EOUC Meeting


I have before explained how user groups have their own communities umbrella group IOUC which is hosted by Oracle and UKOUG are members of both this international group and the EMEA chapter EOUC.

The annual IOUC event is normally in January each year but this year it was decided that from the up coming Oracle Open World it would be held the week before, allowing delegates to attend both the IOUC & OOW in one (more...)

Memories of the way we were…

The fascinating thing about Hadoop is the obviousness of its evolutionary needs. For example, MapReduce coupled with reliable scale out storage was a powerful - even revolutionary - effect for organizations with both lots of and multi-structured data. Out of the gate, Hadoop unlocked data "applications" that were for all intents and purposes unimplementable. At the same time, it didn't take much imagination to see that separating the compute model from resource management would be (more...)

MDM isn’t about data quality its about collaboration

I'm going to state a sacrilegious position for a moment: the quality of data isn't a primary goal in Master Data Management Now before the perfectly correct 'Garbage In, Garbage Out' statement let me explain.  Data Quality is certainly something that MDM can help with but its not actually the primary aim of MDM. MDM is about enabling collaboration, collaboration is about the cross-reference

EasyJet – Not That Bad



I travel a lot, an awful lot and people often say I should write a book, but I can't think who would want to read it? However in my blog when talking about the places I go to I do mention the travel, especially if it is an issue.

This post is different, it is about good service, good service with Easyjet. The reason I was motivated to write this is because the UKOUG Apps & Tech (more...)

Oracle Adaptive Case Management – Exposing the API – part 2

In the previous blogpost we’ve built a custom java API on top of the ACM api. In this blogpost we’ll make a service of this API exposing its public methods and test it against a small test case.

TestCase

The TestCase for this blogpost is also available on GitHub. It’s a small composite containing a simple case called TestCase.

Milestones

We’ve got 2 milestones in the case, one called caseStarted, which is set after (more...)

Oracle Adaptive Case Management – Exposing the API – part 1

One of the most important building blocks of Adaptive Case Management is the ACM API. At one point or another you’re gonna need a way to get information (think about a list of stakeholders, available activities, milestones reached, etc.) out of the case. Since there’s no webservice available yet that exposes the internals of the case, your only option right now is the ACM API.

ACM evangelist Niall Commiskey has put some samples online (more...)

Becoming a Fusion HCM Security Specialist

Next up in the ‘hit list’ of topics on the way to specialisation is the Security Specialist. Fusion Security was designed with Role Based Access Control (RBAC) at its heart, allowing separation of duties for Sarbanes Oxley compliance easier to achieve, so that should make it easier to pick up, given my history of PeopleSoft. Let’s dive in …

Role Types

There are a number of different role types in Fusion. My first impression is (more...)

Lipstick on the iceberg – why the local view matters for IT evolution

There is a massive amount of IT hype that is focused on what people see, its about the agile delivery of interfaces, about reporting, visualisation and interactional models.  If you could weight hype then it is quite clear that 95% of all IT is about this area.  Its why we need development teams working hand-in-hand with the business, its why animations and visualisation are massively important.

How to select a Hadoop distro – stop thinking about Hadoop

Scoop, Flume, PIG, Zookeeper.  Do these mean anything to you?  If they do then the odds are you are looking at Hadoop.  The thing is that while that was cool a few years ago it really is time to face it that HDFS is a commodity, Map Reduce is interesting but not feasible for most users and the real question is how we turn all that raw data in HDFS into something we can actually (more...)

Mounting VMWare-Volumes/Disks with Debian

Some time ago a vmware server did not recognize any more a data disk. This disk was formatted with vmfs v3 (enter the vmware server via ssh and type mount..). First thing i did, was creating an image of this disk, to play around without any danger of data loss.

There is a good article how to mount vmfs, but on debian i had to install the package otherosfs.

After i installed this (more...)

