Your New Favourite Band? Watch Straps Are Smart Too

At last wearable technology makers are getting it: The fashion or style dimension of wearable tech (or #fashtech) is critical to user acceptance and market success. 

They’re all at it now, hiring fashionistas left, right, and center to consult on, design, and wear their wearables. The hot wearabletech space at the moment is, of course, smartwatches with seemingly everyone offering a device (Swiss Army?) while now considering impact of how fashionable (more...)

Wearable Tech: Haptic Heartbeat UX

We know that user experience (UX) is increasingly an emotional concept and we need to design accordingly

UX is about how people feel about using applications. User experience design also enables us to express emotion too: Just look at the growth in popularity of emoji for example.

Here’s another emotional design feature I like: the Digital Touch capability on the Apple Watch that lets you share your own very heartbeat with another Apple Watch (more...)

XA Transactions with SOASuite JMS Adapter

JMS is perfect for setting transaction boundaries and in OSB it is pretty clear on how JMS transactions are handled. However in SOASuite using the JMS adapter by default the SOA Infrastructure is handling your JMS transactions, messages are removed from the queue rightaway because the Get's are Auto-acknowledged. If something fails, you would expect that messages are rolledback to the JMS queue and eventually moved to the error queue. But, by default, not with (more...)

Exten your

Use external property file in WLST

I frequently create a wlst script, that needs properties. Not so exciting, but how to do that in a convenient way, and how to detect in a clean way that properties aren't set?

You could read a property file like described here. The basics are to use in fact Java to create a properties object and a FileInputStream to read it:
#Script to load properties file.

from java.io import File
from java.io import (more...)

Install Oracle Real-Time Integration Business Insight

Yes, Oracle FMW Integration Insight is available, as I wrote in an earlier post. You can download it here.
But of course we're very curious on how to install it. Do I have to unzip it into my FMW_HOME? Is there a nice Oracle Installer that I can run silently? No, none of that: it comes as a set of OPatch patches on SOASuite 12.2.1:
  1. p22189824_122100_Generic.zip: OPatch containing Oracle Real-Time Integration Business (more...)

Auto DDL: delete obsolete columns from table

A quick one. In the past I used to generate ddl based on queries, like the following. But I find myself to re-invent them again. So to have it saved for my offspring: here's one on deleting obsolete columns as generated on importing an excel sheet in SQLDeveloper:


declare
l_schema_name varchar2(30) := 'MY_SCHEMA';
l_table_name varchar2(30) := 'A_TABLE';
cursor c_cols is
select column_name
from all_tab_columns col
where col.table_name = l_table_name
and col.owner = l_schema_name
(more...)

Real-Time Integration Business Insight Available

To day Real-Time Integration Business Insight is available. I wrote about it in my summary of the OPN FMW Community forum. I hope I can get into it in the near future.

Enable Process Analytics in BPM12c

To be able to use BAM12c together with BPM12c, you'll need to enable process analytics. This means that only when that is enabled BAM12c will write the sample data to the proces cubes/star schema.

To do so you'll need to go to the enterprise manager (eg. http://darlin-vce-db:7001/em). Then open up the System MBean Browser. This can be started from the soa-infra:

And than from the SOA Infrastructure -> Administration -> System MBean Browser:


However, you (more...)

BAM 12c: Extent Data objects

BAM 12c is a huge improvement against 11g. Best thing I think is that it is quite a lot easier to create a dashboard. There are several tutorials on BAM, for instance at the BAM12c site, so I'm not going to explain how to create a dashboard here.

One thing however on business queries: the examples mostly start with a BPM process and then query from the Process of Activity Data Object as created (more...)

Unable to logon to BPM Workspace

Yesterday I tried to test a demo bpm process with a few tasks. But I couldn't logon to the workspace. I couln't find an error, except for:

<[ServletContext@452818297[app:OracleBPMWorkspace module:/bpm/workspace path:null spec-version:3.1]] Servlet failed with an Exception java.lang.IllegalStateException: Response already committed

I tried several optional solutions, like setting the listen-address, that did not work. What solved the issue was setting the ServerURL in the System MBean browser of the soa-infra.
To do so (more...)

Digital natives still yearn for an analogue life – FT.com

Digital natives still yearn for an analogue life - FT.com:

Vinyl record sales increased by more than 50 per cent last year, writes Stephen Witt

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozrbIskgyDY)



(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozrbIskgyDY)

Oracle as the new IBM — has a long decline started?

When I find myself making the same observation fairly frequently, that’s a good impetus to write a post based on it. And so this post is based on the thought that there are many analogies between:

  • Oracle and the Oracle DBMS.
  • IBM and the IBM mainframe.

And when you look at things that way, Oracle seems to be swimming against the tide.

Drilling down, there are basically three things that can seriously threaten Oracle’s market (more...)

Basis Goes Social: Bragging Rights Baby!

I love the new social side of the Basis fitness and sleep tracker. I’ve already documented by device setup travails earlier and how I was eventually rewarded for my efforts.

At the time, I and other QS heads rather smugly enjoyed the lack of social media sharing capability. After all, it’s quantified “self.“ Self. Got it?

Yet, I admit I was a fan of fitness selfies and sharing them on social media. So, after (more...)

Fashtech Update: Vector Watch Rocks Fashion, Form and Function

The Vector Watch is a British design, with development and product offices in Bucharest and Palo Alto. It looks awesome, something that can be worn by the most fashionable people around, and packs a mighty user experience. 

The sophisticated, stylish appearance of the watch screams quality. Perhaps this is the qualitative self to match the quantitative side of our sense of well-being, but regardless, the Vector Watch tells us that wearable tech is coming (more...)

Glance Across Time

Seems like Queen Elizabeth I may have been they wearable tech pioneer of sorts, as alluded to by Chris  Horn (@chrisjhorn) in his Irish Times article, History of wearable devices links watches and Fitbit range. That this innovative device was a clock, or watch should come as no surprise. Timekeeping devices have been evolving for milenia, and the story of the wristwatch is fascinating.

Where better to explore glanceable UIs now the UX du jour (more...)

The Infogram is Moving!

See us at our new site: Oracle Priority Support Infogram.

Readings in Database Systems

Mike Stonebraker and Larry Ellison have numerous things in common. If nothing else:

  • They’re both titanic figures in the database industry.
  • They both gave me testimonials on the home page of my business website.
  • They both have been known to use the present tense when the future tense would be more accurate. :)

I mention the latter because there’s a new edition of Readings in Database Systems, aka the Red Book, available online, courtesy of (more...)

Transitioning to the cloud(s)

There’s a lot of talk these days about transitioning to the cloud, by IT customers and vendors alike. Of course, I have thoughts on the subject, some of which are below.

1. The economies of scale of not running your own data centers are real. That’s the kind of non-core activity almost all enterprises should outsource. Of course, those considerations taken alone argue equally for true cloud, co-location or SaaS (Software as a Service).

2. (more...)