The wait is over! Google Cloud Search with third-party connectivity is now available. Here’s what you need to know.

This month, Google Cloud opened the general availability of Cloud Search with third-party connectivity. This is an evolution of the Cloud Search available across G Suite, the set of cloud-native intelligent productivity and collaboration apps including Gmail, Drive and Docs. We’ve been working with pre-release versions of Cloud Search since January and are excited to finally share the news and capabilities of this exciting new functionality more broadly. This version supports third-party connectors and integrations (more...)

My EMEA Short Talk – WhichInstance?

My contribution to the EMEA ACEs Short Talks is a very old story and could be about the time I stopped being Technical.

We are taking almost 20 years ago when I was an E Business Suite Support manager in Fujitsu.

A customer had a problem where one off payments were not generating cheques (that is the correct English spelling of check).

Despite raising a TAR (the old word for SR, a Technical Assistance Request) (more...)

2018 OOW – EMEA ACEs Short Talks

I blogged about this year's planned session before OOW.

We had a great cloud and the laughter was infectious. 

Michelle Malcher was our timekeeper and did very well, most people were so scared of going over their 4 minutes they finished early, in fact all people except Simon Haslam who went for a double slot.

At the end Michelle claimed EMEA credentials as she used to work in Germany and closed the session we (more...)

2018 OOW – Final Thoughts

I thought it was a great OOW. It seemed more joined up in the messages, across their entire portfolio.

I did think it was smaller but that its not a bad thing.

I loved Larry, he seemed less scripted than in recent years, it was Larry at his best. 

All parts of the conference, sessions, exhibitions, CodeOne, all were closer together and enabled delegates to move more easily between them.

I have a folder full (more...)

2018 OOW – Off Piste Fun

Despite how busy OOW is, I love it. I try and pace myself to get through the week, and try to get to bed at a reasonable time each night.

The conference party at AT&T Park was great fun, as you can see from this video of Alex, Roel and Chris Saxon (AskTom). I like this venue, we can walk to and from it, and having a special ACE area is a lovely treat.

'The (more...)

2018 – Women in Technology

My dream is that as a topic WIT or any diversity category will not warrant a posting in the future.

Signs were good this year at one point in the CodeOne Developers' lounge I had to queue in the Ladies restroom!

At Oracle HQ I met with one of my favourite ladies, Maria Colgan. She had some chocolate giveaways for her sessions. How cool when you have your own candy!

There are so any great (more...)

2018 OOW – Usergroups

This was my first year at OOW without being a usergroup leader, although I am still very much involved.

UKOUG did have a meetup but I wasn’t able to attend, hope it was fun. 

This year the usergroup area was in the centre of the exhibition which is such an improvement on other years. This year there were no EOUC people manning the stand but I did install a UKOUG virtual assistant! Actually, (more...)

2018 OOW – #PaaS4SaaS Thoughts

I have always had an interest in #PaaS4SaaS, both the integration capabilities but especially the ability to extend the SaaS applications. Within Accenture I think I will be doing even more of this and I'm quite excited about this continuing opportunity. 

The partner advisory council before OOW, updates in the ACE briefing and the partner round table I attended on the Thursday, all enforced my belief we are at a tipping point.

All new (more...)

2018 OOW – Certus part of Accenture

When OOW call for papers was on, I worked for Certus but just 3 weeks before the event we became part of Accenture. This was announced in May but as staff we didn't move until 1st October. Tim Warner and I were the only Certus people attending.

This meant a new logo as we are keeping the brand.

On the Sunday I went to my first Accenture meeting. This was an Alliance meeting and it (more...)

2018 OOW – ACE Director

The Oracle ACE Director briefings were on Saturday and they were really good. Whit they covered everything from database to development and each of them talked about the relevance to apps, so I was very happy. I love these sessions, not my normal topics, but I think it is important that we all have a wider understanding than our narrow field of expertise. 