Thoughts on Liverpool for UKOUG


You will have seen all the buzz around call for papers for both #UKOUG_Tech14 and #UKOUG_Apps14 and today I was at the venue the ACC Liverpool to look at the space for myself.









 Fiona Martin who is leading tech and myself for Apps, arrived at the venue on what turned out to be a lovely spring day. Yes I know that come December it may not be as warm but I know the welcome will be.


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Becoming a Fusion Data Specialist

Next up in the ‘hit list’ of topics on the way to specialisation is the Data Specialist. (I’ve been temporarily scared off by the amount of course content for the Sales and Presales specialisms!) This covers getting data in and out of Fusion.

Inbound Data

As you would expect with a fully-featured system like Fusion, there are an array of options.

File Based Loaderdata

FBL allows you to load data in bulk into Fusion from (more...)

Oracle EBS Support Timebomb – Not So Black and White


I was on vacation at Easter, diving in Egypt with no internet above or below the surface so did not see the ComputerWeekly article, "Businesses face Oracle applications support timebomb" until I returned.

I read the article by Cliff Saran who I have known for over 10 years many times, the sources, UKOUG who I am part off worked with Original Software on the EBS survey, I trust the data, Forrester and (more...)

Getting to Mobile: Follow the User


Another article in Profit Magazine, this time on mobile

 

Becoming a Fusion UX Specialist

Following the previous post discussing the changes in the requirements for the Fusion specialisation program, I thought I’d start attacking the list of exams required.

The one that looked the most interesting – to me – was the new UX (User Experience) exam. I’ve always had a soft spot for good design and I’d loved the revamped look and feel in Fusion release 8. I also liked the fact that the Oracle UX team had (more...)

Berdyaev on Dostoevsky

I just finished reading Nicholai Berdyaev's interpretative study on Dostoevsky. On the one hand, this is a work that will be difficult to digest without reading at least the four major novels: Demons (or The Possessed), Crime and Punishment, The Idiot and Brothers Karamazov - as well, I might add, as the Adolescent (or A Raw Youth, as it is sometimes titled). Berdyaev pursues his themes by reference to both characters and arguments that appear (more...)

EM Cloud Control – Applying system patches

Patching system software is a  common undertaking, that should be smooth and easy. Software projects delivering  artifacts, (should) have some kind of deployment pipeline to get to production. The same holds true for 3rd party/vendor software patches. Also with today’s ever expanding interconnected systems, and thus possible exposure to bugs/undocumented features, it’s crucial to have an active patching/lifecycle strategy.

Let’s look at how EM Cloud Control facilitates patching itself.

First make sure EM is connected (more...)

Data Lakes will replace EDWs – a prediction

Over the last few years there has been a trend of increased spending on BI, and that trend isn't going away.  The analyst predictions however have, understandably, been based on the mentality that the choice was between a traditional EDW/DW model or Hadoop.  With the new 'Business Data Lake' type of hybrid approach its pretty clear that the shift is underway for all vendors to have a hybrid

Changes in the Fusion HCM Cloud Service specialization

Oracle have recently updated the requirements for the Fusion HCM Cloud Service Specialization program. Previously, there was a set of exams that partners had to get employees through and a client reference to attain. Now the specialisation is a lot more involved:

Previously the requirements were:

1x Fusion HCM 11g Sales Specialist
1x Fusion HCM 11g PreSales Specialist
1x General Product Support Assessment (v3.0)

plus 1 pass in either:
Fusion HCM 11g Human Resources Implementation (more...)

Abyssinian: Jazz at Lincoln Center Full Concert

It's my opinion that the pinnacle of artistic contribution from the American experience is found in Jazz (proof that art and suffering go hand in hand?). And I remain convinced that one of the most important exponents of Jazz as not just "high art" but truly great art is Wynton Marsalis.

Check out this Jazz-meets-Gospel concert in full. A uniquely American synthesis; uniquely wonderful.