Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 01-OCT-2015



A Surprising Program, from Oracle Database PL/SQL and EBR.

Data Warehouse

DOP Downgrades, or Avoid The Ceiling, from The Data Warehouse Insider blog.



Another Home for Our Stuff

I’m very pleased to announce that our colleague and friend Kathy recently pushed live a page on under the OAUX section, dedicated to our Emerging Technologies team and our work.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Our new home, circa 2015.

Big moment for us. I feel like a made guy.

Don’t worry. This little blog will continue to be our home and stream of consciousness, but now, we have another, more structured home, focused on our projects and thinking.

Like that’s (more...)

An IoT Hackathon in Utrecht

I recently attended a hackaton in Utrecht organized by Laurie Pattison (@lsptahoe) and her team as part of their “Summer of Innovation” series.

The theme was Internet of Things (IoT) and this marked the first time that they organized a hackathon specifically for an outside partner, eProseed. All the previous hackathons were internal Oracle events.  Initially the plan was for us Oracle folks to go over and mentor teams as needed, but later on, (more...)

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 24-SEP-2015


Oracle Data Masking and Subsetting sessions in Open World 2015, from Oracle Data Masking and Subsetting.

Mobile @ Oracle OpenWorld 2015, from The Oracle Mobile Platform Blog.

SOA & Java

Unleash the power of Java API’s on your WLST scripts! from SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.


From The Java Source:

Android Users, You Need Vysor

Despite the amount of iOS and Apple Watch chatter here lately, we still have a dedicated Android user base on the team, including me.

If you read here, you’ll know that projecting an Android device screen to an audience has always been important for us, and usually we have more than one screen to project. Over the years, I’ve used several tools for this BBQScreenAndroid Screen Monitor and lately, Chromecast’s screen mirroring feature, (more...)

Go Flora, Grow! AgTech meets IoT @ Oracle Hackathon

#IoT #Ux #hackathon demo by team Go Flora Grow! ❤️ Plants, sensors, Oracle ADF and Oracle Cloud #agtech at #utrecht.

A photo posted by Oracle Usable Apps (@usableapps) on

More about the Oracle Apps UX Innovation Events IoT Hackathon on the Usable Apps Blog.

Oracle Priority Service Infogram for 17-SEP-2015


OpenWorld is coming up soon, and articles on how to get the most of it are starting to fill the blogosphere. Here’s one from The Data Warehouse Insider: OpenWorld 2015 on your smartphone and tablet.


SE2 - Some questions, some answers ..., from Upgrade your Database – NOW!

Celebrating 5 Years in Oracle’s Mexico Development Center

Editor’s note: If you read here, you might recall that we have dos hermanos en Guadalajara, Luis (@lsgaleana) y Osvaldo (@vaini11a). Last month, the Mexico Development Center (MDC) celebrated its fifth anniversary. Here’s to many more. Reposted from VoX.

By Sarahi Mireles, (@sarahimireles), Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps)

As you may know, Oracle has a couple Development Centers around the globe, and one of them is in Guadalajara, (more...)

SoapUI: change the location of your user home

At my current customer I use a company supplied laptop. In the office, when I logon I get connected to a Home Folder on a network drive. SoapUI stores it's default workspace in the root of that folder, based on Windows settings.

At home I connect using VPN and somehow this Home Folder is unreachable. Very inconvenient, because with every restart I need to open/import my projects again.

As with the increase of the heap (more...)

SoapUI: increase memory settings

I have some testcases to run a complex of OSB services that processes documents in a content server.
Using a customization file I changed the endpoints of the content server's webservices to mock-services in SoapUI.

In these testcases I kick-off the OSB services, and in successive MockResponse-teststeps I try to catch the service-requests of OSB. This enables me to set assertions on the messages that OSB sends out to the content server, and thus validate the (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 09-SEP-2015


Database Insider - September 2015 issue now available, from Exadata Partner Community EMEA.

Some good posts this week over at Update your Database – NOW!

Reducing Friction with Amazon Prime Now

A couple days after Noel (@noelportugal) wrote about reducing user friction, I got a chance to try one of Amazon’s latest friction-reducing services, Amazon Prime Now.

The likes of Webvan pioneered grocery delivery back in the dot com days, and fun fact, Amazon owns and continues to operate what is left of Webvan. In those halcyon days, I used Webvan quite a bit. Sounds a bit silly, but being able to order groceries (more...)

The Basis Peak: Take a #selfie. See How Exercise Changes You

Editor’s Note: Reposted from Ultan’s (@ultan) Tumblr, a great read. Ultan knows his fitness (and fashion), so his rousing endorsement of the Peak is legit. Read my impressions of the Basis Peak for more. Since I wore it last, Basis has updated the watch’s firmware to add some pretty cool features. Enjoy.

“You’ve been running! Take a selfie, see how exercise changes you!” I smile when that message pops into (more...)

The Basis Peak: Take a #selfie, see how exercise changes you

You’ve been running! Take a selfie, see how exercise changes you!” I smile when that message it pops into the notifications list on my Android smartphone when using the Basis Peak. All part of what endears me to using it even more to track my activity and sleep patterns.


The “smile-o-meter” approach of the Basis Peak Photo Finish feature is a great mix of the analog and digital, leveraging well-familiar smart phone functionality to (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 03-SEP-2015



SQL Developer

Scripting Oracle

From Digit to Digital: Scriba Innovation & UX Hands-On

I recently met up with David Craig (@davidhcraig) of Dublin Design Studio, the main man behind the Scriba stylus in the CHQ Building in Dublin for a chat about the Scriba (@getscriba) user experience (UX), innovation in Ireland, and other interests in common (turns out he’s a serious triathlete). Disclosure: I am a backer of Scriba on Kickstarter.

IMHO, the term “iPen” might soon (at time of writing) (more...)

Four Weeks with the Garmin Vivosmart

The Year of Data continues for me, and yesterday, I finished a four-week relationship with the Garmin Vivosmart.

I use relationship purposefully here because if you use a wearable to track fitness and sleep, you’re wearing it a lot, and it actually becomes a little friend (or enemy) that’s almost always with you. Wearables are very personal devices.

If you’re scoring at home, 2015 has gone thusly for me:

Reducing User Friction

A few nights ago a Domino’s Pizza commercial got my attention. It is called “Sarah Loves Emoji.”

At the end the fictional character Sarah finishes by simply saying “only Domino’s gets me.” The idea of texting an emoji, tweeting, using a Smart TV, or a smartwatch to automagically order pizza fascinates me. What Domino’s is attempting to do here is to reduce user friction, which is defined as anything that prevents a user from (more...)

Set environment properties in SoapUI (freeware) – Revised

Last july I wrote about setting environment depended properties in SoapUI. I'm looking for the best way to make SoapUI testcases environment independend and to make it easy to switch between target environments.

In that article I suggested to create a set of properties with the actual working values on project level to be refered in the endpoint urls (hostname:port + URI), username/passwords and so on. And per environment a distinct set of the (more...)

Oracle Priority Support Infogram for 27-AUG-2015


Migration IBM AIX ==> SPARC Solaris with Data Guard, from Upgrade your Database - NOW!

Coding Oracle