What are Certus Up To at OOW15?

The Certus Team going to OOW is 5 people including our speaking customer Richard Summerfield, the Group HR Director of JT Global. 

Although I am the 'junior' I am up first. And when I say first I mean first session of the whole event!

Forming Your Future: Upgrade/Migration to Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud [UGF3179]
Learn how Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud can influence your future plans for ERP and inform you how (more...)

Support the End User – The JT Story at OOW

I am very proud of the fact that Certus' Customers are happy customers and where they can they will share their story.

Richard Summerfield the Group HR Director of JT Global, is travelling from Jersey in the Channel Islands (close to France), to tell their story of how Oracle HCM Cloud has transformed their business.

Having gone live with Core HR, Talent & Goal Management they were then the first Oracle customer to go live (more...)

Presentatie op LAC congres – De architect tussen 35 scrum teams in de 90e sprint…

Presentatie op LAC congres – De architect tussen 35 scrum teams in de 90e sprint…

Op woensdag 25 en donderdag 26 november is de 17e editie Landelijk Architectuur Congres. Net als vorig jaar ga ik in de track Agile Architecting een presentatie geven over architectuur en architecten in een Agile omgeving. De titel van de presentatie dit jaar is: De architect tussen 35 scrum teams in de 90e sprint…

De realisatie van software gebeurt steeds (more...)

Global Innovation Index 2015

Global Innovation Index 2015

The Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015 is an annual publication which features a composite indicator that ranks countries/economies in terms of their enabling environment to innovation and their innovation outputs. The GII covers 141 economies around the world and uses 79 indicators across a range of themes. The Global Innovation Index 2015 was created by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Here is an overview (more...)

Use SOAP-UI to correlate messages

At a project where I work I had an issue. Messages are put on a queue with the help of SOAP-UI and HermesJMS. The response message is put by the OSB on a separate response queue. In the request message there is a correlationID defined. I want that SOAP-UI checks the correlationID in the response message so that this does match the correlationID in the request message.

This is what I did to accomplish it:


Lot’s Wife

Lot's Wife
by Anna Akhmatova
an interpretive translation by Greg Pavlik
The righteous Lot heard the voice of God
As if coming from the distant and black mountains.
But his wife,
She saw what was until yesterday her blessing.
Under the beautiful spires of Sodom,
Where she sang spinning cloth -
The empty window of the room,
In which her children were born.
She looked – and her pain died with her,
For she could (more...)

UKOUG – Everything between the database and the applications

I'm not technical, or rather I don't actually do technical, but I understand it and more importantly in my role, I know its business value.

IT moves quickly, and in this area of development, apps server, middleware and technology for Cloud, the rate of change has been phenomenal. We need to keep up with this change and understand what it means.

We have a fantastic event for you on 6th October in the Oracle Offices (more...)

OOW2015 – Back By Popular Demand – More Than Another 12 on Oracle Database 12c

Every year usergroups get a number of sessions they are responsible for on User Group Sunday, EOUC which represents around a third of Oracle's customers gets just 12 sessions.
To try and include as many amazing EMEA speakers as possible last year we had 12 short talks on 12c and it was a great success, so we are doing it again this year, and yes we will start with Jonathan Lewis again, he sets the (more...)

Kicking Off Oracle Open World 2015 – Not to be missed

People moan about having the last session of an event, or first thing the morning after the party, I've had both many times, but this year at #OOW2015 I have the first session on the Sunday!

Forming Your Future: Upgrade/Migration to Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud [UGF3179]

Learn how Oracle Fusion Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud can influence your future plans for ERP and inform you how to prioritize and decide upgrade and migration activities. Should (more...)

Building OpenAM with Maven (Quick Note)

Just a quick note from my past self to my future self …

Set up:
Apple MacBook Pro (Late 2013)
2.3 Ghz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 Mhz

java version “1.8.0_51”
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_51-b16)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.51-b03, mixed mode)

mvn -version
Apache Maven 3.3.3

Check out from the trunk:
svn co https://svn.forgerock.org/openam/trunk/openam/

Set the Maven Environment Variables:

Thank you Certus for a Great Year

Last week I celebrated a year at Certus. They gave me a lovely press release to welcome me in 2014 and this is a good time to see what we, Certus have achieved.

I did this at the six month point, and the last paragraph said "Certus is the leading HCM Cloud implementer in the UK and wants to move towards that in ERP. I want to be part of that journey and (more...)

Sharing HCM Cloud Project Plans Effectively

One thing that’s different in the world of Oracle HCM Cloud is that there are more, quicker projects than in the ‘old world’. Instead of an 18-month upgrade we have shorter initial implementations, often with a smaller scope, and then return for subsequent phases where extra modules are added. Frequently these are fixed price projects too. A result of this is that the projects have to be much more tightly controlled.

In the ‘old world’ the (more...)

2015 LAOTN – Machu Picchu – OMG I Nearly killed Tim

Like I said, I love travel and to appreciate it, you have to make the most of the opportunities.

When I was considering the LAOTN tours, Tim Hall asked me if I was up for a trip to Machu Picchu. A few years back others had made the trip and I was envious, Ronald and Cindy Bradford had been and Tim's Dad, Graham Wood after another tour, so we had help with ideas.

I (more...)

OpenAM: Forcing user to reset password on next login.


A very common use case, when implementing ForgeRock’s OpenAM, is forcing a user to reset their password the next time they login. Seems easy enough right? … next time a particular user authenticates in they should be prompted to change their password before continuing on to the resource (web page) that they had originally requested.

The documentation does mention a setting, in section 8.3, to enable this:

Force Change Password on Next (more...)

2015 LAOTN – Summary – Was it Worth it?

I am often asked if the ACE tours are worthwhile? Are the numbers high enough? Is it good value for money?

Don’t judge them as individual events, think about what they are trying to achieve and look back at them.

I have done 4 Latin America tours and I can only say, yes they are worthwhile.
The numbers have increased over the years and the level of local participation is what I really like, more (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...)

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...)

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

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...)