EM Cloud Control: Agent Patch fails: Current user not file owner

When I was patching all of our agents on our linux nodes with the latest PSU (12.1.0.3.5), I encountered an error with one linux node.

PREREQ_NAME: Performer check
PREREQ_DESC: Check if current performer are the file owner of /apps/oracle/product/agent12c/core/12.1.0.3.0.
PREREQ_TYPE:APPLICABILITY
PREREQ_STATUS:FAILED
PREREQ_MESG: Current user tony from Normal Oracle Home Credentials is not the file owner of /apps/oracle/product/agent12c/core/12.1.0.3.0.

Somehow privilege delegation hasn’t been applied (more...)

NoSQL? No Thanks

There continues to be a disproportionate amount of hype around 'NoSQL' data stores.  By disproportionate I mean 'completely and utterly out of scale with the actual problems of the vast majority of companies'.  I wrote before about 'how NoSQL became more SQL'.  The point I made there is now more apparent the more I work with companies on Big Data challenges. There are three worlds of data

EM Cloud Control: Using emcli to bulk modify host credentials

In our environment all machines are linked to an LDAP server for authentication (AD in this case). You need to logon to machines with your personal credentials and use sudo to logon to a system account.  This is a common practice and easily implemented in EM Cloud Control through ‘named credentials’. In my case I have several system accounts I need to be able to ‘sudo’ to, to perform actions like patching. So for (more...)

Conference Speaking First Half 2014


Thanks to Roel Hartman and his latest post 'Where'sWally' I have been motivated to list my speaking calendar for the first half of 2014, and as Markus Eisele (@myfear) recently tweeted 'My 2013 conference calendar: lanyrd.com/profile/myfear… quite impressive year for it being "just a hobby" :)'

My first conference is in Nodia on 19th February, near Delhi which is the 2nd stop of the #otnyathra ACE tour. We visit several cities working west (more...)

Improving login performance on OFM EMC 11.1.1.6

A new parameter, introduced in in 11.1.1.6 speeds up login on the Enterprise manager by using cached results when available.It is described in note 1423893.1  on the Oracle support site.

It involves adding the parameter oracle.sysman.emas.discovery.wls.FMW_DISCOVERY_USE_CACHED_RESULTS = true.

In order to locate the parameter, open the Enterprise Manager. Click on the the soa_infra entry in the tree on the left (usually something like Farm_soa_prd | (more...)

APEX 5.0 Early Adopters release available

This morning (for us on CET) brought a surprise from the developers over at Oracle Application Epress headquarters. The Early Adopters release for APEX 5.0 has been made available to the public.
On https://apexea.oracle.com you can request access to the environment. After approval you can start testing all the new features for the upcoming version of APEX.

There are many things to discover, but the most obvious one is the new Grid (more...)

2014 IDM Conference Season Planning

Looks like it’s time to start planning for the IDM conference schedule.  There are some great conferences planned and I need to figure out how to start budgeting for some of these.  Let me know if I have missed any conferences that should be listed.

March:

May:

June:

Java and Analytics the next frontier

I've been pretty verbal about Java going down the wrong path and my view that what Java should do is start having a 'core' which is just the real basics of the VM and the language and then a few profiles which specify what needs to be loaded, with the rest coming in on-demand based on the requirements of a given project.  The old 'it needs to have everything so the browser/desktop/etc' is just

There is no Big Data without Fast Data

Which came first Big Data or Fast Data?  If you go from a hype perspective you'd be thinking Hadoop and Big Data are the first with in-memory and fast coming after it.  The reality though is the other way around and comes from a simple question: Where do you think all that Big Data came from? When you look around at the massive Big Data sources out there, Facebook, Twitter, sensor data,

Whatsapp on 2 devices: "does not work, tell why!"

After nearly everyone of my friends is using whatsapp, it was overdue to download this app.
Why is this app used by everyone? What's cool about this app?
  • You have to do nothing after the download except this sms-verification
  • No account creation
  • No new password (or reuse another one < - li="" nooo="">
  • No need for searching addresses
  • You do not have to take care about your contact list
  • Just start messaging
Why does this work? Whatsapp uses (more...)

EDW in the Library with Single Canonical Form – get a clue about killing the business

The game Cluedo (or just plain Clue in North America) is about discovering which person committed the murder, in what room using what.  What is amazing is that in IT we have the easiest game of Cluedo going and yet over and over again we murder the poor unfortunate business in the same way, then stand back and gasp 'I didn't know that would kill them'. I talk about the EDW, the IT departments

Six things to make your Big Data project succeed

So I wrote about why your Hadoop project will fail so I think its only right that I should follow up with some things that you can do to actually make the Big Data project you take on succeed.  The first thing you need to do is stop trying to make 'Big Data' succeed and instead start focusing on how you educate the business on the value of information and then work out how to deliver new (more...)

The Importance of Winter Sunshine


Many of us would love a wee holiday in the sun in January, if like me you live somewhere when winter comes calling at that time of the year. So a trip to Oracle HQ at Redwood Shores where the temperature although chilly for Californians is a balmy 18’-19’ C is my winter bliss. How do I manage this then?

 Oracle has an independent user group model which means there are simply too many, (more...)

The People’s Democratic Republic of IT

IT is a communist state in many organisations, one that believes in rigid adherence to inflexible approaches despite clear indications that they inhibit growth and a central approach to planning that Mao and Stalin would have thought is taking things a little too far. This really doesn't make sense in the capitalistic world of business and the counter-revolution is well under way. Its <!--[if

How integration guys created a data security nightmare

There has been a policy in integration that has stored up a really great challenge of data security, and by great I don't mean 'fantastic' I mean 'aw crap'.  Its a policy that was done for the best of reasons and one that really will in future represent a growing challenge to Big Data and federated information. The policy can be described as this: Users authenticate with Apps, Apps

Six reasons your Big Data Hadoop project will fail in 2014

Ok so Hadoop is the bomb, Hadoop is the schizzle, Hadoop is here to solve world hunger and all problems.  Now I've talked before about some of the challenges around Hadoop for enterprises but here are six reasons that Information Week is right when it says that Hadoop projects are going to fail more often than not. 1. Hadoop is a Java thing not a BI thing The first is the most important

Unable to change WS Policy Store to “App Server Connection” in JDeveloper

Today when trying different settings with Basic Authentication and SOA Suite, I wanted to from the embedded OWSM Policy Repository of JDeveloper to the one stored on the application server. In JDeveloper you can do that through preferences (Tools | Preferences). See this blog for more details.

Click on the App Server Connection option and choose an existing connection through the Connections drop-down or add a new one by clicking New.

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Unfortunately (more...)

I’m speaking at BPM Integration Days 2014

Vom 24. – 25. Februar 2014 finden in München die BPM Integration Days 2014 statt.

Die BPM & Integration Days konzentrieren sich diesmal auf die praktischen Synergien von BPM mit Systemintegration, Mobile, BI und Cloud, gepaart mit Erkenntnissen aus vielen Jahren Projekterfahrung aller Referenten. 

Am ersten Tag haben (more...)

Poster published: Adaptive Case Management (ACM) in Practice

Knowledge-driven processes are typically unpredictable in their execution. Experts working on them decide what’s the next best action to take. This is in contrast to traditional BPM, in which all possible paths of a process are predetermined and modeled into the process. Adaptive Case management is a way to control (more...)

Why your IT strategy failed or why the business hates IT

One of the most depressing things in IT is our inability to learn.  From the 'Oh look our massive waterfall project ran over budget' to the 'I really can't maintain the code we wrote that doesn't have a design or documentation' we do the same things as an industry over (more...)