It’s That Time Again, Please Vote For Me


It's voting time at UKOUG, and I am asking for your vote. All member organisations have a vote, if you are not the main contact on your membership please lobby on my behalf.

WHY should you vote for me - look here for official manifesto and the job specification

Two years ago I stood again for the board at UKOUG. I wanted to stand for just one year but the rules say two and (more...)

A Tip for using Excel to Validate HDL templates

HCM Data Loader (HDL) data ready to load into Oracle HCM Cloud is in pipe separated text file format, however most people will create and manipulate these files in MS Excel as it’s the handy swiss-army-knife for data manipulation that almost everyone is familiar with.

The way that we’ve worked is that we create template files containing the sheets and columns corresponding to the fields that the client is using, which the client then populates, (more...)

What HCM Cloud content was popular in 2015?

The ‘Year in Blogging’ reports have come through so I can see what posts and newsletter items garnered the most views.

The Fusion Tipster Blog

So, according to the summary, the most popular post was Introducing OTBI-E, followed by What’s Coming in Taleo 14B, and then the posts on specialisation. Of those, only the former was written in 2015, with the other two coming from 2014. The other popular posts written in 2015 (more...)

Flame Graphs Vs. Cold Numbers

Stack trace sampling is very powerful technique for performance troubleshooting. Advantages of stack trace sampling are

  • it doesn't require upfront configuration
  • cost added by sampling is small and controllable
  • it is easy to compare analysis result from different experiments

Unfortunately, tools offered for stack trace analysis by stock profilers are very limited.

Solving performance problem in complex applications (a lot of business logic etc) is one of my regular challenges. Let's assume I have another (more...)

Holacracy – Spark; Wat ik leerde van Getting Teams Done

Holacracy – Spark; Wat ik leerde van Getting Teams Done

Holacracy - Getting Teams Done - SparkHolacracy (en de variant Spark) is een methode voor teamproductiviteit, net als GTD dat is voor individuele productiviteit. De onderliggende principes van Holacracy en GTD komen sterk overeen. Aan GTD ontleent Holcracy de discipline en helderheid van het denkwerk en de gewoontes en vaardigheden die daarbij horen. In Holacracy wordt het denkwerk gedaan en zichtbaar in de overleggen van het team.

Holacracy leent ook het (more...)

Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016

Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016

The World Economic Forum (WEF) published its Global Competitiveness Report, a comprehensive assessment of economic competitiveness across the globe. Each country’s relative economic strength is determined by analyzing twelve pillars–including capacity to innovate, infrastructure, and health factors. The top five is:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Singapore
  3. United States
  4. Germany
  5. The Netherlands

These results shouldn’t be a surpise if you are familiar with Global Innovation Index 2015 (GII), Digital Economy and Society Index (more...)

ScreenToGif – a Really Handy Tool

NewLogoI found a great new tool earlier today that I thought I’d share with you all. It’s an Open Source project called ScreenToGif. Looking at the project page it looks like it has a healthy team of developers and activity, so I think it’s going to become quite a popular little tool.

I’ve been looking for something that records a section of your screen and saves it as an animated Gif for a while. There (more...)

Boek – Getting Teams Done – Spark

Boek – Getting Teams Done – Spark

Getting Teams Done - SparkHet boek Getting Teams Done is een leuk introductie in Holacracy. Dit boek introduceert de methode waarmee leidinggevenden, teamleiders managers en zelfsturende professionals de teamproductiviteit naar een hoger niveau kunnen tillen. Holacracy wordt bijvoorbeeld ook gebruikt als organisatievorm bij Zappos (lees ook Delivering Happiness).

Getting Teams Done is geschreven in de stijl van Het Doel / The Goal en The Phoenix Project. De romanvorm wordt daarbij in (more...)

Bol.com mentions in Suits & Hoodies

Bol.com mentions in Suits & Hoodies

9789047008798-suits-en-hoodiesSuits & Hoodies – Het geheim van de succesvolle start-up van Quintin Schevernels, bevat veel voorbeelden uit de praktijk. Het zijn voorbeelden waar de schrijver bij betrokken is geweest en anderen (Google, Zappos, facebook, GoPro en Bol.com). In deze post een overzicht van de Bol.com mentions in Suits & Hoodies. Dit geeft niet alleen inzicht in achtergronden bij Bol.com, maar ook in retail in (more...)

