Off On The Road (Again)


I saw a tweet linking to Heli's blog today, talking about the OTN EMEA tour we start tomorrow.

I think I am getting blasé about travel, I packed my suitcase on Sunday and have been in London since yesterday, and whilst I know I am flying to Portugal tomorrow, it doesn't seem that imminent.

As Heli said we have had an issue with our flights, how rescheduling flights by days is acceptable I don't understand, (more...)

Self Appraisal – It’s Not Very British



I am frequently asked to help people with their ACE nominations. First I am very honoured, the value of the program to me is peer recognition for what I do, but I do ask myself why do you come to me when your area of expertise is not the same as mine? I am not technical, OK, I am not a technical practitioner, but I am a knowledge sharer, and that is what the (more...)

Thinking About The Disruptive Cloud and The Oracle Eco-System


We hear about digital disruption all the time, frequently quoted is the impact of something like Uber or Airbnb. How technology like mobile allows us to completely transform how we do things, and in many cases, change it forever.



I follow analyst like Ray Wang author of Disrupting Digital Business and Dennis Howlett and everyday there are articles about how it is changing the world we live in.

Technology has always changed, at (more...)

THANKYOU


In other election news today, UKOUG announced Linda Baker as our new president and the re-election of Fiona Martin as our Member Advocate Chair.

This was what I asked for, when as an individual I reached out you my readers last month.

I am so pleased to have Fiona continued, she works tirelessly for our community and I am very excited to have Linda on board.

Those who were not elected, stay with us, next (more...)

Cedar at the Oracle Modern Business Summit

Last week Cedar was one of the partners exhibiting at the Oracle Modern Business Summit. Naturally our focus was on the HCM Cloud and Simon, Greg – our new Taleo guru – and myself were on hand to demo the HCM and Talent Clouds to customers.

Duncan and Simon

We also benefited from attending some of the sessions – by Oracle staff and end-user thought leaders.

The highlight for me was Stewart Monk’s session on the HR Technology choices facing (more...)

What does the Fall of Saigon Tell us about IT & Leadership and what does it have to do with Rugby?


Like me you have probably seen this picture many times this week, as people mark 40 years since the Fall of Saigon.




I am not American, a history major or even old enough to have remembered this first hand (although I was 13 at the time and only interested in the Bay City Rollers, so not sure what that says about me), but this was a major event in history and something that should (more...)

ControlCenter for WebCenter Content: Controlled Document Management for any Device

Fishbowl Solutions recently held a webinar about our newest product, ControlCenter for Oracle WebCenter Content. Product manager Kim Negaard discussed ControlCenter’s unique features and advantages for controlled document management. If you missed the webinar, you can now view it on YouTube:

Below is a summary of questions Kim answered during the webinar. If you have any unanswered questions, or would just like to learn more, feel free to contact Fishbowl by emailing cmsales@fishbowlsolutions.com.

Is (more...)

Google Search Appliance GSA Version 7.4 Released

Wanted to drop a quick note here that Google released the latest version of the Google Search Appliance software last week. That brings the most current version up to 7.4.0.G.72 and officially end of life’s the 7.0 version of the appliance software.

New features from the support site posting:

  • Seamless Integration with Microsoft: we’re releasing our SharePoint and Active Directory 4.0 connectors out of beta. These connectors provide improved (more...)

Error deploying Oracle Composite with wrong encoding wsdl

We had some issues with deploying a composite which retrieves his wsdl for the partnerlinks from Nexus.
The supplier of the services adds the archive with the wsdl artifacts in Nexus, we download the dependency and after that we compile/validate the composite against the downloaded set of artifacts.

For one particular partnerlink the composite just wouldn’t compile.

Error message :

Validating composite "c:ReposcompositesmydomainobjectMyServicecomposite.xml"
c:ReposcompositesmydomainobjectMyServicecomposite.xml:21: error: Load of wsdl "oramds:/apps/xsd/nextgen/gm/services/mydomainobject/2/myservice.wsdl" failed
c:ReposcompositesmydomainobjectMyServicecomposite.xml:44:  (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – Certus Presentations


I had 5 sessions accepted at Collaborate, the first was about User Groups and Communities and the other 4 were Certus presentations.

