Chile was our penultimate stop and the only conference that didn't have translators, which I think is a pity because it does affect attendance in some of the sessions, although the delegates were possibly more animated. 

I had been to Chile before and it was the same university hosting the event. I had my biggest crowds and as an applications speaker having a full room is fantastic. 

The sponsors of the event were (more...)


Brazil, Brasil, however you spell it, I loved it, it was the warmest temperature of the tour legs.

The GUOB event was pretty good as well. Oracle was joined by David Peake and I also had the chance to speak with the local Oracle Cloud Customer Success Manager about how the local market is reacting and adopting cloud. This is great feedback for me and what I am looking for from talking to others.

I (more...)


Again AROUG was a 2 day event with me only doing the first day.

And again it was held in a university but with most of the delegates being professionals.

We were joined by Kerry Osborne from the ACE Program, Dana Singleterry and Bruno Borges from Oracle and it was great to see some of the Uruguay speakers come across the river to support the event and a whole host of local speakers.

Cloud was very prevalent even (more...)


This is a wonderful user group with the most amazing hospitality.

The event was over two days in a local university. Day one was sessions and day two was workshops. 

No one wants an Apps workshop so I had the second day off, which I enjoyed. 

I did pop in to see a Q&A session with Tim Hall, Mike Dietrich and Ronald Bradford. If you can get an audience engaged Q&As are (more...)

2015 LAOTN –

A few weeks ago I said I was on the Latin America OTN Tour and now it is time to tell you all about it.

I did intend to blog as we went through the tour but I am always distracted by other things and trying to juggle the day job and UKOUG. However putting me to shame was my fellow traveller Tim Hall who appears to have done nothing else. If you have read all his (more...)

2015 LAOTN – Lazing About in Lima

By the time we arrived in Lima at 2am we were exhausted, not simply tired. It had been a long 12 days and we were running on empty. As we collected our luggage the crowd of 'official' taxi vendors stared on us and we eventually agreed to take a shuttle as Ronald was at a different hotel to Tim and I. 

As we left the mayhem to get in the shuttle we saw Enrique (more...)

2015 LAOTN – Wet & Cold Santiago

Tim and I arrived in Santiago early in morning along with Francisco and his son. Unfortunately one of Francisco's suitcases did not arrive and that caused a delay. He had hired a vehicle so gave us a lift to the hotel and once we settled in Tim and I went out to do the bus tour. I had done it before but it was great to revisit everything, problem was it was an open top (more...)

Fishbowl Solutions is now a Google for Work Premier Partner

As of August 1, 2015, Google promoted Fishbowl Solutions to Premier Partner status! This elevation is a testament to our commitment to selling and servicing Google Search Solutions, and we are very excited to be counted among the select companies to attain this level of partnership. Kim Negaard, the Google Product Manager at Fishbowl, took some time to talk about our history with Google and what being a Premier Partner means.


The post Fishbowl (more...)

Interesting days for studying organisational culture

Interesting days for studying organisational culture

These are interesting days for those studying organisational culture or are just interested in this field. It all started this weekend when the NY Times published: Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace. The newspaper that won 117 Pulitzer Prices devoted two reporters for six months to this article that is very critical on the organisation culture at Amazon.com. The article was said to be based (more...)

2015 LAOTN – A Tourist in Sao Paulo

I had been to Brazil before when I worked for Fujitsu and spent most of the time in the Japanese Quarter which is the 2nd biggest Japanese community outside of Tokyo.

When I told people I was looking for something to do in Sao Paulo everyone laughed at me. Go to Rio for the day was the best offer of help I got.

There was only Tim and I and we chose to go 10 (more...)

2015 LAOTN – First Time in Buenos Aires

On my last southern LAOTN tour we didn't go to Argentina, so this was a first for me, and a new pin for the map in my kitchen.

We caught the ferry over from Uruguay, although it was 3 hours the crossing is for across the River Plate not a sea and walked to the Hotel. Earlier that day a whale and been stranded in the harbour and was happily released, but I wish I had seen it.


2015 LAOTN – Fun in Montevideo

I arrived in Uruguay mid morning and was met by Daniel from the user group. I love Facebook, we first met 4 years ago on my last visit and although he doesn't have the best english it was as if it was yesterday. 

After a quick freshen up it was time to meet Ronald Bradford and his wife Cindy, it was great to catch up with Cindy who is expecting their first baby, I even went to their wedding.


2015 LAOTN – Making the Most of the Travel

I have learnt the hard way that it is worth putting a little effort into the travel plans to try and fit in experiencing the places we visit. As I mentioned in the travel post this year I was the 'baddie' and I am not sure Ronald Bradford will ever forgive me, and I have to agree that at 2am looking for a taxi in Lima I hated me too.

However I don't mind early (more...)

2015 LAOTN – Why Do I do This? Travel

I love travel, I love to visit new places, meet new people and experience new things. I love geology and love to experience it first hand. This all means I have to travel, and most of the time I don't mind it.

Interestingly when it goes wrong (which is often), it isn't normally the air travel itself and my posting on my 10 worst journeys are mainly on land.

All that said, my journey to the start (more...)

Convert CSV file to Apache Parquet… with Drill

Read this article on my new blog A very common use case when working with Hadoop is to store and query simple files (CSV, TSV, ...); then to get better performance and efficient storage convert these files into more efficient format, for example Apache Parquet. Apache Parquet is a columnar storage format available to any project in the Hadoop ecosystem. Apache Parquet has the following

Design for outcome-oriented teams

Design for outcome-oriented teams

While developing an organisation structure for an Agile or Lean business, there is a strong focus on teams being responsible for business outcomes (outcome-oriented teams). These teams are opposed by so called activity-oriented teams (teams responsible for an activity).

To understand the why of the focus on outcome-oriented teams, we need to understand what is a business outcome. Selling a product and generating revenue is an example of a business outcome. (more...)

Ancestor Worship

Some profound lessons in how to be human that we can learn from our Confucian friends

Fascinating Lives

There is something, I think, admirable in a quiet life: care for family, constructive participation in community, hard work. But there are times and places (perhaps all times, but not all places?) where simply attending to the simple things of life becomes a kind of impossibility: whether for psychological or moral reasons. I was reflecting on two persons recently who have struck me by not only their intellectual genius but also by the sheer (more...)

Microsoft Edge and the Oracle HCM Cloud

edgeThe Windows 10 upgrade was released late last week, and with it came a new web browser РMicrosoft Edge. Formerly codenamed Project Spartan, Edge is the default web browser in Windows 10. Internet Explorer 11 is also be included with the new OS, but is basically unchanged from the version of IE11 found in Windows 7 and 8.1.

Although it might be a while until Windows 10 gains widespread enterprise adoption, it’ll likely (more...)

SJK – missing link in Java profiling tool chain

Sometimes it just happens. You have a bloated Java application at your hand and it does not perform well. You may have built this application yourself or just got it as it is now. It doesn't matter, thing is - you do not have a slightest idea what is wrong here.

Java ecosystem have abundance of diagnostic tools (thank for interfaces exposed at JVM itself), but they are mostly focused on some specific narrow kinds (more...)