Sunday evening, we had our community dinner out at Fisherman’s wharf. (more...)

2018 OOW – Fun in the City

I managed to get a lift into the city with the groundbreaker ambassadors who had their briefing at HQ.  Then it was 7 nights in a hotel. 

If I stay more than 5 nights anywhere (including home) I like to have flowers, and when I arrived there were beautiful flowers in my room from my friend Dina Blaschczok.

I shared my room with Michelle Malcher and we had an amazing room on the 28 (more...)

2018 OOW – Before the party starts

In the past there have been briefing sessions at Redwood Shores (Oracle HQ) in the days leading up to OOW. These few days are of more value to me than the actual conference, and although the ACE briefing was in town this time on Saturday I still had a Partner Advisory Council on the Friday and had arranged a number of meetings for the Thursday.

It doesn't matter how many times I go to Redwood (more...)

2018 OOW – My Oracle Open World

I said I was going to be busy, but even I under estimated this year’s OOW. 

My Travel to OOW was quite a simple journey for me, flight to Belfast and then onto San Francisco. 

My neighbour on the long flight did think he had a right to half of my foot well, luckily it wasn’t too small a space and I sit quite still but it was really annoying. 

Oracle Database 18c: Installation via rpm (without

Three months after writing the post Where to find the oracle-database-ee-18c-1.0-1.x86_64.rpm package? Oracle released the rpms on their download page:

So let's give it a try.

First thing is to install the prerequisites:
# yum install oracle-database-preinstall-18c

Package Arch Version Paketquelle Größe
oracle-database-preinstall-18c x86_64 1.0-1.el7 ol7_latest 18 k
Als Abhängigkeiten installiert:
bc x86_64 1.06.95-13.el7 ol7_latest 114 k
bind-libs x86_64 32:9. (more...)

Oracle 18c Certification for Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2

Since a few days the Certification Matrix for Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c Release 2 (12.2.1.x) was updated within Oracle Technology Network, now Oracle 18c (18.1 on Exadata and 18.3 on On-Premise) is certified and supported as Target Database for RCU (Repository Creation Utility and as Application Datasource.

Certification Matrix for Fusion Middleware

Certification Matrix for Fusion Middleware (more...)

Defining Boundaries for Logical Gateways on the API Platform a multi cloud / multi region context

The Oracle API Platform takes a different licensing model to many platforms, rather than on CPU it works by the use of Logical Gateways and blocks of 25 million successful API calls per month. This means you can have as many actual gateway nodes as you like within a logical group to ensure resilience as you like, essentially how widely you deploy the gateways is more of a maintenance consideration (i.e. more nodes means (more...)

jconsole/visualvm/java applications without fonts over ssh forwarding (characters displayed as boxes)

On servers which run java applications sometimes you need to run jconsole or jvisualvm.
This is typically no problem - ssh -X and you are done.

But in some rare circumstances you will get something like this:


Following some other sources, you end up with tweaking xorg parameter without any success. The solution is very easy:
apt-get install ttf-dejavu
And then:

Using the Mindbreeze client.js File to Create Custom Search Interfaces

This post describes how to create custom Mindbreeze search interfaces using the built-in Mindbreeze client.js file. This post is a follow up to our post on Four Options for Creating Mindbreeze Search Interfaces where we mention Option 3 is creating custom Mindbreeze web applications.

For this example, I will be using my local web server with XAMPP for Windows which uses Apache in the background. Setting up XAMPP is beyond the scope of this (more...)

Helidon and the embracing of micro services

XEYO9H51_400x400Oracle have announced another Open Source project called Helidon ( as a microservices platform built on top of Netty (which is built around a contemporary async model). If you look at the literature you’ll note two flavours one called SE which aligns to the programming characteristics or Node.js – asynchronous. The author is MP which aligns to the rapidly evolving J2EE MicroProfile which essentially follows a coding style along the lines (more...)

Last Week in Stream Processing & Analytics – 22.10.2018

This is the 131st 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