Global startup map

Global startup map

Following the several indexes on startups and innovation I’ve been following last period I found an interesting map of startups. Startupblink offers a world map of the startup ecosystem. You can use the startup map to zoom, filter etc the startups in your neighborhood. Besides a map of startups, it offers information on other related entities such as co-working spaces, accelerators, startups organizations, tech reporters and much more…

You can read an (more...)

Performance testing at

Performance testing at

On Monday October 12th Rob de Groot and Chris Kramer of the test automation team and development process innovation team will present on performance testing at The presentation is for the Dutch Web Performance & Operations Meetup, as a pre-event for the WebPerfDays.

Rob and Chris will elaborate on how performance testing evolved at and show how modern tooling like Docker and Mayfly (more...)

Use SOAP-UI to correlate messages

At a project where I work I had an issue. Messages are put on a queue with the help of SOAP-UI and HermesJMS. The response message is put by the OSB on a separate response queue. In the request message there is a correlationID defined. I want that SOAP-UI checks the correlationID in the response message so that this does match the correlationID in the request message.

This is what I did to accomplish it:


Finding billion dollar startups in Europe

Finding billion dollar startups in Europe

The WSJ billion dollar startup club

The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones VentureSource are tracking venture-backed private companies valued at $1 billion or more. This group of companies is called the billion dollar club.

The infographic created by the WSJ can be used to track how the membership of this club evolves and what the valuation of these companies individual and as a group is. In line with (more...)

Lot’s Wife

Lot's Wife
by Anna Akhmatova
an interpretive translation by Greg Pavlik
The righteous Lot heard the voice of God
As if coming from the distant and black mountains.
But his wife,
She saw what was until yesterday her blessing.
Under the beautiful spires of Sodom,
Where she sang spinning cloth -
The empty window of the room,
In which her children were born.
She looked – and her pain died with her,
For she could (more...)

UKOUG – Everything between the database and the applications

I'm not technical, or rather I don't actually do technical, but I understand it and more importantly in my role, I know its business value.

IT moves quickly, and in this area of development, apps server, middleware and technology for Cloud, the rate of change has been phenomenal. We need to keep up with this change and understand what it means.

We have a fantastic event for you on 6th October in the Oracle Offices (more...)

OOW2015 – Back By Popular Demand – More Than Another 12 on Oracle Database 12c

Every year usergroups get a number of sessions they are responsible for on User Group Sunday, EOUC which represents around a third of Oracle's customers gets just 12 sessions.
To try and include as many amazing EMEA speakers as possible last year we had 12 short talks on 12c and it was a great success, so we are doing it again this year, and yes we will start with Jonathan Lewis again, he sets the (more...)

Kicking Off Oracle Open World 2015 – Not to be missed

People moan about having the last session of an event, or first thing the morning after the party, I've had both many times, but this year at #OOW2015 I have the first session on the Sunday!

Forming Your Future: Upgrade/Migration to Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud [UGF3179]

Learn how Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud can influence your future plans for ERP and inform you how to prioritize and decide upgrade and migration activities. Should (more...)

Building OpenAM with Maven (Quick Note)

Just a quick note from my past self to my future self …

Set up:
Apple MacBook Pro (Late 2013)
2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 Mhz

java version “1.8.0_51”
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_51-b16)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.51-b03, mixed mode)

mvn -version
Apache Maven 3.3.3

Check out from the trunk:
svn co

Set the Maven Environment Variables:

VUCA – Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity

VUCA – Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity

Recognising that change is the only constant, shows us the path to VUCA. VUCA is the acronym for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. VUCA stems from military vocabulary and has been emerging in ideas on strategic leadership. The 4 elements of VUCA offer a context in which organisations view their current and future state. On a strategic level who isn’t interested in preparing for a volatile, uncertain, complex (more...)

