OTNEMEA WrapUp


Finally I am home, laundry finished and even the expenses done!

OTNEMEA was a brilliant tour, despite the number of miles, it was actually quite relaxed, it only covered two timezones, so nobody had a jet lag issue, even Tariq who had travelled from the US seemed fine.

Portugal and Jordan were new user groups who I hope we have given the encouragement to keep going and gain more volunteers to help them grow. South (more...)

OTNEMEA – South Africa



As I mentioned in the first of the OTNEMEA blogs, our flights for South Africa had been changed and we went via Dubai. The first flight was less than three hours and no problem at all and we arrived in Dubai about 10pm. The plane was parked away from the terminal and we were hit by 35'C heat, in the dark. It took a long time to get into the terminal and we had (more...)

Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report 2015

Every year Mary Meeker (partner at Silicon Valley VC firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers) publishes her take on the prevailing Internet Trends. It’s a lengthy read, but always absolutely engrossing. I’ve pulled out a few slides below, but encourage you to find the time to read her presentation as I’ve surely missed gems that others will spot.

1) Internet use is unsurprisingly increasing (by about 30 mins a year), but this increase is all coming (more...)

Business Rules in Oracle Process Cloud Service

In this post I will show an overview of Business Rules in the Process Cloud Service.

First let’s create a new application on the start window of the Process Composer
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After the creation of the application you see the Application Home. At the left side you see the following options.
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Let’s select Business Types to create Business Objects
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After selecting New Business Object, let’s create a Input Business Object
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After creating the (more...)

A quick look at Oracle Process Cloud Service

Oracle Process Cloud Service is Oracle’s rapid process automation in the Cloud. It is more or less BPM in the cloud. This service allows you to quickly and easily create business processes like you are used to with Oracle BPM, only now in the cloud. In this post I’ll give a quick tour of this service.

So let’s start with the Process Cloud Service. The landing page already gives you loads of features.

The landing page of the Process Cloud The landing (more...)

OTN EMEA – Jordan


Stop two was Amman in Jordan, and a lesson in preconceptions and assumptions.

First we had to get there and it was two flights, one to Istanbul and then onto Jordan, both on Turkish Airways. We should have had just 2 hours in Istanbul but the 2nd flight was delayed which gave us another few hours to enjoy what must be on of the world's nicest lounges. 

It wasn't my best journey, I was (more...)

OTN EMEA – First Stop Portugal


My part in OTNEMEA was all too quickly apon us. I arrived in Lisbon at about 6pm, having worked on the 2 hour flight, and still had a conference call to take part in. Luckily Heli Helskyaho was expected at 7.30 so I was happy to find a quiet corner and get on with it.



Luis and Nuno from the Portuguese Oracle User Group came by to collect us and although Heli's flight was (more...)

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 – 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...)

APEX 5.0 available for download

Since yesterday (15th April 2015) the latest Oracle Application Express (APEX) release 5.0 is available for download.

APEX 5.0 can be found under http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/developer-tools/apex/downloads/index.html



The new APEX 5.0 is supported for all Editions of Oracle Database 11.1.0.7 or higher, even Oracle Express Edition 11g (XE) can be used for the new APEX 5.0

Oracle Application Express 5.0 available for download

In the past few weeks Oracle has been working towards a climax regarding the new version of Application Express. After updating the Early Adapters environment and later the hosted applications at apex.oracle.com to version 5.0 it is now finally time for the full release!

APEX 5.0 can be downloaded at apex.oracle.com.

For more information on the most important new features visit the Oracle blog.