Understanding Technology – my way – ODTUG’s KSCOPE


Last week I did a video interview with Bob Rhubart as part of his series talking to ODTUG Kscope 2014 presenters, and yet I am not presenting, so why is Kscope so important to me?

I am not technical, or rather I don't practice the technology but I do need to understand it, and the value to application users which is my area of expertise.

And then I also talk to technologists as to why (more...)

Conference Planning & AGM


Wow, just into June and we have had Agenda Planning Day for our two UKOUG flagship conferences already.

Last Friday it appeared that UKOUG had taken over the Oracle London City Offices as both Apps and Tech committees met to go through the pre judged papers are create two very special agendas.

I was a little sad, this day clashed with OUGF conference which this year was held in a Finnish forest, and I wanted (more...)

FritzBox 7270: CLIP stops working after upgrading to FritzOS 6.05 (problem solved)

After upgrading to FritzOS 6.05 CLIP stopped working with my analog phone.
The settings looked quite ok: (Telefonie -> Telefoniegeräte -> bearbeiten -> Merkmale des Telefoniegeräts)

This basic feature was certainly not shipped without testing. So this has to be a problem of data/parameter migration.
After unchecking CLIP, doing a reboot and ba checking the box again CLIP worked like before...

Announcing Fishbowl’s Technical Support Offerings for Oracle WebCenter

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Supporting an enterprise software system like Oracle WebCenter is no easy task. Technical complexities, customizations, and multiple versions make it difficult to resolve issues quickly and keep the system up and running. Without a dedicated and knowledgeable support team, WebCenter environments can suffer from system downtime, poor performance, and frustrated users.

Join Fishbowl Solutions for a webinar as they discuss their Oracle WebCenter technical support offerings. These offerings include specific technical services to support WebCenter (more...)

Telling Tales

After struggling to find time for many months, I finally was able to sit down and watch without interruption Benjamin Bagby's Beowulf performance - an adaptation that relies on Bagby's voice and a reconstruction of a 6th century 6 tone Anglo-Saxon harp. The performance is engrossing and provokes a strong imaginative response, one that would have been communally experienced. Of course the only way to revive a sense of communal experience in the case of (more...)

Hope for Humanity

Oracle Traffic Director: Instances, Processes & High Availability explained

Recently, I created a small slide deck to explain how Oracle Traffic Director instances, processes and high-availability concepts work together to front end requests to back end application servers with high availability.

The Oracle Traffic Director (OTD) environment the slide is based on runs on Exalogic Virtual and consists of 3 vServers:
  • 1 for the OTD admin server
  • 2 for the OTD admin nodes
More information about Oracle Traffic Director can be found here: Oracle Traffic Director documentation


EOUC Meeting


I have before explained how user groups have their own communities umbrella group IOUC which is hosted by Oracle and UKOUG are members of both this international group and the EMEA chapter EOUC.

The annual IOUC event is normally in January each year but this year it was decided that from the up coming Oracle Open World it would be held the week before, allowing delegates to attend both the IOUC & OOW in one (more...)

Memories of the way we were…

The fascinating thing about Hadoop is the obviousness of its evolutionary needs. For example, MapReduce coupled with reliable scale out storage was a powerful - even revolutionary - effect for organizations with both lots of and multi-structured data. Out of the gate, Hadoop unlocked data "applications" that were for all intents and purposes unimplementable. At the same time, it didn't take much imagination to see that separating the compute model from resource management would be (more...)

MDM isn’t about data quality its about collaboration

I'm going to state a sacrilegious position for a moment: the quality of data isn't a primary goal in Master Data Management Now before the perfectly correct 'Garbage In, Garbage Out' statement let me explain.  Data Quality is certainly something that MDM can help with but its not actually the primary aim of MDM. MDM is about enabling collaboration, collaboration is about the cross-reference

EasyJet – Not That Bad



I travel a lot, an awful lot and people often say I should write a book, but I can't think who would want to read it? However in my blog when talking about the places I go to I do mention the travel, especially if it is an issue.

