Last week in Stream Processing & Analytics 10/25/2016

This is the 37th installment of my blog series around Stream Processing and Analytics.

As usual, find below the new blog articles, presentations, videos and software releases from last week:

News and Blog Posts


Apache Kafka

Consider Your Options for SolidWorks to Windchill Data Migrations

This post comes from Fishbowl Solutions’ Associate MCAD Consultant, Ben Sawyer.

CAD data migrations are most often seen as a huge burden. They can be lengthy, costly, messy, and a general road block to a successful project. Organizations planning on migrating SolidWorks data to PTC Windchill should consider their options when it comes to the process and tools they utilize to perform the bulk loading.

At Fishbowl Solutions, our belief is that the faster (more...)

Additional Stage Libraries with dockerized StreamSets

In my previous article New Package Manager in Action I showed 3 possible methods for installing additional Stage Libraries onto a StreamSets Data Collector core distribution.

In this article I will demonstrate how this can be used with the Docker distribution of StreamSets Data Collectosr (SDC). Starting with SDC v2.1.0.1, the public Docker image on Docker Hub is no longer based on the full version but on the smaller, customizable core version.


HotSpot JVM garbage collection options cheat sheet (v4)

After three years, I have decided to update my GC cheat sheet.

New version finally includes G1 options, thankfully there are not very many of them. There are also few useful options introduced to CMS including parallel inital mark and initiating concurrent cycles by timer.

Finally, I made separate cheat sheet versions for Java 7 and Java 8.

Below are links to PDF versions

StreamSets Data Collector – New Package Manager in Action

A few days ago, a new  version of StreamSets Data Collector v2.1.0.0 has been announced. It contains a couple of new interesting features.

This blog article shows how to use the new Package Manager to install only the stage libraries in StreamSets Data Collector (origins, processors and destinations) you actually need.

The new StreamSets version provides two distributions:

Congratulations to Certus – Thank you to everyone who Voted

Back in August I asked for your vote in The UKOUG Partner Awards. I always say how important these are because they are voted for by end users.

It is a hard process for me, I am not allowed to do anything for PYA by UKOUG because I am a partner and there has to be a total separation. Most people understand that but my boss rang me 3 times on the day asking (more...)

Oracle Forms & Reports available

Since a few hours the latest Release of the Oracle Forms & Reports is available for download in Oracle Technology Network under

The related documentation can be found under

For all the lovers of Oracle Reports, here is the bad news: It's time to prepare for bye-bye !

The next planned Oracle Reports will be the terminal release for Oracle Reports !

Note can be found here

Weblogic available

Since a few hours the latest Release of the Oracle WebLogic Server is available with Oracle Technology Network for download.

The Installation sources can be found under:

The documentation for the latest Oracle WebLogic Server can be found under

Did you forgot your Node Manager Username and Password?

Long time ago I've been publishing a blog post "Did you forgot your WebLogic Admin User Password?", now it's time to have a look on the topic, did you forgot your Node Manager Username and Password?

The following steps are working with Oracle WebLogic Server 12.x

Login to the server which is hosting your Oracle WebLogic Server environment and start the wlst utility and connect as weblogic user to your WebLogic Domain:


Last week in Stream Processing & Analytics 10/17/2016

This is the 36th installment of my blog series around Stream Processing and Analytics.

As usual, find below the new blog articles, presentations, videos and software releases from last week:

News and Blog Posts



Apache Kafka

Oracle Forms 12c – Setting up Forms Diagnostics Agent

With the Oracle Forms 12c Diagnostics Agent you can populate the DMS (Dynamic Monitoring Service) metrics for Oracle Forms 12c simply into Oracle Database Tables, which allows you to have a historical view on the Oracle Forms related Performance Data out of DMS.

The installation comes in 2 major parts, first setup a Oracle Database User and the underlying objects and second part deploy the Forms Diagnostics Agent into your Oracle WebLogic Server.

Database Setup (more...)

My Rock Star Life

I recently posted about not going on the APAC OTN Tour. My motivation for doing so was to explain just once, why not, hopefully to crush the rumours and debate as to why.

Actually for my UK friends, it was a bit like Will Young leaving Strictly Come Dancing, if you don't say why, people simply make up their own mind.

Anyway, I posted the blog and received great messages of support both publicly (more...)

Adoption of the ‘Big 3’ SaaS Suites

Bill Kutik’s regular handicapping of the ‘big 3’ SaaS vendors is an interesting read. The most recent entry can be found here.

Bill goes through each of SAP/SuccessFactors, Oracle and Workday in turn and gives an update on customer numbers however, I think it’s easier to view in a graph:


Here we can see that SuccessFactors has 1,250 HCM customers (on Employee Central) and 1,900 on their Financials solution (S/4 HANA ERP).

Oracle is slightly (more...)

Getting started with Apache Flink and Kafka

Read this article on my new blog Introduction Apache Flink is an open source platform for distributed stream and batch data processing. Flink is a streaming data flow engine with several APIs to create data streams oriented application. It is very common for Flink applications to use Apache Kafka for data input and output. This article will guide you into the steps to use Apache

Last week in Stream Processing & Analytics 10/11/2016

This is the 35th installment of my blog series around Stream Processing and Analytics.

As usual, find below the new blog articles, presentations, videos and software releases from last week:

News and Blog Posts


OTN Appreciation Day: WebLogic

Based on the suggestion by Tim Hall's Blogpost here is my contribution to the OTN Appreciation Day:

I've got 2 features and as usual these features are related to Oracle WebLogic Server:

1st Oracle WebLogic Server & Docker

The official support and certification for Oracle WebLogic Server on Docker started nearly one year ago. Since the first support and certification of Oracle WebLogic Server on Docker there were a lot of things happening, support and (more...)

OTN Appreciation Day : That wonderful no-cost option – APEX

When I first read Tim's post  for this initiative, I had no idea what to write about, but I am sure none of you expected it to be APEX.

Yes I am a Cloud Apps girl, and for development to extend that (with PaaS4SaaS) I use ADF, and am looking at the non-technical ABCS (made just for me), but I don't discount APEX.

The reason I have chosen APEX as my favourite feature is (more...)

What I Have Learned as an Oracle WebCenter Consultant in My First Three Months at Fishbowl Solutions

This post comes from Fishbowl Solutions’ Associate Software Consultant, Jake Jehlicka.

Finishing college can be an intimidating experience for many. We leave what we know behind to open the gates to brand new experiences. Those of us fortunate enough to gain immediate employment often find ourselves leaving school and plunging headfirst into an entirely new culture a mere few weeks after turning in our last exam. It is exciting, yet frightening, and what can make-or-break (more...)

Why Am I Not Travelling to Australia? Putting the Record Straight

I am a proud member of the OTN ACE Director Community. I hope I always give them credit for the opportunities they open up to me, to speak at conferences, in some of the most wonderful places I have had the pleasure of travelling to.

But it is also very easy to criticise when things don't go the way you want them to, and like any human community there can be disruptive forces. If you (more...)

Oracle Forms 12c – Multiple Managed Servers

You might remember the previous method to create multiple Managed Servers for Oracle Forms 11g, which can be found under the My Oracle Support Note 989118.1. This procedure were quite a bit critical, as you had to provide manually several arguments and classpath entries for the cloned Managed Server.

With Oracle Forms 12c the procedure to create (not cloning) additional WebLogic Managed Servers hosting your formsapp is really straight forward as you perform this (more...)