Collaborate 2016


Finally getting around to making my comments about Collaborate 2016 and I've started by reading my summary of 2015.

This year a lot of things had moved on, there was more clarity around Oracle's strategy in Apps and in General, if you weren't there don't worry it is easy to understand the main message; It is Cloud.

C16LV – Having Fun in Vegas


As I mentioned in one of the other postings I don't actually like Vegas, however once I arrive and meet up with my friends it is fun.

This year as ever I managed to catch up with most, but the community I miss is EBS, as I move further and further away from here I see less of the team. I do see Nadia Bendjedou at a lot of events around the world, but very (more...)

C16LV – Oracle ACE Community


This was the first big event since Vikki Lira left the OTN team so it was a little sad, although we haven't lost Vikki she has gone to the User Experience Team and I do so much with that team I expect to do even more with Vikki.

I actually flew to Vegas via San Francisco (don't ask) and Jennifer who looks after us ACEs was on the same flight, so I felt (more...)

C16LV – User Group Focus


As at last year's event, user groups from around the world took the opportunity to get together and talk with Oracle. Jeb DaSteel and he gave us an update on initiatives started last year and shared with us a few ideas Global Customer Programs have for the coming year.

One of those initiatives will have a bearing on my own role in the day job, so whilst I can't share the details yet (more...)

C16LV – The Mobile App


Conferences need mobile apps, but I am yet to see the perfect one, and that includes UKOUG. In a tech world you think we could just write one but and if there is someone out there with nothing to do and doesn't need to earn any money, let me know.

Anyway there was a Collaborate16 App and it was one of the best I have seen.

Multiple Session Selection

It did allow you to select (more...)

C16LV – Celebration of Motivational, Strong Women


As is traditional at every IT conference now, Women in IT was featured at Collaborate.

At the WIT lunch session Heli Helsakyo gave an impassioned story of success in a country that the very next day was shown to be in the top countries for women on IT (all 4 at the top are scandinavian). It was very inspiring. So many people came up to her afterwards and throughout the rest of the event, saying thank (more...)

C16LV – Best Collaborate Ever


Collaborate is a conference held by 3 user groups however apart from the party and plenary keynotes the sessions and activities are separate. 

You are welcome to attend most of the sessions but some and events are limited to who you registered through. As a user group leader I wish there was a ribbon or badge that allowed me to move between them. 

Anyway Boris Brott was the motivational or re-energise speaker on the Wednesday a plenary (more...)

C16LV – Cloud Especially Apps


You will not be surprised to hear that this year Cloud was the main theme and it is certainly the Oracle mantra. When did exadata, engineered systems stop being the answer to everything?

This year Cloud Apps, my area, have I think reached maturity and I am really pleased to say I heard less presentations that added to any confusion, and in the main the name Fusion was unused. 

In the past few years (more...)

Fishbowl Hackathon 2016 Summary – Oracle WebCenter Innovations with Slack, Google Vision, and Email

This post comes from Fishbowl’s president, Tim Gruidl. One of Tim’s biggest passions is technology innovation, and not only does he encourage others to innovate, he participates and helps drive this where he can. Tim likes to say “we innovate to help customers dominate”. Tim summarizes Fishbowl’s Hackathon event, held last Friday and Saturday at Fishbowl Solutions, in the post below.

TimWhat an event! I want to start by thanking Andy Weaver and John Sim (Oracle (more...)

Presenting on pragmatic microservices GOTO Night Thursday, May 12, 2016

Presenting on pragmatic microservices GOTO Night Thursday, May 12, 2016

goto nights pragmatic microservicesOn Thursday, May 12, 2016 I will be presenting on pragmatic microservices at the GOTO Night organised at bol.com. The presentation will be the support act for Randy Shoup. Check some of his previous presentations on SlideShare.

Pragmatic microservices

We have been around in e-commerce for years. However compared to other companies we’re young. Some would say we are in the scale up phase. (more...)

Use SSE and Node.js to show JET chart data

In my previous posts about JET I used REST to gather data. Now I want to see how JET works with SSE (Server-Sent Events). The idea is that SSE pushes stock data to the JET-page where a chart is shown.

Below you can see a screenshot of the JET-page with a BarChart (you can see a video at the bottom of this post). As you can see I created four groups, representing four tech companies. (more...)

Save MapR Streams messages into MapR DB JSON

Read this article on my new blog In this article you will learn how to create a MapR Streams Consumer that saves all the messages into a MapR-DB JSON Table. Install and Run the sample MapR Streams application The steps to install and run the applications are the same as the one defined in the following article: MapR Streams application Once you have the default producer and

Continuous Innovation – Not Just Buzz Words


Following on from the recent posting on the need to continuously learn I wanted to give an example:

In the fast changing world we live in it is important to remember that in your particular area pace may not seem that fast as you are doing it everyday, but if you look back and take stock we come a long way very quickly.

When we first started talking about PaaS4SaaS at Certus it was only (more...)

OSB Maven archetype with deployment

With my latest customer I was building the same OSB project over and over again with some minor changes. With copy and paste from other project a lot of other namespaces are saved in the xml under the proxy files. The main reason for this OSB proxy is logging and handling the security between the different domains. Because it was the always the same proxy structure and in OSB 11g there is no template available I (more...)

2016 OFM Forum Valencia

The Oracle Fusion Middleware Forum Forum is the spring training for the SOA Community which I talked about in my last post

I work with Cloud Apps. At OOW 14 Oracle announced PaaS4SaaS, the ability to develop extensions using Fusion Middleware tools deployed in the Cloud. Certus identified the need to look at this and it is well covered how we did a POC with our development partner eProseed in January 2015.

Lonneke Dikmans
We won (more...)

The Need for Continuous Learning


The thing about technology is that it is constantly changing and to be any good in this world you have to keep learning.

My skill is understanding the technology that powers Oracle’s Apps, I am not a practitioner and I am sure you have heard me say I’m not technical, but I do need to learn not just what it can do but how. The technology I need to understand is the Middleware stack.

UKOUG – Thank You


I love being a user group volunteer and just this week when being interviewed for an OTN and ODTUG articles I realised just how much of what I do and have achieved is thanks to being a volunteer.

UKOUG have had a volunteer drive recently and it is fantastic to see new people step up and join our wonderful volunteer pool.

I stood again for the recent elections and just want to say a big (more...)

2016 OUGN – The Norway Cruise


This is one of my favourite events. It has that community feel that we all strive for and I guess all being together with nowhere to hide, helps!

OUGN , Oracle User Group Norway annual conference is held on the boat ColorMagic, and she sails between Oslo and Kiel.

I landed early evening on Wednesday. I had met up with Alex Nuijten , Alan ArentsenRonald van Luttikhuizen and Alex's daughter (more...)

ALTER USER RENAME – Part 3

This is part 3 of the ALTER USER RENAME series

Inspired by a Twitter Comment from Franck Pachot and as I love to test really funny and strange things with Oracle Products.



I was trying to rename the SYS user and the SYSTEM user.

SQL> alter session set "_enable_rename_user"=true;
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Poll a Microsoft Exchange mailbox from OSB using DavMail

The Oracle Service Bus has built in features to poll an IMAP of POP3 mail account. There are loads of excellent blog posts that exactly describe how to do it. However, when the mail server happens to be a Microsoft Exchange server, things become shady. Exchange’s IMAP implementation tends to be not really that compatible, and the server log will fill up with stacktraces such as:

javax.mail.MessagingException: Connect failed;
  nested exception is:
        java. (more...)