2018 Collaborate – Certus Presentatons


Certus had 5 sessions at Collaborate, with both Quest and OAUG.



My first presentation was on Chatbots with HCM Cloud. This isn't the concept of internal chatbots with HR Helpdesk, but using Oracle Mobile to create a chatbot. Thank you again to Grant and Rohit for all your help.

I had a good crowd for what was the first delegate session after the main keynote. Tim Warner, my boss was my assistant and thanks to (more...)

Oracle SOA Suite 12c: complete startup procedure including database and application server

After the first reboot i had to work hard to get the complete system up again. So here a list of all commands:


  1. database
    export ORACLE_HOME=/home/oracle/app/oracle/product/12.2.0/dbhome_1
    export PATH=$PATH:$ORACLE_HOME/bin
    export ORACLE_SID=orcl

    $ sqlplus / as sysdba

    SQL*Plus: Release 12.2.0.1.0 Production on Fri Feb 16 20:53:02 2018

    Copyright (c) 1982, 2016, Oracle.  All rights reserved.

    Connected to an idle instance.

    SQL> startup
    ORACLE instance started.

    Total System Global Area 1560281088 (more...)

UGR – User Group Royalty


A irreverent look at life after Leadership.

Just a few weeks after my term ended on the UKOUG board I was at Collaborate in Las Vegas with two other past presidents, Michelle Malcher IOUG and Sue Shaw Quest


Conferences can be expensive and over the years I have taken to sharing accommodation whenever possible to cut down the costs, and this time the 3 of us shared a room. A lovely room. We got (more...)

Oracle Recruiting Cloud Workshop

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a 3-day workshop on the new Oracle Recruiting Cloud module.

It was my first proper look at the module and I was curious to see what Oracle have done, as there has been a lot of negative publicity about Workday’s new recruitment module (here and here). My first impression is that Oracle have done a really good job. It doesn’t do everything that Taleo Enterprise (more...)

A Simple, Straightforward Method to Update Content on WebCenter-Based Portal Pages

In our experience working with numerous WebCenter Portal customers, almost all of whom suffered from failed portal/intranet implementations, this difficulty to update and quickly edit page content always lead to stagnant content throughout the portal. This stagnant content made the portal less sticky and therefore the organization didn’t realize widespread adoption.

The difficulty to add and update content was magnified by the fact that in most cases, portal page updates were performed by system administrators. (more...)

Last Week in Stream Processing & Analytics – 24.4.2018

This is the 112th edition of my blog series blog series around Stream Processing and Analytics!

As every week I was also updating the following two lists with the presentations/videos of the current week:

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

News and Blog Posts

General

Oracle MBX 2018 recap

Last week I attended Oracle’s MBX (Modern Business Experience) conference held near the O2 in London. Here’s what I learnt:

General

It was busy. Really busy. I’ve also been to the MBX in each of the last 3 or 4 years and this was – by far – the biggest event. I think it even took the organisers by surprise how many people were there as the registration was super-lengthy and there weren’t many lunches (more...)

Oracle VM Server: How to add ISO images to your repository

After  setting up
you have to upload some ISO images to your repository, so that your virtual machines can boot with these ISO images.

So inside Oracle VM Manager go to the "Repositories" tab and use the "import iso icon" (the blue arrow):

The only way to import ISO images is to give a URL to Oracle (more...)

Oracle VM Server: my first vm: Error: HVM guest support is unavailable

All my tests with Oracle VM Server are running inside Oracle Virtualbox. If you want to do some tests yourself with this setup, you can easily get this error message after powering on your VM:

Server error: Command: ['xm', 'create', '/OVS/Repositories/0004fb0000030000dad74d9c43176d2e/VirtualMachines/0004fb00000600005e79798ecb1a63cf/vm.cfg'] failed (1): stderr: Error: HVM guest support is unavailable: is VT/AMD-V supported by your CPU and enabled in your BIOS?
stdout: Using config file "/OVS/Repositories/0004fb0000030000dad74d9c43176d2e/VirtualMachines/0004fb00000600005e79798ecb1a63cf/vm.cfg".
To get your system running, you have (more...)