This post is different, it is about good service, good service with Easyjet. The reason I was motivated to write this is because the UKOUG Apps & Tech (more...)

Oracle Adaptive Case Management – Exposing the API – part 2

In the previous blogpost we’ve built a custom java API on top of the ACM api. In this blogpost we’ll make a service of this API exposing its public methods and test it against a small test case.

TestCase

The TestCase for this blogpost is also available on GitHub. It’s a small composite containing a simple case called TestCase.

Milestones

We’ve got 2 milestones in the case, one called caseStarted, which is set after (more...)

Oracle Adaptive Case Management – Exposing the API – part 1

One of the most important building blocks of Adaptive Case Management is the ACM API. At one point or another you’re gonna need a way to get information (think about a list of stakeholders, available activities, milestones reached, etc.) out of the case. Since there’s no webservice available yet that exposes the internals of the case, your only option right now is the ACM API.

ACM evangelist Niall Commiskey has put some samples online (more...)

Becoming a Fusion HCM Security Specialist

Next up in the ‘hit list’ of topics on the way to specialisation is the Security Specialist. Fusion Security was designed with Role Based Access Control (RBAC) at its heart, allowing separation of duties for Sarbanes Oxley compliance easier to achieve, so that should make it easier to pick up, given my history of PeopleSoft. Let’s dive in …

Role Types

There are a number of different role types in Fusion. My first impression is (more...)

Lipstick on the iceberg – why the local view matters for IT evolution

There is a massive amount of IT hype that is focused on what people see, its about the agile delivery of interfaces, about reporting, visualisation and interactional models.  If you could weight hype then it is quite clear that 95% of all IT is about this area.  Its why we need development teams working hand-in-hand with the business, its why animations and visualisation are massively important.

How to select a Hadoop distro – stop thinking about Hadoop

Scoop, Flume, PIG, Zookeeper.  Do these mean anything to you?  If they do then the odds are you are looking at Hadoop.  The thing is that while that was cool a few years ago it really is time to face it that HDFS is a commodity, Map Reduce is interesting but not feasible for most users and the real question is how we turn all that raw data in HDFS into something we can actually (more...)

A Framework Approach to Building an Oracle WebCenter Intranet, Extranet, or Portal

Whether you already have or are planning to build an Oracle WebCenter-based intranet, extranet or customer portal, its overall success hinges on its time to market, ability to scale, and the presence of user productivity tools. Attend this webinar to see how Fishbowl’s Portal Solution Accelerator (PSA) can provide an extensible framework that bundles reusable templates and page layouts, standards-based portlets, and in-place security administration. Join us to discover how this framework can be applied (more...)

Mounting VMWare-Volumes/Disks with Debian

Some time ago a vmware server did not recognize any more a data disk. This disk was formatted with vmfs v3 (enter the vmware server via ssh and type mount..). First thing i did, was creating an image of this disk, to play around without any danger of data loss.

There is a good article how to mount vmfs, but on debian i had to install the package otherosfs.

After i installed this (more...)

Thoughts on Liverpool for UKOUG


You will have seen all the buzz around call for papers for both #UKOUG_Tech14 and #UKOUG_Apps14 and today I was at the venue the ACC Liverpool to look at the space for myself.









 Fiona Martin who is leading tech and myself for Apps, arrived at the venue on what turned out to be a lovely spring day. Yes I know that come December it may not be as warm but I know the welcome will be.


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Becoming a Fusion Data Specialist

Next up in the ‘hit list’ of topics on the way to specialisation is the Data Specialist. (I’ve been temporarily scared off by the amount of course content for the Sales and Presales specialisms!) This covers getting data in and out of Fusion.

Inbound Data

As you would expect with a fully-featured system like Fusion, there are an array of options.

File Based Loaderdata

FBL allows you to load data in bulk into Fusion from (more...)