Take the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator II Beta Exam (1Z1-134)

Earn Oracle's first Professional-level certification on WebLogic Server - Oracle Certified Professional, Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator. Preparing for this certification gives you the skills to perform advanced system administration tasks in a complex environment and proves fluency in and a solid understanding of Oracle WebLogic Server Administration. With Oracle WebLogic Server 12c being more cloud-ready than ever before, new features like Dynamic Clusters and Elastic JMS make it easier to deploy WLS in a private (more...)

Friday Spotlight: Designing a Robust Oracle VM Deployment Architecture for Storage Repositories

| Nov 21, 2014

Storage is such a fundamental component within an Oracle VM deployment, and there are many factors that go into designing a robust, scalable and low maintenance deployment architecture for your storage repositories. In today's blog, Greg King, Principal Best Practices Consultant from Oracle VM product management team, shares his thought into the way you design and deploy Oracle VM storage repositories to gain maximum flexibility, scalability and recoverability. You can read more here.

Oracle PSRM Self Service v1.1 Service Pack 1 demonstration database is now available

| Nov 21, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Oracle PSRM Self Service demonstration database for PSRMSS v1.1 Service Pack 1 is now available. You may download it from MyOracleSupport using patch ID 18978475.  The download is password protected, please contact Oracle Support if you need to download it.  

 This release of PSRM Self Service demo data includes configuration data for the new PSRMSS v1.1 and PSRM v2.4 features.  The demo data for (more...)

Friday Spotlight: Get The Story Straight From The Source

Happy Friday!

One of the great things about webcasts is that you get to hear directly from Oracle experts and even ask questions about your own environment. They are a great way to get in-depth information straight from the source, especially if you weren’t able to come out to Oracle OpenWorld this year.

Coming up next Tuesday, we have an excellent webcast hosted by Oracle Linux Product Management Director Avi Miller, “Spacewalk and Ksplice: Keep (more...)

Oracle Cloud extended to Industry Vertical solutions

Oracle has a very aggressive plan to build Industry Vertical Solutions on top of its CX Public Cloud (SaaS) products.

Check this YouTube microsite in order to watch mockup demo's of the first vertical add-on's that will be available to industry customers in Consumer Goods, Financial Services, High Tech & Industrial Manufacturing and Communications

Modern Marketing Essentials: Data Management Guide

From cleansing basics to Sci-Fi worthy activation, your data just want to be loved...

No matter what state your marketing data is in, there's always room for improvement and empowerment.

Read the: Modern Marketing Essentials Guide to Data Management

In these pages, you'll find just the right data you need to:

  • Analyze what state your data is in now
  • Discover what potential is just waiting to be (more...)

New Ways To Embrace The Power Of The Crowd

By Nikki Goth Itoi

When Apple announced its new smartwatch this fall, it may well have stolen all the headlines. But this deep-pocketed giant was by no means first to market with a device of this kind. Pebble, a start-up that in 2011 raised a then-record $10.26 million on Kickstarter, was first to market in 2013, a year ahead of Apple. In fact, Pebble was on its second smartwatch, Pebble Steel, when Apple rolled (more...)

Empowering the 21st century sales force

Some top tips for creating a more efficient, effective and successful sales force from Ian Tickle, Vice President, Software as a Service, EMEA, at Oracle. 

It is now old news that the buying habits of your customers have fundamentally changed. We are operating in the era of the empowered customer where, to quote Forrester Research, ‘buyers are more demanding, informed, value sensitive, and have more choices available to them than at any other point (more...)

Upcoming Event: ShipIt in our Mexico Development Center

We're getting ready to run the first ShipIt in our Mexico Development Center (MDC) in Guadalajara on December 10-11th.   Normally, our events have a much bigger lead time, but we wanted to get one under our belt in MDC before the end of the year.  

In case you're not familiar with ShipIts, they're a 24 hour event where you build something.  The purpose is to let your team "scratch an itch" -  (more...)