Boek – Suits & Hoodies

Boek – Suits & Hoodies

Suits & HoodiesHet boek over start-ups (in Nederland) van dit moment is Suits & Hoodies van Quintin Schevernels. Quintin Schevernels was CEO van Layar, COO bij VNU Media en directielid bij De Telegraaf. Hij is nu betrokken bij diverse start-ups als investeerder, coach en adviseur. Met deze achtergrond beschrijft hij in aansprekende voorbeelden wat hij ziet als de essentials voor succesvolle start-ups en corporates.

De basis

De basis van het boek Suits (more...)

Nativity

Shadows flicker against the wall
within the cave it is perpetually night
(I find my vision gets dimmer with age
- when we are alleged to see more sharply -
in the low light of a single candle flame
it is getting much harder to read
year by year)
there is a form I barely am able to perceive.
I wonder if it is better here than the open air
where my eyes would surely (more...)

Brazil

Blown away to get my purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from 10th Planet black belt Alex Canders.


PaaS4SaaS have we got past the marketing?


At the end of 2014 at OOW one of the big announcements was PaaS4SaaS. I spent a couple of months working out what that really meant and how we at Certus could use it to add value to our Cloud customers.

Like with all new ideas, much of the first phase is about the marketing and explaining the context which is what I wrote about in my post in the run up to OOW.

So (more...)

My UKOUG 2015


UKOUG as ever seems to have gone in a whirl, and for me even more so.

your elected board members 
Normally I have a little ritual, I arrive on the saturday, do my christmas cards on the sunday morning and then stay an extra night to come down from the adrenalin rush before facing the last minute set of objectives before Christmas. But this year it was all different, I was on the APAC tour (more...)

Enterprise Manager 13c Presentations on Oracle Technology Network

As everybody already know that the latest version of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c (13.1.0.0) has been released yesterday (see also my post from 18th December 2015), Oracle has uploaded several interesting presentations around the new Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.

The presentations are covering various topics around the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c (some presentations are also still covering Enterprise Manager 12c):

  • General
  • Cloud Management
  • Middleware Management
  • Database Management
  • Installation & Upgrade | (more...)

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c available

Seems its early Christmas :-) the new release of the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c (13.1.0.0) is available for download in the Oracle Technology Network http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/oem/enterprise-manager/downloads/index.html



The new Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c is available for:


  • Linux x86-64
  • Windows x86-64
  • Solaris (SPARC)
  • Solaris (x86-64)
  • IBM AIX on POWER Systems
  • HP-UX Itanium


Happy download :-)

Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c – First Video on Oracle Learning Library YouTube Channel

I just discovered that since today (18th December 2015) is a first Oracle Learning Library video for the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c (!!!!!) available.




Enjoy watching it :-)

APAC OTN Tour 2015 – Christmas Down Under



Nothing about Oracle here at all just the random enjoyment of celebrating the Christmas Holiday spirit in a warm climate. It seemed very alien to hear Christmas Music in shops when wearing flip-flops and sunglasses, but that doesn't mean they don't celebrate they certainly do.

Singapore Airport

Darling Harbour, Sydney

Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

Sydney Town Hall

Sheraton on the Park (our hotel) Sydney

Pan Pacific (our hotel), Perth

London Court, Perth

Penny's House Perth

APAC OTN Tour 2015


This is a tour I really enjoy, but as OOW was so late this year and more importantly UKOUG  just days after, I was worried I would have to pull out of this tour.

The tour visited 5 places but I was only signed up for the last 3, Sydney, Perth and Wellington.



This was a crazy itinerary and was 28,733 miles and included 61 hours of air travel time, plus lay overs. (more...)

APAC OTN Tour 2015 – Wellington, New Zealand


Apart from having to fly back to Sydney overnight, to catch a flight to Wellington, this was quite an uneventful trip.

Again Richard had planned our travel so we arrived early afternoon, and the first thing we did was take a walk.

Now we know why Wellington is called 'Windy', even their name badge incorporates this and a recent article in the guardian suggests it is the windiest city in the world. The phenomena that (more...)