2015 KSCOPE – Passion in Action

In the last post I mentioned I accidentally attended the APEX kick off session. How I got there was because I was kicking off the Kscope Scavenger Hunt and you got points for attending one of the kick offs. I was busy working for the day job and intended to stay for just a few minutes, but the speaker caught my attention and I stayed till the end.

The speak, Joel Kallman, spoke with (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Sessions I attended

I go to Kscope to learn, I spent time planning the sessions I wanted to go to, but actually spent more time speaking to product managers, on how to expand what we are doing at work, and I cover this in the PaaS4SaaS Kscope entry.

I did attend the APEX kick off, but more on that in the next blog.

ODTUG covers 5 main areas, EPM (everything from Essbase to Financial Close), Database Development, APEX, (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Community Service

One of the lovely things about Kscope is Community Service. People turn up early to take part in an arranged good dead for the local community. In the past I have painted schools, built PC desks, wedded sand dunes, cleared weeds in a community park and this year we were helping under privileged children with STEM projects.

Kscope made a fantastic video of the event which tells you all about it. (post later when made (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – Keeping Fit

Bit of an oxymoron me and keeping fit, but Kscope has daily Chi Gung from Kent Graziano.

I have been going to Chi Gung at Kscope and OOW for the last 3 - 4 years but am useless. I can either do the exercise, or do the breathing but not both!

I started Chi Gung as I thought it would help my breathing for diving, but for Chi Gung I am meant to breath through (more...)

2015 KSCOPE – A wonderful Event

I love ODTUG and especially their conference Kscope. I'm not putting it above UKOUG but I have the time to enjoy Kscope, and it's where I go to learn.

Each year Kscope goes to a different venue and this year it was Hollywood, Florida, lovely place in June.

I can't go through everything I got upto, but here are a few highlights:

One Year at Cedar

Yesterday marked the first anniversary of my start date at Cedar. The year has passed really quickly and – although during the ‘heat of the moment’ it may seem like you’re only making small steps – when you take the time to step back and reflect you can see genuine progress has been made.

I’m not in any way pretending or implying that all of these are as a result of my presence – that (more...)


He likes word games
In the way they circle about
   Starlings in flight
   Or Seraphim.

With sweeping gesture
   Left to right
Hands hang with head
Under the pressing of the sun:
   Weight of doubt
   Or will.

Against open air, tumultuous sea
   Turtle green
The division is nowhere more evident
Where sand meets froth
   Stark, blinding glare
Wind balmed
   Until night.

   Next to godliness
The echo of countless schoolmarms
Chiding, chilling - without regret
   Yeah, rather,

What The World Needs More Of

The interview with these two kids - Chris and Camryn Singleton - is available on BBC, but I wanted to pull out this remarkable commentary in a related article:

"People are hurting in Charleston. But for the hundreds who packed into the gymnasium at the Goose Creek High School, it was also a reminder of the importance of love.

Sharonda Singleton coached the girls' athletics team here. As her photo rested on an easel on (more...)

A busy Few Weeks – And Breathe….

Some times there is so much on and these last two weeks have been one of those times. There were so many events on and not just in the UK, I think it must be conference season as everyone tries to get their event in before Europe slows down for the summer.

June started with the EOUC, The EMEA Presidents Meeting in Lisbon, I didn't attend, UKOUG send two people and Fiona and Linda Barker (more...)

LDAP Command Line Cheat #OpenDJ

I use the command line a lot when interfacing with OpenDJ. One of the issues with this is that I often run into an issue with the BindDN user’s password has an “!” (bang) in it. As this is a special character in Unix/Linux command line, it will typically cause unexpected results.

With ldapsearch you can just leave the password paramater off and you will be prompted to provide the password. I have found (more...)

Inline Subprocesses in SOA Suite 12c

In a project I work in I had to create a process that does calculations based on the input. This calculations must be done from different parts in the input. So the only difference where the input variables. For this I used the option Inline Subprocesses in BPEL. An Inline Subprocess is embedded in the main BPEL-proces and can be called from different scope’s in the main process.
In this blogpost I will give a (more...)

Did your organization recently purchase Oracle WebCenter Content? Are you the new admin? Consider these 4 tools to successfully manage and administer the system

AdminSuiteCongratulations! Your organization has made an investment in a leading enterprise content management and portal system, and even better, you get to manage and administer the system. Lucky you, right? As long as users can access the system, find what they need, and receive important, system generated notifications that are relevant to them they will generally be happy and leave you alone, right?

Unfortunately, a complete state of end-user bliss doesn’t exist – if it (more...)

Just How Lucky Can One Girl Get? I Love My Job

I've just finished my latest ACE Tour, and I often get asked  "How you do it? How do you manage to work, do UKOUG and ACE director duties?"

It's my job, well my job allows me to do this and #ILoveMyJob

I have a really exciting job title - VP Certus Cloud Solutions but as I said in my six month appraisal of the job it was really about enablement. You see Certus (more...)


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

After the creation of the application you see the Application Home. At the left side you see the following options.

Let’s select Business Types to create Business Objects

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...)