Thank you Certus for a Great Year

Last week I celebrated a year at Certus. They gave me a lovely press release to welcome me in 2014 and this is a good time to see what we, Certus have achieved.

I did this at the six month point, and the last paragraph said "Certus is the leading HCM Cloud implementer in the UK and wants to move towards that in ERP. I want to be part of that journey and (more...)

Sharing HCM Cloud Project Plans Effectively

One thing that’s different in the world of Oracle HCM Cloud is that there are more, quicker projects than in the ‘old world’. Instead of an 18-month upgrade we have shorter initial implementations, often with a smaller scope, and then return for subsequent phases where extra modules are added. Frequently these are fixed price projects too. A result of this is that the projects have to be much more tightly controlled.

In the ‘old world’ the (more...)

Another interesting week for studying organisational culture

Another interesting week for studying organisational culture

As expected reactions, stories and initiatives didn’t halt just a week after the NY Times published: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. This was just the beginning of an interesting study of the culture of high demanding organisations.

Julia Cheiffetz - studying organisational cultureLast days I was moved and impressed by Julia Cheiffetz story. The Executive Editor at HarperCollins Publishers wrote about here experience at Amazon: I Had a Baby (more...)

Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2015

Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2015

The data presented by Digital Evolution Index seems supported by data from the European Commission. The EU defined a Digital Economy and Society Index to support and measure progress on the digital agenda for Europe:

The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) is a composite index that summarises relevant indicators on Europe’s digital performance and tracks the evolution of EU member states in digital competitiveness.

The Digital (more...)

Digital Evolution Index shows Western Europe is stalling

Digital Evolution Index shows Western Europe is stalling

Earlier this year The Fletcher School published the Digital Evolution Index. The Digital Evolution Index analyses the key underlying drivers and barriers that govern a country’s evolution into a digital economy:

  • Demand – including consumer behaviours and trends, financial and Internet and social media savviness.
  • Supply – including access, fulfilment, and transactions infrastructure.
  • Institutional Environment – including government effectiveness and its role in business, laws and regulations (more...)

Theory of constraints

Theory of constraints

The Goal - Theory of ConstraintsThink it was back in 1993 I first read The Goal by Eliyahu Moshe Goldratt. The book was one of the first and most notable in the genre of business novels. The book – The Goal – introduces the theory of constraints (TOC) process for improving organisations. The book is set in a manufacturing company. However the book provides the context for a more generic approach to continuous improvement.

Theory of constraints


2015 LAOTN – Machu Picchu – OMG I Nearly killed Tim

Like I said, I love travel and to appreciate it, you have to make the most of the opportunities.

When I was considering the LAOTN tours, Tim Hall asked me if I was up for a trip to Machu Picchu. A few years back others had made the trip and I was envious, Ronald and Cindy Bradford had been and Tim's Dad, Graham Wood after another tour, so we had help with ideas.

I (more...)

OpenAM: Forcing user to reset password on next login.


A very common use case, when implementing ForgeRock’s OpenAM, is forcing a user to reset their password the next time they login. Seems easy enough right? … next time a particular user authenticates in they should be prompted to change their password before continuing on to the resource (web page) that they had originally requested.

The documentation does mention a setting, in section 8.3, to enable this:

Force Change Password on Next (more...)

2015 LAOTN – Summary – Was it Worth it?

I am often asked if the ACE tours are worthwhile? Are the numbers high enough? Is it good value for money?

Don’t judge them as individual events, think about what they are trying to achieve and look back at them.

I have done 4 Latin America tours and I can only say, yes they are worthwhile.
The numbers have increased over the years and the level of local participation is what I really like, more (more...)


Lima was the last stop, and what although Tim and I who had been at every event on the tour were tired, we were spurred on my the knowledge we had two days to explore Machu Picchu and we had had a lovely lazy day to re-energise ourselves before the conference.

The event was in a Hotel with a great setup, and the events company were excellent and really well organised. The rooms were actually (more...)