Connected Enterprise 2015 – What did I learn?



This was a very different conference for me, I was a delegate there to learn, and I certainly did.

Every session was thought provoking and full of rich content. I particularly liked the panel sessions where a group of thought leaders shared their ideas on topics, and I loved some of the questions. I think Holger Mueller has set the standard for the future with his question to a panel of Cloud Vendors ‘What would (more...)

Connected Enterprise 2015 – The Event



Ray Wang
Connected Enterprise is a C level extravaganza, set in the beautiful Ritz Carlton Hotel, Half Moon Bay. I didn’t stay there, but as a guest of a friend who lives nearby but I arrived for breakfast each morning and leaving as the die hards retired to the fire pits outside for their very late nightcaps each night.


I loved the format of the event, they limited the event to 250, which means they (more...)

a nifty way to refresh page regions in Oracle APEX

Not all regions in APEX can be refreshed using the PPR mechanism. Especially PL/SQL regions are difficult to refresh with AJAX.

Although… the fact that the HTML in a PL/SQL region is constructed in PL/SQL may be in your advantage. With the use of a tiny bit of JQuery and an application process, you will be able to update a region asynchronously. I’ll show you how.

First, create a PL/SQL region and write some PL/SQL that generates your (more...)

Genevieve, Protectress of Paris


Oracle OpenWorld 2015 Recap – The Forecast Includes Clouds and a Better WebCenter User Experience

12189830_10153162421878053_7938706606449034768_nOracle OpenWorld 2015 wrapped 2 weeks ago. For those of you unable to attend, it was sunny all week with temperatures in the 70s, yet clouds were everywhere. My apologies for the pun, but you could have easily not noticed the blue skies and bright sun as The Cloud was really everywhere. Attendees even had the chance to immerse themselves in the cloud with an interactive display consisting of a few thousand plastic balls you (more...)

ScaleScale on the stack behind Netflix scaling

ScaleScale on the stack behind Netflix scaling

Over at ScaleScale, a blog about all the good stuff when it comes to scaling, an interesting post was published on the stack behind Netflix scaling. Since Netflix is quite public about how they operate, the post put was together with stuff from around the internet.

Stack Behind Netflix Scaling Like Spotify Netflix is kind of famous for creating and scaling their culture. This gives some important context to the culture (more...)

OOW15 – ACE Program and OTN


OTN is the home of the ACE Program and my sponsor for OOW. I can’t thank them enough for the 10 days we spend in San Francisco, what I achieve which each of my hats on is priceless and all down to their generosity.

The ACE Director briefings are the Thursday and Friday before the main Oracle Open World and I never tire or the sight of the Oracle Campus, and as it was almost (more...)

OOW15 – Having Fun


In all my posts I talk about how busy OOW is but I believe if you don't have fun it is just work. The two are possible together and #ilovemyjob

Chi Gung at the Sofitel
Whilst at HQ I love catching up with old friends and the Sofitel actually rates as my favourite hotel bed ever. Another tradition is morning Chi Gung with Kent Graziano and the weather this year was tremendous despite it being (more...)

OOW15 – Representing Certus Solutions


Certus Team
Certus were really busy at Oracle Open World, as well as myself there was our CEO Mark Sweeny, our COO Tim Warner and our EVP of Cloud Applications Richard Atkins. We also hosted Richard Summerfield the Group HR Director at JT Global, a Certus customer who spoke at OOW. That is a big commitment from a small company but one we think important for both us and our customer base.

I spent my (more...)

OOW15 – As an Oracle Partner


There is a partner reception on the Saturday evening before OOW kicks off, and it was a great chance to meet up with the Certus people before we all got busy for the week.

Oracle has a special program for partners at Oracle Open World on the Sunday afternoon but I missed that as I was hosting the EOUC session.

But Certus have announced expansion into Australia and so we had several meetings with Alliance (more...)

OOW15 – The Travel



Actually pretty good, the flight out was uneventful and I managed to empty my inbox on email. Friends always tell me they know when I get off a long haul flight, there are suddenly many emails.

I went out to Oracle HQ a day early to have a few meetings for Certus so stayed the first night out at the airport, shuttles are frequent and I was there and settled within an hour. I am (more...)

OOW15 – User Group Leader



I wasn’t attending on behalf of UKOUG but you are always on duty as an ambassador. Our President Linda Barker was over representing UKOUG and Fiona Martin was also over with her employer, and many of our volunteers were also over in various capacities so UKOUG was well covered.

I was very disappointed with the user group pavilion this year, it is great that Oracle gives the user groups stands were delegates can come and find out (more...)

OOW15 – My Presentation Forming Your Future


I had one main session this year, although I did facilitate the EOUC More than 12 more on 12c session, and present a mini session on PaaS4SaaS in the OTN Cloud stage.

The session was called Forming Your Future Upgrade/Migration to Oracle Fusion
Applications/Oracle Applications Cloud - UGF3179 and is available for downloading.

As I said before OOW, this was not originally my session, but when Kashif Manzoor went to work for Oracle (more...)

OOW15 – More than 12 more on 12c


I talked about this a lot on the run up to OOW, and my 2 minute Top Tech Tip video was one of the top 10 in the weeks leading unto OOW 12 on 12c, and OTN commissioned an Oracle Profit article on some ACE speakers of which this was first, so I did feel we had a lot to live up to, especially as last year’s was so successful.

This year we persuaded Oracle (more...)

A business that can endure the future

A business that can endure the future

Even if your business can sort of escape competition by crafting a monopoly, it is only a great business if it can endure the future. Is one of the statements in the book Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.
A great business is defined by it’s ability to create cash flow in the future. In other words, the value of a business today is the (more...)

OOW 2015 Roundup – Work in Progress

OOW 2015 – Blog Post

As ever I am slow to get the blog posts out, but in my defence you are more likely to read these with all the others already out. My excuse this time is pretty cool, the moment OOW finished I took a short break with Maria Colgan, an equally busy few days, but defiantly sun, sea and sangria margaritas!
Every year I tell you how busy I am going (more...)

OOW15 – UX Advocate


The ACE Director briefings are the Thursday and Friday before OOW, so the Oracle Applications UX day was the Wednesday and one of my favourite days, this is my area, where Oracle are baking the best user experience into their applications.

They talked about the UX enhancements in R10 of the SaaS and best way to understand this is in these 3 blogs HCM, Sales, ERP

In the run up to (more...)

OOW2015 Post Event Vacation


I knew I was staying on after OOW and originally asked my  friend Maria Colgan if I could stay with her, then I thought perhaps I should try and arrange some diving. I was with Maria at Kscope and we were talking about it and I said I was considering trying to find somewhere to dive. She asked where and I said perhaps Hawaii, San Fran is the closest you will get to there. Now (more...)

OOW15 – Oracle – Steady As She Goes


Oracle Open World seems a long time ago although actually less than 10 days and hopefully you have now caught up with all the press, all the video and other peoples commentary and what the messages meant for you.

I particularly liked this article from ForbesVoice, talking about Oracle's journey to Cloud and who their competitors are, digital disruption show up well here, the changes dynamics.

And I love this video advertising Oracle Cloud (more...)

Sorting ADF tables using Selenium

A couple of days ago I wrote my first blogpost about using Selenium for (unit)testing the user interface of an ADF application. This was more of a global blogpost about accessing ADF elements through Selenium. This time I am describing the solution of a more specific problem: Sorting ADF table components ascending or descending on a specific column.

The challenge we ran into, while writing our unittests, was that at one page of our application, (more...)