LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Panama 4th August


Having arrived at Miami with 3 hours before my connecting flight I was hoping for a chance to grab some food, but I hadn't factored on the queueing, immigration, baggage, customs, check in and security, arriving at the gate with only 5 minutes to spare. although the flight didn't actually take off for another 2 hours due to an air traffic control technical issue, oh how I would have appreciated that information, but the few (more...)

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Latin America North Tour 2014




This was my third LAOTNTOUR, my first was in 2011 and then again in 2012. This year I have tried to pick a few countries that I have not visited before and 3 of the 5 are new to me.

Francisco Munoz is amazing, he has co-ordinated many user conferences in the same time period and then populated them with different ACE Directors each with a unique itinerary. Finally he has accepted help from Nelson (more...)

LAOTNTOUR 2014 – Costa Rica – 6th August


I have been to Costa Rica before and it was nice to arrive at a familiar hotel. We had a free morning so were very brave and walked into the city and created our own tour. It started with a little adventure, I went to the ATM to get some local currency and the second I keyed in the last digit of my pin my phone rang, it was my bank checking it was really (more...)

Community Responsibility



Henry Ford said,
" Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."


UKOUG is all about community and it is that working together that brings success, and key to that is our volunteers, but everyone needs to play their part. Even if you can't volunteer for whatever reason you need to contribute to the community, we need to know what troubles you and how we can improve both Oracle and UKOUG.


Whistler, Microsoft and how far cloud has come

In six years Microsoft has come from almost zero corporate knowledge about how cloud computing works to it being an integral part of their strategy.  Sure back in early 2008 there were some pieces of Microsoft that knew about cloud but that really wasn't a corporate view it was what a very few people inside the company knew. How do I know this? Well back in 2008 I was sitting on the top of a

Book – The everything store

Book – The everything store

The everything store

The everything storeThe idea of the everything store was simple: an Internet company that served as the intermediary between customers and manufacturers and sold nearly every type of product, all over the world. It is the story of Amazon.com, one of the most successful companies in the world. And the story of its driven founder Jeff Bezos.

Reading the book I think that there are a few (more...)

Reading list of 2014 so far

Reading list of 2014 so far

In this blog post I’ll share a list of books I read during the first months of 2014. There is more business focus compared to previous years…

The everything store

The everything storeThe everything store is one of the books I liked reading most of my reading list this year. It tells the story of amazon.com so far; The vision and ways of working of the company and it’s founder (more...)

FitNesse add tags to multiple pages at once

FitNesse add tags to multiple pages at once

FitNesseTaggerSearchWe’re using FitNesse as one of our tools for (acceptance) testing. It can be quite laborious in FitNesse to add tags to multiple pages at once. So one my colleagues – Joost van Wollingen – wrote a nifty tool that can mass tag selected pages.

In order to have FitNesse add tags to multiple pages at once, start the Java program. Select the directory from where you (more...)

High Res only – one version of the resource to serve

With the new hardware and fast internet connection, is it the norm to only keep images in one high-res version, regardless of the way the content is utilized in the article?

Today's example is this article on Forbes; Why I Left The Wall Street Journal To Join Oracle

From the article, here are two images :

Silence

Silence. Sometimes sought after, but in reality almost certainly feared - the absence of not just sound but voice. Silence is often associated with divine encounter - the neptic tradition of the Philokalia comes to mind - but also and perhaps more accurately with abandonment, divine or otherwise. I recently read Shusaku Endo's Silence, a remarkable work, dwelling on the theme of abandonment in the context of the extirpation of Kakure Kirishitan communities in Tokagawa (more...)

Community Powers Oracle


That's the title of my latest post for Oracle's AppAdvantage blog where I take a look at the different community types that can help us learn more.

To see all my posts on this subject check out the list.

Quick Update on two UKOUG Initiatives


I have been busy writing a couple of articles about UKOUG WIT initiative for the OTechMag in the run up to Oracle Open World and also for our own Oracle Scene showcasing WIT participation in our Apps14 & Tech14 conferences in December.

I was appalled in my research that the current figure for Women in STEM jobs is only 13%, which drives home the need to encourage more women to step into IT.

When (more...)

OTN The World’s Biggest Oracle Community


I have just written my next AppAdvantage blog posting on the value of community learning and was prompted by this infographic just released by OTN. I am very proud to have been quoted although not sure about the no photo profile, I look decidedly male.



Seriously the Oracle ACE program from OTN is a great initiative and I am pleased to be able to do my bit to promote it.

Spark: A Discussion

A great presentation, worth watching in its entirety.

With apologies to my Hadoop friends but this is good for you too.

Oracle 12.1.0.2.0 for Linux and Solaris available

The long awaited Oracle Database Server 12.1.0.2.0 is available under Oracle Software Delivery Website https://edelivery.oracle.com

Currently the 12.1.0.2.0 is available for:

  • Linux 64bit
  • Solaris SPARC
  • Solaris Intel 64bit

Happy download :-)

Exactly Wrong

I normally avoid anything that smacks of a competitive discussion on what I consider to be a space for personal reflection. So while I want to disclose the fact that I am not disinterested in the points I am making from a professional standpoint, my main interest is to frame some architecture points that I think are extremely important for the maturation and success of the Hadoop ecosystem.

A few weeks back, Mike Olson of (more...)

Dependent Rational Animals

I wanted to briefly comment on Alisdair McIntyre's lectures collected as "Dependent Rational Animals", but let me precede that with a couple of comments for context: first, as I alluded in my last post referencing Levinas, it is my view that the the ethics demands a certain primacy in any healthy conception of life and society; second, in the area of ethics, McIntyre's After Virtue is the book that has had perhaps the biggest impact (more...)

Productivity and Noise

Everyone likes to be productive, however pretty much everywhere we work there’s something with the ability to disrupt our concentration. Some are necessary – like most meetings – however others break our flow of thought and it takes a while to get ‘in the zone’ again.

I’ve recently changed jobs and the new company’s office is in Kings Cross, London. In many ways this is hugely advantageous, but it can be a bit noisy. I also (more...)

Big Data doom mongers need to look outside of the marketing department

In every change there are hype machines that over play and sages who call doom.  Into the Big Data arena steps David Searls to proclaim that Big Data is a myth and simply hype which is set to burst in an article over at ZDNet. But big data, he said, is nothing more than the myth that collecting vast amounts of data can help companies know customers better than those customers even know

Online product recommendations using Hadoop

Online product recommendations using Hadoop

One of the leading portals on BigData, Dataconomy, had an interview with a colleague of mine on product recommendations systems. These are systems aimed towards personalizing content and recommending the ‘right’ products, in other words products that inspire customers. The article – The Science Behind the Finding the Perfect Product – is a nice read that covers quite some areas.

Stack of Hadoop nodesAt bol.com we use Hadoop for batches, and (more...)