I did a presentation on AppAdvantage, an updated repeat of Oracle Open World presentation I did with Rick Beers, this time just on my own. It was a small audience so I was able to speak directly about their companies.

I did a presentation on 'DO Cloud Applications Stack Up?' which as (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – Networking


All conferences are about networking and it is always what scores highest on delegate feedback forms. Some of it is formal sessions like the welcome parties and others are amongst friends.

On Sunday I attended the overseas delegates lunch, and then both the OAUG and Quest receptions in the evening. At the Quest session it was great to catch up with John Schiff who is such a great supporter of UKOUG.

Monday I attended the (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – Motivational Speaker and is WIT like Art?


Eric Wahl is according to his website, a graffiti artist. He said he didn’t use his skills until well into his 30s when he was made redundant from a corporate job during the dot.com bust. 

He told his story whilst painting, painting a phenominal picture of Bono. He talked about us all being artists, although afraid to do anything about it. He asked the audience how many were artists, with only 1 (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – Quest Executive Forum


Every year Quest hold a very successful Executive Forum at Collaborate, and this year I wanted to attend to see how UKOUG could learn from them, we are always looking to increase our senior attendees and I wanted to learn what Quest do differently.

First invitations are sent to anyone with an executive job title already registered for the conference, which means that these executives, or their management team were attending anyway, There is quite good content (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – Happy Birthday to Quest & OAUG


OAUG are celebrating 25 years and Quest 20 years, both took time to party at Collaborate.


OAUG held their members reception in the Light nightclub, which has a cirque du soleil theme


















Quest had a phenomenal cake and champagne toast in the exhibition.

















        HAPPY BIRTHDAYS to them both

Well done to both, who continue, like IOUG and ourselves at UKOUG, along with all user groups to serve their members.

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Collaborate 2015 – Final Thoughts



Last year after Collaborate 2014, I titled my blog, A Rainbow of Emotions, and that could easily have been the same this year.

The other blogs in this series talk about the great things at Collaborate, here I am having a little moan about the things that could be better. I have included all in my feedback because if you don't give feedback your user group can't improve.

This year I had 5 papers selected (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – User Group Thoughts


There is not normally many IOUC official meetings at Collaborate as the 3 user groups hosting, IOUG, QUEST and OAUG are too busy to take part but they all try to include Usergroup leaders in invitations to their receptions.

This year however there was an international delegates lunch on the Sunday with a 100 or so guests and EOUC had a good representation, interestingly the biggest contingents came from Iceland.

This was followed by my (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – Very Varied Vegas


Collaborate 2015 was held last week, and as it is frequently, it was held in Vegas.

So much to say, so as is my norm I have broken it down to a series of shorter posts:

I was attending Collaborate with Certus-Solutions, my employer, but as always represent UKOUG, who did have (more...)

Collaborate 2015 – Keynotes


Collaborate had done really well with keynote lineups this year, although I struggled with understanding the competitive sponsor session from IBM. It was very well delivered and some great generic statements but it was direct competition to Oracle’s offerings.

Mark Sunday, who is Oracle CIO, is the ultimate Oracle user, we had him speak at UKOUG in 2011 and he was great then as well.

Mark Sunday talked about how having access to everything (more...)

Yes It’s Election Time; UKOUG Need You To Vote



Currently it seems everywhere you turn someone is giving you advice as to how to vote, well I am no exception. This is a personal plea for the UKOUG elections that opened today.

I am asking you to vote for Fiona Martin as Member Advocate Chair and Linda Barker as President.

Last year I asked you to return Fiona Martin and myself as member advocates. As these were new roles, and we wanted to ensure (more...)

Webinar on why HCM Cloud?


Cloud is not only a disruptive technology for existing Oracle customers but is making enterprise systems available to a much wider group of people.

I wrote about this recently in Oracle Scene , was previously interviewed by HR Aspects Magazine. "How can Cloud HCM Transform your Business?" and was discussing with senior executives in Oracle at Collaborate last week.


Listen to what I believe as Certus Solutions hold a free 30 minute webinar " (more...)