Why you don’t want to set _partition_large_extents = FALSE

I've seen some blogs recommending that _partition_large_extents be set to FALSE for a variety of space conserving reasons without the authors thinking about the negative impact this is going to have on Smart Scan. Large Extents cause an INITIAL allocation of 8 MB and a NEXT allocation of 1 MB and they have been the default for table spaces on Exadata since You can verify that large extents are in use by (more...)

Java FX usage tracing on SQL Developer

I hope it is well known by now that part of SQL Developer is implemented in JavaFX

» Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1 is Now Available

it requires Java FX

I tried tracing SQL Developer for JavaFX and got the result below.
I hope this gives some ideas what JavaFX is.

$ JAVA_TOOL_OPTIONS="-Dprism.forceGPU=true -Dprism.verbose=true" /c/c/sqldeveloper.41/sqldeveloper.exe
Prism pipeline init order: d3d sw
Using native-based Pisces rasterizer
Using dirty region optimizations
Not  (more...)

PL/SQL Challenge Website Joining Oracle!

When I (re)joined Oracle in March 2014, the PL/SQL Challenge website was also acquired by Oracle. I'd been thinking that in a few months or so, we'd have it up and running on an Oracle server, re-branded with lots of red.

But then, well, I got kind of busy with all sorts of other stuff. My bad.

But I am very happy to announce that over the coming weekend (13-14 June)PL/SQL Challenge will (more...)

Jump-start Your Knowledge – MySQL Enterprise Edition Webinar

Are you aware of all the latest features included in MySQL Enterprise Edition? Oracle continues to make significant investments in MySQL in order to drive MySQL innovation.

Topics covered:

  • MySQL Enterprise Management Tools:
    • MySQL Enterprise Monitor
    • Enterprise Query Analyzer
    • Workbench Enterprise Edition
    • Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL – NEW!
  • MySQL Enterprise Advanced Features:
    • MySQL Enterprise Scalability
    • MySQL Enterprise Firewall – NEW!
    • MySQL Enterprise Security
    • MySQL Enterprise Audit
    • MySQL Enterprise High Availability
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Productivity Means Knowing Your Employees

| Jun 10, 2015

By Andy Campbell

We all know bad people management is a problem, but we’re only now becoming aware just how big a problem. Not only does it affect the fortunes of employees and the companies they work for; it also adversely impacts national productivity. A 20 year investigation  by the London School of Economics cited poor management (along with low investment and poor intermediate skills) as one of the key reasons why productivity in the (more...)

Zero Copy I/O Aggregation

One of my favorite feature of ZFS is the I/O aggregation done in the final stage of issuing I/Os to devices. In this article, I explain in more detail what this feature is and how we recently improved it with a new zero copy feature.

It is well known that ZFS is a Copy-on-Write storage technology. That doesn't meant that we constantly copy data from disk to disk. More to the point it means that (more...)

Partner Webcast – Oracle Database 12c: Application Express 5.0 for Cloud development

Application Express enables you to design, develop and deploy beautiful, responsive, database-driven applications using only your web browser. Join us as we re-introduce you to a brand new APEX 5.0 on the industry's #1 Oracle database 12c and find out how you can leverage this database tool equally well on the cloud, on you server, and your laptop.


  • Oracle Application Express Introduction
  • Product Components of Application Express
  • Application Express 5.0 New Features (more...)

Patching Best Practice Presentation

Here's an updated version of patching best practice presentation, PatchingBestPractice.pdf

You can still find more verbose earlier versions in prior postings.

Best Wishes,


OTM Cloud Webcast Series Continued

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Next Oracle ‘In Touch’ PartnerCast on Digital Transformation – Register Today!

Dear Partners, 

Have you already registered for the forthcoming Oracle ‘In Touch’ PartnerCast that is airing Wednesday 1st July 2015 at 10:30am UK/11:30am CET? If not, we’d like to invite you to register below. Your host, David Callaghan, Senior VP Oracle EMEA Alliances & Channels, and co-presenters Jean-Marc Gottero,VP for Cloud, and Alistair Hopkins, VP for Sales & Strategy of Oracle Technology Solutions, guarantee to spark a gripping discussion!

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News for Oracle HRMS (Japanese) Users: ‘My Number Act’

Are you wondering how Oracle HRMS (Japanese) will address the new 'My Number Act’?  Read on!

As per the new Japanese legislation, a new ID number system is required to be used in administrative procedures in Japan. The so-called ‘My Number Act’ is scheduled to be launched in January 2016. Japan will start assigning numbers to its citizens in October 2015.

This new ID number system will have some impact on Oracle's Japanese Human (more...)

New Enterprise Manager Release Allows Customers to Manage Their Hybrid Cloud from a Single Interface

Oracle is today announcing Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 5, which simplifies the journey to the cloud.  For the first time, you will be able to manage your hybrid cloud as one, from a single pane of glass.

According to a recent Computerworld survey, cloud consumers are struggling with security issues, integration headaches and performance concerns in public and hybrid cloud environments.

The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager addresses these concerns through new (more...)

Intelligent BPM Systems with Oracle BPM Suite 12c – Available On Demand

Intelligent BPM systems automate both structured and unstructured business processes and improves business operations. It is a unified and comprehensive solution for modeling, analyzing, executing, and optimizing business processes across divisions, systems, and applications. Oracle BPM Suite 12c helps create intelligent business processes.

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Developer Cloud Service: Develop, Collaborate & Deploy in the Cloud


A Platform as a Service Development Environment for the Enterprise.

Simplify development with an automatically provisioned development platform that supports the complete development lifecycle.

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Specializations Catalog updates – June

The latest Specializations Catalog offers a great overview of all qualifying specializations. Headlines include: Oracle SOA Suite 12c available; criteria announced for Oracle Field Service Cloud Service; and criteria changes for Oracle Sales Cloud: Oracle Fusion CRM Cloud Service.

Oracle Commerce Cloud Service: EMEA partner workshop – June 23-25

Commerce Cloud – a new flexible and scalable SaaS solution built for the Oracle Public Cloud – adds a key new piece to the rich Oracle Customer Experience (CX) applications portfolio. Built with the latest commerce technology, Oracle Commerce Cloud is designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth, while simplifying IT management and reducing costs. Join us in Amsterdam June 23-25 and learn more!

Oracle OpenWorld + JavaOne 2015 – Latest updates June 10

Oracle has selected the best, most innovative sessions for Oracle OpenWorld 2015. How will you customize your schedule? Early Bird registration is now open through August 16.

Oracle Cloud Marketplace headlines – Week ending June 5

ClearStar Pre-Employment background and drug screening now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace – Read mor

Criteria Updates for RAC 12c!

Review the latest updates for the RAC 12c competency criteria. It is now it's easier to become specialized in RAC 12c with the decrease in number for Implementation Specialists needed. Learn more!

Three Reasons To Test Drive Our Cloud

Oracle’s Software in Silicon Cloud is available FREE OF CHARGE to our OPN partners for a test drive. We think you should find out why three OPN partners think Software in Silicon Valley is the best thing since sliced bread!