Last Week in Stream Processing & Analytics – 17.4.2018

This is the 111th edition of my blog series blog series around Stream Processing and Analytics!

As every week I was also updating the following two lists with the presentations/videos of the current week:

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

News and Blog Posts

General

Docker: How to build you own container with your own application

atThere are many tutorials out there, how to create a docker container with a apache webserver inside or a nginx.
But you can hardly find a manual how to build your own docker container without pulling everything from a foreign repository.
Why should you not pull everything from foreign repositories?

You should read this article or this:
But since each phase of the development pipeline is built at a different time, …
…you can’t (more...)

The Intelligent Chatbot to Customer Service Agent Hand-Off within Zendesk

Chatbots are on the rise. By 2020, over 80% of businesses are expected to implement some type of chatbot automation (Business Insider, 2016). This type of automation is inevitable due to the amount of time and money that chatbots can save a business. However, especially in the early days of the chatbot revolution, a bot will not be able to solve all the problems that a human can. One specific use case for chatbots that (more...)

The MongoDB ObjectId explained in under 2 minutes

As you may have noticed, especially when your background is from a MySQL or Oracle database, is that the unique identifier for database records (or ‘documents’ in MongoDB) is quite different. It’s not a incremental counter, but a long string of characters. 12 bytes in hexadecimal format, to be precise. And although they appear to contain no information, they actually do. This is how an ObjectId is composed.

Let’s take an ObjectId:

507f1f77bcf86cd799439011

The first (more...)

Chatbots – A Public Apology at Collaborate


One of the first sessions at Collaborate 2018 is my chatbot presentation
Last year at Oracle Open World I blogged about a chatbots session I had seen when visiting Oracle's User Experience labs the week before. 
The blog was about how the idea of a chatbot seemed alien to me as a reason to use Oracle Cloud. I did recognise that this is a common reaction to new technology and that I (more...)

Oracle SOA Suite 12c: Invoking a BPEL process via Enterprise Manager (EM)

After you logged in via http://yourhost:7001/em navigate to "soa-infra":
 Then choose "Deployed Composites":
 There you have to click on your composite (here: "Project1"):
 Choose "Test":
 Go to the bottom of the page and expand the payload:
 There you have  fill in your test string:
 
 And after a click on "Test Web Service"
The response is shown incl. the response time.

To list the audit trails goto "Home-> Flow instances

And choose "search" on the right side:


Collaborate Preview #2: Consider your Options for Moving Oracle WebCenter to the Cloud

By now, most people have heard about the benefits of cloud computing. To summarize, the cloud promises more agility and scalability, with less cost and administration. However, for legacy customers using on-premise software, getting to the cloud isn’t always a simple and straightforward process. In fact, a lot of times confusion on deployment options, pricing, customer-managed versus vendor-managed, and security may delay cloud strategies. This is definitely the case for Oracle WebCenter Content customers who (more...)

Oracle VM Server x86: Creation of a virtual machine

After all these steps
it is possible to create a VM:

 Click the third icon:












And here is the summary:
One thing still missing: I did not put an ISO image into the repository, so this VM has no media to start from. The Import of an ISO image i will post in a week.

Passing on the Baton, Still Supporting the Team


As you will have seen in today's UKOUG eBulletin my participation on the board has come to an end. The time has come to hand over the baton to Neil Chandler and leave the organisation in the very capable hands of our current board.

It is a little bit sad. I know it right to go but I also feel there were things I had not finished however the board are perfectly capable of taking (more...)

Last Week in Stream Processing & Analytics – 9.4.2018

This is the 110th edition of my blog series blog series around Stream Processing and Analytics!

As every week I was also updating the following two lists with the presentations/videos of the current week:

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

News and Blog Posts

General

Apache Kafka / Kafka (more...)

Women in Technology – Paying it Forward


At the UKOUG conferences in December I had the pleasure of inviting Caroline Apsey to talk about what Oracle are doing supporting the Bloodhound project.

Afterwards I asked Caroline if she would consider an interview with Oracle Scene about being a WIT with such a high profile and she was happy to do so with her colleague and Oracle Intern Lahini Sivaganeshan.

This Oracle Scene was so successful we are going to do a series (more...)